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:
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May 18, 2017

“At the age of 42, I wrote my first book on the gluten-free diet but did not know at the time I had celiac disease. I wasn’t diagnosed until age 52. The change in my health has been so dramatic since I have gone gluten-free.” – Shelley Case 

Registered dietitian Shelley Case is an international gluten-free nutrition expert, speaker, consultant, and author of the national best-seller Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide.  

Ironically, at age 42 she wrote her first book on the gluten-free diet to help clients and registered dietitians but did not know at the time she had celiac disease. She did not get diagnosed until ten years later at the age of 52.  Shelley’s new 5th edition book is now available and it’s jam-packed with practical information about the gluten-free diet. Whether you are a consumer, health professional, chef, food manufacturer or anyone else who needs accurate information about this complex diet…Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide is the book for you!

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May 2, 2017

 “Healthy eating today is one tough job! The good news is simple tweaks in food choices and eating habits often set you on a healthier path.” – Hope Warshaw


Hope Warshaw is a nationally recognized dietitian and diabetes educator with years of experience and expertise as an author, freelance writer, media spokesperson and consultant. She is a contributing editor for Diabetic Living Magazine, writes the Nutrition Q&A column in The Washington Post and in 2017 is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. 

Hope offers practical and realistic solutions for healthier eating – to individuals in counseling sessions and to millions through her best-selling books, magazine articles, social media and TV or radio interviews.

Hope is a go-to expert on weight control tips, diabetes management and meal planning, healthier restaurant eating, low calorie sweeteners and general nutrition guidance. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, TV Food Network, ABC Live, The Diane Rhem Show and many local TV and radio shows.

Hope has been quoted in USA Today, US News, HEALTH, Shape, Diabetes Forecast, Eat This Not That, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Men's Fitness, and more. 

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Apr 18, 2017

 “The term ‘healthy’ is as subjective as ‘tasty’ – and it’s used by grandmothers and marketers all over the world to “sell” food.” – June Jo Lee

June Jo Lee is a Food Ethnographer, User / Stakeholder Experience Designer and Strategist. She has spent over a decade in ordinary and extraordinary kitchens to understand how and why we eat.

As the Resident Food Ethnographer for Google Food and UMass Dining, June Jo provides user insights, multi-stakeholder design and strategic visioning. She is a member of Google Food Lab and speaker at food industry events including Grain Gathering, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CIA’s Menu of Change, Oldways, Nutrition and Health, American Heart Association, Natural Expo West, National Cooperative Grocers and FARE. Previously, she was VP of Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group, leading qualitative research projects for Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Target, Starbucks’ Evolution Fresh, Dairy Management Inc, Kraft, Nestle, Hersey, Heinz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo. 

June Jo studied anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and started her career in food as a produce team member at the original Whole Foods Market in Austin. She grew up between Seoul Korea, Texas and California.

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Apr 4, 2017

“Diabetes doesn’t just affect me – it affects my whole family. When I was diagnosed, everyone was diagnosed. It’s a multiple person battle.”- Carmel  


When my niece Carmel was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago at the age of 14, I felt sad and helpless. As a diabetes educator, I wanted to support her and her family but I didn’t know how. I finally realized that the best way to do that was to continue to see Carmel for who she is – a sweet person whom I love very much – and know that diabetes is just one small part of her. However, diabetes is a huge part of Carmel’s day to day life, and her family’s life, too! I sat down and talked with Carmel and her mom Gina to find out more about their diabetes journey to share with you as part of my Do MORE with Diabetes series. 

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Mar 21, 2017

“To every person who has felt guilty or confused at the grocery store – May this give you the permission to feel good about your family’s food!” - Michele Payn  


“Food is at the center of so many traditions. Food is essential to our bodies. Food deserves to be celebrated, enjoyed and shared. The same could be said about the truth in food.” – Michele Payn

Michele Payn, CSP, is the author of the newly released Food Truths from Farm to Table, who speaks from the intersection of farm and food to bring clarity and common sense to the grocery store. Already named an Amazon #1 New Release, Payn’s new book brings an unheard voice in the highly emotional food debate and helps readers understand how food is really produced, answers food critics and points out how food marketing and labels are often half-truths or even “less-than-half-truths.”

Known as one of North America’s leading farm and food advocates, Payn has an in-depth understanding of both sides of the plate and is passionate about getting back to the truth in food raised the right way, by the right people, for the right reasons. She is an in-demand media resource whose work has appeared in USA Today, Food Insight, Food & Nutrition Magazine, Grist, and others as well as on NPR and CNN. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to <10% of speakers worldwide and holds degrees in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. 

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Mar 7, 2017

“I believe you can control your diabetes instead of letting it control you. I live with diabetes every day and want to show others how you can thrive with diabetes….in spite of diabetes.” – Toby Smithson


Toby Smithson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She has a master’s of science degree in nutrition and wellness with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. In addition to her professional credentials, Toby has successfully managed her own type 1 diabetes for over 4 decades.

Toby has been a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nine years, is the founder of and author of Diabetes meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies.

Toby kicks off the new Do M.O.R.E. with Diabetes series on the podcast, so look for more interviews with diabetes experts as well as people who live with diabetes every day.

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Feb 21, 2017

“I believe good food makes your life better. I believe feeding your soul makes your life richer. My passion is sharing the news that delicious food can be enjoyed and healthful—on the same fork.” – Judy Barbe

Judy Barbe is a registered dietitian who has been bringing realistic solutions to tables for more than 20 years. As the author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being and LiveBest Seasonally, a Fresh Approach to Living with Vitality, she shows people how to make better-for-you choices through her website, original recipes, speaking engagements, newspaper columns, blogs and webinar series. 

Judy’s unique perspective includes representing local dairy farmers, participating in her own family’s cattle ranch and being a beekeeper. These farm-to-table experiences help her bridge the gap between urban customers and today’s modern farming practices. 

Judy educates both nutrition professionals and the public on the topic of food waste, providing ideas they can implement at home to be part of the solution to this global concern. Her recipes and recommendations have been featured on,,,,, and 

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Feb 8, 2017

Survey Says: Many consumers are choosing “clean” and “mindful” eating as their path to healthier living instead of “dieting”. More than 1700 Registered Dietitians weighed in on the fifth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey by Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian. 

Pollock Communications and leading nutrition trade magazine, Today's Dietitian, released the results of their fifth annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" national food trend survey, which polled over 1,700 registered dietitians (RDs) across the country on the upcoming year's big trends in food and eating. This year overall, results reveal a decline in consumers' interest in dieting. Instead, many are choosing clean and mindful eating as their path to healthier living. For the last five years, the “What's Trending in Nutrition” survey has been a leader in identifying and tracking the next significant trends in food for the upcoming year including what foods are topping the coveted Top 10 Superfoods list.

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is a Senior Vice President, Director of Food and Wellness for Pollock Communications where she helps healthy brands translate science for consumers and connect with the nutrition experts. Jenna is the co-author of Energy to Burn:  The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle and Launching Your Dietetics Career.  She is an international presenter at professional conferences, has been published in scientific journals, and has been featured in countless print publications and on the web including Us Weekly, Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World, and has appeared on the Daily Buzz, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates, local and national radio programs and podcasts. 

Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher and has completed three marathons. In addition, she has competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and road races. She is co-founder of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! and has provided nutrition seminars with professional athletes at major athletic events like the Boston Marathon, the ING New York City Marathon, Bank of American Chicago Marathon and the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. 

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Jan 26, 2017

“Cooking with Love and Loving to Eat…I’m on a mission to provide both adults and youth with delicious and nutritious recipes and tips to optimize performance and fuel health.” – Sarah Koszyk


Sarah Koszyk is a sports dietitian and weight management specialist and the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta., a healthy recipe blog including kid cooking videos and meals the entire family will enjoy. She is the author and co-author of multiple books including: 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, Brain Food: 10 Simple Foods that will Increase Your Focus, Improve Your Memory and Decrease Depression, Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss and her newest book: 365 Snacks for Every Day of the Year.

Sarah writes monthly columns for many publications including UltraRunning magazine, Swimmer magazine, NutritionJobs, and ExerciseJobs. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is a Nutrition Coach for individuals and families in both sports nutrition & weight management.

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Jan 10, 2017

“Don’t base your food and nutrition decisions on scary headlines and rush to eliminate entire food groups from your meals. Instead, check the facts with reliable sources and a registered dietitian nutritionist.” – Neva Cochran


Neva Cochran is a nutrition communications consultant in Dallas. She works with a variety of food and beverage industry clients to promote science-based food and nutrition information, translating it into consumer-friendly messages people can use to enjoy eating a nutrient-rich diet.

Her expertise lies in looking beyond the sensationalized food and nutrition headlines trumpeted in the media to discover the real facts and the true story.  She wants people to know that good nutrition is not about avoiding certain foods or categorizing foods and ingredients as “good” and “bad” but about eating a variety of foods in moderation, balancing choices and burning calories through more physical activity so you can enjoy the foods you love.

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Dec 13, 2016

“When I was working on my first book I surveyed 1000 people and 2 out of 3 reported they eat due to stress. The reality is, life throws us curve balls and food can become your comforter, your best friend. But food is only a quick fix and ultimately we have to deal with the underlying issues.” – Dr. Susan Mitchell


Dr. Susan Mitchell took her nutrition degree and turned it in to a 20+ year successful small business. By developing leadership and speaking skills, honing media skills, and acquiring business acumen, Susan has worked with some of the top food companies and PR firms. She is the co-author of three books including, Fat is Not Your Fate (Simon & Schuster), Eat to Stay Young (Kensington) and I’d Kill for a Cookie (Penguin). She is also producer and host of the podcast Breaking Down Nutrition: Your Digest for What Works, What Doesn’t (available in both medical professional and consumer versions). Susan is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the recipient of the 2015 Media Award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and earned her PhD from the University of Tennessee.

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Nov 16, 2016

In this episode, Sarah and I discuss the many ways we’ve done “MORE” with dinner since our last episode in June! We also reflect on the past year and how we want to #domorewithdinner in 2017.


Sarah and I have continued doing “MORE” with dinner over the past several months and we finally sit down to review everything and share our successes (and failures) with you. As always, life can get in the way of dinnertime plans, but we are happy to report that we are still doing our weekly meal planning, have tried a few new recipes, had some fun in the kitchen, and even more fun around the dinner table. We hope you enjoy hearing about our learnings and will share back with us how YOU are doing “MORE” with dinner!

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Oct 4, 2016

“To change our habits, we first have to figure out ourselves…When we change our habits, we change our lives.” – Gretchen Rubin 


Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft (who is a person living with Type 1 diabetes).


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Sep 20, 2016

“Gardening as a family becomes a place where no one is an expert. Instead, everyone teaches each other, enjoys each other, and works side by side together. Gardening is not only a place to grow vegetables, but it’s also a place to grow closer as a family.” – Jen Haugen’s mom 


“Moms are craving simplicity and balance and I believe a family vegetable garden can not only grow healthy food that nourishes our families, but it can also nourish our souls. I learned this while I was a supermarket dietitian with an overloaded schedule and realized I needed to go back to my roots to achieve balance again with my family.” – Jen Haugen

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD is a mom, an award-winning registered dietitian and a certified master gardener. She recently published her first book “The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden.”  Known as the Down To Earth Dietitian, Jen specializes in inspiring moms to create the recipe to a nourishing life through gardening, good food, family, and faith. Her TEDx Talk, “How Moms Can Change the World”, features two simple ideas that can transform a family.

On this episode Jen and I discuss her journey as a mom, dietitian and author, including the book writing process, life coaching and how connecting the dots in your own life can help nourish your soul.

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Sep 6, 2016

Making family meals happen is easier than you think! Supermarkets offer shopper solutions to combat barriers that challenge the goal of having one more family meal per week. Discover how one small change per week can improve your family’s health and happiness.

Susan Borra is a registered dietitian and a nationally recognized expert in nutrition, food and health.  Susan has built her career working with national and international organizations representing the food retailing and food processing industries.

As the Chief Health and Wellness Officer at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Susan leads the health and wellness initiatives recognizing the unique assets of a grocery store (food, nutrition experts and pharmacy) and food retail’s important role in helping customers lead healthy lives. Susan is also executive director of the FMI Foundation which supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health.

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Aug 23, 2016

It’s not every day you get to hear about nutrition research straight from the expert himself! Dr. Taylor Wallace has a passion for food science and technology that creates a safer, healthier and more nutritious food supply, and a perspective on industry research that may surprise you.

While attending the University of Kentucky, Taylor fell in love with the field of food science and the technology used to create a safer, healthy and more nutritious food supply in a world with a fast-growing population and diminishing natural resources.  He became particularly interested in the functional properties of foods, how different foods affect human health, and how specific diet patterns can be used to prevent the onset of chronic disease.  He spent the next few years focusing his doctorate research on the health-promoting properties of a group of compounds known as “anthocyanins,” the orange-red to blue-violet colors in many fruits and vegetables. 

Today, Taylor focuses much of his professional career on nutrition and lifestyle changes for preventing disease.  He’s worked in academic, company, and not-for-profit sectors of the food industry, and currently owns his own scientific consulting firm, the Think Healthy Group, which he uses to continue his research passion, conduct scientific reviews, author books, and communicate the importance of nutrition, food safety, and food technology. 

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Aug 16, 2016

“Healthy and wholesome can also be delicious! I embrace this philosophy and incorporate science-based principles to deliver up-to-date information and advice.” – Toby Amidor

Toby is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, where she provides nutrition and food safety consulting services for individuals, restaurants and food brands. She is also the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.


Toby is a nutrition expert for, and has been writing for their Healthy Eats Blog since it began about 9 years ago. She is also a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report Eat + Run blog,, and is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has her own “Ask the Expert” column in Today’s Dietitian Magazine.


Toby trained as a clinical dietitian at New York University. Previously, Toby was a consultant on Bobby Deen’s cooking show, “Not My Mama’s Meals.” Through ongoing consulting and faculty positions, she has established herself as one of the top experts in culinary nutrition, food safety, and media.


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Aug 2, 2016

Our kids are bombarded every day with health and nutrition information and misinformation in the news. But what are they learning in the classroom? And are they able to digest this information and make their own, well-informed health and nutrition decisions?

Andrew Milne, Illinois’ Health Teacher of the Year 2016, has traveled around the world in his 20 years as a teacher and coach. Originally from England, Andy taught physical education in London for 12 years before immigrating to America in 2008. Since that time he has worked in Special Education, written and taught a health curriculum and now teaches Kinetic Wellness and Health at a high school in the Chicagoland area. Andy received his BA (hon) in Sports & Recreation at Staffordshire University and his PGCE in Physical Education & English at Exeter University, both in England.

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Jul 26, 2016

 “The next 35 years are not only the most important 35 years there have ever been in the history of agriculture, they are the most important 35 years there will ever be in the history of agriculture.” – Jack A. Bobo


Jack Bobo is Chief Communications Officer for Intrexon Corporation. Prior to joining Intrexon last year, Jack spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of State working on global food policy. His education includes degrees in biology, chemistry, psychology, environmental science and law.  

Jack is an expert in global food policy and spent the last decade trying to figure out how to sustainably feed the world in 2050. In many ways there is nothing we do that has a bigger, more negative impact on the planet than agriculture, but there is also nothing more critical for our daily survival.


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Jul 12, 2016

Preparing your own meals can help you be more mindful and appreciative of food and how it nourishes your body and spirit.

Sarah-Jane Bedwell is a Nashville-based registered dietitian and the host of Cooking with Sarah-Jane video series, a consultant to the food and beverage industry, and frequently appears in the media sharing evidenced-based information on food and nutrition.

Sarah-Jane’s mission is to help people achieve a higher quality of life through food and nutrition. She is the official food and nutrition blogger for SELF Magazine, has appeared on all the major Nashville news station affiliate channels, and several times nationally on NBC’s TODAY Show.

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Jul 5, 2016

Today’s episode is about my progress with the 30 Day Protein Challenge and solutions for getting more protein at breakfast.  

Lauren Harris-Pincus is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the owner of Nutrition Starring YOU. She’s a nutrition communications specialist and also has a private practice where she specializes in weight loss. Lauren grew up as an overweight child and draws on that experience, in addition to her degree in nutrition and years of counseling clients on weight management strategies, in her daily work as a nutrition communicator and educator. She develops recipes that not only taste great, but are calorie-controlled and pack a lot of nutritional power, and has a particular talent for creating breakfast recipes that are protein-rich because she knows that helps control hunger and support weight management efforts.  

In this episode, Lauren helps Melissa with her 30 Day Protein Challenge with a focus on breakfast solutions. They also discuss various aspects of weight management including exercise, getting on the scale and having a healthy mindset.  


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Jun 28, 2016

Today’s episode is about hormones and antibiotics in dairy.  

Carla Wardin and her husband Kris are dairy farmers in St. Johns, Michigan, where they milk 400 cows and raise corn and alfalfa to feed them.  Carla is also an agriculture representative for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which is a position that puts her in touch with consumers who have questions about how their food is produced. Carla has a master’s degree from MSU in English Literature and worked in corporate jobs and as an adjunct professor before deciding to become a dairy farmer nine years ago.

In this episode, Carla discusses the most common questions she gets about hormones and antibiotics in milk and shares information about dairy farming practices, including her own experiences on her Michigan dairy farm.  

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Jun 14, 2016

Today’s episode is about the importance of high-quality protein and exercise in healthy aging – preventing the loss of muscle associated with aging and therefore health-related adverse events.  

In this episode, Dr. Phillips shares important information about how we can and should slow the aging process through diet and exercise. By exercising and consuming the right kind and amount of protein at the right time we can support muscle maintenance as we age which means we can reduce the risk of disease and death. Dr. Phillips discusses the types and amounts of protein, the most important amino acid for your muscles, and myths about protein consumption. 

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Jun 7, 2016

Today’s episode is about Do MORE with Dinner! This is the third episode in this series – my daughter Sarah and I are dishing about how we’ve been doing more with dinner, especially our recent experience with a meal delivery service and also about our upcoming summer plans!


In this episode, Sarah and I had a lot to catch up on since our last #domorewithdinner podcast. We really enjoyed trying out a local meal delivery service. We also talked about the ways we boost the nutrition in our meals and how we’re looking forward to doing our farmer’s market produce donation pickups again this summer for our local food pantry. You won't want to miss all the special things we have in store for you! We can't wait to hear how you are doing more with dinner!

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May 31, 2016

Today’s episode is about genetically engineered crops – their prevalence, safety, and regulation. What foods contain GMOs? Are they safe? Should they be labeled?  

Gregory Jaffe is the Biotechnology Project Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  CSPI is a non-profit consumer organization that concentrates on food and nutrition issues.  They publish Nutrition Action Healthletter, which helps consumers understand the relationship between food, nutrition, and healthy eating.  Greg has been at CSPI for almost 15 years.  He has an undergraduate degree in biology and a law degree.  He has been following issues around biotechnology on and off for more than thirty years. 

In this episode, Greg answers common questions about GMOs with the most fair and balanced approach I’ve ever heard. With a background in biotech and law, he understands the complex nature of the topic and shares important insights and resources. 

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