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Episode 101: Food and Mood: Learning How to Eat, Not Just What to Eat with Jenn Trepeck






Brief summary of show:


In this episode, Jen Trepeck joins me to talk about the reasons why we tend to reach for unhealthy foods so easily, and what we can do to navigate these foods with our kids without creating "fear foods."


We start by discussing the foods we tend to overeat and why they're so difficult to resist. Jenn will share tips on how to navigate these foods with our children and teach them healthy eating habits.


Next, we'll talk about the importance of not just knowing what to eat but how to eat. Learning how to balance our meals and listen to our hunger cues is crucial for a healthy relationship with food.


Jenn shares a suggested day of eating and how to balance our meals to ensure we're getting all the nutrients we need, as well as explores her thoughts on intermittent fasting.

We also dive into the impact diet has on our mood and how we can make small changes to our diet to improve our mental health.


Jenn Trepeck has been described as a "force of nature" in the wellness space, has been recognized as one of Podcast Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was nominated for the 2022 International Women’s Podcast Award for Visionary Leadership. She is an Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster and Business Consultant.


After graduating from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Jenn founded Better Life Now LLC while working full time in hedge funds. After over a decade of coaching clients, Jenn started Salad with a Side of Fries Podcast to help pay it forward and reach a larger audience to teach the nutrition education we are all supposed to know but no one ever taught us. Jenn implements revenue generating wellness programs in doctors' offices, salons and spas to further expand impact and help change the state of healthcare as a Certified Transitions Lifestyle Coach and Consultant with nutraMetrix Custom Health Solutions.


Join us for an insightful and informative discussion on healthy eating habits, and learn how to make small changes to your diet that can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being.


Listen in as we talk about:

  • [1:10] Why we reach for the 'unhealthy' stuff so easily

  • [2:45] The foods we tend to overeat

  • [4:00] How to navigate these foods with our kids and not create "fear foods"

  • [7:20] Learning not 'what' to eat but 'how' to eat

  • [11:55] A suggested day of eating and how to balance your meals

  • [18:40] Learning how to check in with ourselves and our hunger

  • [21:45] Jenn's thoughts on intermittent fasting

  • [25:45] How diet impacts mood


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