Now eating is an important part of life and should be enjoyable and where possible it should be a social event. Humans need to interact with others and where better place to do it than around the dinner table. There is a tendency in modern life for us to eat more on the move. The kids go off and eat in front of the TV and you sit on your own or with your partner and eat whilst doing something else. Try to make a point of all sitting at the same table at the same time for a few meals each week. It can help to bring the family together. Use it as a time to discuss things that are going to happen in the week. Or just for general chat. You will find that you eat slower and better. If you have young children then it is also a good time for them to see what you eat, how you eat and how you behave! This is more important than you think as it gets harder to change their habits if they have been doing it for a long time. For many children the main time that they eat socially is at school. I think we can all appreciate that this is not the best environment to promote healthy eating and good eating habits.
It is important to realize that eating more healthily will have a positive effect on your health and that it must not reduce your enjoyment of life or, negatively affect relationships with others. For this to be achieved you have to build a positive attitude to improving your diet and health. So many of us get very negative about our weight and health. This makes it very difficult to move forwards and sort things out. You need to turn this around by thinking about the positives of taking the healthy option. Each step you take in the right direction will bring you closer to your healthy living goal.
Remember healthy eating is a way of life, something that you can easily do to enhance your body and your lifestyle. It is important to you no matter what your age, because it promotes good health, gives you more energy to live life and reduces the risk of heart disease.