Episode 28 — Intuitive Eating with Wendy and Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy

In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory join in conversation with brilliant Registered Dietitians, Wendy and Jess, to talk about one of our favorite topics: FOOD! In addition to counseling sessions with their patients, Wendy and Jess created Food Heaven Made Easy, a creative outlet launched in 2011 to spread the word about nutrition and healthy eating.  Uncover the origin story of this incredible platform when you listen today! Plus, get their thoughts on maintaining sustainable eating habits, following your intuition when it comes to food, the impact of dietary education in our communities, and more. Keep a pen nearby — you don’t want to miss the nuggets (food pun intended!) of wisdom and must-have recipes shared in this episode! This episode is sponsored by Golde Turmeric, a brand which creates turmeric blends for inner and outer radiance. Tune into the show to receive an exclusive BGIO discount!

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • The importance of finding something you love and how that leads to longevity in your work
  • Wendy and Jess’ views on a plant-based diet (hint: it comes with a lot of flexibility) + all its incredible benefits
  • The balance of finding food habits that work for you, feel good for you, and leave you healthier and happier in the process
  • Deun’s takeaways after seeing mindful eating in a new light
  • Lauren’s thoughts on why a platform like Food Heaven Made Easy is crucial, especially for Black women
  • Wendy’s path to finding sustainable eating practices that worked for her and how you can do the same
  • How Jess encourages intuitive eating to help yourself feel good, physically and psychologically
  • The role the media plays in our perceptions of food
  • Where coconut oil comes into play with healthy eating — Jess breaks it down for us clearly and concisely
  • What exactly pre-diabetes is, how diet can aid in its prevention and treatment, and actions you can take TODAY if it’s already a concern (November is National Diabetes Awareness Month — Wendy and Jess did a whole episode on it here)
  • How incredible our bodies are at healing themselves when we maintain sustainable practices
  • Some delicious plant-based meals you’ll want to try immediately (shout out to the lentils!)


“This is what our ancestors were eating… Many of them incorporated animal-based foods, but they were mostly plant-based.” — Wendy of @FoodHeavenShow Click to tweet

“That’s a misconception: that healthy food doesn’t taste good and it SHOULD. If it doesn’t, then we need to talk to figure out how we can make it taste good.” — Jess of @FoodHeavenShow Click to tweet

“That’s a part of mindful eating: knowing where you’re getting your food.”  — @deunivory Click to tweet

“There’s a place for everything. I like to call them “sometimes foods.” Never say things are good or bad because that adds to food shame.” — Jess of @FoodHeavenShow Click to tweet

“You don’t have to go to the extreme to eat healthfully. You can do it in a very practical way.” — Wendy of @FoodHeavenShow Click to tweet