Ljubljana, 4. 2. 2020
How would you define a good lunch? For some it is a fresh healthy
salad, for others, it is a burger made with locally raised beef and fries. But
it’s not just what food we eat that matters, it is also important how we eat
it, alone or in the company of others. Eating alone, once considered an oddity,
has become a defining feature of modern life. But this is a worrying
trend. Eating alone has been found to be linked to a variety of mental and
physical health conditions, from depression and diabetes to high blood
For our mental health, it would be best if we would share
mealtimes with other people as often as possible. There are many psychological,
social and biological benefits of eating meals with other people.
Regular mealtimes that are shared provide a sense of rhythm and
regularity in lives. Mealtimes provide a great opportunity for us to set aside
a specific time of the day or week to give us time to socialize, relax and
improve our mental health.
Importantly, mealtimes make people feel connected to others. It is
the opportunity to stop, to stand still psychologically, to reflect on their
day and days ahead, and to listen to and interact with others.
And regular mealtimes are good biologically. They provide rhythm
and make us stop and focus on eating. The act of talking and listening also
slows down the eating process, which has a positive effect on our health.
So, with whom will you eat your lunch today?