I remember a difficult time when I didn’t eat really for 2 days. I remember looking around at people who were overweight and thinking, “This is so unfair”.
Equally, I have since had more than enough food and had to see a nutritionist. So, I’ve been on different sides of this issue. I’ve been at my target weight…above…and below.
I know that I’ve sometimes been more tempted to overeat when I’m stressed out, feeling that it’s compensating for whatever else I’m lacking in my life, trying to achieve a feeling of comfort and consolation.
However, on some level, I guess I realize that it’s not the right way to go about solving that problem.
In the US, I’ve seen companies throw a lot of what seems to be perfectly good food in the garbage. Sometimes, it seems to be due to policies. A few people can also get a bit overly litigious, at times.
I’ve heard of some groups such as…think they were called, “Second Harvest” who would work with people with leftover food, from say restaurants, and try to get it to someone in need.
I heard that in…Germany…at least at one point, they had organized themselves to a point where they had a place to put leftover food where it went to feeding animals…if it wasn’t fit for human consumption. However, people would need to be able to get to a level of discipline to do all that properly.
I remember seeing a bunch of leftover popcorn at the movie theaters. I was able to get at least some of that taken home, and you wouldn’t believe how many birds got fed with that. The manager of the movie theater only asked not to sue if any of the animals got sick. The house looked like a zoo. There were so many birds that once a construction person came through (when I lived in the US), opened the gate, and a ton of birds flew away, as startled as he was.
The US, especially, wastes probably enough food which could feed a country…or countries!
Sometimes, I’ve had leftover food, and I try to give it away. If possible to a homeless or poor person downtown. If not, to an animal. I give some to the birds and chickens. They will eat almost anything!
Still, I sometimes waste by buying something I end up not eating.
I’ve wondered if I should try to get by on simple food…more beans and tortillas, say, instead of all the rest.
Mother Teresa was commenting on how some bottles of water we bought could pay for a child’s education…I think in India…for a year! So, I see her point.