THE BENEFITS OF EATING TOGETHER
Here at Castiglia’s Restaurant and Catering Services, eating is a family affair. It is a given that food is one of our most basic needs. But eating food together with our families and friends satisfies much more than our physiological needs. Eating together offers numerous benefits that nourish not just the physical body but the inner soul.
Here are the benefits of eating together based on actual research.
- Eating together provides an opportunity for better communication lines among family and friends.
When there is food to share, everyone at the table gets to interact with each other. They share much more than the food itself but they also share stories like how their day went, plans for the days ahead, and problems and concerns that need to be discussed with family and friends.
- Eating together nourishes one’s well-being.
Knowing that the food is lovingly prepared gives a feeling of warmth and belongingness. Being able to share your thoughts and stories allows one to unload his or her negative feelings and gives other members of the family an opportunity to help out those in need. Each one is given attention and therefore feels the connection and bond getting stronger.
- Eating together is an opportunity for parents to model appropriate behavior to their children.
Proper meal etiquette, table manners, and suitable social skills according to each occasion – these are just some of the behaviors that elders can teach their younger generation while eating. Children also learn about some family customs and traditions on the dining table.
- Eating together can be a learning experience.
Parents can introduce different kinds of food as well as the history and culture behind them. The foods on the dinner table can be sourced locally or in other parts of the world. It is a good opportunity for parents to expand their children’s knowledge and dining experience by letting them try different cuisines from different parts of the world.
There you have it. Eating is more than just the act of putting food inside our mouth. It is a sacred bonding activity that brings families closer together.