The Joy of Eating with Friends
Posted January 9, 2013on:
As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m cleaning up my house. And as I’ve also mentioned, both the roommate and I have been having various computer issues since Superstorm Sandy.
Today, two friends came over. C was helping me with organizing — she took some clothing that no longer fits me, and brought a pair of jeans that will fit in another week or so. She also helped me move more boxes out of the living room closet. A came over to see if she could fix the roomie’s stereo (it took a repositioning of the antenna, and plugging my old turntable into her stereo’s CD outputs). She also lugged her old iMac down to my house from upstate Manhattan, so that I can use that while the roomie borrows my laptop until hers can be fixed (I’m typing this entry on it, in fact). Afterwards, they, the roomie and I all watched Jeopardy! while dinner was cooking. Then we sat down to a meal that C and the roomie had cooked. We ate, and laughed, and talked, and it was wonderful.
The thing is, it was not the food so much that was wonderful (although it was, and was also all on program). What made it wonderful for me was the sharing. Yes, I love food — I didn’t get to my weight by hating it, and I’d be lying if I said I did. But I love even more having friends over, and having them enjoy each other’s company. Heck, even the roomie lit up a bit and took part! I love the feelings that my cleaned up living space is starting to accumulate!
This is the kind of thing I want to have in my space — good friends, enjoying themselves. It really makes me feel much happier to be able to invite people over and know that I will have space for them to be comfortable. And the thing is that when I do have days like this, the food is really secondary to the people I’m spending time with.
How does having people over make you feel? Do you have foods that you enjoy having with company that support your food/weight loss program? Has putting your guests before the food had an effect on your eating?