Pushing Away The Plate

plate_with_leftovers_of_roast_dinner_-_print_versionWere you told to eat everything on your plate before you could leave the table? On my intuitive eating journey, one of the hardest things to do has been to push away my plate once I’m full. I grew up believing that wasting food was a sin.

Many of us received a similar message growing up. How do we change our habits and free ourselves from food guilt? Permit yourself to “waste” food. You heard me correctly. We all need a place to start our journey, and this is a place to do just that. One of my practices is composting. Knowing that the food is going back into the Earth to nourish Her makes me feel good. We also have chickens on our property, and they love the goodies we leave on the compost pile every day. Our chickens give us the most glorious eggs you’ve ever seen or eaten in return.

Not everyone can compost or has chickens to give their leftovers to. An alternative way to keep you from creating food waste is through using a smaller plate at your meals. A smaller plate helps you to manage the amount of food you are consuming in the first place. Know that you have permission to get more food if your body needs it. I find that waiting 5 minutes before I go for seconds helps. It takes a few minutes for the satiety message to hit the brain. We often eat with our eyes and, in so doing, can not hear the fullness message from the stomach.  Intuitive eating takes practice and you will have days that will be hard.  Be gentle, and kind to yourself along the way.

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