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 to overcome food anxiety & B.S. health claimsThe “health industry” is a business of money, contends Bill Sukala, a Registered Dietitian Nutrition and Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Australia. He has three decades of experience, is a consumer health advocate, and stands against the latest trends in health and food. Listen in to this episode to help yourself not be swayed by the […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Your voice matters in the politics of food & agriculture: Episode 21“This is what we do and how we do it” helps a legislator understand agriculture and natural resource, and is easier than swaying public perception. Shelly Boshart Davis knows firsthand, as she’s gone from the farm to the capitol. She wears a variety of titles: State Representative, wife, farmer, mom, and business owner. Shelly runs […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- How to have a meaningful conversation about food: Episode 20How do you have a meaningful conversation with others in today’s overly emotional food arena? In this podcast episode, dietitian Leia Flure explains the steps to maintaining respectful discussion and making personal choices about what you eat. She suggests more critical thinking is needed in food-based decisions by being analytical about your choices and verifying […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Why do bullies call farmers animal abusers? Episode 19Why is it so easy for us to call farmers names despite the great efforts they put in place to ensure we have food? Our guest today is Agnes Greggersen, a dairy farmer in the Northern part of Germany. Unfortunately, Agnes was cyber bullied by animal rights activists for posting a video of a child drinking […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- Are you feeding your brain trash? Episode 18Our farming memory is being lost across generations, says Dr. Cami Ryan, a Canadian social scientist on the latest Food Bullying podcast. This loss of farming memory has created gaps and barriers between rural and urban. Opportunists fill in the gaps with new information, which isn’t always accurate. Cami explains how food can be taken […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- A father & farmer on food bullying & fruitcakes: Episode 17Are you a cherry lover? This is an episode that you cannot afford to miss. Our guest today is a cherry farmer in Leelanau County, Michigan. His family also owns and operates Leelanau Fruit Company, a small cherry processor specializing in Maraschino cherries, ice cream, cherries, and glossy fruit mixes used in holiday fruitcakes. In […]Michele Payn & Eliz Greene
- 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