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Sound Bites with Melissa Joy Dobbins

Hosted by award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Guilt-Free RD - "because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" TM. The Sound Bites Podcast delves into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition. Join Melissa as she interviews experts including researchers, academics, authors, dietitians, nutritionists and more. Topics include: healthy diets, dieting and weight management, diabetes, agriculture, farming, and other hot topics in the media. Melissa promotes sound science, smart nutrition and good food - and wants you to walk away with credible information to help you make your own, well-informed nutrition decisions based on facts, not fear. For more info visit: www.SoundBitesRD.com
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Dec 22, 2015

Today my guests are Kirsten and Blake Angell. Kirsten is is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and the owner of Link 4 Nutrition/Link for Diabetes, and Blake is a cattle rancher and partner in Lundgren Angus Ranch, Kirsten's family owned registered Angus operation located in western Kansas. For the show notes and all the resources, click here.

Dec 8, 2015

Today’s episode focuses on "transformational" weight loss and the important, yet different, roles of diet and exercise in weight management.

Today my guest is James O. Hill, Ph.D., the founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. One of America's foremost experts in weight management, he has spent over 25 years researching the causes of weight gain, adiposity, and obesity and how to prevent or treat these problems. He leads over 100 researchers studying obesity, has published over 500 scientific articles and lectures widely about weight management. He is a key developer of the America on the Move program and is well known as a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, which follows over 6000 people who have lost weight and kept it off permanently.
Dr. Hill's work strives to give people, in simple terms, the basics of weight management and show how you can make simple changes in your lifestyle that dramatically change your body weight.

You can read the full show notes here.

 

Nov 23, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on a 'no nonsense' approach to healthy living!

Jamila Rene is a Registered Dietitian and founder of No Nonsense Nutritionist. She is a food product developer and also a personal trainer in training. she has a no nonsense approach to healthy living: "nutrition and wellness is not black and white, good or bad. It's all about finding what's right for YOU."

Jamila's story begins as an overweight child and continues through severe eating disorder treatment as a teen. As she continued her journey toward health she became a dietitian, food scientist and fitness enthusiast. Her goal is to empower others to take control of their own lives and get to where they want to be in life to be healthier and happier.

You can read the full show notes with all the resources here.

Nov 11, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on savoring healthy foods as if they were a fine wine. Can broccoli be as sexy as champagne? Let's find out!

Annette Hottenstein is a Registered Dietitian and Professional Taste Tester (aka Sensory Science) with 15 years’ experience working for companies such as Pepsico and McCormick spices.  She has traveled the world conducting taste tests on foods such as chips, soft drinks, breakfast pastries, and restaurant entrees.   Three years ago she left her job in corporate R&D to transform herself into the Food Sommelier.  Her goal is to help people discover the taste of good health through the appreciation of healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  In addition to healthy foods, Annette has a legendary sweet tooth and is known to indulge in homemade baked goods and just about anything containing chocolate.  Her secret to eating these types of foods is that LESS is MORE if you know how to appreciate them.

You can view the full show notes here.

Oct 28, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on HOW you can still enjoy the foods you love by choosing the right portion sizes, and shares a new tool to help you do just that.

 Amanda Clark is an award winning Australian Dietitian with over 25 years experience. Her mantra is to deliver clear, concise and realistic advice about food and nutrition. She is the author and creator of Portion Perfection which helps people visualize how much to eat for weight control.

You can get more information here.

Oct 14, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on why diets don't work and why breaking free from diet prison is a better approach.

Don't let food get in the way of what matters!
Today my guest is Kait Fortunato, a registered dietitian in private practice in the DC Metro Area. She is also an author of 2 workbooks and a national speaker on REBELLING Against Diets. As a REBEL Dietitian, Kait encourages people to rebel against dieting and stop allowing the media to dictate our happiness. She shows clients that diets don't work - 95% of people will regain the weight in 2-5 years. Kait wants you to eat what you love and still be able to focus on your health and nutrition goals - allowing for flexibility with food and embracing a positive body image.

 To get the full show notes, click here.

 

Sep 30, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on food colors, hyperactivity and child nutrition.

Today my guest is Dr. Keith Ayoob, an Associate Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City where he has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years, specializing in obesity, child nutrition, and family dynamics.

 See the full episode show notes here.  

Sep 16, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.  Today my guest is Keri Gans, a registered dietitian nutritionist, media personality, speaker, spokesperson and writer. She is also the author of The Small Change Diet and a member of the advisory board for Shape Magazine and resides in NYC.

Today’s episode focuses on why diets don't work - and what DOES.

 

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com

Sep 2, 2015

On this episode we discuss using the past to understand the present. How can we make eating part of a well-lived life, a daily pleasure that neither scares us nor takes an inordinate amount of time and money.  And of course how to extend that to the whole world. 

Today’s guest is Rachel Laudan, author of the prize-winning global food history, Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History. For many years she was a history professor in various American research universities, specializing in history of science and technology. She has been interested in food all her life from an upbringing on a dairy and wheat farm in England to cooking and dining on five different continents.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

 

Aug 19, 2015

Today’s episode focuses on the enjoyment of food, increasing culinary confidence, and the often misunderstood business of farming.

My guest is Amy Myrdal Miller.  Amy is the founder and president of Farmer's Daughter Consulting. Amy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and farmer's daughter from North Dakota who focuses her work on food, farming, flavor and fun.

For more information and show notes, visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

Aug 4, 2015

Welcome to the Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, the psychology and the strategies behind good food and nutrition.

Today my guest is Jennie Schmidt.  It's not every day that you meet a farmer, and even less often that you meet a farmer who is also a dietitian! From her unique perspective and this intersection of two distinct areas of knowledge and skill, Jennie has experience in both the nutritional value of food and in food production itself.

On this episode we discuss simple steps you can take to eat well, reduce stress and improve your health.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog.

 

Jul 22, 2015

In this episode we discuss delicious food and recipes based on the best kept diet secret, the DASH Diet. Author Rosanne Rust shares how you can stop hypertension and lower cholesterol without medication. Rosanne is a registered dietitian, freelance writer and author, and nutrition communications consultant. She’s authored 5 books in the “For Dummies®” series.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

 

Jul 8, 2015

Today my guests are Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss - registered dietitians and The Meal Makeover Moms. As two of the nation’s top experts on family nutrition, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat better.

 Janice and Liz are the authors of 2 wonderful books. Their books highlight their simple food philosophy that kids-–even picky ones—will eat nutritious food without complaint as long as it looks and tastes great.  For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com. 

 

Jun 24, 2015

In today's episode we discuss what it really takes to lose weight and keep it off. 

Today my guest is Lauren Harris-Pincus is the owner of Nutrition Starring YOU.com, she’s a nutrition communications specialist and also has a private practice where she specialized in weight loss. In addition to being a registered dietitian nutritionist, Lauren grew up as an obese child from about the age of 4 years old through high school. Contrary to what you might think, Lauren did not grow up eating "junk" and her family members were all "normal" weight. Listen to her story, her insight and her wisdom when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off!

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Jun 15, 2015

On this episode we discuss simple steps you can take to eat well, reduce stress, and improve your healththe health and nutrition.

Today's guest is Jill Weisenberger, a dietitian and diabetes educator and the author of three books including The Overworked Person's Guide to Better Nutrition. Jill's expertise lies in diabetes management, weight management, heart health, disease prevention and general wellness. She specializes in helping people make meaningful changes in their diet and lifestyles by translating the science of nutrition and healthcare into actionable changes.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Jun 3, 2015

I'm doing a 30 Day Protein Challenge with my Protein Partner (and healthy food blogger) Heather Shugarman, and I'm inviting you to join us! You can sign up at any time.
In this episode we are wrapping up the 30 day challenge and discussing what we've learned, more cool resources for you, and how the next 30 days might look for each of us, and for you! We invite you to join in the social media discussion by using #ProteinChallenge.
For show notes, tips & resources, visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

May 31, 2015

On this episode we discuss the health and nutrition pitfalls of restaurant eating and some specific tips, tactics and tricks people can use to continue to enjoy restaurant meals while also eating healthfully.

Today's guest is Hope Warshaw, a dietitian and diabetes educator and the author of the newly released "Eat Out Eat Well - The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant.”  Hope’s career spans more than 35 years and ranges from work as a spokesperson, corporate consultant, freelance writer and book author. She’s particularly well-known for her expertise in diabetes nutrition management and healthy restaurant eating.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

May 13, 2015

Today's guest is Science Babe AKA Yvette d'Entremont, an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology. She runs a blog dedicated to debunking pseudosceince that tends to proliferate in the blogosphere, and her recent post (The Food Babe Blogger is Full of Sh*t) went viral. 

In this episode we discuss how Science Babe came to be and why she's focusing her work on clearing up misinformation about science, food and nutrition.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

May 5, 2015

I'm doing a 30 Day Protein Challenge with my Protein Partner (and healthy food blogger) Heather Shugarman, and I'm inviting you to join us! You can sign up at any time.
In this episode we discuss what we've learned so far with a focus on snacking and eating on the go. We invite you to join in the social media discussion by using #ProteinChallenge.
For show notes, tips & resources, visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

Apr 29, 2015

Today's guest is Andrew Maynard, creator of the creatively fun and informational Risk Bites YouTube Channel and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he directs the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. 

In this episode we discuss how and why people make decisions and choices about health-related behaviors.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Apr 21, 2015

I'm doing a 30 Day Protein Challenge with my Protein Partner and I'm inviting you to join us! You can sign up at any time.
 
Do you know how much protein you’re getting day-to-day? Do you know if it is enough to support healthy muscle maintenance and to prevent age-related muscle loss? Are you like most people who tend to have a “skewed” intake of protein throughout the day – in other words, not much at breakfast and most of it at dinnertime? Do you know what foods in your diet are providing protein, how much they provide, and which sources are considered high quality protein? You'll discover the answers to these questions and more if you join us on this challenge.

In this episode, my protein partner (and healthy food blogger) Heather Shugarman and I discuss what we've learned so far and share tips for getting started and ideas to boost protein at breakfast. We invite you to join in and share your experiences via social media by using the #ProteinChallenge.

For show notes, tips & resources, visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

Apr 15, 2015

Today's guest is Dr. Jim Painter, a PhD and registered dietitian at Eastern Illinois University. He has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and presentations (all around the world) and currently focuses his studies on mindless eating and stealthy calorie intake control.

In this episode we discuss why reducing total fat is almost always harmful, why reducing dietary cholesterol is irrelevant, and why reducing saturated fat can be harmful if it is replaced with refined carbohydrates.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Apr 8, 2015

Today my guest is Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, award-winning author of Plant-Powered for Life, The Plant-Powered Diet, and the Plant-Powered Blog, and editor of Environmental Nutrition.

Why "plant-powered"? Because Sharon's expertise is not just in vegetarian and vegan diets, but in helping people transition to a more plant-based diet no matter what their eating style.

I think Sharon's approach is GENIUS because it speaks to everyone, even meat lovers like me! There is literally something for everyone is Sharon's tips and takeaways, not to mention her delicious recipes.

On this episode we discuss why and how you can benefit from plant-based diets, how great they taste, and how you can start making room on your plate today for more plant foods.

For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Apr 2, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today my guest is Brian Wansink, PhD author of Slim by Design and Mindless Eating and Director of the Cornell University Food & Brand Lab.
Did you know we make over 200 food decisions every day? We are ALL mindless eaters. Maybe you're familiar with Dr. Wansink's food lab experiments like the endless soup bowl, or the movie theatre popcorn, or the many other fun research studies he's done to examine why and how we all make food decisions.
Willpower doesn't work! It's easier to change your environment than to change your mind!
On this episode we discuss:
1. The way our homes, schools, restaurants, workplaces, and grocery stores are set up predictably lead us to pick up cookies rather than apples. But just as they’ve evolved to make us overeat, we can easily redesign them to make us slim.
2.    To slim down via willpower is hard. Slim by Design is easy! Use the resources available and make this a movement!
3.    For every place we purchase or prepare food – homes and schools, restaurants and grocery stores – there are slim by design solutions.
Check out the show notes at www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog

Apr 1, 2015

Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s topic is PROTEIN in our diets and it’s relationship to muscles, metabolism, aging and more.

I’m fascinated by the emerging research on this topic for many reasons. First, we’re always hearing about the other macronutrients: carbohydrates/grains and fat (especially saturated fat) – it seems like we hardly ever hear about protein or give it much thought. However, what we DO tend to hear about protein is kind of dismissive: i.e. American’s get enough protein so why talk about it?! But I've seen some compelling research and I want to know: Are we REALLY getting enough protein? Are we paying enough attention to protein in our diets? Do we need a reality check when it comes to some of the assumptions we hear and perpetuate in the media?

Today my guest is Dr. Doug Paddon-Jones, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  He currently serves as Director of the Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory in the School of Health Professions.  Research in his lab focuses on the regulation of muscle mass and function in healthy and clinical populations.  Recent studies have examined topics including exercise, nutrition, the sarcopenia of aging and the physiology of physical inactivity.

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