Conditioned Food Sensitivity Podcast

Join Wendy for an open-hearted discussion about the mind-body connection in food sensitivity. Her guests share their stories about finding freedom from the restricted-diet culture, which is so prevalent in our society. You will learn new strategies to live a full life and get back to enjoying food. 

Ep 10: Remain Curious About the Nuances and Changes with Food Tolerance

June 3, 2021 | 24 minutes 

Kate shares her personal journey and many years of experience as a digestive health expert to help the listener understand how food tolerance changes over time and why we should keep “testing the waters.”

Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, LDN  Kate is a Boston-based dietitian with 30 years of experience. Kate’s expertise is in gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerance, with a particular focus on the application of the low FODMAP diet for functional gut disorders. She was awarded the Outstanding Massachusetts Dietitian Award and recognized as Boston’s Best Dietitian by Boston Magazine. Kate is the author of numerous books and articles on digestive health topics including the New York Times Best Seller, The 21 Day Tummy Diet. Her latest book is The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step. Kate completed her postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate. Look for Kate on IG and Twitter. She has some great IG Lives. Her contact is in the description.: Instagram @katescarlata or website

Ep 9: Five Tips for Living a Full Life, Despite Severe Health Challenges

May 20, 2021 | 13 minutes 

Irene is on an inspiring journey towards peace and acceptance of her uncertain health conditions. She shares five tips that have brought light into darkness.

Irene was diagnosed with celiac disease in December 2015. Despite a strict gluten-free diet, she continued having severe food reactions – which eventually led to a mast cell activation syndrome diagnosis. Irene reacts to food, stress, hormones, sunlight, temperature changes, medications, and other environmental changes. As with many mast cell patients, her reactions are not consistent. Something could trigger her one day, but be tolerated the next day. Accidental gluten ingestion has led to anaphylactic-like mast cell flares that take several weeks for recovery. The most isolating part of her illness has been avoiding scents and sunlight.

Ep 8: Functional Gut Disorders – It’s Not Just Food

May 5, 2021  | 16 minutes 

This episode’s inspiration started with Andrea’s insightful Instagram post reminding us to look at the big picture of gut symptom triggers rather than focusing solely on food. Learn about the effects of stress on the digestive system and how this relates to the gut-brain axis.

Andrea Hardy, RD is a registered dietitian from Calgary, Canada, where she runs a multi-disciplinary digestive health practice called Ignite Nutrition. She specializes in gut health & gastrointestinal diseases and is recognized in the media as ‘Canada’s Gut Health Expert.’

Using her skills in evidence-based knowledge translation, she empowers Canadians to make lifestyle changes to support a healthy gut. She has spoken on the TEDx stage, as well as internationally, about digestive health. Follow her on Instagram at @andreahardyrd or tune into her gut health podcast ‘Let’s Gut Real’ which is all about making nutrition science easy to digest!

Ep 7: Food Reintroduction Can be Scary – Even For a Food Sensitivity Coach!

April 21, 2021 | 17  minutes 

Tara was diagnosed with a peanut allergy at three years of age and multiple food sensitivities later in life. She talks with me about the fear she experienced when recently reintroducing soy and chickpea. She also shares the joy and freedom of bringing these foods back into her diet.




Tara Cornick, BSN As a registered dietitian from 2002-2016, she assisted thousands of people to eat healthy while adjusting for individual food intolerances, allergies, and health concerns. More recently, Tara has been training in conscious communication, yoga, mindfulness, and trauma.

Ep 6: Freezing Meals

April 8, 2021 | 21 minutes 

Michelle and I share our top tips for freezer meals. Learn how to simplify your meal planning and prep. Get out of the kitchen and enjoy your life.





Michelle Sendowski  is the Co-founder of Souper Cubes, a family business based in Los Angeles that is passionate about making freezer meal prep easy and convenient. Additionally, she is finishing a Ph.D. in Higher Education. You can reach Michelle at Souper Cubes

Ep 5: Finding Balance After a Severe Food Allergic Reaction

March 25, 2021 | 13minutes

Hannah shares her story of how she became hypervigilant after an accidental peanut exposure and the tools that she used to move past the fear and get back to her old life.




Hannah Hunter, MSc, RD Hannah is a specialist allergy dietitian at Guy’s Hospital in London, where she splits her time between outpatient clinics, research, and health professional education. Her research interests include peanut allergy, pollen food syndrome and eosinophilic oesophagitis. Hannah’s personal experience with peanut anaphylaxis and food sensitivities helps her understand the challenges her clients face.   

Ep 4: Freedom from Pain, Patterns and Powerlessness

March 11, 2021  |  14 minutes

Melanie takes the listener on her journey from the unimaginable pain of losing custody of her young son to a place of freedom and peace. Her story inspires us to consider how our thoughts contribute to our suffering and powerlessness.




Melanie Mitchell Epp, CPA, CGA
Melanie is an author, speaker, and coach who helps people find freedom from pain, patterns and powerlessness. Her book is – I Don’t Think So  and she has an online program Your Whole Hearted Life . Contact Melanie at

Ep 3: When the Path Falls Away: Living Well with Food Hypersensitivity

Feb 26, 2021  |  20 minutes

Judy recently completed a story-based research study – When the Path Falls Away: Living Well with Food Hypersensitivity. She shares her practical findings, including how people with food sensitivity can get back on track to a meaningful life.


Judy April, MAdED, RD – Judy April is a registered dietitian with Northern Health (British Columbia) and a FAST Freedom Coach. She recently completed a master’s degree in adult education and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (2020) from St. Francis Xavier University for her work documenting how people with food hypersensitivity learn to thrive. Her goal was to improve our collective understanding of food hypersensitivity and improve the lives of so many people suffering.


Ep 2: Hypervigilance in Celiac Disease

Feb 26, 2021  |  18 minutes 

Maddie was diagnosed with celiac disease in her early 20’s. Soon after, she became hypervigilant – eventually restricting her diet to four foods. She shares her journey of recognizing her unhealthy relationship with food and finding her way back to balance. For Maddie, balance is being attuned to her disease and her body’s needs and adjusting her behaviours and eating accordingly.


Madeline Erlich, BAH, BASc –  Madeline is a dietetic student, currently completing a post-graduate diploma through Brescia University College, an affiliate college at the University of Western Ontario. She has a BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University and a BAH in Health Studies from Queen’s University. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2015 and hopes to work with newly diagnosed and struggling celiacs when she becomes a registered dietitian. 


Ep 1: Coining the Term – Conditioned Food Sensitivity

Feb 26, 2021  |  6 minutes 

Wendy talks about her experiences over the last twenty-five years that led to developing the FAST (Food Avoidance & Sensitivity Trap) Freedom Program. She explains how being stuck in the FAST can create conditioned food sensitivity.

Wendy is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada. She has worked in food sensitivity for over 25-years. Initially, her interest was the science of food allergy. But as she started working with clients, she was drawn to the mind-body connection and helping grey-zone clients (i.e., individuals with unexplained sensitivities that often fall through the cracks of our medical system). This led her on a journey to develop the Food Avoidance & Sensitivity Trap (FAST) model and the theory of conditioned food sensitivity. Currently, she is the director of the FAST Freedom Program. Wendy and her team help food sensitive people rebuild body and food trust. She also facilitates a continuing education course for health professionals – Helping Food Sensitive Clients Through the Grey- Zone.