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With hundreds of thousands of Americans dying each year from obesity, type-2 diabetes, and a slew of chronic health conditions—all a direct result of food inequities, a broken food culture, and food marketing, and worsened by COVID-19, a significant shift in how we think about food and how we feed our kids must happen now if we want to change the trajectory of health for our kids. 



Food Issues hosted by health journalist and blogger Julie Revelant features interviews with authors, researchers, healthy food advocates, and thought leaders who want to educate, inspire, and empower organizations, parents, and local communities to create real, lasting change and ensure a healthier future for our kids. Through profound conversations that uncover the real issues affecting families coupled with easy, practical tips for parents, this podcast is the place to change our kids’ futures.

Food Issues Julie Revelant

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

With hundreds of thousands of Americans dying each year from obesity, type-2 diabetes, and a slew of chronic health conditions—all a direct result of food inequities, a broken food culture, and food marketing, and worsened by COVID-19, a significant shift in how we think about food and how we feed our kids must happen now if we want to change the trajectory of health for our kids. 



Food Issues hosted by health journalist and blogger Julie Revelant features interviews with authors, researchers, healthy food advocates, and thought leaders who want to educate, inspire, and empower organizations, parents, and local communities to create real, lasting change and ensure a healthier future for our kids. Through profound conversations that uncover the real issues affecting families coupled with easy, practical tips for parents, this podcast is the place to change our kids’ futures.

    The Best ADHD Diet | Episode 10

    The Best ADHD Diet | Episode 10

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6.1 million children in the U.S. have ever been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopment disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.  Although medications are often necessary and the first line of defense for medical providers, nutrition may be an effective treatment as well. 

    In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef, nutrition specialist, and author of the national best-seller, “This Is Your Brain On Food.”

    We talked about what research shows about the role of diet in ADHD, and if it can take the place of medication. We also talked about which foods to avoid and which ones to focus on, nutritional deficiencies and anti-inflammatory foods, as well as quick and easy tips to pull together healthy meals and snacks every day. 

    Welcome

    3:29 Let’s start with your story! 

    6:36 We’ve all heard about ADHD, but what exactly is it and what is going on in the brain?

    8:36 Can ADHD show up in other ways such as hyper-focus? 

    9:00 Why does it seem so many kids are being diagnosed with ADHD?



    9:56 Do you think most doctors are too quick to prescribe medication?

    12:45 Can diet work in place of medication and/or therapy for kids with ADHD?

    16:23 How does a parent go about figuring out if their kids have nutritional deficiencies?

    18:11 What does research show about gut health and ADHD?

    19:35 What are your tips for getting kids to consume fermented foods?

    21:33 Can food allergies and food sensitivities make ADHD symptoms worse?

    22:02 Are there foods kids with ADHD should void? 

    22:35 What should parents keep in mind when they’re trying to overhaul their kid’s diet?

    25:34 What are some good supplements for kids with ADHD?

    26:38 Should parents eliminate gluten and dairy?

    28:30 Can essential oils work?

    29:23 How can parents deal with shame or guilt if they can’t stick to the diet 100%?

    30:25 What are your best tips for getting healthy meals on the table quickly and easily?

    32:11 What can parents do if they want to go the route of nutritional psychology? 

    3:06 What are your favorite recipes from the book, “This Is Your Brain On Food.”



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Dr. Naidoo talks about this 2021 study which suggests those with ADHD are prone to have low levels of zinc.

    Dr. Naidoo also talks about this 2021 study out of Stanford which found fermented foods reduce inflammation. 

    Julie mentions she has used this Vetiver essential oil to help her child with focus. 

    Purchase Dr. Naidoo’s book, “This Is Your Brain On Food.”

    Learn more about Dr. Naidoo on her website UmaNaidooMD.com and follow her on Instagram.



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    Your Postpartum Diet: What To Eat After Giving Birth | Episode 9

    Your Postpartum Diet: What To Eat After Giving Birth | Episode 9

    Everyone mom-to-be knows that nutrition during pregnancy is important, but postpartum diet, which isn’t talked about as often, is vital for both mom and baby’s health. 

    In this episode, I sat down with Kaleigh McMordie, a registered dietitian who shares delicious, real-food recipes on her blog Lively Table. Kaleigh is a wife and mom of two toddlers who is passionate about helping moms reduce stress and raise competent, happy eaters.

    Kaleigh and I talk about the role that diet plays in your risk for postpartum depression and mood disorders and the myths about nutrition after giving birth. We also talk about the best nutrients and superfoods, how many extra calories you need while breastfeeding, how to lose the baby weight in a healthy way, and how food can speed up the healing process. 

    Welcome

    3:21 Let’s talk about your story!

    4:50 We all know postpartum nutrition is important, but why exactly?

    6:44 What does research show about the role that diet plays in the risk for mental illness during the postpartum period? 

    9:26 What are myths about nutrition during the postpartum period and while breastfeeding?

    10:09 What are your best tips for healthy weight loss? 

    15:01 What are the nutrients moms should focus on?

    17:00 For women who are vegetarian or vegan, how can they get essential amino acids? 

    17:35 What are the best superfoods for the postpartum period?

    19:03 What are foods that can speed up the healing process from childbirth? 

    20:59 What is collagen and how should moms consume it?

    23:53 Do women need supplements and how do they go about figuring out which ones they need?

    25:46 If women are breastfeeding, how many extra calories do they need and are there foods they should focus on?

    29:45 Are probiotic-rich foods important during the postpartum period?

    31:35 Are there foods women should avoid after giving birth? 

    32:47 Should women eat snacks throughout the day?

    34:31 Moms are so exhausted and busy when they have a newborn. What are your best tips for making healthy eating easy?



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Learn more about Kaleigh McMordie on her blog Lively Table.

    Follow Kaleigh McMordie on Instagram and Facebook.



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    Thrive Market 

    Thrive Market is an online membership-based market that has the highest quality, organic, non-GMO, healthy, and sustainable products. From groceries, clean beauty, safe supplements, and non-toxic home products to ethical meat, sustainable seafood, clean wine, and more, Thrive Market is where members save an average of $32 on every order! Through Thrive Gives, every paid membership sponsors a free one for a low-income family. Join Thrive Market today and get 25% off your first order and a free gift. 



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    Unlike other blenders, the Vitamix blends everything up into a super-smooth consistency, much like a juicer would, except you get all the nutritious fiber that regular juicers leave behind. Yet Vitamix is for so much more than smoothies.  Every Vitamix has an entire range of textures to choose from so you can use it to make dips and spreads, nut and seed butters,

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    Foods That Reduce Anxiety In Kids | Episode 8

    Foods That Reduce Anxiety In Kids | Episode 8

    Rates of anxiety and other mental health conditions in kids have been on the rise over the last decade, and it’s no surprise that the pandemic has only made them worse. In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared the mental health crisis in kids a national emergency. 

    Although factors like genetics, trauma, and stress can all increase the risk for anxiety, diet may be one, we as a nation should take a closer look at. 

    As we continue this season focused on “food as medicine,” I sat down with Jess Cording, a registered dietitian, health coach, writer, and author of "The Little Book of Game Changers: 50 Healthy Habits for Managing Stress & Anxiety."

    Cording and I talked about why rates of anxiety are on the rise in kids, what research shows about gut health and the role that food and diet play, and if diet alone can prevent and treat anxiety. We also talked about foods to avoid, the best nutrients and superfoods to focus on, and if fermented foods, probiotics, and spices can help. Finally, Cording offered up easy ways for both and kids and parents to better cope with anxiety. 

    Welcome

    3:30 Let’s talk about your story!

    9:45 Kids have a lot to be anxious about today. When a parent is concerned, what’s the first step?

    12:45 What does research tell us about the role that diet plays in causing, increasing symptoms of, and reducing anxiety?

    15:03 What does research tell us about the role of gut health and anxiety?

    16:48 How can ultra-processed foods affect kids’ gut health and mental health?

    20:14 Can diet alone prevent or treat anxiety in kids?

    23:43 Can dehydration lead to symptoms of anxiety?

    24:22  What are the best nutrients to focus on to help ease symptoms?

    29:26 Should kids take a probiotic or are fermented foods best?

    30:34 How do we get fish in our kids’ diets?

    32:59 Can spices like turmeric help with anxiety?

    35:54 Why is it important to have meals with fiber, protein, and healthy fats especially if your kid has anxiety?

    36:39 What are some healthy snack ideas?  

    38:20 What are your favorite tips for parents dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety? 

    42:56 Tell us about your second book.



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Julie mentions she has interviewed Jess Cording for stories for EverydayHealth including, “12 Potential Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar.”

    Julie talks about her interview on Jess Cording’s podcast, “Drama-Free Healthy Living with Jess Cording.”

    Julie mentions research that shows kids are eating mostly ultra-processed foods.

    Jess mentions the Headspace app for kids.

    Julie and Jess talk about this study, which found 71% of U.S. children consume caffeine on a given day.

    Julie mentions she uses turmeric to make Golden Milk.

    Grab a copy of Jess Cording’s book, "The Little Book of Game Changers: 50 Healthy Habits for Managing Stress & Anxiety."

    Learn more about Jess Cording on her website. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook. 

    Subscribe and listen to Jess Cording’s podcast “Drama Free Healthy Living with Jess Cording.” 



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    How to Raise Clean Eating Kids | Episode 7

    How to Raise Clean Eating Kids | Episode 7

    Clean eating has been trendy for years, but it hasn’t been without controversy from those who say it can lead to eating disorders. There’s also no standard definition for the term nor is it regulated, so there’s been a lot of confusion about what it actually means.

    In this episode, I sat down with Michelle Dudash, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, Cordon Bleu-certified chef, founder of Dash Dinners Spice Kits, and a television personality. She is also the author of the top-selling cookbook Clean Eating for Busy Families as well as Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook.

    We talked about the benefits of clean eating for kids and how to move from processed foods to real food, but still make room for your kids’ favorite snacks. We also covered how to save money, save time, and get healthy meals on the table everyday, and Michelle talked about her favorite clean-eating recipes for kids. 

    Welcome

    3:17 Let’s talk about your story!

    4:34 What is “clean eating?”

    5:33 What does research show us about the benefits of clean eating?

    7:25 Why is clean eating vital for kids? 

    9:40 What myths are there about clean eating?

    13:24 What foods should parents focus on?

    16:05 What are the best chicken and beef options? 

    18:11 What are the best drinks for kids? 

    20:23 What are some foods kids should avoid and is some processing ok?

    21: 59 Does clean eating mean avoiding gluten and dairy?

    23:47 What are easy tips for families to get more whole foods in their diets and follow a clean-eating approach?

    27:03 If your kid has been eating a lot of processed foods and is a picky eater, how can you encourage healthier eating habits?

    28:29 As kids get older, there are more opportunities for them to eat processed foods. How can parents encourage healthy eating habits without being too restrictive?

    3:04 Can a hyper-focus on clean eating lead to disordered eating?

    33:28 How can families follow a clean eating plan on a budget? 

    35:14 What are your best tips for busy families to get healthy “clean" meals and snacks on the table? 

    37:50 What are your favorite recipes from your book?



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Julie mentions this 2021 study that found there’s no standard definition of “clean eating.”

    Julie mentions the NOVA Food Classification System

    Julie mentions her interview for Food Issues with Dr. Sheila Kilbane, “Help! My Kid Is Always Sick.”

    Julie talks about using the Pampered Chef pan for making homemade chicken nuggets.

    Michelle mentions her Dash Dinners Spice Kits.

    Grab a copy of Michelle Dudash’s books, Clean Eating for Busy Families and Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook.

    Learn more about Michelle Dudash on her website and follow her on Instagram.



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    Thrive Market is an online membership-based market that has the highest quality, organic, non-GMO, healthy, and sustainable products. From groceries, clean beauty, safe supplements, and non-toxic home products to ethical meat, sustainable seafood, clean wine, and more,

    • 42 min
    How To Increase Immunity in Kids | Episode 6

    How To Increase Immunity in Kids | Episode 6

    During the fall and winter months, we’re all thinking about colds and the flu and how to keep our kids healthy. We often read about foods and natural ways to boost immunity but the immune system is more complex than we realize. 

    In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Heather Moday, an immunologist, allergist, and functional medicine doctor, and author of a new book, The Immunotype Breakthrough.

    We talked about how the immune system works, why boosting the immune system may not always be the best idea, and the effects that COVID-19 may have on our kids’ health. We also talked about the best nutrients, superfoods, and healthy habits that help support our kids’ immune systems. 

    Welcome

    3:17 Let’s talk about your story!

    5:25 Can you give us a primer on the immune system? 

    8:10 What happens to a child’s immune system as they grow?

    9:53 We hear a lot about “boosting” our immune systems, but I read that you say balance is more important—why?

    13:12 What should parents know about COVID-19 at this stage of the game? 

    16:22 What do you think about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

    17:29 Do experts expect to see—or are they already seeing—certain types of illnesses in kids this year?

    19:08 Are there long-term effects to a kid’s immune system because of COVID-19 masking, social distancing, etc.?

    21:00 What are the best ways parents can keep their kids healthy this fall and winter? 

    22:21 What are foods kids should avoid?

    23:38 There’s controversy around the term “leaky gut syndrome,” so is it legitimate?

    26:57 Which nutrients should kids focus on?

    27:23 Are vitamin D, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids important for the immune system?

    29:12 What are the best superfoods for kids?

    30:27 Should kids take probiotics?

    31:56 Should kids with allergies, eczema, and food allergies take antioxidants and probiotics?

    32:54 How can parents make sure their kids are getting enough sleep—and quality sleep—every night?

    34:59 How can parents get activity and exercise in their kids’ days?

    36:34 Kids are under a ton of stress, which can affect your immune systems. What can parents do to help their kids? 



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Julie mentions the “Food Issues” episode with Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh from Evolve BioSystems and Evivo.

    Julie mentions that her young daughter had a severe case of COVID-19.

    Dr. Moday talks about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and Kawasaki disease.

    Grab a copy of Dr. Moday’s new book, The Immunotype Breakthrough.

    Learn more about Dr. Moday at ModayCenter.com and follow her on Instagram.



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    The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, created by a mom of 4 and a former elementary school teacher, is designed to build connection, confidence, and creativity in the kitchen. The course includes 30 basic cooking skills, 45 videos including several bonuses, printable supply and grocery shopping lists, and kid-friendly recipes. The course is designed for all kids ages 2 to teen and has three different skill levels. More than 18,000 families have taken the course and The Wall Street Journal named it the #1 cooking class for kids. Sign up now for the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse and get a free lesson for being a “Food Issues” listener. 

     





    Thrive Market 

    Thrive Market is an online membership-based market that has the highest quality, organic, non-GMO, healthy, and sustainable products. From groceries, clean beauty, safe supplements, and non-toxic home products to ethical meat, sustainable seafood, clean wine, and more, Thrive Market is where members save an average of $32 on every order! Through Thrive Gives, every paid membership sponsors a free one for a low-income family.

    • 39 min
    Why Your Baby’s Gut Health Matters + Baby Probiotics | Episode 5

    Why Your Baby’s Gut Health Matters + Baby Probiotics | Episode 5

    In recent years, we’ve been hearing a lot about gut health, the gut microbiome, and probiotics, but experts say, your baby’s gut health is just as important. In fact, researchers are learning more each day about the infant gut microbiome, the role breastfeeding plays, and the connection to colic, sleep, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and more. 

    In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh, a nutritional scientist with over 15 years of experience in scientific communications and life science research. Dr. Shafizadeh currently serves as the Director of Scientific Communications at Evolve BioSystems, the parent company for Evivo® probiotics for babies. 

    We talked about why baby’s gut health matters, what newborn gut deficiency is— and how to tell if your baby has it—and why having a c-section or taking antibiotics during pregnancy can alter a baby’s gut microbiome. We also talked about why women pooping during childbirth is actually a good thing, if babies need probiotics, and how to choose the best one. 

    Welcome

    3:34 Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh talks about her story, why she became interested in gut health, and what her work looks like today.

    6:59 The increased interest of infant gut health and the new connections pediatricians are making between issues like colic and the gut microbiome.

    8:47 What researchers are uncovering about poop and a baby’s gut microbiome.

    10:50 Babies are born without a gut microbiome but during childbirth, they’re  exposed to their mom’s gut microbes through her poop—known as a fecal-oral transfer. 

    12:10 C-sections mean babies are not exposed to mom’s gut microbes.

    13:10 Antibiotics for group B Streptococcus (group B strep) during pregnancy can disrupt the transfer of gut microbes from mom to baby. 

    16:30 If taking probiotics after a round of antibiotics during pregnancy can offset the negative impact. 

    17:47 Other factors that can affect the gut microbiome before and during pregnancy, and as a result, a baby’s gut health.

    20:07 The role breastfeeding plays in infant gut health and why 15% of breast milk is indigestible by babies.

    22:43 Whether infant formulas made with human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are just as good as breastmilk.

    25:03 The long-term consequences for babies who lack b.infantis.

    28:35 The definition of newborn gut deficiency, how common it is, and how to find out if your baby has it.

    34:31 If a baby doesn’t have b. infantis, if it’s still necessary as they get older. 

    36:51 How parents can choose among the various types of infant probiotics. 

    46:08 Ways moms can promote optimal gut health in utero and during infancy. 

    47:36 What vaginal seeding is, and if moms should do it. 



    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    Dr. Shafizadeh mentions this January 2021 study that shows 90% of babies are missing B. infantis.

    Dr. Shafizadeh talks about this March 2021 study that shows the nutrients in breastmilk that are indigestible by babies are there to feed B. infantis.

    Dr. Shafizadeh mentions this June 2021 study that shows activated B. infantis influences immune system development in infants, and therefore, may reduce the risk of allergic and autoimmune conditions later in life.

    Dr. Shafizadeh talks about this April 2021 study that found 70% of rural Old Order Mennonite (OOM) infants in Rochester, NY had B. infantis in their guts.

    Dr. Shafizadeh mentions that ACOG does not recommend vaginal seeding. 

    Learn more about Evolve BioSystems and Evivo. Follow them on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.



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Customer Reviews

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Great Podcast

I have always been very interested in food and how it impacts health. I love listening to this podcast. Very informative and intriguing! I look forward to each new episode.

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Wow. This was very informative about childhood nutrition, food insecurities, and the pandemic. Ms. Revelant is on target about what is facing today’s parents in offering their children healthy food choices, and what the school lunches are offering.

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