Do you feel guilty not finishing your plate?
If you grew up with the “children are starving in Africa” mentality, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That thought process, eating from guilt, can carry WELL into adulthood. Feeling as though “we’re wasting food” is a strong enough guilt trip to push MANY people to continue eating long past the time they are full.
Did it help you finish your plates when you were a kid? Well, maybe. But does it actually help anyone? Nope. Does it make you MORE grateful for the food you have? Nope. You’re still wasting it, it’s just going in your belly instead. It’s disordered thinking: eating more does not help the starving kids OR make you a better person. Sorry, but it’s true. :)
If you’re scared of ‘wasting’ food…
1. Put less on the plate to begin with.
2. Pack the leftovers away so you can eat it tomorrow (money AND time saver)
3. Use techniques like freezing to make produce last longer.
4. MAKE less at dinner time. If you’re always making too much (and it’s not being used as leftovers) try dialing it ALL back by 25-50%.