Your Story: The Weiss Family
Do you want to eat together more often with the people you love? We want to hear about it! In addition to sharing your stories in your own words, we will select five to 10 families who will be paired with our dietitian to help make the task of sitting down to eat together an easier one. We'll also check in once in a while to see if eating together makes a difference in your lives.
Vicky Weiss lives in Toronto with her daughter Rebecca.
1. How many people in your family eat together and why do you think it's important to share meals together?
We are two people in our family who eat together - mom and daughter - and we love the ritual of sitting down together to share a meal.
2. How successful do you feel at sharing meals with your family?
Sharing meals is pretty important to me. I grew up eating as a family every single night - even through high school. Dinner was a t 6 p.m., and we all were present. My sister set the table, and I cleared the table!
3. How often do you eat with your family?
We eat together four out of seven nights.
4. What are your biggest challenges to sharing a meal with your family?
Our biggest challenge is competing priorities with activities and schedules.
5. What do you love to eat together?
We eat pretty healthy: there is always salad, fruit/yogurt, a protein dish and homemade soup. My daughter's favourite lunch box snack is banana muffins.
Dietitian's Corner with Stefanie Senior, RD
Stefanie Senior is Live Right Now's in-house registered dietitian and has a private nutrition consulting practice downtown Toronto. She is passionate about encouraging families to make healthier choices and specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, chronic health conditions and corporate wellness.
A busy schedule can make it difficult to eat together as a family. However it is important to remember that there are other times of the day or week that you can eat together other than dinnertime:
1. Plan a special weekend breakfast with healthy breakfast recipes ideas. Experiment with different varieties of homemade breads, pancakes, cereals and egg dishes.
2. Sit down together at the end of the day for a nutritious dessert or light snack on the nights that your dinner schedules don't match up. It will give you a chance to relax, spend time together, share stories and give you something to look forward to.
Have meal planning obstacles of your own? Email us at LiveRightNow@cbc.ca and we may feature your obstacle with a solution from Stefanie Senior.
Thank you, Vicky Weiss, and family for your submission.
Do you want to eat together more often with the people you love? We want to hear about it!
We are looking for families (however you define family) to feature. We will then select between five and 10 families who will be paired with our dietitian to help make the task of sitting down to eat together an easier one. We'll also check in once in a while to see if eating together makes a difference in your lives.