Have you noticed that in the new age of technology everyone seems to do everything on the run? Have you noticed that most people dine with their computer, TV or some electronic gadget, instead of eating with the family? And, finally when was the last time you actually sat down to the breakfast, lunch, or dinner table to either have a meal by yourself or with your family without some sort of watching, texting or listening device?
American’s have forgotten how to eat!
In case you have forgotten, dinner time was the time when families checked-in with each other and Mom and Dad were able to get a first-hand view of what was going on in their kid’s lives. From Dallas, to Falcon Crest, from Rosanne to the Golden Girls, the dining table was the gathering place and dinner time was the one time of day, when you had a good all-around meal.
Now a days families don’t gather around the dining room table and sadly they don’t eat at the dinner table either.
Back in the day, finger foods were cheese and crackers, now they are burgers and fries. People hold their food instead of eating with a knife, fork and spoon. Everything has been made into sandwich size wrapped in a convenient container so you can walk, talk, and eat all at the same time.
In Italy and France, people celebrate everything around food. They cook the food together, they bless the food together, they sit down to eat the food together, they laugh, they cry, they drink, they sing, food is a way to celebrate family, in good times or bad.
There is a pay-off when you eat food in joyful celebration. You don’t eat fast, you don’t eat as much, and what you eat is more nourishing because it is fresh and wholesome.
Most American’s have been seduced to the dark side of eating, it is all about how quick and how fast, it about processed vs. fresh, micro waved vs. stir fried, eating something processed in a factory, rather than grown in a garden.
You wonder why you fat, sick, and nearly dead, it’s because you don’t know how to eat anymore, and you don’t know how to feed your family anymore!
Carve out some time this weekend and have a good ole fashion family sit down. Gather together and make some homemade pizza and fresh garden salad, turn off all the talking and texting devices and just talk to one other, I bet you’ll find you have a mighty good time!