Podcasts We Love: The Nutrition Diva

by Simona Terron
In part 7 of our series on Podcasts We Love, we bring you The Nutrition Diva's Quick and Dirty Tips.

Who is The Nutrition Diva?
She’s a nutritionist who’s board-certified and licensed besides being a professionally trained chef. Monica Reinagel has made it her life’s mission to help people eat well and feel fabulous. She travels around delivering keynote speeches on food and nutrition. In addition, she has her own website and a blog on The Huffington Post, has authored several books and appears regularly on the TODAY show, Doctor Oz show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. And she does all of this while still landing the occasional singing gig. Oh did we forget to mention she does all this, AND is a professional opera singer? Yup, that’s how cool she is. Which is why we couldn’t wait to tell you about her informative and interesting weekly nutrition podcast called The Nutrition Diva's Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous.

Why We Love This Podcast
It’s hard to find someone who is not only qualified, certified by multiple boards and instead of drowning us in jargon, chooses instead to help us sort fact from fiction, sift the good info from the bad, and separate the important stuff from the stuff that’s just not worth worrying about. She’s not narrowly talking about any single diet style either and has something for everyone who wants to eat healthy. This is irrespective of whether you’re following a diet that’s vegetarian, paleo, omnivorous, vegan, a hunter-gatherer’s, Mediterranean, high-protein, or low-carb. She believes neither of them is the single solution for every eater because certain nutrition principles do apply across the board, but there are still lots of ways to put together a healthy diet.

That said, she doesn’t discriminate against French-fry lovers either because according to her she’s neither purist nor perfectionist and thinks it’s perfectly fine to eat something not because it’s good for you but because you love it. “Or because someone made it for you. Or because it’s the least of the available evils. I’m living proof of the fact that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet in order to be healthy and happy.”

Three of our fave episodes from this podcast:
  1. Episode 256: How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb? on Jun 30 2015
    Is there a limit to how much protein you can use at one time? Nutrition Diva examines a popular food myth. She likens protein to a Tinker Toy set explaining that every protein is made up of special molecules called amino acids, which are like the individual Tinker Toy pieces. When you digest protein, your body breaks it down into the individual amino acids and then uses them to build parts of your body. These could be enzymes, hormones, immune factors, transport and storage molecules, and all kinds of other useful things, including bigger biceps.
  2. Episode338: How to Avoid Summer Weight Gain in Kids on Jun 24 2015
    Recent studies reveal a disturbing trend: kids are gaining too much weight during summer vacation. Let Monica not only get you up to date on the alarming statistics but also help you fix the problem by giving you five ways to head off summer weight gain, which will be helpful for both kids and adults. Spoiler alert: tip #5 is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. You can do this by placing bags of baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and other prewashed raw veggies at eye level in the fridge, along with some string cheese and hummus. Put a bowl of fruit on the counter. Even if they will be at home for lunch, it can be helpful to help them “pack” a lunch in the morning, the way they would for school, so it’s ready and easy to grab when they get hungry.
  3. Episode 370: How to Limit Your Kid's Sugar without Starting a War on Feb 23 2016
    This episode sees Cheryl Butler from the Might Mommy podcast and mother to eight kids, talking to Monica about kids and sugar. Cheryl has 2 children who have overcome significant learning disabilities and one with Asperger’s Syndrome. The chat starts off with the contrast between parenting when Monica’s kid (who is now 22) was in Kindergarten, and the way parenting is conducted now. They compare how before, during celebrations in school for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and then kids’ individual birthdays, it was considered alright to let the kids feast on sugary delights like donuts, cupcakes, cookies with iced frosting, drinks like fruit punch or soda as well as salty potato chips. In a day and age when that’s changed so much that it’s rare for a child to eat a cupcake more than once a month, they discuss the situation and its merits and demerits.
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Images: Monica’s Facebook page
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