With recent studies predicting over 113 million obese Americans by the year 2022, one might be left to assume that this country is lacking knowledge or education around smart nutrition. And yet, this country is actually full of websites, magazines, apps, television shows and podcasts about nutrition. But with so many options, a person could feel simply overwhelmed rather than fortunate to have so much information at their fingertips.
To ease your information overload anxiety, here are 5 great podcasts for anyone interested in not only increasing their knowledge around nutrition but also increasing their motivation to live a healthier life.
This podcast (which can be both listened to and watched) comes from Abel James, and while it’s largely focused on the Paleo lifestyle, what it really comes down to in each episode and every interview with another expert, author, or researcher in the realm of nutrition are the basics of understanding how to eat more real food. Sounds simple, yes, but in grocery stores controlled by the CEOs of Nabisco and Pillsbury, a large percentage of the food in your grocery store is actually not considered real food by the utmost experts on health and longevity.
But what does Abel James bring to the table that puts him at #1 on this list? Aside from actually leading by example and having turned his own health around after struggling with the variety of useless information given to him by doctors that only seemed to make him sicker, James is also a trained speaker and singer, which means when it comes to podcasting, it’s actually enjoyable to listen to! Not only does he not waste too much time rambling at the start of every episode before actually getting to the interesting content (a common flaw of many podcasts: boring and mindless rambling), he also sounds clear and professional, and every episode has a sweetly melodic introduction tune that sounds cheerily similar to the ol’ Dr. Katz cartoon intro from Comedy Central. How do these things possibly matter in a podcast about nutrition? Have a listen to a few others you find on iTunes and you’ll find that with a combination of sound quality, energy, and overall presentation, James has mastered the art of engaging listeners and ensuring they’ll come back for more.
This podcast is led by Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS, and while she doesn’t have nearly as much easygoing charm as Abel James, her show does carry its own high level of professionalism (and greatly appreciated sound quality). Also the author of six books, Reinagel has an educational background in nutrition and has been featured on various television shows such as Dr. Oz and Morning Edition.
While she doesn’t have a focus like James with his own leaning towards the Paleo lifestyle, Reinagel seems to cover nutrition through fact and research, even if her clinical approach has a bit more staleness in its presentation compared to James. Nonetheless, this show will give you straight-forward, real information while demystifying some of the most ridiculous misconceptions around nutrition perpetuated by food manufacturers and mainstream media.
For those vegan listeners and learners, The Rich Roll Podcast is a quirkily professional source of knowledge and science around not only vegan nutrition but vegan nutrition as an athlete. With a variety of powerful interviews, Rich Roll has taken his own experience after writing his renowned memoir, “Finding Ultra,” and aims to educate anyone looking to further their health on a plant-based, vegan lifestyle that may also include intense exercise paths such as ultra-endurance training or even the more seemingly mellow forms of exercise and wellness such as meditation and yoga.
My only qualms with Rich Roll, compared to others on this list, is that he himself lacks a level of pep that keep listeners engaged, particularly in his introductions in each episode. The adjective “monotone” comes to mind…sort of like listening to the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off repeat the name “Bueller? Bueller?” over and over. Yes, the sound quality rocks, but perhaps his calm quietness in his introductions is due to his overall peaceful lifestyle and balanced life? Regardless, if you’re looking for low-key yet powerful information on a vegan diet, this is the podcast for you.
Despite the cheesy name and cheesy introduction voice that might remind you of the guy commentating on the MXC Japanese game show, the actual content of this show is led by Yuri Elkaim–who is brilliant. Yes, he’s got sound quality on his side, and he covers a variety of topics around health and fitness, but most of all, Yuri himself is also brilliant.
Yuri’s background includes being Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Kinesiologist, and well-known High Performance Health Coach. He’s also a former professional soccer player and served as the Head Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition Coach for men’s soccer at the University of Toronto for 7 seasons.
Compared to other podcasts, Yuri actually doesn’t bring on other experts for interviews. Instead, he gives you the straight-forward facts on any topic in less than 20 minutes, rather than 45. If you’re looking for quick information in a casual format that isn’t promoting any particular diet phenomenon, this is a great podcast.
Dr. Weil has been around for a long time. Well-known for his natural approach towards improved health. Dr. Weil may as well be the leading guru of alternative wellness. The best thing about Dr. Weil’s podcast, in addition to the fact that it includes video, is the straight-forward, no-nonsense approach. His musical introduction is less than 5 seconds, and the it goes right into the topic of discussion.
The next aspect of this podcast could be considered both a pro and a con depending on the listener: each episode is less than 5 minutes in length, or even less than 60 seconds. For some, that’s plenty, for others, it’s not enough. Perhaps it’s a testament to just how successful and busy the guy is–no doubt his editor and manager begged him to do a podcast and after he continued to insist that the didn’t have time, he finally gave in and promised to give them 1 to 7 minutes of his time once a week–who knows, just speculating over here. Regardless, if you’re looking for fast information around natural living, Dr. Weil is the guy for you.