Something you may not know about me: I hate wasting food.
I don't know if it's my frugal nature or because I know that not everyone has enough to eat in this country/world, but when I buy food, I want to make sure I eat every last morsel.
Sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesn't.
Tim cleans out the refrigerator when I'm not around so I don't see the food waste, but the point is that we really try to consume all of the food in our house before it goes bad.
I've recently decided to eat much healthier, so this means that I make sure all of the food coming into the house is decently healthy, or I'll end up eating the crappy not-so-great food just to get it out of the house.
Makes a lot of sense, right?
Of course it doesn't make sense, why would I eat bad food just to get it out of the house?!
For instance, if someone gives me a ton of candy, I'll leave it on my counter and eat one or two or seven pieces a day until it's gone. Do I want the candy? Not really. I mean, I have chocolate cravings but I'd be fine without it. But do I still eat it? Yep, because other than offering it to guests, I'm not sure how else to get rid of it!
And then I came across some wise advice (found in the book Eat Move Sleep). The advice was something to the effect of: garbage food is better in the garbage than in our bodies.
I had honestly never thought of it this way.
I mean, I always kind of figured food was food and shouldn't be wasted.
But is some food really on 'garbage' level? I mean, yes in terms of nutritional value. Candy offers zero nutritional value and is filled with things I don't actually want in my body, so it IS better off in the garbage.
And I could feed it to guests, but another nugget of wisdom questioned why I would feed my guests something I wouldn't want to eat myself.
So wise, this book.
Needless to say, I threw the extra candy away before I took another bite and before I could second guess myself.
Am I going to throw away all candy in the future? Heck no. Especially not the dark chocolate pieces!
But if there is excess that I truly don't want to eat, I'm going to throw it away before I allow myself to even feel remotely guilty about it.
Because some 'food' is better off in the garbage than in my body.