Welcome to Sound Bites! Here’s what’s on the program:

1. I'm the Guilt-Free RD - "Because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" TM. So, on my Food for Thought blog I'm exploring the secret ingredients needed to enjoy your food with health in mind.

2. Lights, Camera, Nutrition! I'm a "Dietitian Enthusiast" so I'm showcasing interviews with dietitians who share their food philosophies, services and stories, as well as some insider tips to inspire other RDs in nutrition communications.

3. My speaker, spokesperson and communications coaching services. As a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert with more than 20 years' experience, I promote sound science, smart nutrition and good food. In addition to my speaker and spokesperson work, I enjoy coaching other food, nutrition and wellness experts on media, social media and public speaking skills with an emphasis on creating and delivering meaningful messages that engage and empower audiences. My "How To" Series shares practical advice to help boost communication skills and gain more visibility, influence and success.

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you enjoy the show!

Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE


Elana Natker, MS, RD – Enlighten Nutrition

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PROLOGUE: When I created my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, and started sharing my philosophy, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from other RDs and I knew I'd struck a cord with like-minded dietitians. That sparked an idea for a new way to interview, share and promote dietitians, their brands and their services. My traditional dietitian interviews are longer and more focused on sharing communications tips and tricks as well as the interviewee's career journey. In contrast, these interviews will be shorter and more focused on the RD's food philosophy and services. I hope you enjoy them and will contact me to share YOUR food philosophy! [Read more]


Panic Attacks, Wetsuits and Weight Gain…NOT What I Expected from a Triathlon!

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In part one of this post I explained how my midlife experiment of running led me to sign up for a triathlon. My midlife experiment was about to become a lot more interesting.

The type of triathlon I signed up for was a “sprint” triathlon which means the race would consist of a 500 meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. I talked to everyone I knew who had done a triathlon and collected training tips. I’m not a strong swimmer so the first thing I did was begin taking lessons. I also got up at 5 am two days a week for open water swimming and brick training[Read more]


Joanne Perez MS, RDN, LD – Real Bite Nutrition

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PROLOGUE: When I created my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, and started sharing my philosophy, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from other RDs and I knew I'd struck a cord with like-minded dietitians. That sparked an idea for a new way to interview, share and promote dietitians, their brands and their services. My traditional dietitian interviews are longer and more focused on sharing communications tips and tricks as well as the interviewee's career journey. In contrast, these interviews will be shorter and more focused on the RD's food philosophy. I hope you enjoy them and will contact me to share YOUR food philosophy! [Read more]


What in the world possessed me to sign up for a triathlon? My Guilt-Free RD Philosophy on Exercise: Beliefs, Barriers and Behaviors (Part One)

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I recently completed my first (only?) triathlon. While I’m very happy that my training and race day were successful, I’m just as happy that it’s finally over! It has been quite an interesting experience – I have learned much more than I anticipated.
I can still see that look in someone’s eye when they’d find out I was training for a triathlon. They were so impressed! But then I would declare, “It’s not what you think! It’s not that impressive – it’s actually kind of crazy!”
I’m not knocking all the athletic folks out there, but I do believe you have to be a little bit “cray cray” to sign up for a triathlon. Had I lost my mind? How did I get there? Well, to answer that question I need to go back to the beginning and tell you what led me to even considering a triathlon. [Read more]


Jamila Rene MS, RDN – No Nonsense Nutritionist

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PROLOGUE: When I created my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, and started sharing my philosophy, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from other RDs and I knew I'd struck a cord with like-minded dietitians. That sparked an idea for a new way to interview, share and promote dietitians, their brands and their services. My traditional dietitian interviews are longer and more focused on sharing communications tips and tricks as well as the interviewee's career journey. In contrast, these interviews will be shorter and more focused on the RD's food philosophy. I hope you enjoy them and will contact me to share YOUR food philosophy! [Read more]


Spotlight On: Joanne Rinker

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PROLOGUE:
I met Joanne at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting in Indianapolis when she received the AADE Outstanding Diabetes Educator of the Year Award for 2013. She is most deserving of this prestigious award and I am thrilled to share my interview with her. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed meeting Joanne and learning about the work she's doing in the field of diabetes and beyond! [Read more]


Ruth Frechman MA, RDN, CPT

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PROLOGUE: When I created my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, and started sharing my philosophy, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from other RDs and I knew I'd struck a cord with like-minded dietitians. That sparked an idea for a new way to interview, share and promote dietitians, their brands and their services. My traditional dietitian interviews are longer and more focused on sharing communications tips and tricks as well as the interviewee's career journey. In contrast, these interviews will be shorter and more focused on the RD's food philosophy. I hope you enjoy them and will contact me to share YOUR food philosophy! [Read more]


When Diabetes Hits Close to Home – The Journey Begins

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One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a dietitian and certified diabetes educator is helping people with diabetes become enlightened and empowered to take charge of their diabetes and their health. It is so rewarding to help people and find solutions and discover ways to get support for their diabetes self-management goals. There's such a "fear factor" when it comes to diabetes, but with some patience, troubleshooting and support, people with diabetes can break away from the fear and embrace steps toward better health. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, I'm sharing my Guilt-Free RD approach to diabetes management, along with my personal relationship with it. [Read more]


Halloween Candy: Trick…or Treat?

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With Halloween right around the corner many parents are wondering – how much candy is okay for your little ones to be gobblin’ up? Well, as the Guilt-Free RD, and a mom, AND a candy-lover - I’d like to share some tips for sweet success.   [Read more]


Monica Lebre MS, RDN, LDN

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PROLOGUE: When I created my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, and started sharing my philosophy, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from other RDs and I knew I'd struck a cord with like-minded dietitians. That sparked an idea for a new way to interview, share and promote dietitians, their brands and their services. My traditional dietitian interviews are longer and more focused on sharing communications tips and tricks as well as the interviewee's career journey. In contrast, these interviews will be shorter and more focused on the RD's food philosophy. I hope you enjoy them and will contact me to share YOUR food philosophy! [Read more]