This simple Habit Leads to Less Junk Food Consumption & Dieting

Researchers found a link between this habit and a decrease in junk food consumption for fathers and reduced likelihood of dieting and binging for mothers. (If you want to read the abstract of the study, you can find it here). Can you guess what this habit might be by the pictures below?

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Learn the habit
Did you guess family meals? If you did, give yourself a high five! Turns out that we eat healthier when we sit down as a family for a meal, and we are less likely to overeat. And those are just factors relating to food consumption.
Families that eat together at least 5 times a week are also more bonded as a unit. This means that children get better grades and they are less likely to turn to drugs or alcohol. (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004.)

Make it work for you
So what do you say…can you make your meals count? Challenge yourself to sit down and eat as a family 5 times a week. The meal time you choose doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that everyone unplugs for at least 30 minutes and connects to other family members over a home made meal. And we of course would encourage you to make it fiber-rich.



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Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones is head copywriter, recipe curator, makeup artist, and occasional stage hand at Full Plate Living by day, and a ridiculously happy mother of a toddler at night. You can keep up with her random musings on Twitter.  

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