Don't you just hate throwing away food?

Kid's leftover food - Eating food left by children
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
December 22, 2009 3:00pm CST
I got 2 kids who are a bit picky in what they eat. Usually, they would have something on their plate that they can't finish. Or sometimes they'd get a juice box and not finish all the contents, and leave it on the table. My problem is that I hate wasting food. So I end up eating or drinking these. Are there any parents there who have the same problem as me?
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@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Not the eating it part..but the wasting it part drives me nuts. We have a very large dog that helps with some leftovers, but there is oly so much people food I want him eating. They are all pretty good with things like juice boxes and pop they tend to not leave them lying around for me to take care of anymore. I once made a child come home from a buddy's house to put away the pop and chips he had left on my counter. A few times of that kind of stuff and they learned to pick up their own mess.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
You're even worse than me! When I ask my kids to do something, like clean up a mess they've made, it doesn't matter if they are already in bed. I would tell them to get up and clean up first before they get back to bed. It's just the eating part that I could not make them do!
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Yep, I am mean..just ask any of the many kids that make this their second home
@MJay101 (711)
22 Dec 09
I'm not a parent, but I have an issue with wasted food. I always try to use everything that I buy, but even then, I know that supermarkets are horribly, horribly inefficient and waste tonnes and tonnes of food every day. It's sad, when there are so many people in the world who go to bed hungry. Isn't that what casseroles and stews are for?
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
Haha! I should look into how to make more stews and casseroles. Thanks MJay101!
@MJay101 (711)
23 Dec 09
Well, everyone should have at least a handful of "leftover" recipes! Not sure that juice boxes or leftovers actually on the place are suitable stew fodder, but then you just have to encourage the kids to clean their plate!
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
22 Dec 09
hi bounce58, i dont have kids but i am talking from experience, my mother did not allow me to leave the table until i ate all my food she would always tell me about people who are Hungry and have nothing to eat. she would also tell me not to get more than your eyes can eat. so a bit of a suggestion i would try to give your kids smaller portions of food and drink, because as you drink while you eat your stomach get fuller too. and maybe explain to them about people who are starving and if they still take you and your food for granted take them to a homeless shelter and ask the owner or manager if they could volunteer for a week for one or two hours where they will see people their age and older with out food. or this is extreme but take them to a garbage dumpster and tell them that this is dinner and explain to them how people who are hungry get their food from other people's garbage.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
Hello apgh09. I know it is a bit extreme, but I think that may just work. I'm not sure if it is a good idea, or I may just scar them for life. But I think it is worth the shot. I may drive them somewhere near a dumpster and show them a little bit of reality for some people. Thanks for the suggestion.
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
23 Dec 09
hi, your welcome, i hope it works, maybe it will leave a positive effect and not a bad one, but maybe if they understand why you are doing this maybe it will help your kids understand your logic, good luck.
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I used to when our children were small. I did the same thing as you. I do not like to throw out food. Almost feel like it is a sin.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Yes, like a sin. Specially considering that a lot of people in the world have nothing to eat and are starving. Thanks.
@LADIKEY1 (21)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I have 2 kids: 4 and 2. My 2 year old is not a picky eater. He eats whatever I put in front of him. My 4 year old is a very picky eater. Most food that people eat, he own't eat. Just think that the way people in America waste food. Is the food that people in Africa and other places can be eating.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Yes, I've been telling them about Africa for a while now. Thanks Ladikey1. And goodluck with your 4 year old.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Yes, I am the same way too. If my kids don't eat what is on their plates, I will save it for later. I would also teach them to not ask for food if they are not going to eat it. That is wasting food and it is very annoying! I like for them to try to eat most of their food rather than just to waste it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Hi cream97. Something in your response tells me that you are very strict with your kids. I envy you! I should be able to say that too. I try to be strict with mine, but it's hard. And it doesn't get any easier now that they are getting older. Thanks you for responding. Have a great day!
@edu4625 (188)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I'm not a parent but I have plenty of nephews and neices so I understand what you mean. Many children have small appetites and don't eat as much as adults. I think we give them portions based on how much we adults may eat. Children also have very sensitive taste buds. They also can like or dislike a food just based on how it looks. We really have to take each child independently. It may take a little work to find out what each individual child enjoys eating but in the end it is worth it. I know there are many cookbooks that have great recipes for kids. I believe we should teach our children the importance of eating properly and not wasting food. This is a bigger job than most parents realize. But once we educate ourselves we can help them and ourselves.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Thanks edu4625 for pointing me to a different/right direction. I agree that this is a bigger job than most parents realize, and that we should arm ourselves by educating ourselves first before imposing our will to the children. Thank you very much for your advice.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
23 Dec 09
Even if I don't have kids, I feel the same as you. I hate leaving food, so when I prepare too much food I always end up eating it the next day. I don't like wasting something neccessary as food, as there are many people who can't afford to eat on a daily basis.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Same as you madteaparty, I don't mind eating the same thing for 2 or 3 days so as not to waste the food. Thanks for responding.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
23 Dec 09
Hello bounce58 and me too feel weird when there is leftover food at my home, we have to throw it away as it isn't good for our health.Though sometimes it remains frsh if refrigerated properly.But am having an weak stomach so quited eating leftover food, like to have fresh food always.But yes its really an burden to throw away our food, as in todays world there is high prices going on, to add in it is the scarcity of it.Well i plan to have food in proper quantity at the cetain time, never do it more than whats require.Anyways save some food and Happy mylotting.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Thanks checkmail for the sound advice.
@cobradene (1171)
• India
23 Dec 09
Even I don't like throwing away food. I have seen my friends do that in school and college and I used to always tell them not to throw food away like this. But what can we do... we can't change people. I see in restaurants also, so many people order a full meal, and the quantity of rice is also not much, but still, they seem to waste half of the rice from the bowl. I am sometimes scared if they will clear the plates and serve others the leftovers. You never get to know what they do in these hotels behind the door, to save money. But yea... throwing away food is not a good option. Even in monasteries I have seen people who come for a visit and eat the free food out there, seem to waste a lot of food.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Thanks cobradene for responding. It is weird that it not only happens in our own homes, but also in public places like hotels and restaurants like you mention.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I hate wasting anything but food is a big pet peeve of mine. Money is tight for pretty much everyone right now so i feel really bad wasting it because i feel like someone out there could want it or even need it. i try to make less food now so the chances of anything being wasted is less. I always try to make left overs and if i don't use them i at least give them to the dog!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
At least you have a dog that takes care of this. I'm the dog in our house. I eat everything until I bark! But, I know what you mean, some people out there have nothing. So I try not to waste it.
• United States
23 Dec 09
Put it back in the fridge! It will not be good for your health in the long run if you eat your food and theirs. I would adjust their amounts so there is not as much left over. They can ask for more if they want it. Something else you can try is let them try new foods off your plate. Then if they like it put it on their plate.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Thanks M. I am, or should I say, I will try to live healthy next year. Part of my new year's resolution. Hopefully, this will include not-eating my kid's leftovers. My 3 year old still sometimes eat on my plate. It's a way for me to watch what he eats, and make sure that he eats something.
@maezee (33000)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Oh, it feels so incredibly wasteful, doesn't it? I feel so bad about it! I try to save left overs and put them to use. Sometimes me and my friends will actually drive around, with heated up left overs in re-useable containers, and hand them out to homeless people begging on the corners and highway exits (this is if we have a lot of time) rather than throw it out because no one's going to eat it. It makes sense, right?
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
It does make sense! There are a couple of guys on two different street corners where I live that ask for handouts from motorists. I could actually do that! Usually I would just have a granola bar in the car, and that's the only thing I could give. But this idea makes sense, and could actually help out someone get through his day or night. Thanks maezee!
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Yes I sure do. Especially when you consider there are a lot o people in the world who don't have enough to eat.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
That is a big considereation!
• United States
22 Dec 09
You're not the only one that doesn't like to waste food. If i'm full, I place it in the freezer or in the refrigerator to eat the leftovers later on, but I don't throw away any good food unless it's the food I hate such as tomatoes, cucumbers, fruits, squash, etc. I'm a bit selective when it comes to selecting the food I save, but even I can't eat all of it in one shot. So instead of discarding it, I save it for later eating.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Hello DuoMaxell. From your response, you could also get into my other discussion on picky eaters. As I also have trouble getting my kids to eat vegetables, let alone leftovers on their plates. Thanks for responding!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
no, i dont finish what is on their plates, we make them finish it or my hubby will eat it. if there is enough, we will put it in the fridge and they have to eat it the next day. we will also throw left overs in the freezer and eat them another time, but i am like you, food is so expensive that i hate to waste it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Hi cher913! Well, in your response, I am the hubby who ends up eating whatever the kids leave on their plate. Yes, food is expensive so I'd rather eat than throw it out. Too bad it keeps on adding to my weight!
@snafushe (795)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
Me and my family don't really throw any food out. Everything we don't consume we either use in a soup or stew or else compost. Compost isn't wasting since it's making good soil and fertilizer to grow new vegetables for us to eat. We always keep things that we don't finish in the fridge as left overs, as some one always ends up eating them for lunch or a snack later on. We also don't waste our water, we recycle our bathwater to water our plants and gardens.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Hello snafushe! That is interesting! How do you recycle your bathwater? Do you have a special contraption attached to your tub to recycle the water? I know you're not wasteful. You eat healthy, and you exercise a lot, and now you recycle?! You are too good. I bet your mom has something to do with being green in your household.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Yes i hate throwing away food thats why i'm so fat. I don't like wasting food or money so usually i get a big meal because its usually cheaper than if you order a few things separately so last night i could of got 2 hamburgers and one thing or fries or i could of got this value meal for the same price so i ended up with 3 hamburgers a drink and fries. I was so full after the first sandwich and fries and i drunk all my small drink. SO even though i was full i still ate it all i barely could walk boy was i stuffed. I do this all the time i think this why i'm over weight because i'm cheap, i like food, and i don't like to waste things. I'm a little bit selfish i tried to give a sandwich to someone but they didn't want it. I usually like getting all the food i want and not leaving not even a crumb on my plate. Thats how much i love food and not wasting it. Well happy mylotting.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
You shouldn't be too hard on your self tiffany! At least you recognize that what you are doing is not good. Although you have good intentions of not wasting food and money, you just got to re-learn to control yourself, and let go of food rather than add on to your weight. Please don't get me wrong. I am not an expert, and I fight the battle of the bulge myself. But, I've also recognized it, and I will try to be healthy next year. As part of my new year's resolution!
@missweety (628)
• Latvia
22 Dec 09
Hello! I don't like wasting food as well! I have always tough to end up my dish and not to leave it full it had to be empty. Maybe you can try to put smaller portions. I know that you want your children to eat good but then maybe you won't have to eat everything by yourself...
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
Thanks missweety, you're the second person to suggest smaller portions. I may just do that. Cut everything into smaller portions and stick them into the freezer. So that if ever something needs to be thrown out, it's just a small portion. Thanks for the suggestion!
• United States
22 Dec 09
I gained a lot of weight when i felt this way. Now I am down 68 plus pounds. due to gastric bypass. I also just tossed out my daughter dinner from last night. She made her plate and knew she could not eat it. So I am here to agree with your Bounce58. Yes I hate to toss out good food. But,I will not eat her left overs ever again. I will just have to toss it and move on.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
But, but, but... I hate tossing them out. But I guess you're right. I just have to do it and move on. I'm not that healthy in the first place, so added food does not help. Thanks.