Today’s tip for Amazingingess: Come to the Table!
There is something about coming together around a meal that knits us together. If you think about it, where do people often hang out in your house? Is it the kitchen? It may not be. As a society we have pulled away from the community table and it is sad and has negative consequences on both society, family, and our health.
You may not like to cook or might not be the greatest chef, but it doesn’t mean you can’t bring life back to the table. You don’t need fancy food, but I find that setting the table helps. I was once told to use my china for my family and not to save it for “company” because there would be no more important person at my table than my spouse, or my kids. This was great advice and over the years we have had fine meals and pb & Jelly on china just to make sitting down together special. I like to use my china for anyone who sits at my table. Even if you use paper plates try setting the table with the paper plate, silverware or plastic, and a napkin and try putting a glass with just a few things from your yard, like blossoms or even twigs as a center piece and you will find that it automatically feels different. The key is making the table inviting. If you have a family and set the table you may be surprised to see they actually sit down!
Going back to the “Blue Zones” book by Dan Buettner we discovered that one of the keys to longevity is a sense of community; a social bond. The dinner table is a great place to build community, both at home and is the greater sense of community. Make the kitchen a place to hang out again!
Did you know that kids who eat at the table with their family have greater vocabularies, do better in school, have a lower percentage of health issues both medical and psychological, have a lower rate of obesity, and also have lower rates of smoking, binge drinking, and drug use. Amazing! I know our busy schedules can make it a challenge, but look at the gain! Yet another reason to come to the table!
Most of the rest of the world excels at community and meals. In some countries people come home for a 2-3 hour lunch which involves good food and good conversation! What a great way to be healthy, just hang out with friends and family! Mealtimes with friends and those in our community is just as important as with our family. I find that meal time is a wonderful relationship building time. We laugh, cry, share our hearts, catch up with each other, solve problems, teach, mentor, help and the list goes on. Make a rule that what is said at the table stays at the table and make it a safe and open place.
Invite some friends over, set the table, and slow down. Savor the meal and savor the moment!
Salud, To your health!
So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing?
Goal one, my Shaklee Business: Yesterday was a wonderful day watching the grandbabies! One is 8 12 months old and crawling and the other is almost 3! This means we didn’t stop all day! I didn’t have much time to work on Shaklee, but wore my t-shirt for my errands that needed to be handled at the end of the day. Tuesday and Thursdays will be grandbaby days and I will need to be especially dedicated on the other days of the week. My goal is to have my Facebook party set up by Friday!
Goal two, my health and fitness: Knowing that I was going to be with the kids yesterday I tried to plan ahead and just took a Life Shake with me and a snack bar. I filled in with a healthy snack when I got home and a balanced dinner. My goal today is to exercise 30-60 minutes and practice Mindful Eating and of course, I will Strip and Shake daily and Blog.
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days?
My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible. This is my Journey.