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Plant-based and vegan diet topics, and all things related to the controversial online food world.


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Plant-based and vegan diet topics, and all things related to the controversial online food world.




Where Am I Now?

This is the 100th episode of Real Food Real Conversations and I can't believe it! I published my first episode almost two years ago, so much has changed since then. Listen in to hear updates of how we are doing and where we are now! Time can change people, especially after the last two years we have had. It most certainly has changed our family and life. Starting my podcast was something I decided to do after realizing life was slowing down with all happening in 2020 and business was going...


Why is Fiber Important?

With the obsession over protein, we often miss the mark on what we really should focus on, fiber. This is why we are talking all about why fiber is important with our guest expert! Fiber is a necessary carbohydrate for our body. Everyone needs to include it in their diet in order to maintain physical health. Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, author of The Fiber Effect, has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for 27 years, specializing in heart disease, diabetes, sports nutrition and...


Diet and Menopause

Is there a connection between diet and menopause? There is a lot we can do as women while we go through this big change in our life! Join us today as we chat with a triple board satisfied OBGYN all about menopause and how we can tackle this time in our life to make it through in the best way possible! Having been through menopause myself (I was an early adopter yay me LOL!), this topic is such an important discussion to have. Learning the tools to navigate menopause in a way that works for...


How to Go Dairy Free

Learning how to go dairy free in an easy and doable way is an important part of your success! It doesn't have to be hard or stressful! There are many ways to love your dairy free diet, whether it's by choice or need going dairy free can be just as delicious. I don't have the best relationship with dairy. While I am not allergic, my body doesn't love dairy. That being said, I am really picky with my dairy free alternatives. So if I don't find something that tastes great, I won't eat it! I...


What Is a Raw Food Diet?

Many people want to know what a raw food diet is and how it differs from a traditional vegan diet. Our guest today is an expert on all things raw and is dishing out all the facts! It can get confusing keeping it all straight, and with so much information online it's hard to separate the real info. So we are making it easy! When it comes to deciding what way of eating is best for you, having up to date information you can trust is important. At the age of 28, Russell took a life-changing trip...


How to Master a Healthy Food Relationship

Having a healthy relationship with food is so important for our mental health, but it also affects our physical health. Tune in to hear our guest expert, a board certified pediatrician, share strategies and tips to keep you feeling amazing! Keeping a positive food relationship when you are trying to make dietary changes can be challenging, even when you are trying to eat a more plant-based diet. The online diet world is tough to navigate so leaning on experts to guide the way is really...


How Foodways Plays a Role in Diet

While there are many things wrong with diet culture, a major issue is its effect on foodways and how it influences people into thinking the food from their culture may be deemed bad or wrong. There is no reason (other than a medical one) why you can't eat a food that is part of you and your culture. Just because our diet world likes to demonize certain foods, it doesn't mean it's right. Listen in to hear more about why this shouldn't happen and how to eat what makes you feel good while...


Vegan, Cruelty-Free and Clean Skincare

With all the info out there, it is hard to know what the best vegan, cruelty-free and clean skincare products are. But our guest today is an industry expert and is sharing all the info we need to choose the best products! Taking care of our skin is so important. It's the largest organ we have! And nothing feels better than high quality products that are good for your body and actually work. Which is why I always turn to OSEA Malibu for all my skin care needs! Use my link above and code...


How to Start a Vegan Diet

If you're looking for info on how to start a vegan diet, you've come to the right place! Our expert guest is sharing all her best tips and tricks to make it easy and seamless! Change can be hard, but when you take it slow and commit to learning all you need to know it can be a lot easier than you think. Focusing on what works for you is most important! Having the info you need to make a change is also very important. We only know what we know! Monique Koch started her vegan journey in April...


Are Organic Foods Healthier?

The controversy between organic foods being healthier than conventional is ongoing. But what are the facts? Are organic foods healthier for you? I get this question often. I am unpacking all the details, and sharing my personal opinion about what organic means and making the choice to buy organic. Organic labels can often be used to spike prices and this is where food inequality comes into play. So does that make health overall an unreachable goal as well? This seems to be a common...


Is BMI Accurate?

Many health professionals use BMI to judge health and wellness, but is BMI accurate? Learn what we should actually use and what we need to know to make sure we are at optimal health! Overall wellness is guided by many things, and while weight can be important it isn't necessarily indicative of where we are in our health. As a country we are weight obsessed, this can lead us to having issues with our mental wellness. Which in turn can affect our overall health. Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN,...


What is Overeating?

When it comes to enjoying food it's important to know what overeating is versus feeling full from enjoyment. Our expert today clears it all up so we can learn to enjoy food when we want! It's so important to know the difference in order to live a lifestyle with both our mental and physical wellness in mind. I love food and I love eating! It's not bad to feel overly full from time to time when we are enjoying the food we eat. We need to learn to trust our body to do what it needs to do...


How to Lower Cholesterol with Diet

Learn how to lower cholesterol with diet changes as our expert guest takes us through all we need to know to live a healthier and happier life! Overall wellness depends on so many things, but preventing and dealing with chronic disease is an important one. Veggies Don't Bite started due to wanting to help improve my husbands heart health and high cholesterol played a role. As we moved to a more plant rich diet we saw dramatic improvements! Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD is a registered...


Why is a Healthy Balanced Diet Best?

Diet culture and the social media world is in a constant battle of what "diet" is best, fastest, the answer to all your problems. But in reality, it's an overall healthy balanced diet that wins. When we set out to better our health, it's easy to fall victim to the diet world and the stringent rules that these diets place upon us. However time and time again, studies show that diets don't work. Why Do Diets Fail? The focus with eating should be on an overall lifestyle and habits. It's not...


The Diet World and Food Racism

Many people don't think about food racism, but the diet world can be a big contributor to making what we buy and how we eat a classist issue. As we scour the online world for recipes under whatever diet we follow, it's easy to assume that everyone has access to the ingredients so often found. But what happens to people that struggle to obtain those foods? Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of Brooklyn-based Maya Feller Nutrition is a registered dietitian nutritionist, nationally recognized nutrition...


How to Deal With Trauma

It is hard to know how to deal with trauma when you're in the thick of it. Learning strategies you can easily put in place is key! When we are struggling, it's hard to have the energy to come up with ideas on how to make it through. Which is why having these tools in our back pocket is so important. Suzanne Falter is a podcaster and the author of multiple self-help titles including The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care. She also hosts the ever popular Self-Care for Extremely Busy...


Starting Solids with Baby

Having a baby and knowing about starting solids can be scary, confusing and overwhelming. Our guest today walks us through it all! Caitlyn Edson is a pediatric registered dietitian specializing in infants, toddlers, and young children. She is sharing all the tips to help parents feel secure and confident to start feeding their baby! She has a passion for helping people feed their families confidently in a way that feels manageable. Caitlyn works with families of children starting solids...


How to Throw a Vegan Dinner Party

Throwing a vegan dinner party can be challenging and stressful. Listen in as our guest expert gives the tips and tricks for party success! Everybody loves a good dinner party, but how do you make it work so you are not drained, stressed and ready to fall apart by the end of the night? We got your back with all you need to know! Diana Goldman is a Vegan Caterer, Sierra Club Cooking Show Host and Plant-based Nutrition Educator based in Boston. She received a B.S. from Cornell University in...


How to Live With Diabetes

Learning how to live with diabetes can feel overwhelming and impossible. Our guest today shares how she not only lives but thrives! Lynne Bowman has been living with diabetes and enjoying life to the fullest. She loves to share her story to help others do the same! Lynne has been featured at women's expos throughout the country, speaking on kitchen table culture, community planning and the gift of diabetes. She teamed with actress Deidre Hall to write and publish Deidre Hall's Kitchen...


How to Reduce Inflammation in the Body

Knowing how to reduce inflammation in the body is important for our health. There are many things we can do to help us along the way! Inflammation can wreak havoc on your body, and the culprits are many. Join us as we chat with expert Dani Williamson to dive deep on how to deal with it all! Dani Williamson MSN, FNP owns Integrative Family Medicine in Franklin, TN; focusing on gut, autoimmune thyroid (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is her passion), hormone and adrenal health with her patients. Her...