A meal has many purposes such as to eat, to socialize or gather, or as a part of something more. We sit or stand while putting the ingredients into our hungry stomachs as we make our own meaning out of meal time.
Consuming nutrients is the main purpose of eating, to energize the body. Taking advantage of three meals a day allows us to consume an array of foods and nutrients that sustain our bodies. Sometimes there are leftovers from dinner and you eat the same lasagna for three days. This may be delicious, however it isn't ideal considering the variety of nutrients humans require. Another approach is to snack throughout the day, making our meal times not as significant. This is okay due to the fact that we are expending energy all day as well, but it does take away from the meaningfulness of "meal time".
It is when traditions, events, meetings and more are involved that bring us around the table to share conversations, and moments with each other. We meet for breakfast to catch up with friends, we see each other for lunch to discuss business and dinner time creates comfort and traditions within families and friends.
Meals teach us about patience, traditions, open-mindedness and gratitude. How you eat is almost as important as what you eat. It is similar to the saying about how the journey is as important as the destination. Your belly will be full by the end, but it is the specific "meal" that will get you there.
Meals are about the food, the company and the moment.
The meaning of a meal is up for interpretation, but we all share the need to eat and the chance to enjoy it alone or with others. We eat at restaurants, at home, at mom's house, in front of the television or on the go. Your next meal is another moment to enjoy what it means to you.