A Family That Eats Together Lives Healthy And Green Together!

family meals togetherEating a family meal together for some families is almost obsolete for American households. But there is much evidence to support that families that have meals together are healthier physically and emotionally. The saying “the family that eats together stays together” is more than a clique. Eating a healthy home cooked meal together where you talk and share is good for your entire family.  Family’s meals are important to live a healthier and greener lifestyle.

Yes it is true that we all have busy lives and schedules, but we must make time for family meals whether its breakfast lunch, or dinner. Setting down for a healthy, nutritious meal together without the TV on or the kids playing video games can be very beneficial to everyone’s health, physically and emotionally. Make sure the atmosphere is one of relaxation and positive mood and a time when you can all relax, laugh, and communicate.

What Are The Benefits Of Shared Family Meal:

  • According to the Official Journal of The America Academy of Pediatrics families that share 3 or more meals together per week tend to have a much healthier diets and less likely to engage in disordered eating.
  • Families that ate together eat more fruits and vegetables versa high calorie and unhealthy processed foods.
  • Family dinners or meals are important because studies show there is less chance of obesity, less diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems.
  • Family meals benefits children and is a great way to model healthy eating portions, encouraging children to try new healthy foods, gives parents the opportunity to teach good manners and courtesy.
  • Families that eat together tend to connect and enjoy each other company while the family bonds. The family unity and identity for each child grows and the family becomes a place of support.
  • Family meals allow the opportunity to teach your children family values, your cultural traditions, about the value of taking care of our planet, living naturally, and having respect for Nature.
  • Family meals opens a door for daily communication and self-expression, children can share their experiences of the day and they learn to communicate better, have respect and more patience. Parents learn what their children are feeling and family meals open a door to communication that allows parents to become more aware of who their children are playing with and what they are doing.
  • Kids that eat with their family’s tend to have better social skills, heightening self-esteem, and they do better in school.

It is so important that we teach our children to have respect for others and our environment and that living a green lifestyle is vital to the survival of our planet. Make sure they understand the importance of their diets, eating organic, local harvest, and the consequences of processed foods, GMOs, and how it can affect their lives and all those around them.

In our troubled world we need to provide family time for our children so that they have the skills to live a healthy life and having family meals is a wonderful way to do that. It is our job as parents, to provide the tools for our children to understand and follow healthy habits in every aspect of their lives whether it is helping to sustain a better environment for our world or giving them the emotional stability to be able to cope in our stressed society. Our children are our future so lets give them the best chance that we can for a healthy life and a healthy world to live in!

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14 thoughts on “A Family That Eats Together Lives Healthy And Green Together!”

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  3. Thanks for sharing this on Real Food Fridays, you are so right of the importance of this. Since our move to Louisiana we have gotten away from our weekly meal as a family, and you know what the kids miss it. Although I must say since we have started eating real food, both of the boys pay more attention to what they put in their mouths, and even share their knowledge with others. My 17 shared with a friend the fact that their was high fructose corn syrup in the pop he had which is contaminated with mercury causing the young man to dump out a full cup.

    1. Hi Joyce, It’s good to know that parents are educating their children about what they are eating and health risks of GMO’s and toxic ingredients. Family meals can be so beneficial in so many ways. Have a healthy happy day.

  4. There is also evidence (I’ll have to try and find the source for you) that kids who participate in healthy family meals make better food choices when they are away from the family. It is indeed a win-win-win to eat family meals! Great post!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I would appreciate that information if you would you have a chance. Thanks for reading my article and sharing your thoughts. Have a healthy happy day!

  5. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    What a great post!! I think it is so very important to have family meals together!

    1. Thank you Alicia. Yes it is extremely important to have family meals together – I believe it is the backbone of our emotionally well-being, especially children.

  6. Thanks for reminding us all of the value of eating together as a family. When I grew up the happiest and most important time of the day was the evening meal where the entire family gathered to eat, discuss the day and share thoughts and ideas. Dining together at the table was mandatory then. I must say that I miss those times. Nowadays most of our meals are gobbled in front of a TV or PC. And thank you so much for sharing this valuable post with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Hop! We sincerely appreciate it!

    1. Your welcome Deborah, It was the same way when I grew up – it was part of our daily lives to set down to the evening meal together. We need to get back to some of the old traditions for the healthy and welfare of our children.

  7. Marla, I love that you posted about this. It’s important, physically and psychologically, for kids- for everyone!

    Visiting from Creative Home and Garden Hop! 🙂

    1. Thanks Jennifer and I agree with you a family sharing meals seems to be a forgotten topic in fact the family unit is forgotten in our society many times. Thanks for reading my article.

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