• Ep 26 - What the heck is nutritional yeast anyway?

    Summer is here, and while Michelle and Kevin are out enjoying the weather, they're not inside recording podcasts. So throughout summer, they will bring you shorter "snack-size" episodes they're calling "summer shorts." This week, Kevin gets an answer to a question about an ingredient he has been using for years, but never knew what, exactly, it was. Holy Marmite, Batman!

    E26 - 14m - Jul 9, 2024
  • Ep 25 - The blues aren't always bad

    In a continuation of episode 24, Michelle now switches to a discussion on blue zones conducted by Dan Buettner, which was an update about 35 years after Leaf’s study. Michelle talks about Blue Zones and the ‘power nine’ commonalities between these communities. She wraps up with a real-life example of a recent Blue Zone in action (yes, we’re talking about you Airdrie).

    E25 - 52m - Jun 25, 2024
  • Ep 24 - Lessons in longevity

    We all want to live longer - and healthier - lives. But is there a template we can follow? While there’s no guarantees (of course!), we might be able to find some clues by looking at regions of the world where people, on average, live longer and healthier. What are their lifestyles like? Michelle breaks out her atlas and we join her on a journey to Vilcabamba, Ecuador, the Caucasus region, Pakistan’s Hunza Valley and Okinawa, Japan, to talk about Alexander Leaf’s groundbreaking research in the 1970s. Let’s learn about “long living” people and see why you should take it as a compliment when someone tells you “you look old!”

    E24 - 1h 0m - Jun 11, 2024
  • Ep 23 - Are some carbs more equal than others?

    Michelle takes a question from the audience based on our previous carb episode. (Bonus points if you get the reference to this week's episode title.) Plus we take a few unexpected detours along the way as we get around to answering the question (of course)!!

    Feel free to submit your own questions or comments to n4noobs@gmail.com - we love to hear from you!!

    E23 - 21m - May 28, 2024
  • Ep 22 - The carb's the thing

    The holy trinity of nutrition: fat, protein and... carbs! We've discussed the first two, and ow it's time for Michelle to bust the many many many rumours about carbs. (Spoiler: they're really not that bad - in fact, they're great for you!) She discusses how to healthily include carbs into your eating, and what carbs to avoid, as well as some of the potential health issues with "low carb" diets.

    Feel free to submit your own questions or comments to n4noobs@gmail.com - we love to hear from you!!

    E22 - 42m - May 14, 2024
  • Ep 21 - Raise your glass

    A listener question leads us down a deep rabbit hole in this episode. Independently, the WHO and government of Canada have recently updated their recommendations on alcohol consumption, bringing the recommended amounts down to (practically) zero. Michelle dives into the science behind how alcohol effects the body and overall health, to make sense of these changes. You may want to rethink what you put in your glass the next time you’re at a bar.

    E21 - 48m - Apr 30, 2024
  • Ep 20 - Ghee whiz!

    Michelle answers a listener question that harkens back to our “fat” episode. (If you haven’t already listened to episode #10 all about fat, you may want to go back and listen to that first to give you some background, but it’s not strictly necessary.) The question is about ghee (Indian clarified butter) and what Michelle thinks about it. Plus, of course, we have our usual ramblings down vaguely-related paths (like microwaving meat).

    E20 - 33m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Ep 19 - Plant-based octopus, anyone?

    Michelle subscribes to some weird email lists. In this episode, she shares some more recent developments in plant-based protein research and new products. Some of them are really innovative and interesting. Some are just downright… weird. Hear all about plant-based meat, seafood, and just how grossed out Michelle is about eating insects - all with the goal of achieving more sustainable protein sources. BYO Crickets.

    E19 - 1h 7m - Apr 2, 2024
  • ENCORE - Ep 2 - The Food Pyramid

    We're taking a short break this week, so we're rebroadcasting our very first 'food' episode.

    Back in 2019, Canada made one of it’s first major updates to the food guide since 1977. It’s not unusual to change food guides over the years, as times and nutritional information develop. Michelle talks about this most recent round of changes, and what they mean, and perhaps where they will lead in future updates.

    Please remember to subscribe and leave a review where ever you get your podcasts. We appreciate it!

    31m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Ep 18 - Now, I guess we're a travel podcast? (Just for this episode)

    Michelle just returned from a 4 week Yoga retreat in Bali, so she and Kevin get caught up and Michelle shares some of her stories from that trip. (Yes, we even mention nutrition once or twice.)

    E18 - 1h 6m - Mar 5, 2024
  • Ep 17 - A plant-centered diet by any other name...

    Vegetarian. Vegan. Plant-based. Whole foods plan based. There are so many different terms being used these days, it’s hard to keep up. And it’s not just me getting confused! Michelle tackles a listener question who asks for some clarity around the differences between some of these nutritional plant-centered models.

    E17 - 29m - Feb 20, 2024
  • Ep 16 - More T more spills - how tea can benefit your health, part 2 (or, as Michelle insists, part 2B)

    In this second of two parts, Michelle shares hot-off-then-press learnings from the International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health that she recently attended last year. Of course, tea is very close to Michelle’s heart, and she happily geeks out on new scientific studies about the benefits of tea. In this concluding part of our discussion, she talks about tea’s impact on the immune system, cardiovascular health and cancer, and then she closes with a brief discussion about dietary guidelines for tea.

    E16 - 24m - Feb 6, 2024
  • Ep 15 - Still spilling that T - how tea can benefit your health, part 1

    In this episode, we build off what we learned in the last discussion about tea and its properties. Michelle shares some hot-off-then-press learnings from the International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health that she recently attended last year. Of course, tea is very close to Michelle’s heart, and she happily geeks out on WHO data and new scientific studies about the benefits of tea. This is part one of our discussion, covering WHO data on global trends for causes of death, and then she delves into how tea can benefit cognitive function. Stay tuned for part two.

    E15 - 37m - Jan 23, 2024
  • Ep 14 - Let's spill the T!

    Ah, Michelle is in her element for this one! We talk about the basics of tea - what it is (versus tisanes), how caffeine effects you in tea versus coffee, and how tea could just be one of the best whole foods out there (yes, that's right, tea is a food, not just a beverage!). And along the way, there's our usual tangents (no, this isn't clickbait...) So, let's spill the T!

    E15 - 54m - Jan 9, 2024
  • Ep 13 - Phytonutrients, angiogenesis and other things you can't pronounce

    Break out your dictionaries! Michelle dives in to explaining all about phytonutrients and other words Kevin isn't brave enough to try to pronounce. But don't worry - they really aren't that scary... in fact, they are the nutritional superheroes! They can help your body fight lots of nasty diseases and conditions - and they're so easy to find!

    E13 - 54m - Dec 26, 2023
  • Ep 12 - A hard habit to break - part 2 - eating out

    In a continuation of last episode's discussion, Michelle shares some practical tactics on how to manage eating out when you're adjusting to new eating habits. Not all restaurants are plant-forward friendly, so how do you still enjoy going to restaurants and dining out with friends and not fall into old routines? While you can certainly listen to this episode on its own, if you haven't already, you might also want to check out the previous episode for more tips from Michelle.

    E12 - 30m - Dec 12, 2023
  • Ep 11 - A hard habit to break - part 1 - changing your eating habits

    Michelle breaks out her inner Project Manager and responds to a listener question with some practical tips on how to break out of old habits when you're trying to change your eating and nutrition habits. After years of making the same meals and eating a certain way, it can be tough to change and make those changes stick. We discuss some ways to help the transition and make it last. Here's where the rubber hits the road. Listen for part 2 of our discussion in the next episode.

    E11 - 1h 1m - Nov 28, 2023
  • Ep 10 - The skinny on fat

    We've heard about all the different types of fat - monosaturated, polysaturated, unsaturated, trans, cholesterol (good and bad), animal vs plant-based fats, and then there's different types of oils for cooking, frying, salads and everything else. So.... what's up? Why are there so many types, and which ones (if any) are actually good for you? Today we discuss what fat actually is and why your body needs it (or not).

    E10 - 47m - Nov 14, 2023
  • Ep 9 - Let’s climb up our family tree!

    Humans have been around for a while - we started as hunters and gatherers, then settled down and became farmers in small communities, and now we create podcasts.

    But the term “hunter/gatherer” implies two very different activities - so, genetically and anthropologically speaking, were ancient humans hunters (carnivores), gatherers (herbivores), or a mix of both? Michelle tackles this issue from a nutritionist standpoint.


    More info on the Gladiator study can be found in the film Gamechangers.

    E9 - 37m - Oct 31, 2023
  • Ep 8 - The 'M' Word

    In episode 7, we learned a bit about why we should consider removing milk & dairy products from our diets. We use dairy in so many ways - from coffee and tea to grilled cheese sandwiches to lasagne to smoothies, and there are so many options for plant-based milks - where to begin? But fear not! In this episode, we'll talk a bit about the various plant-based beverages out there, and Michelle will give us her ratings of the most popular and accessible options.

    E8 - 50m - Oct 17, 2023
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