Wasted

mindset nutrition Jul 05, 2022

I was coaching a client this last week on how and why she gained 2 lbs back.

She said that her neighbor dropped off a large zucchini.

She made chocolate chip zucchini bread from the gift.

And ate some.

I asked her why.

She said she didn't want it to go to waste...  Then she said there are hungry children all over the world and she thought if she didn't eat it she would be ungrateful.

Do you do this too?

I thought this way for YEARS! 

I grew up believing there was a Clean Plate Club...

Where I was encouraged, by my well-meaning mom, to eat all the food on my plate.

If I left a few bites, I watched my mom finish them off before rinsing the plates to put in the dishwasher.

It's so fascinating what we think of as WASTE. We think:

"If I don't eat this, it will go to waste." 

"If I don't eat this, I'm ungrateful for what I have." 

What if both of these thoughts are, not only not true, but sabotaging your goals and harmful to your health?

I used to think that if someone brought something over I'd HAVE to eat it. 

If you're stuck here I want you to ask yourself a few questions.

  • What if extra or unwanted food is waste in my body?
  • What if eating food or not eating food has NOTHING to do with gratitude for anything else (friends that brought food over, for example)?
  • What if you can still be grateful for friends - for thinking of you and bringing you a gift of food - and put the food in the trash?  What would that look like?

I have totally flipped my beliefs on WASTE.

I've realized that WASTE is solely defined by ME.  What has served me well is thinking about waste in regards to whether or not my body needs it.

If I want to eat a treat, I can have one - I just tell myself the truth...

...but I no longer put things into my body out of guilt, obligation, culture norms, or expectations (mine or anyone else's).

When it comes to WASTE, what do you want to believe?  

Have an amazing week! xo, Janeen

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