How You Eat Is Who You Are (Food)
How You Eat Is Who You Are (Food)
How You Eat Is Who You Are (Food)

How You Eat Is Who You Are (Food)

What has your food done for you lately? Why your relationship with food and your gut matters to your health in ways we’re just beginning to understand.

Last Updated: June 22, 2022
Contributor: Meghann Shantz

Meet a life coach who reveals her ‘secret’ eating disorder, an author whose panic attacks helped him overcome obesity, a scientist who researches how rewiring your gut can change your brain, and a dietitian who’s on a mission to make healthy eating an integrated part of your life.

Explored in this episode

  • The complexities of our relationship with food
  • The perils of people-pleasing, and how this can impact our wellness choices
  • How letting go of our pain can change our lives in more ways than one
  • The importance of embracing the art and the science of eating well for your body
  • New research that shows our gut can ‘talk’ to our brain
  • Learning how to listen to your body’s signals, and check in with what you need to truly feel better

Voices in the conversation


Jude Temple

Certified Master Life Coach and Registered Nurse.

I tried to make myself as perfect as I could, so no one would find out how worthless I was.

After a career as a nurse in Vancouver, Canada, Jude discovered her true calling -- life coaching -- and trained with the Martha Beck Institute. A self-professed, recovering people-pleaser, Jude is on a mission to help failing perfectionists and people-pleasers quit “should”-ing on themselves so they can “open their hearts to the deliciously sloppy joy of real life”.

Recently, Jude revealed a part of her personal journey that she had kept hidden for the better part of two decades. She talked about what it has been like to change her relationship to food from being a way to numb pain to being a pathway to greater health.


McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN: Dietitian and founder, CEO of Nutrition Stripped.

Food and nutrition mean so much more than fuelling us on a cellular level.

McKel Hill has been changing the way millions of people relate to food and nutrition through her practice as a dietitian and her online presence, Nutrition Stripped. She offers a modern take on the science of nutrition and healthy living — making it accessible, inspirational, and digestible. She believes feeling our best is a way of thinking, living, and showing up for yourself in body and mind.

With a passion for making nutrition simple, she started Nutrition Stripped as a solution to her own health struggles, and has now made a career of helping people feel their best. She wants us to pay more attention to the signals our body is sending us so that we can take care of our nutrition in a way that supports our entire life.


Andrew Dasselaar

Writer, speaker, journalist, runner, and author of Let Go: A story about Weight, Loss, and Gain.

If I’m hungry, I can look at that feeling and decide: is this really hunger, or am I upset about something?

As recently as 2013 Andrew was, by his own description, “morbidly obese”. He says he lost the weight “not through dieting, not by surgery, but simply by accepting pain.” Along the way, he discovered a lot about his relationship with food, including how he was using food as a way to cover up his internal struggles.

Now, Andrew is an avid runner and has a changed perspective on what it means to eat well and feel well. The turning point in his life was a panic attack that he now describes as fantastically scary, but also a fantastic catalyst for change.


Diego Bohorquez, PhD

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Cell & Molecular Biology Program Mentor, studying nutritional and metabolic mechanisms of chronic disease, speaker at TED2017.

Just like the tongue, the nose and the ear, the gut also has a hard-wired sensory system.

A passionate scientist in the realm of gut-brain health, Dr. Bohorquez’s groundbreaking research is helping to unveil how the brain perceives what the gut feels, how food in the intestine is sensed by our body, and how a sensory signal from a nutrient is transformed into an electrical signal that alters what we do and what we think.

His studies have revealed cells in the gut that transmit signals in much the same way as cells in our nose and our tongue transmit information to our brain in a matter of milliseconds.

Meghann Shantz, The Host of Well Now
Meghann Shantz
The Host of Well Now

Managing Editor at Saje Natural Wellness, Meghann Shantz brings her personal story of healing and a love of storytelling to Well Now – a podcast born out of a desire to help us all discover the hidden side of health and how to achieve wellness. She draws from her experiences navigating western and alternative medicine to heal her anxiety and physical injury to connect with guests about their own stories of overcoming physical and emotional challenges.

Naturally curious and on a quest for meaning, Meghann holds space for the raw expression and authentic stories of her podcast guests, believing that our world would be better if we chose to honour other people’s journeys and processes without judgement – and believing in the power of telling your story.