Eating in public is not only rude (and often hypnotically revolting), it is positively bad for us. Our bodies are conditioned to fuel up when we are at rest, lolling or even reclining on the cave floor. Our morning rush is the modern-day equivalent of the primeval dawn hunt for that day’s prey – for both adrenaline-kicked activities our bodies are poised in fight-or-flight mode. Eating when our bodies are tensed like this plays merry hell with our digestion, upsets our circadian rhythms and irritates our guts.
Heartburn, indigestion, IBS – is this not a heavy price to pay for a quick lunch on the run? If it’s our health at stake, could we perhaps pause for thought – and pause for lunch?