It is easy to see that food is a large part of our social structure, we meet friends for coffee, have a special birthday dinner, bring cheese and wine to a girl’s night. Since time began, meals have been shared and an opportunity for villages, communities and families to come together. Food is vital to many societal events and celebrations.
Social eating provides us with many health benefits such as:
- Allowing us to bond with others, sit down and relax while eating
- Fostering a sense of belonging by sharing in common interests
- Encourages mindfulness of the eating experience
- Increases variety in the diet by eating foods not normally cooked in the home
- Increases flexibility in eating, leading to a more relaxed view around food
- Marks certain periods of the day to help us stop and nourish our bodies