Ep. 292 Cultivate Healthy Family Eating Habits Through the Power of Connection with Shawn Stevenson

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I am delighted to reintroduce Shawn Stevenson today! Shawn is a leading figure within the world of health and well-being, where his insights have had a profound impact!

Shawn’s USA Today national bestseller, Eat Smarter, and his international sensation, Sleep Smarter, have redefined how we approach vitality. He is also the creator and driving force behind the Model Health Show podcast, which has millions of devoted listeners. 

In today’s conversation, we discuss Shawn’s latest book, the Eat Smarter Family Cookbook, and deeply explore how family culture can shape our children’s future. 

The pandemic has changed our world irrevocably, and some worrisome numbers about how it has impacted childhood obesity have been catching our attention lately. We dive into that today and also share some obesity statistics for adults. Additionally, we explore the decline of family meals, dissect the effects of feeling isolated, and discuss the importance of staying connected.

Get ready to delve into the interconnected threads of food, family, and nurturing body and soul. This talk is not just valuable- it is vitally important!

“For our genes to have healthy expression, we need good nutrition we need movement, sleep, rest, and recovery. We need to have the ability for our bodies to manage stress optimally, and our relationships play such a huge role!”

– Shawn Stevenson


  • One of the most overlooked aspects of all of the pandemic shutdowns
  • Why are the majority of Americans overweight and not well?
  • We are currently looking at a situation where you are not normal if you are healthy.
  • How can we eliminate the suffering within American society?
  • Some staggering statistics on American health
  • The problem with ultra-processed foods
  • The value of the hunter-gatherer culture
  • Family eating behaviors and health outcomes
  • How the dinner table is a unifier in many senses
  • The importance of relationship

Shawn Stevenson is the author of the USA Today National bestseller Eat Smarter, and the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter. He’s also the creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the number #1 health podcast in the U.S. with millions of listener downloads each month. A graduate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology, and nutritional science and became the cofounder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance. Shawn has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, ABC News, ESPN, and many other major media outlets.

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Previous Episode with Shawn:

Ep. 248 Eat Smarter: The Impact of Ultra-Processed Foods on Your Gut, Brain, and Metabolic Health with Shawn Stevenson