Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Health is Wealth
By Dr. Bill Releford
Published March 14, 2013

Dr. Bill Releford


Just 43 percent of Americans eat at the dinner table every day – and we’re a fatter, unhealthier nation because of it.


Instead of gathering together for healthful, home-cooked meals, we’ve replaced this honored tradition with fast food, chain restaurants, or highly processed foods we consume while plopped in front of the television as our kids text and tweet between bites.


Cleaning your plate used to mean you weren’t wasting food. Now we eat super-sized portions and buy food by the bin, by the tub, and by the crate.


March is National Nutrition Month, and I’d like to propose a return to the dinner table.


Start by shopping right. Stick to the periphery of the grocery stores – hug the walls to find the foods that are good for you. In the aisles, you’ll find too much processed, high-calorie junk.


On the Dinner Table Diet, you’ll start to lose weight naturally. Give up your burgers, fries, and sodas for a month. Substitute meals shared at the table instead.


It doesn’t take any more effort on your part to eat at home, because you don’t have to cook each night. Just pick one day a week to prepare meals in bulk, and freeze individual portions. Defrost only what you need and dine at the table with your loved ones every night.


Dust off your Crock Pot, add some protein, and fill it with five colors of fresh vegetables in the morning. By the time you get home from work, your kitchen will be filled with a savory aroma, and you’ll have a meal big enough for the entire family – in portions you control.


Return to the dinner table during March. Once you see the healthful benefits it brings to your family, you’ll restore the tradition for the rest of the year! 

Dr. Bill Releford, D.P.M.
Medical Director,
The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute
Twitter@ billreleford
Text the word Fit to 313131 to receive regular health tip text message from Dr. Releford




Categories: Health

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!


LA Sentinel
in your pocket:

Taste of Soul Sponsors

© 2017 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

Contact UsAboutMedia KitCorrections & Misprints

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »

Enter For a Chance to Win!

HYUNDAI "Better" Contest at Taste of Soul Los Angeles