Let’s assess some of the things our parents told us about food and eating. There is a lot to learn from the this – you’ll be able to take away advice around healthier eating habits and even weight loss tips!
“CLEAN YOUR PLATE.”
I think many parents were proud members of the clean-plate club.
The concept of “cleaning your plate” is used with the best of intentions, and it can be a serious challenge to get children to eat well. The problem is, people rarely bother to clarify that it’s really not necessary once you hit adulthood.
Getting into the routine of “cleaning your plate” makes it more likely that you will consistently overeat, this is because you start ignoring your feelings of fullness. The clean your plate mentality promotes the use of external cues as opposed to internal cues for figuring out what’s an appropriate amount of food for you. If you’re used to feeling like you have to clean your plate, on a subconscious level, you might ignore those internal cues that you’re full.
Of course, there is the concern about wasting food on your plate, which is valid. But eating extra calories that you don’t need is also something of a waste – missed opportunity for leftovers! – and it doesn’t help your overall health either.
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