The statistics above from this article sadden and alarm me greatly. As the mother of three, seeing children healthy and happy is one of the deepest desires of my heart. I was blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom when my children were small, so I was able to oversee their food choices during their most formative, early years. I guess it won’t surprise you that they did not drink soda except at birthday parties and they learned to love fruits and veggies very early on. We ate as a family as often as possible depending on my husband’s work schedule as we had a restaurant for several years and he worked some pretty crazy hours. Now that they are all 20-somethings, they are still very healthy eaters.
This article talks about the importance of not only eating together with family, but also of eating truly healthy foods and the impact it has been found to have on mental health and mood. That doesn’t surprise me. If you know your car only runs well on high octane fuel and your pet needs a specific type of food, how much less do these Intelligently-created bodies of our need real food to nourish them?
I shared 3 tips for improving children’s nutrition in last week’s blog post. It is not as difficult as you might think and as you can see, the benefits are far-reaching. Providing healthy, real food and having family dinners is a powerful combination.
If you have children, how often do you have family dinners?
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