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Eat Smarter Together: Family, Food, and Brain Health with Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson is the creator of The Model Health Show, which has been featured as the #1 Fitness and Nutrition podcast on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis, Stevenson studied biology and kinesiology. He later founded the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness service for individuals and organizations worldwide. Stevenson has been a keynote speaker for numerous universities, organizations, and conferences. He lives with his family in Wildwood, MO.

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Do your social connections impact the food you eat?

What you eat matters, especially for your gray matter. It’s something you’ve heard me say a lot, but nutrition is about more than simply what you eat. It’s how you eat and who you’re eating those meals with. Every food choice, from a quick snack to an entire meal, has a huge impact on your overall health. And those decisions are influenced by the people you love.

I’m excited to welcome Shawn Stevenson back to our show. Shawn is the creator and host of the top health podcast in the U.S., The Model Health Show. He’s also the bestselling author of a brand-new cookbook, Eat Smarter Family Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Transform Your Health, Happiness, and Connection.

Everything you eat, even what food you crave, is deeply entrenched in your upbringing and your surroundings. Before you can change those habits long-term, you have to change the culture you have around food and eating. Listen in as Shawn talks about how to change the way you eat so that you can transform not only your body and brain, but the health of your entire family.

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"The culture we live in is impacting our choices more than anything else, and even our food cravings."

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • Shawn’s new cookbook has this unique feature. [2:21]
  • There’s a culture around how you eat. Here’s what that means. [4:18]
  • Do these eating studies fit in all situations? This is Shawn’s experience. [6:13]
  • You need face-to-face time to connect with your family, and that’s why you should never eat around this. [9:31]
  • When you’re around people you care about, your body does this. [10:37]
  • According to the CDC, 60% of American adults have this. [12:02]
  • This radiates from the human heart up to eight feet. [13:53]
  • It can be hard to change your family culture. But here are some ways to do it. [15:24]
  • This is one of the most important things you can do to help deepen your family connections. [17:18]
  • You choose your hard. This is what that means. [19:11]
  • Here are some small, simple steps you can take right now. [22:30]
  • When you strengthen the connections in your family, this can happen. [28:35]
  • Digital devices have significant impact on your attention and mental health. Here’s why. [30:47]
  • There is nothing more impactful on your food choices than this. [33:23]
  • Look at this to assess where you are at as a family. [37:34]
  • These relationship benefits aren’t limited to just family. [39:13]
  • There is more to food than nutrition. Here’s why that matters. [41:14]
  • Shawn uses this trick in his cookbook to help you remember the powerful benefits of specific foods. [43:23]
  • You hear a lot about specific nutrients and brain health. Here’s what the research shows. [45:06]
  • This is Shawn’s favorite meal in his new cookbook. [48:44]
  • If you don’t have family near you, do this. [50:55]
  • Take a screenshot, tag us (@jimkwik & @shawnmodel), and share which daily meal is your favorite.
  • Be sure to pre-order a copy of Shawn’s new cookbook, here.
  • To learn more about Shawn, listen to his podcast, and read more on the research and science behind his books, visit his website, here.


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