Eating together as a family can help boost your weight loss, your wallet and your wellbeing. It’s tough finding the time to cook and eat together as a family, but evidence shows that turning mealtimes into family time can have several benefits.
No digital distractions
Make sure you eat your meals at a table – not in front of the TV – and ban all smartphones, tablets and computer games. Focusing on your food makes you more aware of what you’re eating, helping your weight loss. After all, food is not just for fuel, it is there to be enjoyed. If you give it your full attention, you are more likely to feel satisfied and therefore less likely to pick afterwards.
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Eating together as a family has proven health benefits for children. Not only does it allow you to check in with them, kids who enjoy meals with their families are more likely to eat fruit and veggies, and stay a healthy weight.
Cooking one meal for everyone can save you money, compared with cooking several different dishes – and just think about what you could do with all that time saved, too.