Waste Not, Want Not
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I have had a revelation. It seems so silly and simple, I'm a little embarrassed to confess this.
There are many reasons and factors contributing to my tendency to overeat. One of them is that I would eat something so it wouldn't go to waste. I grew up in a family that was far from wealthy and stretched meals and foods a long way; it was "wasteful" and wrong to throw good food away... you know: "Waste Not, Want Not."
My revelation is that -- DUH!!! If I'm eating it and don't really need it, it's not conducive to good health, isn't that kind of a waste in sort of an upside-down, reverse way? Isn't it worse than waste?? So, I'm training myself that it's okay to throw food away when the alternative is to dutifully eat it before the expiration date. It's okay. In fact, it can be liberating to throw something away that has been taunting, "you're not hungry, but you can't waste food..."
If I feel guilty throwing food away, then perhaps I will plan better so that there is less chance of anything expiring or being left over, but I will no longer feel pressured to eat just to avoid "wasting" it. Little did I know, that in itself was a worse kind of "waste."