Some table manners – How often do we practice them?
Do not talk with food in your mouth: it is first and foremost considered ill mannered; you don’t want to see food particles spew out of another person’s mouth at table. It also helps persons avoid getting choked as a result of food particles. Talking with food in mouth also causes indigestion because, whilst the saliva is mixed with the food in the mouth, the digestion process begins but when air enters the mouth it interrupts digestion, which creates low quality sugar, fat and so on in the body.
Chew with your mouth closed: chewing food with your mouth closed is similar to the above mentioned with regards to air getting in the way of digestion. It also shows how well-mannered an individual is, impressions speak a lot about people.
Keep your handset off dining table whilst meal is on-going: it is considered rude when people use their phone, receive or make calls during dining. It is advisable to keep your phone on vibration or silence during meals and later respond to missed calls. Getting glued to the phone whilst eating only delays eating time; since it is also considered a time of bonding with loved ones, it is equally rude to use your phone whilst you are surrounded with the people you love. In case you are expecting an emergency call, apologize in advance.
Do not disturb with cutlery: know when to use which cutlery and avoid making noise with them.
Do not stretch your arm or get up to pick something across the table. Trying to pick items with a long reach may cause spillage or drop unwanted items into other’s food.