100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS--DAY 17
THURSDAY JANUARY 17,2013
STOP WASTING FOOD
Do you tend to always clean your plate? YES
As A child, were you told you should never waste food? YES
Unfortunately, old rules about eating all of your food can ruin your diet plan.
Think about where you first heard those clean-your-plate messages. MY DAD USE TO TELL US THAT ALL THE TIME.
When you were growing up, did people around you cringe if food was wasted? YES
Were you praised for eating it all? YES
Maybe you were taught that leaving food behind wasn't fair to the starving childern in the world.
Of course, not wasting food makes total sense. In some cases you can prevent having to 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. But when you fill your car with gas, you don't keep pumping after the tank is full, spilling the fuel on the ground. So why would you do that with your body?
Here's a new way to look at those old rules about 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.
EATING YOUR CHILD'S LEFTOVERS
The same thing is true when your childern leave food behind. Certainly it's important to teach kids a sense of responsibility around food. But often they simply take more than they can finish. If you can't bear to throw away their leftovers, just remind yourself that if you eat it, the food is wasted.
Starting today, make a commintment that you will not waste food by putting it into your body. This mental shft may not come easily. But if you're serious about managing your weight, you have to let go of cleaning your plate. If you can't do this, you'll probably continue to struggle with reaching your goals.
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.
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.
I DIDN'T THROW ANY FOOD AWAY! I'M DOING SLIM FAST BREAKFAST AND LUNCH,
AND I MEASURE ALL MY FOOD OUT FOR DINNER,
I SAVE LEFTOVERS FOR THE NEXT DAY.
Wrie down a few ways you can prevent having excess food amount around in the first place.
I MEASURE EVERYTHING.
USE A SMALLER PLATE.