Rank #1: What Is Flexible Dieting? Ft. Alix Turoff
Sami and Aleen are joined by registered dietitian Alix Turoff to talk about flexible dieting. They reveal whether or not intermittent fasting is actually healthy for most women. At 8:15 they discuss the benefits of flexible dieting and pinpoint some of the biggest food myths. Then they talk about all the carbs you’re consuming when you drink alcohol. Is there a better way to approach drinking? At 36:00 they try to explain what “starvation mode” really means. They close out the show with Alix’s number one complaint about how people approach dieting.
Rank #2: You Can Decide To Have Confidence Ft. Claudia Oshry
Sami and Aleen are back. They open the show with a tip of the hat to world mental health day, a day in which celebrities took social media to confess their struggles with mental health and raise awareness. They try to match the celebrity with their anonymous mental health related post. At 22:00 they discuss how big of an impact social media has on women’s anxiety to be perfect. Sami thinks we’ll never actually know for sure how bad the psychological damage is because “big social media” will never allow us to know. At 30:00 they’re joined by Claudia Oshry who informs them that diet is now a trigger word. At 34:30 Claudia explains that she was sent to weight loss camp when she was a child. At 43:20 Claudia explains how she became the girl with no job. At 52:30 Claudia explains how she deals with Instagram trolls and haters. At 58:15 Claudia explains where she gets her confidence from.
Rank #3: Stop Putting The Pizza on The Pedestal Ft. Katie Sturino
Aleen and Sami generally discuss how they feel about their own bodies. Get excited as they read and refute an extremely negative review that accuses them of being suckers for the diet industry. After, they take a letter from a listener who visited Italy, and post-facial receives a negative comment about her body she can’t seem to shake off. They move onto a general discussion about obsessing over food and one’s body. Are you doing yourself any favors by still talking and thinking about it? Maybe stop putting the pizza on the pedestal. At 27:09, they are joined by Katie Sturino, founder of Megababe Beauty and The 12ish Style. They talk about body acceptance, body shaming, and how people of all sizes deal with these issues.
Rank #4: How Do I Control My Late Night Cravings? Ft. Dr. Robert Pampin
Sami and Aleen return despite having a jam packed week of apartment moving and meetings. They start by talking about late night eating and how they both scratch their late night itch as a way to soothe themselves. At 25:35 they talk about intermittent fasting and whether or not it’s the right approach to dieting for them. At 28:40 they talk about Jay-z and Beyonce’s effort to convert their fans to veganism by giving away free concert tickets for life. At 30:50 a listener writes in wondering if she should stand up to her boss after being told she must participate in an office weight loss challenge. At 36:10 they reveal their non scale win of the week. At 49:50 they’re joined by Dr. Robert Pampin to talk about intermittent fasting, healthy lifestyle changes, and more.
Rank #5: Is Celery Juice the Fyre Festival of Wellness?
Aleen and Sami are joined once again by DST’s resident dietician and friend of the show, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. At 5:45 they discuss how this viral celery juice trend got started. What the f*ck is a “medical medium” and why tf is he telling us to drink celery? At 20:30 they explain what orthorexia is and why it’s a huge problem. They talk about the Weight Watchers freestyle diet and Aleen shares her fear of unlimited portions. At 40:30 it’s time for “Non-Scale Wins of the Week,” a chance to brag about anything and everything that has absolutely nothing to do with numbers on a scale. At 48:45 they respond to listener questions, explaining hunger hormones and why sometimes you just can’t seem to get full. At 57:30 they conclude with a conversation about the relationship between diet, brain function and your period.
Rank #6: Why Is Adulting So Challenging? Ft. Professor Scott Barry Kaufman
Aleen and Sami are back and chatting about maintaining resolution momentum after the new year begins. At 8:15 they discuss the recent viral Buzzfeed article on burnout, adulting, and the challenge of doing simple tasks. Is there anything worse than setting out to do something and then you can’t remember your password? At 26:00 a listener writes in to ask about trying to start the keto diet with her boyfriend when he refuses to actually change his eating habits. At 33:00 they start a new segment called “Non-Scale Win of the Week” followed by a Would You Rather? At 47:45 they are joined by Professor Scott Barry Kaufman of Barnard College who is an expert in the science of well-being, creativity, and self-actualization.
Rank #7: How to Stop Yourself From Eating The Fridge Ft. Rumble's Noah Neiman
Sami and Aleen talk about cravings and how they're not ultimately an "all-powerful" being. They move onto whims in general and how to approach the mind-body connection to start your diet and make your habitual changes stick. One major thing to accept: there is pain on either journey, diet or none. Is there anything worse than the pain of when you know you've eaten too much? After they take letters from listeners asking how to keep themselves from eating the whole fridge AKA "savage mode" and another asking how to cut back on sugar. At 42:42, they are joined by Noah Neiman, co-founder of Rumble Boxing. He gets real and explains how to sync up your mindset, habits, and physical activity.
Rank #8: Whole 30, But What About Day 31 Ft. Tracy Beckerman
Sami and Aleen sit down with Tracy Beckerman (@TheHappiestNutritionist) to discuss a variety of health issues and dispel dieting myths. They start talking about the terms nutritionist and dietitian and how you shouldn't just trust any random "health coach." They move on to a discussion of ketosis. Bad news: a lot of people are ruining their keto diets with one crazy night out a week. Carrots make you look tanner, but what’s more interesting is that Aleen once tried to tan under a heat lamp. They move onto exercise’s role in weight loss- as necessary as it is, it can lead to some problems on the diet side. Next up: Whole 30. But what about day 31? Sustainability and good habits are the key.
Rank #9: Is Sugar Worse For Me Than Alcohol? Ft. Max Lugavere
Sami and Aleen are joined by Max Lugavere, science journalist and author of Genius Foods, to talk about the differences in wellness culture across the country. They start out with Max’s recent move to Los Angeles and discuss whether or not people really are living a healthier lifestyle in California. At 18:00 they talk about the growing movement to abstain from alcohol, including the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge. Is it worth it? Then at 31:20 they discuss the threat of ‘endocrine disruptors’ including synthetic fragrances, flame retardants and BPA. They close out the show with some tips for cutting harmful products out of your life.
Rank #10: There's Nothing Sexy About A Leaky Gut Ft. Dr. Steven Gundry
Sami and Aleen are joined by Kelly Clarkson approved Doctor, Steven Gundry, to talk about his new book/diet “The Plant Paradox”. At 4:00 they talk about the diet plan which isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. At 8:00 they break down how to eat organic food correctly. Sami and Aleen are amazed to find out that ‘free range’ doesn’t necessarily mean your chicken was raised to be healthy. At 18:10 they talk about what fruits and vegetables to avoid. At 33:15 Dr. Gundry teaches Sami and Aleen how to be educated consumers and read food labels correctly. At 1:03:00 they talk about which supplements you should be taking and how they can help fight things like anxiety and depression as well as make you lose weight!
Rank #11: How Do I Get My Ass To The Gym? Ft. Gina DiNapoli
Sami and Aleen return for their Weds. guest episode joined by Gina DiNapoli of Jabs By Gina. Gina talks about the origin of Jabs which was inspired as a response to the overpriced gym classes in NYC. At 11:55 she explains how she got motivated to get into a healthy fitness lifestyle and why the gym, not food comes first for her. At 22:10 Gina explains the advantages of working out in the morning as opposed to waiting until the end of the day and eventually making an excuse to blow it off. At 38:40 they talk about indulging while on vacation without going overboard.
Rank #12: The Sweet Salty Switch Off
Aleen and Sami are ready to admit their worst habits. Is there anything worse than when someone says “the thing about me is...?” At 11:00 they share some “Non-Scale Wins of the Week” including one from a listener. Sami is planning a birthday vacay... why is budgeting for food such an insane challenge? At 25:40 they talk about food prep and cooking something called “Orange Soup.” Turns out Saturday is like, the only day for food shopping. At 32:00 they play Would You Rather. At 36:00 they’re joined by behavioral health advisor Kelley Hoag of Root to Rise Health. She offers tips on cutting out the binge eating and managing food anxiety. Sami shares her struggles with the “Sweet Salty Switch Off.” Aleen and Kelly could immediately relate. Thanks to our sponsors! Shine- Go to shinetext.com/DST to get 50% off Shine premium!
Rank #13: F*ck The Food Police Ft. Iris Netzer-Greenfield
Sami and Aleen are back and they’re fed up with beating themselves up over their diet missteps. They dig into the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating to take a healthier mental approach to food and break down the fact that no one is a “failure” for succumbing to temptation. At 11:50, Sami explains that people need to listen to and adjust to what their body needs. Eating carbs when your body craves them is not a betrayal of your diet. At 15:50, Aleen proclaims her victory over calorie counting by deleting the apps and removing her scale to improve her perspective. At 24:00 they break down their biggest diet weakness, associating food with great memories, as Aleen reminisces about eating delicious tortellini with her father. At 31:30 they explain how important it is to “challenge the food police”, which are the voices in your head attempting to keep you on a diet and then sabotage it. At 1:12:40, Iris Netzer-Greenfield joins them to discuss acupuncture remedies and dispel some of the fallacies surrounding the ancient Eastern treatment.
Rank #14: What’s It Like to Actually *Enjoy* Working Out? Ft. Stephen Pasterino
Sami and Aleen discuss working out and exercise in this ep. They talk about how hard it is to get off the couch and to the gym. They discuss feeling obligated to work out, guilt, and how when you ultimately do get to the gym, it’s like “an internal shower.” At 15:55, they take a letter from a listener asking about gaining weight during a tough period in their life and struggling to get back into working out. At 26:04, they take another letter asking about how to eat correctly from a registered nurse who works a 13-hour night shift. They move on to explaining how to “meal-prep your snacks” to get yourself to go for the healthier choice rather than the one that’s easiest to eat. At 43:52, they are joined by Stephen Pasterino, founder of P.volve, a fitness program for women focused on sculpting, toning, and defining. He’s also trained models for Victoria’s Secret. ***Use code “BETCHES30” for a discount at my.pvolve.com/offer/betches ***
Rank #15: We Just Have A Lot Of Feelings... About Dieting
Sami and Aleen are finally caught up on the absurd story of Theranos after watching the HBO documentary about it and they are shook. At 21:00 they open the mail bag and answer listener questions, the first of which ask them how they REALLY feel about dieting. At 24:20 a listener writes in wondering where they find their healthy recipes. At 41:00 they do a lightning round of listener questions. At 46:00 they play Dessert Island which tackles all dessert related questions. At 49:00 they reveal their non scale wins of the week.
Rank #16: The Wedding Episode
Aleen and Sami are back to talk about the big news from last weekend: Sami got engaged! At 3:15 she shares the story of how and where it all happened. Why do we still feel shocked even when we see the big moment coming? At 12:10 they tease an upcoming Betches announcement that will have everyone excited. They debate whether or not every bride wants to be at her absolute skinniest during the wedding and then cover their own marathon weight loss plans. At 25:15 a listener asks for help with looking great in her upcoming engagement photos. How important are engagement and wedding photos anyway? At 43:00 they each share their desired wedding “vibes” and tell us what they want to avoid. They finish the show with a wedding invitation themed game, Non-Scale Wins and a listener submitted Workout Song of the Week.
Rank #17: All Your Keto Questions Answered Ft. Dr. Josh Axe
Aleen and Sami are joined by Dr. Josh Axe to talk all about the Keto diet that’s taken the world by storm. He shares a personal story about the family health scare that shaped his outlook on nutrition. At 7:25 Dr. Axe explains Keto cycling and what ketosis actually means. Sami and Aleen ask about the five different Keto styles and talk about getting over your sugar addiction. What’s the difference between clean Keto and dirty Keto? Dr. Axe closes out the show with some tips for tailoring food choices to your Chinese elemental symbol.
Rank #18: Don’t Be the Bitch-Assistant to Your Cravings
Aleen and Sami are back and talking all about their upcoming #DSTVacay. They discuss Jordan Syatt’s Instagram weigh-in challenge and how deceptive the scale can be. At 13:00 they talk about taking control of your cravings and ask how to tackle emotional eating. At 29:12 a high-schooler writes in to share her experience with binge eating. They react to this week’s episode of RHOBH and the conversation Lisa Rinna had with her daughter about anorexia. How much do our moms contribute to our issues with food? We hear their Non-Scale Wins of the Week including a listener submitted cookie win. They close out the show with the first ever Workout Song of the Week to help you get motivated at the gym.
Rank #19: What’s the Deal With Food Shaming at Work?
Sami and Aleen are back to talk about the challenges of food in the office. They start with a debate about whether or not it’s okay to complain about work all the time. At 7:45 they talk about the parallels between reaching for your phone and reaching for food. Then at 13:20 they dive into a conversation about the new TV show Shrill and play us an inspiring speech from Aidy Bryant. At 37:35 a listener writes in to ask how to stop all the food shaming at her work, and another asks about dealing with free food in the office. Why does anyone even care what you eat during the workday? They finish the show with a ‘Sami vs Aleen’ themed game, Non Scale Wins and an update on Sami’s search for a wedding dress.
Rank #20: The Anti Anti-Aging Episode
Sami and Aleen are back and talking about the emotional impact of getting older. They start off with Sami turning 30 this week and how her outlook has changed in the last few years. At 14:30 they talk about preventative botox and the threat of getting “filler face.” Does anyone just let themself age gracefully anymore? Then at 36:20 a listener writes in to ask how she should deal with a new friend who is constantly talking about dieting. Is it time to avoid this friend or just learn to tune her out? Next they play a game called Thirty, Flirty and Thriving all about giving up unhealthy habits when you hit 30. They close the show with some Non Scale Wins and a Workout Song of the Week.