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What time dinner?

(38 Posts)
GagaJo Sun 23-Feb-20 17:40:26

I like a late dinner. 8pm or a little later . ONE of the reasons I like to eat late is that I'm invariably home from work late. But another is that if I don't eat late, I eat dinner then pick at food later. Whereas with a late dinner, I'm not interested in food before bedtime.

BUT where I work now, I'm provided with (very good) lunch and dinner. And both are too early for me. Lunch at 12 and dinner at 6.

What is your preference?

Lucca Sun 23-Feb-20 17:49:27

Totally get you on the eating late so as to avoid snacking later!
I eat about 7.30/8. Or a Bit later if I’ve been playing evening tennis

MiniMoon Sun 23-Feb-20 17:50:10

I make our main meal at lunch time. DH works part time and starts his shift at 3pm. We eat at any time between noon and 1:30.
I have my supper between 6 and 7pm., any later and I suffer reflux when I go to bed.

SalsaQueen Sun 23-Feb-20 17:54:22

On weekdays, I do dinner for 6.45-ish. At weekends, it's 6 pm, as we go out.

NanKate Sun 23-Feb-20 18:34:24

5.45 - 6.00 for our Dinner.

Septimia Sun 23-Feb-20 19:21:21

Since I grew up with dinner being at noon, we have tea round about 5 to 5.30. It does sometimes get called other things and, if we eat out, then it's definitely dinner.

I can't eat too late because it makes me feel unwell, so I try to avoid late dinners.

Scribbles Sun 23-Feb-20 19:28:20

I've always preferred to have my main meal around 7:30/8pm. I find eating my main meal in the middle of the day really difficult as I'm only fit to sleep in my chair afterwards.

tanith Sun 23-Feb-20 19:45:57

I eat my main meal at 6pm I don’t like to eat a full meal later in the evening, make an exception if dining out.

craftyone Sun 23-Feb-20 19:47:51

Dinner at 12 and tea at 4.30-5. True to my roots

kittylester Sun 23-Feb-20 19:52:38

Er, when its ready!!

BlueSapphire Sun 23-Feb-20 19:57:43

Main meal (dinner) around 7pm. Light lunch about 1 o'clock.

jura2 Sun 23-Feb-20 19:58:28

Exactly lol- never been one for fixed times and routines. Grew up in a country where the 12 and 6 exactly was the rule - but due to OH's job, we ate as and when we found a few minutes ...

When kids were at home, we normally at at 7pm or 7.30- but often OH was not home yet. On Sundays we had late breakfast, followed by late lunch - after a full day of activities of one sort or other- around 4 to 5pm.

Nowadays, we try to have our main meal at lunchtime- between 1 and 2pm - and then light supper around 7ish. Followed by a yogurt of fruit a bit later- and always, a couple or squares of dark Swiss of course, chocolate - Lindt with sea salt - yum

Greymar Sun 23-Feb-20 20:00:06

Well Gaga, I have my tea about 5 pm and earlier in winter.

JuliaM Sun 23-Feb-20 20:07:01

Normally we eat Lunch between 12noon and 1pm, and Dinner between 5pm and 6pm, but we tend to be a bit flexible depending on where and when we are going out during the day.

sodapop Sun 23-Feb-20 20:09:22

No later than 7pm as otherwise I get heartburn. Things that plague us as we get older, I never used to have this problem.

M0nica Mon 24-Feb-20 18:25:06

Since we retired we have moved our main meal to lunch time and have a light meal about 6.00pm.

I think eating in the evening is more a matter of habit than hunger. I grew up not eating between meals, so I don't. I won't say never, but very rarely. Get yourself out of the habit of eating in the evening and it will soon not occur to you to do so.

Daisymae Mon 24-Feb-20 18:56:40

6:00 pm on the dot
I seem to have a body clock and it doesnt really matter when I start it, most of the time I can be setting it on the table at 6!

dahlia Mon 24-Feb-20 19:18:38

Like you, Daisymae, I don't plan the timing but inevitably dinner is served at 6 p.m. This follows years of full-time work and a husband in the building trade, who couldn't last any later having put in a hard physical day on the site. We both find eating any later than 7 p.m. gives us discomfort and often a sleepless night, though of course we do work around family and friends when they are visiting. Lunch is usually at 12.30, a very light snack.

kathsue Mon 24-Feb-20 19:26:34

When my husband was alive we always had tea/dinner at 4.30 (carried on from when he was working) and a snack or sandwich before bed. Nowadays I can eat what I want, when I want grin. It's usually about 6 ish.

TrendyNannie6 Mon 24-Feb-20 19:36:09

12 o’clock lunch 530 dinner

Greymar Mon 24-Feb-20 20:36:34

Monica, do you find yourself ready for fish or whatever at 12.30 ish? i would like to change but it seems very early.

Sarahmob Mon 24-Feb-20 20:41:26

Lunch whenever dependent on what I’m doing (work, other commitments etc) evening meal 5.30 - 6.00ish for preference.

M0nica Mon 24-Feb-20 21:08:54

Greymar I have never been a large breakfast eater, I have a couple of crispbread, but that is all and by 12.00 I am getting hungry, so eating at lunch time,usually 12.30 - 1.00 feels quite right. When I had my light meal at lunch time I found with having only a light breakfast, by mid-afternoon I was really flagging and hungry and tempted to snack. By having my main meal at lunch time that keeps me full until supper time, when I have a light meal.

And as others have said, eating a big meal in the evening, especially after 7.00pm, gives me indigestion. In fact even when we go out for a celebration meal, we prefer to go out at lunchtime rather than in the evening.

Greymar Mon 24-Feb-20 21:10:26

Thank you Monica, food for thought.

cornergran Mon 24-Feb-20 22:32:15

We eat our main meal at some point between 12 and 2 if we’re at home. A light supper between 6 and 7 works for us. It’s Mr C’s birthday tomorrow, we’ll be out for lunch rather than a meal in the evening. Seems to suit our digestions.