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Everyday Tips for Healthy Living: Setting Your Table

Posted Sep 14 2009 9:49am

How are we able to truly relax into the pleasure of eating if the dinner table is drop spot for unread mail, unpaid bills, newspapers and magazines? Having this kind of clutter around while eating subliminally reminds us of our unfinished business and can unconsciously put us into a stressful mode.

Make each meal at home a savored experience by keeping the dining table apart from daily living. Take the extra effort to set the table how you like it, even when you are not eating. This will make sitting down to eat an anticipated activity that is rejuvenating for body, mind and soul.

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Tablecloths and napkins are a good start. Embellish with flowers or candles, or any arrangement that brings you pleasure. You may want to set a goal to purchase a bouquet of flowers each week, or one new place setting every month to keep it looking fresh and new. Calling upon seasonal colors and items from nature can help you feel “in the flow”.

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