Eating Should Be Enjoyable Without Too Many Rules

Rules are everywhere. Science aside, the most satisfying foods we can eat are the ones that are prepared at home and share with the people you love. In early years, food was often delivered in whole – animal helpings-such as, say, a full bison. Historians say this eating process instilled food in our thinking as something that was closely linked to cooperation. Early humans learned to fairly distribute food portions, which helped form early lessons in morality and equality. Today, sharing a meal with other people is part of some countries’ governmental recommendations for healthy eating. Having a scheduled time to sit with loved ones and discuss both the stressors and the Happy moments of each day can build stronger relationships and provide a reprieve. For example, family dinners can lift people up when they are feeling down and offer a chance to acknowledge and celebrate weekly achievements.

Portion Control

They’re also a great opportunity to introduce children to new foods and maintain some portion control. Studies show that kids who eat meals at home with their families tend to consume more fruits, vegetables, fiber and calcium-rich foods and less junk food. Restaurant and prepares foods tend to be much saltier and higher in calories.

The positive benefits of sharing a meal together can reach far beyond the dining room table, too. Research from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that students whose parents regularly eat the main family meal with them are less likely to skip classes or days of school. Children who frequently eat meals with their families also tend to have lower rates of obesity and eat healthier overall, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Not to mention that meals cooked at home typically save Money.

Eating Should Be An Enjoyable

Eating should be an enjoyable process, without too many rules. After all, when nutrition scientists compare a variety of diets, including paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean and vegan, they’ve consistently found that the healthiest way to eat is to aim for a diet full of whole foods. That means you don’t have to cut out carbs or cheese or meat, as long as you’re eating a balance of different foods. Learning to love whole and healthy foods also get easier with time. Food researchers at Tufts Univerity have found that eating healthier food for around six or seven months can train the brain to desire healthier options rather than sugar and salt-laden treats.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, we hope you will consider adding one or some of these items to your list, even if it’s only a new spice or sweetener-we recommend turmeric and cinnamon. ( It turns out highly flavorful food may curb food cravings and increase satiety.)

We can’t promise you’ll love each and every food we recommend, but we can promise that all of them are easy to make and full of filling nutrients such as fiber, protein and healthy fats.

Healthy And Satisfied

Sure, there are some unusual options, like maybe passion fruit and pumpkin seeds, but there are also standard go-to’s, such as salmon, spinach, apples and black beans. Whatever you choose to fill your plate and your belly, we hope you find or rediscover the joy of cooking and that your meals keep you Happy, healthy and satisfied.

Dietitian / Instagram: @emanutrition
Dietitian / Instagram: @emanutrition

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