History repeating itself.

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History repeating itself.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 09-06-2011 - 8:43am
For a while, DH had a job that made it difficult for us to all eat dinner together. We're pretty flexible about meal times, so we usually try to aim dinner for whenever we're all going to be home and to match the meal to the day. So, when DD has dance class, we'll either eat a fast dinner before she goes or have snacks to tide us over to a larger dinner afterwards. For a while, we ate dinner at 4:30 every night, but recently, we usually aim for between 5:30 and 6:30.
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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 8:48am
We don't have a television, but honestly, the only time I saw my fifteen year old this weekend was at dinner Saturday and Monday He was out longboarding with friends all day Saturday, helped the neighbor put up a new retaining wall Sunday al day, did homework, spent Friday afterschool and evening with friends and spent the night at the neighbors' Sunday.
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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 8:53am

I think you just made my future flash before my eyes.

Growing independence is so bitter sweet.

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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 8:57am

While I agree with the calorie intake theory - I do points - the fam is rarely on the same page at 5:00 - some had 2000 calories already and then they sit down to a large meal - out of obligation.

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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:17am
But if you know you are going to eat dinner with the family, why would you eat 2000 calories before dinner time? Besides, if one of us has had a late snack and isn't very hungry, we still sit together. Instead of eating a large helping of everything, we might eat a tiny portion, or just eat the salad or veggie. Although, I have to say, on the days where I'm not hungry at dinner, it's usually because I've stopped for ice cream on my way home from work or otherwise eaten some kind of junk food. Generally, the food we have at dinner is healthier than any snack food I might eat.
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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:33am

OT, but I would LOVE to be able to eat 2000 calories a day.

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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:44am

Call it what you will. All it means, to me, is that some minimal thought goes into preparing to eat etc.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:44am
Yeah, I just pulled out a number at random . . . although I think I have a pretty fast metabolism. Whenever I try to eat the 1200-1500 recommended for dieting, I am pretty much starving all the time. I think if I'm walking a couple miles a day (my usual habit), I should eat around 1500-1800. When I was walking 6 miles, 4 of them pushing 50 pounds of kids to and from pre-school last fall, I was eating probably around 2500 calories per day and still dropping weight like crazy.
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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:49am

I have never managed to count calories. It somehow is too complicated for my little pea brain. But the few times I have tried to count up how many calories I consume in an average day, it has usually amounted to at least 2000. Which might explain why I only lose weight if I move more : / I just had an afternoon snack of plain yogurt topped with honey and a big handful of nuts. At least it was 2% yogurt and not the 10% one we used to get.

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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 10:32am
mamageek wrote:

I don't think eating at a table every night would fall under the definition of ritual - more like a routine.

We have routine to our evenings.

We also have rituals other than "big" days - like Thursday was movie night. Monday was pasta night.

Healthy eating habits rarely include a huge meal at the end of the day - while I agree that you husband should probably grad for a peach instead of a bag of chips - he could do that and sit with the kids while they do homework.

I just think the need to sit and take a break and check in can be accomplished many ways other than dinner. I have nothing against sitting down to dinner I just think if it is not working then not to stress about it.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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