One of the best Long Life Eating suggestions we can give you is to Celebrate food. Celebrating food involves what you eat and how you eat it, making life more enjoyable while maintaining your health and healthy weight. Here are some great ways you can Celebrate food today.
Privately or as a group, give thanks for the fact that you’re here and able to enjoy the company and the food. Come up with your own ritual. It could be a toast or a quick moment of silence or even holding hands.
Really taste the food and enjoy moment
Put your utensil down between bites. Use the time to chew and swallow. Note the flavors, colors, and textures of the meal as well as the look of the table and the ambiance around it. Look out the window and enjoy the view. Think about way the food fits into the scenery. Are you having oatmeal because it’s cold and snowy outside, just as you did as a child? Are you having a light, no cook supper that features juicy fruits on a sweltering summer evening, just what you enjoyed on a vacation to a tropical place years ago?
Take turns sharing a positive experience you had during the day, then discuss a challenge you faced and overcame – or are still confronting. Talk about the food and about enjoyable subjects from local or world news. Save complaints and controversies for another time. The table should be a happy place!
Turn off the TV and put away the cell phones and laptops
Make mealtime inviolable. Friends, phone solicitors, and colleagues can reach you later.
Invite a friend or meet somewhere for a meal
Make a meal even more social by sharing it with some who’s not in your household. Don’t feel like cooking? Meet at a café or local cafeteria or bring brown bag lunches to a table at the park. The important part is being together.
Savor every nuance of your meal.
Think of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, in which every sense has a role to play. You listen and observe as the tea is poured, feel the hot cup in your hand, smell and taste the tea. To focus your mind and slow things further, bring a meal to the table course by course and leave time between courses for relaxation and conversation.
Enjoying local seasonal produce can make a meal more meaningful by linking your plate to the place where you live. Visit a farmer’s market for seasonal vegetables or meats. As you prepare and eat them, think about how they grew in the same sun and rain you’ve experienced over the past few months.
Treat family like company
Fresh flowers, as nice table setting, garnishes on the plate – you and your family deserve such niceties every day! Resolve to never eat at a messy table.
I don't know about in your area, but here, local Farmers Markets should be starting soon. Usually you can pick up some delicious fresh fruits and vegetables and the flowers at the same time to celebrate food at dinner with family and friends and don't forget those outdoor Barbecues. I am already excited!
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