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I want to eat like the French

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I eat fast and in front of my pc or tv. I don't remember if I ate fast growing up or if this is something new. I do know that growing up we always ate at the table. But when I got married hubby worked different shifts, so I ate alone a lot. Then kids came along and we started eating at the table and so did hubby when he was home. And that was great! Then I started working and wasn't getting home till after 5 and we had always ate at 5 .... I think that started cause the kids had to go to bed so early ... But any ways, the kids didn't want to wait for me to get home to cook something so they would just fix themselves something and go to their rooms to eat .... in front of their pc or tv. (another bad habit that needs to be addressed.)
The French make meals an occasion. They sit at the table with their family and friends. They eat slowly, they enjoy their food, they taste their food. They enjoy the company. It's a food party! Why do I have to rush through my meal? What's the hurry? Most of the time I can't even remember what I ate. .... How crazy is that? My body needs food, so why shouldn't I enjoy what it needs? I don't believe I even put my fork down between bites ... unless I need to move the mouse or type something. How can I enjoy my food if I'm shoveling it in before I'm done with the last bite? And I wonder why I choke on my food so much .... Well duh Becky! your inhaling the stuff!

And why should I just settle for bland food or food that I don't enjoy? In Leslie Sansone's book "Eat smart, Walk Strong" she ask "Do you stuff down a 'Balanced dinner' (that you don't enjoy) so that you can treat yourself to dessert as a reward? If so, it might actually be better to eat just dessert for dinner ...." Is that what I'm doing that? Just hurry up and eat it so I can have some thing sweet? Look at me I'm a good girl, I ate all my brussel sprouts .... But I hated every bite. Yes it's good for me, but there are other foods that are just as good that I might even enjoy the taste of.
Thinking about this today I thought about my lunch. (hubby and I went out) It wasn't anything fancy, just a burger and fries and a chocolate chip cookie. (hehe) But I thought about the taste of the burger and I enjoyed it. I thought about the fries and all their greasy saltiness and I enjoyed it. And the cookie? Well cookies are my weakness. I ate it slowly and I tasted every bite of that cookie. And 5 hours later I can still remember that meal and the flavors and how much I enjoyed it.
Supper? Well it was a quick bowl of veggies while I was waiting to take child get ready for work so I could drive him. ..... *sigh*
Tomorrow I'm going to think about my food, I'm going to put my fork down, I'm going to eat at a table or at least turn my back to screen.
I'm going to pretend that I'm French (sorry Irish relatives) and enjoy my food.
Every bite!

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/29/2012 5:54PM

    Great blog! I've been working on that lately too!

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NELLIEC 5/28/2012 5:01PM

    I am one of those peculiar people who find it difficult to eat with other people. I am somewhat grossed out by the appearance of food. When I do eat with other people, I don't look at them eating, but will converse with them. I don't even like pictures of food.

I know that this comes from being around my mother when she was so sick at the end of her life and it hurt her to eat. She ended up being fed through a tube, and even then she lost weight because of all the infection in her body.

So I fix my food and eat slowly, but don't really look carefully at it.

(I can understand the pain from eating since there was a 3 month period when I had to force myself to eat and even then I lost 50 pounds in those 3 months due to diverticulitis blocking my innards. I ended up with an emergency operation.)

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PEPPYPATTI 5/28/2012 3:41PM

    I understand what you are saying. They also eat smaller portions. Here in America everything is supersized. No wonder it is hard to eat healthy portions. Good for you!
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BEEJAY49 5/28/2012 5:28AM

    I think we could all take a lesson from that! :) We eat in front of the tv also, mostly because we tape shows to watch and that's when we have time to watch them. I tend to eat fast also, but not because of dessert. I'm just one of those people who likes the food being hot when I do eat it. I don't like to keep re-heating it, I want it hot as I eat it. I need to learn to slow down too and not worry about if it's hot or not, but think about the taste, nutrition and digestion. :) Thank you for the reminder! HUGS!

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