I am writing this for one of my challenges I am involved in. We are supposed to write about some of the struggles we have that affects our eating.
I think one of the things that impacted me go way back to my childhood. I was raised as I know a lot of you were to clean our plates
. If I heard the statement, " You eat all of that food, Don't you know their are kids starving all over the world that would love to be able to eat that liver, okra, spinach," etc. Now I knew that couldn't be true because no one in their right minds would eat boiled liver. ( Sorry Mom ) Now that I am grown up I have learned to cook and eat most any thing and I enjoy it, but I still belong to the clean blue plate special society. It recently hit me just how much that was drilled into me.
Take for instance going to a buffet.
If I pay $6.95 for food then I want to get my moneys worth. Don't we all? So I load up my plate with healthy
fish, veggies and fruit! See how healthy I eat. But wait a minute, about half way through I feel this little nudging in my stomach. A feeling I am not at all familiar with. Now most people know that it means, tank is full, Don't send anything else down that shoote or you will really be sorry. My brain does not understand the workings of a body and just keeps on eating. It is healthy, Right? It took hard earned money to get this in front of me and after all, people all over the world ------------ GET THE DRIFT?
My warning system works great now but my ability to stop and shove my plate away is not. Yes I know I will be miserable later, Yes I understand that 1 cup if rice is more than enough for me to eat but they sent out 2 cups, so I better eat it, cause I paid for it and I might be hungry later.
I have come a long way on this journey we are on. I almost always make healthy choices. I am moving more and I know that I will take this weigh off eventually. But how do I take my Mom's words that are still lecturing me from the grave, " Now Gail, Clean your plate"