Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register


Main Forum Page  ♦   Latest Posts  ♦   Member Center  ♦   Search  ♦   Archives   ♦   Help   ♦   Log In/Out   ♦   Admins
Forum Login
Login Name: Create a new account
Password:     Forgot password

BTD Forums    Diet and Nutrition    SWAMI Xpress  ›  Does anyone else eat in a strange spot??
Users Browsing Forum
No Members and 4 Guests

Does anyone else eat in a strange spot??  This thread currently has 1,485 views. Print Print Thread
2 Pages 1 2 » All Recommend Thread
JJR
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 10:52pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

33% Nomad, calories calories!!!!!!
Kyosha Nim
Posts: 4,960
Gender: Male
Location: Caledonia, WI
Age: 42
I have many reasons for why I do this, but I'm curious if we're not alone in this.  I am married and have two kids.  We eat in the living room.  My wife and I sit on the couch and my kids (11 and 8 years old), sit at a small table in front of the couch, sitting on two small chairs.  I would like to get a bigger table set up that is high enough for them, but low enough for living room.  The one we have is a good height now, it's just not big enough to set too much food on it.  So we all get our plate ready in the kitchen and come sit down.

I used to do it because I wanted to watch TV while eating.  And it was more relaxing this way.  Now, we actually don't watch TV while eating, but I still would rather be "reclining at table". (Biblical reference, I counted more than a dozen references in the book of Luke to this way of eating, that is Jesus and his disciples.)

I have no clue if there is some science behind this, if it's a good thing or bad thing.  I just know I'm super skinny, I have hard chairs at the dining room table that hurt my rear, and I'm just not comfortable in there.  And I like to be comfy while eating.  Now, I will admit, you do have to be somewhat good at putting a plate in your lap and cutting meat with it.  It's not the optimal position to be in when have to use both hands.  But when you're eating a stew or one bowl meal, it's awesome.  Bowl in one hand, utensil in the other.  Eat away.  But I do use my lap a lot.

Anyone else do something a little different than your average dining room table?  Anyone find this strange that I like to eat this way?  Etc etc.  

Just curious and I'm interested to know how others eat.  Standing?  Sitting at a bar?  Etc.  Etc.  All thoughts and ideas are welcome and thank you.


The poster formerly known as "ABNOWAY"

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message
ruthiegirl
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 10:54pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

SWAMI O+ Gatherer, Healing from Fibromyalgia
Kyosha Nim
Columnists and Bloggers
Posts: 12,299
Gender: Female
Location: New York
Age: 42
Sometimes we eat in front of the TV, and I often eat by the computer when I'm home alone. But usually we eat at the kitchen table (which was originally a dining room table, but we don't have a dining room so it goes in our kitchen.)

I suggest getting some cushions for your dining room chairs so they're more comfy. Or maybe even new chairs. This way you have the option of eating in there, even if you decide to eat in the living room sometimes (or most times) too.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 1 - 44
brinyskysail
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11:10pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

explorer~FM~lactose, soy, grain free
Ee Dan
Posts: 1,229
Gender: Female
Location: Bedford, PA
Age: 26
I can't even remember the last time I ate in a kitchen or dining room.  I eat at my desk (in my bedroom) probably out of habit from having eaten at my desk a lot during college, but I hate chairs so I often just eat sitting on the floor; I find it to be a lot more comfortable.  I like to be relaxed when I eat, and I can't relax when I'm in a chair for some reason.


There is a good in every bad  
Logged Offline
Site Site Private Message Private message Reply: 2 - 44
BTypeAUS
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11:11pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

B Type Nomad
Autumn: Harvest, success.
Posts: 478
Gender: Female
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Age: 48
Well we are a family of four and I can't remember the last time we sat down and ate together... Everyone eats at different times...my kids will usually eat in front of the tv or my eldest who is 20 will take a plate to his bedroom lol my husband works long hours so he eats at work .. As for me, I sit at the dining table and eat ...always with my iPad (-having breakfast now as I type this  ) or with a magazine to read. So yes, most families don't eat regular hours or places these days. When I was a kid, we all had to wait till my dad got home from work at 2 pm to sit down and eat together in a dining room....not these days!


B+ Nomad, mum to two type O+ boys (21 and 14) and husband type O+
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 3 - 44
Possum
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11:41pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Quoted from BTypeAUS
Well we are a family of four and I can't remember the last time we sat down and ate together... Everyone eats at different times...my kids will usually eat in front of the tv or my eldest who is 20 will take a plate to his bedroom lol my husband works long hours so he eats at work .. As for me, I sit at the dining table and eat ...always with my iPad (-having breakfast now as I type this  ) or with a magazine to read. So yes, most families don't eat regular hours or places these days. When I was a kid, we all had to wait till my dad got home from work at 2 pm to sit down and eat together in a dining room....not these days!
We always ate together after Dad got home (all 8 of us at the ding room table) so I can relate Aus... When our 2 were little kids, we always ate at the dining table until they were teenagers...These days (just me & DH) we eat in front of the tv on recliners & always use "splayds" so cutting meat is no problem on our laps...
If I am not interested in the programme = usually news at tea time (CNN lots of market/stock/investment talk - which I keep up with a bit, but not to the extent that DH does) I come back up to the computer & eat at my desk...

Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 4 - 44
JJR
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:19am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

33% Nomad, calories calories!!!!!!
Kyosha Nim
Posts: 4,960
Gender: Male
Location: Caledonia, WI
Age: 42
Splayed, I like that.  Now that would be comfy.  We're thinking about getting two chairs like that, because we might be moving and we know the set up of the new place.  And they would go nice in there.  Splayed.  Yeah, that's good.


The poster formerly known as "ABNOWAY"

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 5 - 44
zenphoenix
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:21am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

54% Explorer-LDN-HSP-INFJ-SuperTaster
Autumn: Harvest, success.
Posts: 182
Gender: Female
Location: Montana
Age: 44
so funny...

i haven't eaten regular meals at a proper dining table in YEARS.
(special events i do, like thanksgiving, etc but not regular day to day stuff)

i eat breakfast standing up by the counter in my kitchen

lunch is usually at my computer (working lunch!)

dinner is where ever... sometimes in my office, sometimes standing at the kitchen counter, sometimes in the living room. Depends on how i feel that day.


"Our lives are frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." ~Henry David Theroux
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 6 - 44
Dianne
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:33am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Explorer : 45%
Ee Dan
Posts: 1,030
Gender: Female
Quoted from Possum
We always ate together after Dad got home (all 8 of us at the ding room table) so I can relate Aus... When our 2 were little kids, we always ate at the dining table until they were teenagers...These days (just me & DH) we eat in front of the tv on recliners & always use "splayds" so cutting meat is no problem on our laps...


What is "splayds'? Is it tray?  
Logged
Private Message Private message Reply: 7 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:38am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Quoted from JJR
Splayed, I like that.  Now that would be comfy.  We're thinking about getting two chairs like that, because we might be moving and we know the set up of the new place.  And they would go nice in there.  Splayed.  Yeah, that's good.
splayds were/are a brand name for a utensil in Aus (talking 30+ years ago) that are a combo of a fork & a spoon with a straight edge that could also cut (I have another brand that are called "sporks" Makes sense eh?) They were/are mostly all we ever use unless eating steak or soup/dessert So much so that my kids did not know what normal cutlery was - to the amusement of their kindergarten & also much to our embarrassment when "eating civilised" at our (then) Pastor's house...
The recliner chairs are great too btw as the plates don't slide off our laps

http://www.yourhomedepot.com.au/brands/splayds/
There's even a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Splayds/13678353012
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 8 - 44
ABJoe
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:48am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

35% Nomad or Teacher - health history dependent
Sun Beh Nim
Moderator
Posts: 8,252
Gender: Male
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
Age: 51
I generally eat at the dining table, but I have a pad on the chair.  Sometimes I think I might need two pads, though.

My computer sits off to the side of my place on the table, however, since I use the table for my desk, as well.

I sometimes sit on a folding chair or on the floor in the living room if I want to watch TV or a movie during the meal.  I know, for optimum digestion you shouldn't watch or read while eating...  Another habit I should work on, I suppose.


RH-, ISTJ
Wonderful Wife = A+ Teacher; Darling Daughter = A- SWAMI Explorer
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 9 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 12:54am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Quoted from ABJoe
I know, for optimum digestion you shouldn't watch or read while eating...
Actually imo it is probably just as good to eat leisurely while reading etc than rush your meal 'cos you have to get back to something you were doing/need to get done...
& eating at a table while talking/laughing can be just as much as a digestion hazard (think choking)
& thinking of all extremes here - I imagine the stress of being forced to eat with others who you don't get on with etc could be very hard on digestion...
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 10 - 44
brinyskysail
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 1:15am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

explorer~FM~lactose, soy, grain free
Ee Dan
Posts: 1,229
Gender: Female
Location: Bedford, PA
Age: 26
Quoted from Possum
Actually imo it is probably just as good to eat leisurely while reading etc than rush your meal 'cos you have to get back to something you were doing/need to get done...


I agree.  Sometimes I read while I eat simply for the purpose of making sure I eat slowly.


There is a good in every bad  
Logged Offline
Site Site Private Message Private message Reply: 11 - 44
ABJoe
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 1:15am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

35% Nomad or Teacher - health history dependent
Sun Beh Nim
Moderator
Posts: 8,252
Gender: Male
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
Age: 51
Quoted from Possum
Actually imo it is probably just as good to eat leisurely while reading etc than rush your meal 'cos you have to get back to something you were doing/need to get done...
& eating at a table while talking/laughing can be just as much as a digestion hazard (think choking)
& thinking of all extremes here - I imagine the stress of being forced to eat with others who you don't get on with etc could be very hard on digestion...

#1 & #3 - I can definitely agree with.   

#2 is more of a LIFE hazard...   


RH-, ISTJ
Wonderful Wife = A+ Teacher; Darling Daughter = A- SWAMI Explorer
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 12 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 1:20am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Glad it is isn't #3 that is the life hazard
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 13 - 44
ABJoe
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 2:21am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

35% Nomad or Teacher - health history dependent
Sun Beh Nim
Moderator
Posts: 8,252
Gender: Male
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
Age: 51
Quoted from Possum
Glad it is isn't #3 that is the life hazard

I've never been in that dire a situation, yet.   


RH-, ISTJ
Wonderful Wife = A+ Teacher; Darling Daughter = A- SWAMI Explorer
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 14 - 44
BTypeAUS
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 2:27am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

B Type Nomad
Autumn: Harvest, success.
Posts: 478
Gender: Female
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Age: 48
Possum, invest in an iPad, they are great for mindless munching lol


B+ Nomad, mum to two type O+ boys (21 and 14) and husband type O+
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 15 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 4:44am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Oh I might one day - in the meantime it at least means I get more exercise running up & down the stairs...
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 16 - 44
JJR
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 5:25am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

33% Nomad, calories calories!!!!!!
Kyosha Nim
Posts: 4,960
Gender: Male
Location: Caledonia, WI
Age: 42
Quoted from Possum
splayds were/are a brand name for a utensil in Aus (talking 30+ years ago) that are a combo of a fork & a spoon with a straight edge that could also cut (I have another brand that are called "sporks" Makes sense eh?) They were/are mostly all we ever use unless eating steak or soup/dessert So much so that my kids did not know what normal cutlery was - to the amusement of their kindergarten & also much to our embarrassment when "eating civilised" at our (then) Pastor's house...
The recliner chairs are great too btw as the plates don't slide off our laps

http://www.yourhomedepot.com.au/brands/splayds/
There's even a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Splayds/13678353012


Wow, that went right over my head.  I thought you were referring to the position you're in while reclining.  Splayed out.  I might have to try some of these out!!!!  The edge is a knife?


The poster formerly known as "ABNOWAY"

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 17 - 44
Goldie
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 1:46pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

All Gatherer -70 Scorp/Sag on BTD/GENO 17 year
Sam Dan
Posts: 5,916
Gender: Female
Location: East Coast
I thought this thread would be a one liner.. then I realized that I eat in my recliner.. haha

I would like to eat at a table with friends or fam to do it nicely using my dishes and glasses, napkins and all else..

...can not take kids who never learned to eat properly.. looks sloppy, and looks like like no one cares, but in some instances no one knows how to eat with fork and knife, and then maybe it does take time to teach so it becomes one hand eating, and then add some religious taboo and then the whole world gets into on uproar.. Funny thread..

I can not eat standing in the kitchen but have no issue eating while shopping..

I keep my dining room table clean so it looks nice and not full of clutter.. I put the work papers in a big box and hide them in my office where I never sit.. I don't like that room... maybe I ought to go in there to eat? might cut down on willingness to do it (often)?

ANOTHER question:  how empty is your freezer? mine has mostly bottles of frozen water.. BTD does not make for much frozen stuff.. the water keeps the fridge part cool..saving electricity..

  


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 18 - 44
Chloe
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:03pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

42% Teacher Rh+ N1, N1b
Kyosha Nim
Posts: 9,275
Gender: Female
Location: Northeast USA
Age: 71
First let me say that I'm not making a judgment on where any of you choose to eat your meals.

If I'm home alone, I often take my plate to the sofa and sit in front of the TV eating snacks and meals simply because I find the TV to be company.  I've eaten lunch while talking on the phone,
reading a book, paying my bills...Doing two things at once...I rarely remember or noticed that
I was eating at all.

Do any of you think it's a total distraction when we focus our attention simultaneously?   Should all of our senses be focused on doing just one thing at a time?  Is the way we eat  a metaphor
for how we do everything? Multi tasking?

I just want to throw the thought out there and ask whether any of you would want to experiment and share what it feels like to actually take a plate of food into the kitchen...sit at a table and do nothing at all but focus on that meal.....Eat with complete awareness and do nothing else but
eat....Smell the food first...Visually appreciate the colors and textures of the food.  Put
a bite into your mouth and savor the moment...Chew many times slowly....notice the experience.
Is it annoying or is it actually pleasurable?  Because food should be pleasurable...and often it's
not...It's just food and mindlessly  being consumed.

The goal of any great chef preparing food for patrons of his restaurant would be that they
ate at a table in a dining room and had courses of food that were being greatly anticipated...Time
between courses to talk and digest the food...Perhaps wine...conversation...Joy?  The chef would have made his meal with loving care and would expect his diners to appreciate every nuance put forth into creating this wonderful meal.

The Buddhists place great value on being mindful....which translates into every moment of a person's life..from stopping to notice surroundings to being acutely aware of what thoughts are
being projected from our inner being.

How can we possibly know ourselves or what we're capable of becoming if we're so unaware of
a simple meal....distracting ourselves constantly, yet eating without bothering to focus on enjoying what's filling our mouths, being chewed and swallowed... with the the intention of
nourishing our bodies....and our souls.  I know you all know the concept of soul food.

Are we all paying way too little attention to the food that is supposed to be nourishing us?
Helping to heal us?

I honestly believe self love comes from allowing ourselves to enjoy the moment we're in....
and that, I think should include being mindful of eating our meals -- by giving that experience
our full awareness.. and without judgement or criticism.

I'm ready to have lunch and am going to try and see how it feels to eat slowly at my kitchen
table, even though home alone today...not going to turn on the TV or even open the newspaper
to read it.  Want to spend the entire time just eating.

Will get back and share my experience later.


"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.....they know how to make the best of everything!"
Logged
Private Message Private message Reply: 19 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:25pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Quoted from Chloe
I've eaten lunch while talking on the phone,
reading a book, paying my bills...Doing two things at once...I rarely remember or noticed that I was eating at all.

Do any of you think it's a total distraction when we focus our attention simultaneously?   Should all of our senses be focused on doing just one thing at a time?  Is the way we eat  a metaphor for how we do everything? Multi tasking?
Yes it probably is... & that just reminded me, talking of multi tasking - there was a call I went to answer, putting my salad down as I did, (was too difficult to eat that while on phone) Then I took a step backward from phone & promptly sat on my plate when call had finished...

Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 20 - 44
Jane
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:28pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Kyosha Nim
Posts: 3,669
Gender: Female
Location: Metrowest Boston, MA
Age: 70
I generally eat at my breakfast bar.  In the evening, I usually have one of my laptops, the Boston Globe puzzles and the TV on.  Don't know if that's multi-tasking or ADD.  Chloe's right that we should be more mindful of each bite of the food we are consuming but when you live alone, the TV is often company and the puzzles (crossward, Sudoku and KenKen usually) are my relaxation after coming home from work.  
I tend to eat fast and having all these things going on does slow me down a bit.
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 21 - 44
Possum
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:34pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh- Expluntherer... It means I'm an O...;-)
Ee Dan
Posts: 5,402
Gender: Female
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 53
Quoted from Goldie
...can not take kids who never learned to eat properly.. looks sloppy, and looks like like no one cares, but in some instances no one knows how to eat with fork and knife, and then maybe it does take time to teach so it becomes one hand eating, and then add some religious taboo and then the whole world gets into on uproar.. Funny thread..
It wasn't a case of not caring - we just never ate that type of food & hadn't done when I was growing up...I probably would have grown up not using a knife & fork myself, except splayds were not invented back then...Before knives & forks were invented we obviously didn't use them to eat so that time may cone again you know Think of the washing up we'd save?!
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 22 - 44
jeanb
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:56pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Gatherer
Kyosha Nim
Posts: 977
Gender: Female
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Breakfast at the breakfast bar, by myself.

Dinner at the kitchen table with husband and son.

Sunday dinner at the dining room table usually with more than family.  

Lunch at my desk or at home at kitchen table or breakfast bar.

No eating at my house in the living room or in the bedroom.  I hate crumbs.
Logged Offline
Private Message Private message Reply: 23 - 44
Dianne
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:56pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Explorer : 45%
Ee Dan
Posts: 1,030
Gender: Female
Looks like a great tool for eating. I have adopted eating the Filipino way - a fork and large soup spoon. I cut with the edge of the spoon and scoop things in with the fork when need be. This device would be great for someone with limited space. ie - trailer, cottage etc...This will be in my Christmas stocking stuffers next year for a few people!
I hope that they ship anywhere or that I can find them in Canada! Thanks for the links!
Logged
Private Message Private message Reply: 24 - 44
2 Pages 1 2 » All Recommend Thread
Print Print Thread

BTD Forums    Diet and Nutrition    SWAMI Xpress  ›  Does anyone else eat in a strange spot??

Thread Rating
There is currently no rating for this thread