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

Can food really boost your immunity? Episode 71

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leslie Bonci is back  with the truth about immunity-boosting foods, why your gut  health is essential, and, of course - lots of laughs with Michele and Eliz! There's a reason she returns as a three-peat guest - and this episode will help you overcome food bullying during...

Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry – Episode 70

What happens when the market for farm products disappears and there are hungry people in the community?  In Utah it led to farmers delivering food to Navajo families, including lamb - a sacred food.  Ron Gibson shares the heartwarming story the remarkable effort to inspire all Utah families to connect,...

Are you one emergency away from food insecurity? Episode 69

“Many people are one emergency away from food insecurity,” says First Lady of Wyoming Jennie Gordon.  She has made fighting hunger in Wyoming her mission. In this installment of our November hunger Series, we discuss how Wyoming is banning the “sandwich of shame” from school lunches and responding to food...

Compassion is key to solving hunger: Episode 68

"Food elitist ideas are a problem, not a solution for hunger." We continue our focus on hunger and food insecurity with a poignant conversation about compassion with Clancy Harrison of The Food Dignity Project. Clancy is a self-professed “recovering food snob” and shares stories of how her group is fighting...

How do you listen to hunger? Episode 67

Our November hunger series kicks off with one of our favorite guests, anti-hunger advocate Diane Sullivan. She shares how COVID-19 has impacted people who are experiencing food insecurity. For example, did you know people who use SNAP benefits aren’t able to use grocery delivery services that have been essential to...

Growing cranberries and sustainability: Episode 66


Cranberries! One of the stars of autumn tables evokes beautiful images, wonderful scents, and a distinct taste. We discover how cranberries are grown and harvested sustainably in this episode, plus why we shouldn’t be afraid of the...

Food bullying in the pet aisle: Episode 65


We’ve all seen the ads for pet food featuring happy dogs with happy owners who buy the very best food for their furry family members. But is that food better? How do you know what is best...

Why do farmers sign contracts to use GMO seeds? Episode 64


Did you know popcorn is an entirely different crop than the sweet corn you enjoy on the cob? Eliz didn't! Michele and Eliz welcome Brian Scott to talk about popcorn, sweet corn, field corn, GMOs, and why...

Cancer, chemicals, and feeding your soul: Episode 63


There is a critical time between diagnosis and treatment when patients are vulnerable and searching for anything to control.  Too often, people receive lots of unsolicited, non-science-based advice about what they should and shouldn’t eat to get...

Snakes, stigmas, & neophobia in the pandemic: Episode 62


What role does disgust play in our fear of disease?  Why should we be careful about the language used to describe disease?  Dr. Tyler Davis is back to discuss how exotic foods are associated with “otherness." Neophobia...

Fruits & veggies as a love language: Episode 61


Do you wonder which apple will taste the best, or which is healthier?  Our guest today writes a very popular blog that inspires people to eat more produce.  Lori Taylor also started using TikTok to illustrate how...

How to vet information in the media: Episode 60


Ever wonder if that tasty sound bite on the news about what you eat is true?  Our guest, journalist Kate Delaney, shares how to vet what you hear and why a sensational headline is more likely to...

Chemicals, hormones, and an anniversary – oh my! Episode 59


Fifty eight episodes have flown by and here we are, a year into the Food Bullying Podcast! Michele and Eliz reflect on the first anniversary of the podcast with a look at some of their favorite episodes....

Why isn’t food raised the way it used to be? Episode 58


Social media memes and marketing messages often ring nostalgic for how things used to be on the farm. But were the “good old days” really better?  In this episode we chat with fruit and vegetable expert Gene...

What’s the context of your nutrition choices? Episode 57


Have you ever had an authority figure make you feel bad about your food choices? Are you drawn in by people selling sensation rather than by facts around food?  We talk peanut allergies, low-FODMAP diet, health literacy,...
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.