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Old 09-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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feeling guilty about leftover food.....

So my eyes are bigger than my stomach since I started JUDDD and I usually make/order more than I can eat. When I cook, no problem. Leftovers go in the fridge and I'll just eat it later. But when I'm out....I feel horribly guilty leaving food on the plate.

Partly, because it's just getting thrown out. But also, partly due to my childhood. You see, I used to eat very slow and very little. But in Korea, not eating everything on your plate (at least with my family) was rude so I would have to sit at the table until I ate everything (when I was younger I used to sit there for hours...like 2 -3 because I was full but still eating everything).

Naturally, I suspect now that this contributed greatly to my eating habits and becoming overweight (eating everything in sight, not realizing I'm full). So since starting JUDDD one of the things I've learned to focus on is when I stop feeling hungry to stop eating (not after I already feel full). But then I'm wracked with guilt at all the leftover food even if I'm at home and I know I can eat it later!

Hopefully the longer I JUDDD the better I'll be at realizing how much I really eat and only making/ordering that amount.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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I feel bad if I leave food at the restaurant to be thrown out, but I rarely do that. If I'm eating somewhere that's known for large portions, I'll ask for the to-go box as soon as I get my food, and immediately pack up half of it. Left-overs never go to waste at my house, sometimes my son is taking the box out of my hands as I'm walking in the door. Heck, I even bring home the left over bread or crackers, the birds love that stuff!
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:01 PM   #3
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You know - when I started to think that food going to waist was every bit as food going to waste, I kind of learned to get over that.

If it is not food that you need or want, if it isn't providing needed nutrition to your body and is just being eaten out of habit or guilt, isn't that wasteful too?
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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I always take a to-go box.. Now that I've been on JUDDD, however, I've just started sharing dishes with my kids - I can't eat enough to justify a full plate just for myself, I learned to my dismay on my 1st UD, lol!
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #5
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I am worried about not being able to get through the produce in the fridge before it spoils. Other things freeze well and my freezer is jam packed right now but since I live alone and am used to keeping a variety of veggies on hand, and just am not using it as fast as previously, I will need to change my shopping habits.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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...used to keeping a variety of veggies on hand, and just am not using it as fast as previously, I will need to change my shopping habits.
Me too - I'm going through food SO much slower!!!
I had a bunch of broccoli going to flower in my fridge - fried it up in butter for tomorrow's UD.
(What? You've never had fried broccoli? It's AMAZING)
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:10 PM   #7
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You know - when I started to think that food going to waist was every bit as food going to waste, I kind of learned to get over that.

If it is not food that you need or want, if it isn't providing needed nutrition to your body and is just being eaten out of habit or guilt, isn't that wasteful too?
Amen to that! That's how I look at it too, it's going to waste just as much as extra unneeded calories as it is if it's thrown away. So I would rather waste it in the trsh than on my body as unneeded calories! Once I looked at it that way I didn't feel the need to eat it to keep from wasting it, because it's still being wasted either way.

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I feel bad if I leave food at the restaurant to be thrown out, but I rarely do that. If I'm eating somewhere that's known for large portions, I'll ask for the to-go box as soon as I get my food, and immediately pack up half of it. Left-overs never go to waste at my house, sometimes my son is taking the box out of my hands as I'm walking in the door. Heck, I even bring home the left over bread or crackers, the birds love that stuff!
Yes, I always ask for the to go box too when I can't finish food in a restaurant, that's the best option. then it can be eaten as tomorrow's lunch or dinner or given to someone.

But it is also a good feeling when you realize that your eyes are bigger than your stomach and that you can't eat as much as you used to. I used to have some kind of disconnected between how food smelled and how it tasted because food I stopped eating like fast food used to smell good when I first stopped eating it, then when/if I order it, it didn't taste as good to me as it used to and didn't give me that fix I used to get from it and I ended up not eating it because it tasted too unnatural. But the part of my brain that used to respond to how it smelled before I started this WOE made me feel like I wanted it but then eating it, I realized I didn't like it anymore. It was weird. That sensation has gone away now and everything is synchronized but for a while there was that disconnect. It's hard to explain but I was happy to see that I didn't really want it or like it once I ordered it. It's kind of like eyes bigger than your stomach syndrome.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #8
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Oh golly, I love fresh food - veggies, fruit, fish! But almost everything I buy these days gets divided into small servings and popped into the freezer. When I eat out, even on UD, somebody had better to prepared to bring a box home.

And to think I spent years believing I was a big eater with a big appetite

Don't feel guilty, Crazy. It will be alright. It is possible to teach yourself how to judge portions. It is not easy, but it can be done.

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Old 09-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #9
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so true. Now even on UDs when we go out to dinner I often just have a salad and an appetizer and often can't finish even that. The portions are crazy huge and it's even crazier to think that I used to be able to eat all that!
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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I am worried about not being able to get through the produce in the fridge before it spoils. Other things freeze well and my freezer is jam packed right now but since I live alone and am used to keeping a variety of veggies on hand, and just am not using it as fast as previously, I will need to change my shopping habits.
I've reverted to my mother's way of coping with the veggie drawer...once a week (or whenever stuff starts looking wilted) I make up a veggie soup...chop it up, saute whatever needs to be, add broth and have it on my DD's....if it's too much for a couple of days, it freezes well for future DD's...kinda like my own version of the Soup Diet...you can add meat, noodles, or whatever to make it better or extend further....try it, you'll like it!
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:32 AM   #11
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Oh Mssarge! Soup is a great idea! I eat soup almost every day. Why didn't I think of that?
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:35 AM   #12
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Naturally, I suspect now that this contributed greatly to my eating habits and becoming overweight (eating everything in sight, not realizing I'm full). So since starting JUDDD one of the things I've learned to focus on is when I stop feeling hungry to stop eating (not after I already feel full). But then I'm wracked with guilt at all the leftover food even if I'm at home and I know I can eat it later!

Hopefully the longer I JUDDD the better I'll be at realizing how much I really eat and only making/ordering that amount.
Great insight, Crazy. One of the things I totally love about JUDDD is the way it allows us the opportunity to learn more about, not just our reaction to food, but also about ourselves.

I think many of us are concerned about not wasting food (on our waists or our garbage cans) and do begin, very naturally, paying attention to portion control.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:20 AM   #13
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Love the soup idea. I am also planning a chopped salad today.
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I had a bunch of broccoli going to flower in my fridge - fried it up in butter for tomorrow's UD.
(What? You've never had fried broccoli? It's AMAZING)
Hey, how do you do that?!

I know it sounds pretty self-explanatory, but I usually steam broccoli and then toss it with butter/olive oil, garlic & parmesan, or stir-fry it. But when I stir-fry it, it doesn't always get cooked enough, so sometimes I steam it a little first.

So, are you just frying raw broccoli?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #15
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I had a bunch of broccoli going to flower in my fridge - fried it up in butter for tomorrow's UD.
(What? You've never had fried broccoli? It's AMAZING)
THat might be a good way to do the kale in my fridge. Or maybe with bacon? Sounds like heaven. After 40 years of steaming veggies and broiling lean meat and every other non-fat cooking method, it is delightful to be using fat again.
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