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Clean Plate Club

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I am a card carrying member of the clean plate club. A product of a woman who was raised during the WWII era when food was scarce and children were guilted into eating everything on their plates by mental images of starving children in Africa and other 3rd World Countries.

Lately, i have been working on just throwing away the last bite of food on my plate. Fruits and Vegetables don't count but meat, starch, sweets, etc, I have been challenged to throw away the last bite. The other day, my Husband laughed at me because i bought a brownie from Starbucks, split it in half, gave Him the bigger of the two halves, and still gave Him the last bite of my half.

Today, i went to a meeting and got a plate of fresh fruit and an Apple pastry. i ate all the fruit first, because it was easy. When i got to the Apple pastry, i took two bites and then realized i was full. Here are my choices at this point... 1) eat the rest of it and be VERY full or 2) throw the rest of it away. "Throw it away?!?!?!" My mental voice screamed sounding suddenly much like my mother... "You can't throw away food!!! Just eat it!!!" Then another voice, sounding alot different... calmer... said "It doesn't matter... throw it away. You don't want to eat it anyway. You are full." i closed my eyes, breathed in REALLY deep and threw the pastry away... It was gone before i opened my eyes...

It's not perfection... i forget sometimes... the other night we were having tacos at a friend's house and i was chewing the last bite. i looked over and Husband was looking at me with that 'Oh really?' look that He gets. i stopped chewing in a mental 'What do i do?' moment. "Just finish it honey, you're not going to spit it out." He said calmly. He knew, i knew and that was all that mattered. Progress though... not perfection...
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    HA! I can soooo totally relate! I'm a Gen-X-er... the offspring of a Baby Boomer who also was part of the Clean Plate Club. And you're right: the original impetus for cleaning the plate is that food is EXPENSIVE, so how could we just THROW IT AWAY like that?! Our recipes have grown with our appetites and what would have nicely suited a family of 4 for dinner is now a single serving for one. How do we re-train the brain? For me, part of the habit is sparked by guilt. But the other half of the habit is very sensory: if it's a new food that has been expertly prepared, drizzled with a port wine reduction or garnished with a savory-spiced fruit, I can't just have one bite. It's like I'm part of the Le Cordon Bleu Clean Plate Club, Platinum Level. So how does one KICK THAT?!
    1898 days ago
    Great job!! Sounds like you are getting into a habit and slipping once ot twice is not bad.
    1910 days ago
    1910 days ago
    My family are Charter Members of that Dad worked two jobs feeding six kids and as the oldest I knew that he worked hard. We did not see him till Sundays most times because he was up and gone to work before we got up and not home yet when we went to bed. I did not want to waste a bite of that food he worked so hard for....I still have that mind set. So I now save part for later and count the calories for the next meal or the next days meal.....that works for me.

    I enjoyed your on your journey to health...and skinnyness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1910 days ago
    Sounds like you're taking time to take care of yourself and be aware of what your body needs/wants. Keep going--you're doing great!
    1910 days ago
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