Taking back family dinner: A healthy, affordable and convenient escape from processed food

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    May 21, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Children need daily, consistent time with parents and siblings. They need to learn how to work and contribute for the good of others. Healthy food choices and cooking skills are important for children to learn as well. Thankfully, we ALL need to eat. Wise parents take advantage of this reality by recognizing that family meal time can provide these opportunities for growth and so many more.

    It really isn't that hard or expensive. Parents choose the activities that take up their families time and resources. Many parents put a great deal of time and money into extra curricular activities for their children. Studies indicate that no activities our children participate in (sports, music, etc.) have more positive influence in a child's development than participation in regular family meals.

    Smart and effective child rearing is built into our day, how convenient!

    May 20, 2013 9:05 p.m.

    This article gives me another reason to thank the good Lord for blessings: He gave me a love of cooking! I can't imagine eating "fast food", never stop in the TV dinner section of the grocery store, and shudder at the very thought of a Twinkie. Why bother? It's vastly more fun to seek out recipes and make the thing myself. To say nothing of cheaper, more heathful and vastly yummier. Even a mediocre homemade meal beats the best processed meal. If more people returned to the custom, once the norm, of cooking from scratch I do believe half our obesity/health/chronic disease problems would vanish. Surely it's no coincidence that all these health problems have echoed the rise in not cooking the stuff ourselves.