Are You a Plate Cleaner?
While eating dinner have you ever eye-balled your spouse’s plate and got excited because you knew they weren’t going to eat all their food?
If you answered yes, you are part of the plate cleaning gang. I call it a gang because it’s easy to join the gang, but not always easy to get out. I’ve been working on getting out for sometime, but it’s easy to get pulled back in.
For many of us, finishing everything on our plate has been ingrained in us since childhood.
There are starving kids all around the world, finish your dinner!
You can’t leave the table until you finish everything on your plate.
The problem with cleaning plates is it leaves you stuffed. And stuffed isn’t good for digestion or maintaining a healthy weight. But, if you are into gaining weight then keep cleaning baby!
So what do we do?
I’d focus on eating slower and stopping once you are 80% full.
These anchor habits are the foundation of a healthy approach to eating. They also take time to master, so start practicing at your next meal.
- Start by taking a smaller portion for yourself.
- You may still clean your family’s plates, but due to a smaller portion, you may not overeat.
- Use a smaller plate and don’t pile food on top of food.
- Put your fork down between bites.
- Chew your food and have a conversation with your family.
- Don’t go back for seconds.
- No matter how “little” is left over, put it in a container and have it as a snack or light meal tomorrow.
Perfect the art of eating rather than trying to make the perfect meal.