Food is a huge thing for me, as I enjoy cooking for others as a demonstration of how I feel about them. Hunger is a major issue in the world, especially for those of us who currently suffer, or have suffered not only from food insecurity, but housing instability.
- Sometimes it seems that access to fresh fruits and veggies is harder and more expensive than junk food!
Studies have shown that families who share at least one to two meals a day, function a bit better in the communication and positive trajectory department. There are less dysfunctional events in a household that sits down to break bread together.
- It’s important to turn off the TV, cell phone, and really focus on your plate and each other at dinner time.
Culture is something that gets transmitted and passed down in certain foods and dishes. Think on your grandmother or another family member’s signature dish. Consider the foods you routinely eat more of, and how it contributes to your health, your worldview, and how your taste buds have been shaped and cultivated. There is something to be said for genetic memory, creating memories over the dinner table, and holding onto traditions. We can learn a lot about each other, by partaking in the meals of others.
Lastly, bonding with others over the dinner table is critical to our health and sense of being connected to the world. Whether it is with family, a co-worker, or even a stranger – breaking bread with someone not only is about sharing and sustaining our physical selves, but can build bonds with one another with lasting effects. Even if it is just one meal, sharing a meal with someone encourages conversation, an exchange of social behaviors and norms, and makes us feel like we belong.
- What you put on your fork matters. Put your values where your mouth is.
No matter if you are a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore… food matters. Food waste matters too, but that is another post. Please consider where your food comes from, how it is produced, what food choices matter most to you, and how your food choices effect your health, the planet, and transmit your cultural ideas and traditions.
If you feel touched enough by this post, please share it with others. Even more importantly, make an effort to share a meal with someone in need of food, company, and conversation. Don’t forget that we are all human and going through our individual struggles.
Ask yourself more questions about what you can do? How can you do it? When can it be done?