DAY # 29
DELETING THE CLEAN PLATE CLUB.
Today I will officially delete my Clean Plate Club Membership!
There is no doubt, this request can be VERY challenging for many people. For those of us who grew up as part of the clean plate club, leaving food on your plate can resurface feelings from childhood. I remember one evening my mom made this vinegary 3-bean salad. It was horrendous. I can’t remember everything around the evening leading up to the situation where my baby sister was forced to sit at the table for well over an hour with my stepfather who said she couldn’t leave the table until she ate it. And then when he finally forced her to eat it, she vomited on her plate. Ugh. No wonder my mother divorced him. To this day if I bring up the word “3-bean” anything, my sister turns green. Food memories can run deep.
In Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, author Michael Pollan suggested to leave some food on your plate, about 2 bites. In an interview on Epicurious, Pollan explains that this guideline was a sort of self-discipline and gentle reminder to help people to stop eating when we’re full versus when the plate is clean.
This is definitely a challenge for me but I’ve shifted during the challenge. Many times I will wrap up those 2-3 bites I have leftover and just add to another meal later. I even saved part of my hummus & salad from last weekend in Phoenix and then incorporated it into lunch the next day. That way I didn’t feel guilty throwing out good food, especially when I make it and put my love and energy into it!
If you experience food guilt and can’t bear to scrape the last bit of your meal into the garbage can then just wrap it up and eat it later or the next day. There is so much food waste in this country I can’t bear to throw things away and compost as much as I possibly can.
Let me know how this challenge makes you feel. Be aware of your feelings and just pay attention to the dialogue going on in your head or the things you say during the day. Remember, no judgment. Strive for progress, not perfection!