Originally Posted by Geist
And all of this is part of the problem. Really, I don't think it's a matter of not having time to sit down to eat three meals a day, it's not making it a priority. When I was an exchange student in Germany, both my host parents worked full-time, my host mom worked more than full time running her own insurance angency and doing all the housework on top of that. Every morning she got up at 5 to start ironing, eat breakfast with my host dad and host brother before they left for the day, and then sit at the table with my host sister and me when we got up because she didn't want us to eat alone! As an American who always ate breakfast alone, I thought this was crazy, but it's a priority for them that you eat meals together, as a family. Other than the three meals a day, snacking was rare: an occasional yogurt here and there and on Sundays we had Coffee and Cake around 3 or 4.
Somehow, I can't help but think a culture that values grabbing a pastry and coffee from Starbucks on the drive to work and then snacking all morning because the pastry didn't give you the nutrients you needed, then a microwaved frozen meal followed by more snacking followed by fast food over eating an actual good meal with family is sick.
Well, when I was eating all the time, I didn't have time to eat. If I'd gotten up at 5 am to make breakfast, etc., then I'd have been down on even more sleep. Right now, ds2 has to be at preschool at 12:30, and one day a week, we go straight from there to dd1's ballet. That means we have breakfast, have an early lunch (have to be finished by about noon to be out the door on time), then get home no earlier than 4:45, to start making dinner. Yes - I could reschedule dd1's ballet, or ds2's dance class...but the available times would all push dinner back. I really don't think a meal at 8:00, another meal at 11:30 and then dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 makes a lot of sense, yk? My kids need a snack in there somewhere.
The culture is sick, but there's space between grabbing a pastry and coffee from Starbucks and sitting down to eat an actual meal with your family. I don't have sit down breakfasts (and have never been able to stomach big meals first thing in the morning, in any case), but I eat a couple of hardboiled eggs, and some fruit and/or yogurt...not a pastry.
|And about controlling the amount of calories, well really that's the problem. It's damn near impossible and most people don't bother. Aside from the fact that people chronically underestimate their caloric intake, I tried this in college eating "6 small meals a day" and religiously measured everything I stuck in my mouth to keep with my calorie range to lose weight. It sucked. I never felt satisfied and eating was a burden. I didn't go over because it was so rigid, but it's no wonder most people can't do this.
Where have you heard that most people can't do this? I know several people who do very well on weight management through six small meals or all day "grazing" eating patterns. They don't track calories or measure...they're just aware
of what they put in their mouths. It's not like "6 dates at 10:30, a cracker at 11:10, half a cup of yogurt at noon" - more like "I had those dates, and a cracker...maybe I'll have some yogurt now". Where I think people run into trouble is when they completely forget
about the dates and the cracker, and think the yogurt is all they've eaten in three hours.
I'm interested in the talk about the 50s. My mom grew up in the 50s, and while she's never suggested food was everywhere
, she certainly snacked. I always had an afterschool snack every day, as did most of my friends, in the early 70s.
There is a lot more snacking going on these days, but I still think the bigger problem is the quality of the snacks. IMO, there's a big difference between some oranges with water to drink (standard snack at my nephew's soccer games), and Fruit by the Foot with Capri Sun or pop, yk?