45 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
    • 4.9 • 15 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.

    How Plants Powered Dotsie Bausch to the Olympic Podium

    How Plants Powered Dotsie Bausch to the Olympic Podium

    I am so fascinated by athletes and have to admit, hold them up as something quite magical. Who are they? What motivates them? Where did they get their superpowers?

    And that is why today’s conversation is such a treat. I am speaking with Olympic silver medal cyclist, Dotsie Bausch…who smashes all preconceived notions about who an athlete is and how they are made.

    Dotsie is proof positive that change is possible. While other athletes might get their start when someone puts a golf club in their hand at the age of 3, or as part of their family’s legacy, Dotsie overcame incredible obstacles to become a competitive cyclist in her mid-20s.

    She went plant-based in the middle of her competitive career, when plant-based athletes were few and far between. And she climbed onto that podium at the 2012 Olympic games a hair before her 40th birthday, proving that athletic excellence is only not the domain of the under 30 crowd.

    Are you ready to be inspired? To feel like anything is possible? Like there is no expiry date on dreams? Then get cozy and tune into my conversation with Olympic silver medalist, Dotsie Bausch.

    About Dotsie Bausch:

    Dotsie Bausch is the co-founder of Switch4Good, a non-profit organization committed to disrupting the disinformation of the dairy industry, which she started in response to the dairy’s sponsorship of the US Olympic Team. Dotsie holds a world record in cycling, she won a silver medal in cycling at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is a star of the Netflix documentaries Personal Gold and Game Changers. She also co-hosts the Switch4Good podcast, which is a top US nutrition podcast.

    On this episode we chat about:


    How Dotsie fell in love with cycling in her 20s
    Dotsie’s healing journey with anorexia
    Discovering the sheer joy of movement for movement’s sake
    How Dotsie turned a lie into a competitive cycling career
    Her path from finishing last to the Olympic podium
    How switching to a plant-based diet changed her cycling
    The supplements Dotsie used in training and now
    Anemia on a plant-based diet…are you really at risk?
    How plant-based eating changed the foods that Dotsie craved
    Why Dotsie started her non profit, Switch4Good to counter dairy marketing
    The awesome free resource Switch4Good created to support plant-based athletes

    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 @veganolympian 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!

    Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Allsorts Podcast, which is produced by myself and edited by Brian McCalman. We are grateful to live and work and learn on the unceded and ancestral territory of the squamish, musqueum, and tsleil-waututh peoples.

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

    • 57 min
    A modern, inclusive approach to faith and spirituality

    A modern, inclusive approach to faith and spirituality

    To take a page from the legend that is Oprah, if there is one thing I know, it’s that being well is not just about the food we eat. Which is why I called this The Allsorts Podcast…because I wanted to talk about all sorts of things!

    I truly believe that our sense of purpose, connection to community and a belief in something larger than ourselves impacts how we perceive the world around us, and ourselves. Which is why I’ve been thinking about doing this episode for a while now. We’re going to talk about faith, religion and spirituality, a topic that I know can be incredibly divisive and triggering for many people. And I could not think of a better person to have this conversation with than my friend Dean Morris, the “rebel” pastor and co-host of A Little More Good Podcast.

    I feel like I should lay my cards on the table right now: I am not a religious person, despite having been baptised Catholic. In fact, I am wary of the idea of organized religion, because so many harms are inflicted in its name. So I don’t think I could have imagined this episode without knowing Dean.

    This conversation is honest, open and probably contains a lot of hot takes that will surprise you. Dean (who was not raised Christian!) has an incredibly kind, modern and inclusive approach to faith that might change how you view - if not church itself - then the core messages of Christianity. If you’re at all curious, or if you consider yourself a seeker, I hope you’re going to love this conversation!

    About Dean Morris:

    Dean Morris is a person who wears many hats… Dad, Teacher, Runner, Podcaster, Pastor, Community organizer, and plant based human. 

    On this episode we chat about:


    Dean’s journey to Christianity, growing up without religion
    How Dean’s love of Rage Against The Machine led him to learning about Jesus
    Why faith should be about love and freedom
    How embracing the teachings of spiritual leaders like Jesus and the Buddha would radically change the world for the better
    How Spiritual community is as central to wellness as nutrition or movement
    How to move towards spirit/source/God if you have not felt safe in religious spaces
    The role of prayer and meditation in spiritual connection
    The challenges of interpreting the Bible when it was not written to us in modern times
    How plant-based eating aligns with Dean’s interpretation of the Bible
    How breath connects us to spirit
    Why an afterlife-focused faith has contributed to the destruction of nature

    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 @deaner 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!

    Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Allsorts Podcast, which is produced by myself and edited by Brian McCalman. We are grateful to live and work and learn on the unceded and ancestral territory of the squamish, musqueum, and tsleil-waututh peoples.

    Full show notes, including links + recommendations at https://desireerd.com/podcast/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    How to create a happy, hygge home with Meik Wiking

    How to create a happy, hygge home with Meik Wiking

    When the pandemic hit, our relationship to our homes changed because we were spending more time in them than ever before…and even as we’ve moved forward, I think we’ve realized the impact that our homes can have on our lives. Especially as we enter the dark days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought that this was the perfect time to talk about how to create a safe, cozy and happy environment within our four walls.

    If you’re Danish, you know this feeling as hygge. And what better person to talk to about hygge - and creating a hygge home - than the author of the international sensation The Little Book of Hygge and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Meik Wiking.

    Meik has just released My Hygge Home, about how to create the feeling of hygge in our living spaces. It’s not about buying stuff. It’s about slowing down. Intentionality. Filling your space with a positive energy, and connection.

    My Hygge Home will have you thinking VERY differently about your space. It’s a wonderful conversation - our last episode of 2022! - that will help create a positive mindset around happiness and enjoying every minute.

    About Meik Wiking:

    MEIK WIKING is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and one of the leading experts in global happiness. Committed to understanding happiness, subjective well-being, and quality of life, Meik works with countries across the world to discover and explore global trends of life satisfaction. And only someone absolutely dedicated to happiness sits in coffee shops across the world counting peoples' smiles. His first book, The Little Book of Hygge—which looked at the reasons why Denmark is the happiest nation in the world—became an international bestseller and will soon be published in 31 countries.

    On this episode we chat about:


    What is hygge, actually?
    Why Meik devoted his career to researching happiness
    The role of pleasure in Danish life
    How eating together bolsters connection and happiness…and success for our kids
    Exactly how much our homes contribute to our happiness (yes, there’s a number!)
    The age that we are the least happy, according to science
    Small changes that improve dinner with your kids
    How lighting transforms behaviour
    What to do during the darkest days of year to improve mood
    The good news for all of us living in small spaces
    The ABCs of mental health used in Denmark
    How Meik achieves the balance between researching happiness and living it

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners. 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’re a small podcast and each share or subscription matters! It’s a totally free way to support the pod in less than a minute.

    We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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

    Full podcast notes available at www.desireerd.com/podcast

    • 54 min
    How to be a better cook with Alice Zaslavsky

    How to be a better cook with Alice Zaslavsky

    Something I’m passionate about is that cooking for yourself is one of the most important steps you can take in your personal wellness. When you cook at home, not only do you control what goes into your food but you’ll save a LOT of money, helping ensure that healthy eating is sustainable for you and your family.

    Especially with the cost of food rising globally, knowing how to coax more flavour and enjoyment from simple, budget-friendly ingredients is a skill every single one of us should have. And one that we need to be passing on to our kids, from the time they’re old enough to safely hold a knife.

    Delicious, nutrient-dense food doesn’t have to be finicky or fancy…nor does every single thing you eat need to be MasterChef worthy. But what if cooking doesn’t come easy to you? How do you build the skills you need to be a better cook? This week’s episode with bestselling author, food literacy advocate (and former MasterChef Australia darling!), Alice Zaslavsky, is going to point you in the right direction.

    About Alice Zaslavsky:

    Alice Zaslavsky is Australia’s friendliest voice in food, helping home cooks connect with the people they love and ideas that matter. An award-winning author, broadcaster, and self-appointed ‘vegelante’, she brings flavour, community and conversation to homes all around the world.

    Alice is the author of In Praise of Veg, which has been published in 11 countries, and the new The Joy of Better Cooking, which is out in Australia and will be released in North America in 2023. A former high school teacher and MasterChef Australia crowd favourite, Alice is a beloved radio and television host in Australia as well as columnist and food literacy advocate as well the creator of Tumami, a line of condiments.

    On this episode we chat about:


    The surprising thing that Alice grew up eating for breakfast
    How Alice’s upbringing cemented the role of food in her life
    Why it’s so important to get kids into the kitchen
    How Alice the high school teacher ended up on MasterChef Australia
    Understanding how to season food properly and build flavour
    Why tasting your food AS you cook is so important
    All the condiments Alice would put in a beginner’s pantry
    How to fake a fancy balsamic
    The ingredient that Alice thinks is the next black truffle
    The tools Alice uses to create new textures
    Alice’s back pocket recipes

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners. 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’re a small podcast and each share or subscription matters! It’s a totally free way to support the pod in less than a minute.

    We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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

    Full show notes with episode links + recommendations can be found at https://desireerd.com/podcast/

    • 58 min
    Let’s talk SIBO + Diet with Ayten Salahi RD

    Let’s talk SIBO + Diet with Ayten Salahi RD

    If you’re ready for a deep dive into one of the most misunderstood gut health conditions on the planet, you’re going to love my conversation about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, AKA SIBO, with registered dietitian Ayten Salahi.

    I discovered Ayten’s work a while back on Instagram, and let me tell you, it’s rare to discover a practitioner I am so aligned with so it’s exciting for me to introduce you to her wonderful work! She dives deep into topics around irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO and diet with a lens on inclusive, positive and joyful - and yes, effective - nutrition strategies for getting your digestive function back on track.

    We’re tackling SIBO today, which is the subject of a lot of misinformation online, particularly around the role that nutrition plays in caring for it. SIBO is a debilitating gut condition that is notoriously difficult to treat…which sets it up as prime internet fodder for wellness discourse.

    We get super specific about what SIBO is - and isn’t - on this episode, as well as tackling diagnosis, treatment, and the very surprising role of nutrition in SIBO care.

    If you’ve got SIBO - or know someone who does - this episode may lead to a lot of surprising insights!

    About Ayten Salahi RD:

    Ayten Salahi, MS, RDN is a GI- and plant-focused registered dietitian, culinary nutritionist, and intersectional food policy advocate. She completed her masters degree at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). There, she completed a concentration in medical nutrition for gastroenterology and received the Louise Hatch Award for outstanding professional promise and standards of practice.

    On this episode we chat about:


    How Ayten’s background in neuroscience got her interested in the gut brain connection
    What is SIBO, actually?
    What are the symptoms?
    What are methanogens and how do they impact motility?
    Why SIBO is so difficult to diagnose and treat
    All the underlying causes of SIBO (you’ll be shocked)
    The truth about how nutrition affects SIBO
    Should you go low FODMAP?
    Why pharmaceuticals are an important part of SIBO care
    Why physical movement is important
    Why you can still eat food you love while you help your gut feel better
    The major red flag when evaluating SIBO information

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners. 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’re a small podcast and each share or subscription matters! It’s a totally free way to support the pod in less than a minute.

    We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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

    Full show notes with links + episode recommendations available at www.desireerd.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Gut Microbiome + Your Immune System with Dr Robynne Chutkan MD

    The Gut Microbiome + Your Immune System with Dr Robynne Chutkan MD

    With cold and flu season upon us, I know that most of us are looking for every advantage we can find to try and keep our immune system strong and our bodies healthy over the winter season. Which is why you’re going to want to listen to this episode: we’re talking about how the gut microbiome actively supports immunity and how it can help keep you well!

    I am so excited to welcome back gastroenterologist Dr Robynne Chutkan MD to the podcast, who has a brand new book out today - The Anti-Viral Gut - yep, you read that right. We are going to talk about how our gut can actually help us fend off infections, or at the very least, lessen their severity. For example, did you know that there are certain types of bacteria associated with better outcomes in the face of viral infection?

    In this episode we’ll cover how the microbiome supports our immune function as well as exactly what we need to do to build a better microbiome - it’s easier than you think! We also dive deep into how covid messes with your gut, and we talk about the judicious use of medications, including proton pump inhibitors - which, if you’re one of the millions of North Americans on proton pump inhibitors for reflux is a conversation you DON’T want to miss. We talk about what stomach acid actually does for us and what can happen if we suppress it long term. There is so much actionable information in this podcast, you’re going to love it!

    About Dr Robynne Chutkan MD:

    Dr. Chutkan is an integrative gastroenterologist and the author of Anti-viral Gut, Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution and The Bloat Cure. Educated at Yale and Columbia, she’s on faculty at Georgetown Hospital—and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness and Gutbliss.com. Her expertise includes the microbiome, autoimmune diseases, and gut disorders in women. An avid (but not so flexible) yogi, runner, and squash player, she’s a passionate advocate for more dirt, sweat, and vegetables.

    On this episode we chat about:


    How is the immune system even connected to the gut?
    What are short chain fatty acids, and why do we need them?
    Why covid infection messes with your gut function
    Why your gut bacteria say more about you than your actual DNA
    3 concrete - and simple! - ways to change your microbiome
    Why do we need stomach acid?
    Why heartburn is NOT excess acid.
    Dr Chutkan’s 3-2-1 rule to get those plants in consistently
    What the science says about alternative sweeteners + your microbiome
    What is the place of alcohol in a pro-gut lifestyle?
    The one simple habit Dr Chutkan thinks can alleviate 30% of the gut issues she sees
    The common supplement you might want to skip

    Please note that there are a few minor instances where our conversation is not fully weight-neutral.

    Support the Pod!

    We couldn’t make this podcast happen without the support of our amazing listeners. 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’re a small podcast and each share or subscription matters! It’s a totally free way to support the pod in less than a minute.

    We appreciate EVERY. SINGLE. LISTEN!

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

    For full show notes + links, please visit www.desireerd.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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A Must Listen for All

Love the books, podcasts, the knowledge, the Team and Desiree’s energy and passion.
Thank you for all that you and the Team do!

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A must listen!

Absolutely love Desiree and love learning from her. If you don’t already, give her a follow on IG. She’s always sharing wonderful tidbits of information. I’ve been following her for several years and have participated in her #eatmoreplants challenge the last two years. Desiree is so passionate about nutrition and breaks down all the scientific info into very understandable language without talking down to you. Can’t wait for more episodes to drop, I just know they’re going to be amazing!

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Informative

Desiree is awesome and I’m so excited about her podcast! I’ve only listened to the first two episodes, and while informative, they’re also a little dry. Like you have to *really* listen. But good content and lots of learning included.

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