One concept of Intuitive Eating that really caught my eye as I was listening to the audio companion book the other day was that throwing away excess food is okay.
The author commented something along the lines of, and I paraphrase, “You may not want to throw the extra food away on your plate when you realize your no longer hungry because you think it’s a waste of food. However, if you’re eating beyond full isn’t the food still a waste, even if it’s in your body? Now you’ve just added something to your body that you don’t need.”
Isn’t that interesting?
Extra food, whether it’s left on your plate or eaten and in your body, is a waste. We simply have to decide which waste is better.
She didn’t condone, and neither do I, cooking tons of food just to throw the extra away. However, she did mention trying to do it a few times to allow yourself to get rid of extra and not feel the emotional pull to eat it just because it’s there. I believe this is what they call the “clean plate club”, and many people won’t stop eating when there is food on the plate, even if they are full simply because they don’t want to waste the food.
I’ve never really been a “clean plate club” eater; however, when I want to overeat I try and ask myself if I really want that waste of food in my body, or should I just throw it out?
So, going along the lines of wasting food last week I decided to clean out the candy supply that has accrued in our pantry. My kids still each had a bag of stuff from both Halloween and Christmas, plus Valentine’s parties added a few pieces each. So, I made them get their bags out, pick out their favorites that they might eat soon and we threw the rest away.
This is what we threw away. I believe it was probably 85-90% of the candy that was stored. Yes, even chocolate got thrown away. I decided that while some may think this is a waste it’s a much better waste in the garbage than in our bodies where it is not only not needed, but not even wanted.
Are you a member of the clean plate club? Do you have a hard time throwing food away after you realize you are full? Feel free to share your comments.
Have a great week everyone!