Nutrition Bytes with Jessica Siegel, Registered Dietitian of Gelson's Markets | Health, Nutrition,
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Nutrition Bytes with Jessica Siegel of Gelson’s Markets is the show that's dedicated to helping you and your family make healthy choices when it comes to food and nutrition, even in the midst of our increasingly demanding schedules.
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S2E09 - Happy Healthy Holidays
Nov 21 16
Happy, Healthy Holidays 31 Can you believe the holidays are here again? I know everyone wants to hear about how to not gain weight this season, and I will discuss strategies for that, but first I want to talk about a topic that I’ve been thinking about lately, which is the connection between happiness and health. I recently participated on a panel about spiritual, emotional and physical health and wellness. As you might guess, I was the food and nutrition expert. I loved that it got me really thinking about how eating and spirituality can intersect to actually promote a state of holistic, overall health and wellbeing. I think that right now, when we’re all wishing each other happy holidays and healthy holidays, is a great time to think about how to truly have a happy, healthy holiday season. Do you know what makes us happy? Gratitude! The more thankful we are for what we’ve got, the happier we are. And what makes us healthy? Lots of factors, obviously, but two big factors that we can control are what we eat and how grateful we are. Studies show that grateful people tend to take better care of themselves, sleep better, have less physical pain, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and less inflammation. You might be wondering why I’m talking about this at all—I mean, I’m just a dietitian. Well, there are tons of opportunities for creating happiness and gratitude in connection to food and eating. I’m sure you’ve heard me say before that how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Aspects of how we eat can contribute to wellness and happiness. For example, activities surrounding food such as grocery shopping, eating at restaurants, and eating with others add to our social health. Having a healthy relationship with foods and feeling good about what we eat contribute to our self-esteem and emotional well-being. Taking pleasure in food and eating can nourish your spirit. Most of our listeners know how passionate I am about the Mediterranean diet, and there are many aspects of this lifestyle approach that promote health, wellness and happiness, specifically: social support, eating together, not smoking, and being physically active. Research has shown that following the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle improves quality of life, vitality and longevity. One important part of the lifestyle is eating meals with family and friends. There are many benefits of family meals for ad