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Do You Eat At The Table?

Posted Apr 19 2013 12:31am

One of the best and worst parts of a blog is the fact that you can only see parts of a persons life.  This is of course, amazing and wonderful, to get a peep into the lives of fascinating and unique people, but sometimes it’s hard to remember that it is just that – a peep.  Not the full picture.

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One of the areas that we are really trying to work on but rarely (never) shows up on blog is that Anthony and I are chronic couch eaters.  At the end of a long day, we are tired and lazy and don’t want to eat at the table, we want to slouch on the sofa and watch Grand Designs (my all time favorite TV show. It’s literally the only TV show we watch, and it’s FANTASTIC!) However, eating on the couch really doesn’t sit well with me (pun intended.) One, as someone who has a significant history with eating issues, eating on the couch while the TV means I am not paying full attention to my food, digestion, and satiation.  It also means that Anthony and I aren’t connecting and talking, we are phasing out. Finally, it’s not celebrating the beautiful food that one of us prepared. 

So, I’m working hard to change that.  Here are the steps I’m taking.   

1. Make It Purty One thing I’m doing is trying to set the table in the early afternoon, before I change my mind. 

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2. Have a cocktail hour. My grandmother always (read: always) has a cocktail hour. Every day, at around 5, she pours herself and some friends a glass of wine, and serves it up with nibbles.  She’s done this as long as I can remember, and it’s a great way to get into eating at the table with some joy and frivolity. 

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3.  Make reasonable expectations. I know we won’t be perfect about not eating on the couch.  We both enjoy it, and let’s face it, on days when I don’t get home until 8:30, I don’t really want to do much besides crash and relax.  So, we’ve said that we’ll eat at the table at least 3-4 times per week to start.  It’s not perfect, but it’s manageable, and makes when we do watch and eat feel even more indulgent. 

QOTD: Do you eat at the table? How often?

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