DAY # 28
‘DELETING THE CLEAN PLATE CLUB’ CHECK-IN
The Clean Plate Club can be most challenging when dining out (for me anyway) since the portion sizes tend to be overly generous. There is zero shame in packing the food up for another meal or snack. That’s just saving time and money.
I went to an Indian restaurant with my sister and niece – we had a lot of new fun, spicy foods. When I tuned into my belly, I could have finished my entree, but I felt content with what I ate and knew I can eat more later. So I packed up the spinach chickpea curry and added it to a pasta dish the next day. It turned out to be spectacular!
That’s great and prevents food waste. But where this pack-it-up default can be challenging is when you have additional plans or an event after the meal. The clean plate club mentality was challenged recently because I was grappling with an ethical mental battle.
I went out to eat with my bestie at one of my fave new restaurants and ordered my favorite appetizer + an entree because I was really hungry.
My entree was so generous (and delicious) that I wound up leaving leftover sustainably caught fish on my entree plate. Ugh. I HATE leaving dead animals, especially sustainably caught ones, on my plate. Period.
I wound up consciously overeating that night because a) the food was delicious and b) I felt guilty leaving the fish on my plate. It felt horribly wasteful.
In hindsight, I really could have been content eating just the appetizer because the portion size was generous, but also ordered an entree because I was really hungry AND last time the appetizer was NOT as big as it was this time.
So the learning lesson from that meal is this: the next time I dine out with someone, we won’t order 2 appetizers with 2 entrees unless I can take the food home (when I’m with my other half, he can eat more than I can so we rarely leave food). But since we had an event down the street and couldn’t safely keep the food in our car, I left perfectly delicious food on my plate AND overate.
I guess I COULD have packed a cooler if I’m being solution oriented, but that likely won’t happen if I’m being totally honest with myself. And after having food poisoning from food, I don’t like to risk it with fish leftovers. My take away is next I’ll just order less food moving forward.
What I want you to think about today is this:
Do I stop when my plate is empty or when my belly feels good?
Where can I make changes in my relationship with the plate that feel aligned with my long-term mindful and intuitive eating goals?