Building Strong Bonds From An Early Age
The below Huffington Post by Mark Hyman touches on many significant topics including the importance of family bonds on our future relationships and the value of good nutrition.
While growing up in Brazil, my mom, sister and I, always had lunch together. At dinner time we were joined by my dad. There was no TV and of course no texting. We sat together, ate, and talked. We created family bonds.
This was so important to my family that even when we had serious arguments and didn’t want to see each other, we sat together at the same table. I remember once when I was eighteen years old and had a big argument with my dad. We didn’t speak for months, but we sat at the table together every night. From that I learned that people can have disagreements but if we love each other we must find a way back to the relationship. I learned not to walk away.
I have applied that strong family value to all my relationships. I don’t abandon friends and I stick around to work things out. I put my ego aside for the benefit of the relationship.
Unfortunately, in this gadget and information filled world we live in, it has become increasingly difficult for parents to carve out time to sit down with their children and for the children to give the parents their undivided attention. The end result is a weak family bond and values which translated into superficial relationships with others. The other sad outcome is, it leaves kids without a strong sense of belonging.
In a related topic, a good diet – fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and lean meats – is extremely important for our sense of well-being. What we put in our bodies is our only source of energy. Lots of fats and sugar produce slow energy thus making us feel heavy and often be heavy.
My suggestion – which I am a devout follower of – is to cook most of our meals and to choose carefully the ingredients. It can really be fun if we take the time to enjoy the process of cooking and then share with friends and/or family. Turn eating into a social experience for your own good and that of your family.
How Eating At Home Can Save Your Life
Mark Hyman, M.D.
The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald’s…Continued