“There are two types of hunger, gut hunger and heart hunger… heart hunger is about eating for the special memory that the food evokes for you”

“My philosophy is that all foods can form part of a healthy diet”

“I want to tell people what they can eat… not what they can’t eat”

“I really try to get around ‘Meatless Monday’ and a plant based diet!”



In this episode, Mike and Joel discuss Joel’s journey into the field of men’s health.  Joel talks about his university years, the long arduous path into nutrition and dietetics and his career philosophy.

Joel delves into his passion for food, science, fitness and wellbeing. He debunks fad food science, the over-claimed prevalence of food allergies and compels us to look at the evidence behind our food and fitness choices.

He also discusses the powerful role food plays in shaping our memory and how hunger can be a pathway to cherished memory.



Joel Feren is the director and principal dietitian at Hearty Nutrition. He is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with a background in the biomedical sciences.

Joel is currently working in aged care where he manages the dietetic services of a number of residential care facilities across Melbourne. He has consulted to the Box Hill Hawks (Hawthorn Football Club affiliate) as well as various blue-collar businesses.

Joel is a professional member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, Coeliac Australia, Sports Dietitians of Australia and Diabetes Australia. He has a passion for the role of diet in the prevention and management of chronic disease.

Joel is a self-described foodie who loves to cook. On the weekends he is often found perusing the food stalls at South Melbourne market and trialling new recipes in the kitchen.

He's a keen a blogger and member of the Nutrition Blog Network and Storehouse Blog Directory. Joel is a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. And, he has also provided comment on nutrition issues to Fairfax Media, News Corp, Huffington Post, Australian Gluten Free Life magazine, Nature & Health magazine and Reader's Digest.

Joel is the creator of the #getyourmaninthekitchen mens health awareness campaign and has recently launched the Dudes Talk Nutrition video blog series. 


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