There’s life at table
Sitting together with your family or friends around the set table, telling them about your adventures and misadventures of the day, tasting the dishes prepared with care. Is there anything better?
Eating together is good for body and soul, because being at the table with family or friends provides harmony, serenity and well-being. Moreover, it seems incredible, but the company contributes to the sense of satiety.
Professor Christoph Klotter, nutrition psychologist at the University of Fulda in Germany, has carried out extensive studies on the subject, concluding that: "Meals shared with others satisfy us not only physically but also socially and psychically. They make us happy, serene, and above all, represent a ritual element that enlivens and strengthens our relationships, whether they are family, couple or friendship ".
Furthermore, "eating together are often an occasion to exchange ideas, to communicate, they are a central institution for a community creation and stability " says Professor Klotter.
For example, eating together with the family has a decisive influence on children's health. Because of the more and more busy life of parents and children, it has become almost impossible for the family to sit together at the table. According to studies carried out in California, however, we should try to do it, because children and kids who eat at table with their parents at least three times a week consume more fruits, vegetables and milk derivatives rich in calcium, and less fast-food and confectionery. Another research has shown that children who dine with their family are less vulnerable to obesity and eating disorders. And it is not just children who benefit: adults are more willing to try new dishes or dishes that seemed forgotten, if others offer to them. So the vary their daily menu, making it richer and more balanced from the nutritional point of view. This, of course, also applies if the proposal for new dishes includes foods that do not contain gluten.
Gluten as a topic for discussion
In the celiac children families it is very common the arise of criticisms and complaints about gluten-free nutrition, especially if the situation is relatively new for those who are involved. "Of course, the fact that we can’t eat what others eat is often perceived as an injustice. In this case, highlighting the skill of the person in facing the problem and living with it is very helpful" says nutrition psychologist Ellen Stemmer, responsible for the nutrition area at the German association for celiac disease (DZG, Deutsche Zöliakie Gesellschaft), who advises: "When it is necessary to change the diet, it would be useful for a certain period of time for the whole family to eat only food based on ingredients that do not contain gluten. And if you get help from the children in the kitchen or the supermarket, involving them, they will rarely leave left-overs in the pot."