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Motivational Quote - Your stomach shouldn't be a wastebasket.

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Don't eat just because you don't want food to go to waste. Listen to your internal cues and eat only if you are truly hungry. If you have too many leftovers to finish yourself and feel badly about throwing them out, give them away to someone who can use them; your waistline will thank you!

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11/26/2014 2:27:54 PM

I never thought of it that way...


8/14/2014 5:14:02 PM

Guilty as charged! I didn't grow up poor and I am well off as an adult, yet I can't waste food. Going out to eat goes like this: I eat about half of my meal. It's absolutely delicious and it's probably still more than what a serving size should be. I'm comfrotably full, but the taste is so good and the experience is so enjoyable that I just can't control myself. So I keep eating until there is just a little bit left. By this point I am stuffed. I look at my plate and say to myself that there is not enough left to bother taking home. But I can't just throw it away, I just paid $20 for this meal. So I finsih it up and stuff myself to the point of discomfort. Actually, it doesn't even matter if I am paying or not. We frequently get pizza at work and there is often a few pieces left over. I have had my fill, but I will always eat the last piece or two rather than let them go to waste.


6/25/2014 6:25:21 AM

GEVANS7's SparkPage


3/30/2014 4:14:57 PM

LADYMACK24's SparkPage
Great tip.


2/6/2014 11:11:03 AM

Wow! Something so simple just gave me a V-8 moment!


1/27/2014 10:50:07 PM

Good quote it really hit home


12/2/2013 11:30:46 AM

This has been a very important lesson for me. I shouldn't treat myself like a garbage can. Especially when it reduce my quality of life. None of us are going to help a starving child by not throwing out a ladle full of mashed potatoes. We may however make a difference if we learn to buy and cook less in the future.

There are certain foods that shouldn't be saved for leftovers. These are the foods that we should only have once in awhile. For me Pizza is a good example. If I eat pizza for dinner one evening that's fine. But eating it again for lunch the next day is not.

I have had to learn to only buy as much as we will eat for dinner. It costs more this way, but if you don't like wasting food this is what you need to do. Technically it doesn't cost more one 12" pizza is $15. 2 - 14" pizzas are $20. Plus I get charged for delivery if my order is under $20 so it costs $18.00 for one and $20 for two bigger pizzas probably comparable to 3 - 12" pizzas. I have an extra 2 bucks in my pocket and no extra temptation from the abundance, no throwing it in the freezer to become a temptation until its gone, and it can be considered a treat because I'm only eating it for one meal not 2 or 3.


11/29/2013 12:40:55 PM

SERENE.ONE's SparkPage
Yeah it will be good on the computer screen.


6/10/2013 8:00:59 AM

My inability to waste food plays a huge role in my being overweight.


5/23/2013 4:41:27 AM

GREASE31's SparkPage
I luv this Healthy Inspirational Quote.


4/10/2013 12:33:51 PM

What a powerful image...I am printing it! Thanks.


3/24/2013 12:16:15 PM

SHADESI's SparkPage
My father used to call that being a human garbage disposal.....


3/21/2013 4:18:46 PM

Wow. This image is really powerful.


3/21/2013 5:10:21 AM

so true! Growing up I was always taught to finish my plate. My dad would always pile on the food and by 6th grade his nickname for me was miss piggy. Now as an adult, I still find myself finishing my plate. I dont like throwing away food so I started preparing dinners so that there were no left overs and I would just finish whatever the kids didnt eat. That was the only way I lost weight. I love sugar and feel with me eating habits, I treat my stomach like a waste basket.


3/20/2013 10:51:35 AM

What I've done in the past is to drink or eat a small meal before going to dinner with others. It helps me get the cravings under control so I can be selective and intentional when I eat with others. Now there are times I've just had to say NO! because of my planning to be successful the next day or even that night, but I find taking one day at a time, the success has a domino effect and before my senses tell me I want to eat my plan of escape is already in place. It's a wonderful thing when you don't feel full...

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