Stop: Eating My Kid’s Leftovers. Regain weight control
As I clear the table, I see a half eaten sandwich. Untouched French fries. Or one bite of mac & cheese. Or untouched chicken nuggets. Leftovers.
“Why let this food go to waste?”, I say to myself.
And, POOF, just like that I lose control of my discipline and willpower and eat my kid’s leftovers.
Really?? I am not hungry. I am not bored. I am not thirsty.
I am just out of control at the moment.
I feel awful afterwards. I knew I shouldn’t. I wouldn’t even choose to eat that food normally. But leftover, eh, I don’t want to waste food. (I hear replaying in my head) Really? who is it helping by me doing this? No one. I it hurting ME. It is food I do not want and do not need. Empty wasted calories.
I know I am not a trash can. But for some reason it is irresistible to me.
Studies show that eating our kid’s leftovers such as sandwiches, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, etc…can add up to over 11,000 calories a year. WOW!
It certainly can add up to 200+ unwanted, unnecessary, calories a week. To lose 1 pound of weight, I am looking at about 500 calories less a week eaten than burned. So this little nasty habit can sabotages my weight loss goals.
How to stop? Here are some suggestions I have found and plan to use to STOP eating my kid’s leftovers:
- put all scraps/leftovers in same bowl each day. looks less tempting when piled up together. And good visual of what you would have eaten that you didn’t need or want.
- squirt dish liquid on plate/leftovers food ASAP so not tempted to eat
I will gain control of my eating. I deserve to feel better and look better and have more energy. I will not sabotage my conscientious eating and workouts for table scrap leftovers.
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