taste then toss

Taste Then Toss: How to Have Your Cake, Just Not All of It

Taste then Toss?   Seriously?  Throw away perfectly good food?  Maybe.  Possibly.  If you can, freeze it.  Or share it.  But if not, toss it.

One thing you will never hear me tell you is that any food or food group is off limits (unless, of course, you have a medical reason).  My approach to health and fitness is that you have to like what you eat and how you move or you’ll never be successful.  But that also doesn’t mean to sit on the couch and eat bon bons.

This is what I will tell you:  

Taste Then Toss  

What do I mean by this?  The basis is simple:  nothing is off limits.  

If you want something so badly, you can have it.  BUT, be mindful when you have it. REALLY enjoy the treat, the indulgence, the delicacy.  Sit down.  Have a few bites then toss it out if you must.  Have enough to taste and enjoy it, but not so much that you’re stuffed and left saying “I really shouldn’t have had that.”  There will be more another time.

Now you may say “But Marsha, there are starving people in the world.  I can’t throw away food.”  There are starving people, and I would tell you,  Go make  a donation to a food pantry.  Sponsor a child.  

But cleaning your plate is not going to help a starving person.  You can’t get that food overseas, and with so many restrictions, you can rarely donate it locally.  

Instead of feeling guilty about tossing the extras, make a donation or sponsor a child. #TasteThenToss Click To Tweet

It’s summertime.  Time for picnics and vacations.  There will be lots of treats and dishes that you may not have around often.  Choose wisely what you will have.  And even then, take a couple of bites or a small portion.   You don’t need to keep it and eat more the next day and then the next.  Enjoy it one time then toss it (or freeze it) and move on.  

You really can have your cake, just maybe not all of it. #TasteThenToss #moderation Click To Tweet

You really can have your cake…or pie…or ice cream…but you don’t have to eat it all if you don’t want to!


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  1. That’s true! We don’t always need to feel guilty for throwing something away. We don’t have to eat everything in front of us, but yes, if we can save it or freeze it, we definitely should!

    1. Thanks Kristin! Yes, I don’t encourage being wasteful but at the same time, I don’t want our bodies to become trash cans just because we don’t want to throw something out even at the cost of honoring our bodies.

  2. This is a good plan that my “clean your plate” upbringing makes more difficult that it should be sometimes. I like to indulge in a few bites of ice cream, a couple sour belts, or a handful of dark-chocolate-covered cranberries. Yum.

    1. Thanks Megan! Definitely have to get over the “clean your plate” syndrome. I often have a container of ice cream in the freezer as well that I eat out of over the course of several days.

  3. I’ve never been part of the clean plate club–I eat until I’m full and then I stop. When my mother in law was alive she always had to comment about it, saying things like, “oh you don’t like it?” which used to really bother me! It’s not an insult to leave food on your plate. We need to get out of that mentality!

    1. Yes Wendy! I love that. No more clean plates! We like the food and we want to stop before we become stuffed and decide we don’t like it and can’t ever eat it again. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am the worst at tossing. I always fill like I am wasting, maybe because I was raised in one of those clean your plate families.

    1. I certainly don’t like to waste and try to fix just what we’ll eat, but sometimes that’s hard or leftover night doesn’t end up happening as planned. If it freezes well, I try to do that but in the end, some things get tossed and that’s better than me being the trash can 🙂

  5. I have to say.. I can’t get behind the toss.

    Taste and save, taste and freeze for later, taste and share! Just because you can’t send the cake your snacking on over to Africa doesn’t mean it belongs in a landfill.. cakes freeze real good!

    I love to bake, but obviously I can’t eat a whole cake by myself, so usually I’ll bake a cake, have a slice, and then bring it to work the next day for my coworkers to polish off!

    however, I can totally get behind not denying yourself anything, and enjoying everything in moderation

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    1. Definitely everything in moderation Laura. I do talk about freezing food in the article. I’m a huge fan of the freezer and use it often for goodies. The message here isn’t waste; it’s that you can control what you eat and you don’t have to eat something just because. We eat leftovers around our house. My husband takes treats to work. If we’re out, my son and I get something to share. So it’s not about seeing what we can waste or throw away, but I’d never want someone to use her body as a trash can rather than throwing away something. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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