Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper? Or Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner?
One of the things I was frustrated with was rarely the name and meaning of food. The Custom meals, breakfast, lunch, and Dinner, were just easy to name. Damn my thick head! Back in high school, I was told what each means, but I had to keep on mapping how they work. I bet it was not only me.
Which is, which, when and why?
So to find out the puzzle means, here is the bare truth.
Breakfast? We all know it as the morning meal.
Lunch? The midday meal, but for some people, it can be the main meal of the day(Dinner) and then a light supper in the evening.
Dinner? Is food eaten in the evening(at noon time also). Many people take it as the main meal of the day. Dinner and Supper can mean the same meal.
Supper? Is the last meal of the day before a family takes in the evening. One can take dinner or supper. However, the plan is not always fixed. It can differ from one place to the other due to different customs and culture.
Pull me away from this hot oven! In the colonial days from history, letters and memoirs mention only three meals, breakfast, tea, and dinner. It seemed that the fast production of agricultural products in those days was so important, that work could be stopped for only two meals; namely; Breakfast and Dinner. The European retailers had a custom of eating dinner earlier, usually around 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.
During the mid-1800's, up to five foods a day emerged, especially among the rich northern countries. Breakfast, Luncheon, Tea, Dinner, and Supper was the transition meals of the day. Dinner was the most common, which could take three hours, with more courses and long conversations. It took place in the late afternoon and evening hours. Working class engaged in the three meals per day. Breakfast, Dinner and Supper. Breakfast always remained as our morning meal.
Dinner was considered the daily main meal and supper remained a light meal or even leftovers from earlier dinner. However, here comes an area where frustrations occur: Dinner could change depending on the diners’ character, and could be taken as a midday meal or in the evening. Dinner and supper were interchangeable.
Why is there a change in meals?
In modern day society, few people observe such routines anymore. Disease and lifestyle have changed meals. Food has become much and cooked in plenty. So, you find people eating all day long. The biggest differences that appear in everyday meals is the taste. Custom food had the original ingredients, taste, and cooked through a certain process.
The recent meals have increased up to 6, for example; (Breakfast at 7 am), (morning Snack at 10 am), (lunch at 1 pm), (afternoon Snack at 4 pm), dinner at 7 pm and the evening Snack at 9 pm. Today's meals are processed and ready-made. But, one thing we forget is that the value of custom meals, cannot be compared to today's meals and are healthier for us.
Many modern illnesses are related to our dietary behavior. If only we were a little fancy, and cooking homemade meals, our lives could be free from many diseases.
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