Tonight, my parents decided to get food from a takeaway restaurant, so asked me what I wanted from the menu. I ordered a meal that I thought I’d had before and really enjoyed - turns out it was something with a very similar name but wasn’t the same thing at all.
First, I was going to just eat it because my parents told me it was really nice, and therefore I was willing to try it. Within one bite, I realised that I really, really didn’t like it.
Then, I decided to just eat it even though I hated it, and “offer it up”, so to speak. But after a few more mouthfuls, the taste was just getting worse and worse (there was a very thick, sickly-sweet sauce all over it), and I was beginning to think that if I ate any more, I was going to feel sick.
Finally, I decided just to eat whatever wasn’t touching the sauce and leave it at that. Unfortunately, the sauce was poured over nearly everything (rice, vegetables, etc.), so eating around it I think I ate less than ten mouthfuls of food. There was a huge amount of food that I couldn’t bring myself to eat - about 90% or more of the total food.
I was thinking about what Pope Francis said about wasting food, how it was like stealing food from the poor and hungry. I’m not going to get myself anything else to eat for dinner - I can just offer up the fasting instead - and I feel that this way, I’m not wasting food per se, since what’s getting thrown away is the amount of food I was going to eat.
Does this sound like a reasonable thing to do? I know it’s either that, or forcing myself to eat it all, but I still feel bad that the food is getting thrown away instead of eaten.