Supper, the most important meal of the day for building family connections

Supper, the most important meal of the day for building family connections

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The importance of dinner/supper

Dinner is the most important important meal of the day in terms of building  social family networks and cohesion. We are advised to switch off the Tv and cell phones when enjoying dinner with our loved ones.
By having an engaged dinner with our families we can get to know what bewails them.
Having dinner together minimizes stress and tension at home.
Children feel like their parents are proud of them when they have dinner together.
Those who eat dinner are least likely to be overweight.
Children and teenagers who have dinner with their family are less likely to take drugs, smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
Provides fuel for our bodies.
Gives us better sleep.
 
Tips for better  dinner/ supper
Make it a routine to have it together with your family.
Keep it nutritious  with all the food groups  but reduce on fat as it is difficult to digest.
One can make  the mood sentimental and exciting by having a candle lit dinner, dressing the table with flowers or interesting centre pieces.
Children can be involved in making dinner.
Have your dinner in a relaxed environment, chewing it slowly for maximum digestion.
Don’t eat too late in the evening.
Avoid stimulants e.g. tea, coffee and alcohol during dinner time.
 
Here is to more enriching dinner/ supper in days to come!
 
 References
http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/lifestyle/food/eating-for-good-mental-health-dinner.html
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