One of my nutrition mantras is—don’t pay for it twice. We pay for food upfront when we purchase it at a market, restaurant, or as a prepared delivery or take out meal. These meals are often based upon current American expectations for large portions. Eating more food than is needed to maintain a healthy body is paying for it a second time with excess weight and/or unhealthy cells and organs.
So that you don’t pay for your food twice:
- It is okay to leave some food on the plate. Wrap up the leftovers for another meal or snack or just leave some of the food on the plate.
- Listen to your body and eat to address your hunger, but fight the temptation to eat if you are full.
- Resist the urge to complete someone else’s unfinished food. Eating when you are not hungry or eating the leftovers just to avoid wasting food is potentially paying for it twice.
- Challenge your habits and think about how much food you eat at your meals. Perhaps you are used to eating a large baked potato with a particular meal. Assess how you feel and determine if you need the whole potato each time.
This type of awareness is not a radical approach but can improve your intake and reduce the potential harm to your body that can come from eating more than you need.
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN