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!
- How do you feed a vegan NFL player & a carnivore ballerina?What should athletes eat to optimize every aspect of their health? How can nutrition give you a competitive advantage? Why do we attach an emotional value to food? How can you eat more produce? The first guest of season 2 of the Food Bullying podcast can help. Leslie Bonci is a registered dietitian and […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How does food bullying cost hungry people?In the ongoing debate about food, it can be easy to forget that many people are waking up (or going to bed) without a meal. That’s the message Diane Sullivan, anti-hunger advocate has in this episode of Food Bullying podcast. She wants to help others connect the dots between their own food shopping decisions […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How is your brain being manipulated about food?It’s very easy for us to ignore the fact that the brain controls a high percentage of how we view food. Our guest today is here to help us understand the neuroscience perspective on brain and food. Dr. Tyler Davis is an associate professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech University, where he directs […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How can a millennial move from fearing to celebrating food?Breaking out of the fear cycle in making food choices can be difficult. That’s why we turned to clinical dietitian, Danielle Penick, RDN, in this episode. Danielle has been through her own journey from an insecure food shopper that was easily bullied to becoming a comfortably cool food buyer who became a dietitian helping […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How are farm families stressed by food bullying?In this episode, we approach farming from a different perspective and take a look at the impact of food bullying on mental health. Lesley Kelly, a farmer and mental health advocate, shines some insight into the pressures, decisions, and the unique calling of the farming lifestyle. She also discusses the rewarding, but difficult, role […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How do moms overcome food bullying at school, at the gym, and in their own head?Mom and fitness instructor Ellen Frost explains how food myths make the grocery store confusing, the pressures of mom guilt & food shaming and how kids are bullied about food. Ellen joins Michele and Eliz to continue with the conversation about food bullying, bringing a “normal person” perspective about food. Ellen Frost is a […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How do you overcome guilt when buying groceries?In this episode, Michele and Eliz talk with retail dietitian Leah McGrath about developing a healthy relationship with food, whether we are in the supermarket or posting on Instagram. Key points: Figuring out what nutritional information you should listen to--and which information you should ignore Is the “Dirty Dozen” really as dirty as we […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Is it safe and environmentally acceptable to eat meat?What food safety should you practice at home? In this episode of Food Bullying, we talk to a meat scientist, Jennie Hodgen. She spills the beans all about meat science and enlightens listeners about some scientific issues that people have some wrong perceptions on. Jennie is a mom, scientist, cattle raiser, and lifelong learner. […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How can a farmer grow organic & GMO food on thousands of acres?If you’re a person who always wanted to know more about the behind-the-scenes work that happens at the farms that produce your food, this episode will open your eyes. In our conversation, we cover: What does “a sustainable farm” look like? Why Ryan decided to farm organically The potential and pitfalls of a farm […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How do you deal with food bullies in social media and protect your wellness?Today on the Food Bullying podcast, Michele & Eliz talk about an interesting topic that many people have different views on, weight loss. Lisa Baker-King shares her health and wellness journey. She has worked at the intersection of sales, marketing and operations for over 25 years. She's a self-described rule-breaker. Lisa began a fitness journey […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene