Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Family Table

In yesterday's NYTimes Health Section, I read an article on the Family Table (you can read it here http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/dining/01baby.html).

The thrust of the article describes a family that essentially milled their own baby food -- not out of anything special or out of the ordinary, but from the basic food they eat at their own table.

I love that, for a number of reasons.

First, it means that you will essentially condition your child's tastes to favor the healthy foods that you normally prepare at home.

On the flip side, it also means that, if you are going to share your meal with your baby, you will be more likely to prepare fresh foods for yourself as well.

Finally, if you simply mill up the food you are having at the dinner table, you will not be having the foods produced at a factory somewhere, from ingredients that you are unsure of.

For us to change the culture of health in a positive direction, a good start is for us to return to the family table ... from the beginning ... especially for our kids.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why I Love TDay

I love Thanksgiving.
 
The reason I love T-Day is because yesterday was September the 29th. I was in Home Depot getting yardy stuff for my bushes and whatnot.
 
They have plastic Christmas trees up. Already. In September. Hey, you too can avoid the holiday rush, head on over next to the remaining summer grills and pick up your Astroturf tree.  I have nothing against Astroturf trees, but it does seem a bit out of place and incongruous to be pushing this so early.
 
I like Thanksgiving precisely because the marketeurs had to leap over it on their way to something else to hawk. And the reason they skipped it is because THAT holiday is not about selling as many kitchey baubles as you can.
 
Thanksgiving doesn't have a huge commercial potential because ... how do you market family? How do you market "spending time laughing and talking together"? How do you market "showing nephews how to baste a turkey or throw a spiral"?
 
So it seems that it is already time to leverage the Season of Joy and Peace as a marketing bonanza, but Thanksgiving has stayed out of that mix. I love that.

Dr. Clower is the award-winning author of  The Fat Fallacy, The French Don't Diet, and Founder of The PATH  Wellness Programs
 
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