6 episodes

Taking care of yourself should feel good. And it should be fun. Join registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen and an incredible roster of guest experts as we explore all sorts of nutrition topics from plant-based nutrition to gut health to diet culture and more. We'll dive deep and get super nerdy about how nutrition or your body works. We'll get curious about the more problematic aspects of wellness and indulge our deep love of all things food.

The Allsorts Podcast Desiree Nielsen

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 88 Ratings

Taking care of yourself should feel good. And it should be fun. Join registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen and an incredible roster of guest experts as we explore all sorts of nutrition topics from plant-based nutrition to gut health to diet culture and more. We'll dive deep and get super nerdy about how nutrition or your body works. We'll get curious about the more problematic aspects of wellness and indulge our deep love of all things food.

    Everything You Need To Know About Soy with Dr Matthew Nagra ND

    Everything You Need To Know About Soy with Dr Matthew Nagra ND

    The internet really gets its knickers in a knot about soy...but what about the actual science? 

    I've asked one of my favourite nutrition science communicators, Dr Matthew Nagra ND, to come and untangle the web of controversy about soy and serve some straight up science to help us eat with confidence. Dr Nagra is an amazing resource when it comes to evaluating the science of nutrition and I value the way he breaks down new research into very digestible (ha!) posts on his Instagram.

    Dr. Matthew Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing at Tonume (To-New-Me) Integrated Health in Vancouver, BC. He has a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Victoria and completed his ND training at the Boucher Institute. He has been vegan for over 10 years, is certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and regularly shares information regarding nutrition and health across his social media pages. In addition, he volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations including Nutritionfacts.org and The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary, and most recently acted as a scientific reviewer for the new book, “The Proof is in the Plants,” by Simon Hill.

    On this episode, we talk about:


    Dr Nagra's own health journey, including how he went from eating McDonald's to eating a whole food, plant-based diet 
    His path to becoming a naturopath
    What the heck a phytoestrogen actually is and why it's different than your body's estrogen
    The science-based health benefits of soy foods
    Why animal studies make for confusing dietary advice
    Soy's connection to breast cancer and other cancers
    How soy affects hormone balance in men
    Soy protein quality of soy, and how it stacks up to whey protein in the research
    Can you build muscle on soy foods?
    The problematic nature of internet nutrition advice and why not all health professionals are actually evidence-informed
    How much soy you can safely eat in a day
    Whether you should give soy milk to your kids
    Do you need to worry about GMOs?
    What about lectins?
    The truth about nutrition books that might surprise you, and Dr Nagra's work on Simon Hill's new book, The Proof is in the Plants

    Dr Nagra is a deep well of information on plant-based nutrition and I hope this episode will finally put to rest the confusion on soy! Let's keep the conversation going...screenshot this episode and tag us @desireenielsenrd @theallsortspod @dr.matthewnagra with your thoughts and questions. 

    Connect with Dr Nagra

    Website: https://drmatthewnagra.com

    Instagram: @dr.matthewnagra

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    • 49 min
    Finding YOUR Plant-based Path with Catherine Perez RD

    Finding YOUR Plant-based Path with Catherine Perez RD

    Are you plant-curious? Wanting to eat a more plant-focused diet...or perhaps go completely plant-based or vegan?

    Then you don't want to miss this episode with the talented Catherine Perez, a registered dietitian and creator of the successful @plantbasedrd Instagram account where she shares the most flavourful - and actually doable! - plant-based meals. I knew Catherine was the perfect person to help guide us through finding our own plant-based path, no matter where we are on our healthy eating journey. 

    Catherine is a registered dietitian with a masters in Human Nutrition. She is a plant-based enthusiast who has been vegan since 2009 and first chose a plant-based lifestyle to improve her overall health. This eventually led to her passion for using this lifestyle to help reduce harm to the environment and all living creatures within her ability. She currently works one on one virtually with clients in the employee wellness space while sharing her favorite recipes on her blog and Instagram in hopes of sharing evidence-based nutrition education and easy to approach plant-based recipes.

    On this episode, we talk about:


    Catherine's plant-based journey 
    How she navigated her plant-based transition with her Dominican and Mexican roots
    The politics of food choices, and how our choices impact others on their journey
    Why Catherine became a registered dietitian, and what she wishes she'd learned more of in school
    What we think nutrition is...and what's actually most important for our health
    Why you can actually ignore the ever-changing nutrition advice you see on the internet
    Advice for those wondering if going vegan is the right choice for them
    Great first steps on the plant-based path and how to make change that works for you
    How to choose a plant-based milk...cuz there's like a million of them!
    How to make bowls as beautiful and flavourful as Catherine does
    Foods to eat daily if you can...including the most underrated plant food of them all
    How to get the protein you need and why it matters
    Supplements for vegans
    Troubleshooting on a vegan or plant-based diet
    How going vegan actually increased Catherine's connection to her Dominican cultural foods
    How to navigate holidays and social gatherings

    Catherine is such an encouraging wealth of information - if you are interested in going plant-based, I know there will be so many goodies here for you! If you've got someone new to plant-based eating in your life, be sure to share this with them. 


    Tag us with any Qs or thoughts about the episode @desireenielsenrd @theallsortspod @plantbasedrd. 

    And as always, I so appreciate you taking the time to subscribe, rate and review the pod (where possible!). 

    Connect with Catherine

    Website: Plant-based RD Blog

    Instagram: @plantbasedrd

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Food, Family + Building a Business with Tori Wesszer of Fraiche Living

    Food, Family + Building a Business with Tori Wesszer of Fraiche Living

    Being a mom is full on. So is entrepreneurship. What if you're both? 

    I'm talking to my dear friend and colleague Tori Wesszer of Fraiche Living about entrepreneurship, motherhood and how she keeps it all in balance (most of the time!). Tori has created an incredible digital media empire that is dedicated to helping us find the joy, beauty (and deliciousness!) in the every day. Her recipes always turn out. And my kids always love them...which is more than I can say for my own cooking!

    Tori Wesszer is a Registered Dietitian, cookbook co-author of Fraiche Food, Full Hearts and food and lifestyle blogger based out of the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.  As a mom of two young and very busy boys, she gets how busy life can be and is always looking for ways to make life more simple, healthy and beautiful for people. Between running after kids, Tori spends her days cooking up wholesome delicious recipes for the blog, new cookbook and Fraiche Table Meal Plan, sharing health, beauty tips and home decor ideas on her social media accounts and blog Fraiche Living.

    On this episode, we cover:


    What it's like starting a biz in your 30s with kids
    A behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day of a digital media biz
    Advice for working with family
    What's coming for cookbook 2!
    How embracing fear is essential for growth
    How Tori strikes a balance between sharing her world and preserving her personal life
    What her kids think of her work
    Mental health in an always-on world
    How Tori streamlines feeding her family
    A peek at the incredible Fraiche Table meal planning system

    Tori shares her life and her work honestly and vulnerably in this episode and we would love to hear your thoughts. Screenshot and tag us @desireenielsenrd @theallsortspod @fraicheliving and if you love it, please share it with someone you think needs to hear it!

    Connect with Tori

    Websites: FraicheLiving.com FraicheTable.com

    Instagram: @fraicheliving @fraichetable

    Grab your copy of FraicheFoodFullHearts, Tori + Jillian's bestselling cookbook

    Love what you're hearing? Don't miss a thing! Be sure to hit subscribe and join us over @theallsortspod

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Science of Personalized Nutrition with Professor Tim Spector

    The Science of Personalized Nutrition with Professor Tim Spector

    Ever wondered why science seems to flip flop so hard on nutrition? 

    Like, why wine is good for you one day...and not the next? Or, how health professionals can have such different views on what makes for good nutrition? Nutrition isn't one size fits all, but that's how we've been trying to study it. Until now.

    I'm talking to rock star researcher Professor Tim Spector about how nutrition is influenced by the microbiome - and vice versa - and what it means for the future of truly personalized nutrition. 

    Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and honorary consultant Physician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is also an expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome and started the famous UK Twin Registry in 1993.  He is the lead researcher behind the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the Covid Symptom study app for which he was awarded an OBE. This free tool has been used by more than 4 million people in the UK, US, and Sweden. The app identified new symptoms of the disease and risk factors as well as monitoring its progress to warn health authorities. The app is sponsored by Department of Health and Social Care the U.K. government department responsible for government policy on health and adult social care.

    Through his work he has been given many awards and prizes and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has published over 900 scientific papers and is ranked by Google as being in the top 100 most cited scientists in the world. He has published four popular books- including the best-selling Diet Myth and more recently, Spoon-Fed, a Sunday Times bestseller.  He writes health blogs, which have been read by more than ten million people and appears regularly in the media all around the world.

    On this episode, we cover:


    How Professor Spector went from studying rheumatology to the microbiome and personalized nutrition
    How the microbiome changes in response to nutrition
    Which dietary factors cause inflammation
    How blood sugars impact feelings of hunger
    How scientific inquiry actually works and why it makes nutrition seem so confusing
    The inherent biases in nutrition science and how it impacts what we know
    Why calories don't actually count
    Can we predict our metabolic responses to the foods we eat? What the PREDICT studies tell us.
    How PREDICT lead to Zoe, a groundbreaking citizen science app that is helping us personalize our nutrition

    This episode really helps give you a sneak peek into the world of nutrition science and will help quiet all of the white noise online. I would love to hear your thoughts - you can screenshot and tag us @desireenielsenrd @theallsortspod @tim.spector @zoe 

    If you love it, please share it with someone you think would benefit from it!

    Connect with Prof Spector

    Website: www.tim-spector.co.uk

    Instagram: @tim.spector @zoe

    Pick up Professor Spector's Books 

    Spoon-Fed (coming to US/Canada 2022)

    The Diet Myth

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    • 47 min
    Talking Positive Nutrition with Amelia Freer

    Talking Positive Nutrition with Amelia Freer

    Welcome to the very first episode of The Allsorts Podcast! 

    As a dietitian, I have been dreaming of creating a space where we can hold meaningful conversations about nutrition and wellbeing in a way that is nourishing, generative and doesn't leave you feeling confused or lacking in some way. It's hard to get nutrition right in 30 second sound bites, so The Allsorts Podcast is our new home base for exploring all of our questions about how to truly be well - as well as taking a clear-headed look at the culture of wellness and dieting and its ill effects.

    I couldn't think of a better first guest for this pod than Amelia Freer. Amelia has long championed the notion of positive nutrition, which is a stark departure from the restrictive, diet-focused advice rampant online. Amelia Freer (FdSc, Dip ION) is one of the UK’s most respected nutritional therapists and healthy eating experts. She has headed a thriving private clinic in London for over a decade and has helped thousands to achieve a happier, healthier life. She is an international best-selling author, debuting with the inspirational Eat. Nourish. Glow., now translated into many languages. Amelia’s fourth book, Simply Good for You, was released in Dec 2019, and her 30-part online course, The Joy of Healthy Eating, was launched in Autumn 2020.

    On this episode, we cover: 


    Amelia's own journey with healing and how she came to practice nutrition
    What positive nutrition is and how to put it into practice
    What surprised Amelia most about supporting others in eating well
    How nutrition is NEVER 100% of healing
    The piece of the wellness puzzle that many of us are missing
    Finding connection in nature
    How our relationship with food has changed as we all stayed at home

    I would LOVE to hear your thoughts about this episode, be sure to screenshot and tag us @desireenielsenrd @ameliafreer @theallsortspod and please share this episode with anyone you think could benefit from it!

    Connect with Amelia

    www.ameliafreer.com
    Instagram @ameliafreer

    Explore Amelia's Digital Course, The Joy of Healthy Eating

    Amelia's Books

    Simply Good For You: https://amzn.to/3dWIDxe

    Nourish & Glow: The 10-day plan: https://amzn.to/3sTfpni

    Cook. Nourish. Glow: https://amzn.to/3nrpqah

    Eat. Nourish. Glow: https://amzn.to/3dZq0sB

    PS...do you have your copy of my bestselling plant-based cookbook Eat More Plants yet? It's a keeper ;)

    • 49 min
    Welcome to the Allsorts Podcast!

    Welcome to the Allsorts Podcast!

    Welcome to the Allsorts Podcast! We're all about making nutrition and wellness actually helpful. No diets. No icky pseudoscience. Definitely zero guilt, shame and comparison. We live for science, lived experience and joy in equal measure. If you're a nutrition and wellness lover, you're in the right place. We'll be talking with inspiring folks from all over the world who are the very best at what they do, from dietitians and scientists to plant-forward chefs, authors and body acceptance advocates. Grab a cozy drink and join us!

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

zcanada ,

High on information and entertainment

Easily digested and full of practical take aways!

.SsusieQ ,

Engaging and savvy as usual!

Love the new podcast Desiree! Amelia offered a fresh perspective on nutrition that nicely complements your approach. I’ll be listening to your podcasts regularly. I’m ready to learn and practice joyful nutrition!

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Tori Wesszer

Tori’s conversation with you was so much fun!. She has done such an amazing job of helping the public be more planned and organized and well balanced with her meal plans. I loved listening to your conversation!! Thank you!

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