Good Habits, Bad habits.

Philippines
April 18, 2012 3:34pm CST
I use to eat everything on my plate, but now I can't seem to finish everything or "want to finish everything", even if it's only one spoonful left. I have this habit of putting food on my plate and leaving a little bit to throw on the trash, which I think is not healthy. I started leaving food on my plate when I decided to start losing weight. Which I successfully did lose more than 10 pounds. Same goes for Sandwiches, burgers, and other types of food. I always leave a little bit of food. It kind of helps me lose weight by not eating too much (or not), maybe it's just in my head. What should I do? I can't seem to get rid of this habit. Am I the only one who has this kind of Bad habit?
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@ryanong (9697)
• Vietnam
19 Apr 12
Don't waste food. You can get food enough for your meal only. For any reason, we should not waste food.
@sishy7 (27736)
• Australia
19 Apr 12
I have to agree with this. I get mad when my children do not finish their food. I'd finish it for them if I could; if it's not possible, I'd leave it in my backyard where wild birds would come and finish it...
@ryanong (9697)
• Vietnam
19 Apr 12
Leaving remains of a meal for wild birds is a good idea, i love it, or we can leave it for chickens, I used to do like that when i was a kid. Right now i don't have any chicken, so that i always get enough food for my meal only. We have to save food because it is hard to make it.
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@sishy7 (27736)
• Australia
19 Apr 12
That's true, we have to respect our food as to not wasting it... On top of that, we have to be grateful for the food that we have as there are still people in this world who are starving. Not wasting food is also a way to show our appreciation to God who provides for us...
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Congrats in losing more than 10 pounds! That means your secret is working (it's not really a secret now lol). It's not really a bad habit cause we are the same. I think it just means that we are getting older. Remember when we were at our younger age, we can finish 2-4 plates every meal and we still feel that we haven't eaten anything? :P ... But now, I can't even finish one plate and most of the time I give the leftovers to my bf. You should give your leftovers to your pet or bf rather than throwing it in the garbage. Or maybe, eat it later as your snack. Just prepare enough food every meal and don't over-stuff your plate and end up throwing leftovers in the trash. By the way, small frequent meals helps in dieting too! ^^
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello Chrisica_Angella, Thanks. I have to say it isn't easy trying to lose a few pounds. It's good to know that I'm not the only person going through this. I agree, since we can't finish that much food anymore like we used to, we should prepare less.
• Philippines
20 Apr 12
Right! You know, there are so many people nowadays who doesn't have food on their tables. So think about it when you throw your food in the trash.. Losing weight by eating less is good but do not overdo it by not eating much food recommended for your daily needs. You'll end up getting sick. Just a friendly advice :)
• United States
19 Apr 12
I dont think you should eat everything on you plate if you are not hungry. When you start to fill full, stop eating. I myself love food but I tend to eat too much, there for I have to use a smaller plate, in my head it looks like alot of food but its not. Also, drink a glass or 2 of water before eating, it helps fill you up there for you wont eat as much. But I dont think its a bad habit, to not eat all your food.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello, Actually, that's not a bad idea after all. I should use a small plate. That way, I won't be tempted to get too much food. That's an awesome idea. I would probably start doing that today.
• United States
20 Apr 12
YAY!! I'm glad I could help!! And Good Luck!! Let me know how it goes!! :)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
19 Apr 12
I am 19 years old and eat abnormally much food, but still, I weight only 62 Kg.. My metabolism is guilty for that, but I`m happy because I can enjoy food as much as I want and I do not seem to get fatter :)
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello boboskull, I envy you for your weight. I use to eat that much on your age and I don't get fat. Now, I'm 27. My metabolism is pretty slow now compared to when I was your age. Eat as much as you want now while you still can. That's my advice. 18, 19 and early 20's are the ages where you can eat all you want and drink all you want stage and you still feel awesome after.
• France
19 Apr 12
You could try keeping leftovers. You have no idea what kind of epic meals I can rack up with a week's worth of leftovers. With some bread (baguette being the quintessence of bread for us frenchies), you can make a sandwich with virtually anything, steak, chicken, fish ect. and all kinds of vegetables too. You could also just make a lot less food, and be more hungrier all the time, so that you appreciate your food more and never leave anything. I personally often finish my plate, so I don't really know the feeling, I can even eat all the fast food/pizza/whatever I ordered even if I feel like I'm going to crumble under my own weight. Somehow in all this I'm not overweight, but I don't know.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello Vitorsrt, I agree, I should try to keep left overs. My problem is though, in my busy schedule, I forget about the leftovers in my fridge that I end up throwing them anyway. I work at nights, so I mostly eat out. Also I live alone so no one else would be able to eat any of it. I should remember about the left overs when I get home. Thanks for your reply.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
I have the same dilemma before but since I realized that it's not a good thing to do, I deliberately force my self to change the habit. Here is the thing, just because we do not finished everything on the plate it means we are going to lose some weight. You did not indicate how much food are you putting on your plate so I cannot really visualize. But I understand you. I've been there. What I did was that I get small portions of food and finished everything. I also kept reminding myself that there are other people in the planet who are dying of hunger, and I am lucky to have food on my plate. It does not trigger me to eat everything, but it does remind me that I should just get what I can finish. I know you can break that habit. It may take some time but no goal is hard to reach if you focus on it. I am rooting for you, you can do it.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello Ladyhemingway, It's good to know that I'm not the only one who is going through it. It's hard to go on a diet/try to lose as much weight as you can. You can do the worst things. I'll try to put less on my plate, there are just times that when you think you are this much hungry, that you put too much on the plate. But I'll do that, baby steps though. Thanks.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
18 Apr 12
I don't think it's unhealthy. If you're okay with this, I wouldn't consider this a really bad habit. My mom does the same, too, but in her case, it isn't because of weight-losing, but she always does this. Sometimes we chuckle over this, but that's all. My bad habits are chewing my nails, biting my lips, twisting my hair, shaking my leg and other stuff. Mostly because I'm either nervous or just don't do what to do with my hands.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Thank you for your response, I would also consider biting my lips as a habit. Come to think of it, it isn't a bad habit when it doesn't interfere with your daily responsibilities. We all have reasons for doing the rituals or habits that we do. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has it. Thanks.
@flamez3r0 (319)
• Puerto Rico
18 Apr 12
Hello and welcome to mylot :D. I eat everything in the plate, but I understand what you are saying. If you feel like its a bad habit and want to stop, try to keep the leftovers for later or serve less food on the plate each time. I lost weight by serving less on my plate whenever I eat, and eating at fixed hours to avoid overeating :).
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Hello Flamez3ro, I agree, I should try to eat at fixed hours. As for the leftovers, i sometimes forget that I still have them, then they get spoiled so I would have to throw them away. I think that's the issue, I usually forget I have leftovers. I should remind myself I still have food on the fridge. Thank you.
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
18 May 12
You can do one thing , dont put too much food in your plate when you serve your food, this way you can eat it all without any regrets. I used to eat all food in my plate also, but now I am eatting less , so, I put just a little amount in my plate, if I feel like having more I put little bit more . Is not good to through the food away ,.
@WakeUpKitty (8709)
• Netherlands
20 Apr 12
I have it with tea/drinks.. for some reason I can't finish the last bit in the mug.. or cup.. it doesn't matter if it's a large mug or small cup the last bit I can't drink. I don't know if it's a habit, perhaps it just started at a certain point I found out the last bit is mostly cold? Does it matter to you if you don't finish the whole plate? Why not just using a smaller plate so less food on it? Might be, since you been on a diet, this is or once was a way for you to show you are able not to finish everything? I would surely not have sleepless nights about that. Also don't think it's a bad habit.
@myrnz626 (112)
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Just eat well, be healthy ! always think of good food , fresh fruits and vegetables ... the best ! :)
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
It's good to know you have achieve something with what you are doing, I congratulate you on that . I don't thing it's a bad habit for it is only your means of losing weight, rather than not really taking any food and starving yourself which is already bad. In my opinion, you don't need to get rid of it if you really want to lose weight. Just put the left over in a plastic and give it to the dogs outside your office .
@ErinCW (37)
• Canada
19 Apr 12
I have heard about doing that somewhere...leaving a little food on your plate. It was for dieting purposes, but for some reason I seem to think it was an actual lifestyle change article that I was reading. It makes perfect sense because I think a lot of us - myself included, have the tenancy to force ourselves to eat everything on our plates, just because it's there and seems like the right thing to do. Clear your plate and you are finished. Rather than just stop eating when you aren't hungry any more. I would assume it must take a lot of will power to leave food on your plate. Especially if you are eating something that tastes really good. I think I would have a hard time doing it. Either that or I would probably give myself larger portions to start with so that when I left something on my plate I would have at least eaten myself full first lol But that would just be my tricky self trying to dupe myself!
@superbadx (484)
• Malaysia
18 Apr 12
I don't know what age you actually are, but based on your profile you are 27. I only have this kind of problem when i was little like 3 to 6 years old when i can't finish anything i eat, maybe because i can't seem to calculate how much would i eat at the time. Because nowadays, i take and eat only the amount i think i would finish so it wouldn't be a waste of foods. My advise is just like what i did, by taking out only small amount of food if you don't know how much can you finish at the time. Because if you didn't get enough, you can always take out a little more so satisfy your needs without wasting any food. Try it out and maybe in the future you would know the exact amount you should eat at a time. My last advice for you is never eat until your stomach is full but only according to your needs since drinking water after that would finish the job.