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Strong By Design Podcast

Mar 1, 2023


James Barry was a picky eater as a kid. He ate his FIRST taco in college and would only eat PB&J sandwiches from 5 to 15 yrs. old.  On the weekends his family indulged with Chinese and pizza takeout. 
Fast food, frozen vegetables and microwaved meals were staple meals 

Obviously, this led to James becoming a chef 😉 

In his early 20s James discovered that simple changes in his diet and lifestyle had massive impact on his quality of life. He realized the power of good food on our health and this launched him into his culinary greatness. 
And for the last 16+ years he has been a professional chef focused on making comfort foods healthy without sacrificing taste. 

Chef James has cooked for celebrities, musicians, and the ultra-wealthy BUT it was fatherhood that really tested his skills and forced him to go deeper in his exploration of functional food. 
His personal struggle with his own daughter’s health which you will hear more about in today’s episode ultimately led to him starting Pluck. Using spices infused with nutritionally dense ingredients from organ meat has truly changed the game in creating delicious tasting superfood to add to your favorite meals. 


“There is no such thing as a kid’s menu. The menu you are serving is a kid meal, it’s for everyone, it’s a family meal.”
- Chef James Barry


Time Stamps   

01:20 – Welcome to the ‘Strong by Design’ podcast 

3:45 - Meet today's special guest, Chef James Barry, founder of 'Pluck' 

10:27 - Chef James shares his childhood experience and how it influenced his picky eating behavior 

18:07 - How our emotions and brains drive our food choices and eating habits 20:01 - Chef James on how to trick your kid's palate into a tastier meal 

23:25 - Understanding Chef James' 'Sugar Control Detox' program 
28:03 - Chef James' food philosophy on feeding your family 

37:07 - Why you should involve the kids in meal planning and preparation 

41:27 - What inspired Chef James to create 'Pluck'  

46:02 - Discover why you should give 'Pluck' a try 


1:05:55 - Where you can go to get in touch with Chef James and learn more about 'Pluck' 





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