Does trying to choose the "right" food stress you out?
In our information-saturated landscape, choosing what to eat has become more and more complicated. Food stress is the pressure of making the right choice often makes us self-limit choices. We avoid buying this food because a television doctor said it is terrible for us. We choose to eat only certain foods because a celebrity lost weight doing that. Or we stand in the grocery aisle wondering if we’ll be judged by our family, friends, or community because we don’t buy something with the “right” label.
Eating well shouldn’t be this stressful!
Wouldn’t it be nice to take the guilt, judgment, and stress out of food?
For years I’ve talked about, and argued about (in a civil way most of the time), food and food choices with my friend Michele Payn. She’s a fellow professional speaker and mom. She is also the author of Food Bullying, a new book which shines a light on the way marketing and messages influence our food choices.
When Michele decided to create a podcast around the topic of Food Bullying, she asked me to co-host with her and continue our discussion in interviews with food experts. We talk about the $5.75 trillion secret that food marketers and celebrity spokespeople don’t want you to know. Each episode is filled with tangible ideas on how you may have been bullied, why it impacts your wellness, and how to overcome food bullying.
The podcast will help you reduce food stress and navigate grocery store aisles, menus, and those sticky conversations with friends or family.
What you’ll hear on the Food Bullying podcast:
- Experts in dietetics, food, neuroscience, farming, psychology, mental health, wellness, agriculture, marketing, and food science.
- Answers to the most common questions around food – without judgment.
- Tools to battle bullying found in the 200,000+ label claims found in a grocery store.
- Ideas for creating your own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards when making eating decisions.
My hope is that this podcast will equip our listeners with tools to take the stress out of food choices.
Please check out our latest episodes below or on your favorite podcast platform. We’d love you to leave a comment and subscribe too!
- You CAN cut food costs & add nutrients: Episode 93"Avoid the center of the store...canned food isn't nutritious and filled with preservatives." These are examples of the negative bias put on the canning and processing community, according to our Food Bullying podcast guest Andy Russick. Reality is that canned vegetables and fruits can help you cut food costs, as well as get more nutrients […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Sweetpotatoes – the super vegetable: Episode 92Heather Barnes thinks the sweetpotato should wear a cape because it's such a nutrition powerhouse. And did you know the proper way to spell sweetpotatoes is without a space between the two words? Heather is a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She grew up in the city, but […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Greenhouse effect, grass-fed & grain-fed beef: Episode 91One of the misconceptions around beef is grass-fed beef is better for human health and the environment. "Many times this is promoted by those who are far removed from agriculture. Or they base it on one nutrient such as short chain omega-3 fatty acids. My scientific take: there are system trade-offs, no system absolutes." Sarah […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- A dietetic legend of learning & laughingLeslie Bonci has filled four decades as a dietitians with certifications, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetic offices, and building an amazing practice of serving athletes & real people. Leslie is all about helping clients discover their best through knowledge, application, and motivation. Leslie notes "No one knows what RDs do. We have not done a […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Lamb lessons for dietitians: Episode 89Did you know that a three ounce serving of lamb delivers 23 grams of protein – almost 50% of your daily protein needs? Lamb is a great meat, but largely misunderstood. Michigan farmer Elaine Palm wants to change that. She is a partner on her family’s farm in Michigan, where she and her two parents […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Food costs, farming, & Mother Nature: Episode 88Paula Peterson is a farmer from eastern Nebraska and she loves to share the story of their Tom Peterson Farm. As a mom and grandma, she knows how painful 11% inflation in food has been in 2022. Paula understands peoples concerns and wants to create conversations to address them. "I feel we are working to […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Dairy + dietitians = nutrition powerhouse: Episode 87"There is a lot of misinformation about where our food comes from, how it is grown, and how that food impacts our health. We can see this in topics regarding organic farming, GMO's, and whether or not dairy products can fit into a healthy diet. With dietitians being the go to resource for nutrition, they […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- The science & food safety of salads: Episode 86Growing greens and delivering them safely to your plate is more complex than you might believe. Did you know that there are over 400 family farms behind the big brands of lettuce you see in your grocery store? Dan Sutton is general manager of the Pismo-Oceano Vegetable Exchange (POVE), a farmer-owned cooperative near San Luis […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Big chicken breast B.S.: Episode 85Chicken bull speak (B.S.): chickens are pumped full of hormones and steroids, broiler chickens are raised in cages, mass confusion between layers and broilers, chickens are genetically modified and "big" is bad. This Food Bullying podcast episode features Tom Super to address all of these myths and more. Tom is senior vice president of communications […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Cattle, Conspiracy, & Kansas Heat: Episode 84Heat index crisis. 10,000 cattle dead. A lot of questions. Claims of conspiracy. Disgust. Physical exhaustion. Emotionally drained. All of these describe what happened in early June in southwest Kansas. DVM Tera Barnhardt explains how cattle overheated in a rare event in Kansas. This veterinarian offers the "boots on the ground" perspective on what happened […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez