Real Food Radio Podcast

Ayla Barmmer, MS, RD and Nicole Holovach, MS, RD
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May 8, 2019

Welcome to Real Food Radio! This week Nicole interviews Emily Callahan, a Registered Dietitian with over a decade of experience in the world of nutrition and public health. She started her career working for the American Heart Association and the AHA and national academy of science engineering and medicine. She currently consults with national organizations and specializes in health and nutrition research, communication and policy, and as a science writer and editor. Today we talk all about bias and credibility in nutrition research. 

  • What does “evidence-based” mean? What are the pros and cons of an evidence-based practice?
  • Why nutrition research isn’t black and white and how that impacts nutrition advice
  • The difference between the absolute and relative numbers in research
  • How public relations and journalism impact the way the public receives nutrition research
  • The role of bias in nutrition research. Can we trust industry funded research?
  • Best tips for identifying solid nutrition information


Apr 2, 2019

Welcome to Real Food Radio! This week Ayla interviews Janice Newell Bissex, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, cookbook author, speaker, and Holistic Cannabis Practitioner. We talk all about the history of cannabis use, active components (THC vs CBD), medical applications for cannabis and CBD, administration and dosing, potential drug interactions, and legal issues around CBD and cannabis.

Janice has spent much of her career creating recipes and educating families about healthy cooking and eating at Meal Makeover Moms and Janice Cooks. After her dad found relief from his pain using medical marijuana it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief using cannabis and CBD. She completed training at the Holistic Cannabis Academy, and now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness. Janice partnered with a Colorado manufacturer of organically-grown medicinal grade hemp to provide phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD products for her clients under her Jannabis Wellness label.


Nov 13, 2018

Welcome to Real Food Radio! This week Nicole interviews Christa Biegler, award-winning dietitian nutritionist, online educator, and host of The Less Stressed Life Podcast. Christa specializes in gut health and autoimmune conditions in private practice. Today, Christa walks us through her eczema journey and takes a deep dive into what it is, what the root causes are, and how to improve and reverse eczema.


Christa Biegler, RD

Less Stressed Nutrition

The Less Stressed Life Podcast


Body Composition testing at Boston Functional Nutrition

Body Composition testing at Whole Health RD

Nourish You Fertility on Facebook

Boston Functional Nutrition on Facebook

Whole Health RD

Whole Health RD on Facebook

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Oct 30, 2018

Today's episode is all about hormonal birth control. Based on our experiences as both patients in the healthcare system and as practitioners, we've found that women are not being given full or accurate information about the risks of hormonal birth control use. Listen to this episode, get informed, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. In this episode, we go over:

  • How hormonal birth control works
  • Natural period vs. withdrawal bleed
  • Common myths about hormonal birth control
  • Potential consequences and risk factors of long term hormonal birth control use
  • How hormonal birth control impacts reproductive organs
  • Hormonal birth control and gut health
  • Nutrition implications of being on hormonal birth control


What Every Woman Should Know About Hormonal Birth Control by Ayla Barmmer of Boston Functional Nutrition (blog)

Sweetening the Pill (blog)

Lara Briden - The Period Revolution (blog)

Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden (book)

We just wanted to take a moment to emphasize a super important point. First and foremost, if you have any concerns, you should take them to your doctor. We are not trying to suggest what you should or shouldn't do with your body or whether hormonal birth control is the right option for you or not. This is something only you and your doctor can determine. The purpose of this episode is to educate you about the potential risks of hormonal birth control and to shed light on some considerations that are sometimes overlooked. Again, if you have any concerns, feel free to use this episode and the provided resources to get informed and formulate questions for your doctor.

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Additional Resources: 

Body Composition testing at Boston Functional Nutrition
Body Composition testing at Whole Health RD
Nourish You Fertility on Facebook
Boston Functional Nutrition on Facebook
Whole Health RD
Whole Health RD on Facebook
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Oct 16, 2018

Today's episode is all about how to maximize the nutrition you're getting from the foods you eat. We take a deep dive into things like bioavailability, soil quality, eating local, cooked vs raw foods, phytic acid, protein, and gut health.


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Oct 2, 2018

Today's episode is all about poop! We take a deep dive into what it means to have optimal digestion and healthy eliminations. Some of the topics we cover include:

  • What is a normal, good poop?
  • How frequently should you be eliminating?
  • Why is it important to pay attention to your bowel movements?
  • What role does fiber and roughage play in digestion?
  • What does a normal poop look like?
  • Red flags to look out for in your stool
  • When are laxatives appropriate?
  • What's the best way to deal with constipation?
  • How to improve digestion
  • What's a squatty potty?
  • How does stress impact digestion?
  • How does the microbiome relate to digestion and healthy elimination?