Thursday, June 7, 2012

Other People's Food

Just when I think I'm doing well with my efforts to eat within hunger/fullness; not eating when I'm not hungry, and stopping when I'm full, regardless of how much food is left on my plate, a variation from my usual routine demonstrates to me that I still have considerable work to do when eating 'Other People's Food', hereafter to be known as 'OPF'. 

At home, it's fairly easy. I cook and serve the food. It's food I'm familiar with and I can judge fairly accurately how much food I require and an serve myself that much. If I need a bit more, I can get it. If I need a bit less, I leave some. On the rare occasions when we go out, that's also not a problem. We either share a meal, or I take part of mine home.

Not so easy for me is OPF. I don't know if it's the need to be 'polite' or what, but I take too much to begin with and then once it's on my plate, I feel like I 'have' to eat it. I had dinner at a friend's recently when this happened. Even though I was full by the time I finished half of it, I continued eating until it was gone.

How do you handle OPF?


  1. You should never eat because you feel obligated. Always do what's best for you. But if you don't go out often or you are spending time with friends & family I think eating until you're stuffed is just fine. Do it because you're enjoying yourself don't do it for any other reason.

  2. Sorry I didn't see your comment right away. I was away and it being my first ever blog comment..I missed it! Thanks for the comment. You are right. It's a seldom thing in my life it's not a big deal at all.

    Have I seen you a Peatarian forum?