I grew up pretty much the same way that Annabel described; however, I always hated it
Eating sociably on special occasions or when going out now and then is fun, but on a day-to-day routine I prefer solitary meals. Probably because I tend to overeat in social settings while not having this problem when I can fully attend to my meals
And I agree with the recommendation to avoid processed food as
much as possible, but overall, it seems a good idea to stay away from all sorts of food/health/dietary "state of the art" discussions. I might be biased, but having seen my brother and his family - who are severely ovrerweiht/obese - struggle with (largely unsuccessful) weight-loss
programmes for almost 3 decades now, I feel to keep things simple and to follow both body signals and food preferances (sometimes in spite of "expert advise") has worked way
better for me than all this medical and scientific guidance that has "supported" my brother's family.
Interestingly enough, my preferance has always been on a diet without cooking (sandwich style
Unless it is Thai,Chinese or Indian cuisine, I just love that