Food Can Connect Loved Ones
Hamish Thomson, General Manager Mars Food Australia said,
We know that food can connect us with our loved ones physically, socially and emotionally – we make healthier choices about what we eat, we have real conversations with people who matter to us and we grow closer to them as a result. Most of us eat dinner each night, but how many of us prioritise dinner to make it really matter?
With three teenage kids, a job that sometimes keeps unsociable hours and a partner who works part time Hamish recognises how difficult it can be to get around the dinner table. He continued
The facts in front of us are pretty alarming. We have a responsibility with MasterFoods to start a movement and make a real change in this area so we can all share in the rewards of dinnertime. My real hope is that Australians will make a small choice to be more mindful and connected while they share their evening meal. This alone will make a massive difference
Connecting with Loved Ones
Sabina Read, Psychologist, outlines the importance of connecting with loved ones.
I was immediately struck by the finding that three quarters of Aussies would like to change something about their household dinners, and that many of these changes focus on how we eat not what we eat. We are hard wired to connect with each other so it makes sense that many Aussies want more laughter, fewer complaints, everyone being home or less effort involved around preparing and eating dinner.
Sabina gives us some advice on how we can take steps to change our behaviour.
Admitting that we aren’t content with our behaviour is the first step to changing and often small steps can help us create meaningful changes. Finding ways to make mealtimes more mindful will have a domino effect not only on our physical health, but also our emotional and relational well-being as well. It’s not food per se that connects us but rather what we do with the people we care about during the times we prep and eat meals.