It happens virtually every time I go to a restaurant and I am tired of it! I hereby refuse to apologize to yet another waiter for failing to eat all of the food they have served to me!
Here's the issue. As I have mentioned before on this blog, I have stomach issues. I get sick frequently after eating. It is the reason I am now a vegetarian. While removing most of animal protein & fat (except dairy and eggs) from my diet has helped, I do still have issues.
One of the issues is that I cannot eat very much at a time. At home I tend to eat 5-6 meals evenly spread throughout the day. They are very small meals typically consisting of a yogurt and an apple. Or a hard boiled egg and a couple of crackers with peanut butter. If I eat a "normal-sized meal," as in normal for most people, it makes me nauseous and gives me stomach aches.
When we go to a restaurant I always end up with way more food that I can eat. Which means that when the waiter comes to clear my plate, they always want to know what is wrong with the food. And then I apologize for not eating it.
But no more! If I don't want to eat all the food, I don't have to and you cannot make me. So there!
Note: Before you write in with all sorts of helpful comments about how to resolve my issue, let me tell you that I have now seen 7 different doctors in 2 different countries and tried 4 different prescriptions and a few homepathic remedies as well. Yes, I have tried the various prescriptions for IBS. Yes, I have tried ginger and peppermint. Trust me, whatever you are thinking of suggesting has likely been tried already. It didn't work. OK? The only thing I haven't yet tried is acupuncture. Which I will admit I am seriously considering. Still trying to figure out how to find a reputable one in the Zürich area who speaks English.