Since we have been talking about the Physical Hunger Scale, I think it is important to talk a bit about wasting food. As you all start to pay more attention to what you are eating, when and why, you may notice that you do not want to stop eating at +2. This in and of itself is not a big deal. All it means is that it will take longer for you to be hungry again. Have you noticed a reluctance to stop at +2 because there is still food on your plate? Why is that a problem for you?
Earlier, we talked about not beating ourselves up with what we say to ourselves. Now it’s time to stop force-feeding ourselves. I like to think about it like this: if we are feeding a child and they start to protest being fed-turning their heads and not opening their mouths, it’s usually because the internal signal that they were born with (and we still have) said-I’m satisfied. If we leave them alone for a while, they will return when they are hungry. Would we force-feed that child? Why do we force-feed ourselves? What is SO GOOD about the food that we just can’t stop? And is it true that we really can’t stop? Let me ask you, if you were getting down on your favorite food, but Oprah walked in, would you say, “hold on a sec. I’ve gotta finish this ice cream?”
The next time you reach the point where you are comfortably satisfied, throw away the food. Notice what comes up for you. Are you resisting this challenge?
Do you believe wasting food is bad? Why or why not?
If you eat food that your body does not need for fuel, are you wasting it? Aren’t you just carrying the waste with you on your body as fat?
Would you rather waste food in the garbage or on your body? Why?
In our large-portion society, in order to stay at your natural weight, you will have to waste some food. How does this make you feel?