Help me eat in peace with others
December 5, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
I hate to talk while I eat. How can I better enjoy food with other people around who like to talk to me?
posted by YukoInNature to Human Relations (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I prefer not to talk when I eat. I like to chew my food and savor it, peacefully and quietly. I find it very disturbing and frustrating when people talk to me when I eat. I cannot enjoy food very much, and I cannot engage fully in conversations with others either. I can rarely finish my food when I try to listen and respond to people while I eat, although they finish theirs way earlier than I do. It upsets me even to see people not chewing their food while busily talking.
I haven't met people like me. Most people seem to socialize over food. Some people get uncomfortable from not talking at dinner table. It's very sad for me to feel upset and alone every time I share food with someone.
How can I better enjoy my food with other people around trying to talk to me?
How can I prevent others from getting uncomfortable when I don't participate in conversation?
Any general tips or advice anyone has for me?
Thanks so much for your help.