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Sound Bites A Nutrition Podcast

Hosted by award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Guilt-Free RD - "because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" Join Melissa’s conversations with a variety of experts on topics ranging from fad diets to farming and gain credible information to help you make your own, well-informed food decisions based on facts, not fear. For more information visit www.SoundBitesRD.com.

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094: The (Whole) Truth About Grains - Julie Miller Jones

Have you heard that carbs are bad for you? Have you heard that whole grains are good for you? Would you be surprised to find out that it’s not that simple? In fact, there’s a lot more to the story than simple carbs vs. complex carbs. Dr. Julie Miller Jones has been conducting research, teaching nutrition and food science, and presenting to audiences all over the world for decades and she shares her wit and wisdom with us today about grains from research to myths and everything in between. Get full show notes and more information: https://www.soundbitesrd.com/94

1hr 33mins

11 Jul 2018

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109: What Truly Matters: A Closer Look at 10 Health Behaviors – Dr. Vineet Nair

With all the conflicting information about which foods to eat, which exercise regime is best, and how much sleep to get, becoming “healthy” can feel like an overwhelming chore or even an impossible feat. But it is possible to become healthier—all it takes is a closer look at what really matters and focusing your time and energy where it will benefit you the most. Dr. Nair’s book, Healthier You, breaks down a healthy lifestyle into proven, specific actions that make an actual difference, so you can ignore all of the expensive, time-consuming, inconvenient, and sometime dangerous practices and products that don’t.  Get more information and resources at www.SoundBitesRD.com/109.


30 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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058: What’s Trending in Nutrition – Jenna A. Bell

Survey Says: Many consumers are choosing “clean” and “mindful” eating as their path to healthier living instead of “dieting”. More than 1700 Registered Dietitians weighed in on the fifth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey by Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian.  Pollock Communications and leading nutrition trade magazine, Today's Dietitian, released the results of their fifth annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" national food trend survey, which polled over 1,700 registered dietitians (RDs) across the country on the upcoming year's big trends in food and eating. This year overall, results reveal a decline in consumers' interest in dieting. Instead, many are choosing clean and mindful eating as their path to healthier living. For the last five years, the “What's Trending in Nutrition” survey has been a leader in identifying and tracking the next significant trends in food for the upcoming year including what foods are topping the coveted Top 10 Superfoods list. Dr. Jenna A. Bell is a Senior Vice President, Director of Food and Wellness for Pollock Communications where she helps healthy brands translate science for consumers and connect with the nutrition experts. Jenna is the co-author of Energy to Burn:  The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle and Launching Your Dietetics Career.  She is an international presenter at professional conferences, has been published in scientific journals, and has been featured in countless print publications and on the web including Us Weekly, Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World, and has appeared on the Daily Buzz, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates, local and national radio programs and podcasts.  Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher and has completed three marathons. In addition, she has competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and road races. She is co-founder of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! and has provided nutrition seminars with professional athletes at major athletic events like the Boston Marathon, the ING New York City Marathon, Bank of American Chicago Marathon and the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.  You can read the full show notes at www.soundbitesrd.com


8 Feb 2017

Rank #3

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012: What It Really Takes to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

In today's episode we discuss what it really takes to lose weight and keep it off.  Today my guest is Lauren Harris-Pincus is the owner of Nutrition Starring YOU.com, she’s a nutrition communications specialist and also has a private practice where she specialized in weight loss. In addition to being a registered dietitian nutritionist, Lauren grew up as an obese child from about the age of 4 years old through high school. Contrary to what you might think, Lauren did not grow up eating "junk" and her family members were all "normal" weight. Listen to her story, her insight and her wisdom when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off! For more information and show notes visit www.SoundBitesRD.com/blog


24 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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108: Critical Thinking & Behavior Change - Dr. Jason Riis

The human brain is not wired for critical thinking and there are many barriers to changing our behavior. Dr. Jason Riis shares Nobel prize winning research to help us think more critically, and a 3-part strategy for understanding and improving behavior change efforts. Get the full shownotes and resources at www.SoundBitesRD.com/108.


23 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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085: Digestive Peace of Mind – Kate Scarlata

“IBS patients experience such life-altering symptoms that they report being willing to give up to 25% of their remaining life for a treatment that offers symptom relief (according to an international survey).” – Kate Scarlata   Kate Scarlata is a registered dietitian and NY Times Best Selling author with expertise in digestive health. Her new book, The Low FODMAP Diet: Step by Step, was published in December 2017. Kate launched a grassroots campaign called “I Believe in Your Story” which raises funding for research for IBS and provides a safe place for patients to share their stories on her blog and on Instagram. She advocates for IBS patients so they can get the medical guidance and care they desperately need and deserve. Kate also has a private practice in Massachusetts.  Tune in to the show to find out: What does FODMAP stand for? What foods contain FODMAPs? What is the FODMAP diet? Why are there three phases to the diet? What can you do if you suffer with digestive distress? For the full show notes and resources visit www.SoundBitesRD.com


20 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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075: Real. Good. Food. – Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian and the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today, helping people find the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet. She is the host and executive producer of the Public Television cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food,” and well known as the host of Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite.”   Ellie is a New York Times bestselling, James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of five cookbooks. Her most recent is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals (Jan 2016). She is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and she has been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie speaks regularly at events around the country, appears on national television shows, such as Today, Good Morning America, and The Wendy Williams Show, and has been featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, People, and Self, to name a few.  You can read the full show notes and resources at www.soundbitesrd.com.


4 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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049: Happiness, Habits & Health – Gretchen Rubin

“To change our habits, we first have to figure out ourselves…When we change our habits, we change our lives.” – Gretchen Rubin  Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft (who is a person living with Type 1 diabetes). You can read the full show notes at www.soundbitesrd.com


4 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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127: Popular Diets 101: Keto, Atkins & Paleo - Dr. Taylor Wallace

Popular diets seem to dominate the nutrition airwaves. On today’s episode we share a basic overview of some of today’s popular diets and discuss the pros and cons of each one. We touch on these four popular diets: Keto, Atkins, Paleo and Plant-Based. Today’s guest is Dr. Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN. He is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. He is a regular guest on NBC and the Dr. Oz Show, bringing science and practical advice to the public. He is the Deputy Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dietary Supplements, editor of six academic textbooks, an author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and author of the new popular cookbook, Sizzling Science. Dr. Taylor has been a paid consultant to Atkins. Visit the shownotes at www.SoundBitesRD.com/127 for more information. Resources: Dr. Taylor Wallace’s: NEW Cookbook |Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook The Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss – article in Today’s Dietitian Magazine by Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD Research studies: Comparison of Low Fat and Low Carbohydrate Diets on Circulating Fatty Acid Composition and Markers of Inflammation – Lipids (2008) 43:65-77 Effects of Step-Wise Increases in Dietary Carbohydrate on Circulating Saturated Fatty Acids and Palmitoleic Acid in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome – PLOS ONE Energy expenditure and body composition changes after an isocaloric ketogenic diet in overweight and obese men – Am J Clin Nutr 2016;104:324-33 Limited Effect of Dietary Saturated Fat on Plasma Saturated Fat in the Context of a Low Carbohydrate Diet – Lipids (2010) 45:947-962 Related Episodes: A Researcher’s Perspective & Passion for Nutrition – Sound Bites Podcast episode #46 with Dr. Taylor Wallace Industry Funding, Sci Comm & Dr. Oz – Sound Bites Podcast episode #107 with Dr. Taylor Wallace Refined Grains & Diabetes – Guilt by Association? – Sound Bites Podcast episode #120 with Dr. Glenn Gaesser The Power of Prunes: Bone & Digestive Health – Sound Bites Podcast episode #122 with Dr. Shirin Hooshmand Cow Gas, Upcycling & Beef Sustainability – Sound Bites Podcast episode #104 with Dr. Sara Place The Surprising Truth About Sustainable Agriculture – Sound Bites Podcast episode #43 with Jack Bobo Seafood & Sustainable Aquaculture – Sound Bites Podcast episode #101 with Egil Sundheim


28 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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040: The Truth About Dairy – Carla Wardin

Today’s episode is about hormones and antibiotics in dairy.   Carla Wardin and her husband Kris are dairy farmers in St. Johns, Michigan, where they milk 400 cows and raise corn and alfalfa to feed them.  Carla is also an agriculture representative for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which is a position that puts her in touch with consumers who have questions about how their food is produced. Carla has a master’s degree from MSU in English Literature and worked in corporate jobs and as an adjunct professor before deciding to become a dairy farmer nine years ago. In this episode, Carla discusses the most common questions she gets about hormones and antibiotics in milk and shares information about dairy farming practices, including her own experiences on her Michigan dairy farm.   You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.soundbitesrd.com


28 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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024: Transformational Weight Loss: What You REALLY Need to Know About Exercise - James O. Hill

Today’s episode focuses on "transformational" weight loss and the important, yet different, roles of diet and exercise in weight management. Today my guest is James O. Hill, Ph.D., the founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. One of America's foremost experts in weight management, he has spent over 25 years researching the causes of weight gain, adiposity, and obesity and how to prevent or treat these problems. He leads over 100 researchers studying obesity, has published over 500 scientific articles and lectures widely about weight management. He is a key developer of the America on the Move program and is well known as a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, which follows over 6000 people who have lost weight and kept it off permanently.Dr. Hill's work strives to give people, in simple terms, the basics of weight management and show how you can make simple changes in your lifestyle that dramatically change your body weight. You can read the full show notes here.


8 Dec 2015

Rank #11

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105: Alcohol & Your Health - Ginger Hultin

Tune in as I talk with Ginger Hultin from Champagne Nutrition about alcohol and health. “For many people, drinking can fit into a healthy lifestyle if they find the right balance. It’s important to understand the current intake guidelines and how alcohol affects your energy, weight, appetite, sleep, physical activity and stress. Is it adding to your life or detracting from it?” – Ginger Hultin Get the full shownotes and resources at www.SoundBitesRD.com/105.


19 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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061: Food Truths from Farm to Table – Michele Payn

“To every person who has felt guilty or confused at the grocery store – May this give you the permission to feel good about your family’s food!” - Michele Payn   “Food is at the center of so many traditions. Food is essential to our bodies. Food deserves to be celebrated, enjoyed and shared. The same could be said about the truth in food.” – Michele Payn Michele Payn, CSP, is the author of the newly released Food Truths from Farm to Table, who speaks from the intersection of farm and food to bring clarity and common sense to the grocery store. Already named an Amazon #1 New Release, Payn’s new book brings an unheard voice in the highly emotional food debate and helps readers understand how food is really produced, answers food critics and points out how food marketing and labels are often half-truths or even “less-than-half-truths.” Known as one of North America’s leading farm and food advocates, Payn has an in-depth understanding of both sides of the plate and is passionate about getting back to the truth in food raised the right way, by the right people, for the right reasons. She is an in-demand media resource whose work has appeared in USA Today, Food Insight, Food & Nutrition Magazine, Grist, and others as well as on NPR and CNN. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to


21 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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135: Weight Management: Customization Supports Behavior Change – Dr. Gary Foster

It is scientifically proven that customized approaches in weight management lead to greater engagement and behavior change than generic approaches. WW, formerly Weight Watchers, has a new program called myWW that includes an evidence-based personalized assessment asking a range of questions to guide you to a scientifically proven, customized plan that aligns with your needs. Gary Foster, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer at WW, a psychologist, obesity investigator and behavior change expert who has authored more than 175 scientific publications and three books. In his role as CSO at WW, Dr. Foster oversees the science-based program, all clinical research initiatives, and continued program advances. Dr. Foster was previously the Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education at Temple University and served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. Tune in to learn more about how customized weight management supports behavior change, and get the full shownotes at www.SoundBitesRD.com/135. This episode is a sponsored partnership with WW.


11 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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121: From Stigma to Self-Compassion: Mindset Matters – Dr. Gary Foster

Weight stigma is a global problem that can have negative impacts on emotional and physical health. Research is underway to find solutions to combat weight bias. Weight management is not just about eating less and moving more - it's about being in the right frame of mind. Studies have shown that mindfulness practices offer positive aspects for overall health and wellness and also lower levels of depression, social anxiety, and psychological distress. Gary Foster, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer at WW, a psychologist, obesity investigator, behavior change expert and author of scientific publications and books. Shownotes and resources at www.SoundBitesRD.com/121 


3 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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116: DNA & Your Weight – Courtney McCormick

“Everyone is different, therefore different approaches to weight management, or an overall healthy lifestyle, are to be expected.” - Courtney McCormick, MPH, RDN, LDN, Manager of Clinical Research and Nutrition at Nutrisystem.  Nutrigenomics is the study of how genes and diet interact to influence the way nutrients cause an individual’s body to function. According to research, the human body contains about 20,000 – 25,000 genes.  It is important to understand what health and weight loss strategies work best for you. Genetic testing can be used to recommend different strategies that may help you make more informed choices and achieve outcomes that contribute to overall health. Courtney McCormick is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health. Currently, she serves as the Manager of Clinical Research and Nutrition at Nutrisystem. In this role, she helps support the nutritional strategy and clinical research for both the Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet brands. Courtney has focused most of her career in dietetics working in the area of weight management. Early in her career, she coordinated and managed programs that served to prevent childhood obesity. Now, at Nutrisystem, she works within Product Development and Research to develop programs and products that help support adults in managing a healthy weight. Resources: Nutrisystem Website The Leaf Lifestyle BlogDNA Body Blueprint Fact Sheet and White Papers South Beach Diet Website The Palm, Lifestyle Blog W.I.S.E. Choices: Weight Improvement, Satisfaction & Energy – Sound Bites Podcast #79 with Dr. James O. Hill Transformational Weight Loss: What You REALLY Need to Know About Exercise – Sound Bites Podcast #24 with James O. Hill Sound Bites is partnering with the American Association of Diabetes Educators! Here are some timely announcements related to diabetes: New insulin affordability resource and other access/affordability resources are available at DiabetesEducator.org/affordability Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 26. Understand your risk at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Find out more about becoming a National Diabetes Prevention Program provider at DiabetesEducator.org/Prevention. A new scoping review and gaps analysis of Diabetes Online Communities was just released in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology that supports its benefits as a tool for people with diabetes. For more information visit DiabetesEducator.org/PeerSupport.


20 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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039: Protein & Exercise: Partners in Successful Aging – Stuart Phillips

Today’s episode is about the importance of high-quality protein and exercise in healthy aging – preventing the loss of muscle associated with aging and therefore health-related adverse events.   In this episode, Dr. Phillips shares important information about how we can and should slow the aging process through diet and exercise. By exercising and consuming the right kind and amount of protein at the right time we can support muscle maintenance as we age which means we can reduce the risk of disease and death. Dr. Phillips discusses the types and amounts of protein, the most important amino acid for your muscles, and myths about protein consumption.  You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.soundbitesrd.com.


14 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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063: How and Why We Eat: A Food Ethnographer’s Insight – June Jo Lee

 “The term ‘healthy’ is as subjective as ‘tasty’ – and it’s used by grandmothers and marketers all over the world to “sell” food.” – June Jo Lee June Jo Lee is a Food Ethnographer, User / Stakeholder Experience Designer and Strategist. She has spent over a decade in ordinary and extraordinary kitchens to understand how and why we eat. As the Resident Food Ethnographer for Google Food and UMass Dining, June Jo provides user insights, multi-stakeholder design and strategic visioning. She is a member of Google Food Lab and speaker at food industry events including Grain Gathering, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CIA’s Menu of Change, Oldways, Nutrition and Health, American Heart Association, Natural Expo West, National Cooperative Grocers and FARE. Previously, she was VP of Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group, leading qualitative research projects for Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Target, Starbucks’ Evolution Fresh, Dairy Management Inc, Kraft, Nestle, Hersey, Heinz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo.  June Jo studied anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and started her career in food as a produce team member at the original Whole Foods Market in Austin. She grew up between Seoul Korea, Texas and California. You can read the full show notes at www.soundbitesrd.com


18 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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070: Diet-Free Living – Beth Rosen

“Ditching diets doesn’t mean you are letting yourself go; it means you are letting yourself be.” – Beth Rosen Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Goodness Gracious Living Nutrition.  She practices a non-diet philosophy and is a Health at Every Size® practitioner.  Her practice is located in Southbury, CT and virtually.  Beth has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, both in Nutrition, and has been working in the field for over 20 years. She subscribes to a non-judgmental, weight-neutral approach to wellness and has credited her clients’ success to the idea that small changes add up to big results.  Beth provides her clients with the tools to restore their bodies to health – whether it is by freeing themselves from the vicious, chronic cycle of dieting and empowering them to heal their relationship with food and their body, or freeing themselves from the quality-of-life altering symptoms of digestive diseases.  In addition to working one-on-one with clients, Beth has written for major publications, overhauled school lunch programs, and created nutrition programming for individuals and community groups.   You can read the full show notes at www.soundbitesrd.com


25 Jul 2017

Rank #19