HABITS: Blessings or sabotage

August 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Grocery store in 1970'sGrocery store in 1970's We all have habits.  Some good and some bad. 

 

Let’s talk about one connected to your health and wellness.

 

Food Consumption: A study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior examined changes in the quantity and quality of food Americans consumed that was prepared at home versus away from home.  First in the 1977-78 and then 1994-96.

 

These are the results, Between 1977-78 and 1994-96, consumption of food prepared away from home increased from 18% to 32% of total calories. Meals and snacks based on food prepared away from home contained more calories per eating occasion, and “away” food was higher in total fat and saturated fat on a per-calorie basis than at-home food. “Away” food contained less dietary fiber, calcium, and iron on a per-calorie basis. Among adults but not children, food prepared away from home was more sodium and cholesterol dense.”

 

Yikes.  In the 70’s my mom was definitely shoving “healthy foods” in our faces and we would beg and plead to get to go OUT TO EAT like everyone else.  I could not remember my childhood containing any fast food except when I would sit with my best friend at Wendy’s while she ate (I actually got the free crackers and dipped them in ketchup...what!?!?).  

 

Later my mom would bend and once on visiting home in the 80’s I found SPAGHETTI-O’S in the cupboard!  I felt immediately jealous as though again I was gypped of the “good stuff”.  

 

Most of us KNOW what dining was like back in the 70’s.  Most of us actually did enjoy a meal around a table with our family.  Most of us can remember going to a friend’s house  (whose mother or father cooked) and you could smell the delicious meal aromas floating into every room tickling your nose.  Ahhhhhh...

 

I have an idea, WHY NOT BRING THE NOSTALGIA of sitting at home, at the dining room table (not in front of the TV), eating a meal together and enjoying each other’s company.

 

If everyone owns a cell phone: stack them up in the middle of the table and the first person to get a text or call clears the table and washes the dishes.  HINT: TURN YOUR PHONE OFF AN YOU WON’T RISK THIS AWFUL TASK.  If no one interrupts then everyone pitch in to clean up after the meal.

Reference to above research here.


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