The joy in missing out
This guest blog post is by Kristen Johnson Brogan, a registered dietitian and professional speaker for her family-owned health and performance company, On Target Living. You can learn more about her by visiting her website.
Editor’s note: Inspired by Healthy by Association, each month, at least one guest blog post will focus on health.
Unfortunately, in today’s modern fast-paced life, we all live with the “I want it now” mentality. We are all trying to compete for the biggest, shiniest, coolest new thing for FOMO (fear of missing out). Yup, did you know FOMO is actually a word in the dictionary now?
FOMO: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media. Early 21st century: abbreviation of fear of missing out.
Many of us get sucked into all the newest trends and fads – including Black Friday and holiday shopping. Who cares about getting a good deal on something you don’t need? That’s not a deal at all; in fact, it is total loss on your pocket book. This holiday, splurge on the things that really do matter like spending time with family and friends or making delicious meals at home.
It’s important to note that materialistic things depreciate, but experiences appreciate. Instead of FOMO, JOMO! Say what? Yup, JOMO is actually a word too now and it means “joy of missing out.” Apparently, FOMO exhausted us so much that the new fear of missing out is the joy of missing out.
So, you want to be a trend setter? JOMO on the things that don’t appreciate and spend time doing the things that actually matter. We don’t remember the things we buy, but we remember the food we eat, and with whom we eat it. This is especially true of family meals.
During this holiday season, create a new tradition of using leftovers from the holidays to make meals that are healthy, delicious and connect you with those you love. Unfortunately, in the United States we have gotten away from cooking meals at home and now tend to eat more for flavor and convenience. The United States actually cooks less than any other nation and studies show that when rates of home cooking go down, obesity rates go up. But, there is so much more to cooking than to lose weight or be healthy. Food is an experience and it’s the story of food that is so powerful — where it comes from, what’s involved in the process, how it makes us feel and how it connects us with the people we love. Make cooking meals at home your new trend and I promise it will never go out of style.
Family meals make more time for conversation and are a great way to set an example for your kids and their future. Cooking more family meals at home can help you to eat more nutrient-rich foods and build stronger relationships with those you care about. Cooking at home not only allows you to control your own health, but also the health of your family. Physically and mentally, home-cooked family meals can make you healthier and happier.
Cooking at home also creates a comforting and pleasing aroma that can naturally get the family gathered around the table. Did you know our sense of smell is our most powerful sense of all? The sense of smell is closely linked to memory and emotions, which can trigger feelings and bring us back to special times in our lives. Think of holiday smells like cinnamon, cloves, that Christmas tree smell or freshly baked cookies. These smells instantly flood us with memories and can bring us to that special holiday time full of fun and family.