Friday, February 01, 2013
Even more good advice.
I have never really understood how my parents' generation could just sit around the table for an hour or more after a meal. When I'm done, I'm done. I have noticed though, that when people linger, like if we go out to a restaurant with others, if I don't finish my food, my husband will start picking food off of my plate. If it's sitting in front of you, temptation and mindless eating are just a nibble away. If you get up, move to the living room, then it's out of sight, and hopefully out of mind.
I'm not saying to cut all your family gatherings short. Just get the food out of the way once everyone has had their fill. Clean the table, load the dishwasher, deal out some cards, or whatever you like to do after a meal. Better yet, if others are willing, go for a walk together. It was very nice during Easter one year, the family went out to the yard and played badminton. It was great. I'm not very good at it, so I hung out on the sidelines herding the grand-babies (who were two at the time). Sometimes when my in-laws have a holiday, we get out and go to the movie theater after we eat. I guess my point here is that there is more to do than just sit at the table munching in order to be social.