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Family dinners = Happiness

The Mediterranean life style isn’t all about the diet. It’s a way of life; living on the Mediterranean for so long, you take everything for granted. The food, the sun, the relaxed attitude, family and health.

The things I miss the most are my family and the sun. I didn’t need vitamin D supplements that’s for sure! As for family, they are the core of your being. And that’s part of what the mediterranean lifestyle is all about. Enjoying your time with loved ones, having never ending meals together , free therapy (that’s what family does for you!)…

This is why I always stress on having meals with your loved ones, be it your spouse, your kids, or your extended family. Being in a relaxed and happy atmosphere can help decrease the risk of  depression and other diseases, and make for a healthier and happier family.

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The simple act of gathering your family around the table may make more of a difference than you ever thought.

-Studies have shown that teens who eat with their family have lower rates of depression.

-Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs.

-Family dinners helps keep family members updated on each others lives, and creates stronger bonds.

-Family dinners help lower obesity rates and eating disorders in kids and teens.

-When kids eat at home with their family, they eat healthier, therefore there is less room for bad habits to form.

Make time. I know it’s not easy when you are struggling with scheduals, PTA, work, laundry! But try it at least once and see the difference in everyone in your family. Stress on having at least one meal a day all together, where each member can talk freely and share his latest news. Let your mind relax for a while , enjoy the moment and enjoy your family.

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Is perfection healthy?

I read an article not long time ago about a young woman who stopped trying to be perfect and overcame her eating disorder. Why do women always have this problem? The perfect syndrome I call it. Why do we always seek perfection? Why can’t we just be satisfied with who we are, how we look like, and lead a happy unstressed life?

What is perfect in society’s eyes anyway? To be slim to the point of sickness or to be healthy? Do we reach perfection when we are a size 2? Who decides that?

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You do. Yes you, the beautiful, smiling woman in front of the mirror. Not your scale, not your neighbor, not your classmates, YOU. You are the one who decides that you are a perfectly perfect person in all your glory. No one else has the right to decide that for you.

Little girls, as young as 9,10 years old, are beginning to diet! They find their legs are too fat, their stomach is not flat enough….Here comes the parents responsibility to educate their children about eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia..Your responsibility towards your children is to make them love their body, teach them how to eat healthy, teach them how to respond to the bullying towards their body image, teach them to accept themselves and revel in their own beauty.

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I have 2 daughters; aged 20 and 16. They are not skinny, they are not obese. They are not tall, they are not short. I find them perfect. And since they were little girls I used to tell them over and over how beautiful they are, no matter their weight, or their length. My eldest has a big birthmark on her side. I told her she was special.

In my own little way I helped in building their self-esteem. They are now normal young girls enjoying their life without the pressure of being “perfect”.

How do you deal with young girls trying to be perfectly perfect?

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