One thing I feel really passionate about, especially as our family grows, is gathering around the table for meals. We live in such a fast-paced world where we want everything to be instant or quick. I myself am so guilty of this – there was one day that I think I ate every meal in the car. Even though the temptation is hard to resist, I think it is so important to make time for each other, connecting around the table. Below are a few of my reasons why….
#1 | Eat Mindfully
As a dietitian, one of the main things I stress to my clients is mindful eating. It’s so easy to eat that entire bag of chips or one (or five) too many oreos sitting in front of the TV or while doing some other activity. And then, after all is said and done, we still don’t feel satisfied and might not even remember eating it all! If you’re going to splurge or have a snack, really enjoy it. I always suggest sitting down at the table and putting your freshly baked cookies on your favorite plate, lighting a candle, and maybe playing some calming music. I assure you, after being present with your food and thinking about what you are eating, you will leave the moment feeling fully satisfied and less likely to do any emotional or bored eating later.
#2 | Connect with Loved Ones
I’m definitely that wife that likes to text my husband all day every day. Even though I’m sure he loves it ;), some days are super busy and we don’t get to connect at all until getting home at night. Eating a meal together, without re-runs of the office joining us, allows us to hear about each other’s day and really care for one another.
#3 | Relieve Stress
When I’m able to really connect with my husband at the end of a long day, and share my hopes and fears and worries and joys, I leave the dinner table feeling much more at peace. Sometimes all it takes is talking through things and saying them out loud to solve them.
#4 | Try New Recipes
I have always been an advocate for trying new foods and recipes. When I go to a restaurant, I hardly ever order the same thing twice, and when I cook at home, I hardly ever repeat recipes. There’s so many awesome recipes out there to try so why not try them!? OK, OK, Unless you really love a recipe … I do make this vegetarian chili often.
#5 | Cheap Date Night
I think a candlelit dinner at home can be just as romantic as a fancy dinner out…especially if you’re on a budget! Some of my favorite memories with Scofield involve making dinner together and then sitting down to eat with back ground music and a candle and having a little makeshift date night. I have a feeling with a baby coming that we will be doing that much more often…