Clean Your Plate

“Clean your plate or no dessert.” I heard this over and over as a child. I know my mom did that to make sure I ate all my vegetables, but it taught me that cleaning my plate was an important part of being a good kid.

And being a good kid was what I lived for. [Stop laughing.]

This rule may have something to do with my insane need to clean every plate; something I do to this day.  If food is leftover, it feels like my responsibility somehow to make sure it is consumed.  This came from countless meals where I was told, “There is not enough to keep so here is some more.”

Not all folks are like this.  In fact, one of the biggest fights I can remember was with someone I was in a relationship with at the time.  She was furious that I opened an extra can of biscuits when my parents came over.  She saw it as wasting food.  I saw it as necessary because my family loves biscuits.

Now, I am not blaming my parents for getting fat, overeating or anything about my health, except perhaps bad genes.  I am the only person responsible for what I put in my mouth.

But I cannot break this insanity of cleaning my plate after every meal.  So, I make sure I only put out the amount of food that is measured for my diet.

Just to be safe, I never complain when my children leave food on their plates.  I know children are starving all around the world but that is no excuse for making our children eat more than they want.

In fact, I find what we put into our bellies to be a very personal thing.  That is why it is important for me to never judge what someone else eats.

Actually, to be fully honest, I cannot stand it when someone comments on what I am eating.  I have being trying so hard to address this with myself. I have mostly failed.  I realize people love to talk about food.  But I have a specific anger when people comment on mine.  Someone said to me last week, “Rabbit food, huh?” when I was eating some spinach and carrots.  I do not remember my exact reply, but I do know it was sarcastic, and rude, and not full of grace or friendly at all.

Thankfully, we have a God full of grace who makes up for such agony dealt out by people like me.

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One of my best friends in the world, Mike Peercy, ends each day posting on Facebook about the places he witnessed grace that day.  What a wonderful way to end your day!  He ends many of his posts with a similar phrase, “grace upon grace.”  You can follow Mike’s blog “Confessions of a Broken Tool: thoughts of grace and gratitude” here.

When I began my weight loss journey, I had to have a conversation with God.  Part of that conversation included a literal “Come to Jesus” meeting to discuss how I got to where I was.  But God said, “Take it easy, I got this!” He had all the grace I needed.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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