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What’s Old Is New Again: A Tasty And Traditional Time-Out That May Be Good For Your Family And Your Health

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

It use to be called the weekend, because, way back when, very few folks labored during these days and it gave families some times to spend together and to do all those things that create strong bonds and lasting memories. Today, after a harried week of work and rushing, many of us use the weekend to either earn some “seductive” overtime or to play catch-up on all those things we simply couldn’t get around to during the week. And, for many families, especially those with kids, it means more running around from soccer field to karate class and trying to squeeze in some errands in between. Let’s face it, our kids today demand our time (more than ever before, since it’s no longer safe to “just” send them over a friends house or ask them to amuse themselves outside). Plus, the weekend rush, has not only taken a toll on our rest and relaxation, but also on our time-honored traditions.

Think back, at least to grandma and grandpa. While Saturday was a day of “fun”, for some Saturday night was a time for worship, while for others it was Sunday morning. And, either way, at least one of those days/evenings was set aside for family, where family and, frequently friends gathered for a hearty repast.

But, like I mentioned, neither Saturday or Sunday is any longer a day of rest, and even for those who do make it to weekly service, it’s likely their day-planner is packed soon following. From grocery shopping to getting everybody ready for the week ahead, we barely have time to grab dinner on the go, never mind making it and inviting others over.

Yet, according to many, not only is setting time aside part of the many cultures and the multi-national American heritage, was more than just a meal, but a way to refresh and strengthen our body, mind, disposition and relationships. Children build a strong family foundation, established tastes for their relatives and a variety of typically healthy home-cooked foods, and adults gained mental and physical rejuvenation by fortifying their body with home-cooked treats and nourishing their mind with conversation, as their body took a rest from rushing around.

And, “experts” argue that while we have many more food choices today, and probably more fancifully prepared, the food has always just been the excuse to get us to give ourselves the gift of gathering with loved ones and taking the time to separate ourselves from the strife and stress of everyday life….just another way in addition to good nutrition to ensure a long, happy, healthy and rewarding life.

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