The daily gathering around the table is very important to observe what is going on with all the members of the family. Children sometimes have problems at school with their friends or with their teachers. You can see it on their faces, in their gestures and even in their appetite.
How can we notice if we do not sit down quietly for a moment with them every day? When children become teenagers there are other matters to be dealt with. The first love, that can cause immense sadness and frustration; matters related with sexuality that can confuse them.
All this can have serious consequences such as depressions, anxiety, appetite disorders or whatever. It is priceless to be able to share these moments with our children or brothers before these worries turn into serious problems. It is at this stage where they need more help and support.
If there is confidence in the family and the children are not afraid to talk about their problems, it is marvelous to find solutions all together. The confession of some of the little secrets of our soul contributes to make them become lighter. I have observed that children that have grown up in a warm, funny and vital family environment turn into more secure and confident adults.
The so called “Mediterranean food” is nothing else than the usual food we have been eating all our lives, before the birth of the notorious fast foods or trash food, which is a better definition. The name says it all. That food is harmful, fattening and, from my point of view, absolutely not edible. It has simply come about from the lack of time and interest to create a good meal with all its advantages. The fast food of the big chains is not prepared by cooks.
The ingredients are mixed in a factory, all kinds of chemicals are added, preservatives, colorants, heat and unhealthy amounts of salt. This will never be able to replace what you can buy at the market and is prepared in the last minute. The taste of the dish that you cook yourself with never be the same every time you cook it of course. It will depend on the season, your mood, on the people that accompany you and the motivation you have. It is a little like human life, every day a bit different but always good.
In the Mediterranean region we already had fast food before America was discovered. How long do we need to cut in two a tomato that hast ripened in the summer sun, cut the white and fresh mozzarella cheese, add some olive oil and some basil leaves? Or how long does it take to cook some spaghetti with clams, garlic and parsley that is one of the pleasures of life.
The argument of time-saving with fast food does not convince me at all. It is more about the marketing of the large companies that sell us what they want. That is why it is important to learn easy recipes, fast to serve with a short preparation, because sometimes we really do not have the time to cook.