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December 22, 2018

EATING WELL AS A FAMILY

Humans of the contemporary epoch live a weird life. In their materialistic pursuit, they work all day and all night and all alone. They have made this Earth a
topsy-turvy land. If some humans are sleeping when the sun is shining bright, then others’ eyes are devoid of sleep even when it is midnight.
But what is shattering to know is that these poor humans are completely unconscious about the fact that this new and absurd ?shift-culture’ is taking a toll on
their physical, mental and emotional health. People are skipping breakfasts and dinners and are getting diabetes and obesity in return. They have no fixed time
for meals; thereby high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome are no big deal. No one cares about a balanced diet, but everyone rounds around doctor when
serious lacuna of nutrients strikes. They believe what is the need of family when money is honey, but then all of them scream depression and mental health
problems in each and every social-blogging.
There are countless such problems and the biggest one is that the shift-culture is the truth of today’s world and cannot be escaped. Nonetheless, we can at least
try to find a mid-way. Or the mid-way exists; all we have to do is to just walk through it. Actually, there is an age old-practice which can be an effective
solution to all these problems. And the solution is to have at least one meal of the day with the family. Most of these problems will promptly disappear.

This is not a superficial statement, but the alternative suggested by numerous researches.
For instance; when families sit down for a meal, young and old members ingest healthy food in place of the usual junk. Researchers of the University of Guelph
found that the teenagers and young adults eat more fruits and vegetables on the dinner table with their parents and relatives. Otherwise, they are always tempted
to eat burgers and pizzas. So if a family-meal can ensure ingestion of required nutrients, then why not give it a shot.
Secondly; family-meals involve discipline. People who eat their meals with their family have a proper time for breakfast, lunch and dinner; which they follow
every single day. Hence circadian rhythms, colloquially called body-clock; works smoothly. When body-clock is happy, a risk of digestive problems and
hypertension gets eliminated automatically.
Thirdly; when we eat food with your loved ones, we acquire love and a sense of belonging which is absent in the ruthless world of outside. Family meals
encourage discussions and everyone share trials and tribulations of their lives. We form stronger bonds with the people which really matter. After working mindnumbingly,
we at least deserve some moments of love and companionship together. Otherwise, what is the benefit of being called a social animal?
Most importantly; family meals will destroy isolation from our self-centric lives. It is the most amazing medicine to heal as well as prevent depression and other
mental health-related problems. So, when there are so many benefits, there should be no hesitation in stealing a few hours from our packed lives. Go and have a meal with your family.

5 WONDERFUL WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR HOME THIS CHRISTMAS

Christmas is all about cozy family-feels. It is a
series of heartfelt moments put together as a festive season. Family
gatherings, traditions, food are all crucial parts of this big celebration. The
best of Christmas begins with the decorations and without decorations Christmas
is incomplete. Here are 5 awesome tips to cozy up your Christmas home this
year:

1. BEGIN WITH A THEME

A theme always adds the extra flair to decoration,
whether it be for Christmas or for any general purpose. Try to look for inspirations
on the internet. You may as well use ideas from your present theme. If the
walls of your home are painted white then it can be a great advantage. You can
put a good base colour along with a suitable decor colour to put up a
Christmas-y theme. For decor color you can go for shades of blue and purple to
give a cool, wintry mood to your house. Use curtains, candles and tiny
Christmas show-pieces of different hues of the same color in the house to
deepen the mood.

2. TWIGS OF TREES

Now,
we all know Christmas trees have never been out of trend. But, we also know
that it is rather hard to get along with the weight of a full tree. What’s more
disappointing is that these trees are used only once per year and so, happen to
be quite a financial torment on your budget list. So, why not opt for twigs for
decorative purposes? Turn twigs into decorative plants by holding a few strands
of long twigs in an ornamental vase. The benefit of this would be that it takes
less space without looking chaotic. Be creative and add ornaments to the twig
that would suit your floor and walls.

3. TRINKETS AND ORNAMENTS

Invest
your money of ornamental decorations that will last way beyond the festive
season. These decorations must match your theme color. This way you would be
investing on something more useful on a long-term basis. Choose gold trinkets
that will go with all hues of your room. Try colourful metallic bottles and
matching shades of glasses to decorate the room instead of the common
decorations. You can also add wooden decorations like trays and complement with
coloured scented candles. These will complement your house no matter what the
occasion is.

4. SET YOUR TABLE FOR A GLORIOUS FEAST

Christmas
is incomplete without a feast. A feast means a lot of hard work to prepare
food. Food, especially during feasts, need to look good and food looks good
with the correct service-ware and a perfectly set-up table. Add some miniatures
of Christmas trees and candles along with a few garlands at the centre of the
table to give that special vibe of Christmas. Make sure that the cutlery you
are using goes with the festive mood (choose gold if you cannot decide).
Glassware should be speckle-free and clear as that would add a sparkle to the
table. This set up would be both classic and classy.

5. OPT FOR LIGHTS

Fairy
lights are evergreen. You can dangle them, hang them to a specific shape, wrap
around the twigs or put them in a large bottle of transparent glass (beware of
heating). This always works regardless of how you put them.