How to Shed Weight by Avoiding Your Kid’s Plate

This guest blog is written by Jenn Espinosa-Goswami. Liv, Laugh, Love Media did not receive compensation for this post. Opinions are those of the author’s.

“With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”

You can leap tall piles of toys to cook food for your children while handling an important phone call. You can wipe off a dirty counter while soothing a painful boo-boo and feeding the dog. You can even manage to find a pair of (less) dirty pants and a tube of lipstick before your husband sees your smiling face. You are Supermom!

How else do you describe a woman who can juggle kids, a career, chores, and even her cute companion? But, these talents sometimes come at a price. This price goes by a sinister alter ego that we women often struggle with.

This alter ago has the power to defeat your Supermom status. More importantly, it has the power to destroy your New Year’s resolution to finally shed the weight.

The alter ego never warns us women when it is coming. But foreshadowing is your friend.

That uneaten food on your child’s plate is what foreshadows your doom. That’s right, uneaten food transforms you from a sexy Supermom to the pudgy Plate Bandit.


It doesn’t even matter how good the uneaten food is on your child’s plate. It could be culinary deliciousness you cooked up, only to see your darling scoff at the dish. Or, it could be the orange boxed food that your kid can’t get enough of, until he proclaims he is full after four bites. It could even be one of four opened packets of snacks laying on your counter. All are fodder for your gaping mouth.

The worse thing is you barely have 10 minutes to sit down to eat at any given time. So, you simply grab whatever is available while you’re standing and serving your family. Dinner time is such a production that you are completely exhausted by showtime. When you sit down, you probably don’t even have energy or interest in eating anymore. Do you feel me?

What is a Supermom to do? After all, you grew up with the stern face of your own mother telling you “there are starving children in Africa” and the wise voice of your grandmother saying “waste not, want not”. You certainly don’t want to throw all of that food in the trash! What you end up doing with that uneaten food is what derails your healthy resolution.

I know, because I’ve been there. Even when I was growing up, I would watch the plates of my dinner companions with an eagle eye. I thought this was normal. After all, I learned it from Dad.

Dad is as methodical in his eating habits as most people are with their hygiene. Certain foods always go together, and most conversations cease once the food arrives. Food, and the eating of it, was a serious business. If someone at the dinner table left food on their plate, he would stab it with his fork before asking, “Are you going to eat that?”

Food is still a serious business, but it can be bewildering when your child decides that they don’t want to eat the (HUGE) serving you gave them. There are some important choices to make at this point. To eat or not to eat, that is THE question.

I hate leaving food on a plate, but I hate seeing the numbers on the scale slide upwards every week, too. As a health coach, I like to provide practical and easy solutions for moms who are tired and busy.


It is incredibly hard to avoid over-eating from another person’s plate, especially if it is food that you are unlikely to eat as leftovers. One bite here, one nibble there, and the plate is completely empty.

There is one secret I share with my clients that works wonders. Not only do you ditch your Plate Bandit alter ego, but you find yourself becoming a more svelte Supermom.

Are you ready for the secret? Psst, I used this same secret to lose 100 pounds while managing a family and career. Are you ready now?

The number one secret to shedding weight is to put all the uneaten food immediately into your fridge or freezer. Forget throwing those last morsels into your mouth. Instead, box it up as soon as your kid has quit the table. Make sure you also box up every single leftover so that the food doesn’t call you with its siren song on the way to accomplish the other million things on your to-do list.

Make it even easier on yourself by refusing to serve your meals in the family style. Family style means you put all the cooked food on the table for people to self-serve. Kind of like a homemade buffet table. Ban the buffet, and dish up the food from the stove instead.

It sounds simple, because it is. You didn’t reach the acclaimed status of Supermom by making your life harder, did you? You have mastered the fine art of creating efficiencies at home, so extend that awesomeness to your eating habits.

By the way, most kids intuitively stop eating once they’re full. Since I was a fat girl, that part of my mind must have been broken. As a former fat girl, I can honestly tell you this: You will never lose weight if you gauge your hunger by what food is left on your plate.

Congratulations, svelte Supermom! You have discovered one secret to defeat your enemy, the Plate Bandit. To get the other four secrets that I share with my Body Back coaching clients, get a FREE gameplan at

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Remember, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Promise to use my free gameplan with integrity (and a kick-butt attitude!)

JEG_5369 web sizeJenn is a former fat girl who lost 100 pounds without counting calories or grinding at a gym. She loves eating ethnic food, dancing in her living room, and playing Hungry Hippo with her two daughters. She is an international traveler who fell in love with a man from Calcutta. She blogs at

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25 comments for “How to Shed Weight by Avoiding Your Kid’s Plate

  1. January 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing my article, Jen! Being a mom can be tough, but I hope these tips help.
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    • January 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing the tips, Jenn! I actually gave Liv some food off my plate tonight! She didn’t finish it all in the end, but it got put away. I was definitely channeling this post!

  2. January 26, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Very good tips. I tend to eat everything on my plate. Especially if we eat somewhere else because I feel bad wasting my food.
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    • January 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      I am the same way. I think it is the mentality I grew up with. My mom came from a family of 13, so if you didn’t eat fast enough, it was gone!

      • January 26, 2015 at 10:27 pm

        Me, too, Jen! Although I only had to fend off 3 siblings instead of 12. I was the youngest, but had no problem grappling with the older ones

    • January 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Me, too, Lesley! I am a recovering member of the Clean Plate Club. Better in the fridge than on our thighs
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  3. January 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    My kids never stop eating. They aren’t fat, or even chubby. They just keep growing up and up. I do make sure we eat steamed greens as part of our breakfast in the morning. That may seem odd for breakfast, but I know I need more of them, and I’m sure the boys don’t get enough veggies at school for their lunch. When I don’t have green collard greens, kale, or spinach on their plates they tell me, “Mom something is missing.”

    I do eat too fast. I need to slow down. I still have a lot of weight to loose.
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    • January 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      That is awesome though! I love that your kids eat my veggies. Liv loves broccoli! I am sure you are wonderful, but join me on my fitness journey in February! I am excited to share my goals and ideas for staying fit and losing a bit of weight!
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    • January 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I feel your pain, Alissa. I inhale my food, and my kids and hubby are definitely slower to eat!
      It’s a brilliant idea to get greens for breakfast, and not in one of those yucky smoothies. Keep up the good work!
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  4. January 27, 2015 at 5:40 am

    I’m just learning how hard this is – I’d be scared to add up all the food I “graze” on through the day as I’m cleaning up after my toddler!
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  5. January 27, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I am actually now at a weight that I can live and be happy with. I was underweight, so if I would have had my grandkids here daily…. I could have gained my weight back in no time. LOL Good for you!!!
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  6. January 27, 2015 at 9:32 am

    We did the same and lost a bunch of weight. I do have to say, you need better games than Hungry Hungry Hippo!
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  7. January 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    “Pudgy plate bandit”, lol! I am guilty of this just because I was raised not to waste food. I will finish my kid’s plate, but I make sure that that becomes my lunch, and not my snack-right-before-lunch.

  8. January 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t have to worry about emptying anyone else’s plate since I am the only one here! What I have to do is stop cooking large portions–I have ti make them smaller somehow!!
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  9. January 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t finish my kids plate but this is still a really good tip to loose a few pounds.
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  10. January 28, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Great tips,I sometimes do take what’s left simply because I hate wasting food and I do not want to waste the money I used to buy it either lol,But my kids do not often leave Their food so I do not have much to worry about.
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Awesome! I hate being wasteful too. I was supposed to be part of the clean plate club growing up. It was easier when I had my childlike metabolism!

  11. January 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Finally there’s something I’m doing right. I’m not a grazer at all and I never finish anyone else’s food. But my ex-husband sure did. He’d eat everyone’s leftovers and his tummy showed it. lol
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  12. January 29, 2015 at 7:08 am

    This is so true! I have always prided myself in my diet and exercise routine, and enjoyed both! Since having my kids it is nearly impossible to find time for both and I often end up eating what they’re having, or munching on leftovers!
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

      I am constantly nibbling off her plate. I have to be better at tracking my food. It’s the only way!

  13. January 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Good tips. I eat smaller meals with smaller portions.
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