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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 and wellness topics from plant-based nutrition to gut health to diet culture and more. We'll dive deep and get super nerdy about how nutrition and 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 RD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 133 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 and wellness topics from plant-based nutrition to gut health to diet culture and more. We'll dive deep and get super nerdy about how nutrition and your body works. We'll get curious about the more problematic aspects of wellness and indulge our deep love of all things food.

    The Science of Menopause with Dr Nitu Bajekal MD

    The Science of Menopause with Dr Nitu Bajekal MD

    If you’re the proud owner of a pair of ovaries, and you’re “of a certain age” you may have noticed that things are starting to change. Could it be…perimenopause???

    It can be hard to talk about perimenopause and the menopause transition…not the least of which is that there is still such a ridiculous stigma about women getting older. Like it’s a “use by date” in society and as a woman in her mid-40s, I want to help contribute to a mindset shift around this important transition in our lives. 

    We need to educate ourselves about how are bodies are changing and how we can best facilitate that change, so I’m thrilled to welcome Dr Nitu Bajekal MD, a UK-based OBGYN BACK on the pod, in honour of her newest book, Finding ME in Menopoause.

    Dr Nitu is an advocate for reproductive health for all humans, and this episode is a deep dive into what perimenopause and menopause actually is, the signs and symptoms to discuss with your physician as well as a look at evidence-based lifestyle medicine - sleep, movement and nutrition - that complement traditional care.

    Hormone health is definitely a trending topic - filled will all sorts of wacky ideas about how to care for yourself during this transition so we’re going to cover everything from how perimenopause presents itself to why hormone tests are generally useless during this time as well as the confusing around hormone therapy and why the microbiome is so important for hormone balance!



    On this episode we chat about:


    Perimenopause vs Menopause
    How perimenopause shows up in the body
    Dr Bajekal’s own experience with early menopause
    What we get wrong about menopause hormone therapy
    Brain health: is it perimenopause or your lifestyle?
    Why you probably don’t want to do a hormone test
    How the gut microbiome affects your hormone balance
    Why soy is so important for hormone health
    The question of weight gain in menopause



    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…and our sponsors! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bio-K+ Probiotics, a leader in evidence-backed probiotics. Go show them some love at www.biokplus.com 

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @drnitubajekal as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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    IBS 101 with Dr Wendi LeBrett MD

    IBS 101 with Dr Wendi LeBrett MD

    Wondering if you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome? Or, newly diagnosed and trying to figure out what the heck it all means? You’ve come to the right place: as a gut health dietitian with IBS myself, I know that sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. 

    Particularly because there are just so many damn OPINIONS. About what causes IBS, what you should or shouldn’t eat if you have IBS and just what to do about all those IBS symptoms.

    But this is a house of science. And as a house of science, I thought it was high time we got a gastroenterologist on the pod to give us a little IBS 101 - straight from the expert’s mouth to your ear drums.

    I am so excited to be talking with Dr Wendi Brett MD, AKA @socalgastrodoc, all about irritable bowel syndrome. Dr Wendi is a wealth of evidence-based information and she makes it all so digestible, pun very much intended. 

    We cover it all in this jam-packed episode, from what IBS actually is to how it’s diagnosed in the doctor’s office to why people keep talking about the gut-brain connection. You’ll walk away with a lot of food for thought and hopefully, make those conversations with your doctor a little more informed and productive.

    About Dr Wendi Brett MD:

    Dr. Wendi is a board certified internal medicine physician and gastroenterology fellow. In her practice she combines science-backed dietary and lifestyle interventions with modern medicine to support gut health. She shares evidence-based educational content on Instagram and TikTok.



    On this episode we chat about:


    What Dr Wendi studied BEFORE medicine
    What is irritable bowel syndrome, exactly?
    Understanding gut-brain communication
    Why do we get IBS?
    The role of stress in IBS symptoms
    Conditions that look like IBS but aren’t
    SIBO + leaky gut: Dr Wendi’s take on the hype
    What Dr Wendi wants you to bring to your doctor’s appointment
    Trusted therapies for IBS to discuss with your doc
    Why are antidepressants part of IBS treatment? 
    Understanding your body’s response to food re-introductions
    Probiotics, Fibre + IBS

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…and our sponsors! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bio-K+ Probiotics, a leader in evidence-backed probiotics. Go show them some love at www.biokplus.com 

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @socalgastrodoc as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!



    Full show notes, including episode links and recommendations, at www.desireerd.com/podcast

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    Probiotics 101 with Bailey Hanna RD

    Probiotics 101 with Bailey Hanna RD

    Of all of the supplements on the shelf, by far the most complicated ones are probiotics. How complicated? Even health professionals don’t always fully understand them! Because probiotics aren’t just one thing: every individual strain of probiotics - or combination of strains - is a totally unique entity so we can’t just paint them all with the same brush.

    So I thought it was time to dedicate a whole episode to learning a little more about them with Bailey Hanna RD, a dietitian who has a deep understanding of the area.

    Consider this your tutorial on the world of probiotics. From what they are, EXACTLY, to how they are different from fermented foods. We take a look at all the ways that taking probiotic bacteria can influence our metabolism and what you need to think about in order to choose a probiotic from the hundreds sitting on the shelf (or in the fridge!).

    About Bailey Hanna RD:

    Bailey Hanna is a gut health dietitian with a focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Loma Linda University, and has over 7 years of experience working in clinical, research, and advisory roles. Bailey’s work centers on developing tools to help clinicians and individuals sift through the available evidence on diet and supplemental therapies for IBS, focusing extensively on probiotics.



    On this episode we chat about:


    What inspired Bailey to become a dietitian
    How wellness can make us feel like our health issues are our fault
    Are probiotics evidence-based? Why there are so many different opinions
    What is a probiotic, exactly?
    How are probiotics different from fermented foods?
    Do you need a probiotic if you eat fermented foods?
    A very detailed look at how probiotics work in the body
    The truth about gut-derived serotonin 
    Who should consider a probiotic? Who should steer clear?
    What to look for in a probiotic?

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…and our sponsors! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bio-K+ Probiotics, a leader in evidence-backed probiotics.

    Go show them some love at www.biokplus.com 

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @baileyhanna.rdn as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!



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    Editorial note: 

    Because this is a probiotic episode sponsored by a probiotic company, I wanted to take the opportunity to say that we have a strict editorial policy that does not allow the sponsor to influence the episode content. For example, our guest has no professional connection to the sponsor, nor did she know the episode was being sponsored by the probiotic company until after the episode was recorded. The integrity of our education comes first!

    • 58 min
    Making everyday food a little more special with Murielle Banackissa

    Making everyday food a little more special with Murielle Banackissa

    This week, we’re talking about how to get present, slow down and truly savour the act of cooking and eating with Murielle Banackissa, author of the new plant-based cookbook, Savouring. 

    In an always on world, making the time to cook can feel like an impossible task…there’s always another distraction. And as a parent, I know that the relentlessness (and sometimes, thanklessness!) of family food work can make cooking feel more like a chore than a pleasure. 

    According to Murielle, cooking is the perfect way to romanticize our lives…even if for only 20 minutes.

    So how can we make space for cooking in our lives, in a way that’s enjoyable and allows us to welcome a few moments of mindfulness in the middle of a hectic day? In this episode, Murielle shares how she battles distraction in the kitchen so she can get present as well as how her upbringing really celebrated gathering for the family meal and how she continues that spirit in her own home.

    Plus, you can expect a fun sort of cookbook author confidential: what Murielle cooks during a busy week (without a recipe!), the super common recipe I have NEVER made from scratch, the pantry staples Murielle can’t live without and her favourite vegan spots in Montreal.

    We talk about how to make entertaining a little less intimidating and how to make a recipe your own. I hope this episode inspires you to make cooking a moving meditation that makes everyday a little bit better.



    About Murielle Banackissa:

    Murielle Banackissa is a food photographer, recipe developer, and food stylist based in Montreal. Outside of spending hours developing new recipes and shooting them in her home studio, Murielle loves paying attention to the details surrounding her as a way to feel more grounded and present. From water droplets resting on leaves after rainfall, to the golden glow of summer nights, to the way yeasted dough rises under the ideal conditions, she is always seeking the magic in seemingly mundane moments.



    On this episode we chat about:


    The diverse food influences that shaped Murielle’s cooking
    The family meals that inspired Murielle to make meals a special part of her day
    How she sets herself up to be present in the kitchen
    Embracing the slow weekend cook
    What Murielle actually cooks during a busy week
    What inspired Murielle to go vegan and her surprising advice for new vegans
    Murielle’s approach to entertaining
    The go-to ingredients that Murielle relies on in cooking
    Murielle’s advice for anyone who wants to start a food career

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @muriellebanackissa as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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    • 46 min
    Comfort Baking with Blogger Amanda Paa

    Comfort Baking with Blogger Amanda Paa

    When the going gets tough, do you get going… right into the kitchen? What is it about baking that is so deeply satisfying and comforting? I mean, eating your baking is deeply comforting but what about the act of baking itself? Why do so many of us reach for our apron when we need to chill? 

    It was these questions and more that drove my conversation with Amanda Paa, the food photographer, recipe developer and yes, sourdough baker, behind the blog Heartbeet Kitchen. 

    We talk about how discovering sourdough actually changed Amanda’s life (for real!) and how learning to bake sourdough has become a source of comfort and inspiration in her life, helping her grapple with anxiety and perfectionism.

    We dive deep into the world of sourdough baking with plenty of practical tips to help even a novice get started, but we also talk a lot about the idea of health and striking that balance between nourishing our bodies and nourishing our souls. Amanda has been a food blogger since 2011 and she has a really unique story because she went from a strict gluten free diet to help manage her autoimmune disease to a sourdough enthusiast.

    We all want to feel good. And we all want to eat food that tastes good…so what does that actually look like in real life? What is a “healthy” food? And, how do we strike that balance of nourishing our bodies and our souls? 

    Talking to amanda will likely change your perspective on the role of food work in your life….I know you’re going to love this episode!

    About Amanda Paa:

    Amanda is a passionate sourdough baker, digital brand owner, and seasoned recipe developer. She founded Heartbeet Kitchen in 2011, and has created a loyal following through her love of teaching others the magic of sourdough, as well as modern, real food recipes. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 4 rescue cats and enjoys gardening, dinner parties, and renovating their 1908 home.

    On this episode we chat about:


    How Amanda went from gluten free to sourdough enthusiast
    Why maintaining a sourdough starter is easier than you think
    Amanda’s secret for a more flavourful sourdough
    How fermentation alters the gluten and FODMAP structure of wheat
    Why grocery store sourdough might not be what you expect
    Why baking feels so therapeutic
    How sourdough has helped Amanda through anxiety
    How Amanda got into blogging and what it’s like to do it as a job
    Her tips for new bloggers
    Amanda’s lifechanging hack for proofing sourdough
    Sourdough troubleshooting tips

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @heartbeetkitchen as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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    • 52 min
    Nutrition for Heart Health with Dr Adrian Chavez PhD

    Nutrition for Heart Health with Dr Adrian Chavez PhD

    As a dietitian on the internet, it’s not lost on me that there is a MAJOR difference in what people want to see versus what will actually make the biggest difference in their health.

    Case in point: the enormous amount of content debating the “dangers” of oats or the “benefits” of colostrum and how so very few people actually talk about heart health. So, since it’s February and it’s Heart Month…let’s go there. Because heart disease is still the number one killer of adults in the USA and the number two leading cause of death in Canada. 

    And this conversation is fraught with WAY more trendy controversies than you might expect. Like all the carnivore/blood sugar bros who try and tell you that saturated fat isn’t a problem. Or not to worry about your LDL cholesterol levels.

    So I wanted to bring in a master myth-buster, Dr Adrian Chavez PhD to break down the science of heart health, what the risk factors are as well as what research says about how to eat for a healthier heart. It was important to me that I talk to an omnivore for this one as I feel like a lot of the plant-based discourse around heart disease makes it sound like anyone who eats animal foods is going to have an instant heart attack…which just isn’t true.

    We cover different diets for heart health, whether you need omega 3 fatty acids and other supplements and just a ton of BS-free, practical advice on how to eat to keep your body strong and healthy.



    About Dr Adrian:

    Dr. Adrian Chavez PhD has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and PhD in Nutrition and Health Promotion who has quickly grown a following on Instagram for his no-nonsense, evidence-based nutrition advice. Dr Chavez is host of The Science of Nutrition Podcast and runs a virtual nutrition course called the Nutrition Mastery Blueprint.



    On this episode we chat about:


    Dr Adrian’s journey from athletics to a PhD in nutrition
    What does it actually mean to have a healthy heart?
    Why are people saying LDL cholesterol isn’t a problem?
    How dietary cholesterol and saturated fat impacts blood cholesterol
    The role of fibre in regulating blood fats
    What to eat and what to minimize for better cholesterol
    An easy hack to increase fiber + decrease saturated fat
    Omega 3: diet vs supplements
    Salt and blood pressure



    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners…

    I love hearing your feedback on these episodes to be sure to join the conversation on our instagram @theallsortspod @desireenielsenrd @dr.adrian.chavez as well as in our Nutrition with Desiree community.

    If you love this episode, please share it with your friends and family, or take a minute to rate, review or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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