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. Grain of Salt podcast (co-hosted with Rachel Begun). The headline isn't always the bottom line, so we take a closer look at food and nutrition news to help you digest the information and make your own well-informed decisions.

3. Lights, Camera, Nutrition! I'm a "Dietitian Enthusiast" so I'm showcasing interviews with dietitians who share their stories and insider tips to inspire other RDs in nutrition communications. My "How To" Series shares practical advice to help you boost your communication skills and gain more visibility, influence and success.

4. My speaker, spokesperson and communications coach 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.

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

Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE


Ruth Frechman MA, RDN, CPT

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PROLOGUE: When I started using my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, 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 started using my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, 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]


Should YOU Speak for FREE?! Advice from the RD Experts

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PROLOGUE: No matter what setting you work in, chances are you have been asked at least once (if not on a regular basis) to speak to groups on nutrition….for FREE. What should you do? Say yes and give your expertise away, or say no and miss out on an opportunity to help the public eat healthier and possibly even an opportunity for career growth? [Read more]


Rebel Dietitians: Kait Fortunato, RD, LD and Dana Magee, RD, LD

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PROLOGUE: When I started using my Guilt-Free RD name and tagline, 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]


A “Fresh” Perspective on Hunger

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PROLOGUE: It’s back-to-school time and summer is winding down, but Farmer’s Markets are still in full swing. Since September is Hunger Action Month, it’s a great time to tell you about how my daughter Sarah and I help feed those in need by picking up fresh produce donations from our local farmer’s market. And it’s a great opportunity for Sarah to write a guest post! [Read more]


What’s in a Name?

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What Exactly IS a Dietitian, Anyway?

Have you worked hard to get to where you are in your career? School, internship, practical experience, continuing education? Do people understand what your job entails on a day-to-day basis? Or do you sometimes feel like Rodney Dangerfield when he said “I don’t get no respect!”? [Read more]


Judy Barbe: Showstopper!

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PROLOGUE: I first met Judy about 10 years ago when we were both working for the dairy council (in different states/regions - Judy in Wyoming and me in Chicago). I've enjoyed keeping in touch with her and meeting up at various conferences over the years, and am especially excited to share her interview (and the awesome projects she's working on) with you! [Read more]


My Top 5 Reasons You Have Permission to Love Dairy

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I believe that most people enjoy dairy products and want to feel good about enjoying them. So whenever I hear something negative about dairy in the news, I can’t help but think that it makes some people question whether dairy is really good for them or not. Which makes this topic a perfect fit for my Guilt-Free RD philosophy.
It’s no secret – I’m a big fan of dairy. Sure, you say, after all I worked for the dairy council for 8 years (2003-2011). But my love of dairy started long before then. Like so many others, I grew up enjoying the taste of dairy products and later on learned about their nutritional benefits. But I can say something that most people can’t: [Read more]