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"You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table!"

Friday, February 08, 2013

emoticon I can still hear my Mother telling us "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table." It was something I refused to do to my own children in hopes it would help them avoid becoming obese adults. I think it worked, since neither of them are, and both are into their 30's now.
Tonight I was reminded of this though. My husband and I had a dinner to go to that our meals were totally unknown ahead of time. I had spent my day preparing for the unknown, I made sure my earlier meals were within my nutrition plan, I exercised a little longer today, and I drank water all day!!!
When we arrived, I stuck to drinking ice water instead of wine or alcoholic drinks, and when they brought out the meal, I think I did very well in making decisions. I chose a whole wheat roll and ate only a small portion (1/3) without any butter or margarine. I chose Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing for my salad instead of Creamy Ranch, and used my tablespoon to put a very small amount (1 spoon) on my salad. When they brought out the main dish, I was served a "whole breast of chicken" instead of a 3 to 4 ounce portion, so I cut it into a little less than half, gave my husband a small piece he wanted, and put the bigger piece to the side to bring home. The remaining parts of the meal were all within normal portion sizes and easily fit into my nutrition plan for the meal without having to modify anything. I was so proud of myself for being true to what I should eat.
Then the surprise came. Many others at our table had also saved back portions of the grossly over sized portion of meat to bring home in a doggie bag, and when we asked the waitress to bag them up, we were told it was against the Hotel's Policy to allow bagged up food to go out of the hotel!!! For the first time in my life, I just let them take away the extras and most likely throw them away. But the whole time, I could hear my Mother saying "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table"!!!
In the end, I did fine today and was right on target with my nutrition, with the only thing I was over on being fat and it was a very small amount at that. I was ironically slightly under in Calories and Carbohydrates. None of it enough to worry about since it was less than 1%. I can only hope that any future adventures in dining out can go this well. My husband and I are not major fans of eating out anyway and probably eat out less than 3 times a month if at all. We both love to cook and are actually very good at cooking good healthy meals at home.

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LISAN0415 2/9/2013 2:50AM

    I think you and everyone else already addressed about the leftovers,

what I want to add is a tip for you, and anyone else

when I am going to a party, dinner out or restaurant, I always eat a healthy snack before going. I'll eat apple slices and string cheese, or baby carrots and string cheese.

That doesn't totally fill me, but that 100 or so calories, probably saves me 350 or more at dinner. I am able to stay away from the bread, say no to dessert and share half my entree with my fiance, or bring it home the next day.

Try that tip.
It's especially good if you are going to a dinner party at a friends house- you don't know what they will serve or how it's prepared (lots of butter?)
I went to a party in December, and there was only pizza, pop, chips, breaded fried chicken wings, cheesy breadsticks and cake, brownies and cupcakes YIKES!
It's a good thing I ate before I went there, because the party lasted longer than I expected.

Best wishes!

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JEANNE229 2/8/2013 6:37PM

    Good for you! I wish I liked to cook. It would make this battle much easier.

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JTREMBATH 2/8/2013 5:42PM

    That is exactly what my mother said to, and here in New Zealand we are not allowed to take home food that is left on the as well.

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CARRAND 2/8/2013 4:56PM

    Good job! I'm surprised they wouldn't let you take the extra chicken home, but it doesn't matter. The starving children of the world weren't going to get it whether you brought it home or ate it or threw it out.

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TXMEMAW6 2/8/2013 12:45PM

    Great job managing a meal where you had no choice on what was served. Way to go!

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IOWAGRAMMA 2/8/2013 12:15PM

    emoticon Sounds like you did extremely well. Best to you1!

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SAMMIESMOM13 2/8/2013 12:06PM

    GREAT JOB. You did it, good for you. But doesn't that just burn you to have to watch food being thrown away? It was paid for so that policy is a terrible one. I've had that happen too and it makes me mad. I can understand an "all you can eat", that is different, but when things are portioned out it shouldn't make any difference if you take it out in your stomach or a doggie bag. Grrrr...

But 5 Stars for you on doing it right. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHILOBOOTH 2/8/2013 11:01AM

    Well done you :D I know exactly how hard that psychological bridge is to burn. Congrats big time.

Next time you go there you know to take your own bag and just pop it in there ;) You've paid for it after all.

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STITCHINGNAN 2/8/2013 9:11AM

    I also was in the clean plate club and found it hard to resign from it. I have now.
Re doggy bags .it is a rule re health and safety now that we can't take left over food away. Some customers may keep the food several days then eat it and be ill. Then sue the hotel or restaurant for serving unfit food. So generally in UK where I live it's a no take food home rule applies. that's life ! Ree

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GAILRUU 2/8/2013 8:56AM

    My goodness, you paid for the food so it was yours. I usually take home half or more of a dinner and enjoy it for another meal or two. I would complain to the hotel!

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NELLJONES 2/8/2013 7:31AM

    Someone must have sued the hotel for getting sick from food taken home and not refrigerated quickly enough.

I always made my kids taste everything on the plate. They always ate the stuff they liked (I never overserve for myself or anyone else) and I wanted to get them in the habit of the "taste", in case this time they liked it.

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DIANA3BANANA 2/8/2013 7:04AM

    What an awesome job! emoticon

My dad used to put things on my plate he knew I did not like (beets especially) and insist I eat them. I too was not allowed to leave the table until the plate was clean, even if it was full of 'yucky' stuff! Ugh!!!


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KAYYVAUGHN 2/8/2013 6:21AM

    You are on track!!! emoticon

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BEEJAY49 2/8/2013 5:56AM

    Great Job! :) I never heard of anyplace other than a buffet that you can't take the left overs home. Hmm? You made some awesome choices! Keep up the good work! :) HUGS!

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ELEANORKR 2/8/2013 2:28AM

  That's great! It sounds like you did so well! emoticon

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