By: Christina Stiehl, Noom Content Writer
It should come as no surprise that as a Noom writer, I nerd out about health and wellness even in my spare time. I love exploring topics about the body and mind from insightful, experienced people, and I always find that there’s still so much more to learn.
Although books are great, I love the accessibility and versatility of podcasts. I usually listen to podcasts when I’m out and about running errands, in the shower, doing chores around the apartment, or at the gym—which means plenty of time to absorb audio soundbites about the latest in nutrition, mental health, and wellness.
Here are five podcasts I’m currently into, which cover a variety of topics from learning more about polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, (which I currently live with) to how to take care of my mental health. Read more about each one, and if you’re interested, click subscribe to add to your rotation.
1. The PCOS Podcast with A Cyster & Her Mister
After being diagnosed with PCOS eight years ago, I’ve done tons of research on nutrition and lifestyle behaviors to help treat and mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of PCOS (weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, etc.). Tallene Hacatoryan is a registered dietitian who has spent a decade studying PCOS and the founder of the successful online brand and community: PCOS Weight Loss. In this podcast, she and her husband, Sirak, who is a personal trainer specializing in PCOS, delve into common topics associated with PCOS such as eating carbs, intermittent fasting, birth control, and more. Come for the enlightening PCOS information, stay for the cute banter between this husband and wife team.
2. Food Heaven Podcast
Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones are registered dietitians and BFFs who share their extensive knowledge and perspective as women of color in dietetics (a field that is predominantly white). Although they do discuss food and nutrition topics, the podcast is more well-rounded about how to live healthier, more balanced lives in an inclusive and approachable way. The themes often touch on culture, mental health, body acceptance, and more. Some podcast episodes include dating, how to set boundaries, how they manage their money, and how to eat healthier if you have limited access to food.
While taking care of your physical health is important, your mental health is arguably more crucial. Braincare (not surprisingly) focuses on how to care for your brain—including brain health and mental well-being—with interviews from experts like neurologists, psychologists, and other leaders in the space. The podcast episodes are 15 minutes or less, so the advice is quick and easy to absorb. Some of the topics include technology and mental health; and overcoming trauma, anxiety, and grief.
4. The Happiness Lab
Another extension of taking care of your brain is your mental well-being and happiness. Although we often think we will be happier if we get a new job, make more money, or look a certain way, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has proof of the contrary. This podcast is based on the popular course about happiness she teaches at Yale and explores the latest research around mental health and what makes people truly happy. Topics include how to be happier at work, how to feel more empathy, and how to avoid burnout.
5. The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast
The Doctor’s Kitchen started as a popular blog from Dr. Rupy Aujla of the U.K.’s National Health Service, and has now expanded into a podcast series of bestselling books. Although I don’t believe eating nutrient-dense food will solve all of our health problems (some people still need prescription medication to function), Dr. Rupy does interesting deep dives on health and wellness topics with leading experts, and explores how diet and lifestyle can help you live a better life. Some topics include immunity, gut health, and eating for skin health.