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Eat to Live-Feeding Frenzie

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I grew up in a large family. As second on six, I was keenly aware of the fact that there were not seconds for slow eaters. My mom has always been a pretty good cook, and I love to eat! Can you see the problem?

I learned as a child the "importance" of eating fast, and it has taken me discipline not to yield to that "feeding frenzie" mentality. On one or two occaisions when eating with friends, I found myself finishing first, and looking at all the leftovers.

It takes discipline to slowly chew and enjoy my food. The real trick for me comes when I'm really enjoying good conversation. Balancing conversation and slow eating is an art for me. I get better almost every time. Eating slowly is part of eating to live instead of living to eat.

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RENCHERRY 2/4/2013 1:55PM

    It is so hard to break habits made while growing up. My mother is Italian, so when she or anyone on her side of the family fed us we were expected to eat everything on our plates and then have seconds. My husband and I stopped this habit by making sure to only put one serving on our plates and put left overs away before even sitting down to eat. It's still hard when we have family gatherings not to help myself to more.

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SUGARSMOM2 2/4/2013 10:42AM

  so most of our trouble is from the way we are raised ? we certainly are products of "our family and life styles ". Hard to break when you live with them for years . drilled into you so to speak . good luck .

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2013 1:06AM

    When I was a girl during and after the war.
We were told to clear everything on the plate .. and we couldn't leave the table until we finished it ..
Now is the time to break these habits ..
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Comment edited on: 2/4/2013 1:07:14 AM

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68ANNE 2/3/2013 9:39PM

    I know what you mean. We had to clean our plate as well as 'hurry up' and finish your food

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BLUEROSE73 2/3/2013 12:41PM

    I'm the same way, but for a different reason. I don't like eating. I don't like seeing people eat. I don't like hearing people eat. To me it's as gross as hearing them in the bathroom. YUCK!

But I've found if I just become more aware of what I'm eating, and when, it really helps keep me from overeating.

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ERIN1957 2/3/2013 12:35PM

    Rush rush and rushed, I have spent my adult life being pushed and rushed. Now to slow it all down.
I have noticed my grandchildren eat fast, I try and slow then down.
Digestion starts before we even put a bite in our mouth with true hunger. To be aware of every appreciated bite is truly necessary.

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/3/2013 12:21PM

    Wow six kids! I'll bet dinner was chaos! LOL!! I can see your problem! But you have come such a long way! LOVE the family pics!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/3/2013 12:15PM


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GRAMMYEAC 2/3/2013 9:49AM

    Never thought of it that way before!

But it's true for me too!!!

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TERRI289 2/3/2013 9:33AM

    Eat slow..,.it worries your friends but I so love leftovers....Hang in there!!


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DS9KIE 2/3/2013 9:28AM

    I like your family pictures

Its a great idea to slow down when you eat.

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/3/2013 9:04AM

    One of the best things that happened to me was in my first job after college. It required 60-70% travel, and I traveled with another woman who might be the world's slowest eater. If I didn't want to sit there for a half hour after I finished watching her eat, I had to slow down, which I did. Now when I go out with friends, I am the last to finish and I apologize for being slow, but I don't change my pace!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2013 8:20AM

    Interesting! I love the pictures. It has definitely taken a long time for my brain to wrap around the nugget eat to live, not live to eat!

HUGS and thanks for sharing this. My Mom was #5 of 6 kids and she used to talk of the same issue . . . dive in and eat or you'll starve!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/3/2013 7:47AM

    One of my biggest problems and I know where it came from. Dad and I used to say whoever finished first gets to watch the tv show of their choice. I say that to him now and he says no way. HA but now he bugs the daylights out of me, whatcha do eat that in one bite, slow down... argh it makes me livid. but it is hard to stop and often I am finished before hubby and dad if we go out. I say part of that is cos the 2 of them get talking, me I am eating while it is hot.
and wonder lol if that is the reason I don't watch or really like tv. I could do without one in the house other than biggest loser.
Enjoy your meals today! slowly and I will to!

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ANNIE924 2/3/2013 7:06AM

    I find it difficult to slow down my eating also. I think there are 2 reasons, I only get 1/2 hour for lunch at work - that does not lend itself to slow eating.

The other thing is I like to eat my food while it is still hot. If I take too long to eat the food cools off. So I try to remember to heat my plate before I put my food on it when I am home.

Like you I will have to keep practicing.

Have a great day.

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RD03875 2/3/2013 6:43AM

    Great Blog


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EDITOR 2/3/2013 6:18AM

    The exact same thing I learned! But we only had two in my family. Thank God and praise His Holy name that we were never hungry and never begged a meal. Others did come to us not because we were Godly, but because food was always available, no matter who you were. God has a way of even feeding the sparrows!

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LUVS2BIKE101 2/3/2013 6:18AM

    You reminded me of when I was a youngster, #5 out of 7 sibblings. Eat fast or go hungry. Not any more. You are right, discipline is key. Family gatherings are special. I'm trying to talk more and eat less at them.

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JSTETSER 2/3/2013 6:09AM

    Photos from the Gray Family Christmas 2012.
Athol, Massachusetts USA

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