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Dieting the struggle

March 7th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

So what is the struggle with dieting? Well the truth is it's hard to waste food. Before this "change" in lifestyle I would usually eat my kids leftovers. But then now I have to throw it away. I can keep some stuff, but today we went out to eat Froyo during "happy hour" and you get a cup for $2. So I got a cup for each kid and neither child finished. Since we were out I previously might have finished the leftovers but now I have to avoid all leftovers.

Some food when at home I can save. But otherwise it's not so easy. I find it difficult now because I'm eating very planned calories. So even at home it's hard. It's so easy to justify finishing off the leftovers instead of wasting them. But now I just can't.

Perhaps one day but something people never tell you is how not "wasting" food and being "frugal" can cause you to gain instead of losing weight.

11 Responses to “Dieting the struggle”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I had to learn not to eat my kids leftover too. It seems so harmless initially, but then becomes a bad habit. Keep up the good work!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    My aunt used to say, "Better to waste it in the garbage, than waste it in your stomach!" But I hate to throw away food, too. Living alone makes it easier to manage leftovers. When I am with my grandchildren, I cringe at all the food that goes to waste.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Or maybe what we need to learn is the portion size for a child is far less than we think! I remember something about tablespoon servings for young children. Not sure what age exactly or the specific amounts.

  4. snafu Says:

    Is it possible to reduce the amount you order for children in a restaurant, for example can their share the finger food they like nd will eat + vegetables or salad that you will eat? Is it possible to reduce the amount you plate for DKs at home. Can what you make likely suffice for two meals? In my experience tykes thrive on repetition, they'll ask for the same books, music and toys daily. It's easiest to offer the same meals and there is no rule that breakfast must be cereal, it can be anything you offer!

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    That certainly is part of the sandwich. When you're a mom and tired, it's easy to eat the corner of grilled cheese your kids don't finish than to make yourself a healthy lunch of your own. I've been caught in that trap!

    Now, I'm in the habit of making meals with four separate components: a protein, veggie, fruit, and carb. I can leave off the carb and stick to a healthier diet. Doing that helped me lose 10 pounds last year, and maintain it.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    CCF exactly it turned into a really bad habit. And Thrift hit it on the head, I tended to not pack myself a lunch and eat whatever the kids didn't eat. It was easier to throw together two sandwiches and realize that I wasn't going to waste food or time making more.

    Actually Snafu the kids already share meals out, but more like a froyo or snacks. I split the small for them and the three year old still doesn't finish it usually, sometimes the 6 year old. So before I'd eat the split small ice cream. But now I can't take the extra calories.

    At home I usually make tiny portions and it works, but for lunch I pack half a sandwich for the 6 year old, a box of milk, and her snack is 1/2 an apple. She came home with about 1/3 of a half a sandwich (which by the way 1 piece of bread, 1 piece of cheese, couple of pieces of turkey), couple of slices of the half an apple. She ate only 1 piece of toast for breakfast (leaving maybe 2 bites!!!) and that was it until dinner. I feed the dog the leftover toast so I wouldn't snarf literally what was a bite! OMG usually i'd just eat that and my little one's 4 pieces of cereal left from 12. The three year old counts her pieces of cereal for fun. Bread was Dave's Killer Bread 21 whole grain and the cereal was Peanut Butter Puffin cereal. The dog again had leftovers.

    Previously I was watching his calories more than mine. Now when we're home he tends to score, partially I hate to waste. Partially he's on chemo and i figure he can't die any faster anymore and is already old. Plus the chemo's made him a little thin.

    But UGH. I now pack a salad with dressing on side and protein (this week smoked chicken).

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Can you compost the food so you feel less bad about tossing it?

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I have a worm compost but they are already feed enough. I don't have a compost bin right now. I might get one soon. I have to say the dog is starting to look mighty healthy recently. Sigh. He is at least 15 and sick so he's probably enjoying it more than ever.

  9. LuckyRobin Says:

    Realistically, I'd change your habits a bit. Don't go out for frozen yogurt. Buy a pint or two at the store and have it at home. You can give them a couple spoonfuls at a time without wasting it and the rest stays good in the freezer. If they eat it all and want more you can give them a couple more spoonfuls. Or if you do go out for it, pick a flavor they both like and make them share. You can bring a small container with you if they don't want to eat out of the same cup and divide it. Then only part of one cup goes to waste, not part of two cups. We taught our kids that we only had desserts at home, never at a restaurant, unless it was a very special occasion.

    Instead of giving your kid an apple that doesn't save well, try an orange that you cut up into wedges. Send a couple of wedges and put the rest in a baggy and use them over the next couple of days. As long as the orange is covered it will keep. Or send grapes, which are easy to portion, and if they don't all get eaten one day, they won't be bad the next. Use a half piece of bread, 1 slice of turkey, half a piece of cheese, and make a quarter of a sandwich to begin with. She will be more likely to eat it all. You can step it back up a little at a time if she is getting hungry with the reduced portions or add a carrot stick or two. Maybe have her carry a backup baggy of goldfish crackers in her bag so if she needs it, she can add it to her lunch, but only if lunch isn't enough.

    I make TV dinners out of our leftovers and freeze them and use them on a day when I don't feel like cooking. It really cuts down on food waste and also on extra nibbling.

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good points LR.

    My kids have always been total pigs, so I can't relate. (I more hide food from them).

  11. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Lucky Robin THANK YOU! Awesome tips. I already have cut sandwiches to 1 slice bread but a 1/2 slice of bread into a 1/4 sandwich is too little I think. I don't add anything like a cheese stick or fruit anymore. Just sandwich. With my kids it's so hard to predict. Somedays the entire container of hot fried rice or dumplings are gone, other days it comes home full. I try to do a variety of lunches. I do cheese, crackers, and meat. The froyo is a treat because we're on the run on mondays with some activities right after school till late. I have a hard time breaking it, although I might get a to go container. My DH with my weight issue had always been we "go out for dessert" and don't have it at home. So special treat is out, but dessert is never everyday at home. We don't make it or have it. Right now I've been abstaining and it is super special if we ever have something at home. Weirdly I have a citric allergy. But I like the TV dinners idea thank you!

    MM I hear about all these parents of kids who eat a ton. And I watch them their kids pack it away and eat snacks and meals I assume. Mine get no snacks, don't buy goldfish or other snacks except as a real treat or leftovers or someone's house. I am just so impressed by these kids that eat like crazy.

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