Food Matters Podcast

By James Colquhoun

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The Food Matters Podcast will challenge you to expand your understanding of what it means to be human, how to have more control over your biochemistry, how to have more control over your mind, and how to have an increased capability to transcend pain, depression, anxiety and chronic degenerative disease, so that you can live a long life completely free from the corporations that profit from our health. This podcast will bring you the best, newest interviews with people from the world of health, wellness, mind-body, spirit and transformation and also some full-length unabridged interviews from our films, Food Matters, Hungry For Change and our latest docu-series, TRANSCENDENCE. All interviews are a selection of the epic, deep range of health and wellness content we have on our online streaming channel, FMTV. You can find out more at

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EP16: The Truth About Toxins in the Beauty Industry with Kevin Gianni

An average woman uses twelve personal care products each day, exposing herself to 168 unique chemicals. These products don’t always remain on the skin’s surface. Many cosmetic ingredients penetrate the skin.

This means you could be unwittingly exposing yourself to chemicals like formaldehyde, phthalates, and parabens, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and hormonal chaos.

That’s why this week we are diving deep into the truth behind the beauty industry with Kevin Gianni, co-founder of Annmarie Skincare.

In this episode you will learn:

  • About standard personal care ingredients and what effect they have on the body 
  • The loopholes in the beauty industry regulations and what they don't have to list  
  • Why you should look for natural personal products 
  • Tips for choosing the best products to suit your skins need 
  • Herbs and essential oils for boosting skin health and looking radiant
  • Simple beauty rituals and routines accessible to everyone
  • Big areas of innovation for skincare 
Apr 15, 2019
EP15: Eating For Better Digestion and Beauty with The Hemsley Sisters

Melissa & Jasmine Hemsley radiate health and beauty - you can't miss it when you see them. Which made me wonder - what's the secret behind their effortless radiance?


In episode 15 of the Food Matters Podcast, Melissa & Jasmine spill their secrets for better digestion and beauty. These women are all about eating wholesome food, ethically sourced, and love returning to their Filipino heritage for recipe inspiration. 


This food-loving, power duo are taking the world by storm with their down to earth approach to eating and nourishing your body. 


In Episode 15 of the Food Matters Podcast, you'll learn:

  • How their heritage has influenced their cooking style
  • The effects of mindful eating, listening intuitively to your body and finally forgetting the dieting myths from the 90s'
  • How subtle changes in your eating habits can result in big impacts in your life
  • The duo's beauty secrets (Plus, the skin secrets one tropical fruit bears) 
  • And, how your intentions and actions can help you heal.
Apr 08, 2019
EP14: Overcoming Insomnia Naturally with Tom Cronin

Imagine how you’d feel if, by making simple changes, you could start to sleep through the night, waking up fresh and energized.

If you’re finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep you’re not alone. In fact, you’re now in the majority. A recent survey in the US found that 52% of the respondents were classified as “not good sleepers”.

Like you, there are many people around the globe tossing and turning their way through the night, and stumbling their way through the fog of the following day.

This week's podcast episode dives deep into what helps us to sleep with Tom Cronin from The Stillness Project.

Not only will you learn about how to overcome insomnia, you will also discover:

  • How to address why the nervous system is not allowing you to sleep naturally.
  • How to apply meditation to assist the sleep process.
  • Simple and practical tips on how to get a good night's sleep.


Apr 02, 2019
EP13: Learn to Love Yourself, Overcome Fear & Rebuild Your Health with Melissa Ambrosini

Remember when you used to be that person who didn’t know what they wanted?

The one who just moved through the motions, attended parties, hung on to the toxic relationships, went to a mundane job - just for a paycheck, ate anything out of a box and participated in the daily grind. But inside were screaming and reaching out in vain to break free from what had become a vicious cycle?

Break free from this cycle and learn to liberate your life, strip off the fear, wash away the self-doubt and dress yourself in health, wealth and love in this exclusive interview with Melissa Ambrosini.

In this episode with Melissa Ambrosini, you will discover: 

  • Melissa's personal health story + how she overcame an eating disorder 
  • How her health complications manifested 
  • The catalyst to Mel's health transformation 
  • How you can begin to overcome your fears 
  • The steps to letting go of your limiting beliefs that may be holding you back
  • How to set goals + achieve them 

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Mar 25, 2019
EP12: Using Food as Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman

In this exclusive interview, join James as he chats with Dr. Mark Hyman about why we are all so confused about food and nutrition. He explores the foods we should and shouldn’t be eating as well as practical advice on how to use plants as medicine.

Dr. Mark Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author. He believes that we all deserve a life of vitality and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves.

In this interview with Mark you will discover:

  • Why we are all so confused about food
  • Vegan vs Paleo diet
  • Consequences of factory farming
  • Types of plant-based foods we should be consuming more of
  • Foods people think are healthy but should be avoided?
  • Mark's personal diet
  • How to consume meat in a healthy, sustainable and ethical way
  • Healthy fats to include and fats to avoid
  • Mark's message to the world
Mar 20, 2019
EP11: The Truth About Getting Enough Protein and Calcium with Elizabeth Rider

When people choose a more plant-based diet, they often have a panic, thinking, "where will I get my protein from!?"

The good news is that meat is not the only source, nor is it the best source!

In this exclusive podcast interview, join James as he chats with Elizabeth Rider about where to get protein, calcium, and other major nutrients when going plant-based.

Elizabeth is a certified health coach, popular international food blogger, and plant-based expert. She loves making healthy delicious and easy. She has studied at Cornell University's plant-based nutrition program and at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, working to better understand just what it is our bodies need to truly be healthy and thriving.

In this interview with Elizabeth you will discover:

  • Importance of calcium, protein, B12, iron, folate - and the foods rich in them
  • High-quality supplements and where to find them
  • How eating real food keeps the vitamins working together in our bodies
  • How eating real food gives your body all that it needs
  • Genealogy and how that affects our individual diets
  • Myth Busters and how ads from large corporations have told us what to believe
  • How to set up your kitchen well and budget conscious to eat more whole foods
  • Making plant-based, fun recipes, and her go-to recipes
Mar 12, 2019
EP10: How to Lose Weight, Boost Creativity, and Stress Less While You Sleep with Jon Gabriel

In this week's podcast interview you’ll discover why sleep is crucial for hormone regulation and how you can use visualization for weight loss.

In this exclusive interview with Jon Gabriel, you will learn: 

  • How sleep apnea causes weight gain
  • The power of meditation to rewire your brain and inhibit stress hormones
  • Tips & strategies on how to achieve restful, nourishing sleep that can transform your life
Mar 05, 2019
EP9: How to Deal with Stress and Adrenal Fatigue with Dr. Alan Christianson

Have you ever had difficulty waking up in the morning, or had a lack focus and mental clarity? Or maybe you feel tired all the time and can't figure out why!

Chronic Stress and adrenal fatigue is an invisible epidemic that millions are suffering from around the world. It's the result of mental, physical and emotional stress.

In this week's podcast episode, I am joined by Dr. Alan Christianson to discuss how you can learn to deal with stress and adrenal fatigue. 

Feb 25, 2019
EP8: A Tribute to Charlotte Gerson: Using Food to Heal and Natural Cancer Therapies

This week’s Podcast episode is dedicated to Charlotte Gerson.

Just last week, Charlotte Gerson passed away, one month shy of her 97th birthday.

She was a champion in the natural health and wellness movement, helping to continue the legacy of her late father’s work, Dr. Max Gerson, who discovered and developed the Gerson protocol. The natural healing protocol help to heal himself from XYZ and others who were going through chronic end-stage disease and even Cancer.

Dr. Gerson story is an incredible one, captured in this full interview with Charlotte when we were filming the Food Matters Documentary. It’s amazing to think that when we conducted this interview, Charlotte was 86 years old, and an absolute powerhouse, driven by sharing the work of her father.

Charlotte - your tireless support that you dedicated to natural therapies and continuing your father’s legacy defied your age. We will forever continue to share your films with the world.

Rest In Peace Charlotte Gerson.

Feb 18, 2019
EP7: How Gluten Affects Your Mood, Skin & Gut with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Gluten - can it really be that bad for you or is it just another trend?? It's time for some answers! In today's episode, we'll be getting to the guts of the issue, once and for all!

We have a fantastic interview with Dr. Tom O'Bryan, discussing how a lot of people think “gluten free” is just another fad diet and why this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a clinical practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the field, teaching 1,000s of practitioners himself, he is regarded as the Sherlock Holmes of chronic disease and digestive disorders.

In this interview with Dr. Tom, you will discover:

  • If gluten is “really that bad for you”
  • If certain skin conditions people are suffering with are caused by gluten
  • Ways to avoid gluten without feeling “constricted” in your diet
  • What gluten sensitivity and celiac disease really means?
  • Signs you are gluten intolerant
Feb 11, 2019
EP6: Hormones, Stress, Weight Loss and The Art of Managing it All with Dr Libby

Do you feel like, no matter how hard you try, you can't lose that stubborn weight, you can't seem to get the sleep your body's craving, or your moods seem to be all over the map?! We get you! Better yet, Dr. Libby Weaver gets you!

In this episode, Dr. Libby Weaver, one of Australasia's leading nutritional biochemists, author, and speaker, explains exactly what stress is doing to your body emotionally and physically AND she tells you how you can break through that burden of stress to start living!

  • The ripple effect on your life due to long-term stress and the role of cortisol in your body.
  • Living in the sympathetic nervous system; and how it plays havoc on your weight. management, food cravings, sleep quality, patience, moods, self-esteem and overall quality of life.
  • Realizing that the way we eat, drink, move, think, believe and perceive impacts our need to rush.
  • Becoming aware of why you do what you do and work out what led you there.
Feb 04, 2019
EP5: The Truth About The Food Industry With Bestselling Author John Robbins

John Robbins is a 3-million copy bestselling author, social activist, and humanitarian. President and co-founder of Food Revolution Network, aimed at helping you make life choices that enhance your health, nourish your spirit and make the most of each stage in your life’s journey.

The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.”

His book ‘Diet for a New America’ helped my Mum and I begin to transform my Father’s chronic illness at the beginning of creating Food Matters.

 In this episode you will learn:

  • Why John choose to walk away from his Father's multi-billion dollar empire 
  • How he helped heal his own fathers chronic illness 
  • What’s really wrong with the food industry 
  • The truth about how food production  
  • How Factory Farming is impacting your health 
  • John’s must-eat foods for an optimal diet 
  • Why the longest living people are so healthy 
  • How to change your intention and change your life 
Jan 27, 2019
EP4: How 'The Boy With The Broken Brain' Became A World Leader In Learning with Jim Kwik

After an incident in kindergarten, Jim Kwik had countless learning difficulties that led him to being labeled “the boy with the broken brain”. This label left a long-lasting imprint on his self-worth, his identity, and beliefs in himself. Learning became his greatest mountain that he saw as an impossible climb.

Having made it into university after years of struggle, Jim found himself at the same place he’d always been - incapable of scholarly success. Ready to succumb to the doubts within himself, Jim planned to quit school.

It was in this time that Jim met someone who challenged the way he perceived his potential and changed his life forever. Firstly, he asked Jim to write down his aspirations on a piece of paper pulled from a journal that he had in his pocket. He then gave Jim the task to read one book per week about any great man or woman throughout history, plus personal development books - all while he was still completing his university. With the fear of failure taking over, Jim said, “I can’t do it”. This man immediately took the folded piece of paper from Jim’s hands and read his goals out loud.

“Something about hearing your dreams come from a stranger’s voice… it shook my heart, it shook my spirit, my soul, something fierce” - those goals became the motivation he needed to push himself and to finally believe in himself.

Today, Jim uses his experience of shattering those limiting beliefs to help others break through similar barriers and get their brains to reach their full potential.

What belief do you have about yourself that are holding you back? Are you ready to break through that belief and make the impossible, possible?

Jan 23, 2019
EP3: Heal Your Gut Naturally With Dr Josh Axe

James and Dr. Axe discuss the answers to one of the modern day's biggest health ailments, a dysfunctional gut. The pair explore topics relating to leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome & Crohn's disease and discuss how we can use natural remedies and nutrition to treat and fight against the root of these issues.

Along with nutritional treatments, Dr. Axe also touches on the act of grounding, microbiome uptake and the benefits of mindful eating. It’s a must watch to discover more about this foundational aspect of our health!

Jan 11, 2019
EP2: Overcoming Your Limiting Beliefs With Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo, NY Times best-selling author, life coach, and host of Marie TV, guides us through getting rid of those beliefs that could be holding you back. It is our beliefs that drive our actions, and our actions drive our destiny, so our beliefs are actually of paramount importance.

Jan 11, 2019
EP1: Going Plant Based, Overcoming Roadblocks & Tapping Into Your Unlocked Potential With Rich Roll

Rich Roll’s story is an epic one! At the age of 40, Rich was out-of-shape and working himself to the ground. He decided to make a change and is now a world-renowned ultra-endurance athlete. And he’s done it all through the power of food and mindset and today we’re going to take a journey through his transformation.

Jan 11, 2019