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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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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.

Mar 31, 2015

Welcome to the Sound Bites podcast! I’m your host Melissa Joy Dobbins. In this podcast I delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition by interviewing food and nutrition experts such as researchers, authors, academics, dietitians, and more!

I’m doing this podcast to share important information about new research, new books, and new perspectives that don’t get enough air time in the media (or are sensationalized and oversimplified in the media).
Some of my favorite topics and areas of expertise are diabetes, weight management, family nutrition, protein, agriculture, and food safety and technology.
I’ve been a registered dietitian nutritionist for more than 20 years, and I have spent my entire career helping people enjoy their food with health in mind. I’m known as ‘The Guilt-Free RD’ – “because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” I want you to be informed and unafraid – that means getting credible information and making your own well-informed nutrition and health decisions based on facts, not FEAR.

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