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

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...

Motherhood, Cancer, and Unsolicited Advice: Episode 40

Navigating through unsolicited advice as a new mom is hard enough.  Imagine the complexity of bringing a child into the world hours after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis! Our guest, Brooke Taylor is an Oklahoma ranch girl who has lived in various cities across the United States, while working with...

Parenting a child with diabetes through food bullying: Episode 39

Our guest, Heather Barnes, tells parents, “You are doing great.”  Having a child with different dietary needs opens the door to bullying. Parents have to make the choice about what is right for their family. "We need to respect the choices and the benefits of science." Heather grew up in...

Sustainability trade-offs on Earth Day: Episode 38

Did you know the term “sustainable” is used in food marketing to achieve price advantage, without any science backing the claim?  For example, greenhouse gas emissions associated with a glass of milk today is 1/3 what it was in 1944, but many people have been led to believe both milk...

Fighting hunger with dignity: Episode 37


How can you support people who are food insecure with dignity?  Our guest, Community Network Dietitian Nicole Weeks, share how her organization uses the MyPlate model in choice food pantries. Nicole shares ways to help...

What’s cooking in your quarantine kitchen? Episode 36


As we all cope with stay-at-some orders due to COVID-19, cooking and grocery shopping have become more challenging.  In this special episode, Registered Dietitians Alice Henneman and Liz Ward share tips for stocking your fridge,...

The unintended consequence of food elitism: Episode 35


Fancy shoes and cheap prices. Chicken breasts and hormone myths. Food snobbery and the hungry. Healthy food and fat.  Cheap food and sustainability. “It’s really easy for us to look at a product that has...

Exploring the environmental science of meat: Episode 34


“Kids are dirty and if you’re worried about what you’re feeding them, you’re a good a mom,” says this millennial mom who prioritizes low-cost food at the grocery store. She offers insight on how the...

Stress, Uncertainty, & the Coronavirus: Episode 33


If you are feeling unsettled, stressed, or have jangled nerves as we all weather changes due to COVID-19, there is a good reason. In this special edition of the podcast, Michele and Eliz discuss why...

How can farmers & dietitians help with food insecurity? Episode 32


Did you know that nutrition programs are the majority of the farm bill? It’s one of the many ways agriculture and nutrition go hand-in-hand.  That’s why the Food Bullying podcast is celebrating National Nutrition Month...

Where food grows, bugs go: Episode 31


Wine. Tomatoes. Green beans. Tofu. What may sound like a menu is actually what this Maryland farmer grows. Jennie Schmidt shares why her farm transitioned from organic to conventional to be more sustainable, how she...

Are you bullying yourself about food? Episode 30


“I shouldn’t eat this...I’m too fat to have this cupcake...I’m not a good parent because I bought this snack.” When was the last time you judged or criticized yourself about food?  National Nutrition Month is...
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.