Monday, February 17, 2014
How Do You Eat?
When I was in the fifth grade I noticed a kid sitting across from me in the lunch room eat his meal. He opened his metal lunch box, took out his sandwich, and ate it. Next he did the same to some chips. Then an apple. Finally, a Hostess cupcake. His food consumed, he drank his half-pint of milk.
I was appalled. Who taught this kid to consume a meal, I wondered.
I have my own system and it goes like this: I have a bite of each item in turn--sometimes combining a couple of them--until I have exactly one bite each of everything on my plate, which I then consume. I sip my beverage as needed. Now, I'm not overboard with this method. I don't assess the number of bites each dish will require. I don't mentally weigh or measure each item to accomplish an even finish to the meal. It just flows naturally for me. I barely realize I'm doing it.
If we have bread, I always make sure there's enough left to sop up any gravy or meat drippings, too. I have this last.
How about you?