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. And on my Sound Bites Podcast I delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition. Join me as I interview fun and fascinating food experts, researchers, authors, and of course, dietitians!

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


The Most Important Meal of the Day? It May Not Be Breakfast After All…

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I would never downplay the importance of breakfast. It’s brain food that both kids and adults need to perform their best every day. However, I would argue that dinner is more important, and here’s why: It’s about more than just nutrition. [Read more]


Spotlight On: Jessica Fishman Levinson

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PROLOGUE:
Although Jessica and I have yet to meet in person (we have plans to do so at FNCE in Nashville this year), I feel like I already know her and like her. As a nutrition communications consultant with a focus on culinary nutrition and the founder of Nutritioulicious, Jessica has a phenomenal brand and social media presence. I love the work she's doing to promote dietitians and credible nutrition information to the public. I'm excited to share my interview with her and hope you enjoy reading it. [Read more]


Podcast Episode 016: Food, Farming, Flavor & Fun: Interview with Amy Myrdal Miller

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Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on the enjoyment of food, increasing culinary confidence, and the often misunderstood business of farming. [Read more]


Was It Something She Ate? Food and Hyperactivity

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Picture this: You and your family are attending a celebration such as a child’s birthday party, a graduation or a holiday event. Someone leans over to you and says, “Look at these kids just bouncing off the walls! They are on a sugar high!” This is one of the most common misperceptions I hear about food – especially when it comes to children. Both sugar and food colors have, undeservedly, become common scapegoats for hyperactivity (and sometimes just energetic behavior) in kids. [Read more]


Podcast Episode 015: The Life of a Farmer AND a Dietitian: Interview with Jennie Schmidt

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Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s episode focuses on the unique perspective of a farmer who is also a dietitian. Certainly something you don't hear every day! [Read more]


The Umami Factor: 4 Surprising Facts about MSG

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I was having lunch with a friend last week and she told me she was avoiding MSG.  When I asked her why, she mentioned that she had read about it on the Internet. That was a big red flag. Obviously, not all information on the web is accurate or science-based.  I’m always trying to stay current with the latest science on food and nutrition topics, so I went home and looked for info on MSG from credible sources, like the FDA. That’s when I learned some surprising, and sometimes overlooked, facts about MSG. [Read more]


Enjoy Your Scoop With a Sprinkle of Science

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July may be “National Ice Cream Month,” but in my house, every month is Ice Cream Month! It is my family’s all-time favorite treat. I think it must be genetic. It is our “go-to” dessert every chance we get.
Concerns about adding extra sugar and fat to the diet keep some people from enjoying their ice cream. Combine those with some of the food ingredient fears I’ve been seeing on the Internet, and ice cream could (undeservedly) be placed off-limits. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t lose any sleep if some people choose not to eat ice cream. But I do get upset when I think that people are making food and nutrition decisions based on fear, not facts. [Read more]


Podcast Episode 014: The Best Kept Diet Secret: Interview with Rosanne Rust

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Welcome to my Sound Bites podcast where we delve into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.
Today’s topic is all about the best kept diet secret and how what you INCLUDE in your diet is just as important as what you exclude if you want to drop pounds, boost metabolism and get healthy.

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My Secret (and Safe!) Ingredient for Better Running

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When I was 43 years old, I started running as a midlife “experiment.” I ran seven 5K races that summer. That led to a few 10Ks and a 15K over the next couple of years. Finally, I completed a sprint triathlon right before my 46th birthday. [Read more]


Dietitians and the Food Industry: An Important Seat at the Table

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More than 20 years ago I became a dietitian because I wanted to help people make informed food decisions and avoid being taken advantage of by the media, marketers and fearmongers. That underlying motivation for me is stronger today than ever. As a self-proclaimed “dietitian enthusiast,” my vision is to hear more dietitian voices ‘out there’ so that credible, meaningful nutrition information and advice dominates the conversation – not oversimplified, sensationalized, fear-provoking misinformation from celebrities and other “experts”.   [Read more]