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2/16/11 12:02 P

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I am glad that I am not alone in this!!! I am from a large family and food was always unhealthy and heavy, because it was the cheapest. I remember my grandmother and then my mother cleaning plates or making us clean them before we left the table. My sisters and I have always struggled with weight. When I was married, I started cleaning my husband's plate.. and the weight gain continued... Now, my husband is responsible for cleaning off his plate into the garbage when he is finished and it is working great so far... I am happy that he has agreed to help me in this struggle!! He is really being understanding and learning things too! emoticon

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2/11/11 6:10 P

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Old habits are hard to break. I cannot control myself here. But there's ways to help.
1. Have your family empty their own plates into the sink or trash.
2. Put away all the leftover food after you've made your portion.
3. If you can, get someone else to put the leftovers away and clean the dishes.
4. Tell your spouse your portion size and let him hold you accountable. Make a bet. Offer to vacuum naked if you lose. I bet you wont overeat!


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2/11/11 3:06 P

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I was a Vacuum Cleaner Dieter I grew up with my Grandparents on the family cattle farm and my Grandma still acts like we're living in the Great Deprisson I couldn't leave anything on my plate or I was wasting it. Whats worse it was all really heavy food... Its hard to let go and take a step back and say you don't need to eat this.

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2/11/11 1:03 P

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For the issue about cleaning up your plate, use a smaller plate and that will take care of the guilt feelings. I had that same issue. I also have been the vacuum, but not any more.

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2/3/11 9:54 A

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I don't have any children, but I definitely know where you're coming from. I grew up poor and we were expected to eat everything on our plates, no matter what. I still have issues with that.

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2/2/11 4:16 P

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Hi all! I want to share somethng that I just became aware of. I originally posted to this thread the middle of January and it's now February and it's back for me to have it reinforced into my simple brain that I have stopped being a vacuum cleaner dieter. Have all of you done well with not cleaning off leftover food from everyone's plates?? Or are you still doing it?
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1/28/11 7:27 A

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Yes, yes YES!! I do this with my kids - all three of them! I really relate to what GMACRM said too - it's ALWAYS something I want to gorge myself on - I don't think I've ever vacuumed carrots either . . .



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1/27/11 11:05 P

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I was brought up that way too and believe it or not I have a husband who even now fusses if anyone leaves anything on our plates. In his mind you're wasting food and that is a sin. His parents grew up in during the depression so I guess it was drilled into him when he was younger.

ARTISTICBEAUTY - I got into the habit of only serving the pasta alone too. I changed over to using the salad or green beans and the meal really became more enjoyable for all of us. The flavors of the various foods compliment each other well. :)

Edited by: RJONES8194 at: 1/27/2011 (23:10)
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1/16/11 5:29 P

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My mom used to make me clean my plate too. She did insist on one thing that I need to get back into. Having a salad with spaghetti or lasagna. On a plate. Instead of a bowl of spaghetti and that's it. I guarantee with a piece of garlic bread it didn't go over 500 calories for the whole meal. Now I'm afraid to even guess.

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1/16/11 4:31 P

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Yes! This was definitely something I was raised with. My father would make us clean our plates. I do this with my son but only when it comes to veggies, everything else he can leave.

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1/15/11 11:25 P

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I find myself doing this with my daughter, I have to mentally push myself to leave off and throw out things left on plates.

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1/15/11 10:20 A

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Interesting topic. I don't really do this myself but, after reading this I think I am a vacuum pusher. I give my husband whatever I don't want and he will generally finish it. That's terrible and I will have to stop that.


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1/15/11 1:54 A

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I don't have kids, but I do that with other people's plate who are in the house.

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1/15/11 1:33 A

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I was! i still have some issues with it. i grew up around people that remembered the depression so waste was not ok.

the trick i learned now is to take smaller portions and use small dishes for leftovers or later snacks.

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1/14/11 1:48 P

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I find myself doing this too. Both my parent's were teachers and with four kids, we were always told to clean our plates. When we didn't, I remember watching my mother pick off of our plates. I now find myself doing the same with my own son. Like last night, I ate his left over chicken finger... I have to consciously make myself NOT graze from other plates sometimes.

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1/14/11 12:13 P

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Hi...OMG!! You are definitely not weird and not alone. I remember many years ago reading a book that Liz Taylor had written about her great weight loss and she wrote about a celebrity party she had attended and caught the hostess in the kitchen eating off the dirty plates. I think either a lot of people eat thin in front of others and then gorge when alone or they clean off everybody's plates. For me I find that it's a combo of 2 things: I hate to waste and throw away food and I want to eat/gorge myself on that food. I do not mind tossing out veggies but I'd rather cut off my arm than throw away a dessert or some delicious unfinished dish or even a piece of garlic toast. Can't remember the last time I vacuumed carrot sticks into my mouth.

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1/14/11 12:08 P

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I def find myself cleaning my plate, and whoever I thought wasnt going to clean their's too. Finally I had to look at myself and say, yeah thats gross. But I still find myself having a hard time throwing food out.

It's baby weight be gone time!!!

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1/14/11 11:45 A

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I posted a blog about realizing I used to be a Vacuum cleaner dieter. I wonder how many others out there r the same..I grew up poor where there sometimes wasn't enough to eat so i hate wasting food.. So when my kids r done with dinner I would sometimes pick up from their plate what wasn't eaten and eat it myself so I didn't have to throw it away.. And i did it subconsciously. Anybody else do that or am I just weird?

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