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At the moment, I'm weighing/measuring foods. We rarely eat out or at someone else's house. I personally try to only take a reasonable portion and eat it.

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I am a member of the clean plate club in that I don't put more than what is on my eating plan on my plate. If I feel full, I stop eating and put away the food to be eaten later. I feel it is wrong to throw food away. Sometimes I do when it has been in the fridge too long, but I try to manage to not throw any food away.

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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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I eat slower than I used to. That's been a tremendous help and made a huge change in my 'clean plate' habits. I am content, even happy, with boxing up what's left and having it for lunch the next day. Works perfectly. I've also learned to take small portions. No ones coming in and stealing food! Smaller portions. Slower eating. Actually tasting and enjoying what I eat.

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Not brought up with the Clean your Plate message but am still good at cleaning my plate if I have put the correct amount of food on my plate. I will try not to eat as Linda suggests.


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I don't want to be a member of the Always Clean Your Plate club or the Never Clean Your Plate club. I just want to eat healthy meals and try not to waste food.

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Day #18 Of 100 Retrain Eating Habits

Although I was not forced to be in the “clean your plate club” as a child, I realize that I’ve grown up with the thought that it’s wasteful not to eat it all.
I have spent lots of time retraining my eating habits and more important realizing that when I eat what I don’t really like or what is stale or old just to keep from tossing (and wasting) it, I am really just “waisting” it.

It is hard to get past the idea that I need to save the earth by eating leftovers but thankfully I am there most of the time.
If I eat the last bits of pie, I really don’t help one person on this earth but I do harm one!

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I am not 100% on board with this message when it includes on purpose food wasting, feeling like leaving food on your plate is heroic. I would rather manage what I put on my plate, take less initially than is a meal, top up with bits at the end.

I agree that food eaten beyond fuel is waisted, but I don't think it needs to be wasted (thrown away), It can be put aside to be eaten later.

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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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DAY #18 RETRAIN EATING HABITS

This lesson has come at a very opportune time!

June is usually Strawberry season here in Michigan. Well, I couldn't tell you where our strawberries have been because all I have seen at the grocery store are those from California! Earlier this spring I also saw some from Florida, but that was short-lived. One of the greatest teats we have when we go to Florida in March is the fresh strawberries. Michigan has been so cold this spring; maybe that is the problem.

Yesterday I had a mental plan for my meals - left overs. Steak from Father's Day. I was grateful for the potatoes I found in the cupboard because it meant I didn't have to go to the store if I didn't want to. Then I looked in the frig and discovered we also had left over corn-on-the-cob and garlic bread. Yippee! DH can have them instead of potato. But I didn't have any veggies for dinner so I ended up going to the store anyway.

I had also decided that, since the supposed season was quickly closing, I wanted to treat us to Strawberry Shortcake. This treat is almost equivalent to Thanksgiving when you indulge in those special foods only once a year!

So MY dinner was left over steak, sautéed fresh mushrooms, and Strawberry Shortcake. I have to give myself credit for yesterday's lesson as I noted I was getting full and wanted to save room for the strawberries so I did not finish my mushrooms.

Now for the dilemma - I am looking at the left over Angel Food Cake and very sad at the thought of not having any more and wasting it in the garbage. emoticon

Linda tells us:

"Remember that your weight and your health are always more important than a left-over piece of pie (Strawberry Shortcake)".

I wonder if I can freeze this kind of cake? (SIGH)

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I continue to see the importance of retraining my eating habits. Intentionally leaving something behind is a habit I need to reestablish. It is easy to let this one slide but it is about my power over food and a positive mind set. It helps me to avoid seconds and to improve on other good eating habits for successful weight loss/maintenance.


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Okay, Phyllis, I loved this:
"If I eat the last bits of pie, I really don’t help one person on this earth but I do harm one!"
I'm going to remember it in my weak moments. Gill also mentioned the last piece of pie in her spark mail so I think I have to fess up that yesterday I did, indeed, eat the last piece of pie yesterday. What can I say? It was Cherry!

Normally I don't eat sweets except on No S or special days but I sure did enjoy it. Maybe I was enjoying it so much because I was sharing it with my great grandson. Something made much more than the first two bites delicious.

On this journey with 100 days I really have retrained my eating. I no longer have a compulsion to eat it all. I no longer have the cravings that used to torment me on a daily basis. I have learned to choose alternatives to food when I'm bored or procrastinating.

I still step off the path occasionally; now it doesn't cause the guilty feelings that used to lead to more eating.

I used to tell myself that I just had a big appetite but now I've learned that I was feeding my feelings and not my body. A few years ago I would have scoffed at that idea.

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Thank you NoCalories, for your supportive words.

I don't live without temptations, just this week, eating food rather than wasting it, is not my weak spot.

I have trouble with gluttony and with emotional cravings. Right now I am on a high emotionally so am not having trouble with temptations. But when the lows come, or when I get tired and bored with being mindful about what I eat, then I have trouble not gaining weight. I see several of you have done this 100 day journey several times. I have done the Beck Trek and the 5% challenges repeatedly and find improvement and habit improvement every time, and I feel the 100 days sequences will help me with my weight management efforts as well. Also, because this is my first time through, I am pondering the days in a lot of detail to figure out what I think and what I need to change to improve. I expect future journeys will have briefer daily comments. I am really enjoying this team, wonderful leader Gill, and the amazing team mates and the perspectives they bring.

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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
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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My list of gratitude is abundant for each member who has shared thoughts. I like living with having power over food and not allowing food to have power over me. I also look forward to not having to retrain my eating habits because I eat with no waist. June you are a true motivator of living with no temptations of over eating. Thank you all for giving me thoughts to live healthier.

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8/28/19 9:43 P

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Day 18 -- Retrain Eating Habits

I am not in that number that Linda is trying to help this week

I don't have any inclination or desire to eat an unhealthy amount because I feel I have to finish
- what is on my plate
- what the restaurant plate contained
- what my kids didn't eat and left on their plate

So, I am not going to do this exercise of deliberately throwing away food after leaving it on my plate.

Thank you Linda for covering so many scenarios. Not all apply as being helpful to every person, but someone will always benefit.




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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
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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Like you Gill, I have posted many times. I can now see gradual changes. This lesson was a hard one for me at first and I resisted. Even now it is so easy to forget to leave a bit of food, but when I do, it gives me a positive mind set and helps me to have more power over my food rather than the food having all the power.

Are these small changes easy?...Sometimes yes...sometimes no, but it's totally worth my health and my time so I continue tweaking and retraining my eating habits.

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I've posted pretty much everything I can say about this lesson on this thread before - it's all here. My childhood memories, the way I've changed.

I used to be the 'dustbin' person in the family and amongst friends - just finishing up that last little bit; the last slice; the last piece of bread; the last bit of cheese; the last spoonful of something.

NO MORE! I am now very comfortable saying "I've had enough" or "I can't eat any more" and throwing the left-overs in the bin.

It depends what it is - at home, I try to cook only what I need, and I'm good at using left-overs for the next meal. But away from home, I say "no thank you" to second servings, and I don't take left-over food home with me.

I will accept things like fruit, or fresh vegetables - that's it.

As a child we were always encouraged to finish everything - especially finish up the main course in order to get dessert!

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I can't remember anyone telling me to clean my plate or eat as I normally did anyway. I've always loved food.

I don't ever recall feeling obligated to clean my plate at restaurants, but I have brought home "doggie bags" lots of times if I thought the leftovers would be good for later. If we weren't going home right after, I'd just leave whatever was left. Now it's even less of a problem since we rarely go to restaurants any more. My hubby was diagnosed with Celiac and we know of only one restaurant that is certified Gluten Free, luckily it's Mexican, our favorite. Yeah, Chick-fil-A will fix a few things GF, but the one time we went he said it was not very good at all. So the Mexican place is the only restaurant we go to now, and that's about an hour and a half drive from home, so it's not often.

I'm really good now about throwing out leftovers at home. If it's not eaten within a week, out it goes.

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I'm also trying to put smaller portions on my plate. Veggies - eat what I want. But I'm a more conscientious 'eater and planner' than I ever used to be.

Cleaning out the refrigerator - yes! I do that more thoroughly than I ever used to.

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DAY #18 RETRAIN EATING HABITS

Looks like I did part of this assignment yesterday when I came up with all of the old clichés that came to my mind about cleaning up our plates and not being wasteful!

And as I also mentioned, the restaurant trap is the biggest culprit for me now days. I have tried several times to set my intentions about only eating half of what comes on my plate or at the least stopping myself from eating more when I notice I'm full enough. Unfortunately I have not been successful yet, but I will continue to work at getting better at this.

Phyllis I love your idea - when I eat what I don’t really like or what is stale or old just to keep from tossing (and wasting) it, I am really just “waisting” it.

I am better at cleaning out my refrigerator without guilt of old left-overs that I couldn't bring myself to throw out but never got around to eating in a timely manner.

My mantra for this lesson:

DON'T GIVE UP YOUR POWER TO FOOD!

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8/28/19 8:26 A

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Phyliss - I appreciate your comments here.

This chapter might make sense to me in the future. I remember long ago, eating a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut with co-workers, and leaving one slice of it because I was full. I was at a record low weight in my adult life due to grief. I didn't stay at that weight long. It was not my normal habit to leave food. I'm guessing that my hunger had also shrunk, but leaving food did not become my habit. And I was not at that weight long. I think my focus should be to not get more food after I'm finished and not to have little bites here and there.


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June, I totally agree with your comments yesterday and I never intentionally waste food.
My issue is continuing to eat the last bits or hubby’s last bits when I’m already full.

Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits
Although I was not forced to be in the “clean your plate club” as a child, I realize that I’ve grown up with the thought that it’s wasteful not to eat it all.
I have spent lots of time retraining my eating habits and more important realizing that when I eat what I don’t really like or what is stale or old just to keep from tossing (and wasting) it, I am really just “waisting” it.

It is hard to get past the idea that I need to save the earth by eating leftovers but thankfully I am there most of the time.
If I eat the last bits of pie, I really don’t help one person on this earth but I do harm one!

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 8/28/2019 (08:03)
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Day 18 Retrain Eating Habits ***Still in training...it all starts at the grocery store
Buy healthy food, plan menu and journal.
Eat when hungry, stop sightly full then storing leftovers safely.

"Less is best" Seeing too much food makes me eat more when I'm not hungry.
First week of every month use up, donate or toss food sitting around.
Article emoticon 7 habits—and how to take control of your eating:
1. Prevent eating beyond the point of slightly full - (new) switched to glass containers; divide potions and store extra food before sitting down.
2. Stop succumbing to late-night munchies or eating feelings.
Water and Wait-out cravings (last 7 minutes use distractions)
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Retrain Eating Habits

Going back over old posts I realize that I was firmly in the Clean Plate Club when I first began 100 Days! Little by little...inch by inch, you might say that I have made progress. I still find it hard to leave food on my plate...I CAN though when I take that "pause" and consider how much I've eaten and that I have probably had all or more than I need.

Yesterday was our Thanksgiving so, lots of family, way too much food, but I managed to focus on the fun, eat slowly, and skip the dessert! WOOHOO - first big holiday dinner that I have done so well. Now I feel encouraged about surviving the holidays without weight gain.

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Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits - Take 2

Today's lesson goes hand in hand with yesterday's lesson about wasting food. My comments would be exactly the same so I won't repeat myself except to say that I am not good at this.

For our Day #17 we were suppose to throw some food away and then note how we felt about doing that. We had a delicious dinner of Stuffed Trout. I love the buttery taste of the stuffing, but I left some on my plate to be tossed. DH even commented about it and when I explained what my assignment was he gobbled the left over stuffing right up. Better him than me, I guess! I could easily have eaten it myself, but was happy that I didn't give into that temptation.

I am trying to remind myself that there is no need to be anxious and worried about food left on my plate. There will always be more of where it came from. I will not starve. If I take left overs home, I can eat them later if I am truly hungry.

Today's assignment felt the same to me. Linda talks about "leaving one pea on your plate, practicing this for several nights in a row, leaving a little bit more each time. We are to write some rules for ourselves to reflect our new attitudes to combat the Clean Plate Syndrome.

IF YOU ARE FULL, LEAVE IT! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T EAT IT! REMEMBER - YOUR WEIGHT AND YOUR HEALTH ARE ALWAYS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A CLEAN PLATE!

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YES! It does - because we (emotional eaters etc) often eat stuff EVEN WHEN WE DON'T THINK IT'S VERY GOOD!!!!!!

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PS - hope the dogs appreciated it - wouldn't have thought 'dressing' was something dogs went for?

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I gave the dogs some of my dressing after lunch today -- didn't clean my plate. emoticon does it still count if I didn't think the dressing was all that good?

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Day 18, 100 Days Retrain Eating Habits

I don't think that I was brought up with the Clean your Plate message but am good at cleaning my plate if I have put the correct amount of food on my plate. I will try not to eat as Linda suggests. emoticon

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates! emoticon


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Definitely Thankful for this team and Linda Spangle! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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1. Get up early and walk outside. 2. Express gratitude for what I have. 3. Do something productive. 4. Plan menu and monitor. 5. Put a smile on someone's face. 6. Learn or do something new. 7. Journal and report how plan worked.



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Day 18 Retrain Eating Habits

I grew up with the "clean your plate" rule. The minute I was living on my own, that changed. I let my appetite be my guide, until I learned to binge. It took some time to regain the true sensation of what true hunger and true full felt like. Now I eat mindfully and can easily toss food if necessary. I usually plan well enough there aren't leftovers.

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That's it!

I had plenty of calories to my high end of range and talked myself into it being okay instead of coaching myself to stay on the low end of my range.

Practice practice practice!

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Charlotte -- The STOP EATING concept is a hard one for me, too....especially if I'm being "good" emoticon and I have some more calories coming to me. emoticon

Last night I surprised myself by not eating those 250 calories that would have taken me to my top range on the nutrition tracker to lose weight. I had made a satisfying (and bulky) meal involving shrimp, a half portion of pasta, and mushrooms and spiralized zucchini. I enjoyed every bite, but actually felt very full afterwards. I had some more calories I could use for my vanilla frozen yogurt later, but I decided to brush my teeth and act as if that was it for the evening...knowing I could always get it if I wanted it. Never did get around to having that bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt.. I had decided to stop eating as I was full and satisfied. Maybe some of this is soaking in a bit???

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Okay - last night I had a bottomless pit moment while eating dinner I just didn't want to stop eating.

I know I complained about the lessons that said throw away food . . . but I realize the lessons may not have been so much about throwing the food away but training yourself to STOP EATING!!!

I need to practice that more, I will read the past few lessons again and let the meaning soak in better instead of telling myself what a dumb lesson. . . I just didn't understand it.

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This is the first time in the multiple times I’ve been through this book that I realize I didn’t get the clean plate message. Mine was more of a personal “want more - need more” response to things, so that yes, I never had anything but a “clean plate”.

My self-messages about the clean plate club need to be more along the lines of checking with myself as to whether I want or need more - if I want more, is it hunger? If not, stop. If I “need” more, why? Again, stop and mull over what I do need. I still use IndyGirl’s HALT - am I hungry, or am I angry, lonely or tired? I add a b for bored...I could also add a d for feeling deprived.



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Both of my parents grew up poor and ... truly physically hungry.

Therefore, we had an abundance of food every day .. and night.

Mom served our plates and clean your plate was mandatory!!!! My kid brother couldn't finish his food and spankin's could and would happen. As we got older ... I would "finish" my brother's plate of food so there wouldn't be ... any drama. We ate in a different room than our parents ... so this was easy, peasy to do.

Now ... I do my best to put my eating utensil down between bites and pay attention to when I am truly full. It's an on going learning process.

Going out to eat ... well, we might do that a dozen times a YEAR. I usually do better out to eat than I do at home.

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Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful sharing! emoticon Repeating these lessons continues to be invaluable and great reinforcement of how I need to live to be successful at weight loss/maintenance.

As a former member of the all or nothing club, all these suggested changes were overwhelming. emoticon I quit early my first time through this study. Like I have said many times, SO glad I decided to come back and give it another try. And another and another... emoticon

I continue to gently tweak and retrain my eating habits and I've shared many of them in my previous posts. More and more I'm starting to feel somewhat in control of my eating, when and where, how much. I regularly leave a small bit of food to strengthen my "mindfulness muscle".

Knowledge and small successes builds confidence and more success. Is it easy?...Never or at least rarely. But it's totally worth my health and my time so I keep tweaking and retraining my eating habits. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I didn't throw food for the last few lessons, I weighed and measured the correct portions/amounts and saved the rest of the leftovers for lunch and/or dinner.

I tried reading through these posts to learn, but I can see habits that I used to be that way but now I am different.


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I loved Linda's story about leaving 1 pea on the plate and building from there. At home I have trouble doing this assignment because my serving sizes are all measured and weighed and so there is not much to leave behind.

At a restaurant is another story though. I too have found myself thinking "Oh, there are just a couple bites left" and then eating them. I also seem to have a hand-to-mouth behavior that I need to overcome. I will think about eating just a couple chips that came with my sandwich or a couple fries that were served with my burger and before I know it they are all gone!

This will be a good lesson for me to work on the next time we eat out (which isn't planned until my DH's b.d. next week).

Paula - I can relate to some of you story about your grandson. Eating with our grandchildren can be very stressful for me it is such chaos when their parents are around. Things go much better when they are just with me and DH.

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Well...I'll have an opportunity to resist the take home container idea. We're eating out today (not my choice) to meet with our son. The place DH has chosen is one I have trouble finding something on my plan. It's run by a local homeless charity and actually is very worthwhile. The food is good, but more in the "down home" style. Chicken fried steak, pork chops, meatloaf, sweet potato fries, fried okra -- I could go on, but you get the idea! emoticon emoticon I'll end up getting a Mediterranean salad I'm sure, because it's one of the few healthier options, and the chef does a good job on it with "real" lettuce - not iceberg.

I do have a problem with wasting food. We've just had a spring break weekend spent with DH's daughter and grandson and some other family members that involved a lot of restaurant meals. Watching the dynamic of DH's daughter and her 7 yr old is truly agonizing. It's some kind of weird power struggle. 7 yr old is glued to his tablet. His mom insists on ordering full meals for him which he literally won't eat any of. A good part of the meal experience is the back-and-forth between the two where she's trying to coax him into just taking two bites. She'll take the tablet away numerous times, and then there's a lot of whining....then she'll negotiate with him to take some bites for tablet time in the future, and then much of the meal is spent with everyone else trying to carry on conversation around her admonitions of how he needs to improve his attitude etc. I can't really adequately describe how excruciating this is for EVERYONE and accomplishes nothing. Every single meal his plate was left untouched except for maybe 3 bites. DH said privately he was going to tell his daughter he wasn't paying for any more meals for the 7yr old. It's not the money so much as the absurdity of it all. Easy for me to say, but first of all the tablet needs to go. Second...I don't know what happens in their own home, but at a restaurant I'd probably err on the side of ordering not enough for him - only something minimal or nothing at all, maybe provide a snack from home, and then let everyone else enjoy their meal and share with him if he expressed an interest. And I wouldn't be having the constant conversation with him pleading with him to take just two bites. It's an unhealthy and unpleasant power struggle, and I don't think it can be doing him much good at all.

This is obviously still fresh on my mind, and shows an example of giving food so much power in an unhealthy way. I didn't have too much of an issue while growing up with being forced to clean my plate. My mom prepared healthy meals as far as veggies and not a lot of empty carbs. The few instances I can remember usually involved my not wanting to eat the full amount of the meat portion and my parents talking about how they weren't lucky enough to have this quality of food when they were growing up and how I was spoiled to want to waste it.

It's food for thought -- on the one hand, eating food that you don't need is NOT keeping it from going to waste. On the other, purchasing food that you won't consume and eventually gets trashed is a waste of resources. Both my sons work in the produce sections of a large supermarket chain, and they say I wouldn't believe how much perfectly good produce gets thrown out just in the course of a normal day's business. This is obviously a lesson I need to keep thinking about. But I probably won't bring a take out container home today. But that's due in part to my son who has one of those magic metabolisms and is known to finish what others at the meal don't eat. He's known as the "bottomless pit". emoticon

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Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits
This lesson continues with ways to leave extra food on your plate instead of continuing to be a part of the "clean your plate" club.
Thank you to all you wonderful team members who share your experiences!
Realizing I am still a work in progress on this one, I am sharing some thoughts that I am grateful for today.

I USED TO LIVE TO EAT, BUT NOW I EAT TO LIVE

Remember that your weight and your health is always more important than a left-over piece of pie!

If food is so good that I want to keep eating past satiation, remind myself that I'll enjoy the leftovers even more than cramming more into me right now.

RE-train ... that's what this is alllll about.

When I read this chapter this time, this is what shouts at me - "STOP GIVING FOOD SO MUCH POWER."

For me ... the only way to reach my goal weight is to totally retrain my eating habits

I finally faced the truth that to eat what I didn't need and really didn't want was not being wasteful but was harming me.

And thank you Gloria for sharing this one!
I like Linda’s comment......Food is not sacred! Now that’s food for thought!

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I like Linda’s comment......Food is not sacred! Now that’s food for thought!

I also like the idea of leaving a small portion on your plate! That way I won’t feel so guilty! What great ideas......I really enjoy reading everyone’s comments!

Here’s to a healthy fun day! emoticon

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I always struggle with this ... I was brought up with the "no waste" speeches in my life .. and because we often have struggled financially, have continued the tradition. It changes NOW!

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Catching up on the last few days I missed...

I am going to purposely leave food on my plate each time I eat to practice this habit, even when I feel hungry enough to eat it all.

I am good most times about leaving a lot on my plate at restaurants (or taking half home - sometimes giving it to my adult son who lives with us.) But I have a harder time leaving food on my plate at home, usually since my husband is the cook, and he sometimes acts offended, thinking that I didn’t like what he made. I’ve been working on this for awhile now though, and he’s getting used to me saying, I loved the meal but I am really full.

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Day 18 - Retrain Eating Habits

Consider when you have heard messages related to cleaning your plate. Then tell
yourself these old clean-your-plate messages no longer apply to you.

I actually don't remember hearing these comments from my parents, they may have done but I don't remember!

� Write down some 'Never clean your plate rules' that show your new attitude.

Never clean your plate out of anger, hurt or hate. (Thanks Susan, I agree with this)

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I am amazed at how my favorite foods taste soooo different after being away from them for awhile.

I also started eating only three times a day ... and don't miss my snacks at all. I also am not as hungry through out the day once I cut out my snacks.

I fill my plate half full of veggies!!!!
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Such good responses from everyone. I'm doing better at this but this lesson drives home my need to keep working on the habit of leaving something on my plate so I do not "waist" food. I do better in the morning and worse at night when I am tired and mindfulness seems to be in shorter supply.


Working to stretch my "mindfulness muscle" today and tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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Day 18 Retrain eating habits

Clean-your-plate messages no longer apply to your life.

“Never clean your plate” rules that show your new attitude. Stop giving food so much power that you can't leave some of it behind..

If you just can’t bring yourself to throw away that’s left on your plate, retrain yourself
gradually by leaving one small piece of food at a time. Intentionally leave some food behind at every meal. Then apply the same concept to restaurants meals.

Write some "Never clean your plate" rules that show your new attitude.

Leave at least a bite of food to show I am in control!

If the last bite isn’t as good as the first bite, don’t finish the rest of the food.
Eat more slowly and see if I need less food to feel satisfied (not full).
Leave that bite of crust or the crunchy undercooked carrot.

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Oh my! LOL Susan - I always heard that the children were starving in China! Europe, China...I guess it really doesn't matter. The fact is that there are children starving. How sad that we have not been able to stop that even in this modern day.

Still, even as a very small child I couldn't see how that related to me. I know it was meant to make us clean our plates; probably also to care for others in need...but it didn't teach portion control, or what things were actually good for us. Good thing we were active kids or we would probably have been lectured every day about children who couldn't walk....Oh yes..we did hear a lot about that actually because the polio epidemic was on. One scourge that our modern day sciences has defeated!

Today I try to fuel my body; I am mindful of portions although sometimes....well, it is Thanksgiving, you know. I remind myself often not to eat something just to avoid tossing it in the trash. I have "waisted" way too much food already in my life.

The budget being what it is, buying only food we will eat, cooking the right amount, and planning to use leftovers is really important.....and I am healthier!

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Coming from a family with 10 kids, it was imperative that we not be wasteful. Food had to stretch. Tight budget, you ate what you dished yourself. I still think that is not a bad thing. I was skinny all my growing up years. When I married I was 5'6" and 115 lbs.
What happened is that I didn't adjust my eating with my adult activity level and metabolism change. I will continue with my policy of not wasting food. But I will be mindful of what I choose and how much I put on my plate. I can make good choices at a restaurant and bring home the leftovers for myself or someone else. One thing I do at restaurants is ask for salad dressing to be brought to the side. I gauge how much I use. If a dish comes with a sauce, I also have it to the side.
I will not write "Never clean your plate." I will write " Don't WAIST Food."

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• Think about all the places you’ve heard messages related to cleaning your plate.
Record all the phrases you remember and where you heard them. Then tell
yourself these old clean-your-plate messages no longer apply to your life.

My Mom's favorite saying "Children are starving in Europe." and my get yourself in trouble rebuttal "Can we send it to them then?" LOL!

• Write down some “Never clean your plate” rules that show your new attitude.

Never clean your plate out of anger, hurt or hate.

Never clean your plate, instead take care of your body and your health.



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I was just thinking about my forthcoming weekend: I decided last weekend that I would not buy a box of 8 (cheap and cheerful but very nice!) choc-ices from the shop - I'd buy just ONE choc-ice (even though it's more expensive). I've now thought that I will decide not to bring any ice-cream home - I'll buy one when I'm out. Deciding not to bring ice-cream home will be a good habit for me to cultivate!

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This is generally something that isn't hard for me now. Twas a time (lots of times!) that I could not stop eating. Now my body informs me to stop. Message is - keep working on this, it really does change eventually. I do think that part of it is making sure all necessary nutrition is covered and the other part is being kind to yourself while you're retraining. Lots of days go wrong on the trip.



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Day 18; Retrain Eating Habits

Gosh, this is an ongoing thing for me. I have done it and I follow No S, eat 3 meals a day, generally eat planned snacks, sweets, or seconds only on weekends and special days, etc.; somehow though there is always tweaking to do.

After reading Gill's post for instance, I'm thinking, "when did I stop using that smaller plate? Why did I do that? I guess it is time to go back to smaller plates because there is still a good bit of weight that has to leave.

I wonder if anyone gets so set into an eating plan that there is no longer any reason to tweak it. My goal is to be more consistent with my serving sizes. Portion distortion has always been a problem for me, so I'll keep tweaking that too I guess. Measure and weigh! Ugh!

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A work in progress but the important thing is that there is progress!!

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The 'Clean Plate Club' Ah, yes, I was a member for years. Every once in awhile I find myself returning to those club patterns. Thank goodness I notice it and stop. Horrible habit. It started when my kids were toddlers. It was eat fast and eat what you can. Like I was going to starve myself? Eating fast is not good and for sure cleaning all the leftovers off the plates is not good. Therefore, here I am!!

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Excellent decision, Chris.

I am OK on this one. No S habit management has conditioned me to eat three times a day Monday to Friday. I use an 8" plate (I thought it was 9" but just measured it).

I usually serve myself up the right amount. I don't always clean my plate these days; I used to!



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Lately, I have not only cleaned my plate, but have begun cleaning my husband's plate! emoticon

I never did that before. It is just because I eat first in our group dining room and bring his food up to our apartment for him.

After he eats, I have to clean up his table area and it is my "witching hour." The evenings are when I crave food the most.

OK now: "I will easily resist this new habit by tossing hubby's leftover dinner foods, no matter what it is. Out it goes!"

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Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits
"Remember that your weight and your health are always more important than a leftover piece of pie".
For me it is to stop feeling like "I" need to make sure everything is eaten just so "we" aren't wasteful!
There will probably never be a time that I throw away good food for an experiment so I'll just have to find another way to "retrain my eating habits!"

The NoS is a great plan that I keep going back to but so far need more "retraining"?

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Same here, Wanda - No S suits me too!

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I have finally been able to retrain my eating habits only by taking baby steps. Making tiny changes, fully adapting to them and then making more changes. Has it taken longer that way? It probably has, but any time in the past that I attempted a complete makeover or started a severely restrictive diet, I have failed miserably in a matter of weeks, if not days.

The small steps went on for a long time and I was successful at keeping the weight off. Over time though I started feeling deprived, then I found the No S diet on which I eat three plates of food a day and can have seconds or treats on weekend and special days. That change lifted my spirits tremendously! I can have seconds on S days if it is something I really love, I can also plan for birthday cake, an anniversary celebration, or just a treat on the weekend. Lovely!!

Now I continue a diet that consists mostly of home cooked meals, no trans fats, almost no processed foods at home, and lots of veggies and lean protein. It works for me.

I do realize that I may get trans fats when I eat out so I really don't eat out more than once or twice a week.

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My doc has told me more than once to do an elimination diet for weeks if not months. After doing it for 6 weeks I have chunked 17 pounds, eliminated water retention and feel ... well, AWESOME. I am enlightened!!!!
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We grew up eating a lot of carbs. My Mom, all her life, had an aversion to most "real veggies". In our house it was beans, potatoes, corn and mostly fried meats...with bread or cornbread at most meals. She did love okra and squash.......fried, mostly. Until I was out and about, in my teens almost, I assumed everyone ate that way. I was heavy all my life as a result of those habits....some still cling to me like a ratty T-shirt.

Knowing I have options and can make sensible choices needs to be drilled into this mind and heart of mine....and those choices made consistently.



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When we go to a restaurant I will either half my portion to bring home, or will suggest the two of us share a meal. It's easier on the wallet and the waistline.

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Day 18: Retrain eating habits
Yep need to do this. focus on how to stop giving food so much power that you can't leave some of it behind. Remember that your weight and your health are always more important than a leftover piece of cake.
One pea at a time retrain yourself gradually by leaving one small piece of food at a time.
The restaurant trap
Starting at home, intentionally leave some food behind at every meal. Once you're comfortable doing this, apply the same concept to restaurants meals.you can always take leftover food home and use it for a meal the next day. But be careful with this because it doesn't always accomplish what you planned.
Starting at home, intentionally leave some food behind at every meal. Once you're comfortable doing this, apply the same concept to restaurants meals. You can always take leftover food home and use it for a meal the next day. But be careful with this because it doesn't always accomplish what you planned.
you want to get two meals out of your restaurant food, make sure you select items that match your healthy eating goals. On those times when you decide to eat great food that's not quite as healthy, enjoy the taste of your meal while you're at the restaurant, then leave the rest behind.
Think about all the places you've heard messages related to cleaning your plate. Recall any family members, school lunches, restaurant staff, even strangers who glared if you left food behind. Tell yourself these old clean-your-plate messages no longer apply to your life.
In your notebook, write some "Never clean your plate" rules that show your new attitude.
It's extremely hard to change what we've obviously been doing for years. It's easy to 'slip' and then keep rolling downhill. I was raised to clean my plate.
I usethe exchange so I make sure my small or divided plate has the portion control on it such as 1/3 cup of grains or pasta or 1/2 cup veggies or fruit, and 1oz protein, or a 1 cup of milk. I read my labels as sometimes there is hidden fats or carbs in them.
I use the exchange so I make sure my small or divided plate has the portion control on it such as 1/3 cup of grains or pasta or 1/2 cup veggies or fruit, and 1oz protein, or a 1 cup of milk. I read my labels as sometimes there is hidden fats or carbs in them.
At home I put the right amount of portions on my plate so there is no need to leave any behind. I cook now for one to two so I either have to put in fridge or freezer
at restaurants I need to have waitress remove or box up portion I will not consume before I start eating.
Never clean you plate unless you already portioned out the healthy food. Never clean your plate unless you are 100% comfortable with the choice you are making. I'm working hard to cook only for two people also.

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Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits
Sometimes I feel I've learned so much but I also know it is so easy to slide back into the old habits.
For me at the moment, it is getting back to three balanced meals after vacation. I "know" what I need to do but it is so easy not to!


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It's extremely hard to change what we've obviously been doing for years. It's easy to 'slip' and then keep rolling downhill. For me this is my 'addiction.' (One of them anyway. The other one is books.) Sometimes I tell myself "Just have one bite." I convince myself I can do that, but I can't always do it. So I have to be very, very careful with those '2 bites' that I take. Woe is me if it's a Snickers! The whole bar or bag will be gone. There is no such thing as 2 bites with that one.

However, I have learned to leave food on my plate. When I'm full, I stop. That took quite sometime.

I can see myself going through the 100 Days numerous times. Love this!

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You're not alone, Linda. I've had a couple of days of being slightly off-track, and I feel exactly the same - it's like slipping back and finding nothing has changed! As you say - one day at a time!

later: I've just been able to sit and read through all your great posts, and something came whooshing back to me! I'm not sure if I've posted this before or not, but I can remember being at the family table, as a child, and my mum saying that if the un-eaten food was left on the table, I'd eat it - I was a 'picker'. I can't remember which food were left for me to 'pick' at, but we didn't eat badly. It was probably the last spoonful of fish pie, or the last few brussels sprouts........ That persona stuck with me right until recent times - I was always the person who would accept the plea to 'just eat up that last piece'. No longer!

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I do not know why I am starting over starting over. I thought I had made a lot of thing into habits, but after being in the hospital for a week and then being restricted from exercise for another 2 weeks. I feel like my mind is back where it was 5 years ago when I first started this journey. the hardest thing has been to get back onto scheduled eating. I am taking it one day at a time.

goal is to be able to walk again
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For me ... the only way to reach my goal weight is to totally retrain my eating habits.

Eat when physically hungry.
Stop when physically full.

What we do to lose the weight we will need to continue to do ... with SLIGHT modifications to keep it off. That's why I have done DWL several, several times now.

We do not eat out often ... never have. Hubby is a fantastic cook ... and I am frugal with our money : )

We take a care package where ever we go. The rare times we eat out ... the kids are treating us coz we watched the g-kids ... I always bring home the left overs. But only the foods that I selected for myself.

I can now leave food on my plate ... home or out ... knowing I am physical full.

Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.

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Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful sharing.

Pam, rereading and repeating these lessons has been invaluable and a real eye opener for me. emoticon Trying to do all that is suggested the first time through would be overwhelming. As a former member of the all or nothing club, I quit early my first time. Like I have said many times, SO glad I decided to come back and give it another try. And another and another... emoticon

I continue to gently tweak and retrain my eating habits. I've shared them in my previous posts. More and more I'm starting to feel somewhat in control of my eating, when and where, how much.

Knowledge and small successes builds confidence and more success. Is it easy?...Never or at least rarely. But it's totally worth my health and my time. emoticon emoticon


. "Success is the sum of SMALL efforts repeated Day in and Day out." ~ R. Collier

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My responses are about the same as my first time through.

I naturally leave some food on my plate if I have already eaten to satiety.

I remember growing up with a Mom who constantly chided us to eat all our food with the phrase "Children are starving in Europe". Boy did I get in trouble the day I suggested we send them the food! LOL



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10/27/16 9:14 A

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I reread my notes I wrote from the first time I went through this book and like many of the other days I think I paid more lip service to some of the lessons than I actually put into practice. My bad.

So, today was different in realizing that if I truly want to lose 100 lbs. by November 1st, 2017 then some of these lessons I need to learn, practice and keep practicing. I honestly feel like I am not that much of an emotional eater any more but yet here I am still obese. What gives?

Well, what I am really recovering from right now is poor eating habits (too much at one time followed by long periods of not eating) as well as not being active (it gets worse). So, that was what was left to 'fix' after I recovered from emotional eating. I really didn't expect it to be that way. I figured that once I addressed the reasons behind emotional eating I would be at my goal weight. Well, it didn't work out that way. Now, I have other issues to deal with. It doesn't quite seem fair, does it? Oh, well... that's life!

I have to concede that Ms. Spangle makes a good point here. Dining out is simply too accessible to most of us ( a by product of our leisure and discretionary income we have in this country especially) and usually with less than ideal results. I pay too much for food when I dine out to leave it at the table. When an average meal for me alone is $20+ without tip why would I eat a couple of bites and leave the rest? The only person who will enjoy it will be the person who is brave enough to eat off the plate when they take it to the kitchen. Yes, waiters do that from time to time.

So, I have decided that from now on I am only dining out on very special occasions. The next time being Thanksgiving. We discussed it and we are going to do that. No cooking. No leftovers.

If you hear the sound of a grown woman crying that is me. LOL. This hits me hard because I do love to eat out but again I can't have it both ways: lose 100 lbs by this time next year and eat out as often as I have. I will be in mourning for a while. LOL.

Pam

Edited by: TWEETYX2 at: 10/27/2016 (09:18)
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2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
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10/27/16 8:27 A

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Day 18 – Retrain eating habits

I began retraining my eating habits several months ago when I began tracking my food again. For me this means measuring my portions for each meal as well as keeping track of nutrients. Only putting on my plate what I should eat means not having to toss any at the end of a meal. Since I have been doing this I can recognize that I am full more quickly.

Even though I grew up as part of the clean plate era I’m not sure that had much to do with why I was overeating. I don’t think I ever really overate out of guilt. More because I just like food. Retraining myself not to cruise through the kitchen in the middle of the day because I’m bored, tired etc. has been my battle and I’m sure will be something the 100 DWL will be addressing.

I’m hoping that continued tracking will train me to judge when I have eaten enough on those times when I can’t track – holidays and dining out – where I don’t have as much control over what is being served.




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Day 18, 100 Days Retrain Eating Habits 10/27 second round

I grew up on clean your plate. I do sometimes still at restaurants want to if I leave it in front of me. so yes I need to box up right away or have waitress remove it.
At home I put the right amount of portions on my plate so there is no need to leave any behind. I cook now for one to two so I either have to put in fridge or freezer. I am okay with that.

I used the exchange so I make sure my small or divided plate has the portion control on it such as 1/3 cup of grains or pasta or 1/2 cup veggies or fruit, and 1oz protein, or a 1 cup of milk. I read my labels as sometimes there is hidden fats or carbs in them.

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I so totally agree that it all starts with the shopping. If I don't buy it, I won't eat it. The recipes I use also make a big difference.

Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits
Most of the time I still don't have anything left on my plate. I can toss it if there is but this was a very hard lesson for me to adopt.

I finally faced the truth that to eat what I didn't need and really didn't want was not being wasteful but was harming me.

Any leftovers are used for another meal. Yesterday's lunch was soup made with the baked sweet potato left from the night before. It was a quick easy meal.
However I am still a work in progress on this one..... emoticon

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