Saturday, May 21, 2011

Good Food and Drink as Stress Relief

Family meals are a key to good health. (Via Serge) To quote:
Did you ever see a movie (or better, the real thing) of a big Italian family around a dinner table, talking and laughing while "Mama" passed big plates of pasta and "Papa" poured the wine? Mealtime was historically geared to enjoyment and relaxation, conversation and sharing each other's lives. And, of course, the same is true in many other places and cultures.

Families like that don't have nearly the heart and other health problems so common today in America. Every wonder why? Compare just the heart attack and obesity figures for these two charts. Food and a happy dinner time isn't the whole story, of course, but after thirty years of nursing I've seen far too many stressed out people who seldom or never found any peace or joy along with their food, even when it was the most nutritious stuff they could manage to find.

Look around your own dinner table tonight and listen to what goes on. That is if you even eat at the table. So many people eat on the run, behind the wheel of a car, in front of the TV or computer, or they live and eat with people they don't like or respect. Dinner table (or other mealtime) arguments and fights are so common that I wonder if most people even notice anymore how unnatural and destructive it is.

And then there are the people (such as myself) who live and eat alone most of the time. Many have little or no desire to cook for just themselves, and quite a few have few cooking skills to start with. Some people are quite content to be on their own, but many live with deep regrets or grief over a lost spouse or other family relationships. Some wallow in false guilt or sad memories. (Read entire article.)

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