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I've done well at not keeping excess food around. The junk food in my house is not tempting to me. I am currently weighing/measuring portions, so I'm not putting excess on my plate. That's the best for me at the moment. I will keep this lesson in mind for eating out opportunities.

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Waisting food, good one. Food we don't need for fuel or body maintenance is waisted and we need to not eat it. I can't/ don't want to throw it away, but I can save it for a later meal.

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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Still trying not to "waist" my food! Today I have a TOPS weigh-in and I am expecting a loss since I tried to stay mindful this week.

If I have gained, I will remember to protect my program, not give up, and stay on track because I know that is more likely to get me a loss. Sometimes it is tempting to just give up after a gain but for me a binge day almost always will mean a gain even if it is a week until the next weigh-in. I also weigh every morning just to catch trends before they get out of hand. A couple days of upward numbers will nudge me to evaluate what I've been doing. Yes, it may be too much reliance on the scale but I view it as a tool and not as a judge.

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Day 17, 100 Days Stop Wasting Food

I still try to only put the right amount on my plate so I don't waste or waist it. I also try to avoid eating biscuits which are not so fresh and thus try not to use my insides as a bin, trying to take care of myself, however challenging it can be sometimes.


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Day 17 Ė July 24, 2020
Donít ďwaistĒ food

I didnít think I was going to do this exercise. However, tonight I had some green beans. I love raw green beans. (Weird, I know.) I was excited about having them. Unfortunately, they were terrible! Iím not sure why. I was trying to choke them down because I didnít want to waste food. Then I realized that even though they were healthy, I didnít need to eat them. Why should I eat something that tastes terrible? Maybe there was a reason they didnít taste right to me. Maybe something wasnít right with them. Anyway, I didnít eat them. I threw them out. I do feel a little guilty, but not much.

I try not to waste food. I donít have a lot of excess food in the house. Meal planning helps with that. When I have extra food at a meal, I save it for later. I never feel pressure to clean my plate. Actually, I guess when Iím getting full and I still have a couple of bites left, then I feel some pressure to eat the food, because itís not enough to store for later. I need to work on that.


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Day 17, Stop Wasting Food

This lesson resonated with me when I first read it, years ago. It still does and it is still a reminder that I need.

Years ago a dieting friend put it differently when she said that it is better to waste food than to waist food - she had that posted in her kitchen and I immediately absorbed that truth although I certainly continued to waist food for years afterwards-at least I was conscious that I was doing it.

Now I can leave food on my plate - maybe not often because I do eat with intention now and I try not to overload my plate.

Edited by: LIVINTODAY at: 6/24/2020 (08:59)
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Day #17 of 100 Stop wasting food

At first this was another lesson that was hard for me to relate to but with working through the idea I know that if I eat something that I donít need to keep from tossing it out makes no sense really. Either way the food is gone!
The difference is that if I want to be healthy and happy I will stop being a garbage bin.


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DAY # 17 STOP WASTING FOOD

I can still relate to this lesson. Although I am getting better at it, more times than not I seem to make an excuse to finish the food - It takes so good! There are only a couple bites left! What a waste!

The thing I don't like about this assignment is that -

When we are good we are very , very good! And we have all of our food weighed and measured. I mean, really, who has enough food on their plate that they are willing to give up any?! When I'm in full throttle weight loss mode I am going to eat every darn bite I am allowed to have!

But, don't get me wrong, I do understand the concept behind today's lesson and I will keep working at it.

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Day 17 - Stop Wasting Food


Manage it better. Don't overfill your plate. Put leftovers in the fridge and put together several days of leftovers for a meal. I like skillet-crisped leftovers - lasagna, polenta, rice, potatoes, etc. I try not to waste food. And just a few days ago, I did overeat to finish leftovers, but that doesn't happen very often. It is harder to make the right amount now that DS is staying with us. When it is only DH and I, I make less than 2 portions of a main dish and when DH has had what he wants, I eat the rest and if I am still needing more food, I have quinoa, or veggies or fruit or hummus or a few other healthy things to top up my fuel tank. With DS being here, I make more because I want to be sure he has enough, and then often after DH and DS have served themselves, there is more left than I need. So we have been having more leftover days. Which luckily DH and DS like too. Sometimes I purposely make lots and freeze the rest for another meal that I can make more quickly when I have less time to cook. I have some soups (chicken noodle, tomato, split pea and ham), lasagna, cabbage rolls, extra bread ... in the freezer. I also cut some chickens in half when they are fresh and freeze them. Half a chicken is just about a perfect meal. If food is not so old it is going bad, I don't throw it out, I repurpose it in another meal. And I underfill my plate then eat a bit more to reach the optimum meal portion.

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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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6/23/20 9:32 A

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As always informative, thoughtful posts. emoticon Maribeth!

Once again my previous posts point out where I need to focus:

"If I do not pay attention I can fall right back into the clean your plate club. With years of practice (and patience) the majority of the time my portion size is more appropriate and I pay closer attention to my hunger level."

Looking forward to Day 18, "Retrain eating habits". Mine definitely could use some fine tuning. emoticon




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emoticon "Every time I eat food my body doesn't need, I'm wasting it!" ~Linda
emoticon "Control at the point-of-purchase." ~ Gill

I continue to make lists and stock-up on frozen veggies.
Minimized waste to shrink waist.
10 ways to stop wasting food u.nu/0y3t

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~ Earth Day | How to Stop Wasting Food u.nu/arthayowtotopastingood

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Day 17 - Stop wasting food.
Linda is right, we should stop wasting food or waisting food. I would rather throw it away though than eat an unhealthy amount and feel defeated.

I only cook for two people now and after many years of having an empty nest we are finally learning to cook two portions instead of six or eight. I've become good at altering recipes and I also portion out packaged meat before it goes in the freezer.

Still there are those things that are left over and we try to use those leftovers within a day or two. I can't make a stew or any crock pot dish for just two people so I freeze the excess in two portion containers.

I used to have a terrible time in restaurants but now I check menus ahead of time, eat lightly through the day if I know we are going out, and if it is a special occasion or S day I give myself permission to eat it all. (No S plan)

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Day 17 Stop Wasting Food
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[So now you have a choice. If you rid of leftover food by throwing it away or by eating it, you're wasting it.

if you eat it, the food is wasted (on your waist.) ]

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I agree not to eat food that is more than I need.
I disagree with throwing it away, DH and I serve ourselves and both don't take more than we eat.
I can put leftovers from what I prepare in the fridge and share or eat it in the next few days.
At a restaurant, I can take it home, put it in the fridge and share or eat it in the next few days.

I try not to waste food. I try to serve myself less than I need and eat it all, and eat a bit more until I have had enough. My kids when they were young usually ate all their food, but if they didn't, I did throw it away and didn't have a clean plate rule, just told them to try not to waste food. Now they don't eat all their food, they often eat out and leave at least a quarter on their plate. When they eat at home and serve themselves they leave food on their plate. At home they have the choice to serve themselves what they want, so no excuse to throw away the remains on their plate. It really annoys me, and sometimes I comment, but most of the time, I just feel annoyed and don't say anything. It also annoys me that they eat out so often. Not my business. They are all hard workers and self-sufficient, that is more important to me. They are wasting their food and money. I wish they wouldn't. Oh well, they are adults and making their own choices. The upside is that none of them are overweight.

It is sometimes pointed out that me not finishing my plate is not going to help the starving people in India, but I think everyone needs to take care of food resources and their own consumption and waste less. Surplus production from our country can be sent to countries who need it. In our community we have a church-sponsored gleaner society that takes surplus food from local harvests and from supermarkets just before expiry dates and dehydrates it to make soup (onions, carrots, tomatoes, lentils, beans, celery, etc) and sends containers of our harvest and supermarket surplus to countries who don't have enough food.

If shoppers were more careful with their purchases and didn't waste food at home, the supermarket surplus might very well go to India.


www.fvgleaners.org/about


Okay, I will get off my soap box now. Just had to express I don't like waste and less waste could benefit others.

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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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I am so grateful Linda wrote this book. I also appreciate each one who contributes their thoughts daily. I live with the idea each bite is precious. I acknowledge that I am blessed to have food on my plate and that I can be full if I eat slowly and enjoy each bite. I try to only eat half of my plate and put the other half in the refrigerator for the next day. I do not like the idea of waste or waist. I like being blessed by food so I can live healthy.

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Janet (THETROUT) it's taken a lot of work and small, steady changes and I'm still working. My first time through Spangle was August 2014. I did not do anything but read and follow along in my book.

In 2015 I started journaling and occasionally commenting in this thread. Long story short, each time through (9 or 10?) with baby steps and small changes and NOT quitting a little more stuck and weight loss/maintenance has become much more doable. Success builds more success and confidence. You are doing the right thing by measuring and avoiding pitfalls. emoticon
Practice, Patience, Persistence = Progress emoticon emoticon

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This sounds like it's above my current skill set. I am avoiding eating out because if there is good food, I want to eat all that comes to me. (I do have a few restaurants that I can make work.) Like others, at home, I'm measuring my portions.

Gill, sweets are my biggest weakness also. I'm encouraged that you are managing your weight pretty well with that weakness.

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If I do not pay attention I can fall right back into the clean your plate club. With years of practice (and patience) the majority of the time my portion size is more appropriate and I pay closer attention to my hunger level.

Like others here, I Really hate to waste food. My huge restaurant leftovers of Mexican food serve me a second meal. The servers there know me and automatically bring me a take home plate.

Another thing that is helping me lately is (from Day 18) deliberately deciding to leave just a small bit of food. Key for me is feeling more in control of my food instead of the other way around. I'm not wasting or "waisting" food and my dog is thrilled!


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I used to always clean the plate, and pick at left-overs. But now I only eat what I want, and I leave the rest!

The weekend before last I went to a breakfast club with good friends. I ran there - 12 km, so felt I deserved a good brunch - I ordered the vegan brunch and could only eat half of it. I left the other half on the plate, and it was cleared away.

Last weekend I went to the breakfast club again - this time I only ordered mushrooms on toast, but it came with two huge slices of toast, and I left one slice on the plate.

This is a real step forward for me in eating - because usually I just keep stuffing until it's gone!

For me, it's less easy to throw away sweet things - I have that strange 'second stomach' which always has room for dessert! But I'm getting much, much better at this.

What I am brilliant at is now shopping and cooking smaller amounts. I'm very good at this and now have a few cookery books which are designed for 1 person cooking. This helps a lot.

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I had the same problem when my kids were little. I also started eating my meals fast. In other words, feed the kids. Hurry up and finish my meal. Clean up, etc. Busy times! Yes, I would clean their plates for sure.

I am finally learning that I don't have to clean my plate. As a matter of fact, when we eat out quite often I have enough for lunch or dinner the next day. That's progress!

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My biggest problem with this was when my kids were little, I always would finish their plates if they got full (never was one to make them clean their plates) But it's been years since that's happened.

~ 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.
If I have leftovers that will not keep, or if there's not much left, I will throw it away. Otherwise, leftovers make a good lunch for the next day.

~ 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 leftover food in the future.
Will do this later today.

~ Write down a few ways you can prevent having excess food around in the first place.
Portion control, serving sizes


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DAY #17 STOP WASTING FOOD

I'm sure many of us hear our mothers tell us to clean our plates (don't leave any food). I believe it has been determined that this approach was caused by growing up during the depression period when food was scarce for many. Other sayings: "There are starving children in this world that would give anything for that food!" or how about "That was so good I could lick my plate clean!" Yes. We have been very conditioned to not waste food.

Although it is true, I have never cared much for the clichť about "You will waste the food one way or another; either in the garbage or on your waist!"

Linda tells us we can prevent having too much food in the first place. When I am at home this is simple because I weigh and measure everything. When I am away from home it is much more difficult. Buffets are a landmine for me which has a load of issues in and of itself. Restaurant food is so expensive it is like throwing money out the window and I do not like left overs. Food someone else has prepared is also a challenge.

I think we would all benefit by concentrating on being more mindful rather than worrying about wasting food. I still have some work in this area - a good challenge for this week!

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 8/27/2019 (10:12)
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Day #17 Stop wasting food
Judging by all the comments for this lesson itís a hard one for us to work on.

Most people donít want to intentionally waste food. To toss things still doesnít come easy but to eat stale items or things I donít particularly like instead of getting rid of them makes no sense now.

To think about how much I eat (last bite when Iím already full, tasting as I cook, nibbles while cleaning up) that is what is really ďwaistedĒ on me.
emoticon "Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!" This says it all!

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I do pretty good at not having extra food around. I am the portion police at our house. I weigh and measure everything. I donít make large recipes with a lot of leftovers anymore. I only make 4 servings. Thatís enough for each of us for dinner and my sister has some to take for lunch the next day. That eliminates the temptation to go back for seconds because there isnít anything left.

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Thanks, you made it simple, SKIRUNNER!!

It really is all in our heads!!!
So true! If we stay mentally prepared we can WIN the battle within!

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Wanda, I can answer your question, at least for me. 1. Because the food looks so good. 2. Because I often perceive myself to be more hungry than I actually am.

Iím going to edit answer 2 to read: I perceive myself to need more food than I actually do. Since I too often eat it all, then feel too full, this seems more accurate. emoticon

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I'm with you, Donna!

I'm not a trash bin or a garbage disposal and I no longer treat myself like one. Does that mean that I am no longer tempted to do so? No!

It was hard for me to learn that eating excess food was even more wasteful than throwing it away. At least I wouldn't harm myself by throwing it away.

Now I try to cook smaller amounts; I throw much less food away, I eat way less food, and I don't hate to get on the scale as much. Why oh WHY was this such a hard lesson to learn?

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Day 17, 100 Days Stop Wasting Food

I too try to only put the right amount on my plate so I don't waste or waist it. I also try to avoid eating biscuits which are not so fresh and thus try not to use my insides as a bin, trying to take care of myself, however challenging it can be sometimes.

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Still have it easy here. DH and I are on our own and I'm good about tracking before I serve myself. Hardly ever find myself finishing my portion just because it is there - more often I could actually eat a little more....but it's not there to eat.

I cringe when I see someone on TV throw perfectly good food in the trash can (like the wife who's ticked off at her DH for missing dinner again and she dumps his plate in the trash). I'm thinking -- why not just cover the plate and serve it later? I do agree though that forcing yourself to eat something just to keep from wasting it does not make any sense at all.

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Sue, I could pretty much say 'ditto' to how you describe clean your plate at home vs. restaurants. I get angry at myself but I don't always stop and pay attention. I just forge ahead and clean that plate!! I'm getting there, but it's a very slow process.

Love Gill's description "Your body is not a trash can!" Now I need to use that as my mantra.



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Day #17 Stop Wasting Food - Take 2

I reviewed my previous posts and I see I have not learned a thing! I am still plagued by the "Clean Your Plate" Syndrome.

At home I control portion sizes and so this is not such an issue. However, last night for dinner we had spaghetti with meat sauce and I was to take the "First 2 Bites" and then stop and evaluate (Day 15). Well, by they 10th bite I was still loving that taste. In fact, it tasted so good to me that when I recognized my body telling me I was full enough, I ignored it and finished the last few bites anyways! I had measured my portions, tracked my food, and was within my calorie range, but I'm thinking that all of that is beside the point for this lesson.

When I am at a restaurant it is a bit of a different story. If there is at least half of my meal left on my plate, I will asked the server to box it up for taking home. However, again, if there is only a few bites left I will eat it up regardless of whether I have had enough to eat or not. At a restaurant it is all about wasting money. I am a "Foodie" fan and love the experience of eating/tasting different and decadent foods! This past w/e my DD and I tried Truffles at a restaurant in Chicago. $35 for one mushroom! I wasn't about to leave any of that on my plate no matter how full I was! If I'm eating somewhere cheap, wasting food doesn't seem to bother me so much.

Like Linda said - this can be a very difficult habit to break! I loved her example of overfilling a gas tank. Of course I wouldn't let gas run all over the ground from overfilling. What a waist! ! !

Tomorrow is our big Thanksgiving feast day and I will have plenty of opportunity to practice our lessons from the past few days.

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I don't usually have excess food in the house. When I have leftovers from a meal, I put them into my meal plan for another day. That being said, if I forget about the stored container, which can happen, I don't have a problem throwing it away now.

This is in direct opposition to what I was taught about not wasting food. Several months ago, I realized it was better to 'waste' it than 'waist' it. I'm not a human garbage disposal, although I was in the past. I'm grateful to have made the change.

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I do pretty good with not feeling like I have to eat up all of the left-overs (I have a DH that doesn't mind doing that) unless it is s food that I especially enjoy. Then I find my self taking a few extra bites as I clear the table. Thank goodness that situation rarely occurs.

If we have left overs at home, I will put them in the frig for another day, but there are plenty of times that we don't get around to eating them and I will dump all of the old stuff before I go shopping for fresh, new foods.

Clearing my plate is another matter! I too will eat those last few bites on my plate at a restaurant because it is not enough to bother taking home. So this is an area I can do better in.

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emoticon Paula - measuring is a great tool to limit waste - and the compost bin a great solution to the disposal. I have an underground 'digester' but had to stop using it because the rats got in it (despite it being caged in) - and it freaked me out!



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I've gotten better about not finishing something when I've had enough. I've also gotten better about giving myself the portion I need in the first place.

No food thrown out today, but that's because I had everything measured and accounted for.

Things are easier now that we have an empty nest. I don't buy nearly as much as when our two sons lived at home and were hungry all the time.

Occasionally I do serve myself too much (or get too large a portion at a restaurant). I used to keep on eating since I'd served it, but now if it's "too good" to waste (like a portion of salmon) I wrap it up and put it in the fridge for another meal. I never hesitate to ask for a take home container at a restaurant.

We never throw food in the trash at our house (try to keep it all paper and non-smelly) Extra food gets put in the compost bucket. emoticon


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Very busy day today, but it included leaving food on the plate for the waitress to take away. Win.



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I used to use my stomach as a garbage can when it came to leftovers. So glad I no longer do this terrible habit! emoticon

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This was a difficult lesson for me. Tomorrow I'll head to the store for the weekly dreaded job of shopping. So either this evening or in the morning I'll go through the fridge and get rid of what doesn't need to be there. I would not have done this a couple years ago.

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Day #17 Stop wasting food
"Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!" This statement really says it all.

I never had the ďclean your plateĒ problem because growing up in our large family there were no left overs.
With my own kids, if I was on a diet, I was looking for their leftovers! Hence my years of yo-yo dieting.

Thankfully now I can pitch what needs to go out. Today I will feed two things to the birds because hubby isnít eating them and Iíve looked at them long enough!
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Great idea to think if you eat left overs you are wasting food! I always make extra because my husband usually gets seconds.........I have to remember that I donít need to get seconds and the No S diet has been helping! I can save left overs for lunch the next day depending on what I have prepared. We have so much snow and more to come.........trying to keep myself busy cooking healthy! Have a great day!

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This one is a big one for me! I hate throwing food out because I am a thrifty person.

BUT, I also heard this on a podcast, "Waste it or Waist it" and that kind of stuck with me.

I'm really good at freezing what I have left over but my biggest problem is fruit, veggies, milk, etc. We have a store called Aldi here that is really cheap so I tend to get too much in the fruit and veggie area.

This is also a challenge at restaurants where the leftovers wouldn't quite be a serving. I eat it because I don't want to leave it and it is too small to pack up.

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Catch up time on the last few days I missed...

I definitely grew up learning how to be a member of the Clean Plate Club!! It wasnít easy to change that habit, but I have gotten much better about taking smaller portions at home, and leaving food on my plate at a restaurant or getting a ďdoggy bagĒ if itís a nutritious meal that I really love and want to eat for another meal at home. Today we went out to breakfast and dinner (a rare occurrence) and I left food on my plate both times.

I love the analogy of how we wouldnít keep on pumping gas in our car once the tank is full, and the line ďEvery time you eat food your body doesnít need, you are wasting it.

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I am soooo surprised at how close we were to preparing the right amount of food for Thanksgiving day ... left over turkey but not tons of other left overs.

We have been keeping the g-kids for the last two weeks while their mom is on a vacation with her mom in Europe. I find myself telling the g-kids to stop eating when they are full ... they can always eat the rest of their meal the next time they are hungry.

Gosh, I wish I have been empowered all my life concerning food.
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I have stopped wasting food. I did this twice in the last 12 hours without even realizing it!

Last night, at work, I'd packed a small coconut macaroon to have as 'dessert' after my dinner. In the morning I found it still in my lunch-box - I hadn't eaten it.

This morning at work, I ate breakfast with someone I support, and left half of my breakfast bar - I didn't need it.

I am now very good at serving the correct portion-sizes, cooking the right amounts, and putting the remainders aside for another meal. Sometimes I put all the left-overs in a pot and call it 'curry' or 'soup' or 'stew'.

These lessons do finally become new good habits. Keep going!
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Day 17 Stop wasting food

The clean-your-plate rule is one of the hardest ones to break. Every time you eat food your body doesnít need, you are wasting it!

Today - Throw some food away. It can be a tiny amount or a large amount. By wasting it into the garbage, youíre not wasting it into yourself.
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Prevent excess! I can prevent overeating (over filling) by quickly throwing out excess food, measuring food portions before I start cooking, or asking hubby to do the clean up (if I am really tempted to eat more). It helps when I quickly put the leftovers away and get out of the kitchen. Measuring portions before I start cooking can be difficult because hubby can eat more than I do and sometimes heís quite hungry.

|As a child I was a very picky eater with a small appetite. I often sat at the table for a long periods of time till I cleaned my plate.

I am getting better at not eating more food than I need. A couple of weeks ago we were at a Japanese restaurant. When my plate of food arrived there was a lot on the plate. I immediately got a takeout box and put in half the food. If I have a dessert in restaurant I will share. At a buffet hubby gets my dessert, so it will be smaller.

I can manage leftovers without eating them. If itís small amounts I quickly put them all into one container for a future lunch. If I cooked double, I put the excess portion into a container and leave it on the counter to cool while I eat dinner then it's ready for the fridge right away.

I will stop sabotaging myself!

I still have to throw food away today. I do remember my first time in 100 DWL this was very difficult for me to do.

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emoticon CGH-ARTYPANTS for throwing the donut away, what an achievement!

I ate my dd's leftover Ryvitas but they were on my plan so it can be OK.

I too try to only put the right amount on my plate so I don't waste or waist it emoticon

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Day 17, Stop wasting Food

Awesome, Cheri! I remember going through the same process.

Like Maria, I feel like I finally have achieved portion control that helps me keep from waisting food. I also try not to throw too much food away although I will do that rather than eat when I have already had enough. Portion control was SUCH a hard thing for me. It is that old "eyes bigger than stomach" syndrome...but then of course because of "clean plate syndrome" I felt like I just had to keep eating....What a waist!!


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I already posted once but just had a successful waste not waist occurrence. Grandsons ate a few of those little powdered donuts for a snack. I had a healthy snack. I was cleaning up and discovered one boy left one bite of donut. Do I do the one bite thing or the "don't WAIST it" thing? I threw it away.

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Super posts here. Day 17 is internal to me now, I try to Waste rather than Waist including children's leftovers and soft leftover biscuits which I may have eaten before! emoticon

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone celebrating tomorrow! emoticon

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Wonderful posts.

I too have learned portion control - for the most part. Now I wonder how I'll do tomorrow? Those special days are more difficult. I admit that. But I definitely take smaller portions and do not (except on extremely rare occasions) take seconds. I plan to prepare plenty of veggies for tomorrow. My how my taste buds have changed. In the past I would be concerned on preparing enough stuffing! Then I'd be miserable later. Slowly but surely I am learning.

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Stop "Waisting" Food

emoticon posts as always. I went Waay back and re-read so many good posts old and new and emoticon on the victories! I could write a few pages commenting on them all and the great positive self talk that I have learned from everyone. I use don't "waist food" regularly and have passed it on to others. emoticon

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Most of the time I am still a die hard member of the clean your plate club. What has changed is my portion size is more appropriate and I have been paying much closer attention to my hunger level.

Whenever I feel satiated, I try and take what's left and save it for a snack later. This is working really well for me, I've done this to a lesser degree before but I did not keep the habit up.

With continued practice it's become easier. I know that my huge restaurant leftovers of Mexican food can serve me a second or even a third time for breakfast or a snack later when I am hungry again. My snack is all ready and I can enjoy it once more. It feels like a bonus because normally I would have eaten it right then and there.

I'm doing it with different things especially fruit. It's nice to have 1/2 of an apple or pear ready for 1T peanut butter for my snack if I am hungry. Again it feels like a bonus because normally I would have eaten the entire fruit hungry or not.

It's a variation of not wasting food that works for me. I'm feeling more in control of my food instead of the other way around. Feeling like I can navigate the upcoming holidays better than previous years.

emoticon emoticon To all who celebrate it, have a WONDERFUL Thnaksgiving!

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Day #17 Stop wasting food
"Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!"
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I was always taught to clean my plate and I agree that being wasteful is not good. We need to teach children to not be wasteful...to dish what they can eat. When others dish the plate, then stopping when full is fine. Last night I fed my two small grandsons. I dished their plates. They could not eat it all. The dog benefited.
As an adult...when I have been mindful of weight, I can portion control like I am doing now. If I go out to eat I bring home extra for another meal. On the rare occasion when someone fixes a plate for me in a home or banquet, I would have to leave some if it would cause me to over-eat.
The idea of not using my body as a trash can is a good thought to remember.

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I am fine with leaving a bit on my plate or tossing it.

Better to waste it than to waist it!

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You know what? I'm on holiday from work today (this week) and I've a mind to clean my food cupboards. Who knows what might be lurking there!

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Sounds like you've had a revelation!

I have a book in my collection by Marla Cilley (aka Fly Lady) and Leanne Ely, called 'Body Clutter' which embraces this topic. And I know that Feng Shui practitioners advise that an uncluttered home will improve our health too.

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As I read this lesson again, the thought occurred to me that we who carry extra weight around are really just hoarders! We are just the same as people who save and pile up old newspapers and magazines. We just carry it around instead of piling it on the floor!

Our bodies only need a certain amount of fuel and anything we eat over that shows up on our hips or tummies or arms or --- you get the picture. We would ruin our car if we put sugar or orange juice in the gas tank; we ruin our bodies if we put too much of that same sugar in our mouths. If we stand there and keep the gas nozzle on, it just falls to the ground. However, if we don't stop soon, we set up a dangerous situation if a spark hits that gas. Failing to put the right fuel in our bodies in the proportions they need sets up similarly dangerous situations.



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Well, I don't have an unblemished record with this one, but on a day-to-day basis, I am now cool about putting the last bit of food on my plate in the bin. If there's enough left in the pot to contribute to another meal - then I save it for another meal.

The only time I really lose the plot is around sugar/fat/flour combos (ie cake left laying around might find it's way into my mouth!) but I try to avoid getting into these situations as much as possible.

Today's lunch was left-over curry. Yesterday's dinner was half a pizza with salad - from the night before. I quite often find myself scraping things into the bin from my plate these days.

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That is a lovely photo, Maribeth! Also, thank you, team members, for boosting my morale yesterday. Greatly appreciated.

The 'eat up' message became entrenched in my Mother's generation because of rationing in the U.K. during WW2 and a few years afterwards, I think. My Mom had some fascinating cookbooks, bought as a bride in 1946, which are amazingly inventive with all sorts of food scraps and things we are very likely to discard today.

Smaller portions are the answer to not leaving anything, I feel. It has taken me a long time to get that message over to my DH. :)

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Ah yes, I hate to throw food out. But I did that this past weekend. I had a few things in the fridge that didn't look like anyone was eating or planning on eating them - so out they went. I didn't want to waste/waist it myself!

I'm enjoying the fresh fruit and veggies right now. I'm content eating them all day. Best time of year for only that reason, as I am not a summer person otherwise.

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As I read this last night I was thinking about a friend who once wrote to me that she was losing weight because she was no long "waisting" food. I'm sure the pun was intended as she was a good speller.

That has stayed with me, so Linda's line, "Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!" always reminds me of "waisting". I don't like wasting food and it is hard to throw it away but I actually hate "waisting" it more; so now I don't worry about leaving food on my plate.

Our mother's and grandmother's generations certainly bought into that line about "starving children in China" (or wherever)! I must have heard it a thousand times and I'm sure my friends did too. How in the world did generations of women actually buy into the idea that they should teach their children to stuff themselves??? It sure created a lot of members for the "Clean Plate Club" but I think it also created a lot of overweight adults.

That idea and the idea that we should turn to food for comfort were really bad mistakes! I wonder how often I heard, "have a cookie, you'll feel better" or "eat this, and you'll feel better".



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Day #17 Stop wasting food
"Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!"
This statement really says it all, thank you Linda Spangle.

Intentionally throwing food away does not work for me but I can now stop eating food I don't particularly like just because nobody else wants it.
Making sure that nothing is "wasted" is not solely my responsibility. Eating it won't help anyone.

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It is amazing how we think putting left over food in our mouth rather than in the garbage is better!

I am afraid that is still my mind set.

I will today throw away some left over food! emoticon It will be hard for me.

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Day 17: Stop wasting food

I did grow up in a "clean your plate" family, however, now I'm different! Yay....last evening I had a baked potato for supper and left half of it on my plate! This is a BIG accomplishment for me!

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You ARE lucky! I did grow up with the clean plate rule and I really have to fight that.
Now.....eat those veggies!! Your mother knew how good they were for you!
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I'm blessed to have not grown up with the "clean your plate" rule. My mom just made sure I ate my veggies. If I didn't eat them, she's set them aside and I had to eat them before I had any else that evening. Now I just eat my veggies first. :)

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Day 17: Stop wasting food
Do you tend to always clean your plate? As a child, were you told you should never waste food? Unfortunately, old rules about eating all of your food can ruin your diet plan. So I use smaller plates.
not wasting food makes total sense. In some cases, you can prevent having too much food in the first place by cooking smaller amounts or sharing meals at restaurants. But even with careful planning, sometimes you'll be stuck with extra food you don't need. Eventually, you have to learn to manage leftovers without eating all of them.
It's wasted anyway
The eat-it-all rule is one of the hardest ones for most people to break.
Here's a new way to look at those old rules around cleaning your plate:
Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!
So now you have a choice. You can get rid of leftover food by throwing it away or by eating it. Either way, it's wasted.
Starting today, make a commitment that you will not waste food by putting it into your body. This mental shift may not come easily. But if you're serious about managing your weight, you have to let go of cleaning your plate
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.
List the foods you let go today. Make a note about how it felt to throw food away. then add a few thoughts on how you will manage leftover food in the future.
Write down a few ways you can prevent having excess food around in the first place.
I use to clean my plate. I didn't want it to go to waste. Now I don't want it to go to waist! I'm either saving food for next hunger or just throwing it out. It's very freeing. Food doesn't have the pull and I don't feel bad throwing it out. make it a priority to use up food and avoid throwing it out. After all I grew up hearing about the starving children in Africa and how they would LOVE to have the food I was leaving on my plate! Ha! I refrigerate or freeze them until we want them. One thing is to put it away before eating then no visual to eat.
The most important thing I do though is to not "waist" food! You don't HAVE to eat it because it is on your plate and you most certainly are not doing yourself any favors by eating food you don't need or want to avoid wasting it. Your body is not a trash receptacle and cannot use that extra food so it will go into storage. We know what that means, right???? Storage overflow is not pretty! Don't WAIST it!
I COMMIT TO NOT LET FOOD GO TO WAIST BUT GO TO WASTE OR TO SHARE MEAL WITH FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER. IF NOT EITHER LEAVE IT BOX IT OR FREEZE IT FOR A LATER DATE. AT SOUP SUPPER I WILL NOT TAKE ANY DESSERT. USE SMALLER PLATES AND BOWLS AND SOMETIMES EVEN USING CHILD SIZE SILVERWARE CAN HELP. I WILL NOT USE ME AS A TRASH BIN

GIL LIKE YOUR POST.


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It's just hubby and me ... well, and the dogs. We are pretty good at fixin' just the right amount of food per meal.

But I stop eating when I am physically full and some times there is "bites" of food left. In the trash it goes. No looking back, no hurt feelings ... it's a done deal.
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Day 17!

I use to be that way. I'm not like that anymore!

I use to clean my plate. I didn't want it to go to waste. Now I don't want it to go to waist! I guess it all stems back to being made to clean my plate. Even when I wasn't hungry. Probably where all this dieting started.

Since beginning of year, I'm focusing on hunger/fullness or satisfied. I'm either saving food for next hunger or just throwing it out. It's very freeing. Food doesn't have the pull and I don't feel bad throwing it out. Because I throw it out doesn't mean people in Africa will starve or not. One of the things my dad always would say. As a child meant nothing to me. Couldn't figure out how me not eating was making people starve in Africa!!! emoticon

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I too make it a priority to use up food and avoid throwing it out. After all I grew up hearing about the starving children in China and how they would LOVE to have the food I was leaving on my plate! Ha! Well it doesn't get to my plate any more unless I fully expect to eat it. Hubs and I don't mind leftovers so I refrigerate or freeze them until we want them.

The most important thing I do though is to not "waist" food! You don't HAVE to eat it because it is on your plate and you most certainly are not doing yourself any favors by eating food you don't need or want to avoid wasting it. Your body is not a trash receptacle and cannot use that extra food so it will go into storage. We know what that means, right???? Storage overflow is not pretty! Don't WAIST it!

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Day #17 Stop Wasting Food (3rd time)
Growing up without extra food, this was very difficult to understand at first. The idea of pumping extra fuel into my body gave me pause to at least consider this lesson.

I have come a long way in dealing with wasting food. It is rare that I buy what isn't on my plan and that helps. I also gave up baking except on special occasions.
Usually every few days I check what needs used up and make soup or chop veggies that I can toss in a salad, an omelet or stir-fry. Sometimes I lightly cook them or freeze them if I won't be using them soon.
This has made a big difference in using up what I have. This also makes fixing meals very easy sometimes!

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This used to be hard for me. I looked at it all with a price tag. I still do, sort of, BUT the big difference is that I come with a price tag too. If I have something special for holidays, birthdays or other celebrations the food goes home with everyone else or in the freezer. That way the grandkids can enjoy but I don't have to be tempted.

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emoticon emoticon Day 17 emoticon Wasting Food (that shows-up on emoticon ) emoticon Gill, "control at the point-of-purchase," so I don't waste food.

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I used to find it difficult to throw away any kind of food. This has changed somewhat , I no longer have any problem throwing away candy or bread, cereals, shop bought goodies and such like. I rarely have them in the house anyway, if it has come in, it's usually by way of donation or accident!

I hate having to throw away meat or fish, I rarely do, unless I think it's gone bad. I feel this way because after all some animal was killed, usually in a nasty way, (and yes, animals are aware) so as to provide sustenance for us. The least we can do is not to waste that. I usually avoid taking or serving too much and then store left overs from the serving dish to re-use. Restaurants or eating out, I just do the best I can, if it's appropriate to bring home a doggy bag for the protein, I will do so.

The other thing I simply cannot just throw away are baked goods I made myself. I am a pretty good baker and I used to bake a lot. I no longer do, but still inspiration strikes me around Xmas or Easter . I also am particular about baking a special cake for everyone's birthdays, I change it around and usually do something pretty neat, so that makes for a total of seven cakes a year ( 2 for Xmas) that's way too much....because it means a cake every other month. I still can't bring myself to throw it out because the ingredients are expensive, I put a lot of time and effort into making it, everyone else is enjoying it...it has become a family tradition...so ....what do I do?

Last xmas I gave away as much as I could, but as I usually make two really rich rum and fruit laden cakes at Xmas time there was still plenty left for me! Besides, the rest of the family really enjoys it too and they can eat one piece a day, which I cannot, if I start then I eat a quarter cake at a time! I think I'm going to tell my husband that if he wants me to bake, he has to hide it from me, or I'm going to stop. He's not very supportive that way, he leaves stuff lying around all over the place!

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I have associated overfeeding with over fueling...as in putting more gas in the car to "round off cents" and spilling it on the ground.......as to putting excess food in my body to avoid wasting it. I'm learning, a bit at a time to avoid bringing home "some" trigger foods that I'd waste by tossing or overeating. I still find myself grabbing things not on my list and it's a good day indeed when I can leave them in the store. I'm a work in progress and it does feel good!

Gil, I'm hoping to do more of what you did....use what I have and be glad I have it!

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Great plan Gil and you will not be wasting money on thrown away food at the same time. emoticon

Yesterday we drove to a local "hot spot" about 45 miles from home to share a half serving of Kid Rock's favorite macaroni and cheese at Clarkston Union restaurant, which was also featured on Guy Fieri's show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. It is located inside a restored little church with actual church pews for our seats, stained glass windows and original ceiling fans and lighting. Instead of us each ordering the calorie laden mac n cheese, we shared a half order along with sharing brats.

It was enough without being too much. In the past I might have ordered a full order for myself and brought the rest home to eat again and again. I have learned through multiple times through these lessons that a couple of bites will bring satisfaction without going overboard.

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For the most part, I have mastered the art of throwing away food. To a large extent this is due to not bringing it into the house - control at the point-of-purchase, and choosing to buy single-portion sizes (even if they're more expensive).

However, I still find that I throw away quite a bit of fresh food that I've forgotten to eat. So at the moment, I'm focusing on using the food I've got, rather than buying more.

This morning, for example, I was going to buy mushrooms, tomatoes and veggie burgers to have a lovely brunch! Then I stopped and thought: I can use the remainder of the smoked tofu, I can use the remainder of the spinach, and finish off that bowl of canned chopped tomatoes - I have some boiled potatoes to cook too. There's no need to buy more food. I've switched up some of my meal plans for the next few days as well, to use what I have and not buy more.

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I was fantastic at cleaning my plate! A+++

Now it's a different story. There are times I struggle and reach for something just because I want it. No way it's due to hunger. But I'm so proud and happy that I have made progress in this department. Reading Day 17 this morning was so helpful. I honestly never thought about it as 'wasting food.' Me! Waste food! No way. Well, yes way. I will 'waste' it.

I sometimes throw things out, but if there's any way someone else will eat it - more power to them. They are welcome. I just 'get rid of it.'

There are things I keep since I have 2 grandchildren in my home. Now they can do some eating. My GS is 24 and he's a big guy. My GD is 10. She burns a lot of calories dancing, but thankfully she is very conscientious of what she eats. She told me dancers have to be careful because they can hurt their backs, ankles, etc. So she's working with me. I have a 'pal' doing this.

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I shocked my colleagues into throwing away left-over party food yesterday! We'd had a buffet party for our manager, who has got a new job. There were sandwiches, sausages & sausage rolls, things on sticks (cheese & pickles), pots of hummus, carrot/celery/pepper sticks, Pringles, quiche, cakes, lots of bottles of pop.

After the event, there was a plate with some sandwiches on, a few sausage rolls, almost empty pots of hummus, veggie stick, cakes - all left. Someone said "what shall we do with these?" I said "If you're not going to eat them, throw them away!" As they stared at me in silence, I expanded -"everyone's had enough to eat......... no-one's going to use it, you might as well put it in the bin."

Some of it went in the bin. Some of it was wrapped up to take home. But later, I put the remainder of the sandwiches, sausage rolls, pickles etc - in the bin.

However, very telling (!), I didn't put the cake in the bin - it was covered with cling film and left on the counter (in case anyone wanted it tomorrow). I later ate that cake (I'll report on Day 15 thread!).

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I am constantly telling myself not to use my body as a garbage can. I am getting better at looking at saving half a meal as a way of saving not wasting food.

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emoticon posts today. I went Waay back and re-read so many good posts old and new and emoticon on the victories! emoticon I could write a few pages commenting on them all. emoticon

Most of the time I am still a die hard member of the clean your plate club. What has changed is my portion size is more appropriate and I have been close paying attention to my hunger level.

When I feel satiated, I try and take what's left and save it for a snack later. This is working really well for me, I've done this to a lesser degree before but I did not keep the habit up.

It's easier for me to do knowing that my delicious leftover Mexican food can serve me a third time for a small snack later when I am hungry again. My snack is all ready and I can enjoy it once more. It feels like a bonus because normally I would have eaten it right then and there. I'm doing it with different things especially fruit. It's nice to have 1/2 of an apple or pear ready for 1T peanut butter for my snack if I am hungry..

It's a variation of not wasting or waisting food that works for me. I'm feeling more in control of my food instead of the other way around. Feeling like I can navigate the upcoming holidays better than last year. emoticon emoticon

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I had another perspective on this day's lesson.

We often talk about 'wasting' food on our plate but if we are over our normal BMI weight (see insurance charts if you aren't sure what that is for you) than 'any food' we eat that is not contributing to 'maintaining' our normal BMI weight is 'wasted' food because we are overweight and we are essentially maintaining an excess amount of weight our body doesn't need!

So, if I am not losing weight (check once a week) then I have essentially eaten more than my body needs in that particular week and I have 'wasted' that food which in turn is contributing to my overweight/obese BMI.

So, this is a strong message that if we eat more than our body is able to burn we are 'wasting' whatever food, no matter how small that might be.

This book is also about losing weight (no matter whether it is 5 lbs. or 105 lbs.)

So, from now on I am going to use this as a gauge as to whether or not I am wasting food that my body needs. No weight that week (unless I can point to other factors like being less active or a sodium retention from a recent meal) then I have wasted extra food my body could not use to its advantage.

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I came from the clean your plate or you will get a whippin' club. I have gotten better and better at stopping when full.

As each of our three kids moved out ... I had to adjust how much I cooked at meals. When I first retired I was still cooking too much coz we always made enough to take for lunch the next day.

Now we are pretty darn good at cooking just enough.

I had hubby throw away a peach this morning coz it had gotten moldy. We both commented on how hard it is to throw away food ... even when it is bad.

But if you eat too much ... it is a waste coz you have to spend soooooo much time working it off. AND your brain doesn't get to down size.

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emoticon Throw some food away. It can be a tiny amount or a large amount. Remember,
by wasting it into the garbage, youíre not wasting it into yourself. Write down what
you threw away.

2014's response:
I have none to throw away. There are literally no leftovers in the house! I think this is a good exercise for those who have the problem of eating everything on the plate, but that doesn't describe me anymore.

Today:
I still have none to throw away. We eat at home most of the time and I am pretty good at cooking the proper portions for us.

emoticon In the space bellow, list all of 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 youíll manage
leftover food in the future.

2014's response:
We eat our main meal out every day this time of year. That is not by my choice, it is his and I cannot change him. I normally do stop eating when I reach satiety and will leave sometimes as much as 1/3 of my meal uneaten on the plate, though more often it's a few bites left at the end.

When I do cook, I always cook for two days. Whatever is left at the end of day two goes in the trash, unless it's turkey and then we go 3 days.

Today:
How the times have changed! We eat most of meals at home, unless we are on the road and need to eat lunch in which case I order the smallest portion of something possible to carry me over. I read this lesson after finishing breakfast so I will look for an opportunity to leave some food on my plate at lunch and dinner and report back tomorrow on those results.

emoticon Think about ways you can prevent having excess food around in the first place.
Write your notes below.

2014:
Exercise portion control.

Maintain a "soup bag" in the freezer to dump scraps of leftover meat, leftover veggies and potatoes in to. When the bag is full, make soup!

At a restaurant, ask for doggy bag at beginning of meal and put 1/2 into it before you eat your first bite.

Today:
I have mastered the mindset of eating what my body needs and not having binge behavior. WOAH! I just realized that as I was typing this. I NO LONGER HAVE BINGE BEHAVIOR! WOW! For me, that is an extremely profound realization.

Part of this is due to the mastery Tom has over his own eating habits. There are all sorts of snack and sugary type items in the house. I am very good about having the mindset of not eating "Tom's things". Not because he won't share them but because I have learned from him the importance of using food as fuel and not a crutch most of the time.

Tom has a batch of chocolate chip cookies I baked 2 1/2 weeks ago and there are still some left. I have learned to eat just one cookie and enjoy it.

I truly believe that continuing to repeat the lessons of 100 DWL over and over again has helped in honing this new way of eating.

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