Reader Profile: The Clean-Plate Champion

“I always end up finishing everything in front of me.” - Marilyn Tushar: Age: 23, nanny, Corvallis, Ore.

Cooking Light Reader: Marilyn Tushar

Marilyn Tushar: The Clean-Plate Champion

Susan Seubert


At the Ohio dinner table where Marilyn formed her eating habits, the food was healthy, and the rules were firm: Finish everything on your plate or you don’t get dessert. “I guess I just really have taken that on,” says Marilyn, who admits that she pretty much hates leftovers in any form and finds it’s tough cooking for one. Marilyn is able to limit her snacks to small servings and also buys portion-controlled packs. But she’s worried about the long-term effects of her eat-it-all mentality.


Instead of turning to restaurants or fast food (and their out-of-control portions) for her dinners for one, Marilyn is trying to cook for herself. It may be a challenge, but it is one of the smartest things she can do for her health. It’s important she find cooking and portion control techniques she can use over and over again, plus a few recipes to ease her through her fear of leftovers.

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