Of­ten our eat­ing habits and at­ti­tudes to food are de­vel­oped and in­grained in us as chil­dren.

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Fo­cus on the tex­tures of your food. Is it crispy, juicy, ten­der, creamy, or crunchy? Ask your chil­dren what tex­tures they no­tice.

Be aware of your breath­ing. Breathe deeply and slowly from your belly.

Pause a few times dur­ing the meal and put your cut­lery down. If you are typ­i­cally in a rush, you may find this a chal­lenge. I in­vite you to per­se­vere. You can adopt a new habit!

En­cour­age your chil­dren to rest their cut­lery and breathe be­tween mouth­fuls.

Aim for the whole ex­pe­ri­ence to be re­lax­ing and nour­ish­ing.

As a bonus, I also rec­om­mend your evening meal be a time to re­cap high­lights. Take turns to ask each per­son what the best thing about their day was. Re­play­ing this by ver­bal­is­ing it boosts the hap­pi­ness fac­tor and re­in­forces pos­i­tive mem­o­ries at the din­ner Win a signed copy of Real Food Less Fuss, de­liv­ered to your door any­where in New Zealand. En­ter at lau­ren­par­sons.co.nz/win­re­al­food­less­fuss. En­tries close 2 Novem­ber 2016.

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