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Have you been brought up to finish everything on your plate? Find out how this might be affecting you…

When you head around to someone else’s for dinner, you can often end up over-doing things a bit on the eating front and may end up going home feeling uncomfortably over-full – and, as my friends often describe, feel like they have a food baby on board!

Now, no one wants their guests to go hungry – there is nothing worse than leaving a restaurant or dinner party and feeling like you need to go home for a few sneaky slices of toast, that’s for sure. I hate that! BUT, as with most things, there is a balance between enjoying what you eat and over indulging for the sake of it.

The same concept of ‘overeating’ applies whether you are eating out, eating for one or feeding a family. In a society where throwing out food is seen as wasteful and, well… wrong, there is a point at which you can become what I term, a human rubbish bin!

We live in a world where more is better; value for money when it comes to food is key and if you are able to get an extra side of something with your dinner for FREE, all the better. But, please be aware, eating more food than you need is not free and it is not saving you any more money than if you put it in the bin.The same concept of ‘overeating’ applies whether you are eating out, eating for one or feeding a family. In a society where throwing out food is seen as wasteful and well… wrong, there is a point at which you can become what I term, a human rubbish bin!

Many people (like me) have been brought up to eat everything on their plate. When this habit is installed into your brain and being, it can be a very difficult routine to break. But remember this, when you put food in your mouth that you do not need – it is COSTING you money, not saving you money, particularly so if you are trying to lose weight. Also, let’s be honest, you aren’t saving any starving children by eating every last scrap on your plate.

It costs you money in the sense that overeating impacts on your health, wellbeing and how you feel about yourself. Also, an additional hundred or so calories everyday from picking at things at the dinner table after eating, finishing off your kids’ leftovers or forcing that last spoonful of curry down so as not to waste it can mean an extra few hours at the gym is needed to burn it off or an extra few hours walking – not to mention that horrible over-full feeling!

Why not try something new?

For 2 weeks, I decided to eat until I was nearlly full (remembering it takes about 20mins for your brain to register that you are full!) and then I put any left over food STRAIGHT away for next day’s lunch and, on occasions, threw it in the bin. I know what you are thinking, HOW WASTEFUL! But, let me tell you, after 2 weeks, I figured out I needed to measure my rice out and cook less as I was ALWAYS cooking too much and I also learnt to only buy as much meat/fish as I needed, rather than just buying and cooking whatever was in the pack that I picked up. After a month, I had changed my ways and now, along with my meal planning, I have saved money and no longer overeat.

Try it – 2 weeks, you will be amazed!

Until next time

Happy healthier living

Love Claire x

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Claire Turnbull6

Claire Turnbull

There is nothing better than a month focusing on getting healthy and supporting an amazing cause at the same time! In the 15 years I have worked in the health and wellness industry I have worked with a huge number of people who have had cancer and back in the UK, for a while I worked as a Dietitian as part of an Oncology team – and what an amazing team they were. There is some truly incredible work that goes on to support people with cancer and their families and long may it continue with initiatives like Junk Free Junk. GET involved and get raising some money! For great ideas, check out www.facebook.com/claireturnbullnz