[Podcast] Ep88: ‘The Kung Food Way’ (The Lesser Known Martial Art)

We all know what it’s like to sit on the mix stage at 4pm on a Friday and try to resist the plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence. But if you find yourself constantly exhausted by the barrage of unhealthy food options in the post-industry, you need a better strategy.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Meredith Gold, the founder of the program ‘The Kung Food Way.’ Meredith is one of the rare few people I’ve come across who not only has an extensive background working in the post-production industry but also has a lot of knowledge of athletics (being a black belt herself) as well as nutrition.

Meredith is a scenario-based self-defense instructor as well as a holistic nutrition coach, a member of Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame and was even voted their ‘Woman of the Year.’ Her program draws parallels between everyday safety/self-defense strategies and healthy lifestyle choices.

If you’re fed up with working in post because the food options are always terrible, this episode will provide you with the basic defense strategies you need to begin making healthier choices.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Meredith’s history balancing her pursuit of self-defense and post production
  • How she used her experience to help people live confidently and holistically
  • Learning to be aware of the food you eat and how it affects you physiologically
  • Recognizing the difference between necessary eating and unnecessary eating
  • How keeping a food journal can drastically change your nutrition awareness
  • Maintaining your boundaries even when you make mistakes
  • Knowing your limits and giving yourself permission to let others know them too
  • Combating the bombarding nature of food advertising
  • How setting boundaries can actually draw people closer to you
  • Using the 80-20 principle in your diet
  • Learning to recognize patterns of unhealthy eating and physically removing yourself from temptation
  • Maintaining healthy habits with new rituals
  • Altering your path in the grocery store to encourage healthier choices
  • Defending your body and your health with fierocity

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself

The Kung Food Way

Raw Power Self Defense

Athletic Greens



Kitchen Karate

Guest Bio:

Meredith Gold is a scenario-based self defense and empowerment instructor, as well as a holistic nutrition coach. Her program, The Kung Food Way, draws parallels between everyday safety/self defense strategies and healthy food and lifestyle choices. She is a former feature film and sound assistant editor who left post production in 2002 to pursue this new career direction.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold is an award-winning film & television editor (Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, Glee), member of the American Cinema Editors, a documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story), and creator of the Optimize Yourself program (formerly ‘Fitness In Post’). He helps ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your creative focus and minimize procrastination, depression, and burnout. After all, what’s the point of killing yourself for the sake of your career if you don’t have energy to spare for the most important people in your life?