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I Don't Have to Eat It All!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I am getting into a state of mentality where I will take less than a serving and I will leave at least one bite on my plate. I am going to try to be more conscious of when I am full as well and stop eating. I have always "cleaned" my plate because I was programmed to do this even after I was full or even after the food quit being so tastey. There is this wonderful stuff they make called aluminum foil or zip lock bags that can keep the food just fine for another time!

This may seem simple, but when you have lived as long as I have with the idea that you need to clean your plate, it isn't easy to change. One other thing I have realized is that when I am starving hungry it doesn't take more food than normal to fill me just because I am hungrier than normal. (Bell goes off). This may seem like a DUH, but seriously my stomache is no bigger if I am hungrier than normal. It will still hold a cup of soup and one serving a crackers comfortably and keep me from feeling hungry for 3 or 4 hours!

I just love learning this stuff about me.
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    It can be hard not to clean my plate. I left most of my mashed potatoes yesterday. I had a half portion of the Surf and Turf at a nice seafood restaurant. I ate all my steak and crab. I didn't feel bad about it since it was a half portion and I hadn't eaten all day. I don't go to restaurants that often so I think of it as a treat.

    I have more trouble with not cleaning the plate at home. I serve myself so I figure that I just know the right amount so I don't get more or have leftovers. Sometimes, I finish just because I'm too lazy to put the stuff away.
    1922 days ago
    I've become a big believer in having a big glass of water right before meals, and eating slowly, enjoying conversation, and allowing myself to feel hungry faster, which causes me to eat less.
    1926 days ago
    Here is a timely article I saw on Yahoo News this morning. We are trained to "clean our plates" from an early age and that can be risky.

    1935 days ago
    OMG I never even thought of that!!! When I am starving I start stuffing, and it never occurred to me that I don't actually need MORE food, I just need food. Once again, I have gained a pearl from you!!

    About the Clean Plate Club, I am a fallen member of that club too. The way I got tossed out was to make a rule for myself that no matter what I am eating, I always have to leave the last bite. Usually I have a son nearby who is waiting for it like a vulture but when no one else is here, I have to throw it away. I don't allow myself to eat the last bite of anything on my plate. Its very liberating to throw away that last bite--try it.

    You are the greatest friend ever and I love you!!!
    1936 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 2:16:34 AM
    I keep needing refresher courses on these things, myself...I'm glad you're learning these so well though! :)
    1936 days ago
    So very true- I was raised to clean off my plate-understandably because my parents lived through World War II and waste was not an option.
    I know it seems obvious but sometimes it needs to be articulated to be owned!! It is wasted if eaten when your body doesn't need it.
    1936 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Such great points...but I'm almost afraid to leave food on my plate because how my mind will react...still have progress to make as always.
    1936 days ago
  • JUDY106
    I really liked the point you made about when we let our self get too hungry, that it does not take more food to fill us up. Thanks for expressing this. I need to keep this in mind. It is true, but I don't want to believe it sometimes. That is another lie that I need to stop listening to when I tell myself that I am starving. (LOL) I never really let myself go to the point that I would really be "STARVING".
    Thanks for sharing. hugs, Judy
    1936 days ago
    Very good points. I like your strategy.
    1936 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    1936 days ago
  • HHB4181
    Very good points and good ideas!! It does seem like common sense, but when you say it like that, it actually makes sense....
    1936 days ago
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