This is part of a letter of introduction that one of our 28 Days Raw participants sent her Program Pal and cc’d me…I’ve taken out the personal parts and just left in the parts that were relevant to the issue of eating leftovers that I’ve responded to below this….
I’m up late tonight printing my menu and getting ready to go shopping after I get the kids off to school in the morning. These last years have been all about trying to get the girls healthy, but I’ve found that without being healthy myself, that’s a silly goal.
I’ve been a full time Mama for 8 years and am struggling with that job now, since I lack the energy I need to be in a good mood around kiddos who are now really good at tuning me out! Looking forward to getting back to a normal weight again. I feel good around 145 pounds and I’ve been at around 190 for 6 years or so. I think much of it is stress combined with finishing up too much mac and cheese. I have chronic foot pain now for the past year so that’s an inflammation problem and I’m concerned since I’m moving down a slippery slope here to diabetes and early death!
I would love to live into my 90s like some of my slimmer relatives, a great aunt and my great grandmother. I noticed my heftier grandmother and aunts had strokes or dementia by their mid 70s or early 80s and I definitely link it to diet/exercise/weight. My Dad was overweight and suffered many cardiac problems, eventually succumbing to a major heart attack at age 70.
Thanks for sharing your story. One thing I wanted to comment on since I’ve had a similar experience is the eating of leftovers. I used to consider eating leftovers as a part of my kitchen clean-up duties!
But one day when I was fasting I put all the leftovers in a corner of the kitchen counter. At the end of the day I was absolutely horrified to see how much food was in that corner!!! It had to have been about 5 lbs of food!!! – food that would usually have ended up in my tummy!!!
My Father was a Hungarian-Jew who had gone through the holocaust in Hungary as a young teen and he had a lot of food issues because of his experiences. So wasting food, not finishing your plate, etc were not acceptable in my home growing up. And I seemed to have inherited this “discipline” of not wasting food, even if it meant force-feeding myself when I was already full! But ever since that fasting day, I have disciplined myself instead to do three things with leftovers…..
1. Leave the food on the table for a couple/few hours (until the next meal, even). My kids as homeschoolers can seem undisciplined and unfocused and they like to run around and do all sorts of things and then come back for a bite of their food, and then go back to running around, crafting, drawing, whatever they are into. So, in order to get them to eat their whole plate, it is more likely this will happen if I leave it there for them, realize they are grazers, and allow for that, – allow them to eat their food over time.
2. If I need to have the kitchen clean, I put the food in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or with just a plate, and put it in the fridge. (At that point I first sometimes have to toss the older bowls that are already in the fridge to make enough space). I keep stickies on the fridge door and label the food with the child’s name. Then I have these bowls of food handy as snacks or leftovers for the kids (or myself when I’m actually hungry and it is time for the next meal!)
3. If it is something I know nobody will eat, or if it isn’t enough to bother leaving on the table or storing in the fridge, or if it is too perishable to last, I TOSS IT!!! This was the hardest habit to develop, and I still make sure to give myself a pat on the back every time I do it. One day I’ll have a compost again and a lot of it will go in there and I’ll feel even better about it. But I still have to talk to myself as I’m tossing the food in the trash, saying something like: “Good, you see I am not a garbage container, I am not using myself as a trash bin, because I have too much self-respect for that. I’m loving myself right now. I am doing the right thing”. It is like reprogramming myself from my upbringing.
I would estimate that not eating leftovers results in being about 20 lbs. lighter.
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