Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I Love to Eat with Friends

Calamity Jane has asked me to share my thoughts on how I love to eat. Because I really do!

My family loved to eat. In the summer we had piles of food at dinner (farm talk for what we eat at noon), and delicious suppers at night to keep us fueled for the hard work we had to do. We ate our beef through the winter along side our winter squash.

My dad would sit at the table and I would sit with him. We would talk. Eating was a joint experience that our family partook in - it was a communal and bonding experience.

One day, I became and engineer and began working for a German company, remotely located in Seattle. I loved going to Munich and driving really fast on the Autobahn; but even more, I loved the eating attitude of my European friends.

I can remember the first time we entertained some clients in Seattle.

We sat down to eat at the Metropolitan Grill, hosting a variety of aerospace bigwigs, and my German boss began to talk. Sooner or later we had a small plate of something delicious come buy. I just had a bite. Yum. We talked more and enjoyed the evening. Then we had a small salad or soup. Then we talked more. We all ordered something, I had a delicious Fillet Mignon, which we ate at our leisure. By the time we went home 4 hours had transpired and we all had smiles on our faces.

I liked the food and we all enjoyed ourselves. Food must not be the enemy.

D&C 89:10,11 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man - Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

I think if you can stop, laugh, talk and enjoy the food with all the yummy herbs and spices that the Lord has given us and give Him thanks - He will be glad and so will we.


Calamity Jane said...

Well said General. I think you should take your wife out and practice eating...

Marc and Megan said...

I love eating, too! Don't you just love that European philosophy of eating for hours and hours... and loving every minute of it. I love eating so much that it's the main reason I run... so that I can eat whatever I want. :)

Yvonne said...

I think eating for hours and really enjoying what we eat is the way to go. But, you just can't do that every day--places to go, people to see!!! I do think we need to enjoy our food more and not just gobble it to gobble. I think CJ is right.

Rebecca said...

That's partly why I love Thanksgiving, it's a time to sit for a long time and visit while you eat.

I enjoyed this post. We can still eat healthy and enjoy food with loved ones. Thanks!

Tammy said...

Like you, I miss the European mentality of eating. To the Austrians, eating was more than filling their tummies. It was a good excuse to get together with friends. Ward (branch) parties were held at restaurants instead of the church. It made set up easier! (But when you only have 16 members in a branch--it's do-able)

Steve and I keep saying we need to go out with you guys! I'm up for a 3-4 hour food/friend experience. Just name the time and place, and we'll be there!