“Monday, Monday, so good to me. Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be….” the late John Phillips
It’s Monday. Maybe I am in the minority, but I love Mondays. Mondays offer fresh beginnings, renewal, an “out with the bad and in with the new” approach to life. Mondays are our January 1st, 52 times a year. How great is that? It is the most popular day to start new habits such as diets or exercise programs, or quit bad ones. There are countless official campaigns related to both, such as “Meatless Mondays” or “Move it Mondays” all dedicated to starting something with a clean slate.
So it seemed only fitting that I start a nutrition blog on a Monday. As for many, better nutrition for my family and I is an ongoing “mission”. I don’t expect to achieve perfection, only to continue improving any way I can, given real life and its challenges. Nutritional advice and guidelines are everywhere, but I have yet to meet a mom who feels she is maintaining hers and her family’s nutrition well enough, present company included. We may have the knowledge and even the tools, but to me at least, using them is the challenge. Making good nutrition a natural, seamless part of our busy lives and schedules, rather than attempting to fit things in, is the mission.
So I want to start this Monday with a few thoughts. Just what is your family type or profile in a few words? Are you a stay at home mom with preschool children? Working mom with school age children and a baby? Single mom? Whatever your family dynamic, do you eat at least one meal together as a family daily? A few times a week? Weekends only?
Family dining may have a much larger part to do with nutrition than you may think. The obvious is that when families dine together, there is more supervision and control over what is consumed. The more subtle benefit is the influence that comes from choosing, perhaps helping to prepare, and eating together. When meal time together becomes a priority, the nutrition you are providing does as well. You are nourishing social bonds and your bodies.
So sit back this Monday and look at how your family “gets” their nutrition both literally and figuratively. Maybe you can only do one meal a week with everyone together, but it may be one more than you are doing now. Remember, you have 52 chances this year (well, minus a few) to start something new.
Laura is a Montgomery County mom to a 6 year old and wife to a picky eater. She is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. Her and her family love reading, hiking and are avid Phillies baseball fans.