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14 July 2008

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Amber

"If something will be thrown out if I don't eat it, I eat some."

I have a huge problem with this one - and I think it really plays a part in why I gained so much weight with this pregnancy, because my eating was really quite good except for this issue. I remembered reading at some point awhile ago someone's advice about this though. When faced with this situation, she would tell herself that "she is not a garbage can". I remembered about this recently and it has helped. Also having a worm bin helps with this too, because at least I feel like some good is coming from disposing of the food, even if it isn't being eaten!

It is great that you're figuring this stuff out though - this should really be something that could have an enormous life long impact. (and perhaps a long life impact too... sorry, couldn't resist!)

bearing

"I am not a compost bin/garbage can" -- hm, I like that.

mrsdarwin

I hate to see food go to waste, so if the kids leave food on their plates I will mindlessly eat it. Also, I tend to eat too quickly and too much at meals -- probably a legacy of being part of a large family where if you didn't eat as much as you could quickly you were out of luck, because your brother would grab the last helping.

We even have a compost heap (of sorts) and although I throw out scraps when I'm preparing food, I hadn't thought to scrape plates onto it. New horizons in waste management!

Margaret in Minnesota

Now I know that you are not only a friend of the heart but also of the stomach! There is so much I can relate to in this series of posts, so many head-nodding moments.

I, too, need to be okay with being hungry.

And I, too, have had to tell myself, "I am not a garbage can!" when feeling tempted to scrape that left-over mac-n-cheese into my mouth.

Overcoming years and years and YEARS of bad eating habits is not easy. Thank you for taking this one on in your ever-smart and honest way.

Hi to the kids,

Mrs. B.

PS. Milo got annoyed at me during CVBS when I told him--gently--that my name was Mrs. B. "No," he insisted, "Your name is 'Margaret'!"

bearing

Oh goodness! Sounds like him.

MelanieB

Just found this post via Amy and had to comment. Preemptive eating I never had a problem with until pregnancy. But my first trimesters are fraught with nausea and I do find preemptive eating helps to control nausea. I start to feel queasy when I get hungry or tired and eating a little before I get tired helps to prevent nausea. But I have found that the fear of being hungry continues into the second and third trimesters and even in the postpartum period and I keep eating more than I need, packing extra food for even short car trips and the like and generally eating more than I need and gaining more than I should. I've just not figured out how to flip that mentality off when it is no longer a useful tool in nausea management and so though I'd never had weight issues pre-pregnancy I now struggle to find healthier ways to eat.

Thanks for these interesting post, it is helping me to gain some needed perspective.


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