Eating lunch, taking a mid day break to refresh and refuel! What a wonderful concept...to meet with friends and catch up....Ayurveda considers lunch the most important meal of the day and the time when our digestion is the strongest. Between 10:00-2:00pm is pitta time, pitta being the element of fire and water. The energy of digestion and assimilation of food and emotion.
Growing up In Tunisia in a French school I had a two hour lunch, we ate, cleaned up and went to play with friends before starting the afternoon classes. At home during the week end we had a family lunch. During the summer at my grandmother's house lunch was sacrosanct! After lunch was nap time or rest, then by 3:00pm we would go out and do different errands or activity till 6:00pm. Then it was time to prepare dinner. Life this way was predictable. This gave a sense of calm and serenity. As a child I remember feeling settled because I knew what the day was going to be like and I looked forward to it. Our lives were "anchored" around meal times.