Do we train ourselves to overeat? When you were a child did your parents tell you finish all of your food because children were starving in 1) Appalachia, 2) India, or 3) China? Did you ever really aspire to be a member of the Clean the Plate club? Were you an eager beaver at meal time? Let’s chew on this concept a bit.
Chew (verb) – to perform the act of chewing or grinding something with your teeth or to meditate on something or to scold someone harshly
Chew (noun) – the act of chewing
choo-choo (noun) – baby talk for train or locomotive
Have you ever told a baby or small child to open his/her mouth to let the choo-choo come in when you are trying to get him/her to eat the next mouthful? Do you make chug chug and whistle noises while you do so?
Did you ever get chewed out for not finishing your dinner or hiding it in your pocket or feeding it to the dog?
How many of those finish your plate moments have now become don’t eat everything on your plate moments? Are we training ourselves to overeat by the parental compulsion to make sure that the young child eats everything on the plate? They usually said you had two choices “Take it or Leave it”, but how many of them really let you leave?
Are we what we eat? If we are, are you sweet, spicy, tart, tough, soft, or a mixture? Were you a member of the Clean the Plate club? Join in the conversation and share your favorite or most traumatic childhood eating incident.