The timing of meals
I'm not sure where to put this, but it is a food question and seems to come up for us somewhat regularly. My husband and I pretty much grew up in homes where food was eaten on a fairly regular basis. That is to say, we ate before we went to school, sometime around noon, and sometime around 5-6 p.m. when our fathers came home from work.
Now I'm in my mid fifties, DH is in his early 60s. He has blood sugar issues, as do some of my friends. BUT ... other friends, for the most part older than us (in their 70s) will invite us to go here or there, especially in the middle of the day, and not specify if we're having lunch. Most recently our older friends will invite us on a road trip (something we've done a lot over the years) or to their home, and not specify if we're doing lunch. I'm very proud of my husband for his ability to correct blood sugar issues, but I do wonder why people aren't specific.
The most recent road trip, I put some cheese, whole wheat crackers, and pate in my purse. There were five of us in the car, 2 of us with blood sugar issues, and when I insisted we stop for lunch, they were willing, but it was, "Oh, we had a huge breakfast at 11". We run into this problem with other friends. We dearly love them, but they consume 80% of their nutrition at 10 or 11 because huge, million calorie breakfasts are cheap. Ironically, the couples who do this are wealthy compared to us.
Yes, I'm learning to put a snack in my purse for my husband and my friend who have diabetes issues. But I've yet to fully learn to say to the friends, "Oh, are we having lunch/dinner/supper? Otherwise I'll bring something for XXXX who needs something nutritious and whole grain or good fruit."
I'm interested to know if anyone else has this problem. If you're invited to go somewhere at noon, or at 5 p.m., well, I expect that we'll be doing lunch or dinner or supper at those times. I've learned now to ask to bring something in my bag. My newly-diabetic gal friend thought I was kidding when I said I had whole-meal crackers, etc, in my bag.