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I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbage can.

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  • My motto for a very long time is "to waste or to waist" it keeps me from eating just to clean my plate. - by MYUTMOST4HIM
    Inever thought of it like that good thinking husband you have. emoticon - by HONDOLU
  • I was brought up that way, too. I love your husband's idea! I'm going to try it! - by 5GRAMMYDIANA
  • I'm getting better at just saying, throw that little bit left over out. - by CATE195
  • Good idea. I still have trouble leaving food or throwing it away. I will continue to work on this. - by SLEEKDEAC
  • I like this! It's just common sense but habits drilled into us as children keep us from seeing the obvious. Thank you for giving me a visual (myself as a garbage disposal!) to give myself permission to put that unwanted, unneeded food in the REAL garbage disposal! - by MGEDDES1
  • emoticon Thanks I was always taught this also. Your husbands comments have helped me also. Thank you again for sharing. - by AUDREY1952
  • You are on the right track. I can't tell you how many times I have eaten things after I felt full just because I thought I needed to clean my plate. I need to remember that it is okay to not eat everything. - by JOANN25
  • SOMAR12570
    This is so true, I have done this because I felt that by throwing it away I was wasting food. There are so many people starving and throwing it away made me feel guilty. - by SOMAR12570
  • I like this attitude and applaud your husband's true support of you.

    I've heard this put another way that's worth a chuckle. She's a SP and she decided she is NOT the family she doesn't need to lick clean her dish! Pretty funny, eh?

    Keep up the great work! - by COLUMBINE2
  • Very good sense . - by MANOLY
  • Great way to look at it. Similar to what I've been saying for many years- "You've paid for it whether you eat it or not". - by NANCYANNE55
  • It makes a HUGE difference to the Earth and to all of us when we COMPOST OUR (NON-MEAT) FOOD WASTE. Let's please compost. Everyone can compost right in the kitchen with a compost pail or bin, or a cool kitchen-composting machine! If you have a balcony, patio or yard, even better! You can sell, gift, or USE the wonderful compost you'll make from non-meat (non-animal flesh) leftovers and kitchen scraps. - by MSBOOTCAMP
  • This is something to think about when faced with temptation. - by BEYONDHOPE70
  • Wow....some tough love talk. I measure out my portions to my plate so I can eat everything. It goes against my grain to leave food. At restaurants, I eyeball what I can eat and get a to-go box for the extra to have for another meal. I have heard some say that they ask for a box to be brought with their meal. I think I am going to do that from now on. - by CGH-ARTYPANTS
  • I wish my DH thought this way. He is my worst nemesis. He always says we can't let it go to waste. I hate it! It's a constant battle between him wanting me to help him eat something I really don't need or want and my guilty conscious. emoticon - by SKYVALLEYGAL
  • I love this thinking. Thank you for sharing it! - by BARBALVA
  • Very interesting, thank you for sharing. oh and btw you have a pretty smart hubby emoticon - by SAUCYIRISH
  • Your husband is a VERY wise man! I was also taught to clean my plate, there are starving children in other countries.....I am sure you know the drill. When I was hymnotized, I learned to stop eating before I was full, and re-trained myself to be okay with leaving something on my plate. I now serve myself smaller portions, plus I have a dog who is always grateful for what is left. She is not a garbage can either, but she ddoes get 'sometimes foods' just as I do. - by PEDAL-PUSHER
  • Right! And the corollary to this wisdom is:

    Never use your plate, a measuring cup, a diet, or anything external to determine when your hunger has been satisfied had. If you find you're still physically hungry after a full plate of food, eat more ... eat until your body's natural hunger cue (not your emotions) tell you your hunger is satisfied (intuitive eating method). - by MINKABONET
  • I like this good info,makes you stop and think before you finish.Most of us have been tought to eat everything on plate,but we really dont have to. - by CCCARTER3
  • Wow...I love this...thanks for posting! - by LISAKRISTY

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