Sit-Down Meals: A Lifesaver?


Family Meals: an important part of every day.

In 1900, 2% of Americans ate dinner outside of the home. Do you dare to guess what a 2010 study determined? (answer at the end of this post.) According to Dr. Mark Hyman, columnist for the Huffington Post, eating at home, like our grandparents did years ago,  is the best way to remain healthy. (note: Dr. Hyman’s article gives many compelling reasons for eating meals at home. Be sure to read the entire article).

“Common sense and scientific research lead us to the conclusion that if we want healthy bodies we must put the right raw materials in them: real; whole, local; fresh; unadulterated; unprocessed; and chemical, hormone- and antibiotic-free food.”

Dr. Hyman goes on to confirm the FMP belief that eating at home, with lots of family interaction, lots of “real” food, and lots of sharing leads to healthier children; both mentally and physically. Here are his tips for making home meals a life saving experience:

  • “Reclaim Your Kitchen. (get rid of high-fat, high-sugar food)
  • Reinstate the Family Dinner (schedule a time)
  • Eat Together (sit down at the table with no electronic devices & turn TV off)
  • Learn How to Cook and Shop (let the whole family join ic)
  • Plant a Garden. (fresh veggies: Nutritious)
  • Conserve, Compost and Recycle
  • Invest in Food” (spend more on quality whole foods than on toys.)

What percentage of meals were eaten outside the home in 2010?  50%  And another statistic, one in every five breakfasts were foods from McDonald’s.

To Read his full article, visit

To learn more tips for taking back the family dinner visit




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About Don R

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Retired teacher. Multiple successful business endeavors including screen printing / sporting goods business, executive director of a Boys & Girls Club, commercial fishing, and co-founding an alternative high school. Interests include family, hiking, cooking, Parkinson's research and developing an educational cooking program.