The Other I

November 4, 2009

Feeding the sated

Filed under: Diet — theotheri @ 9:06 pm

My mother often used to insist that we finish the food on our plates saying “there are children starving in India.”

Being a little slow on the uptake, I was already out of the house before it occurred to me that my eating my spinach or beans or calves’ liver was not going to provide additional nourishment for a single child in India or anywhere else.

Well-meant as this approach was, it also had another flaw.  It failed to teach me to adjust my eating to my needs.  It was irrelevant whether I wasn’t eating because I didn’t like spinach or felt that I’d already eaten enough.  Learning not to eat when you’re not hungry is particularly valuable in an environment which provides food non-stop 24/7.

To this day I find it difficult to leave food on my plate or leave left-overs in the fridge whether I’m hungry or not.



  1. Yes, because if you don’t eat the leftovers, it could have been sent to India? If you do eat them, does it make you healthier? If it makes you fat, then it helps NO ONE. Throw it away, and with every wasted meal, send some money to India.


    Comment by Alice Faye A — July 30, 2013 @ 7:48 am | Reply

    • Thank you for this. Yes, throw it away rather than eat food one doesn’t need. As soon as I have had my fill, I try to think of it as “garbage,” rather than as “food.” But of course, the ideal would be not to have more food in the first place than one is going to eat, and also to send some money to India, wouldn’t it.

      Thank you again. TOI


      Comment by theotheri — July 30, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

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