Food, We Need To Talk

By Juna Gjata

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Super important, interesting
 Feb 25, 2020
I am a podcast addict and this one is super interesting, not to mention important. It always provides a thorough picture of the topic and it ends with helpful insights at the end. I am inpressed with the hosts, super well produced.

 Jan 4, 2020
I was hoping for some good advice. Did not get it. Well produced. Energetic host, but no good advice.


A science-based, humor laced approach to health and fitness. With the help of top researchers from the health and wellness fields, Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips break down the science behind good nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and more. Includes a generous helping of sarcasm (Juna), dad jokes (Eddie), and pristine sound design (our awesome producers).

Episode Date
Cardio, Lifting... or BOTH? The Best Exercise for Weight Loss, Health, and Longevity

Chances are you're one of two types of people: you love running, biking, and spin... or you love being at the gym, lifting weights, and HIIT. Whether your goal is weight loss, health, or longevity (or all three), there seems to be a never-ending debate. We know exercise is "good," but should we be doing cardio? Or lifting weights? Or maybe... BOTH? Today's episode is for the cardio bunnies and the gym rats, and everybody in between.

PS: Our friends at Mind Pump are hooking us up: All exercise programs are half off with code "FOOD" at checkout.

Remember to head to our website for our show notes!

Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk.

Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.

Oct 03, 2022
Sleep, Weight Gain, Eating, and Health

We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so it must be pretty darn important--but why? What is going on in our brains when we sleep? What makes sleep so crucial for our overall health, and how does it affect our eating, weight, energy, and mood? And perhaps most importantly, how can we improve our sleep?

Today, a conversation with Dr. Param Dedhia on all things sleep: circadian rhythms, blue light, Eddie's trials and tribulations in medical school, and more!

Remember to head to our website for our show notes!

Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk.

Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.

Sep 19, 2022
Is the Freshman 15 a Real Thing?

Back to school season is here, which means late nights, yummy foods, and a LOT of socializing. The Freshman 15 (the weight gain many experience in their freshman year of college) is something we've all heard about, but is there any science behind it? In this episode, we figure out exactly what happens when we go back to school that makes it so hard to keep up our usual health behaviors, and what we can do about it. Get ready for a deep dive into staying healthy, happy, and sane... even in school!

Remember to head to our website for our show notes!

Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk.

Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna.

Sep 05, 2022
Wrestling With Body Positivity, Losing Weight Without Disordered Eating, and Eating Healthy in College - Q&A

We answer some questions from YOU, our listeners. In this episode, we cover balancing body positivity and overall health, navigating your relationship to food after having dealt with disordered eating, and... it's back to school season! So how do we maintain good healthy habits, even while we're in school?

Remember to head to our website for our show notes:

And please take our 5-minute survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Aug 22, 2022
A "Healthy" Relationship with "Unhealthy" Food ft. Jordan Syatt

Having a good relationship with food is complicated. Sure, we should be eating our fruits and veggies, of course we should exercise, but when does this go too far? Is not being able to eat cake at a birthday party truly "healthy?" Today, we talk to Jordan Syatt, a record-holding powerlifter and formerly Gary Vee's personal trainer, about how to develop a healthy relationship even with "unhealthy" food.

Note: We discuss restriction, binge eating, and eating disorders in this week's episode. All show notes can be found on our website:

Aug 08, 2022
Stress, Eating, and Weight

We usually think of stress as a "bad" thing, something to be avoided–but is stress actually bad for our health? How does stress affect our eating and our food choices? Why do some of us gain weight when we get stressed, while others lose weight?

This week, we talk to Professor Daryl O'Connor of University of Leeds all about stress, food, and our waistlines. All shownotes can be found on our website:

Jul 25, 2022
How to Create Habits and Hack Your Health

You know those people who have it all together—their eating, their exercise, their work life—all seemingly with no effort? Well, it turns out it's not because they have amazing "self-control" or "will power." It's actually because they have really good habits.

In this episode, we speak to Professor Wendy Wood all about how to create new habits, break bad ones, and the power of habit hacking and habit stacking. All the shownotes can be found on our website:

Jul 11, 2022
From "Fat Is In" to "Slim-Thick" - A History of Dieting

From the time of the Victorians to the time of the Kardashians, there's always been a body type that's been "in." The only problem? It's always changing.

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Katharina Vester of American University about the origins of body ideals and how they have impacted society and culture over time. Having a six pack used to mean you were broke? Only men were allowed to watch their weight? The surprising history of dieting and our bodies.

All shownotes on our website:

Jun 27, 2022
Be Kind...Even To Yourself

We all have that little voice inside our heads—you know the one: calling you names, criticizing everything you do, just in general being a negative Nancy. Although we may think "tough love" will get us to our goals faster, it turns out it may actually backfire and make it harder to be successful. On this episode, we talk to Dr. Kristin Neff all about the science of self-compassion, and how practicing it may actually help us stick to our goals and live happier, healthier lives.

You can find all our shownotes on our website.

Jun 13, 2022
Here's What We Do Agree On About Nutrition

When it comes to nutrition, it seems like we disagree about nearly everything: carbs, sugar, fat... even fruit. But, it turns out, there's actually a lot that the entire scientific community agrees on. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Christopher Gardner about nutrition science, what we've gotten wrong, and more importantly, what we've gotten right. It turns out, nutrition may not be as complicated as we make it seem. Find all shownotes on our website.

May 30, 2022
The Magic of NON-Exercise

We've all heard advice like "take the stairs!" or "park in the furthest spot," but can this stuff actually make a difference? What's the point of movement if it's not leaving you out of breath, dripping in sweat, and sore the next day? This week, we talk to Dr. James Levine about the powerful health (and non-health) benefits of non-exercise. Get ready to bust out the bike desk.

May 16, 2022
Is Your Body Working Against You?

You know the feeling: you start eating right, working out, you’re seeing some progress and then…your body just stops responding. Over 80% of diets fail, but WHY?

Juna and Eddie talk to Dr. Paul MacLean, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at University of Colorado School of Medicine, about what happens at the end of a diet and the biological drive to regain weight. Tune in to find out what happens to appetite, movement, fat storage and more AFTER the diet.

May 02, 2022
The Surprising Secrets of Your Metabolism

The metabolism may seem like a magical concept: some people eat whatever they want and don’t gain weight. Others so much as look at a dessert and feel the pounds creeping on. But what do we know about our metabolism? Can it speed up? Can it slow down? Does yo-yo dieting damage our metabolisms? On this episode, Juna and Eddie talk to Dr. Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University all about the ins and outs of human energy expenditure, and what hunter gatherer tribes can teach us about how our metabolism works.

Apr 18, 2022
Is It Really Just About the Calories?

Are all calories created equal? Do calories even matter? Are calories ALL that matter? In this episode, Juna and Eddie talk to EC Synkowski, founder of Optimize Me Nutrition, about those little things we all love to hate: calories. What are they, and should we even be paying attention? Listen up, the answer may surprise you…

You can find EC on Instagram, here:

And her amazing website, here:

Apr 04, 2022
First Listen - We're Back!

Juna and Eddie are back to tackle all the health and fitness topics you guys requested most! With guidance from some of the world’s top experts, some witty banter, and a good helping of dad jokes, Juna and Eddie dive deep into the science behind intermittent fasting, metabolism, aging, fat loss, microbiome and more. Find out what works, what doesn’t, and why, every two weeks right here on Food We Need to Talk, a science-based, humor-laced approach to health and fitness.

Mar 21, 2022
Your Body, Your Self

From weight stigma to the "Health At Every Size" movement, Eddie and Juna dig into the complex issue of body image with Dr. Mark Berman, Dr. Lesley Williams, Janet Tomiyama, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford and Sal Distefano.

Mar 09, 2020
Disordered Eating And Eating Disorders

Juna reveals that she is battling an eating disorder and explores how and why dieting can tip into problem territory, and what to do about it.

Experts in this episode include Jenny Thomas, co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Kristin Javaras, clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital.

Feb 24, 2020
Supplements And Snake Oils

Want a flat stomach? A faster metabolism? Maybe to get rid of that cellulite? Well, there's a supplement for that.

If only it were so easy... But as with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Guests in this episode include champion lifter Layne Norton and Dr. Pieter Cohen.

Feb 17, 2020
Q&A - Mixing Cardio and Lifting, the Best Gym Routine, Optimal Time to Exercise and More

Juna and Eddie answer listeners' questions about exercise, from "how much is enough" to "how much is too much?"

Feb 10, 2020
Stress, Stress, Stress and Your Waistline

"Stress eating" can shift food preferences toward sugar and fat, leading Eddie and Juna to try the famous "raisin exercise." They also check in with Dr. John Denninger at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. Marc Potenza at Yale School of Medicine.

Feb 03, 2020
Q&A - Are Potatoes Bad For You, Portion Control for Weight Loss, Dealing with Weight Gain Without Dieting and More

From potatoes to quickie "food challenges," Eddie and Juna answer questions from listeners.

Jan 27, 2020
Am I Destined To Be This Size?

You know better than to expect life to be fair. But still, it's enough to drive anyone crazy: Some people seem to be able to eat anything they want and never gain weight.

About 50% of weight variation stems from genetics, according to Rooth Loos, a professor of public health at the Icahn School of Medicine. We'll also hear from Yale neuroscientist Dana Small.

Jan 20, 2020
How Can I Become A Fat-Burning Machine?

Asked for just one recommendation for lifelong health, our experts all had the same answer: exercise. And there's one type of exercise that may bring the best benefit in the least amount of time.

Experts include: Wayne Westcott, Sal Di Stefano, and Jackie Shahar.

(Bonus: For more on exercise, listen to "The Magic Pill":

Jan 13, 2020
What The Heck Should We Eat?

Possibly the best thing you can do to help yourself eat better is not about choosing a particular type of food at all. It's about the quality of what you eat. The hosts distill the state of nutrition science down to a few helpful basics. Experts include: Dr. Walter Willett, Michael Pollan and Dr. Rani Polak.

Jan 06, 2020
This Is Your Brain On Cheesecake

Among the scary insights that brain science can offer into junk foods: eating them tends to shift food preferences long-term -- at least, in mice. Co-hosts Dr. Eddie Phillips and Juna Gjata discuss what happens in your brain when you eat the most craveable foods.

Dec 30, 2019
Good Food, Bad Food

What if there’s no forbidden fruit? What if you think about eating to take care of yourself? In episode two, Juna describes the judgments she and others impose on themselves and their food choices.

Dec 23, 2019
Doomed If You Diet, Doomed If You Don’t

Episode one! 24-year-old co-host Juna Gjata says restrictive eating has made her miserable her entire adult life, but she’s sure if she stops she’ll "literally gain 20 pounds on gingerbread lattes peppermint mochas."

Enter Dr. Eddie Phillips, founder of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and a seasoned doctor, who aims to help Juna get to a happier, healthier place with food.

Dec 23, 2019
First Listen

One woman's quest to end her war with food. Hosts Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips wield solid science, medical knowledge, common sense and an endless supply of dad jokes to teach us how to eat better and feel better about it. Hint: It’s not dieting. They discuss exercise, body image, food addiction, genetics, weight loss and more. A WBUR production.

Dec 06, 2019