OBC Food Rules Day 61: Leave something on your plate
Many of us were told by our parents while growing up that we should always clean our plates-an instruction that in later life we have perhaps taken a little too much to heart. But there is an older and healthier tradition that holds it is more genteel not to finish every last morsel of food: "Leave something for Mr. Manners," some children were once told, or, "Better go to waste than to waist." Practice not cleaning your plate: it will help you eat less in the short term and develop self-control in the long.