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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.

- Submitted by POOKASLUAGH 6/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 17 Comments
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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/14/2011 9:36:00 AM

    My motto for a very long time is "to waste or to waist" it keeps me from eating just to clean my plate.
HONDOLU 6/15/2011 8:12:00 AM

    Inever thought of it like that good thinking husband you have. emoticon
JOANN25 11/4/2015 3:27:00 PM

    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.
SOMAR12570 2/8/2015 9:27:00 AM

    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.
COLUMBINE2 9/11/2014 11:14:00 PM

    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!
MANOLY 9/8/2014 12:36:00 AM

    Very good sense .
NANCYANNE55 9/5/2014 11:06:00 AM

    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".
MSBOOTCAMP 6/10/2014 3:58:00 PM

    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.
BEYONDHOPE70 12/26/2013 10:47:00 AM

    This is something to think about when faced with temptation.
CGH-ARTYPANTS 7/24/2013 11:59:00 AM

    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.
SKYVALLEYGAL 6/1/2013 10:44:00 PM

    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
BARBALVA 3/2/2013 9:37:00 PM

    I love this thinking. Thank you for sharing it!
SAUCYIRISH 2/2/2013 1:21:00 PM

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing. oh and btw you have a pretty smart hubby emoticon
PEDAL-PUSHER 6/18/2011 11:28:00 AM

    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.
MINKABONET 6/16/2011 4:19:00 AM

    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).
CCCARTER3 6/14/2011 1:42:00 PM

    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.
LISAKRISTY 6/14/2011 12:18:00 PM

    Wow...I love this...thanks for posting!

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