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You know the feeling. You’re dining out and you’ve just been served a plate that is twice the size of your head. And it’s soooooo good. You’re enjoying every bite, but you’re beginning to feel uncomfortably full. Do you keep eating, or do you ask for a box?
This is the question we don’t always ask, but should. We get lost in conversation and ignore our body’s attempts to signal to us that it’s full. Or we subscribe to the clean plate club, and finish what’s in front of us out of habit.
I know, I know. A box isn’t always an option. When we’re traveling or have other stops to make before returning home, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to ask for a box. But with the outrageous portion sizes we find in restaurants these days, it seems I’m almost always carting a box home with me.
More often than not, we use the leftovers the next morning at breakfast, incorporating them into an omelet or a breakfast taco.
Asking for a box is an act of self-care because it prevents us from overeating. It helps us eat mindfully, staying connected with our hunger and fullness levels rather than eating through them. When we continue to eat beyond fullness, to the point of discomfort, it also usually means we’ve consumed more calories than we need. And we know where that leads.
What’s your clue that it’s time to ask for a box?