Episode 143: Debunking Diet Myths and Making Self-Care a State of Mind

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It’s no wonder Jackie London, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, Head of Nutrition & Wellness for WW (formerly Weight Watchers), and author of “Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body (Grand Central Life and Style)” has been on The Produce Moms podcast Episode 8, Episode 44 and now Episode 143! Her passion for helping everyone living a more nutritious life filled with fruits, vegetables and a simple approach to self-care is infectious. Jackie makes healthy eating accessible to everyone and anyone, no matter where they are on their health journey.

Jackie launched her book, “Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body (Grand Central Life and Style)” in January of 2019 to help answer your most burning, head-spinning questions about losing weight and living a healthy life. The book is relatable, down-to-earth, digestible and offers true, evergreen advice, giving you peace of mind from all of the latest diet fads, trends, technique and confusing science. Alongside that, Jackie has been a part of WW (formerly Weight Watchers) for almost two years and is on a mission to bring out the core message of what dynamic self-care is to the world.

Episode 143 Jackie London Quote

The team at WW and their latest MyWW+ program is teaching people around the world how to have a holistic approach to wellness and weight loss. It’s not about simply losing weight or trying to follow any of the recent diet “rules”, rather the program teaches you how to create simple, healthy, everyday habits that impact all parts of you as a human.

MyWW+ offers help with meal planning, snacks, increasing your activity level, creating healthy sleep patterns, mindset and quick coaching to add dynamic self-care into your life. And when it comes to fruit and vegetables, Jackie makes adding more produce, more often approachable, real and easy.

Did you know that less than two percent of teens in America are eating the recommended amount of vegetables on a daily basis?

Instead of seeing this as a horrific statistic, Jackie sees this as a growth opportunity. If you think about the lifestyle and every day habit of a teen, they’re usually on the go and convenience is a top priority. From school (virtual or in-person), to outdoor activities, sports practices, homework, spending time socially distanced with friends, and ever changing environments, it’s no wonder teens grab the easiest thing to open and snack on.

Jackie suggests adding in veggies or fruit to meals that you may already be making for your teen at home, such as an egg sandwich that has arugula scrambled in it or avocado on top. Plus, having ready-to-grab, whole pieces of produce, like apples, pears, bananas, carrots or celery, gives teens the energy they need for all of their activities and are an easy segue from the unhealthy items they might be choosing now.

Teens aren’t the only ones who need convenience… so do the majority of us! When trying to create a healthy lifestyle, Jackie says ditch the diet myths and make life simple. Consider what’s convenient for you or is an easy addition into your daily habits to eat better. You don’t have to do what all the gurus and diet fads tell you, and give yourself the permission to switch directions if something isn’t working.

“If cauliflower is the Jane Austen of vegetables, then apples would be Charlotte Bronte of my personal kitchen.” – Jackie London (16:32-16:30)

When asked her favorite produce item as of late, Jackie couldn’t choose! She isn’t just passionate about helping others eat more fruits and vegetables, she can’t get enough of cauliflower, sweet potatoes and apples herself! Jackie’s favorite way to make eating fruits and vegetables fun for everyone is to add a kick of spice (she’s a salsa lover), turn produce items into dips, and create toppings bars, like with potatoes. That way, you get the same, nutritious benefits while also making produce meals fun, exciting and tasty for everyone!

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Episode 143: Debunking Diet Myths And How To Make Self-Care A State Of Mind With Jackie London, Author, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist and Head of Nutrition & Wellness for WW

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Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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