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!
- Cheesemaking - Paving the whey for fine spirits: Episode 113Named after and guided by her parents, Jerry and Linda, Alise Sjostrom’s Jer-Lindy Farms produces award-winning cheeses. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Vermont Institue for Artisan Cheese, Sjostrom is quick to point out the biggest misconception about her line of work - that being lactose intolerant means you can’t enjoy the fruits […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Back to school with agriculture & nutrition: Episode 112With back to school in full swing, Michele and Nicole talk with Katie Pratt and Amanda Radke on the latest podcast episode. While each of these women wears many hats (farmers, mothers, and pillars of their respective communities), they both work to increase literacy about food, farming, ranching, and nutrition in the classroom. As misinformation […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodrguez
- Holistic animal agriculture for nutrition pros: Episode 111“All actions have some sort of impact on the system, but at times, people can assume reducing animal protein can have a vast and meaningful impact without considering other important tradeoffs that should be considered.” Passionate about leaving the planet better than she found it and ensuring access to nutrient-dense foods including nutrient-dense animal proteins, […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Sugar is sugar – and it's sustainableThere is a farmer behind everything you choose in the grocery store. Even sugar. “Pesticides, GMOs, roundup, the word natural....fear-mongering in the grocery store needs to stop. People are guilted into paying more for equally safe food due to a meaningless label.” As a full time farmer (she grows sugar beets, corn, wheat, rye, and […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Heath & environment priorities to beef producer: Episode 109“Herd health is our #1 priority.” Alli Fender left her corporate vet technician career to pursue her dream of being her own boss as a direct-to-consumer beef producer and black angus breeder. Not only does she juggle that dream alongside motherhood, showing and breeding Australian Shepherds, and sharing her beef story via flyingranch.org, Fender also […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Beautiful beans from farm to plate: Episode 108"The work ethic and pride most farmers have in what we do everyday is second to none. Family farms take care of the environment and land we use to make sure it is better for the next generations" points out a Michigan farmer responsible for the beans in your can. Black beans, navy beans, bean […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Sweet strawberry safety: Episode 107“The biggest misconception comes in when organic options are pushed as healthier than conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables.” As operations manager for her family’s strawberry farm in Florida, Michelle Williamson shares concerns that the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and similar activist groups unnecessarily create fear around the food she and her family have been growing […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Cows with attitude & dairy debatesA dairy farmer who is just shy of ONE MILLION followers on Facebook, Derrick Josi survives on coffee and sarcasm while dispelling B.S. on social media. He says “doesn't put up or ignore idiots online because to do so makes them feel justified and entitled to stay ignorant.” This candid conversation covers everything from Josi […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- Dietetic ethics, evidence, & evolution of food information: Episode 105“Translating the science to the table does not mean we slide over the science.” Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND is a Food and Nutrition Consultant in St. Louis, Missouri, and a former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Always on top of cutting-edge research, she recently co-authored Misinformation and Disinformation […]Michele Payn & Nicole Rodriguez
- mRNA, myths, & why science in food matters: Episode 104“You have to do what’s right, no matter how much it hurts.” Dr. Kevin Folta is a molecular biologist who has worked with mRNA for more than 25 years. He is scientist in the genetics and genomics of small fruit crops, a recent farmers market president, and advocate for science communication. And although he’s suffered […]MIchele Payn & Nicolce Rodriguez