Food and Family

Congratulations on taking the first step in healthy living! Thanks for joining the community!

Before we begin, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Skinny Chef mission.

After years of struggling with my weight, I knew I had to make some changes in my life by eating healthier foods and becoming more active. Much to my surprise, I found that I could live a healthier life without feeling deprived or resentful. And that’s why I want to share all of my hard-won secrets with you, so youy can celebrate this life much more fully.

Keeping Family Bonds Strong

Food has many functions beyond nourishment. I think that it truly is the glue that holds a family together.

Not only does creating meals as a family help you strengthen family bonds, it can also help you live a healthier life.

Keeping family bonds strong isn’t the only benefit of cooking and eating together. When you prepare your meals at home, you’re much more likely to eat healthier. You will be able to control exactly what ingredients go into each dish, and how it’s prepared.

When families make time to cook and eat meals together, not only do family ties and social skills grow, but families also tend to eat more slowly and pay more attention to their hunger cues. Numerous studies have also shed light on how eating with family members can help children develop healthy relationships with food and may even decrease the likelihood of substance abuse.

For many people who don’t cook regularly, it can be a daunting task.

But, cooking for yourself and your family doesn’t have to be difficult. Family dinner can really be as easy as buying a roasted chicken at the grocery store, putting together a healthy salad with pre-washed and pre-cut ingredients, and rounding out the meal with a side dish of easy-to-prepare lentils or brown rice.

I have some great quick, delicious recipes that you can prepare in under 30 minutes on…

While some may find eating sitdown meals with the family to be expensive, the opposite is actually true in most cases.

Buying a two-pound bag of chicken breast (to make with one of my favorite chicken recipes) will last far longer and cost far less than buying a grilled chicken sandwich with all the unhealthy fixings at a grab-and-go restaurant.

So, now we know that cooking with, and for, your family is healthier, less expensive and helps builds family bonds.

But the best thing about families gathering for dinner together is that it promotes a sense of appreciation for the food that we eat. Food can play a role beyond nourishing our bodies — it can actually nourish our relationships with our family.

What Happens Next

I am going to send you different healthy living tips each day for the next six days to get you started on a healthier path — that’s an entire week’s worth of life-changing advice.

After that, you’ll receive a weekly follow-up every Tuesday around 11 AM EST… and I hope that you continue to visit, where I’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest health news, advice, personal stories, and blogs to help you live a fuller, healthier life.

To ensure that the images inside my emails load automatically and to prevent your email program from erroneously routing my emails into the wrong folder, you should add my email to your address book. It’s [email protected] — so go ahead, add this email to your address book now so it’s recognized as a valid sender of my email updates.

I’m so excited that you decided to take this first step and begin your journey to a healthier life.

Let’s get started!