MEALS EATEN WHILE SITTING AT THE TABLE MAXIMIZE PLEASURE AND SATISFACTION.

Healthy doesn’t have to mean lonely. A proper diet must respect the art of eating’s social aspects. It is very important to keep or to restore rhythms and schedules compatible with family meals around the dining-room table. No lunch, however well-chosen, can satisfy our senses if it is hurriedly swallowed at our office desk, nor a dinner eaten while standing in the kitchen watching the evening news. To appreciate a recipe, one must sit down at the table, and eat in a peaceful and/or friendly atmosphere. No TV, radio, or stress on the menu! A British study published in the July 2008 edition of Appetite magazine has shown that people who watch television while eating find it more difficult to describe the meal they had and tend to nibble more when offered biscuits afterwards. For the same reason, meals on a tray in the office or in front of your favorite show should be avoided as much as possible. Last imperative: in order to let the satiety process work properly, each meal should last 20 minutes at least.

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