Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Throwing Food Away

Research tells us fourteen out of any ten
individuals likes chocolate. ~ Sandra Boynton

I just threw away twenty-eight Robin's Eggs. Twenty-eight luscious, chocolaty malt-ball eggs went down my garbage disposal. Yep, I counted them as I threw them in.

I thought about sending them to work today with hubby, but changed my mind. After he left, I knew that was a mistake because they immediately started calling my name.

I pulled out my quilting homework for tomorrow night's class, to get my mind off of the candy. But those eggs are persistent little buggers. No matter where I put them, they kept catching my eye.

I honestly thought about eating them, as I have been doing over the last few days. But last night at my weight support group, I unexpectedly dropped 1.5 pounds. What a wonderful suprise! However, I knew my behavior this week did not match that loss: it honestly was just a fluke of the scale. I also know that unless I'm careful this week, my sugary over-eating will catch up with me when I weigh next Tuesday evening.

Then we talked last night about one's ability to throw away food. It's a hard thing for some people: life lessons of wastefulness versus frugality come to mind for many. I was certainly raised by parents who were children of the Depression. I was taught to clean my plate as I thought of the starving children in Asia. But I also know that as an adult, my stomach can easily become the receptacle for more garbage than I could ever put down my disposal.

I truly want to treat myself better than that.

So just for today, I let those yummy Robins Eggs go into the sink instead of onto my hips. I'll fight that battle again, I know. But for today, I won!

How about you? Do you have a hard time throwing away food that's still edible?


Until next time...

16 comments:

Hanlie said...

Oh for sure! But I'm starting to accept the concept of "better in the bin than in my body". The real trick here is to resist to not bring that kind of stuff into your house. If you pass them by in the grocery store, you only have to resist them once, but if you take them home, you have to keep resisting them all the time.

The garbage disposal was the best place. Read the label and see how many ingredients you can find growing on trees!

Lidian said...

Yeah, I do. I would have had to put dish soap on those eggs. Good job throwing them out! :)

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

I tell you Homer's Sirens had nothing on Chocolate Easter Eggs. You are a stronger woman than I am. You are my food chucking hero!

I can't believe how slack Ive been in keeping up with reading your blog (or in writing in mine), but I just went through and read your posts, sounds like you have had a challenging week, but have come out on top nonetheless. Congrats! Your Alaskan vacation is going to be great.

Kathy said...

I sent two cartons of ice cream down the garbage disposal with a hot water bath to accompany them last summer when they just wouldn't leave me alone!

HappyBlogChick said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

I used to have a really hard time with it. Now I just have a hard time with it (without the "really"). But having a hard time with it doesn't mean I do it - some food has got to go!

I do better with keeping it out of the house in the first place, but if it is in the house and it's calling to me, I'll throw it out.

TB--Milwaukee said...

Really chocolate?? That's one thing I couldn't throw out. Good for you.

Ainslie said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog Pattie. Oooooooo, those eggs are so pretty...I wish I could eat some!!! They are my favourites too...crunchy on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth on the inside. Good on you for having strength and willpower!!!

zoesquid said...

Hooray for you, what great will power (and a weight loss to boot) Congratulations keep up the good work and thanks for dropping by on my side of town!

Ready Maid said...

Way to GO, Chickie Poo! I have had to do similar things as part of an "impulse audit." Once I recognized where the triggers were, I developed a list of incompatible activities that would not allow me to reach for the sweet poison.

Robin's eggs?? I would have to destroy them in the garbage disposal!!

Scale Junkie said...

I struggle with it too. I struggle with passing up stuff because its on sale. CVS has bags of Hershey candy for 99 cents and I thought WOW they are usually $2.99 each what a bargain...yes a bargain but not for my body. I'm so proud of you for getting rid of them, simply throwing them in the garbage wouldn't have been enough for me either, destroying them is the only way.

Grumpy Chair said...

I still have Condensed Milk and chocolate chips in the pantry that I bought for Christmas to make fudge. Must be thrown out because, even though I can care less about fudge, there will come a day where I need a piece of chocolate and will melt those little chocolate chips in the microwave to satisfy the urge.

So, if it isn't outdated, I guess I do have a hard time throwing out "perfectly good food."

Katschi said...

~that quote is very funny~

All of the times that I finally get serious and start a new eating program, I never have any qualms about throwing the junk away.
It's a matter of my sanity. If I don't see it, I don't eat it. If I was in a different income bracket I would probably make more of an effort to give it to someone rather than throw it away.

Have you started "In Defense of Food" yet?

Anonymous said...

A good way too look at things you KNOW you shouldn't eat... This is NOT the last time I will ever see a robbins egg....
Way to go!
Love you

Skinny Inside said...

I simply can't bring 'bad' foods of any sort into my house. They simply cannot co-exist peacefully with me. If I'm off plan, I will eat everything to try and get rid of it, saying "I'll get back on track tomorrow". Tomorrow comes, and that's forgotten and the vicious cycle happens.

I'm trying to heal myself and hopefully a day will come when I don't feel the need to eat it all. Until that time, I'm trying to think of it (white stuff, sugar, etc) as poison.

Lora said...

I certainly DO have a hard time throwing away food that's edible. But I'm learning to tell myself - I can put it there (the trash) or here (on my hips). "You choose, Lora." It helps me think about it better! (I'm still mourning those 25 packages of M&Ms I gave away at Christmas!) They haunt me like your robin's eggs! But at least they're gone!

LawRaw said...

Pattie - bin versus body question. Lovely imagery. I just watched a video on the People magazine gal who lost 1/2 her weight - and her trick is to ask 2 questions before eating 1) am I hungry? 2) how will I feel after I eat this? - If the answer is no and awful then your bin theory is #3 for me - THROW IT AWAY!!