Balanced Bites Podcast


Last week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites and Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats for their Balanced Bites Podcast. We covered all the really important stuff: attack goats, writers’ tricks, my J.Lo. problem, and kitchen secrets. It was a really fun time, and I’m so grateful to both those lovely ladies for having me on their show.

Listen to the Balanced Bites Podcast

Stay tuned: I’ve got a Q&A with Diane about her new book the 21-Day Sugar Detox coming soon.


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  • Brandi says:

    Hi Melissa. I really enjoyed listening to you on the podcast!

  • Liz says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Really enjoyed the podcast and reading through your blog (I am a newcomer to the Paleo diet and have been experimenting with recipes over the last few months, although haven’t totally committed to the lifestyle yet). Quick question for you about doing a Whole30 vs. a Whole30 autoimmune protocol. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in August of 2007 and have been taking Synthroid ever since (my dosage has increased a bit over time, but for the past 18 months has stayed at 125 mcg/day). I am (thankfully) an otherwise healthy, relatively fit 29 year old woman, and have never really experienced any typical hypothyroid symptoms (no weight gain, fatigue, etc). My mom, however, had her thyroid removed this year on account of suspicious nodules that her doctors believed to be cancerous, and at the time of her diagnosis was informed that she had Hashimoto’s (I have never been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s). Should I consider doing the more restrictive Autoimmune Whole30, even if I’m not experiencing classic hypothyroid symptoms? I know from experience that avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar makes a huge difference in my health and well-being (although find me someone who doesn’t benefit from getting rid of those!), but I am trying to decide whether going a step further with an autoimmune protocol is necessary at this stage in my health journey.


    • Mel says:

      In my experience, there’s no reason to subject yourself to the extra restrictions of the AIP if you don’t have a diagnosed reason to do it. If you’re curious, you might try removing the potentially inflammatory foods for three weeks, then re-introducing them, but that turns into a 3-month experiment.

      If you feel good and your numbers look good and you don’t have hypothyroid symptoms, it sounds like you can do the standard Whole30. But if you’re concerned, you might talk to a pro, just to make sure.

      • Liz says:

        Thanks, Melissa! I may experiment eliminating nightshades or eggs later, but wanted a sanity check before doing so. Thanks again 🙂