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Eat, Work, Sleep – Part 1: Eat

August 20, 2010

I think the suggestion behind this Smirk originated from the up can coming Eat, Pray, Love film starring Lyle Lovett’s ex-wife, which is a bestselling novel of the same title that does not star Julia… which I never did read. So the suggestion was to take a look at a few of those everyday things that most of us do every day. The idea was to take a look at things that all of us experience on a regular basis, and since the Pray and Love concepts are no concepts that everyone seems to adhere to, the alteration of them to Work and Sleep seemed a logical fit. It’s clear that this topic is a touch to vase to make into just one Smirk, so let’s take a look at each one of these topics, one at a time.

There is always going to be occasional breaker of these every day functions and since today is about the eating aspect of our day, let’s begin with a few breakers of this functionality. This list includes but is not limited to:

  • Kids on the wrestling team try to make weight
  • Supermodels
  • Jockeys
  • Cheerleaders
  • Actors trying to downsize for a role
  • People trying to fit into their wedding dress for the big day
  • Or those people in South Korea who died playing Starcraft because they were and forgot to eat for a few days

And the list goes on… well it would if I would to continue to keep writing them (feel free to add to this list in the comments)

I do concede that there are some situations, such as authentic homeless people or people starving in Third World countries that could go on the list, but I feel this is a different classification. These are people who want to eat, but have no food, where as the other is people have food, but choose not to eat it.

Traditionally eating is something that people schedule time from three times a day… unless you are a Hobbit (in which case we get that you eat a lot, so please shut the hell up about for the next three hours). Each meal time has its own name as well. First is breakfast… our egg, bacon, and pancake themed meal of the day. Then there is lunch, which for most of us is our get-up-and-out-of-the-office meal or, for management types is the meal-to-skip-so-we-can-go-home-early meal. Finally we have dinner/supper, which is our end of day reflection meal… or the drive-thru sack filled with food-like substances that claim is happy, but in the end is only going to make you sad. Not to mention is a fuel source for assisting people in becoming factories of hideously repugnant odor production. Still, dinner seems to be the one meal of the day that has a bit more of a togetherness feel around to it.

I always smile when I hear people say they are having breakfast for dinner. Oddly though, breakfast is not just a meal time, it also constitutes a very specific collection of food. It seems to be the only one too. You never hear people say, “Let’s have dinner for breakfast,” or “Let’s have lunch for dinner.” Or some other variation, but breakfast is a meal that has the label “breakfast” associated to the food as well, no matter when you eat it.

This does make me wonder about people with different sleep schedules. Let’s say you work the graveyard shift. You get up around 6 PM to have dinner with the family and get ready for work. Now, since that dinner with the family is technically your breakfast, does it become breakfast or is it still your dinner? Which means lunch in your breakfast, and breakfast is your dinner. Do these names change because the meals and meal times change, or do you keep the meal time associated to the traditional time frame they are for? (If you have an answer, please feel free to share it.)

I will state that for the record, I am a big fan of eating… it’s one of those things I enjoy a lot, and as a plus it’s one of those things a do a regular basis that helps keep me alive. Likewise, I accept that if I ever decide to quit eating, then my life expectancy will decrease dramatically. Funny thing about eating, it can also be one of those things that can kill you as well… for example, peanuts are not everyone’s friend.

The thing I am discovering while writing this is that this is a topic that will continue to give me something to Smirk about. Just today I had a potluck at work… and believe me, there is a Smirk already forming in my head about that one.

Eating, we all do it. It’s one of those things that make us all the same… and all different, depending on what it is you eat. As Wikipedia says about the topic, “Eating is the ingestion of food to provide for all humans and animals nutritional needs, particularly for energy and growth.” It not so much funny as it is true, but what makes it funny is our interaction with it. Things like pie eating contests, without the use of your hands. That one always strikes me disturbingly amusing to watch. There is the never ending fascination that Americans have with trying to deep-fry everything… and I mean EVERYTHING. There is also the practice of feeding babies new flavors just so you can laugh at their facial reactions.

So here’s to eating, for making us happy when it tastes sooo good. For making us sad, when we eat something that our body did not appreciate. For bringing people together and constantly allowing us to evolve out senses as we explore with trying new things to eat. And finally, for enabling us to make those uncontrollable “Mmmmmm” sounds that expel from our mouths when we taste something so good that only that sound, followed by our eyes rolling into the back of our head can truly convey its grandeur. It is the goal of every great chef to be able to create a dish and demands that reaction from the eater. And when it happens, it is always worth it.

So, what are some of your feeling about this whole eating habit?

Image Sources:
Google Images, key words: eating, breakfast, may contain nuts, deep fried pickle, and savoring food.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2010 2:27 pm

    Eating is fine and well so long as it does not become a vice or crutch that people lean on, who then have to pray that they find the energy to exercise in order to love someone or have someone love them back. Too many people argue that food is for comfort, when it simply can not be a comforting thing to eat and eat and eat and know all the while that you are going to feel like complete s**t the next morning.
    Eating as a means to celebrate or gather as a social body-with a few bottles of wine to boot-is a perfect balance to the chaos of ones day, and baking for the enjoyment one can get out of food and the smiles they get in return from happy plates can surely leave a taste of comfort in mind, body and soul. To eat because someone said you are not good enough or strong enough or pretty enough to play in any reindeer games is complete fodder.

    I apologize for my bluntness, but so much has been said and done with eating and their supposed effects in comforting people, which I have not yet a single person who eats for comfort ever tell me that they are comfortable in any way shape or form. So why call it comfort eating??? Another topic for another day. Good eye on the eats sir, I look forward to parts 2 and 3.

    • August 23, 2010 10:42 am

      I agree that for some food is very much an addiction, and there are a lot of psychological issues surrounding the over consumption of it. To take your comment to a lighter perspective, I guess you could say my Smirk on eating is more of a Brady Bunch episode and yours is more of an after school special. 🙂

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