Happy Little Pears

girls with fruit

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo was held last week and I attended a fascinating session with Ed Diener, PhD, a professor of psychology from the University of Illinois. He discussed how happiness is a behavior that increases health and longevity; in other words, happy people are healthier and healthy people are happier. Dr. Diener’s research explained the lifestyle that makes people the happiest and healthiest, and it included an overall nutritious diet incorporating fruits and vegetables, exercise, and daily physical pleasures, such as enjoyment of food. As a dietitian, my clients and students always expect to have to eliminate beloved foods to live healthful lives. Although many of us overindulge and need to include more healthful choices, there is a place for all foods in our lives!

As I tell my clients, nutrition doesn’t count until you eat – and food should taste good! I teach nutrition at a college of culinary arts, and food is an art, a joy, and enjoying delicious food enriches our lives. And when you do splurge, balance your day with fruits and veggies. Happy eating!

About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

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