Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Unit 9 Blog Post--American meals vs Russian Meals

I can't remember the last time I ate breakfast. If I do happen to grab something in the morning that happens to be around breakfast time, its an apple or a special k bar as I run out the door to class. For lunch, I usually have like, a sandwich and an apple or salad, or something small. Come dinner time--I'm starved! My family always has a big family dinner. Dinner is traditionally the biggest meal for Americans, followed by lunch, and then breakfast. In Russia, they have a saying: "Breakfast is for yourself, share your lunch with your friend, and give your dinner to your enemy". It is similar to the saying: "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper". Russians eat their meals from biggest to smallest starting with breakfast. When I think about it, this is the smarter way to do things. In the morning, we should eat a big breakfast so we have enough energy to last us throughout the day. At lunchtime we still need energy, but we have less time left in the day for that to last. Come dinner, something light will do just fine, you don't need that energy. Meal size and times are a big difference between the US and Russia. We always hear health specialists tell us that dinner should be eaten early and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many Americans surely don't listen. For the sake of our health, maybe we should look to Russia as an example?

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