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
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....."
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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