EP. #092

Gabrielle Fundaro – 092


Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro, CISSN, CHC, is a Renaissance Periodization consultant, Monash low-FODMAP certified and ISSN-certified sport nutritionist, and ACE-certified health coach. Dr. Fundaro combines her knowledge of nutrition and motivational interviewing techniques to promote intrinsic motivation and behavior change in clients to facilitate long-term weight management and healthy lifestyles. She believes in the importance of a plant-centric diet in addition to regular, enjoyable physical activity and cognitive exercises as part of a sustainable lifestyle free from the chronic dieting mindset. When working with individuals experiencing gastric distress, Dr. Fundaro applies a practical, personalized, and evidence-based approach to modify diet and lifestyle factors which can contribute to improved digestive comfort. 

She has taught a variety of courses related to nutrition for performance and health, physiology, and macronutrient metabolism. In addition to her teaching experience, she has enjoyed the opportunity to share evidence-based recommendations in international seminars, podcasts, and contributions to magazines such as Shape, Oxygen, Reader’s Digest, and InStyle. 

Dr. Fundaro is a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and holds a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech as well as a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. She is currently completing requirements towards the Registered Dietitian credential as a participant in the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway of the Dietetic Internship Program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her dogs, and training for powerlifting.


PhD – Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2014)

Dissertation Topic: Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Metabolic Dysregulation During High-Fat Feeding

Graduate Certificate—Preparing the Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech (2014)

Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Virginia Tech (2012-2014)

BS – Exercise, Sport, and Health Education, Radford Virginia (2009)

Monash Low-FODMAP Certified (2019)

Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (2018)

Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition (2017)

Current Participant: Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) of the Dietetic Internship Program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Georgia Gwinnett College (2014-2018)

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – vitaminphdnutrition.com

Website – renaissanceperiodization.com

Facebook – Gabrielle Fundaro

Twitter – @pedagogiologist

Instagram – vitaminphd

YouTube – Renaissance Periodization

Articles/ Research Mentioned:

The core gut microbiome, energy balance and obesity

Kombucha: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence

Human gut microbiome: hopes, threats and promises

Podcast Mentioned:

Sigma Nutrition Podcast: #291: Gab Fundaro, PhD – Gut Microbiome, Bacterial Diversity & the Impact of Diet & Probiotics

OPEX Podcast: #075 – John Berardi

Book’s Mentioned: 

The Good Gut

Why Isn’t my Brain Working

Eat What You Love Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle

Atomic  Habits

Fundamentals of Microbiome Science: How Microbes Shape Animal Biology 1st Edition

Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness (Applications of Motivational Interviewing)


Movies Mentioned:

Wolf Creek 



0:00 – 4:56 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Gabrielle to introduce herself

4:57 – 9:43 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the diversity of species within the microbiome

9:44 – 18:03 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about fibre’s role in gut health

18:04 – 25:19 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the benefits of short-chain-fatty acids

25:20 – 31:12 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the detrimental effects that some sweeteners in protein bar can have on the gut microbiome

31:13 – 39:59 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about probiotics

40:00 – 46:41 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the benefits of fermented foods

46:42 – 50:11 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the effects of c-section births on gut microbiome development

50:12 – 55:45 – Robbie asks Gabrielle about the link between gut health and mental health

55:46 – 57:46 – Robbie asks Gabrielle how she learns

57:47 – 59:07 – Robbie asks Gabrielle is there anything she does on  daily basis that is essential to her day?

59:08 – 1:00:54 –  Robbie asks Gabrielle for her top and current book

1:00:55 – 1:03:40 – Robbie asks Gabrielle, if she only had 1 year left on planet earth, how would she spend that year and why?

1:03:41 – 1:05:40 –  Robbie asks Gabrielle, if she could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would she invite and why?

1:05:41 – 1:07:37 – Robbie wraps up the show!