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Real Food Radio is your source for nutrition, health and lifestyle topics explored through an integrative and functional medicine lens. Join Registered Dietitian’s Ayla Barmmer and Nicole Holovach each episode for practical information about how to support your health naturally and live a life you love.
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Real Food Radio Episode 014: Alternatives to the Grocery Store

Welcome to Real Food Radio! We’re back with a brand new co-host, Nicole Holovach. Nicole is a registered dietitian, farmer, and owner of Whole Health RD, a private nutrition practice based in Frederick, MD. In this episode, we discuss alternatives to big top grocery stores  to source  organic produce, meats and other staples for your real food kitchen. Also discussed in Episode 14… Meet Nicole Holovach of Whole Health RD Fall grape harvest at Nicole’s vineyard Infant feeding guidelines Stocking your real food kitchen Online Resources US Wellness Meats Organ meats Hometown Harvest Thrive Market South Mountain Creamery in Maryland Walden Local Meat in Massachusetts Community farm stands and farmers markets Local Harvest Seasonal eating…

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Real Food Radio Episode 013: Postpartum Nutrition & Wellness

Welcome back to Real Food Radio! We’re back with a brand new co-host, Nicole Holovach. Nicole is a registered dietitian, farmer, and owner of Whole Health RD, a private nutrition practice based in Frederick, MD. In this episode, we talk about the importance of postpartum nutrition and wellness. After baby, it’s super easy to neglect yourself, so we’ll discuss the tips and tricks we’ve found useful for getting back into good nutrition and practicing self-care. Also discussed in Episode 13… Managing self-care after baby The physiological and metabolic demands of breastfeeding Useful postpartum supplements No fuss real food tips and tricks for postpartum nutrition The truth about fluid intake and breastfeeding The importance of sunshine…

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Real Food Radio Episode 012: The Cholesterol Myth

Welcome to Real Food Radio! We’re back with a brand new co-host, Nicole Holovach. Nicole is a registered dietitian, farmer, and owner of Whole Health RD, a private nutrition practice based in Frederick, MD. You can find Diana Rodgers’ new podcast over on her website at SustainableDish.com. In this episode, we discuss Nicole’s latest blog post on Cholesterol, clear up the confusion behind its role in our body, and help to dispel some of the rumors that give cholesterol its bad reputation. Also discussed in Episode 12… Meet Nicole Holovach of Whole Health RD Breaking down the different types of cholesterol and what really goes on in your arteries Why the typical methods of measuring…

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Real Food Radio Episode 011: Identifying Your Migraine Triggers

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! My co-host today is registered dietitian Jan Patenaude, who is also the first certified LEAP therapist. Jan is a pioneer in the area of food sensitivity and adverse food reactions. In this episode, we discuss common triggers contributing to migraines, how these triggers could be accurately identified, and the real food approach to treatment. Also discussed in Episode 11… Jan’s background and how she became involved in LEAP testing The conventional approach to migraines and the serious side effects that come with it The many possible food, chemical, and environmental triggers that can contribute to migraines Why the root cause of migraines can be so tricky to pin down Using…

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Real Food Radio Episode 010: Eating Well While Traveling

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! On this episode, we discuss our personal tips and tricks when it comes to maintaining a real food diet on the road. Hint: It’s possible if you plan ahead! Also discussed in Episode 10… Ayla’s life update: We bought a house! Diana’s RD update: Her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital The new study examining the ultra-processed nature of the American diet How we plan ahead in order to maintain a real food diet while traveling Navigating the restaurant scene when away from home Dealing with dietary restrictions when dining out Product highlight: Himalayan pink salt lamps   Quote of the Week: “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re…

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Real Food Radio Episode 009: Setting the Record Straight on Supplements

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! My guest today is Ryan Whitcomb, a registered dietitian and owner of Gut RXN Nutrition, which specializes in treating individuals with food sensitivities relating to chronic inflammation. On this episode, Ryan and I discuss the often-controversial topic of supplements, when and why you may need them, and how they can fit into your real food diet. Also discussed in Episode 9… Ryan’s background and how he got into integrative medicine Four instances when supplementation is necessary The nutrient density of food today versus 50-60 years ago The scary relationship between medication and nutrient depletion The importance of eating local produce and buying frozen foods How monocropping severely impacts the…

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Real Food Radio Episode 008: The RFR Approach to “What I Ate Wednesday”

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! It’s impossible nowadays to browse any health or fitness related blog without noticing a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. The mid-week post encourages bloggers to walk-the-walk and share their day’s worth of meals, hopefully providing a model of what healthy eating should look like and inspiring readers to make healthy lifestyle changes as promoted by these seemingly trusted health professionals. But are these diets ones we should be emulating? While this increasingly popular trend seems innocent enough, it brings to light a dangerous pattern we’ve noticed when it comes to women’s dietary habits; focusing too much on restricting calories and not enough on putting together nutritionally balanced meals. In…

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Real Food Radio Episode 007: Managing Autoimmunity with Daphne Olivier, RD

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! On this episode, Ayla talks with “registered yet unconventional dietitian” Daphne Olivier about autoimmunity and the most common hypothyroid condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Daphne shares her personal experience with the disease and the importance of nutrition and lifestyle changes in managing autoimmune disorders. Also discussed in Episode 7… About Daphne’s practice and how she weaves functional medicine and nutrition with applicable culinary skills Defining Autoimmunity and the most common autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Why a gluten-free diet is necessary for those diagnosed with an autoimmune disease Looking at the relationship between a leaky gut and autoimmune disorders The importance of reducing stress while coping with an autoimmune disease Tips for…

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Real Food Radio Episode 006: Gestational Diabetes with Lily Nichols, RD

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified LEAP Therapist and Certified Pilates Instructor whose approach to nutrition embraces real food, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. On this episode, Lily discusses the most effective ways to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes and why the conventional screening methods and nutrition guidelines fail. Currently pregnant herself, Lily also recounts her first-hand experience with the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) and discusses her results. Also discussed in Episode 6… How Lily navigated through her conventional dietetic training to embrace a real food approach to nutrition and wellness Lily’s gestational diabetes research and helping pregnant women effectively manage GD About the glucose tolerance…

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Real Food Radio Episode 005: Setting up Your Real Food Kitchen

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! In this episode, we are joined by Personal Chef and Certified Health Coach Grace Brinton, who helps clients regain their health by providing high quality, nutrient-dense meals. With the new year in full swing, we focus on getting organized in the kitchen and building a foundation of healthy habits. Also discussed in Episode 5… Ayla’s Facebook post critiquing Oprah Winfrey’s new Weight Watcher’s ad How Grace’s own personal health struggles inspired her to become a personal chef and health coach Grace’s advice for breaking through excuses and making healthy dietary changes Grace’s experience tailoring meals to help clients with severe dietary restrictions Making meal planning and batch cooking work for you Freezer meal guidelines: What can and…

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