How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat.
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to learn how to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” In other words, learn how to appreciate the pleasures, great flavors, and social experiences food can add to our lives.
When trying to be healthy, what we eat is important. But on the same level is how, when, why, and where we eat. Enjoying the ambiance of a meal is essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan.
Here’s an idea on how to achieve this. Every Thursday get together with your friends and family for a #throwbackThursday dinner. Key ingredients: the dinner table, delicious food, and good company.
For further inspiration, research published by the American Journal of Pediatrics looked at the affects of family meals on 182,836 children and adolescents. They found regular family meals decreased disordered eating and odds of being overweight, and increased odds for eating healthy foods. #ThrowbackThursday dinner is a place to start, with an end goal to share family meals at least three times per week. You can try #WellnessWednesdays or #SaturdayShenanigans, whatever inspires you and yours to make family meals a priority.
For more about National Nutrition Month and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, visit eatright.org.