Podcast Episode 072: Food Cults – Robyn Flipse

Aug 22, 2017

Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN

“I’m passionate about empowering people to make the best food choices they can in their everyday lives, without fear, guilt, or doubt. Eating isn’t a contest we’re all in to see who does it the best. It’s a personal journey where you get to show up for practice every single day, ready or not”.– Robyn Flipse

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Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN

Robyn has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for over 40 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including heading the nutritional care department in a hospital, running a busy private practice, teaching nutrition courses at several colleges and developing specifications for dietetic foods for a specialty food company. For the past 15 years she has operated her own Nutrition Communications business where she draws on her credentials as a cultural anthropologist to interpret changing eating patterns and food trends for food companies and how they may impact dietary policy. 

Robyn at a cattle ranch in Upstate NY


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Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Robyn’s blog and website
  2. Robyn on twitter
  3. Article by Hilda Bruch – The Allure of Food Cults and Nutrition Quackery 
  4. Robyn’s bibliography
  5. Sound Bites podcast episode with Brian Wansink: Mindless Eating – Willpower vs. Environment 
  6. Sound Bites podcast episode with Jill Castle: Family Mealtime Matters
  7. Sound Bites podcast with June Jo Lee: Food Ethnography
  8. Sound Bites podcast with Rachel Laudan: Food Historian
  9. Book: Denialism by Michael Specter
  10. Book: Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  11. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner blog posts and podcast episodes
  12. “What to EAT” notepad that Melissa uses every week 

Produced by Team Podcast 

Music by Dave Birk




  1. Barbara on September 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Great segment with Robyn! So many different reasons lead us to choose the foods we eat- from traditions to ‘proclaimed’ cures!

    • admin on September 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Barbara!
      Yes – it’s fascinating – I love exploring the reasons we eat the way we do! So glad you enjoyed the episode!

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