People watch in amazement when I eat. I eat like I'm being timed. Fast, and barely tasting my food. Why do you think parents, especially moms, eat like they are trying to beat a Guinness Book of World Records record? Stay at home moms can answer this! In one word: kids. Have you ever had 3 kids under the age of five? Have you ever tried to eat with 3 kids under the age of five? Unless you are quick on your feet, it doesn't happen. As in, you eat fast and without tasting anything.
Here was a typical breakfast/lunch for me. I make 2 of the kids something to eat, ie, a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. I give them both a glass of milk. The 2 sit down to eat, and I make kid #3 a bottle or bowl of baby cereal, put the baby in the high chair, and proceed to feed the baby while I tried to eat my food. I start feeding the baby, and kid #1 needs more milk. I get kid #1 more milk, and resume feeding the baby. Kid #2 spills some milk. I clean up milk. Baby is squawking because baby is hungry, so I resume feeding baby. Kid #1 is finished with breakfast, but is still hungry, so I give kid #1 something to eat. Kid #2 sees kid #1 with more food, and wants something else to eat, too. I give kid #2 something to eat while trying to feed the baby, who is trying to eat her fists because she's starving. By the time breakfast is over, I'm over breakfast.