Eliminating All or Nothing Mentality
- Leave a small piece of some food on your plate every time. Do you know that just 10 extra calories a day adds up to an extra pound at the end of the year? Get in the habit of feeling comfortable leaving something small on your plate. That way when they serve you a HUGE portion when dining out, you’re more comfortable leaving food behind.
- Dispose of it right away. If that makes you uncomfortable, quickly take the plate to the kitchen and dispose of the food. Scrape the remains into the trash or rinse off your plate. Whew….that’s relieves the stress of seeing the leftover food.
- Change your language. Were you just thinking…”Oh no, I can’t waste food!”? Realize that the food is either wasted or it’s waisted (pile onto your waise). Which one looks and feels better?
- Eat your pleasers, skip your teasers. I can never stress this enough. It’s important to identify which foods really please you – and which foods you eat simply because they are there. I used to have problems controlling myself around all types of cookies until I realized which ones are my absolute favs. Now I wait for the very best cookies.
- Do something half-way. Perfectionism is strongly stressed in all aspects of our life – and highly respected. Yet I realize that it’s often unattainable, without really messing up other aspects of your life. We have time for only so much. When you try to be perfect at your job, you usually end up without a rewarding personal life. Same thing with food – perfectionism is unhealthy. When you can’t reach it, you end up feeling like a failure – and end up “blowing it”. For example, I love French fries, but I leave behind the cold, shriveled, and burnt pieces. I know someone who removes some of the fluffy insides when he eat bagels. And, this is a new one..a friend sent me this picture of a doughnut she enjoyed this morning. Instead of eating the usual “half”, she chopped off the bottom and enjoyed the half she likes the best – the part with the frosting. interesting! Hey, whatever works for you.
The point is…healthy eating isn’t about an all-or-nothing…it’s about having a healthy attitude about eating. The more you practice this, the easier it becomes.