Do you always eat all your food?

United States
December 20, 2008 6:12pm CST
Do you always eat all the food on your plate? I know that my parents were taught that it was very rude to leave any food on your plate, but I was not taught the same. I eat as much as I want to eat and leave the rest, or save it for later. If I don't like something, I will not eat it. I do not think this is rude because I would not want someone to eat my food if they did not like it and I would not be offended if they didn't eat it. What about you, do you always eat all the food on your plate, or do you leave it if you don't like it?
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@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
21 Dec 08
yes and it's a habit that i'm trying to break. when i was younger my parents used to tell me to finish up my food and not waste. they would always tell me about the famous story about children in 3rd world countries who are starving and blah blah blah... you know the typical story. however, when i grew older and started to show extra pounds, my mum did confess that her "teachings" were wrong. now it's quite hard to break the habit of finishing every grain of rice or morsel on one's plate. that's how we eat more than what our body needs and ultimately complain that we're fat. *sighs*
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• United States
21 Dec 08
I have found that many parents have stopped teaching their children to eat everything on their plates for this reason.
@sacmom (14316)
• United States
21 Dec 08
No, I do not always eat all of my food, nor was I forced to eat all the food that was on my plate when I was growing up. There was one time though that I was told I couldn't get dessert. I must have been about 3 years old. Apparently my mother made liver for dinner (yuck!) and I refused to eat it. However, my sister ate all her's and she was able to have dessert, which happened to be ice cream. Well, I wanted ice cream, but the only way to get it was to eat the liver, so I ate it, cold. Good thing I don't remember any of it, but my mom does have a picture of my sister tormenting me with the ice cream cone! LOL If someone doesn't like the food I make, I just figure more for me! LOL
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• United States
21 Dec 08
haha...that is a good way to look at it.
@aprilsue00 (1992)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I try to always eat all my food. I do not like to waste anything. If I don't happen to like what's being served then I just won't take any. Unless someone worked hard preparing it then I will have a little bit at least. Just so I will not seem rude.
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• United States
21 Dec 08
I agree. I try to at least try something if I know that someone has taken a lot of time and effort to prepare it.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
21 Dec 08
When I was a child, my mother used to say, "You just have to try it. If you don't like it, you don't have to eat it." It usually turned out that I liked what I thought I wouldn't like. Eating what's on my plate isn't difficult for me; but if I'm a guest at someones house and they are serving something I don't like, I either don't take any or let it be known that I don't care for that item.
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• United States
21 Dec 08
I do the same. I normally will try a new food to see if I like it. I think this is a good concept to live by.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I was taught that it was a waste to not eat everything and therefore If I could not I would ask my grandfather if he wanted and if he didn't he would tell us to save it for later. When I was at a friend's house I would eat all of it even if I wasn't a fan of it, but on the other hand I would tell the person if I wasn't a fan of the type of food as that way there would be no misunderstanding if I did not finish it or did not eat it altogether. Yes it's rude not to but as long as there's a clear reason as to why not then I do not think one should be offended. After all, everyone likes something different. Have a wonderful day.
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
Hi surveytaker, during my primary school days my almost all the teachers and my mom as well would advised us to cherish all the food in our plate. All the foods served on the table actually had to undergo various stages or processes they then could become the delicious food finally. Let say the fish which was caught from the sea, sold to the broker, sent to the market, sold in the market, bought and prepared in the kitchen and finally served in front of us. So it was a waste of energy and also did not appreciate the people who put effort and time in it. Yeah, I would always remember what they had told me and would try my best to appreciate all the food served instead of wasting them. I always try to take only food which I like and in a small amount only so that I could finish them, especially when having breakfast or buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant. When come across any food which I have never tasted before I would like to take a little bit only to have a taste of it first, and I would take the same food again if it is really delicious. It’s not decent and a waste of energy to see lots of food left on the plates in the hotel dining room. Anyway it’s not friendly to our environment too. What’s more there are still lots of people suffer from starvation in many places as well as at places which are still under development. posting and have a nice day.
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@legend4u (1019)
• India
21 Dec 08
i always eat all the food in my plate. it is a habit that that i got from my family . my father was very poor in his young age and he had put a lot effort to reach stage and he value food very high and doesn't like it being wasted. so many times even though i don't want to eat i eat it for him and it has become a habit.
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@kaka135 (14016)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
If I can finish all the food on the plate, then I will. But I usually can't finish my food, so I'll give them to my husband or others before I start eating. My parents used to ask us to finish all the food, as it's not a good habit to waste food. But, there was once when they "forced" me to finish my food, and I vomit, as I'm really a small eater, and if I'm too full I may vomit. Since then, they dare not ask me to finish my food anymore.
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• Philippines
21 Dec 08
I am aware nowadays, seeing other people hungry, make me feel guilty leaving food in my plate. :( When eating out, I don't order food, that I am not sure I gonna like eat, or else I will just leave it in my plate. Or when at home, I just get food that I know I can eat all. Merry Christmas to all.. :)
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
21 Dec 08
As a child, I was not allowe to leave the table until my plate was empty. As an adult, I only eat until I feel full, sometimes not even that much, then, normally, one of my kids eats the rest. For some reason, they think that the food on my plate tastes better than the exact same food on their own plate.
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• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
So far that is my habitual eating on food, will never left residual especially on gourmet meals, unless found unpleasant thing while on finishing. Never feel offended if unable to finish it because my understanding is when the left over goes for thrash bin and next to dump site. At dump site there will be many animals waiting for it as good food for them. I think it is a good circulatory or equilibrium system. Only certain doctrines give the other way of teaching. My personal opinion anyway.
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I don't eat everything on my plate 90% of the time...I stop eating when I start to feel satisfied. If someone serves me something that I don't particularly like I will play with it a little bit and make it look like I ate some but, no, I don't eat something that I really dislike. There was one exception though. Someone brought a pasta salad to a cook out we hosted and it was sour, with gouda cheese and black olives in it and was absolutely horrible...but I couldn't stop eating it. I'd eat some...ignore it for awile...and find myself taking another taste, again and again. Truly weird...
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@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
21 Dec 08
Dear friend, I do always eat all food in my plate provided it is not harmful to my health is taste normal well or it is better to consume. In rare cases if the food is spoilt, if the food is having some other reasons that would not better eat. But provided I do not want to waste any and even if any party comes in home we do have dial a number 1098 where the people take the waste food that is good to consume. They are from charitable society.
• United States
21 Dec 08
That is very interesting. I have never heard of an organization like that, but I think it is a wonderful idea.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Nope. I eat until full. Then save the rest for another time. That is if my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Which happens to us all at one time or another. Eating too much usually leaves me with a sick feeling.
• United States
21 Dec 08
I totally agree about the eyes being bigger than the stomach comment!
@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
I am a food lover, and i like to eat alot. But if there is a time where i dont like the food, i never leave it because my parents were very strict about this thing. So its my habit of finishing my food what ever i took in the plate. My younger brother does not tolerate much and usually leaves the food, and my parents does not like this thing at all. I usually see the food first if i do not like it, i dont come to the dining table for the food and instead call my friend and make a plan with them to eat at a restaurant i think that's better idea.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
21 Dec 08
I try to leave one bite. As a kid I always left a tiny bit on the plate and I was skinny. Then when I was poor, I started eating everything and got heavy. Now I'm leaving just a tiny bit again and loosing weight.
@kykidd (6820)
• United States
21 Dec 08
My mom always tried to get me to eat everything on my plate when I was growing up. But then after a while I started fixing my own plate, so I would eat everything. If I go to a buffet, I don't usually eat everything on my plate. I like to try a little of this and a little of that. And if I don't like it, I don't eat it. If I go to a restaurant and don't eat everything, a lot of times I will take the leftovers home. But if I go to someone's house and I'm dishing out the food, I will usually try to eat everything I put on my plate.
• China
21 Dec 08
when i was a child .I ate all the food that my monter gaven to me. but now the suituation is changed. I have very choices.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
21 Dec 08
it depends the food too!yes since i cooked not a lot we always finish our food and we dont have a bad habbit of left over.
• China
21 Dec 08
i rarely leave food after meals. before i came to university, i lived with my family. my grandma would feel happy if i ate up my plate. and she didnt care if i didnt. but i usually left no rest, or i am used to eating up. however, i really leave some or even a lot when i felt the plate terrible.