I have to write this, because it is shocking. Well maybe shocking is an exaggeration. But I am always overwhelmed by the amount of times one eats in India.
We start at 6:30am with coffee and two little cookies to prepare our stomachs for our medicine or our vitamins. Then at 8am comes breakfast, with toast, egg, cornflakes and fruit. At 10:30am coffee or tea with milk and/or sugar are served and something to snack on. At 1pm lunch is served, which includes 2 vegetables, dal, rice, chappatis and yogurt. At 3pm again coffee or tea and maybe a little snack. At 6pm, a drink, snacks or a bowl of soup and pappadam. At 8pm is the big meal. Dinner is served, which includes 3 vegetables, dal, rice, chappatis and yogurt and a sweet afterwards. I am never hungry when it's time to eat and I'm sure I am blowing up like a balloon. When I decline the tea or a snack, I am asked, "Aren't you well?" "Don't you like the food?" I'm terrified of going into a sugar coma at any moment.
When I return home, I will wait until I feel the pangs of hunger before I eat. Ah, one never realizes how good that can feel.