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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 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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Real Food Radio Episode 004: Mindful Eating

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! In this episode, we talk about eating mindfully; using our internal cues for hunger and satiety to guide us in making healthier decisions and bettering our relationship with food in our diet-obsessed culture. Also discussed in Episode 4… Ayla’s baby update: It’s a boy! Diana’s RD update: Her clinical rotations working with acute long-term patients Why eating mindfully helps us tune into our physiological signals How eating mindfully improves digestion Enjoying the physical process of preparing food Identifying physical vs. emotional hunger Limiting highly processed food inside the household Strategies for combating emotional hunger     Useful Links… Brian Wansink’s Mindless Eating The Joy of Cooking Melissa Joulwan’s post…

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Real Food Radio Episode 003: Balance Your Blood Sugar

Welcome Back to Real Food Radio! With the holiday season winding down, we discuss the importance of blood sugar balance and how it affects our mood and energy. Also discussed in Episode 3… Diana’s RD update: Her work with the not-for-profit grocery store Daily Table A look at the typical American diet and how it sets us up on a blood sugar roller coaster Insulin’s role in blood sugar management Signs and symptoms of insulin resistance Choosing the right carbohydrates to help balance blood sugar Don’t fear the fat: How healthy fat helps to prevent blood sugar spikes Shifting focus from calories to blood sugar balance The importance of protein in the diet and why protein…

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Real Food Radio Episode 002: The Meat Controversy

Welcome to Real Food Radio! We’re passionate about food that truly nourishes and fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice, and environmental sustainability. I am an RD who blogs at eatsimply.org and is the owner of Boston Functional Nutrition. Diana Rodgers is a farmer, author and nutritionist blogging at sustainabledish.com and the owner of radiance nutrition therapy. Join us each episode for information on functional nutrition, lifestyle tips, and much more! In this episode, we discuss the World Health Organization’s decision to label processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen Also discussed in episode 2… Should you ditch the bacon? Clarifying the WHO’s classification of processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen…

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Real Food Radio Episode 001: Real Food Strategies to Boost Your Immune System

Welcome to the very first episode of Real Food Radio! We’re passionate about food that truly nourishes and fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice, and environmental sustainability. I am an RD who blogs at eatsimply.org and am the owner of Boston Functional Nutrition. Diana Rodgers is a farmer, author and nutritionist blogging at sustainabledish.com and the owner of radiance nutrition therapy. Join us each episode for information on functional nutrition, lifestyle tips, and much more! With cold and flu season upon us, we discuss our favorite tips and tricks for boosting immunity. Hint: Ditch the sugar and pick up a steaming cup of bone broth. Also discussed in Episode 1… Meet Diana Rodgers & Ayla…

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