My daughter is training herself to stay up all night, because she’s just accepted a job working overnight shifts at Wal-Mart from 10-7. So since I took a nap late this afternoon almost until evening time, I have been staying up with her a bit.
After watching a few YouTube videos of Michael Pollan I got inspired to cook some dinner. I cook dinner most nights, but this is the first time I did it as “a midnight snack”. Since I’d missed cooking evening dinner, I guess I owed someone something.
I made pork chops, roasted cauliflower, and boiled carrots. It was very good. I felt very happy eating good, real food.
I remembered the sayings I entered here a few minutes/hours ago, especially the one about 1/3 eating, 1/3 drinking, 1/3 talking. That was a very valuable thought to me tonight. I spent more time cutting up my food into very small pieces so I wouldn’t be stuck chewing when I’d rather be able to talk. I didn’t hog the conversation, though, because I always wanted soon to get another bite. And I remembered to take a drink of water as often as I took a bite of food. All in all it slowed me down a lot. Dinner was more pleasant than usual, even though we had to talk in very low voices to not disturb the neighbors. And I found I automatically stopped after eating about 80% of the food on my plate, instead of gobbling it all up and then wanting seconds.
I cut the remainder of the food up into quite small pieces, and arranged a nice plate for my son to have for breakfast. I’ll try to convey the new eating etiquette to him in a way he’ll understand and be able to appreciate.
I’m coming to understand there’s more to food than mere nutrients. Food should be a social tool too. It should be an opportunity to communicate cultural values. It should be a time of appreciation, not just satiation.