Have you ever stopped to consider the profound impact your family mealtimes have on your overall health and wellbeing? The statistics are certainly a wake-up call: only around 30% of American families regularly dine together, yet, the consequences of neglecting this tradition are far-reaching. Shawn Stevenson, research scientist and nutrition expert, offers intriguing insights into the intricate interplay between our food choices, metabolic health, and mental wellbeing. Together, we unravel the alarming data revealing how children who share family meals at least 3x per  week have significantly lower rates of metabolic syndrome, obesity, and disordered eating.

Shawn joins Ruben to discuss moving beyond the dining table, the heart of lifestyle choices and their implications on our health. From the evolutionary advantages of our brain size to the critical role of the hypothalamus in energy absorption, we investigate the profound effects of our environment and culture. Shawn brings to light the concerning links between screen time, device addiction, dopamine hits, and our health. Coupled with the impacts of processed foods, it's clear that we need to pay more attention to what we consume, both physically and mentally.

As we wrap up our conversation, we explore practical solutions and strategies for restoring our health. We delve into the importance of upgrading our ingredients, fostering healthier eating habits, and reviving the endangered practice of family mealtimes. Shawn paints a hopeful vision for a culture of wellness accessible to all, emphasizing the power of personal choice and responsibility in shaping our health outcomes. 

How does Shawn live through love? "Being someone who expresses congruence, being someone who walks and lives their word. When your thoughts, your words and your actions are in alignment."

"We have to understand and intelligently make culture shifts. When people ate real food, we were far healthier." - Shawn Stevenson

In this episode, you will learn...

  • The Importance of Family Meals: Regular family meals can have a profound impact on your overall health. The act of eating together not only fosters stronger relationships but also influences your food choices, leading to better nutritional outcomes.
  • Impact of Food Choices on Mental Health: Shawn emphasizes the correlation between the food we consume and our mental well-being. Making healthier food choices can significantly improve both our physical and mental health. 
  • Dangers of Processed Foods: The negative effects of consuming processed foods and why these foods are not only harmful to your physical health but also contribute to various mental health issues.
  • The Role of Food in Expressing Love: Shawn explains how your food choices can be an expression of love, by involving family members in meal preparation and choosing healthy foods, we can show our care and consideration for their well-being. 
  • The Power of Personal Responsibility: One of the key takeaways from the episode is the importance of taking personal responsibility for your health outcomes. 

"Today, only about 30% of American families eat together on a regular basis. It's something that is becoming on the endangered species list." - Shawn Stevenson

About The Guest: Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and the creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 health podcast in the U.S. with millions of listener downloads each year. Shawn has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Muscle & Fitness, ABC News, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. He is also a frequent keynote speaker for numerous organizations, universities, and conferences.

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