#149 Noom and Weight Watchers

This week we’re breaking down two diet services that are being marketed to millenials: Noom and Weight Watchers (oh, I’m so sorry, “WW”). What do they claim to be? What are they, actually? Why don’t we need them, and if we find their offers compelling, what can we do instead? Be warned, sneaky diets that are trying to pretend they aren’t diets: Daphnie and Joanna are coming for you!

Links in this episode: Christy Harrison on Weight Watchers, Information about orthorexia from the National Eating Disorder Association, Health coach Holly Toronto, Isabel Foxen Duke’s blog, Food Psych episode on the problems with weight science, Smitten Kitchen, NYT Cooking



#147 CBD

Everyone is talking about CBD. It’s exciting because it’s...weed...kind of? It feels a little illicit? But what is it really? It gets promoted as a miracle cure for everything, but is it even legal? Is it safe? Is it all just placebo effect? Daphnie and Joanna dig into the current research to try and clear the air.

Links in this episode: Articles Joanna used for research from the Harvard Kennedy School, NPR Shots blog, WebMD, and The New Yorker, Code Switch on marijuana and race, The New Republic on AA’s objection to using drugs to help drug addicts recover, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Our episode about inflammation



#127 Wellness for Every Body with Chelsea Burrell

“Wellness spaces” can be less than welcoming, especially if you don’t see other people who look like you in class (or even on the posters). Personal trainer, nutrition coach, and marketing expert Chelsea Burrell of Leah B. Wellness talks with us about her experience as a curvy, multicultural fitness enthusiast and professional, and she offers advice on how we can make the world of wellness open to people of all races, sizes, and life experiences.

Links in this episode: Chelsea’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Nutritious Life StudioSplendid Table piece about restaurants and race, The Bradley Method birthing classes

#037 Acupuncture with Sara Vaccariello

What is the deal with acupuncture? Daphnie grew up with it, but Joanna has always been a little skeptical. In this episode, guest Sara Vaccariello of Avalon Acupuncture helps us understand what acupuncture is, how it works, and why it can be helpful even if you don’t believe in “qi”. Joanna, Sara, and Daphnie also discuss how acupuncture is being used in hospitals and how people are working to make it more accessible to normal people.

Links in this episode: Avalon Acupuncture (Sara's practice)Article about Acupuncture in the ER, Brooklyn Open Acupuncture, City Acupuncture, Olo Acupuncture