I once thought there was no way I could ever not finish food I put on my plate. The habit was just too ingrained, and I couldn’t bear wasting food.
Recently I’ve had some success in learning to quit eating food that doesn’t taste good or fulfill my expectations.
But the other day I came across a dieting tip that, with just a small customizing tweak, is thus far managing to get around all my plate-cleaning mental roadblocks:
Before I scoop any food onto my plate, I visualize how much I’d like to eat.
Then I imagine that I’ll get full ¾ of the way through.
It’s easier to leave that last fourth in the serving dish than on my plate.