Hey guys, so I haven’t uploaded in a long while. This is a essay I wrote in an English class on the topic of Eating For Maximum Enjoyment! Enjoy! 🙂
Eating for Maximum Enjoyment
Nothing feels better than the smell of grilled spare ribs, or the scent of juicy pork buns. In the following paragraphs we will explore the world of enjoyment from eating.
Before the meal we must prepare ourselves.
- Do not exercise immediately before a meal. Exercising immediately before a meal is the fastest way to get appendicitis, which is when food gets stuck in your appendix. Exercising is also a way for you to get stomach aches. If you are going to exercise, do it at least 30 minutes beforehand.
- Don’t snack. Snacking can ruin your appetite and can leave you full by the time real food comes out. Snacking can also be distracting to your work.
- Experience the food. A great way to do so is to stand on a floor above the kitchen, since heat rises. You could also stay in the kitchen. I can still remember the delicious tang of roasted turkey from the second floor of my house. This can help to set you in the right mood and also make you more hungry, which is always a plus!
What you do during a meal is the most important.
- Don’t stand up or walk around. This may seem obvious, but I’ve seen many people do this. If you are at a buffet style party, standing can be okay, but it is a big no-no when eating at home with your family or friends. It is rude and can make other people feel uncomfortable. It could also be bad for digestion.
- Don’t bring electronics to the dinner table. There is a reason that eating is called eating; you are ACTUALLY supposed to eat! I know right, who would have guessed? But I see so many people bring electronics and other things to the dinner table. A couple of reasons why you shouldn’t do this: first, it definitely will distract you from your food, I’ve seen a case where a kid didn’t even know what he was eating! Second, it is a sure-fire way to annoy the crap out of your parents.
- Be in a good mood. Yeah, I know, I know, this is super obvious, but research done by the NPR shows that having a good mood during a meal can actually enhance the flavor of the food! Those of you who are more inquisitive might ask, “But how can I be in a good mood?” Well, some tricks I have found helpful are music and lighting. Having some sort of soothing sound is always good. For example, you could chose your favorite songs.
- Eat in small bites. Eating in small bites is important for several reasons. It reduces the risk of choking, which might impact your meal negatively. It just might. It can also help you to taste more flavor in your food and you will know you are full before you eat too much. If you took a bite that is just right, it means that nobody should be able to tell that there is food in your mouth.
- Talk with each other. Mealtime is the time of the day to talk about what you did, or what you are going to do. For example, you could discuss this awesome essay written by me, or you could talk about what homework you are going to do. But don’t talk while chewing.
That’s the end, right? Nope, not yet – here are many things you can do after a meal to further elevate your experience.
- DO NOT just stand up and leave! This is a great way to make your chef/chefs hate you. Who knows, they might put poison in your next meal. This can also sour fellow food-connoisseurs around you. Instead, thank the chef for their food. As a sus-chef in the Ku-kitchen, I can tell you how happy I am when somebody compliments my food or thanks me. Also, help out. Clean the table, sweep the floor, or wash the dishes.
- Stick around and chat some more. This is one of the few times that people are completely relaxed and have time. Make the most of it.
- Play board games. Playing some games with friends and family after a meal is one of my favorite things to do. It is relaxing, not physically draining and fun! This tip usually applies to dinner only, since lunch can be a busy time.
- Don’t exercise. I know I must sound like an anti-exercise guy by this point, but exercising immediately after eating is another way to get appendicitis and stomachaches. Why are you in such a hurry to exercise right afterwards anyways?
If you follow these tips and tricks, I assure you your food will taste amazing, your chefs (most likely parents) will love you and you will become a food-connoisseur in no time!