Food. Health. Your questions brought to life. Laughter and real conversation. Answers to help you make eating choices with less stress.

In this Food Bullying podcast, Michele and Eliz chat with guests about the $5.75 trillion secret that food marketers and celebrity spokespeople don’t want you to know. Each episode is filled with tangible ideas on how you may have been bullied, why it impacts your wellness, and how to overcome food bullying.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Roundup, dorm diets, and chemicals: Episode 55

In this special behind-the-scenes episode, Michele and Eliz welcome Callie (Eliz’s daughter and manager of the Food Bullying Facebook Page) for a wide-ranging Q&A session. Callie Greene is about to begin her second year at Lawrence University, where she studies psychology and harp performance. Callie’s Questions: What’s with all the...

Feeding kids with confidence: Episode 54

Food shaming puts undue stress on parents, especially as kids go back to school.  Our guest, Amy Reed, is a pediatric dietitian who is teaching parents how to advocate for the needs of their kids.  Whether your child is labeled as a “picky eater” or has significant challenges receiving nutrition,...

Cooking, culinary medicine, & comfort in nutrition: Episode 53

Did you know there is a science dedicated to teaching cooking skills?  How and what we serve at our table makes a big difference in our health.  Our guest shares why she teaches medical students about nutrition. Dr. Jacque Nyenhuis is a chef, dietitian, professor of medicine, and farms on...

Chemicals, creepy crawlies and crops: how safe is your food? Episode 52

Agronomist Kevin Hoyer joins the podcast to talk about his experience helping farmers diagnose and treat their plants and soil as well as traveling the world looking at food production in other countries.  As a "doctor for crops," he says  “you can be thankful and trust that the products you...

Should we be afraid of sugar? Episode 51

Sugar gets the blame for many of our health issues.  Should we avoid sugar? Are there good sugars and bad sugars? Our guest, Melissa Joy Dobbins is a registered dietitian and diabetes expert.  She brings a common sense approach to eating well and says “if people with diabetes can have...

Honoring choices in food and farming: Episode 50

How do we honor the people who produce our food when most of us never set foot on a farm or ranch?  Our guest this week suggests the key is educating yourself about the benefits of food and choosing what you want without giving into what other people may think....

What does it take to farm organically? Episode 49

USDA Certified Organic is more than a label.  Our guest, Carolyn Olson, shares the attention to detail and expense necessary to produce an organic crop.  She also shares how raising pigs conventionally is part of their plan. Carolyn Olson is a wife, mom, grandma, and farmer. She is a district...

A farm kid’s perspective: Episode 48

Life on the farm may be a mystery for those of us in urban and suburban areas. One of the best ways to understand where food comes from is to meet the people who grow it.  Farm kids balance school, sports, service clubs, and helping on the farm.  In this...

Does an expensive steak taste better? Episode 47

Does how you feel about a cut of steak or whether it is labelled “natural” impact how much you enjoy it? Our guest, Dr. Mark Miller shares his research on consumer beef preferences and how labels influence what we choose to eat. Dr. Mark Miller is the San Antonio Livestock...

Food allergies & food bullying: Episode 46

Did you know that people can use food to threaten others? When it comes to food allergies, food CAN kill!  Our guest in this episode has great advice on how to truly welcome everyone to your table AND avoid killing someone (or making them sick) with the food you serve....

How do marketers influence your food buying? Episode 45

Do you know how labels, ads, and menus are designed to make you buy? The job of a marketer is to get you to choose their item and sell more.  Our guest Gerry O’Brion shares how giving people a rational reason to choose a product is the key to influencing...

Dairy farmer millennial mom talks robots: Episode 44

This episode’s guest and her husband are millennials and third generation dairy, beef and crop farmers in Michigan.  They are working hard and using technology, including robots, to secure the future of their farm.  Ashley Kennedy shares insights on being a working mother, fostering a positive attitude toward food, and...

Why is technology in food so scary? Episode 43

We are likely to stand in line to get the latest smart phone technology —  so why do we fear technology in food? In this delightful episode, Dr. Kevin Folta makes Eliz and Michele roar with laughter and sheds light on genetics, technology, and how to he’s working to make...

Food doesn’t have morals: Episode 42

Do you feel guilty for not being able to afford the "better" food label? Food Science Babe is back for a rousing game of “Guess What I Saw in the Grocery Store?” to kick off season five of the Food Bullying Podcast. Super foods, non-GMO, and other food bullying labels cause...

Mother’s Day & a Big Block of Cheese: Bonus Episode

In this special Mother’s Day edition, Michele and Eliz are joined by Grace Greene, Eliz’s daughter.  In a nod to the West Wing Weekly Podcast, Grace leads a “Big Block of Cheese” format to turn the tables on her mom and Michele.  To peals of laughter, Grace asks questions on...
Food Bullying Podcast

What will you hear?

Michele and Eliz are known for their humorous, real-life debates about food, health and the stress associated with each. You'll get oh-so candid conversation from two moms who have unique insight on food, experts who will upend your thinking, and how eating choices effect your health. This podcast that will help you navigate grocery store aisles, menus, and those sticky conversations with friends or family.

  • Experts in dietetics, food, neuroscience, farming, psychology, mental health, wellness, agriculture, marketing, and food science.
  • Answers to the most common questions around food - without judgment.
  • Tools to battle bullying found in the 200,000+ label claims found in a grocery store.
  • Ideas for creating your own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards when making eating decisions.

Meet the Hosts

Michele Payn

Michele Payn Food BullyingKnown as one of the leading voices in connecting farm and food, Michele helps you simplify safe food choices while understanding food bullying. An international award winning author, she brings common sense to the overly emotional food conversation and gets perspective from the cows in her front yard. Michele is a mom who is tired of the guilt trips around food, so she wrote Food Bullying: How to Avoiding Buying B.S. She’s also a kick boxing professional speaker who has helped thousands of people understand the real story behind food. Michele’s work has appeared in USA Today, Food Insight, CNN, Food & Nutrition Magazine, NPR and many other media outlets. Armed with science, compelling stories, and a lifetime on the farm, Michele will upend the way you think about food. She is also the author of No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY award winner in health, medicine and nutrition

Eliz Greene

Surviving a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins propelled Eliz Greene on a mission to share her story to inspire other busy people to pay attention to their health. As a professional speaker, she shares down-to-earth strategies on wellness, leadership, and stress management. Recognizing stress as an essential and often under-addressed risk factor, Eliz conducted a research study on job stress and is writing Stress-Proof Your Life.  She was named as a Top Online Influencer on Stress and Heart Health. She’s been seen on CNN, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, and many national and local news programs. A national spokesperson and advocate for the American Heart Association, Eliz received the Heart Hero Award in 2010.  More recently, she has partnered on the Take Cholesterol To Heart campaign. Eliz writes a Top Health and Wellness Blog and has also authored Stress-Proof Your Heart and Busy Women's Guide to a Healthy Heart.