Food and Tradition – Navigating Food during the Holidays

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Food is in a direct relationship with the traditions and connections we have in our lives, especially during this time of the year – the successive holidays! 

It is with no doubt that there is pleasure in satisfying real hunger; however, there are cases that some people fall into the mouth-watering temptation possessed by the sweets, meat, and everything else on the table that they tend to just eat and eat and eat, while others tend to miss the enjoyment of the occasion because they overly think about ‘healthy eating’.

How do we balance the sanctity of the occasion with the sanctity of our bodies and of our own well-being? How do we reconcile with that and finally live the life of our dreams?

Join us as we talk about food and tradition in today’s episode of Health Bite!

Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a board-certified Internist and is the host of the podcast Health Bite. She specializes in medical weight loss and nutrition, and she is aiming to transform the weight loss narrative into one that is both empowering and compassionate – inspiring people to live more physically and emotionally fulfilling lives through evidence-based strategies that actually show results. 

Through her podcast, Dr. Adrienne debunks all myths in the current weight loss culture and supports people in living the life they deserve as they work on becoming the best version of themselves.

In this episode, Dr. Adrienne talks about how we can healthily navigate our way with food during this holiday season. She discusses food and its connection to an honored hunger, entertainment, prayer, and traditions. Here, she encourages us to learn how to balance the power of tradition and the importance of our well-being, especially now that the holidays are just around the corner.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Why it is important to use hunger as a guide for us to know when to start eating and when to stop
  • The wonders of having a gratitude practice before and after a meal 
  • Studies connecting eating habits and each one’s effect on us
  • Discover how to reconcile within yourself in relation to the importance of both tradition and well-being

“We can honor our traditions while also honoring our desire to be well.”

– Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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Dr. Adrienne’s Tip on How Can Achieve A Sense Of Fulfillment During Holidays Without Neglecting Our Self-Care

  • Consider implementing your own gratitude practice before and after a meal.
  • Practice sitting down to a meal and pay attention to the food that you’re eating.
  • Implement a personal tradition of mindfulness, pause, and attention to food 

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Topics Covered:

01:16 – Looking Back: Dr. Adrienne talks about the history of food and its inseparable connection with religions and holidays

02:37 – The Lentil Stew: An easy-to-follow lentil recipe and Esau and Jacob’s story from the Bible

04:39 – The Lesson: Why is it important for us to practice restraint over food but also honor our hunger at the same time?

07:00 – The Power Prayer Holds over Food: How prayer being the signal of our meal’s start and end play a role on our eating habits

08:51 – The Culture behind Food: Dr. Adrienne shares a personal story in relation to the traditions connected to meals

09:47 – Practices around Food: The science behind our eating habits

13:17 – Try to Balance: How does the importance of tradition complements the importance of wellbeing?

Key Takeaways:

“When we eat past our hunger – we don’t listen to that hunger cue when it shuts off – we feel overly full and uncomfortable; and when we are eating out of temptation rather than hunger, we may find that we don’t have the expected enjoyment of the food. While when we eat to satisfy true hunger, we experience a certain pleasure out of our food. We don’t get that same pleasure when we act on autopilot.” – Adrienne Youdim

“Prayer – whether it’s just gratitude or religious practice – evokes a sense of mindfulness, presence, savoring, and therefore, enjoyment for our meal.” – Adrienne Youdim

“Our traditions are really in line with health practices. The intersection between our religious laws, cultural traditions, and science is a testament to the importance of these simple practices as a guide to better health and wellbeing.” – Adrienne Youdim

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