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!
- Is your emotional brain being tricked by food marketers? Episode 16Our brain has a lot of processes that help us to make decisions and evaluate pieces of evidence for those decisions. Parts of our brain is very attuned to just accumulating evidence for the value of something. It integrates all of the different pieces of evidence that we might experience about a particular choice and […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Why does food bullying hurt farmers? Episode 15There’s a lot of pressure on farmers to do the best that they can to not only protect our environment, but also have a sustainable business. Most of the time, we are not giving farmers space to thrive in their space, but often dictating what they should and shouldn’t do. Theresia Gillie iis a soybean […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How can you best help the hungry & food insecure? Episode 14Hunger is not limited to zip codes or seasons. Food insecurity is a challenge in nearly every country in the world. Every day a family is trying to survive little or no food. According to Food Bullying podcast guest Jennifer Erickson, hunger is not seasonal. We find that food banks receive a lot of donations […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Compromise, cortisol, & celebration - Episode 13One is chirpy in the morning, the other not. One is disgusted by mechanically separated chicken, the other thinks it's smart. Both Michele Payn & Eliz Greene are tired of the stress and lack of compromise around food. In this behind-the-scenes conversation with the co-hosts of the Food Bullying Podcast, these two authors provide some […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Can the way you buy food reduce hunger? Episode 12Did you know the way you shop can help reduce hunger in our country? In this episode of the Food Bullying Podcast, Diane Sullivan explains the relationship between shopping and hunger-reduction. Diane is a mother and a grandmother with lived experience and hunger and is currently a SNAP recipient. She is an anti-hunger advocate […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How do you feed a vegan NFL player & a carnivore ballerina? Episode 11What 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