What are mealtimes like at your house?

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity April 29 at 12:14 pm Views 1,824 Replies 2 Likes 1

Dr Gary

In every culture around the world, shared meals with friends or family are a way of connecting with each other. Talking about the day. Getting and giving encouragement. Making plans together.

Shared meals can enhance your sense of well-being. They can help you to lower stress. Increase your sense of optimism. Help you to maintain your perspective. And this all has a positive impact on your overall emotional wellness. Especially important if you are living with a chronic condition.

I wrote an article on this topic awhile back. Here’s a link:


So a few questions: What are mealtimes like at your house? Do you have meals together? Or is eating a grab and run kind of thing?

Also, how do you manage differences in dietary requirements at family mealtimes? Does your family eat the same food as you do, or do prepare your own food?

Do any issues come up around food choices at mealtimes?

And a last question: Any advice to share to help other members handle issues that come up in relation to family mealtimes?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  • yollibear
    yollibear August 1 at 12:38 pm   

    Breakfast and lunch are grab and go because of all of our different schedules with work, school and activities. We do try to sit down to dinner together every night. I make their dinner separate from mine. mainly how i prepare the meats. If they are having fried chicken, mine is baked or broiled. sometimes they will join me in the healthier version. the kids have the biggest issue with the way i make my food, they say it lacks flavor because there is no sauce or heavy greases. they dont like white rice and veggies by themselves. they do compromise with me if i give them 1 night a week to eat out, if we do, i eat of the lighter side menu. there is usually good choices that wont hurt my stomach there.

  • Dr Gary
    Dr GaryCA September 13 at 1:49 pm   

    Hey yollibear, nice to meet you. Thanks so much for checking in and sharing what goes on at your house. I am really impressed with how diligent you are about sticking with your diet. Sounds like you have found a way to let your family eat they way they want to eat by also eating the way you need to eat. That's the way to stay healthy! I hope you will stay in touch!

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