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Day 17 – Stop wasting food
“Every time you eat food your body doesn’t need, you are wasting it!”
I grew up as a member of the “clean plate club”. Yes, I do remember hearing my Mother tell me to eat everything and about the starving children in Africa. I like the idea that when you eat food your body doesn’t need for fuel you are wasting it. (Also causing more work for yourself to get rid of the extra pounds it will add.)

Maybe this is why measuring and tracking my meals is working so well for me right now. Since I am only serving myself what I actually need for fuel I can clean my plate and actually should, so I get enough calories for optimal weight loss.
Of course it is then important to make sure the foods I am choosing are fuel not filler.

Rather than waste food by throwing some away I will continue to measure my servings. I am however working on the habit of not finishing food left by my husband (last two pretzel sticks, piece of toast, etc.), these things I do throw out.

This also ties in with the 5% Challenge which this week has as a goal No Random Eating. I am doing this by not nibbling when preparing foods for other people.





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I can report success on this one! Since my first 'go round' , my DH has respected my request for smaller portion sizes and I'm also an advocate of Gill's 'point of control'.
Life is simpler in this area!

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10/26/16 7:19 A

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Day 17, 100 Days Stop Wasting Food

Yes I also was born into the clean plate club. but since I been following my healthy exchange lifestyle change. I have been measuring my portions. At first it was hard to leave food on plate or throw out. At home If freezable I will put in freezer for a different day. It was hard to go from cooking fro a large family to one or two. I am learning. Not sure if I can leave the food staring at me with out eating the whole thing. but getting a box to have the next day helps tons. I have throw things away . as for the expensive of things my body needs I believe I am worth it. so I buy fruits and veggies that normally wouldn't like papayas and mangos and kale and spinach

emoticon Our bodies really don't need large amounts of food!

Our bodies DO need regular small amounts of the right nutrients AND the right amounts of flavor, textures and bulk. Finding those right amounts which the exchange lifestyle change does for me. It keeps me full and satisfied.

I will keep garbage off my waist and it won't be wasted in me. either leftovers or out with the trash it will go.





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Day #17 Stop Wasting Food
Some people grew up with the clean-your-plate rule and even as adults find it difficult to leave anything on their plate because it is a waste. Of course not wasting food makes perfect sense and is important. But a new way to look at it is that if you are filling your gas tank and it gets full, you wouldn't continue pumping, spilling fuel on the ground. So why would you do that to your body?
Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!

Starting today, make a commitment that you will not waste food by putting it into your body.
Save it for another meal or give it away, just don't eat what you don't need.


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10/26/16 4:30 A

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YAY Maribeth! Great job not wasting food!! emoticon

Day 17: Don't waste food!

My first time around I was a mess on this day. I almost quit. I could not handle the thought of throwing away sweet treats, and high fat foods. I could not imagine not finishing the food off my kids plates.

Things are totally different now. We have healthier food choices in the house. I make smaller portions for myself. The girls take less too so there is less waste. They do not offer me their food, and they take care of their dishes... OK sometimes they are left in the sink but there is no food on them.

I still have issues with throwing things away. I do store foods for the weekend. I was not able to throw away the chocolate (Snickers) but I bagged it up so it would take awhile to get to it and have not touched it. My Muv (my unhealthy voice) does sometimes remind me that it is there, but the voice stays small. I am giving it away on Halloween. It will not be an "S" day so I will not eat it.

My body is worth keeping the Snickers to a minimum! emoticon

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"Every time you eat food that your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!"

I recall starting to wonder at some point how slim people ate. I remember going to a restaurant with a work group where most of us ate everything that was served, but one slender person ordered a shrimp salad and just stopped eating it about halfway through the meal (halfway for the rest of us). She just suddenly seemed uninterested in the food anymore. I remember thinking that I really needed to ponder that.

I also remember a comment from Gill about looking at her food and thinking it looked like a child's plate.

emoticon Our bodies really don't need large amounts of food! emoticon

Our bodies DO need regular small amounts of the right nutrients AND the right amounts of flavor, textures and bulk. Finding those right amounts is the task I'm working on now. One of the ways I do that is really working on understanding my hunger signals. I think that's actually hardest while you're eating! I tossed my leftover bread pudding yesterday and have some food from my Sunday dinner that will be going the same place. Yes, this lesson helped today's garbage offering! I probably would have eaten it all. With reading and pondering the lesson today, I ate more slowly and realized I was satisfied. emoticon



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When I was very young I was very skinny. I had a lot of health problems and the doctors wanted me to gain weight. My mother became convinced that the way to save my life was to fatten me up.
I now suffer from a compulsion to clean not only my plate, but my grandchildren's plates as well. I am actually not going to address this problem head on yet. I have made a commitment to no seconds, and I consider the food on my grandchildren's plates as seconds, so right now I am focused on my no seconds rule. My next commitment is going to be leave one bite. But I have found that I cannot do more than one thing at a time, so for the moment until it is a total habit my commitment is NO seconds.

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6/19/16 1:48 P

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I too was born into the Clean Plate Club. I can't tell you how many hours I sat at the dining room table because I couldn't gag down the brussel sprouts.

Then I used to think Veggies were beans, corn and peas. Now I embrace most vegetables, yes even an occasional brussel sprout!

I used to cook too much, and then of course we would eat it all! Now I cook enough for the meal, and refrigerate the leftovers if any. When we eat out I choose places where I can order a 6 oz steak, or other portions. I do allow myself one guilt free meal per week- no counting the calories, no guilt. This has helped me not binge! I do my 2 bite dessert.

I still am not successful leaving a little on the plate. But at least I am watching my portions and staying within my calorie/carb boundaries.

WASTE OR WAIST- tis true!
If I don't buy it or order it, I don't have to worry about it!




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I always got a mixed message: "You're too fat to be eating (anything) - I really wasn't, of course, and "If we can't give you a lot of things (clothes, toys, etc), we do give you a lot of food." For a long time my relationship with food was really conflicted and any buffet or work food day rang as "free food!" in my head. At last, one of the times I heard 'waist or waste', it clicked. Even if I've paid for food beyond the portion I want, if I can't freeze it AND will really enjoy it later, it's going to cost me even more weight- wise and health- wise if I don't toss it.



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Yay!! A non-scale victory for Donna!! She is thinking thin! emoticon

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I have gotten better at throwing away bad food but Really don't have much of that.
This week I have thrown away soft biscuits and icing off the cake putting it in the bin outside rather than the bin above my chin!!!

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I grew up in a house where junk food, fried food and lots of it were the norm AND you had to clean your plate.

I had no idea what fruit tasted like without a pound of additional sugar added to it until I married hubby when I was 20.

While visiting DD, I have not always "cleaned my plate" and her hubby has commented "what you didn't like it". No SIL, I am full. Huh???????

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Well, I'm probably the only one here whose parents did not have the chance to say 'clean your plate' ... I ALWAYS cleaned my plate (and then some now that I think about it) ... and, whether the food was good or not so much. My husband, through the years, has commented that I just 'eat to be eating' ... it doesn't even have to taste that good. So in reflecting back on this I think I was ALWAYS an emotional eater ... from a very very young age. Won't go into the reasons for all that - ha! But believe me I've spent decades sorting it all out - ha!

Now I'm trying to change however ... and I try to cook as fresh as possible as well. In some of my food plans it's mentioned that reheating foods and eating leftovers is 'processing' the food yet again and it loses some of it's nutritional value each time. But my husband does not eat the same way I do (and he will eat his food leftovers) but I hate to 'waste' mine. Learning to downsize and cook for one (for me) is still a learning process ... I'm amazed how much I used to use to create my dishes and I'm slowly learning to adapt to 'just me/just this meal/no leftovers' ... but I don't toss them ... I do re-use the next meal/next day like Gill mentioned she does. I'd like to get it all adjusted portion wise from the preparation on and think someday I'll get the hang of it. But I guess my eyes are bigger than my stomach as they say when I start making my DELICIOUS meal and anticipate how good it's going to be - ha! I guess in the back of my mind I'm making sure 'there's enough' ... as IF that's the problem in my life - ha!

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Maria, I am right there with you in the clean plate club but now that I don't snack, and I only have one plate of food each meal, I don't feel badly about cleaning the plate. As a child I was made to feel guilty if I wasted food, not in a harsh way, but the messages were there: "Clean up your plate" or "There are starving children who would love the food you are leaving".

Well, as I grew and learned something about nutrition I realized that sometimes the best thing you can do is throw the excess food away. Then I felt guilty about doing that!

Thank you, Linda Spangle! I can now scrape excess food into the disposal with nary a twinge of guilt. YAY! Yes, I refuse to "waist" it any more. My plate is usually cleaned but I try to recognize when I've taken portions larger than I need.

emoticon Am I thin? Not yet, but I am a master of maintenance!

Gill, it is awesome that you have mastered cooking for one. I still struggle with cooking for only two and we frequently eat leftovers. The good thing is that I now do not try to eat way more than I need instead of putting the excess away for another day.

Leslie, I like your idea of eating treats away from home. I save my treats for weekends and often do the same. Sometimes I even walk to and from purchasing the treat. Just trying to make an extra effort.

Good reading today, I think I'm caught up although I've missed posting for several days. I'll try to be more focussed going forward.

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emoticon those of you who are not members of the clean plate club or who have made progress. I re-read my previous posts and not much progress for me here. I still, out of habit clean my plate. It may be more than habit as we are taking care of DS's furbaby dog who is the worst beggar ever. We are trying to train him manners by not feeding from the table. DH almost always has something for him. I forget. emoticon

Chele, I think it is great that your daughter is having ice cream and able to portion control. emoticon to her! I started some unhealthy behaviors in my kids because of labeling foods as good or bad instead of asking DH to teach portion control.

Pam and Sharon, I saw myself a bit in your posts. I realized during one of the past lessons, that I was in rebellion over the control of my food by my mother. We definitely had to clean our plate. I felt "free and empowered" when I babysat and had my own money to buy donuts. Donuts are one of my major trigger foods. Hmm.. Wish my rebellion would lean to not cleaning my plate. emoticon

I think it was Wanda who said in a previous session something like," Better to waste food, then to waist it." emoticon



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Pam,

My story is almost identical, except I loved the veggies. We never had chips and I started buying my own when I was able and now I think I am addicted to them, or at least the independence they represented to me.

I never ate much meat, didn't like it, so I used the chips as a filler with my veggies. A very bad habit that ids hard to break. Now, I try not to have them. But have periodic binges.

That's why I am here. Emotional/stress eating must be stopped.

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I am very good at cooking for one person. I have some books which are for one person, and it really is surprising how little you need to cook for a single portion of anything! I serve my meal on my plate. Anything left goes into a little container of some kind - and will be used for another meal, if it's useful. I am very good at throwing other food away now. Occasionally, I leave some food on my plate - and scrape it into the bin.

I currently have a bowl of left-over couscous, which I'll add to my veg & lentil soup tomorrow. I have a little bowl of left-over potato & cauliflower mash with parsley - plus a bit of cabbage - which I will have as part of a cooked breakfast on Sunday.

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Day 17: Don't Waste Food.

It is interesting to read everyone's take on this. I grew up in a household where my Mom (who was a stay at home Mom until I was a teenager) pinched pennies so we would have nutritious food, most of which I didn't like. I too had to sit there and eat what was on my plate and if I didn't I was told 'go hungry then'. I now understand that with one income and them wanting us to have nutritious food they made sacrifices. I just realized (this very minute actually) that when I did get the opportunity to 'eat anything I want' that is exactly what I did.It was also the time that I began to have a weight problem. Up until that time I was rail thin. I think that I began 'courting' junk food and especially restaurant foods because it meant that I could 'afford' it. Isn't it ironic that today we associate poverty with junk food and eating healthy with more expensive foods? That is not how I associated that at all when I was growing up. I still see eating out as a 'treat' as does my husband since when we were growing up it was such a rarity that we did this (no McD's back in the smaller towns in the 60s) that we still see it as a luxury. How interesting.

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: Day 17, 100 Days Stop Wasting Food

I admit I grew up on the clean plate club and that people in china were staving. my sister told my Dad one time time then send it to them. LOL Anyways this can be hard due to most recipes are for six people or there abouts. It can be so hard when cooking for one or two.

Yes now sometimes i spend the extra money for smaller servings. buy portions at a deli depending on what it is. then i also have to put in portions and freeze for meals later. It is hard to throw out too. lately been on and off my plan i had to throw out food that has spoiled. maybe that is a great idea about put into smoothies. I need to try that.

Now when I go out I box up half the meal.

I never though of when i put excess food into my body it was wasting it. I don't want to be a garbage disposal. so I will make sure I measure my foods so no question of putting excess into me. I don't have young kids so no worries eating their leftovers.

If I want a treat I will go out. I haven't baked for a while and if I can control the portions then it will not be in my house.

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Day #17 Stop Wasting Food
Growing up I was part of the clean-your-plate club only because there was never extra food and I do remember being hungry but never too full.
This may be why I had such a hard time tossing any leftover food. In reading the lesson I realize that my weight issues started when I could buy and eat whatever I chose. Then along came my children and I tended to finish what they left because I couldn't "waste" it.
Finally I am getting better at this without much fanfare.
One of the things I don't eat very often now is french fries because they aren't worth it for me. My hubby decided to have some last night and left the extra which I tossed out for the birds or whatever animal was out there.
(We live in the country!) emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thinking back on it now I realize I've come a long way with this issue!
Wishing you all a healthy happy day! emoticon

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Day 17: Throw food away.

emoticon Yep I have a hard time with this. I really did not enjoy this chapter. It made me feel angry. It made me want to stop the program…. Then I thought about it. I think I am angry because I am so attached to the food. If I did not buy it in the first place I would not have to throw it out and waste it.

emoticon I should only purchase foods for myself that fuel my body. Foods that make me happy when I eat them. Not foods that just fill an emotional need. Then I will not be wasting it. So instead of throwing it out, I will not purchase it in the first place.

If it is a food my kids’ desire and I let them treat themselves and I will just not eat it. I am good at only eating as much fuel as I think my body needs, so nutritious fuel does not seem to be a problem. But I guess I could be eating more than I need, so I will keep better track of that.

I have never been a fan of the “clean plate club” but my parents were.

emoticon Today is my daughter’s 16th birthday. emoticon
We are going to the supermarket as she wants to choose a few Ben and Jerry’s Ice creams to share. I will make myself a small serving (to join the small celebration) and enjoy it. (Slightly larger family celebration will be in July when finals are over.) No need to throw it away. My daughter can enjoy the rest during the week. She has great control and is physically fit. emoticon

My thinking: Don’t waste food by buying things your body does not need. If you buy it and can’t throw it out, donate it if possible. (My husband will bring packaged foods to work all of the time and let co-workers have some.) Don't waste food by putting it in your body if your body does not need it.

emoticon I have been the same weight for 5 days…. I know of a few physical reasons (I read in FWTS) why that may be the case… hmm but seeing the scale change would be cool. The ice cream may make me see a slightly higher number tomorrow, but that is OK. emoticon


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emoticon How did it go, Sue? guess I'll have to find Day 18 to read about it
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Hello,

Reading the posts below .. I'm with you all! It is very hard to throw food away, but I like the idea of planning ahead for more reasonable portions so I don't have to do that. I AM going to "toss" the last bite tho (day 18) .. just to train my mind that it's ok, and not let it drive me crazy.

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Day 17, 100 Days Stop Wasting Food

Thanks Gill, I like your message, "Control at the point-of-purchase is my tactic for not over-buying foods that I'm likely to want to 'finish off'!" I have been checking my cart out before I get in line and will take things back that are not on my nutrition plan. I found 10 cans of ravioli in the house. I ate 1/2 a can and threw the rest away. Then took the other 9 cans to a food bank bin at our market.

Last year I bought lots of little glass containers, that look nice on an open shelf. When I'm satisfied I put leftovers in the fridge right away. When vegetables look wilted I throw them in my protein shake. I still don't like to waste food and will continue to find creative ways to use or compost.

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Yes I was a conscript to the clean plate club. We weren't allowed to leave the dinner table until our plate was clean. There were hours and hours of lectures, punishments and trauma. To this day I cannot eat brussel sprouts without getting agitated inside.

This is also one of my pitfalls, and I have had to work on letting go of the notion that I need to eat everything on my plate. It is a work in progress.

I am trying to avoid wasting food, instead of waisting food.
I cook only the proper portions for meals, and have started sharing lunches out. I don't have a problem scraping food into the trash anymore. I will cook an additional portion for lunch the next day-

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When I'm at home this is not so much of a problem because I measure, measure, measure! If I do have anything left on my plate, which is rare because honestly sometimes the serving size is so stinking small, it is usually not enough to worry about waste if I should through it away.

The problem for me really comes when I am eating at someone else's house and don't want to hurt the cook's feelings. Or if I am at a restaurant where I have paid more for the food than a home meal would cost.

So the exercise for me is to get over this, to recognize when I am full, and enjoy every bite I do take!

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I confess that I AM a card-carrying member of the Clean Your Plate Club. Because of that I need to be more conscious of portions so that I don't need to throw food away. Throwing food away is hard.

I remind myself often of that old pun that says eating too much just means that food is going to "waist" instead of to waste. Let's just face up to it. The food IS going to waste whether we eat it and gain weight or whether we just scrape it into the bin.

We can try smaller plates; we can weigh and measure our portions; or we can just eat what we need and trash the rest. One thing we need to do though is take the time to enjoy our food.

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I have gotten better and better at stopping when I am full ... not when all the food is gone. I can always pack it up and put it away and eat it at another time if I want to.

Throwing away food is NOT a waste ... it is keeping extra calories OFF my body.


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I have found this quite easy today, as Maria suggests we are all learning all the time and getting better all the time! I didn't put too much on my plate so I didn't waste any.

I felt that I could have left some if I'd had too much. However I did stop myself finishing my ds's part cooked breadroll leftover and my dd's leftover chocolate icecream! Both of these were quite an achievement! emoticon

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I have hard time not cleaning my plate. Once in a while I can throw it away.

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I don't have any problem leaving food on my plate but my significant other has a huge problem with it. He can't bear to see any food wasted so I try to make my portions smaller so I won't have leftovers.


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Yes, unfortunately I still clean my plate almost all the time out of habit. That is unless it is very high calorie or I am on the top of my game. I need to work on the mindset when eating of being aware that food is fuel and not a substitute for anything else. This is why I am going through these lessons again, emoticon I am a firm believer in practice makes perfect or at least helps a lot. emoticon emoticon

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Day 17: Stop wasting food

Last weekend I went through our cupboards and threw out everything expired.....I almost died of shock at the amount of food that we wasted. Since then I have it all organized on an App, organized everything, and meal planned around what we had. It's working out great.

Meal times are generally not a problem for my overeating as I cook healthy meals and heck, who is going to overeat on healthy stuff (joking). I am making a conscious effort to stop food waste by only preparing what we need or immediately freezing leftovers for busy days.

We were always taught to clean our plates because there were children in Africa starving. This was in the 1970's and it wasn't until I was in university that I challenged that belief.


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Yesterday I ended up with two bites of chocolate pudding, it was enough to satisfy my want for chocolate! Good lesson learned.

Day #17 Stop Wasting Food
Some people grew up with the clean-your-plate rule and even as adults find it difficult to leave anything on their plate because it is a waste. Of course not wasting food makes perfect sense and is important. But a new way to look at it is that if you are filling your gas tank and it gets full, you wouldn't continue pumping, spilling fuel on the ground. So why would you do that to your body?
Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!
You can eat it or you can throw it away, either way it is wasted!

Starting today, make a commitment that you will not waste food by putting it into your body.

Have a healthy happy day........

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This lesson talked about how when we keep eating food we don't need (for fuel purposes) then we are wasting food anyway; and rather than waste the food by gaining weight we should throw it out instead. For the most part; I'd much rather prepare less or take a smaller portion but I do need to learn that I don't need to finish a meal just because it is on my plate. Rather than throw out food for the sake of this lesson; I'll wait to do that until there is a need to do this and try to be aware of how it feels then. The lesson for the day also suggested looking at how to avoid having excess food around; this isn't always an option with others in the house but I've already been working on this.

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Day 17
STOP WASTING FOOD.... in myself

"Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!"

"When you fill your car with gas, you don't keep pumping after the tank is full, spilling the fuel on the ground. So why would you do that with your body?"

"Starting today, make a commitment that you will not waste food by putting it into your body. This mental shift may not come easily."

This certainly will not come easily to me, but the insight that eating more than necessary is wasting food is something that I need to be mindful of. I will be able to address the bad habit of wasting food IN me more successfully through learning to pack up leftovers on my plate no matter how small. If over time, I come to realize that some of these random tiny leftovers never make it back onto a plate, then I'll learn what I'm unlikely to cycle back in and in the future scrape the leftovers into the trash in the first place. Certain things I already know I can / should leave behind, such as food that wasn't delicious in the first place and some of the carb component on my plate.

Oftentimes at restaurants, I'll plan ahead for my leftovers. For example, one place has great seafood pasta which I love. I order the starter salad even though it's not included with the entree, and I order a side of steamed broccoli. I always finish the salad and the broccoli, and pack up half my entree. If I just packed up 1/2 the entree without filling up on veggies, I'd be likely to eat the food from the doggy bag as soon as I got home. Or, I might keep eating a bit more and a bit more of the pasta in the restaurant until it doesn't seem like enough is left to be worth pack up.... so I'd pack the rest into me. I should get in the habit of bringing my own containers for leftovers so it's easier to "dispose" of the excess on the plate without worrying about getting the server to bring me a container early on or that cheapo restaurant container spilling while I enjoy the rest of my meal.

Since I measure out the foods that I eat at home, I rarely have more on my plate than needed. If I notice that certain foods regularly satiate me before I finish what I've portioned out, then I reduce the measurements for those foods. If this sometimes leaves me feeling like I didn't make enough, then I can always supplement my meal or snack with some baby carrots or an apple.

Today, I made a point of spooning a bite of rice off to the side of my plate as I was eating. Then as I finished up my lunch, I left an additional spoonful on my plate. I immediately put my napkin on my plate to prevent myself from absent mindedly eating what was left. I am plenty full afterwards. So, I will keep this up every time I have Indian curry for lunch (often 2-3 times per week).

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Yeah, I can't get behind this one. Extra food I put in my mouth is not actually wasted - my body WILL extract the nutrients and the calories and I can choose to eat less later. And the choice isn't between eating the leftovers of throwing them out - I am spoiled by the miracle of modern refrigeration, and I can save things in my freezer for months if I want to. My health is important to me so I won't stuff myself just to clear the plates, but the health of my fellow human beings and the planetary system is important to me, too, so I'm not going to make a habit of wasting food just because I cooked more than I wanted to eat at one sitting.
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Wanda, you'll have to let us know if hubs steps up! emoticon

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Some interesting stuff today!! I too have started boxing 1/2 my entree to go when it is first served. Then I just leave the box on the table deliberately.

I also like the idea of taking it home if you are sure you won't be into it as soon as you get home or if you immediately tell someone else it is for them.

It is easier if it is in the box and out of sight before I start eating. I've done this so many times now that I hardly think about the fact that I'm wasting food. Why isn't portion control easier at home??

Peg, great solution - get someone else to handle the leftovers. Hmm....There are just two of us.....will hubs step up?? More on this later!

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Day 17 - Stop Wasting Food

Exactly! This is another exercise I won't do as I feel strongly against throwing food away. I have now gotten in the habit, though, of bringing a cooler with ice paks with me when I do eat out, and I cut my restaurant meal into a proper portion, wrap up the rest and bring it home in the cooler. Then either I or a family member can have it the next day or so.

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Day 17

I threw 1/2 of my meal away at a restaurant today. It is never easy for me to do but the portion was huge and I was satisfied. Usually I box it and bring it home. DH has it for a meal but I forgot to bring ice to keep it fresh.

I deliberately make huge casseroles to serve for a few days. My mistake is going back for seconds at dinner. Even though the casseroles are filled with veggies it adds up and I can easily overeat. This is an area where I need to pay attention and plan more.

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Day 17-
1-throw some food away.
Well, today, I did NOT finish my kids' plates, so I threw food away. Granted, it was not much.
But, I did finish my son's home made creation of chocolate brownies with a lemony chocolate sauce. I did plan for it calorie-wise, so I did not overdo my nutrition. not sure if that still counts as being the garbage myself...

2- In the past few days, I have been much better about counting and planning. I do not finish plates before putting them in the sink. I tend to serve smaller portions all around. Whoever wants seconds can help themselves.
Whenever i make lunch or dinner, leftovers are in the fridge for a couple days max, then freezer or out.

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Day 17 - Stop wasting food

1. Throw some food away. It can be a tiny amount or a large amount. Remember, by wasting it into the garbage, you're not wasting it into yourself. About once a week I try to go through my refrigerator and toss anything that was a "leftover" that hasn't been eaten - and it is getting bad.

2. In your journal, list the foods you let go of today. Make a note about how it felt to throw food away, then add a few thoughts on how you'll manage left-over food in the future.
Breakfast and Lunch are made to order, so to speak, so there are no leftovers. At dinner there can be leftovers and usually I have it wrapped up for a lunch or dinner another day. I have been getting someone else in the family to do this because I'm too tempted to nibble on the leftovers till they are "no more".


3. Write down a few ways you can prevent having excess food around in the first place.

Having excess food around is part of life when you have a family and as long as I can get someone else to take care of it for me I don't have much of a problem. If I have to wrap them up, then I need to be really careful.

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Sometimes I cook for leftovers, but usually, my 17 year old athletic finishes whatever we had for dinner. BUT my husband, who runs a daycare, will often bring food home from the daycare. I have asked him not to, since I have had no control and would end up eating them. but lately I have had better control. today, I threw out a pot of beans that I had cooked in broth, they were just too salty. I tend to only shop for what is planned, and plan for only what we, a family of 6 can eat.

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Day 17 - Yes, I have put food in the garbage today and I have also BEEN the garbage bin today.
The food I put in the garbage was left overs from other days that probably never should have made it to the refrigerator.

BUT.....I actually stood at the kitchen sink AFTER dinner and finished the tossed salad left in the salad bowl. Granted it was only healthy veggies but...dinner was over, right? I also used to clean my children's plates many years ago. YUCK, WHY?? It wasn't as if I didn't have enough food; I just could not stand to throw food away. That may have been the start of my weight problems. Our budget was extremely tight during their young years and maybe that is why I couldn't stand to see food wasted.

Now I feel like refusing to "waste" food sometimes causes us to "waist" food!



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I like the point of sale idea: I definitely try to not buy excessive groceries when I shop, but there are always some things that have to be thrown away. I really enjoy leftovers usually, but I do try to work on throwing them away if they weren't very good or finding another family member who may enjoy them more - no more making myself eat leftovers just to clean them out of the fridge. :)

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I really liked days 15 & 16! I might have read more into them than Linda Spangler intends, but I took the first to be "treat food" and the second as "comfort food." So I did the first with chocolate chocolate chip muffin, and the second as mac and cheese. I was fine with the muffin, because I can ALWAYS give sweets to Paul. I'll just have to learn to be consistent with the 2-bite rule. Emotional food was definitely lots harder. I did 2 bites with the mac and cheese yesterday, also giving it to Paul, but it wasn't easy. And I tend to do that, or chips, or toast with LOTS of butter alone, after everyone else goes to bed, making it extra hard to stop. I'm working on not eating alone at all, but that's not necessarily what's happening... emoticon


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GILL - I like that "point-of-purchase" reference. That highlights the problem really well. If you don't buy too much, you won't have a lot to throw away.

As for leftovers, I'm a fan. I just made a pan of my baked oatmeal - 8 portions for 8 breakfasts for the week and then some. I really don't mind eating the same thing every day at all. I vary it with different fresh fruit toppings. I have several other go-to meals that I'll make again and again, a couple of times a week.

CORN is a great anagram - I try to do that before I go shopping on Saturdays. What's leftover often gets put into my world-famous "Clean Out the Fridge Soup" with a base of canned tomatoes and fresh onions, I make a soup with whatever vegetables are left in the bin. Also good for using leftover rice or noodles.

I didn't intentionally throw out any food today, so, while I appreciate the idea behind the exercise, I'm skipping this one like Day 15 and 16. I'll likely have some things to toss at the end of the week, though.

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