I read an article a few months back about women’s habits of eating in secret. Its not necessarily the eating in secret, but also the what. One woman confessed to only feel comfortable eating hot dogs with cheese whiz alone because of the fear of judgment that its “weird”. After asking some friends of mine, I think many of us eat differently because we are alone. When I was younger, most of my eating was not in front of people. I’m sure many rumors swirled around when I was starting college or in high school about how I must be anorexic because I was so thin. I was indeed malnourished, but I definitely ate. I ate alone often, and massive amounts of what I though of then as “safe” food. I also exercised compulsively, that contributed a lot to it.
It took me a while to get used to eating in front of people. And I I think when I AM alone, I eat slightly differently.
I think I tend to eat more when I’m alone, I get bored and wont want my meal to end. Do I prefer to eat alone? Sometimes, but sometimes, I do enjoy the company.
There are definitely things I do that I would not do with others. For example, I dont do this anymore, but I used to have the habit of getting fro yo in the winter, blasting the heating in my car, and sitting in a vacant parking spot, reading some trashy magazine while eating ice cold yogurt. Weird, and I would never do this with someone else in the car. But it was like my little sacred “me” time. No one could pass judgment of me and call it “weird”.
There is an old Sex and the City episode where Carrie talks about the SSB: Secret Single Behavior, things you never do in front of your boyfriend (and as it turns out, anyone for that matter). Carrie’s SSB was eating saltines with grape Jelly standing up while reading Vogue. I believe Miranda liked to put her hands in those vaseline gloves while watching Jon Stewart. Charlotte would examine her pores (I do that more than I’d like to admit) and Samantha naturally felt uninhibited and did EVERYTHING in front of everyone, naturally!
So many people have eating habits that are not considered ‘normal,’ that it’s actually more ‘normal’ to have some sort of neurosis around food, and to not fit in with the idealised picture of healthy eating.
So how about you? Are there things you only like to eat alone for some reason? Are there things you like to do ONLY alone? So you prefer to eat with others, or is alone better for you? Do you have “weird” eating habits you don’t want others to see?
Anyhow, speaking of my fro yo alone habit, I’m happy to day its been a while since I did that. But made some at home today before the yoga class I assisted in! Heres what I put in the mix:
-1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
-one 6oz container of blackberry yogurt (any brand you like will do, even plain or greek yogurt will work)
-1tbs cocoa powder
-1 tbs chocolate protein powder (I used Jay Robb, you dont really need the protein powder but I had a little left over so I thought, “why not?”)
-sprinkling of nooch (totally optional, but I like the slightly salty sweet combo, try it!)
If you do not have an ice cream maker:
You can whiz it up and put in into an ice cube tray and then blend it in the blender or use my “ice cream” in a ziploc bag trick.
Also, my good friend Averie is giving away and awesome cookbook, Ani’s Phyo’s Raw Food Essentials Cookbook! If the recipes are as good as Averie says, I might be able to try going raw for longer than an hour! Go me!