To Waste or Waist?

If you grew up in a home like mine, there was ample appreciation for what we had and it was unconscionable to allow food to go to waste. Translation? You cleaned your plate, and did not allow food to go into the garbage. While well intention-ed, this approach to eating fails to take into account the possibility of not having a well balanced meal, or have portions in excess of what we actually need. Add to to this the pressure of needing to validate family cooking by going back for seconds, and you have the makings of some potentially bad eating habits.

Of course, in high school this wasn’t such a big deal with football and plenty of activities to counteract the massive calorie intake. However, enter college, and then marriage with that same mentality in place but no exercise to balance it and it can create a bit of an issue. I was able to compound this problem further by looking at every plate put in front of me as a challenge as to whether I could finish it or not. With so many restaurants offering outlandish portions it became extraordinarily unhealthy for me when we would eat out.

As I have recounted in my other posts, the inevitable results of these eating habits landed me at 276 lbs. Fortunately I was introduced to a challenge group from a college buddy and by following the program with Shakeology and Les Mills Combat I am now within striking distance of breaking through the 200 barrier! I now plan that when we go out I may very well eat half my meal and bring the other half home.

This got me to thinking: why do I force feed myself when I know that I’m done with my meal? Then it struck me! I was still using the same eating philosophy from my childhood. I began to actually think through this idea of “Leave nothing to waste!” It occurred to me that just by shoveling what was left into my face does not mean it has benefited my body. Whenever I eat in excess, the bottom line is that it goes to MY waist, which means by eating it the food has gone to waste twice over!

Please know, I am not abdicating that we should get in the habit of throwing food away. I believe that if we reprogram ourselves to learn our bodies better, we can be better prepared to know when we are best served by ordering smaller portions or being ready to take food home. There are those occasions when it doesn’t work to try to bring the food home due to spoilage or distance from home. While it may be aggravating to throw perfectly good food away, what’s worse is if we waste the food twice over and pretend that by eating it we made a good decision. I am learning to listen to my body better. I encourage you to do the same, and when appropriate allow some food to go to waste so that it won’t go to waist 🙂

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3 thoughts on “To Waste or Waist?

  1. You are right, of course; but if you did take less, the inevitable question: “Are you sick:” or “Don’t you like it?” would follow. Besides,how could you say no to those 3 course breakfasts of fruit, eggs, and pancakes with sausage or bacon on the side?
    I am trying to implement the “eat wat you need, not what you want strategy,, but I am an emotional eater that that does not help. I recognize it and try to keep the “emotional” items out of the shopping cart. Hard as I try though, with Sakeology, exercise (what I am able to do) and trying to watch what goes into my mouth, I still managed to gain. My body betrays me at every turn.

    • Step by step, one day at a time. You are in for the long haul, so we’re not overly focused on short term, but learning better strategies as we learn our body and find the right combo for success. You will make it 🙂

  2. Don’t get discouraged Kathy….where we are at now didn’t happen overnight! Stay with the program and you will see results!

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