Episode 021: Guilt Free Good Nutrition w/ Melissa Joy Dobbins

Melissa Joy Dobbins Interview

Today’s guest is the well-known Registered Dietitian, Melissa Joy Dobbins. She is also known as The Guilt-Free RD and is a mother of two who has managed to find the time to appear in over 200 television interviews and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Shape, and O Magazine, just to name a few. In fact, her list of accomplishments is so impressive she was named Outstanding Dietitian for the entire state of Illinois!  In our chat today Melissa talks about what led to her becoming a dietitian, how she became so involved with the media, her philosophy as a Diabetes Educator, her secret for weight management, and her very own podcast. 


Melissa is an award winning, nationally recognized food and nutrition expert, media spokesperson, speaker, blogger and podcaster with more than 20 years’ experience and a proven track record of providing real solutions for real people so they can enjoy their food with health in mind.

Melissa’s background includes nearly a decade of clinical nutrition and client counseling as well as corporate wellness, public speaking, academia, and research. She’s a former supermarket dietitian, a certified diabetes educator, and also specializes in weight management, family nutrition, and food safety/technology. A former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Dairy Council, Melissa has been a regular voice in the media for over 15 years. She has conducted hundreds of TV interviews and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Shape, Fitness, and O Magazine. Utilizing her communications expertise, Melissa enjoys 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.

“I saw some really interesting things going on with regards to diets, and pills, and powders, and all kinds of very unhealthy behaviors and I remember thinking at the time, there should be somebody here who could talk to us about this stuff …” – Melissa


1:45 How Melissa ended up in the field of nutrition

“I want to help people make sense of the nutrition information that they’re hearing and make their own decisions based on facts and not fear.” – Melissa

2:28 Melissa talks about her reaction the first time she heard about dietetics

3:46 Melissa talks about how she got involved with the media

7:41: Melissa tells the story of how she made her first TV appearance

9:37 Melissa’s philosophy as a Diabetes Educator and how carbohydrates factor in

13:24 What Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner is, how it came about, and what the acronym stands for

“If you’re like me, those (elaborate) recipes are just going to depress and frustrate you but, if you do keep it simple and sort of grow from there, then it’s more doable.” – Melissa

16:47 The mistake Dietitians make with regards to meal plans

19:17 Melissa’s Foodie Hero

20:53 Melissa’s secret for weight management

23:04 Melissa’s Food Inspiration

25:40 Where The Food Sommelier listeners can find Melissa online

26:06 The Sound Bites podcast

“I really strongly believe for every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge and if you’re too restrictive, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.” – Melissa


Be sure to check visit Melissa’s website to check out her Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative.

You also don’t want to miss Melissa’s Pinterest Boards featuring some incredible recipes.

Click here to find out more about Melissa’s Foodie Hero, Ellie Kreiger.

This is a cool video for the Two Steppin’ Tenderloin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtPAWTq-Fcc

Slow Cooker Fresh Veggie Lasagna: https://www.midwestdairy.com/recipe/slow-cooker-fresh-veggie-lasagna/

Lastly, I really think you’ll enjoy Melissa’s podcast so please give a listen to Sound Bites.


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