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Every Bite You Take..... 
 
Jun. 6, 2012 6:55 pm 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2012 7:54 pm

I will admit it, I am the slowest eater in the world.  

If not the slowest -  just about the slowest. 

 

I like to savor my meals - taste every bite.  There is something very frustrating about fussing over a big dinner for hours and having it be over in a matter of minutes.


Think of the rush and mayhem just before a big holiday dinner - finally dinner is served and the room falls silent, with the exception of  the occasional "Pass the gravy, please."   The kids wolf down their food and want to go play....the adults are usually staring at me - while I am still cutting one bite at a time - savoring the moment...wishing everyone would SLOW DOWN.   So, while I savor my meal others get seconds - this time they eat more slowly - not savoring each bite just killing time while I finish and they consume more calories.  


This is learned behavior.  As children, living at home we were not allowed to 'bolt our food'.  We also were not allowed to guzzle our glass of milk and ask for more.  Most certainly we were not allowed to leave the table before everyone was done.  Second helpings were none existent.   


That same concept extended to boarding school.  When we arrived in the dining hall - we stood behind our chair, said grace and then were given permission to be seated.  The head of the table served all the plates and they were passed down the table (the youngest sat at one end and the eldest at the head of the table) - everyone waited until we all had our meals and then, only then, did we pick up our knife and fork.  Proper manners were not only expected but required.  You were to cut one piece of meat at a time, chew - swallow and then begin to cut the next piece.  Dinner lasted at least 45 minutes.  


So yes, I am a slow eater.  On more than one occasion I have heard, "My God - you eat a lot!"  Actually, I don't eat more, I actually I eat less than my dinner companions - I just enjoy every bite, slowly.  


The Buddhist's call this mindful eating.  I am not Buddhist - nor was I raised Buddhist.    Honestly, I think they are on to something. 


Turn off the TV, put aside the newspaper and your book too.  Focus on the food before you.   Think about every bite you take - savor it.  How many times have you finished an entire sandwich while cruising the latest on the computer only to look down and wonder what happened to your sandwich?  Your brain didn't register the pleasure of eating - you didn't savor each and every bite - you merely filled a hungry void but not the emotional part of eating.  


This brings me to a pet peeve - since when is it OK to go out to dinner with friends and instead of giving their dinner companions and the food their total attention, is OK to pick up and answer texts? 

 

Is it really impossible to stash the phone for a few minutes?  Ok, more than a few .... maybe like 45 minutes...  Oh gosh!   


Is it essential to play "Words with Friends" while out to dinner....  Will the world stand still?  


Is that text so important  that you can't wait to read and answer  it.  Nobody has died, nobody is bleeding.


"So and So got the kids bathed and to bed."  or 

"Sissy did the cutest thing....."  

Honestly!  


What happened to the dinner hour


Seriously,  slow down - savor every bite - enjoy the moment, take time to be thankful.   Eat less and enjoy it more!  

  


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Comments
Bibi 
Jun. 6, 2012 7:22 pm
You are so right about texting, or anything else regarding cell phones during dinner, B'Nana, and it's not just during dinner. It was once considered rude to have a phone conversation interrupt a face-to-face conversation, socially or professionally. I guess I'm a dinosaur, though. I believe creating a nice dinner deserves attention, and I believe the art of conversation does, also!
 
Jun. 6, 2012 7:29 pm
My DH comes from a large family where they sometimes did not get enough to eat. It was every person for themselves and it still shows with many of his siblings. We were taught table manners much like yourself but then we never worried about a shortage of food. Over the years I have been able to slow DH down but he still eats fairly fast. I have never had the misfortune of someone texting or taking a call at the table. Great blog.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 7:39 pm
I think we have polar opposites in our extended family, Baking Nana! My daughter eats like you do. My SIL eats so fast that by the time my DD has situated her food, my SIL has finished eating. So I understand. And regarding the phone situation, the only time I use my phone while out is when we are waiting on someone to meet up with us. Or like the time my DIL was expecting our second little one. Going back to the eating, my favorite thing in the world is sitting around the table enjoying conversation. But I must admit that when it's just immediate family, we do have on the news. But we converse about it, too. And then some. I love eating.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 7:49 pm
Great blog! Don't worry, I'm the slowest eater here. I like savoring the bite like you!:)
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:05 pm
Bibi - I really believe that we have, as a whole, become way too accessible. People feel compelled to answer that phone, text, email..... leaving others feel discounted and devalued. I believe that those who you are actually with deserve better. Unless, of course, they aren't worthy in which case, they could choose to stay home and text to to their hearts content. BTW - these are adults I am talking about.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:09 pm
I was raised like you, chew well and enjoy. That changed overnight when I joined the Air Force and had whatever little time the sergeant allowed. It took a few years to get back to eating correctly or, as my mother taught me. ... Texting? Toss it!!! Bad, bad, bad social skill.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:11 pm
Marie C. - No Baking Papa comes from a big family as well - he is the youngest BUT I swear there was never an actual shortage of food - not in the reality, anyway. These 'boys' could shovel down the food like there was a competition. Old habits are hard to break.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:12 pm
CookandBakeGirl: You and I would get along just fine and 'bother' everyone else....at least neither of us would be sitting at the table alone.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:19 pm
I'm afraid Komi is going to haunt my dreams tonight . . . (=
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:24 pm
Btw, my mom has always been a speedy eater . . . She dates it back to nurse's training at Old County Hospital (USC Medical Center - the big white building that they used in the old opening of General Hospital.) As student nurses (and probably everyone else, too!) they had exactly 30 minutes - to get from wherever they were in the hospital, down to the cafeteria, stand in line, buy their food, eat it, and get back to the floor. And that is one big building! [She always pottied fast, too - but I'm not sure if that had the same source - never asked (=]
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:26 pm
Marianne - your DD and I would get along just fine. I can't say the TV is always off here at dinner time - because it is not. Conversation is good, well at least as long as it isn't too heated. Controversy and food don't agree with me. Personally, I could do without the TV - as long as we could find something to talk about - otherwise peace and quiet wouldn't be a bad choice. :)
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:26 pm
I have lots of eating/food issues. But one of them, I realized a few years ago, is that I eat to stay awake. Driving home after working all night - or driving home in the middle of the night - with a big tub of popcorn, trying to stay awake to watch an entire movie, and not take an "expensive nap" . . . I'm working on it (= But, sometimes, getting home in one piece is worth the extra calories! [Or I (used to) stop and take a nap (=]
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:34 pm
Mike: The military has a way of teaching people to eat in double time and to sleep when ever you can. I do believe our elementary schools are teaching the same glup and gobble mentality. In fourth grade, my grand daughter has less than 10 minutes to actually 'eat'. They are shuffled in and out like cattle. No wonder they come home starving!
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:39 pm
Barb - Sounds like nurses are much like the military and the elementary schools. Such a shame that we try to put the emphasis on healthy eating and then basically say, 'shove it down - fill the void and move on'. I believe it leaves people 'empty'. As for eating to stay away - savor each bite....including the popcorn. :)
 
Jun. 6, 2012 8:45 pm
BTW - Mike: These texting fanatics are all in their 50's - if the kids tried this nonsense they would not own a phone / ipod etc... The kids no better! Apparently, my 'friends' do not!
 
Jun. 6, 2012 9:23 pm
BN: I am always the last person in my house to finish a meal. The other four people just stare at me until I'm done. Similar to xraybarb, I often find that I eat my way, in particular, through my first nightshift. Not a good idea, but it does help with fighting the sleepies.
 
Jun. 6, 2012 9:43 pm
How funny, bikerfamily! I thought it was just me! I lost around 75 pounds a few years ago - then when I started working full time (graveyard) again, I found it again )= At one point, I realized I was eating about 4 dinners a day! Dinner with the kids, dinner when I got to work, dinner mid-shift, and dinner on the way home! It took me a bit, but I finally figured out a food schedule and got back on my food plan - and lost that 75 pounds again. I've gained some back - not the full 75 - I refuse to get back to my top weight again! - but I am 9 pounds down since Mother's Day! Woo hoo! At least 40 to go (to get to a weight where I feel comfortable) - 60 to be where my BMI says I should be (=
 
Jun. 7, 2012 3:29 am
lol- nana-i weigh 83 lbs- i did weigh 249 lbs- til i learned how to eat this way---fork down after each bite- concentrate on that bite-- yep-me too - i am the 1/2 sammy-30 minute girl-- lol-judy
 
Jun. 7, 2012 4:24 am
Good morning bikerfamily. I never thought about eating to stay awake. I do know people who are constant snackers though. I can't imagine that they ever feel really hungry. For me, hunger is a big motivator to make a really nice meal. If I am not really hungry I am more tempted to just throw something together and call it good.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 4:29 am
XRay - Congratulations on those 9 lbs. My sister in law is a 'grazer' - she would nibble on this and that the whole time she is cooking and then would eat a whole meal, then snack some more as the was putting away the food and clearing the kids plates. Once she got that bad habit under control she lost 35 lbs without really changing anything else. Keep at it Barb, I am cheering you on!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 4:38 am
nanny, 83 lbs? Is that a typo? You have truly lost a lot of weight! I find eating slowly satisfies the need to eat while allowing my brain to catch up with my stomach. If I don't think about my food while I am eating it I am left feeling 'empty'. Enjoy that 1/2 sandwich.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 4:38 am
As for my electronic addicted friends, honestly if they are texting etc... they might as well have stayed home because they apparently aren't really interested in the company they are with.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 5:10 am
I mainly eat fast when trying not to have a cold meal. I have tried to change this by acquiring some stoneware oven-to-table pieces and warming my plates when we have a "nice" meal. I also used to work late and eat to stay awake.... ice cream cones require a lot of attention :) I agree about texting devaluing the "real" people present.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 5:21 am
BN... You are so right! I am a very slow eater... being raised military, we had very regimented dinner times and rules of the dinner table. I still eat slow, ration each helping so that I have one last bite of each to finish with! Now as you can imagine, this drives Jim nuts... but he has managed over the years to slow down a bit himself! Oh and you are not the slowest eater in the world... that honor is bestowed on my father! You never want to go to an all you can eat buffet with him!!!!!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 5:42 am
Linda2d - I guess I am used to luke warm food. As a young mother of 3 I remember thinking I would never eat another hot meal again. Nice warm plates do make a difference though.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 5:47 am
Terry - You father and I would get along just fine. What I don't understand though is that when we go out to eat it is usually MY meal that gets lost in the kitchen or totally bungled - I don't expect others to wait and let their food get cold while I wait for my meal - at the same time I know that my hubby is thinking, 'OH NO - not again, we are never going to get out of this place!"
 
Paula 
Jun. 7, 2012 6:04 am
I love the idea of savoring every bite! Maybe then that little mechanism in my brain that tells me I am full would actually work in time to stop me BEFORE consuming too much! I'll have to try cutting each piece of meat a bite at a time. Thanks for another great blog, Baking Nana.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 7:13 am
Good morning Paula. It is said that it takes the brain 20 minutes to register 'full' - What I find it interesting though is the emotional part of eating has to be satisfied as well as just filling the belly. I think it is an American custom to cut all your meat then switch the fork to the right hand to eat. My Uncle Bill, who was British, always had some derogatory commentary on this custom. Equating it to 'shoveling' the food. The other thing he often commented on was the size of each bite. Believe me, each meal was a lesson in manners, appropriate conversation and thoughtful eating. Thank God he didn't live long enough to experience the cell phone era of texting while dining.
 
char 
Jun. 7, 2012 7:20 am
I agree with every word Baking Nana!!!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 7:23 am
Thank you char! Thanks for stopping in.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 7:40 am
In our school the kindergarten class takes the longest time to eat. They do not rush - for anyone or anything! Not even to get outside. They talk, check out what the other kids brought and eat - slowly. They are also allowed the most time for their lunch and are brought to the lunchroom earlier than the rest of the classes. The other grades are given considerably much less time and therefore gulp it down and have to vacate the lunchroom. No food goes outside. If you do NOT hurry - you go hungry. I have had to combat this learned behavior at the diner table. The Hubs is guilty too! Lunch is on the go for him, phone in one hand - sandwich in the other lots of times. I have to remind them to relax, slow down, no one is rushing you anywhere. To combat this (ok - micromanage it! LOL) I serve the salad first, Those dishes are removed and then the dinner plate is served. Needless to say TV and phones are banned. We adjust the time we eat to accommodate everyone's schedule and it is getting harder as the kids get older with school activities and work, I'll be darned if we are gonna rush through it! :)
 
Jun. 7, 2012 7:42 am
I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! AMEN girl! First, let's start with the manners - yes please. I'll never forget 3 years ago slaving away for 3 days preparing Mother's Day Brunch for a group of 20, served everyone and I hear a man making a toast and everyone starts eating. At this point, I was still in the kitchen getting my own plate. Aggghhhh. As for the cell phone, I think EVERY restaurant should require that these be checked at the door. If it is an emergency, leave the phone number of the restaurant with the sitter. No, it is NOT ok to be checking texts. Basically, you are saying that ANYONE is more important than the company you are with. Ok, I'm getting all fired up thinking about this. You are so spot on Baking Nana!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 8:50 am
This is a GREAT blog and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only slow eater on the planet!! I always ask Bob if he even tasted his food, but he's ex-military and had to learn to bolt it down like that. Other life circumstances taught him, too. I've had my share of opportunities to learn this "behavior" but it never caught on with me. I, like you, like to savor the moment, the taste, the texture...every single little bite. When I was growing up, as third to the youngest of 9 kids, we had enough to eat, but no seconds, so I learned that if I went slow, it seemed like I had more (you have to understand that I NEVER stood still and could eat like a horse and never gain a pound back then...now, not so much)to eat and especially if my mother made something more exciting than plain hamburger patties (our famous go-to dinner growing up...hamburger, salt, pepper...that's it...can't stand those to this day!), boiled potato of some type and canned vegetable. When that menu varied, it was to savored and relished and enjoyed! Again, thanks for a great post and the dog picture is CLASSIC!
 
Mandy 
Jun. 7, 2012 9:14 am
Fantastic blog! I am not the slowest eater but I do like to savor my food and truly enjoy the meal and the company. I do not allow cell phones at the table and am not afraid to let company know that. I worked too hard on the meal at hand to have it not be the center of attention. I think you beautifully addressed a rising issue with our society. Thanks again for a truly fantastic blog.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 9:15 am
I can totally relate to this post. I have always been a slow eater and many times have been left at the table after everyone is finished. My Mom is the only person I know that's slower than I am. I recently had an argument with my grown daughter because at Easter I cooked all day Saturday and the better part of Sunday to feed the family. My daughter's boyfriend was one of the first to get a plate and was practically through eating when I sat down, although most others were waiting. My granddaughter now knows that there is no cell phone use at the table at my house or if we are in a restaurant together. These are things that have to be taught, they are not automatically programmed in. Another of my pet peeves is the hat in the house. I sometimes let it slide but not always. Manners will be a thing of the past (more than now) if we don't take the time to teach them. I always enjoy reading your blog but this one was especially enjoyable. Thanks.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 9:20 am
What's for dinner, mom? - I understand the need to shuffle the kids through lunch but I really feel sorry for them. My grand daughter Sarah has gone hungry at school on more than one occasion. She is a slow eater and the lines for school lunch is long - ten minutes is not enough time to eat. She tries to bring her lunch when ever she can but often comes home with half her lunch still intact. Personally, I'll eat with the Kinders!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 9:47 am
DelMarGirl - I cannot believe how many times that has happened to me - in my own house! How about the time that I was stilling eating dinner and someone walks in to the dining room with a plate of desserts! Excuse me! I always think that I must be pretty boring if my dinner companions find the need to distract themselves with texts and games. Then to be interrupted mid sentence with "Sally just posted on FB that they found a home for the dog." I can't compete and I won't. I will find better company though.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 10:02 am
WW - isn't that picture great? I couldn't resist. I swear my dog has a greater appreciation of good food than many people I know. :) She sure keeps her eye on it! Oh and if she hears me swear, it usually means I've dropped something and she is into the kitchen in a heart beat.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 10:04 am
Mandy: I am honestly thinking of getting a sign that says, "Texting while dining can be hazardous to your health." Maybe a T-shirt too - then I can wear it out to eat. Mind you, nobody would read said T-shirt, they would all be too busy checking their phones."
 
Jun. 7, 2012 10:14 am
BJM5596 - When my son in law first came for dinner I could tell he was nervous about a 'sit down' dinner - he took his lead from my daughter but was decidedly uncomfortable. Turns out that in his (huge) family it is absolutely fine to fill your plate and dig in. Nobody waits for anyone. Another thing they do that would drive me crazy is allow the kids to go through the line and take as much as they want with no regard for everyone else. The kids will also get up and get seconds before all the adults have been served. Arrgggg! I am sure they think I am "Miss Manners" but you know what, when they come to MY house, they know how to behave! Believe me, at least knowing how to be polite, if not always practicing it, will serve them well in the long run.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 11:52 am
The text thing makes me nuts. I was in line at Macy's with my teenage niece at Xmas time while she was busy texting away. I had warned her several times during our Xmas shopping to put the phone away. As we came to the check out lady, she was still busy texting and I totally lost it. LOUDLY I threatened to shove the phone in an orifice that I am sure absolutely mortified my niece. The people in the line behind us clapped in support of moi LOL
 
Jun. 7, 2012 12:25 pm
Hi Mauigirl! Good for you! It drives me nuts and to go to dinner with ADULTS and have them texting and checking FB and playing Words with Friends was more than I could bare. It isn't up to me to correct a couple of 55+ women but it is up to me who I choose to spend my time with. I bet your neice stows her phone the next time you take her shopping!
 
Jun. 7, 2012 12:45 pm
BTW eating too fast is one of the biggest culprits for GERD according to my physician.
 
Jun. 7, 2012 4:09 pm
Mauigirl - I can absolutely believe that. I know for myself, via bad heartburn when I have eaten too fast or taken too big of bites. Small bites, chew well & don't use your drink to wash down the food. That is my mantra.
 
Lela 
Jun. 7, 2012 11:13 pm
Baking Nana, what has happened to eating at the table as a family? I have always been a firm believer in everyone sitting at the table and eating as a family. Some of my friends eat in front of the T.V. almost every night. They think I am the strange one. Thanks for the great blog.
 
Jun. 8, 2012 5:51 am
Good morning Lela. To this day, we sit down together - might 2 of us or 10 of us, it doesn't matter. My 2 son in laws grew up eating in front of the TV or on the run, so this is normal for them and consequently this now OK in their own homes. In fact some of the teenagers don't even bother to sit down to eat. At times it seems more like a race to the finish instead of dinner. It might seem like a small thing but I think how these habits evolve it is food for thought.
 
Jun. 8, 2012 7:21 am
I absolutely LOVE the pic, Baking Nana! That is so cute. Somehow over the years, I got into the habit of eating faster than I should have (nowhere near as fast as my DH, though!), and I've been trying to change that. Recently, I had a tooth crown break and have a temporary one for a few weeks. So I have to chew on the other side of my mouth which is missing a back tooth due to some root canal issues a few years ago. It's forced me to take smaller bites and eat more slowly. And in doing that, I'm eating less and losing weight even though I've had to sideline my daily treadmill because of a knee injury. And as the Barefoot Contessa would say, "How easy is that?" Eat slower, take smaller bites, chew and enjoy your food....and reap the benefits in more ways than one! Oh and the texting...drives me crazy! Put the phone away for a while; it's not going to be a fatal decision! Great blog.
 
Jun. 8, 2012 7:58 am
Hey BN - great blog. No electronics or printed material are allowed at our table during any meal. Even Daddy has to put down the paper for breakfast. Business Lunches however, it almost seems like if you aren't sending/receiving all meal, you aren't connected thus you aren't a "power player". Yawn.
 
Jun. 8, 2012 10:52 am
wisweetp - Like you I have had major dental work done and it certainly slows you down! There have been a couple of weight loss studies done that prove what you are experiencing. Eat slow - very small bites - chew thoughtfully and thoroughly and you actually will consume less hence loose weight. Thanks for stopping in!
 
Jun. 8, 2012 11:00 am
Good morning Doug. Do you remember when the only people who had pagers were Doctors? Those pagers seemed to be proof of importance - maybe this is where the need to text and be in constant contact comes from. If you are constantly being emailed you MUST be needed and therefore 'important'. But what about the people they are actually with - what are they, chopped liver? Hmmmm..... more food for thought. Personally there are times when I don't want to be available, that is hard to do these days though. Hope your dental work is coming along well, I am sure you will shed another bag of sugar along the way.
 
shannonc1171 
Jun. 9, 2012 10:32 am
Fantastic blog and I hate to admit this, but I was scarfing down a sandwich as I was reading it. I guess the sandwich was good, I couldn't really tell ya. Shame on me and I agree with everything you said 100%. I've been guilty of getting on the phone when I am out to dinner with my husband. I don't do it when we are with friends, but it shouldn't be ok for me to do it when I am with him. We both work full time jobs and have very busy schedules and that is much needed quality time that we should be enjoying together, not with my focus on the silly phone. From now on he will get my full attention. He deserves it just like anybody else. Thank you!
 
Jun. 9, 2012 11:04 am
shannonc1171 - Thanks for stopping in. Interesting what you said about quality time with your husband without the phone or other distractions (like kids).... it takes some effort but it is honestly worth it. You might even find you have more to talk about than you realized. :) Just the other night my hubby came to the table with the IPad in hand. He said he was just going to check the score on the basket ball game. I shot him the 'look' and he started laughing & stowed the IPad. Point made! :)
 
Jun. 9, 2012 3:28 pm
Great blog, BN. A thought on the kids & lunch @ school. There is a movement afoot to try and get schools to have recess BEFORE lunch. That way, the kids don't gulp down their food to be the first one outside/ get the good swings/ be w/ their friends. They go to noon recess and THEN come in and eat.... and some research shows that there is a lot less waste when they change that "little" piece around. And texting @ the table...certainly not as dangerous as when driving, but just as horrible ~~ as we lose even more manners and common sense. I pray I am NEVER that important!!
 
Jun. 9, 2012 5:07 pm
Hi Chris K - What a brilliant idea! As for texting - I hope that I am never THAT addicted! A good friend of mine is graduating with her MBA today - she has been posting on FB throughout the whole ceremony. Some moments, like food, need to be savored!
 
Jun. 9, 2012 10:08 pm
[I have to admit that I get SO annoyed when people (such as my own children) who I KNOW are on their phones ALL the time do not answer my texts right away!)
 
Jun. 10, 2012 12:07 am
Hey Now! You have a point XRay! What is with that?
 
Jun. 11, 2012 10:18 am
My stepdaughter will argue any point until the cows come home so I just don't bother any longer. But shortly after she and her three daughters moved in with me in 2011, we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner and I realized she was surreptitiously texting with her phone on her knee beneath the table. Clearly she already realized it was unacceptable. I asked her if she seriously was texting at the Thanksgiving table and she started telling me that she "had the right" to contact her sister if she wanted to. I calmly told her that it was NOT acceptable at my dinner table and that if texting her sister was more important than having dinner with her children and me, that she could be excused from the table but that her dinner would be finished at that point. The girls were stunned that I stood up to her but it made a big impression on them. They have commented on it several times and when my phone has rung since then when we are eating, they just say, "We don't answer the phone during dinner, right Grandma?" We eat in the dining room after singing grace. I do eat too quickly which I blame on having worked as a waitress where you frequently have to grab your own dinner while serving others however that was years ago. I seriously need to work on reforming my own eating habits. Thanks for the reminder!
 
Jun. 12, 2012 6:30 am
Reading your blog is a reminder to me to slow down! 30+ years as a nurse has trained me to wolf my food down. You never know how much time you'll have for lunch, or even IF you will be able to take a lunch break! If there is a 10 minute lull, better grab a sandwich or slice of pizza. This is such a bad habit and I find myself doing it at most meals. My daughter does it as well, mainly because in school, the typical lunch break is 20-25 minutes. I pack her lunch so she'll have more than the 10 minutes to eat that the kids going through the cafeteria line get! Thanks for making me take another look at my eating habits, time to be more mindful.
 
Jun. 12, 2012 8:08 am
Love the blog and comments. So glad to know I'm not alone. One thing that I cannot understand (but have learned that comments are unwelcome) is the way my DH eats a lovely piece of chocolate:chomp, chomp, chomp, swallow. I nibble and let it melt and get as much time with the flavor as possible. Oh well, his loss!
 
Jun. 12, 2012 9:04 am
Yes to your blog...all the way. S-L-O-W D-O-W-N. I would also like some table conversation...even if it has dwindled down to "just the two of us". Surely if the rest of the world cannot drive into nor out of any parking lot in town without calling someone to discuss it, we could come up with SOMEthing to talk about over our meal. DH and I know a couple who have celebrated 67 years of wedded bliss...maybe it's 69 years. I don't remember, but they live nearby and we like to go visit with them occasionally, as they are of our parent's generation. The wife said recently that their breakfasts take them forever because they just get to talking and before they know it, they've been sitting there for over an hour. Yep. I want me some of dat. ;o)
 
Jun. 12, 2012 10:23 am
janet7th - Good for you for standing your ground! That sneaky texting drives me crazy - Your grand-girls learned a good lesson that day!
 
Jun. 12, 2012 10:29 am
Wyattdogster - I hear this a lot from nurses. My son's former girlfriend is now an RN at a large hospital - she has gained a LOT of weight - why? Mostly due to mindless eating - eating on the run - eating what ever is fast and easy. Those are bad habits that are hard to change and take their toll.
 
Jun. 12, 2012 10:37 am
Indiana Peggy - NB Papa doesn't appreciate my commentary on his style of eating either! Often the case with him though is the chop - chop swallow then, "That was good, I'll have another!" Bad habit for sure!
 
Jun. 12, 2012 10:40 am
Hezzy_tant_Cook - I want some of that too! My nephew and his wife have a great ritual of Sunday breakfast / lunch. They both plan the meal - cook it together - sit at a beautifully set table and eat and visit. The meal usually lasts until lunch time! They are in their late 30's - maybe there is hope!
 
 
 
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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
 
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