Sound Bites with Melissa Joy Dobbins

By Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Guilt-Free RD® is a registered dietitian nutritionist who shares evidence-based information about: nutrition, food, research, behavior change, farming, healthy eating, weight control, diabetes, agriculture, cooking, recipes

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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 experts including researchers, academics, authors, dietitians and more as they delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition. Guests like Dr. David Katz, Ellie Krieger, SciBabe, and Gretchen Rubin address topics including healthy diets, dieting and weight management, diabetes, agriculture, farming, and other hot topics in the media. Walk away with credible information to help you make your own, well-informed nutrition decisions based on facts, not fear. For more information visit
May 23, 2018
Food allergies are serious and can be life-threatening. However, sometimes fear and anxiety are driven by myths and misunderstandings. Focusing on food bans can create a false sense of security and put the emphasis on enforcement rather than education. A comprehensive approach which focuses on caution and preparedness is key. Tune in to find out what schools are doing and also what they could be doing better, as well as some surprising information about food bans and cross contamination. If you’re a parent, a teacher, or a health professional, you don’t want to miss this important episode. Get full show notes and more information here:
May 8, 2018
For all the Hamilton fans out there: How does a lawyer, teacher, mother-would-know food blogger, living in our nation’s capital, grow up to be a hero and Hamilton cookbook author? What’s her name, man? Her name is Laura Kumin and although there’s a million things she hasn’t done, when it comes to The Hamilton Cookbook, we don’t have to ‘wait for it’ any longer! Laura’s new cookbook takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day. Tune in to hear all about cooking, eating and entertaining in Hamilton’s world! You don’t want to be the one saying “What’d I miss?!” Get full show notes and more information here:
April 24, 2018
If you've heard that GMOs are bad, I want to introduce you to Pamela Ronald. She's a plant geneticist who is married to an organic farmer and they co-authored the book Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food. This "strange marriage" can teach us all about the power of considering all tools, technology and innovations to reach our common goal for the future of sustainable agriculture and our planet. This is a must-listen episode! Get full show notes and more information here:
April 10, 2018
Although there's no magic bullet to overcome infertility, evidence shows that good nutrition can support fertility and healthy pregnancies in every stage. Join Sara Haas, Liz Shaw and me as we discuss how learning more about nutrition can empower you on the sometimes difficult and stressful journey of infertility. And make sure to stick around to the end to hear Liz's really exciting news! Get full show notes and more information here:
March 20, 2018
Candy Barnes owns an architectural design company in Virginia Beach, Virginia. To her surprise, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a little over a year ago. Her hemoglobin A1c at diagnosis was over 11% (which means her average blood sugar was above 300 mg/dL) and was immediately put on insulin. Candy was very motivated to take care of herself and was able to do so with the help of a digital health tool called BlueStar. Her background in home economics and her desire to enjoy her grandchildren growing up were also key to her success. Today her A1c is down below 6% (which means her average blood sugar is below 126 mg/dL; 5.6 and below is considered “normal” blood sugar). She no longer takes insulin. She’s on a small dose of metformin and has lost about 50 lbs.  Hope Warshaw is a dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She’s been in the field of nutrition and diabetes as a consultant, counselor and writer for nearly 40 years. Hope is the author of several books published by American Diabetes Association. Eat Out, Eat Well and Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy are her two most current books. Hope is a consultant to WellDoc, the developer of BlueStar. Tune in to the show to find out: What symptoms Candy had How home economics classes helped Candy create her own 5-day menu How Candy was able to lose 50 pounds What the BlueStar app entails The best thing about digital health tools like BlueStar How healthcare providers are using digital health tools to monitor and manage diabetes  For the full show notes and resources visit   
March 6, 2018 · transcript
“My dream as both a mother and a registered dietitian nutritionist is for families to start small by cooking together one day a week and then adding another day.  Pretty soon you’ll be planning your weekly menu together!  I especially want kids to dabble in the kitchen to experiment with new foods and learn basic cooking skills.” – Vicki Shanta Retelny Vicki Shanta Retelny is The Lifestyle Nutritionist. She is a Chicago-area nutrition professional, media and culinary consultant, and a mom of 2 school-aged children. By 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of all diseases will be the result of lifestyle choices, such as overeating, inactivity and smoking.  Nutrition is one of Healthy People 2020’s main Health Leading Indicators, which means what people eat is a public health priority and dietitians need to be at the forefront.   Vicki’s work with individuals, families and corporations focuses on cooking simple meals together and creating a community in the kitchen.     Tune in to the show to find out: What recipes Vicki and Melissa made together What Vicki’s Total Body Diet entails What Vicki’s food philosophy is Specific ways to “evolve” your eating For the full show notes and resources visit   
Feb. 20, 2018 · transcript
“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
Feb. 6, 2018 · transcript
“Food and agriculture innovation doesn’t come only from Monsanto, Cargill, and McDonald’s. It comes from students, nonprofit scientists, university professors, and struggling entrepreneurs. Fostering an environment that is hostile to innovation and growth in food and agriculture not only thwarts the plans of Big Food but also makes it harder for scientists to get their innovations to market.” – Jayson Lusk Jayson Lusk is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. He is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics program at Purdue University and the author of: Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World (2016) and The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate (2013). A researcher, writer and speaker, Lusk has published more than 190 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on topics ranging from the economics of animal welfare to consumer preferences for GMOs to the impacts of new technologies and policies. He has been listed as one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists of the past two decades, won numerous research awards, given hundreds of lectures for businesses, nonprofits, trade industry organizations, and universities in the US and abroad, and has been interviewed or published or appeared in national media outlets such as the New York Times and Fox News. Tune in to the show to find out: Do people really want to know more about farming? Why transparency isn’t always appreciated Why cage-free isn’t what most people think What Jayson learned from a group of pessimistic students What Jayson says about the microwave, broccoli and kale Why people keep romanticizing agriculture What the “vote-buy” paradox is Some of the unintended consequences of clean labels How the concept of “trade-offs” can help us think differently   For the full show notes and resources visit
Jan. 23, 2018
“Happiness is a health issue. This is the founding principle of my first book which aims to teach women how to work with their bodies, treat themselves with empathy, and embrace this truth: You cannot be on a diet and be kind to yourself at the same time.” – Rebecca Scritchfield Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. She runs a non-diet private practice focused on well-being enhancement in Washington, DC. After coming to terms with her own body image issues and chronic dieting, she realized that a ‘weight loss focused’ approach was not helpful to her clients. This inspired her to embark on a multi-year journey of studying positive psychology, motivational interviewing, and the research around weight-inclusive approaches to improving health.     For the full show notes and resources visit   
Jan. 9, 2018
“It’s never too late to eat well, move well and be well. And it doesn’t have to be hard, either. Too many people think it’s “too hard, or too expensive, or too time consuming, or too late” but it isn’t! Small steps toward food and fitness can reap big rewards. People over 50 are interested in nutrition and health but they don’t know where to get credible, common sense information – that’s why this book was born!” – Dr. Chris Rosenbloom  Dr. Chris Rosenbloom wanted to be a dietitian since she was a teenager. Her high school year book picture has “future dietitian” under it. Today, she has over 40 years’ experience in nutrition, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition professor emeriti at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She recently released her first consumer book, Food & Fitness After 50, which she co-authored with Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM and was published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chris runs a small business, Chris Rosenbloom Food & Nutrition Services LLC, to provide nutrition consultation to food and nutrition marketing firms, food companies, and professional organizations.  For the full show notes and resources visit   

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