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Food, We Need To Talk

English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 season, 90 episodes, 1 day, 17 hours, 41 minutes
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A science-based, humor laced approach to health and fitness. With the help of top researchers from the health and wellness fields, Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips break down the science behind good nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and more. Includes a generous helping of sarcasm (Juna), dad jokes (Eddie), and pristine sound design (our awesome producers).
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Teaching Kids to Love Cooking and Eating Real Food with Sally Sampson

Today, we are talking to a real-life cookbook author all about how to get your kids to eat healthy! We are constantly getting questions from parents about how to help their kids to eat better. It can be tricky, especially when kids are surrounded by friends who maybe don’t eat the same way they do at home. Today, we talk to Sally Sampson from Chop Chop Family Magazine all about how to get your kids to love cooking! For weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
4/15/202433 minutes, 58 seconds
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Q&A - Weight Loss Shakes, Cortisol and Your Waistline, Pushing Through Fitness Plateaus & More

Today, we bring back one of our favorite episode format: the Q&A. What are our thoughts on weight loss shakes and meal services? How does cortisol impact weight loss? What is our best advice for starting a podcast? And, how can we push through fitness plateaus? To hear the rest of the Q&A, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
4/1/202430 minutes
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The Most Cited Nutritionist in the World

Today we speak to Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard T.H. Chan’s School of Public Health. Walter is the most cited nutritionist in the world. Our conversation goes over some of nutrition science’s greatest successes: the banning of trans fats. We also talk about what the biggest problem in our diet today is, what nutrition science has gotten wrong, why there seems to be so much conflicting information about what to eat, and more. For weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
3/18/202431 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Not to Hate Cardio with World-Renowned Coach Joel Jamieson

Today, we speak to world-renowned coach Joel Jamieson about all things cardio. We love to talk about resistance training on this show, but it’s finally time to show cardio some love. Joel tells us all about why cardio is one of the most important activities we should be doing for our health. We go through what the different heart rate zones are, how cardiovascular training is different from resistance training, how you can balance the two, and how cardiovascular training changes your mitochondria. To hear our bonus episode with Joel all about aging athletes, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out Joel’s Morpheus training system here: https://trainwithmorpheus.com/ The paper Joel mentioned: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/56/13/755?trk=public_post_comment-text Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
3/4/202443 minutes, 38 seconds
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Budget Ozempic, Covid's Effects on Eating Disorders, and More

Today, in honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we speak to Professor Bryn Austin. Our conversation covers a wide variety of topics: How the pandemic and social media have affected rates of eating disorders, how pharmaceutical companies are unethically marketing the new weight loss medications, the dangers of budget Ozempic, inequalities in the treatment and recognition of eating disorders, and how you, yes YOU, can create change by promoting public policies that protect our kids from harmful dietary supplements. Learn more and help out: The Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders The Out of Kids’ Hands Campaign For our discussion on dietary supplements, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
2/19/202438 minutes, 56 seconds
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You Binged... Now What?

A continuation of our discussion with Dr. Evelyna Kambanis on eating disorders, this week’s episode of The Talk focuses on what to do after a binge. We know that binges can be extremely emotionally and physically draining, so what can we do afterwards to get ourselves feeling better? To hear the rest of this week’s episode, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Thank you for your support, it’s what keeps the show going! Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
2/12/20243 minutes, 43 seconds
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Misconceptions About Eating Disorders, Orthorexia, and More

In today’s episode, we talk all things eating disorders with Dr. Evelyna Kambanis from Massachusetts General Hospital. How common are each of the eating disorders? What are some of the most common misconceptions surrounding them? What is orthorexia? How does social media affect EDs? And what are the best treatments? We cover all this and more on today’s episode in honor of the upcoming National Eating Disorders Awareness week. To hear our bonus episode “You Binged, Now What?” click the link below: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT For resources on eating disorders, including the eating disorders hotline and places to look for help, please check out the National Eating Disorders Association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
2/5/202435 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Live Longer

Ever considered that the key to a longer, happier life is not what you eat, how you move, or even how much sleep, but rather... your social circle? In this episode, we speak to Dr. Robert Waldinger, a Harvard professor and director of the longest study ever conducted on human happiness. As the author of The Good Life, Dr. Waldinger revealed the profound impact of relationships on health and longevity. We discuss the surprising connection between well-being and... well... connection. How does the quality of our relationships influence not only our mental health but also our physical health? It turns out that the most important health resolution you make this year is not your new diet or workout plan, but rather that weekly phone call you promised your parents.  To kickstart your exercise habit with daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/22/202442 minutes, 15 seconds
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Overcoming Gym Anxiety

The gym can be an intimidating place. When we’re new, we can often feel unwelcome or like we don’t belong. If you are struggling with gym anxiety, or feeling judged at the gym, this is the episode for you! Thanks again to Maggie for joining us on the pod! For daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/16/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Complicated Reality of Plant-Based "Meat"

There are a few things nutrition researchers agree on: Plants are "good" for us. Processed meats are "bad." But plant-based meat alternatives...? They raise some important questions: Are plant-based meat alternatives ultra-processed foods? Are processed meats any worse than processed meat alternatives? With the rise of Impossible Meat, the Beyond Burger, and growing concerns about the climate emergency, we tackle a complicated topic: if or when meat alternatives should replace meat. With Professor Christopher Gardener from Stanford University, we get to the meat of the issue. To kickstart your exercise habit with daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/15/202435 minutes, 11 seconds
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Should We Be Worried About Salt?

How many times have you heard that we need to cut down on salt? But... do we actually? What does the science say about salt, our health, and who needs to worry about it? Is pink salt healthier than white salt? Is there such a thing as too low-sodium? In this episode, we chat with Dr. Robert Hunter, a nephrologist and researcher at the University of Edinburgh, to demystify the world of dietary salt. This is everything you need to know about sodium and the real challenge of reducing intake when it's hidden away in the places you least expect it. Get ready to shake up everything you thought you knew about your favorite seasoning.  To kickstart your exercise habit with daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/8/202432 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why You Need a Good "Why"

Many people set exercise goals without a clear understanding of why they want to pursue them. Here we discuss the importance of finding a deeper purpose or "why" with your fitness journey. Whether it's reducing pain, being more active with family, or finding joy in movement, having a profound reason enhances long-term commitment. For daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/3/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Create Consistency

In day two of our daily episode series, we’re discussing the importance of consistency. In the New Year, it can be tempting to make big goals and come out blazing, but our real goal is to make exercise a habit for the rest of our lives. We discuss the importance of consistency over intensity, how to plan for setbacks, and using the power of habits and routines. Check out our episode on habit formation. For daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/2/20247 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Set Goals to Succeed

We are ringing in the New Year with our first-ever daily episode series! Every single day of January, we are posting a mini-episode geared towards helping people with the most common New Year's resolution: to exercise more. This series is meant to be hyper-practical, tackling things like finding a routine, overcoming gym anxiety, creating consistency and so much more! (Including a deep dive into Eddie's gym fashion.) In this episode, we discuss the best ways to set goals for the New Year. We talk about the importance of setting specific and measurable goals, as well as how to use your own brain chemistry to help you achieve your new habits. Check out last year’s episode on the science of New Year’s resolutions! For daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/1/20246 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Shocking Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar is often among the first things people ditch in the New Year, and the most common replacement? Artificial sweeteners. But what if replacing sugar with its calorie-free counterpart is actually doing more harm than good? For this episode, we speak to Dr. Jotham Suez, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University, all about artificial sweeteners. How do they work? What are the metabolic effects of artificial sweeteners vs. sugar on our bodies? How do these sugar alternatives potentially negatively affect our microbiome, blood sugar control, and even cause weight gain? Turns out artificial sweeteners might not be so sweet after all. To kickstart your exercise habit and get daily episodes all of January, come join the Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out last year’s episode on sugar! Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
1/1/202434 minutes, 27 seconds
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Q&A - Food and Depression, Birth Control and Weight Gain, and What If You Hate Exercise?

Today, we are answering all your top questions! Some of the topics we cover include: the link between food and depression, whether or not birth control causes weight gain, what to do if you don’t like exercise, and the effects of weight stigma on health. Thank you for another incredible year of the podcast and for all your support! We wouldn’t be here without you, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Get bonus episodes: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out Full Plate Living: https://www.fullplateliving.org/ Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
12/25/202332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fiber Hacks + the Dangers of Fiber Supplements

In this episode, we talk about some of our favorite ways to incorporate more fiber and fermented foods. We also discuss fiber supplements. When should you use fiber supplements? Are they a replacement for dietary fiber from food? (Plus, a pretty hefty conversation about protein ice cream!) To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
12/19/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Understanding the Microbiome

In this episode, we talk all things microbiome. Our guest is Professor Erica Sonnenberg from Stanford University. We discuss why the microbiome is so important, how it affects not only our physical health, but also our mental health, how we can better take care of our microbiome, and even whether or not probiotic supplements work. At the end, we also talk to Amy Hanus from Full Plate Living all about fiber, one of the easiest things you can focus on to nourish your gut! Get bonus episodes: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out Full Plate Living: https://www.fullplateliving.org/ Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
12/11/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 17 seconds
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What We Can Learn from Top Athletes ft. Ben Bergeron

Today, we talk to one of our most exciting guests yet: Ben Bergeron. Ben is a world-renowned author, speaker, and coach to some of the world’s most elite CrossFit athletes. We cover a range of topics including what we want our health for, what we can learn from elite athletes, the link between mindset and health, how to instill healthy habits in your kids, and how to know what we should be chasing in life. We even both get some personal training advice for our own fitness journeys! Check out Ben’s podcast and training app: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chasing-excellence/id1170629044 https://www.comptrain.com/ Get bonus episodes: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT \Check out our book: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
11/27/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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Eddie's Therapy (AKA Health Coaching) Session

Last week, we had an incredible episode talking all about the power of health coaching, and now, it’s Eddie’s turn in the hot seat! Learn about how Eddie is thinking about approaching the rest of his life, finding purpose in what he does, structuring his ideal day, and making this transition as fluid and graceful as possible. To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Learn more about Well Coaches and Margaret Moore here: https://www.coachmeg.com https://www.wellcoaches.com Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
11/20/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Transformative Power of Health Coaching + Juna Gets "Therapised" ft. Margaret Moore

In this episode, we talk to Margaret Moore about the emerging field of health coaching. It's exactly what it sounds like: someone coaching you through achieving your health goals, except it's much more than that. As Margaret discusses in this episode, health coaching delves into the core of who you are – your identity, the reasons behind your health goals, and what brings you fulfillment. One of the topics we cover is how identity is deeply ingrained from an early age and can play a pivotal role in shaping your beliefs, but it's also something that can be changed. Towards the end, we even have a live coaching session. Learn more about Well Coaches and Margaret Moore here: https://www.coachmeg.com https://www.wellcoaches.com Listen to Eddie’s coaching session: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
11/13/202357 minutes, 42 seconds
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Why We Don't Know Enough About Women's Health

In this episode, we close out our women’s health series with some final thoughts. Discussing periods, pregnancy, and menopause on the podcast was something we’ve been meaning to do for a long time, but the reality is, there’s a lot of science left to do on these topics. Why has women’s health been ignored for so long? Why have so many drugs not been tested on women specifically, even though they are FDA approved? We talk about all of it, plus what we learned from this series, and more. To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
11/6/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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A "Healthy" Pregnancy

We now know that what you do when you’re pregnant has profound implications for the health of your baby, and yourself. But the information and advice surrounding pregnancy is seemingly never-ending and often contradictory. What does a healthy pregnancy actually look like? Should we be changing the way we eat? Exercising? How much weight should we gain during pregnancy? What about prenatal vitamins? Today, we will be speaking to Professor Beth Murray-Davis from McMaster University about what we need to know to increase our chances of having a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby. To get weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
10/30/202349 minutes, 22 seconds
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Cooking Advice, Meal Kits, Meal Prep + Healthy Homemade Ice Cream

We know that cooking is one of the best ways to improve diet quality, but let’s face it, it’s not exactly everyone’s favorite activity. In this episode, we both share where we are on our cooking journeys. We also share our thoughts on meal prep, meal kits, changing your attitude around cooking AND A HOMEMADE HEALTHY ICE CREAM RECIPE! To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
10/23/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Misconceptions and Myths of Menopause

What comes to mind when you think of menopause? For many, it’s caricatures of older women, fanning themselves and being irritable. Not only does menopause often get made fun of in the media, its symptoms and treatment have long been dismissed or even outright ignored by clinicians. Today, we speak to Professor Rebecca Thurston of the University of Pittsburgh about all the myths and misconceptions that surround menopause. What does the science tell us about why menopause occurs, what does healthy menopause look like, how can we alleviate symptoms, and what possible treatment options are available? To get weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
10/16/202341 minutes, 43 seconds
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Supplementing a Bad Diet with Vitamins + Our Thoughts on Protein Bars and Protein Powders

In this episode, we talk all about supplements. Can you take enough vitamins to “fix” a bad diet? What about protein bars and protein powders? Are they the same as whole food protein sources? Today, we talk all about the right and wrong ways to use supplements to compliment your diet. To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
10/9/20234 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Episode About Periods

It’s no secret that periods are something almost no one wants to talk about, but menstruation serves one of the most important functions of the human body. In this episode, we speak to Professor Katherine Black from the University of Otago in New Zealand. What is happening in your body during your cycle? Why do we get hungrier, experience mood swings, get depressed, or experience pain leading up to our period? Is there any science behind changing your exercise and nutrition to be in sync with your cycle? And, what does losing your period mean for your health? To get weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
10/2/202338 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to "Not Screw Up Your Kids" (Talking to Your Kids About Health)

We've been getting a lot of questions about how to talk to kids about health and fitness. On the one hand, you want your kids to eat healthy and move their body, but on the other hand, overemphasizing these topics can really backfire and have detrimental mental health effects. On this episode, we talk about what we want our health for, how to talk about bodies around kids, and finally, how to navigate a food environment at home that has been invaded by your teenagers' frozen pizzas and sodas. To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
9/25/20234 minutes, 45 seconds
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Food Addiction, Dumb Things Your Brain Does, and Enjoying Your Food ft. Laurie Santos

Today, we bring back Laurie Santos from The Happiness Lab. This time, we focus on building a good relationship to food. We talk all about some of the worst features of how the human brain works, whether food can be addictive, how we can enjoy our food more, and how to build a good relationship with food in today’s food environment. Check out Laurie’s podcast and Coursera course. To get weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
9/18/202344 minutes, 7 seconds
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Combining Exercise and Social Life, Learning New Skills No Matter Your Age, and Improving Focus

We loved our episode with Dr. Jennifer Heisz so much that we needed to chat about it some more. We talk about how we like to incorporate movement that isn't exercise, how moving helps us think better, combining movement with social connection, and learning new skills no matter your age! To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
9/11/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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How Exercise Helps with Depression, Anxiety, and the Aging Brain ft. Dr. Jennifer Heisz

We all know the physical benefits of exercise, but today we talk about the brain benefits. How does exercise impact depression and anxiety? How can exercise help keep our brains young? Should our exercise habits change depending on our mental health? Today, we speak to Dr. Jennifer Heisz, Professor of Kinesiology at McMaster University. Check out her book Move the Body, Heal the Mind. To get weekly episodes, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
9/4/202344 minutes, 17 seconds
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Saunas, Cold Plunges, Apple Watches, Ozempic, and More: Andy Galpin on Fitness Fads

In this episode of The Talk, Professor Galpin first helps Eddie with his own personal health goals, and then we take some time going through all the current top fitness fads. We discuss saunas, cold plunges, nasal breathing, fitness trackers, high intensity interval training, electrolyte drink mixes, Ozempic, and more. Find out which "fads" are actually worth hopping on!  To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Chat with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Be friends with Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
8/28/20234 minutes, 52 seconds
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Exercise Is Not About “Not Being Fat” ft. Andy Galpin

This episode is a deep dive into all things exercise with world-renowned expert Professor Andy Galpin. Our discussion includes: how much and what type of cardio should we be doing for optimal health? How should we be varying our training throughout the year? How should our training change depending on our goals? We also cover the dramatic effects exercise has on brian health, the importance of improving proprioception, and the incredible impact of “exercise snacks.” To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Come be friends with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Join Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
8/21/202341 minutes, 52 seconds
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Our Meditation Journeys + Eddie Is a Black Belt?!

In this episode of The Talk, we both go through our experiences with meditation. Eddie discusses his twenty years practicing martial arts and how he was able to reconcile his spiritual practice in the Dojo with his medical practice at the hospital. Who knew Eddie was a black belt?! Juna tells the incredible tales of what it's like to go on two ten-day silent meditation retreats. Plus, there's a pretty epic Buddhist dad joke in there at the end! To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Come be friends with us on IG! https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Join Juna on IG and Tiktok! https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
8/14/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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Food We Need to Talk... in Person!!!

Thank you to everyone who came to our live event! It was so incredibly wonderful to meet all of you! To hear the rest of the episode, come join the Foodie Fam https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Check out our book! https://read.macmillan.com/lp/food-we-need-to-talk/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodweneedtotalk/?hl=en Follow Juna on Instagram and Tiktok: https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjuna/ https://www.tiktok.com/@junagjata
8/7/202349 minutes, 34 seconds
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Have We Improved Our Mindful Eating + Eddie's Debut at Symphony Hall

On this episode of The Talk, we discuss how we are implementing the things we learned in last week's podcast on mindful eating with the Nutrition Diva. We also discuss mindful cooking, enjoying your food, silent meditation retreats, Eddie's stint at Symphony Hall, and the secret to the Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl... It's a fun time!  Join The Foodie Fam membership: https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT  Check out our book! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
7/31/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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What The Heck Is Mindful(ish) Eating ft. The Nutrition Diva

You probably hear about mindful eating all the time, but maybe you think to yourself, how am I actually supposed to do this? There are so many things that are making us mind-LESS eaters: our phones, our food environment, our obsessive food tracking. In a world of calorie trackers and endless TikToks to scroll through, how can we learn to be more mindful eaters, enjoy our food more, and maybe even make better food choices in the process? Today, we talk to Monica Reinagel, The Nutrition Diva, all about mindful-ish eating. Check out Monica’s podcast The Nutrition Diva and her app The Nutrition GPA! Join The Foodie Fam for bonus episodes and more! Check out our book! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
7/24/202342 minutes, 17 seconds
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Opening Up About Our Own Mental Health - The Talk (Bonus Episode)

Join the Foodie Fam Membership - https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT! Welcome to our first episode of The Talk, our member-only bonus episode series! One of our most common requests is to go weekly, and the best way we have found to make that possible is by launching The Foodie Fam Membership. This is our way of staying true our mission by being selective about which sponsors we accept, while still being able to give you guys the content you’ve been asking for! In this first episode, Eddie and Juna reflect on their own mental health struggles and how exercise and nutrition played a role in their recovery. As we discussed last week, improving diet quality might help your mental health, but if it’s taken too far, it might actually hurt your mental health. If you want more of The Talk, plus other exclusive member-only benefits, come join us at The Foodie Fam! https://www.patreon.com/FWNTT Read Our Book Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
7/17/202325 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is The Food You're Eating Making You Depressed?

CLICK HERE for tickets and all event details! Most of us know that food affects our weight and energy levels, but what if the food you are eating is actually having a profound impact on your mental health as well? New research suggests that eating unhealthily might actually play a causal role in mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. In this episode, we speak to Professor Felice Jacka from Deakin University in Australia about her ground-breaking research into improving mental health just by improving lifestyle factors. What if you could feel less depressed by just eating better? This summer, there are more important reasons to eat better than just "looking good on the beach." Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
7/10/202337 minutes, 48 seconds
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Come Meet Us in Person!!! (Our First Live Event)

CLICK HERE for tickets and all event details! Come join us for our first ever live event! To celebrate the launch of our book, we are hosting a live podcast recording and book signing in Boston, Massachusetts. For all details, click the link above or go to www.foodweneedtotalk.com/event We can’t wait to meet you! (And enjoy some yummy treats together!) Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
7/3/20231 minute, 38 seconds
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Finally... The Protein Episode

This episode is dedicated to the sexiest macronutrient of the time: PROTEIN. We talk to the king of protein research himself, Professor Stu Phillips from McMaster University about all the most common questions we get about protein. How much do you need? Should you spread it out throughout the day? Do you need a protein supplement? Is animal or vegan protein better? What's the deal with collagen, and more. Find out how a higher protein diet impacts your overall health, your weight, and your metabolism. (Plus, how to not waste your money on things that don't work.) Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
6/26/202337 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Myth of "I'll Be Happy When I'm X Pounds" ft. Laurie Santos

"I'll be happy when..." How many times have you found yourself saying that? It could be a goal income, a goal relationship, or a goal body, but the message is the same: I need to wait to get THIS thing before I can be happy. So what happens when you actually do get THAT thing—get that house, see that number on the scale, reach that income level? It turns out, not what you think. In this episode we talk to Professor Laurie Santos from Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast about what really makes us happy and what actually matters. Get ready because whatever we think is the answer is often the furthest thing from it. Take Laurie’s Class “The Science of Happiness” Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
6/12/202355 minutes, 59 seconds
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Getting Summer Ready - Trailer!

How many summers have you spent feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in your body? Maybe you don’t buy that two piece swimsuit, or maybe you skip the pool party. We spend months stressing, dieting, and taking extra spin classes in the hopes that THIS summer will be different. THIS summer, I’ll be confident. I’ll look the way I want to look. I’ll be ready. Well, what if this summer we focus on feeling our best, not just looking our best? What if we could feel confident without being miserable for months in advance? What if we’ve been focusing on the wrong things this entire time and seeing a number on a scale is not actually what will make us happy this summer? Tune in to our next season for a fresh look at “summer ready.” Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
6/5/20231 minute, 53 seconds
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Update! (Book and podcast!)

Preorder the book at Barnes and Noble! (Use code “PREORDER25” at checkout for 25% off) Ends Friday, April 28. Applies to hardcover, audiobook, and e-book. Let us know if you preorder to be entered to win a signed copy of the book! Email us at [email protected] or DM us @foodweneedtotalk on Instagram. For more information, visit our website.
4/26/20231 minute, 30 seconds
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The Magic of NON-Exercise

We've all heard advice like "take the stairs!" or "park in the furthest spot," but can this stuff actually make a difference? What's the point of movement if it's not leaving you out of breath, dripping in sweat, and sore the next day? This week, we talk to Dr. James Levine about the powerful health (and non-health) benefits of non-exercise. Get ready to bust out the bike desk. Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
3/27/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Uncontroversial Truth About Nutrition

When it comes to nutrition, it seems like we disagree about nearly everything: carbs, sugar, fat... even fruit. But, it turns out, there's actually a lot that the entire scientific community agrees on. In this episode, we talk to Professor Christopher Gardner about nutrition science, what we've gotten wrong, and more importantly, what we've gotten right. It turns out, nutrition may not be as complicated as we make it seem. Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
3/20/202332 minutes, 34 seconds
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Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder

A lot of us struggle with our relationship to food. We may be overly restrictive. We may use food to cope with difficult emotions or stress. But for some of us, the struggle goes beyond this, and becomes a dangerous mental illness. Today, we revisit one of our most important episodes exploring eating disorders and disordered eating. How do we know if we have an eating disorder? Who can eating disorders affect? And what does a healthy relationship with food look like? Today, we speak to Professor Jennifer Thomas from Massachusetts General Hospital and and Professor Kristin Javaras from Harvard Medical School. Eating Attitudes Test 9EAT-26) Find more resources at the National Eating Disorders Association. Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
3/13/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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This Is Your Brain on Cheesecake

You know that feeling of not being able to stop eating something? Potato chips, Oreo’s, candy—one second you’re opening the package, the next it’s gone. What are ultra-processed foods, and why do they seemingly cause us to lose control? Today, we listen back on one of our favorite episodes featuring journalist Michael Pollan, Professor Paul Kenny on how processed foods affect our brains and even change our food preferences. Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
3/6/202322 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Truth About Alcohol (An Update)

This is an update to our last episode on alcohol. New research has been accumulating suggesting that perhaps even a glass a day of alcohol is not beneficial. For instance, the new Canadian guidelines say that zero alcohol is the safest amount of alcohol. Today, we revisit the topic with Professor Mariann Piano, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship Director. Thank you to everyone who reached out to us to make this episode. Preorder our book! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
2/27/202352 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Science of a Happy and Meaningful Life ft. Dacher Keltner

If you’ve ever wondered what science has to tell us about being more fulfilled, feeling more joy, and living a good life, this is the episode for you. Today, we talk to happiness researcher and professor Dacher Keltner, from the University of California Berkeley and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center. How much money makes us happy? Is it harder to be happier today than it used to be? And what can we do to live a more meaningful life? Preorder our book! Check out Dacher’s books: Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life Check out Dacher’s podcast The Science of Happiness Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
2/20/202348 minutes, 52 seconds
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OZEMPIC - The "Magical" Weight Loss Drug

You’ve seen it on the news, on Tiktok, and on magazine covers. Ozempic is being credited as a magical weight loss solution, allegedly responsible for countless celebrity transformations, and everyone is talking about it. But now, people with diabetes who need the medication are having trouble getting it. What is Ozempic? How does it work? Why does it cause weight loss and is it safe to use? Today, we talk to Dr. Shauna Levy, an assistant professor at Tulane University School of Medicine and a double board certified physician in General Surgery and Obesity Medicine. Preorder the book! Other episodes we mentioned: The Health Effects of Being Called “Fat” How to Create Habits and Hack Your Health Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
2/6/202353 minutes, 26 seconds
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We Wrote a Book!!!

Thank you to everyone who has listened, downloaded, rated, or reviewed, your support made this a possibility, and now, a reality. FOOD WE NEED TO TALK: The Science-based, Humor-laced Last Word on Eating, Diet and Making Peace with Your Body | Published by St. Martin’s Press, releasing on July 11, 2023 Preorder at Barnes and Noble before Friday January 27, and use code “PREORDER25” at checkout for 25% off. Preorder on Amazon. Learn more about the book. If you do preorder, DM us a screenshot @foodweneedtotalk on IG or email us at [email protected] and we will be picking one person to win a signed hardcover! Thank you all so much, and we can’t wait for you to read it.
1/26/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Resolutions - Is Coffee *Actually* Healthy?

Is there anything better than a piping hot cup of coffee on a frigid winter day, or the first cold brew of a beautiful summer? For a lot of us… likely not. Coffee is the way we kick off a day, pick up an afternoon, and rehash the work week with a friend on the weekend. Besides saving us an untold amount of cash, is there any health benefit to giving up coffee? Or is it actually making us live longer? Today we talk to Professor Rob Van Dam from George Washington University. Caf, decaf, or no-caf: what science tells us about coffee, caffeine, and health. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
1/23/202340 minutes, 8 seconds
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Resolutions - Is Alcohol *Actually* Healthy?

A cocktail with your friends, a glass of wine after work, a beer at a barbecue–alcohol is everywhere. Undoubtedly, it’s been an integral part of our society for thousands of years. But when it comes to its effects on our health, results can feel more mixed than your favorite margarita. Is alcohol a “poison,” or maybe, in moderation, is it actually ok, or even good for us? Today, we speak to Professor Eric Rimm from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on the science of alcohol and health. So sit back, relax, and pour yourself a glass… or maybe don’t. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
1/16/202349 minutes, 28 seconds
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Resolutions - Is Sugar *Actually* Unhealthy?

Donuts, cupcakes, lattes, and cookies–sometimes it seems like the best things in life are full of it: the sweet, delicious thing we call sugar. It’s one of the first places we look to when we’re trying to make a “lifestyle change,” and also one of the first places we look to when we need a pick-me-up. Some scientists say that sugar is akin to a poison, giving rise to diseases like diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Others say, it’s not actually that bad. So what’s the truth? This week, we talk to Professor Jim Mann from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Is sugar bad for us? Are all sugars the same? Should we even be giving up sugar at all? Find out on our sweetest episode yet.  Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
1/9/202339 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Science of Making, *Not* Breaking, New Year’s Resolutions | Resolutions Series Ep. 1

We’ve all done it: you resolve to… go to the gym, eat healthier, save money. You’re excited and doing great, and then… it’s January 10th and you’re back to grabbing takeout, sitting on your sofa, and thinking, “Eh… I’ve got too much going on right now, next year!” Well what if there was actual research conducted on New Year’s Resolutions and how we can maybe (gasp) actually keep them for once? It turns out–there is. This week, in the first episode of our Resolutions series, we talk to Professor Alexander Rozental and Martin Oscarsson from Stockholm University in Sweden. They published the largest study on the making, keeping, and breaking of New Year’s Resolutions. This week, we find out what kind of goals to set, how to set them, and what to do to ensure that “this year is (actually) different.” How to Create Habits and Hack Your Health Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
1/2/202338 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why You Shouldn't Stress About Exercise ft. Dan Lieberman

Today, we interview Professor Dan Lieberman all about why exercise doesn't have to be so stressful or complicated. This is a look at exercise through the anthropological perspective, and why it’s normal to not "feel like it" sometimes. Find out the answers to questions like: Is sitting actually that bad for you? How much do we need to exercise? Is there such a thing as exercising too much, and more. Professor Lieberman’s book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
12/26/202235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Holiday Food, Guilt, and Stress: How to *Actually* Have a Happy Holiday

The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, and yet, many people would agree "jingle hell" may be more appropriate than "jingle bell." Delicious treats are everywhere, and yet one wonders, is there such a thing as too many cookies? Family is coming together, including that one uncle who always makes some rude comment about your weight, and a whole smorgasbord of feelings--guilt, shame, anxiety, loneliness, and more--are brought to the table along with the pies and roasts. On this episode: how to navigate all things holiday food, family, and emotions to *actually* make it the happiest season of all! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
12/12/202234 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Health Effects of Being Called "Fat"

Weight stigma, or weight-based discrimination, is a form of stigma that is widely accepted and has been rising over the past few decades. People think that being mistreated because of your body shape or weight is deserved because a person's weight is "their fault." Some even think that "fat shaming" is a way to help people "change" and "become healthier." Today, we discuss the detrimental physical and mental health effects of weight stigma, health effects that are often worse than the documented effects of excess weight. Our guest is psychologist Christine Emmer. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
11/28/202238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Does Being Hungry Make You Live Longer? Calorie Restriction and Longevity

You may have heard online that calorie restriction, or intermittent fasting, or both combined can actually make us live longer. But what does science have to say about this? Today, we talk to Professor John Speakman about the science of calorie restriction, health, and longevity. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
11/14/202228 minutes, 50 seconds
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Can You Lose Weight Eating ANYTHING, How To Get Back Into the Gym, and Getting Your Kids To Eat "Healthy" - Q&A

Today, you've got Q's, we've got A's! What do you do if you don't like resistance training? How do you get back into the gym after a long break? Can you lose weight if you're eating junk food? And how can you get kids to eat healthy without putting certain foods off limits? Join us for this spooky Q&A. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
10/31/202240 minutes, 6 seconds
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Where Does the Fat Go? (And Other Concerns)

If you've ever wondered where fat goes when you lose weight, what exactly a calorie is, and what on earth physics has to do with all of it, this is the episode for you! Today, we talk to Ruben Meerman, AKA “the surfing scientist”, about the physiology and the physics of our bodies. What do atoms have to do with calories? What does carbon dioxide have to do with your waistline?! Find out today. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
10/17/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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Cardio, Lifting... or BOTH? The Best Exercise for Weight Loss, Health, and Longevity

Chances are you're one of two types of people: you love running, biking, and spin... or you love being at the gym, lifting weights, and HIIT. Whether your goal is weight loss, health, or longevity (or all three), there seems to be a never-ending debate. We know exercise is "good," but should we be doing cardio? Or lifting weights? Or maybe... BOTH? Today's episode is for the cardio bunnies and the gym rats, and everybody in between. PS: Our friends at Mind Pump are hooking us up: All exercise programs are half off with code "FOOD" at checkout. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
10/3/202232 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sleep, Weight Gain, Eating, and Health

We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so it must be pretty darn important--but why? What is going on in our brains when we sleep? What makes sleep so crucial for our overall health, and how does it affect our eating, weight, energy, and mood? And perhaps most importantly, how can we improve our sleep? Today, a conversation with Dr. Param Dedhia on all things sleep: circadian rhythms, blue light, Eddie's trials and tribulations in medical school, and more! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
9/19/202251 minutes, 1 second
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Is the Freshman 15 a Real Thing?

Back to school season is here, which means late nights, yummy foods, and a LOT of socializing. The Freshman 15 (the weight gain many experience in their freshman year of college) is something we've all heard about, but is there any science behind it? In this episode, we figure out exactly what happens when we go back to school that makes it so hard to keep up our usual health behaviors, and what we can do about it. Get ready for a deep dive into staying healthy, happy, and sane... even in school! Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.
9/5/202227 minutes, 45 seconds
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Wrestling With Body Positivity, Losing Weight Without Disordered Eating, and Eating Healthy in College - Q&A

We answer some questions from YOU, our listeners. In this episode, we cover balancing body positivity and overall health, navigating your relationship to food after having dealt with disordered eating, and... it's back to school season! So how do we maintain good healthy habits, even while we're in school? Remember to head to our website for our show notes: https://www.foodweneedtotalk.com/ And please take our 5-minute survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! https://www.foodweneedtotalk.com/survey
8/22/202234 minutes, 44 seconds
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A "Healthy" Relationship with "Unhealthy" Food ft. Jordan Syatt

Having a good relationship with food is complicated. Sure, we should be eating our fruits and veggies, of course we should exercise, but when does this go too far? Is not being able to eat cake at a birthday party truly "healthy?" Today, we talk to Jordan Syatt, a record-holding powerlifter and formerly Gary Vee's personal trainer, about how to develop a healthy relationship even with "unhealthy" food. Note: We discuss restriction, binge eating, and eating disorders in this week's episode. All show notes can be found on our website: https://www.foodweneedtotalk.com/
8/8/202226 minutes, 44 seconds
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Stress, Eating, and Weight

We usually think of stress as a "bad" thing, something to be avoided–but is stress actually bad for our health? How does stress affect our eating and our food choices? Why do some of us gain weight when we get stressed, while others lose weight? This week, we talk to Professor Daryl O'Connor of University of Leeds all about stress, food, and our waistlines. All shownotes can be found on our website: https://www.foodweneedtotalk.com
7/25/202230 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Create Habits and Hack Your Health

You know those people who have it all together—their eating, their exercise, their work life—all seemingly with no effort? Well, it turns out it's not because they have amazing "self-control" or "will power." It's actually because they have really good habits. In this episode, we speak to Professor Wendy Wood all about how to create new habits, break bad ones, and the power of habit hacking and habit stacking. All the shownotes can be found on our website: https://www.foodweneedtotalk.com
7/11/202235 minutes, 48 seconds
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From "Fat Is In" to "Slim-Thick" - A History of Dieting

From the time of the Victorians to the time of the Kardashians, there's always been a body type that's been "in." The only problem? It's always changing. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Katharina Vester of American University about the origins of body ideals and how they have impacted society and culture over time. Having a six pack used to mean you were broke? Only men were allowed to watch their weight? The surprising history of dieting and our bodies. All shownotes on our website: www.foodweneedtotalk.com
6/27/202231 minutes, 50 seconds
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Be Kind...Even To Yourself

We all have that little voice inside our heads—you know the one: calling you names, criticizing everything you do, just in general being a negative Nancy. Although we may think "tough love" will get us to our goals faster, it turns out it may actually backfire and make it harder to be successful. On this episode, we talk to Dr. Kristin Neff all about the science of self-compassion, and how practicing it may actually help us stick to our goals and live happier, healthier lives. You can find all our shownotes on our website.
6/13/202228 minutes, 6 seconds
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Here's What We Do Agree On About Nutrition

When it comes to nutrition, it seems like we disagree about nearly everything: carbs, sugar, fat... even fruit. But, it turns out, there's actually a lot that the entire scientific community agrees on. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Christopher Gardner about nutrition science, what we've gotten wrong, and more importantly, what we've gotten right. It turns out, nutrition may not be as complicated as we make it seem. Find all shownotes on our website.
5/30/202231 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Magic of NON-Exercise

We've all heard advice like "take the stairs!" or "park in the furthest spot," but can this stuff actually make a difference? What's the point of movement if it's not leaving you out of breath, dripping in sweat, and sore the next day? This week, we talk to Dr. James Levine about the powerful health (and non-health) benefits of non-exercise. Get ready to bust out the bike desk.
5/16/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Is Your Body Working Against You?

You know the feeling: you start eating right, working out, you’re seeing some progress and then…your body just stops responding. Over 80% of diets fail, but WHY? Juna and Eddie talk to Dr. Paul MacLean, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at University of Colorado School of Medicine, about what happens at the end of a diet and the biological drive to regain weight. Tune in to find out what happens to appetite, movement, fat storage and more AFTER the diet.
5/2/202229 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Surprising Secrets of Your Metabolism

The metabolism may seem like a magical concept: some people eat whatever they want and don’t gain weight. Others so much as look at a dessert and feel the pounds creeping on. But what do we know about our metabolism? Can it speed up? Can it slow down? Does yo-yo dieting damage our metabolisms? On this episode, Juna and Eddie talk to Dr. Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University all about the ins and outs of human energy expenditure, and what hunter gatherer tribes can teach us about how our metabolism works.
4/18/202227 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is It Really Just About the Calories?

Are all calories created equal? Do calories even matter? Are calories ALL that matter? In this episode, Juna and Eddie talk to EC Synkowski, founder of Optimize Me Nutrition, about those little things we all love to hate: calories. What are they, and should we even be paying attention? Listen up, the answer may surprise you… You can find EC on Instagram, here: www.instagram.com/optimizemenutrition And her amazing website, here: https://optimizemenutrition.com
4/4/202224 minutes, 18 seconds
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First Listen - We're Back!

Juna and Eddie are back to tackle all the health and fitness topics you guys requested most! With guidance from some of the world’s top experts, some witty banter, and a good helping of dad jokes, Juna and Eddie dive deep into the science behind intermittent fasting, metabolism, aging, fat loss, microbiome and more. Find out what works, what doesn’t, and why, every two weeks right here on Food We Need to Talk, a science-based, humor-laced approach to health and fitness.
3/21/20222 minutes, 3 seconds
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Your Body, Your Self

From weight stigma to the "Health At Every Size" movement, Eddie and Juna dig into the complex issue of body image with Dr. Mark Berman, Dr. Lesley Williams, Janet Tomiyama, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford and Sal Distefano.
3/9/202023 minutes, 43 seconds
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Disordered Eating And Eating Disorders

Juna reveals that she is battling an eating disorder and explores how and why dieting can tip into problem territory, and what to do about it. Experts in this episode include Jenny Thomas, co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Kristin Javaras, clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital.
2/24/202025 minutes, 20 seconds
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Supplements And Snake Oils

Want a flat stomach? A faster metabolism? Maybe to get rid of that cellulite? Well, there's a supplement for that. If only it were so easy... But as with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Guests in this episode include champion lifter Layne Norton and Dr. Pieter Cohen.
2/17/202023 minutes, 6 seconds
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Q&A - Mixing Cardio and Lifting, the Best Gym Routine, Optimal Time to Exercise and More

Juna and Eddie answer listeners' questions about exercise, from "how much is enough" to "how much is too much?"
2/10/202014 minutes, 55 seconds
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Stress, Stress, Stress and Your Waistline

"Stress eating" can shift food preferences toward sugar and fat, leading Eddie and Juna to try the famous "raisin exercise." They also check in with Dr. John Denninger at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. Marc Potenza at Yale School of Medicine.
2/3/202021 minutes, 1 second
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Q&A - Are Potatoes Bad For You, Portion Control for Weight Loss, Dealing with Weight Gain Without Dieting and More

From potatoes to quickie "food challenges," Eddie and Juna answer questions from listeners.
1/27/202019 minutes, 11 seconds
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Am I Destined To Be This Size?

You know better than to expect life to be fair. But still, it's enough to drive anyone crazy: Some people seem to be able to eat anything they want and never gain weight. About 50% of weight variation stems from genetics, according to Rooth Loos, a professor of public health at the Icahn School of Medicine. We'll also hear from Yale neuroscientist Dana Small.
1/20/202016 minutes, 48 seconds
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How Can I Become A Fat-Burning Machine?

Asked for just one recommendation for lifelong health, our experts all had the same answer: exercise. And there's one type of exercise that may bring the best benefit in the least amount of time. Experts include: Wayne Westcott, Sal Di Stefano, and Jackie Shahar. (Bonus: For more on exercise, listen to "The Magic Pill": https://www.wbur.org/magicpill)
1/13/202020 minutes, 24 seconds
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What The Heck Should We Eat?

Possibly the best thing you can do to help yourself eat better is not about choosing a particular type of food at all. It's about the quality of what you eat. The hosts distill the state of nutrition science down to a few helpful basics. Experts include: Dr. Walter Willett, Michael Pollan and Dr. Rani Polak.
1/6/202021 minutes
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This Is Your Brain On Cheesecake

Among the scary insights that brain science can offer into junk foods: eating them tends to shift food preferences long-term -- at least, in mice. Co-hosts Dr. Eddie Phillips and Juna Gjata discuss what happens in your brain when you eat the most craveable foods.
12/30/201919 minutes, 26 seconds
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Good Food, Bad Food

What if there’s no forbidden fruit? What if you think about eating to take care of yourself? In episode two, Juna describes the judgments she and others impose on themselves and their food choices.
12/23/201921 minutes, 13 seconds
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Doomed If You Diet, Doomed If You Don’t

Episode one! 24-year-old co-host Juna Gjata says restrictive eating has made her miserable her entire adult life, but she’s sure if she stops she’ll "literally gain 20 pounds on gingerbread lattes peppermint mochas." Enter Dr. Eddie Phillips, founder of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and a seasoned doctor, who aims to help Juna get to a happier, healthier place with food.
12/23/201919 minutes, 9 seconds
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First Listen

One woman's quest to end her war with food. Hosts Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips wield solid science, medical knowledge, common sense and an endless supply of dad jokes to teach us how to eat better and feel better about it. Hint: It’s not dieting. They discuss exercise, body image, food addiction, genetics, weight loss and more. A WBUR production.
12/6/20192 minutes, 37 seconds