Eat Dinner Together Week

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Did you know that September 18th kicks off “Eat Dinner Together Week”? Yes, we have officially reached a time in our social history when we need to remind people to do something as basic as finding a way to eat together. I need to pause and say (in full disclosure) that I’m like you. My dinners are not likely to be gracing the cover of a gourmet food magazine and when my family sits around the table, it is not calm or even always relaxing for that matter.

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Lured by a Tiger

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True story: twice in the last three weeks, my kids were lured by a tiger. The first incident was a lazy Sunday morning when my two-year-old son checked out the Target flyer and noticed the Tiger (which is interesting is that this caught his eye over anything else–even toys). The second time was when we made a brief stop in a small market, and my five-year-old daughter noticed those eyes, which she said looked so “friendly.” Both incidents left my kids wishing we could invite the Tiger into our home and make him part of our family. Yes, that’s right…I’m talking about Tony the Tiger on the Frosted Flakes box. But more importantly, I’m talking about the time, energy and marketing that goes into making my kids react the way they did.

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How Many Diets Have you Tried?

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If you are like most people, I’m sure at some point in your life you have “tried” to be on a diet. Take a second to think about and add it up. Most adults can list the many experiences they have had with one diet or another, while some are so deeply identified as “dieters” that they would do better to try to remember the few times they weren’t on a diet. Imagine how happy that makes the diet industry! Then consider how sad it is that a basic need like eating has become so tangled that we need a multi-million dollar company to “teach” us how to do it.

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Snacking 101

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I’ve been writing and thinking about healthy snacking a lot lately. This is partly because the summer is just a “snacky” time, as long road trips and full days outdoors encourage snacking (plus the heat usually zaps our appetite for big meals). Healthy snacking sounds like an oxymoron, but the reality is snacking can be a good thing. I am finding more and more, however, that people just don’t know how to snack.

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