It’s an interesting thought. I wonder how many people eat alone because they’re lonely, upset, or just plain bored. I was reading a blog by this guy Tynan and he mentioned a book called “Never Eat Alone”. I haven’t gotten to read it yet, but the title alone has gotten me thinking.
What if we never ate alone? We’d always eat with somebody, if your company didn’t have food, you’d offer them some (or at least I would). Would we eat so fast, or so much, or so often? I doubt it. In fact I think society would find itself much healthier, happier, with higher quality relationships than it currently does. People would be connected and meals would be less about what you’re eating than who you’re eating it with.
Would we eat the same things? Would people recoil at watching you eat an entire bag of those icing-coated animal crackers? (that might’ve happened once). Either way, our habits would change, I’m sure of it. Even here in Spain, I’ve been trying to do it, and it’s worked out surprisingly well. Even strangers don’t mind it if you ask to sit with them (unless they’re in a hurry, which happened to me once, but they got a HUGE grin on their face, which made it worth it anyway), and sometimes you might even meet someone really interesting.
Studies have shown that eating slowly, taking time to chew, taking several small meals a day, and eating accurate portion sizes can help boost energy and even help you to lose weight. That’s not to mention the benefits of social interaction which can help with high stress levels and has even been rumored to help you sleep better.
I’m not saying that every meal has to be with somebody. Eating is, after all, apart of survival. If you’re hungry, then eat. If you wake up at the buttcrack of dawn to go to work don’t skip breakfast, but if you see someone sitting there by themselves, join them, it just might make you a new friend. I’ll be over here trying it for the next few months and I honestly might bring a good habit home with me. Try it yourself. I think you’ll be surprised at what it will do for you 🙂