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One of the issues with the fast paced world we live in is that families are not spending the time to eat meals together. 
We are too busy taking the kids to different sporting or school activities, or parents are working different schedules and everyone is eating in shifts. Many times the choices made are not necessarily the healthiest options. When we eat like this the meals are usually rushed and we don't get to really enjoy the meal and the family time experience as we once did back when we were younger. My family did this for years as my wife and I both worked in the city. 

Back when i was a child we ate a home cooked meal every evening. We spent time in the kitchen while my mother was cooking then enjoy our meal together without a t.v on and there were certainly no cell phones or texting back then! We would actually talk about our days, and share stories and laugh together while enjoying a healthy home cooked meal! It is so important for families to get this this time together without all of the distractions of the world, television, cell phones and all of the portable wireless devices. 

Having two older children one 24, one 20 and a 9 yr old son the past few years our evening dinners were more like a revolving door diner. Some nights it was 3 of us, or 4 of us eating at different times with the t.v on in the background. Food was left out for the next one of us that came home later in the evening to throw in the microwave to heat up. What happens when we eat like this is as mentioned earlier in the blog, often non nutritional food choices are made due to timing and you loose the valuable daily downtime that should be spent with family. Eventually this becomes our routine and our family's are not as close as they should be and our physical and mental health is effected. 

As our family has gone through many things over the past few years and we are on the positive side of things now and we are a strong family unit again. We also have changed our lives to a much healthier way of living and one thing we realized was missing was the "old school" family sit down dinners where we could unwind after long days and enjoy time together and a good healthy home cooked meal. We have made concerted efforts to do this as often as possible. Above are pictures of our daughters meal she prepared last week;

Organic Chicken Stuffed with sweet pepper and pesto
Sauteed Organic Brussel Sprouts
Organic Cauliflower Mash

It was delicious, Thank You Samantha!!

The one thing we recently have done is we have declared Sunday as our "Family Healthy Meal Sunday"s". Each week one of us pick the menu and prepare a healthy meal for the family to eat and enjoy together!  It is a great opportunity for us to all be together, cook, listen to music, and most importantly laugh together as a family! We plan to expand this and invite more family and friends to our home to experience the healthy meals we prepare and even join in and prepare some of their own healthy recipes as well as just spending valued time together and enjoying the lost tradition of the family meals. There are a few rules that must be strictly adhered to though on the Family Healthy Meal Sunday's and they are as follows;

  1. All meals must be home cooked with healthy ingredients
  2. No television during dinner
  3. Cell Phones are not allowed at the table
  4. Music must be playing throughout
  5. Negativity is not allowed
  6. Laughter, fun and positive energy is mandatory
  7. Prior to eating each person shares one thing they are grateful for, Thanks to my wife Carmen for instituting this one. 
  8. Most of all you must have fun, share, and enjoy the most important thing your family and friends!!


I will continue writing about our Sunday's as it grows into a larger tradition. I hope you are all already doing something like this, if not it is a great time to start!!!

1/8/15 - Peter Burke




 


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03/14/2015 8:41pm

Great and poignant post. It's amazing the things that come to light at those dinner table conversations. Thank you for sharing.

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From where I came from, the little girls are busy helping mommy in the kitchen while the boys can freely play outside. I think this is why most boys nowadays grow up lazy and inefficient at work. They never learn to be responsible at a young age. Most men I know who succeed in life knows how to man the kitchen and household. It is simply the best discipline. This is also one good reason why they are also the one who can easily ask the kids to join them in the table with authority. The kids respect them because they see his hard work. I maybe wrong but people seem to be more interested on something unexpected like a breadwinner mom or a dad doing housework. This are useless stereotypes but we can't help but give it our attention.

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Wonderful post! It is too much necessary to spend your sunday with family person and eats together and stay together. I think it will great time for me to start this because i read your story which shows you have enjoyed most with stay together.

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10/03/2016 8:12am

Interesting!! I never considered it that way. I came across this site as of late which I suppose it will be an incredible utilization of new plans and informations.

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I think you are right and it's pretty important to eat together with your family.

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01/08/2017 8:13am

This is some kinda of habit to eat together in a dinning room where you can share what was your day like. Nice tradition.

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Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my blog.

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