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Or is my friend regarding evening meal times?

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BoxtheRight Wed 20-Nov-19 20:38:16

We’re in conflict about what time of day most people eat their evening meals.

She thinks that your last meal of the day should be around 6:30pm, with anything after 7 being far too late.

I think around 8pm is normal, and anything before 7 is far too early.

For context, neither of us have kids, and both start work at 9am.

Who IBU?

Me - YABU, anything after 7pm is too late
Her - YANBU, anything before 7pm is too early

OrangeZog Wed 20-Nov-19 20:40:32

I don’t think either of you are BU. Surely it’s just down to everyone as individual to do what works for them. 🤷🏻‍♀️

In my household the children eat around 4pm and adults usually from 8pm. If DH is away I will eat with the children though.

messolini9 Wed 20-Nov-19 20:41:04

Both of you are unreasonable, for imagining there is a set time where other people "ought" to be eating.
What is all this "should be"?
Can people not simply eat when they are hungry?

BoxtheRight Wed 20-Nov-19 20:43:39

Can people not simply eat when they are hungry?

Well yes, the police won't come and arrest you or anything.

But what is 'normal' to you?

user1471453601 Wed 20-Nov-19 20:43:46

I eat when I'm hungry. So today I had spag bol about 10:30 and prawns on avocado toast about 2:00pm. Nothing else today

It's nobody's business what and when I eat

WhatsInAName19 Wed 20-Nov-19 20:44:27

Pre-DC we used to eat between 8-9pm. But we both worked long and irregular hours so this would have been our earliest opportunity to sit and eat (on the nights where we were both actually home for dinner). Nowadays DH works from home, I’m a SAHM and we eat insanely early because it’s important to us that we eat as a family with the children. So usually around 5-5:30pm.

Vates Wed 20-Nov-19 20:45:11

It is all personal preference. I eat at between 5.30-6.30 because I have to take medication in the early evening. My Sister and Brother in Law wait until their 2 year old is in bed asleep so after 7. My Auntie used to work shifts so thinks nothing of waiting until 9.30 to eat her evening meal.

ForMySorrow Wed 20-Nov-19 20:45:12

In our house we eat around 6-6:30pm. Get in from work around 5:30, if we ate much later I'd struggle getting daughter into bed for around 8pm.

Leeds2 Wed 20-Nov-19 20:45:41

I live by myself, and aim to eat at 8pm.

When DD is home from university, it is more like 7pm (her choice).

Lipperfromchipper Wed 20-Nov-19 20:46:10

5.30-6.00 here

ShinyGiratina Wed 20-Nov-19 20:46:15

Around 8 works for us as we can manage in one sitting after work/ activities. The DCs have a light tea around 4-5 to keep them going.

There isn't a right or wrong answer although I find that the advantage of eating later is that I'm not tempted to eat later on.

onthecoins Wed 20-Nov-19 20:47:18

We're mid 30's, both work 8-4.30ish, eat at about 6-6.30.

OverByYer Wed 20-Nov-19 20:47:31

6-7 here

Lauren83 Wed 20-Nov-19 20:47:48

We used to eat around 6.30pm before kids but now it's 5pm with kids, 8pm would defo be too late for me

Elbeagle Wed 20-Nov-19 20:48:05

We eat around 8ish but I think we are late eaters compared to friends/family.

transformandriseup Wed 20-Nov-19 20:48:24

7pm would be too late for me.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 20-Nov-19 20:48:55

On Monday I had dinner at 12.30, and a sandwich at 7pm
Yesterday I had dinner at 9pm
Today I had dinner at 6.30
Tomorrow I'm likely to have dinner at 6pm

Elbeagle Wed 20-Nov-19 20:49:14

If I ate at 5 I’d be starving again by bedtime and would snack. I eat all meals ‘late’, breakfast at 10ish, lunch at around 2 and dinner at 8.

pallisers Wed 20-Nov-19 20:49:16

We eat between 7 and 8. Where we live (US) people think this is shockingly late. Nearly everyone else eats at 5-6 as far as I can make out. DH doesn't even come home until 7 or later most nights. I"m going to a thing tonight that is over at 7. We'll eat at 745 when I get home. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone else there will ahve already eaten dinner.

GhostHoward Wed 20-Nov-19 20:49:34

Your first post doesn't make sense with who I choose to be did a 180 on who thinks what, so how can we choose?

vodkaredbullgirl Wed 20-Nov-19 20:50:09

When im not working we have a meal about 7pm, when i come home from nights i would have what is left over from the night before.

tealandteal Wed 20-Nov-19 20:50:29

We ate at around 8 before DC but now have dinner at 6. We arrive back from work at 5.30

managedmis Wed 20-Nov-19 20:50:53

Don't agree with either. 6pm is ideal

RosemarysBroomstick Wed 20-Nov-19 20:51:05

Between 6 and 7.

TheSquitz Wed 20-Nov-19 20:51:28

Get in from work around 5.30pm and eat between 6pm & 7pm.

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