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I Didn't Finish My Lunch Today (Sorry Starving Children in Africa!)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

OK, admit it. If you are over the age of 40 you have probably heard your parents say, "Eat your food. Think of all of the starving children in Africa." I grew up hearing these words. I was always careful not to overfill my plate, because we were "encouraged" to eat everything we took -- even if we didn't like it or were no longer hungry.

Now, don't get me wrong. I do not like waste. Around our house, we eat our leftovers. But, I also am beginning to understand that I don't have to eat everything in the pot at one meal. I can safely make two or three meals out of it. We have company in town for the 4th of July holiday. We went out for lunch today. I ordered a crab omelet (YUM, YUM!). I also had a salad and a baked potato. Guess what? I didn't finish my lunch. That's right! I brought half of my omelet home for later. And, despite my mother's admonition to "remember the starving children in Africa" ringing in my consciousness, I realize that me overeating and being a glutton will not change their condition at all. It will only make me fat!

Some of us can trace our relationship to food to our roots. We overeat because we were trained to eat everything on our plate. I have tried to encourage my children to eat a variety of food, but if they don't like something or they are full, to stop eating then, not clean their plates.

So, now I have a lovely half of a crab omelet in my refrigerator. And, when I'm hungry, that will be my next meal!
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