Power of Eating Together

In today’s fast paced world, there are many “to do’s” on our list and we may be tempted to eat on the run and not join other family members.   Though it takes times to prepare and sit down together, the benefits you reap by eating together adds to your well-being and to the family.

Great topic for your group:
How to create special meal times with our partners or families.

The Health Effects of Family Dinner” Mikel Theobald on EverydayHealth.com

Getting your entire family to the dinner table may seem like a daunting task, but researchers say it’s worth it. “The Importance of Family Dinners IV,” a report published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, found that teens who frequently eat with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, use illegal drugs, or abuse prescription medicines. This finding alone may be reason enough to set the table, but the benefits of family dinners don’t stop there. From developing lifelong healthy eating habits to achieving good grades and a stronger sense of self, eating together has rewards for each family member.

What if meals together are stressful times in your house?   Brainstorm with the other members of your group to understand the issue and how to make changes that will enhance this special time in your home.  Ask your family members how you can all join in together at meal times.  Maybe you can’t do it every night but can have “sacred” meals where everyone shows up and eats together.

When the kids were growing up in my house (Pat), we ate meals at the kitchen table.  Except for Thursday night, which was our “crashed night,” when we watched a favorite TV show together and ate in the den.    As the children got older, I just invited their friends over to join us.  We didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted them home eating together and friends were always welcomed.

Be well,

Pat

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