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A Clean Plate Is A Happy Plate…Really?

an empty plate is a happy plateA clean plate is a happy plate.  I grew up with that. I think the earlier generation dealt with economic depression so I should be thankful to have food on my plate. But, now I can’t seem to leave a plate unless it’s empty.

I weighed myself on one of those big scales in the middle of the gym and saw that I was 8 pounds overweight. I’m not going to blame it on a plate but, I have to change some things. It’s the mentality of it all that I have to understand and handle.

So, I eat my beef kabob, and broccoli, and I’m full. And I have two bites left. And for some reason, I don’t feel comfortable leaving a plate with food on it when a clean plate is a happy plate. I’m lucky to have healthy food on my plate to begin with, yet, because of my upbringing, I grew up with the expectation that you finish your meal. It’s not good now cause I realize my mind takes over my stomach, which tells me to stop. But my mind doesn’t know better.

So, I’m trying to leave a few bites of food on my plate, just for breaking upbringing reasons. I’m not going to get fat cause I have to eat all my food off my plate. And I’m not going to let the psychological effects of not eating all my food, get to me.


A Clean Plate Is A Happy Plate…Really?

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2016). A Clean Plate Is A Happy Plate…Really?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, from


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