Posted on 15th May 2015
With such busy lives it can be easy to slip into the habit of eating on the run and neglecting to take time to sit down together. There are a whole host of benefits that come with taking the time to eat dinner together at the table.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Takeout pizza shared at the table can be just as beneficial as a home cooked meal. The key is to just be together without distractions. Here are six important benefits of taking the time to eat together.
1. It helps us connect
Our fast-paced and often
competing schedules can result in us feeling like we’re leading separate lives.
Eating together gives us the opportunity to share how our day has unfolded with
2. It helps us relax
After a long day of work,
appointments, errands and details the simple pleasure of preparing and enjoying
an evening meal together can be a great way to unwind.
3. It encourages mindful eating
By sharing a meal, and actually
taking the time to talk about what we’re experiencing in terms of flavours and
textures, we’re more likely to be mindful of our food, rather than just wolfing
4. It improves nutrition
We’re far more likely to plan
something nutritious and go to the effort of making a side salad or some extra
vegetables when we’re cooking for others rather than just ourselves.
5. It provides an opportunity to practice gratitude
Mealtime is a great time to practice
gratitude. Sharing just one good thing that happened during the day, or one
thing we’re thankful for, reminds us of just how lucky we are. It’s amazing how
quickly this practice will have you scanning your day for what’s good.
6. It strengthens relationships
One of life’s greatest pleasures is sharing good food and wine with loved ones. Life is too short to miss out on this simple joy and all the good things it can bring to our relationships.