The Podcast

On a mission to simplify wellness, Rhiannon’s Food For Thought podcast will equip you with all the evidence-based advice you need to live and breathe a healthy lifestyle. She is joined by special guests, all of whom can be considered experts in the world of wellbeing, so that together we can learn fact from fiction and empower the healthiest versions of ourselves with trusted, expert advice.


Should We Ditch Dairy

Whether its milk in your cereal, a delicious melted cheese toastie or ice cream many of us grew up on a diet laden with dairy and are continuing to consume it regularly. It is estimated that the UK dairy industry alone is worth a staggering £28 billion pounds and it plays a vital role in our nation’s food security. But, opinions on foods are changing more than ever before, and with this the scrutinisation of particular food groups. One of which is dairy, it is often bashed for being supposedly fattening and detrimental to our health, as well as the health of the planet. The question therefore arises as to how much dairy we should be getting in our diet. Joining me on the podcast is Dr Leigh Breen, Associate Professor in Metabolic and Molecular Physiology at The University of Birmingham, who has a special interest in dairy making him a perfectly placed guest to discuss this topic.


Does Instagram Trigger Dieting

Now is the case that nearly everyone we know has social media and use it in some capacity with many being active users. Data from 2019 shows that in the UK a staggering 45 million of us are using social media. But, what are the consequences of using social media and how is it impacting our decisions. Something that is becoming a particular area of concern, especially within the younger generations is how Instagram is affecting people’s relationships with food and bringing about more cases of disordered eating. Joining me this week is Dr Ysabel Gerrard, lecturer in digital media and society at University of Sheffield and policy advisor at Facebook and Instagram.


The Future Of Food

Have you ever stopped to think about what the future holds for the food industry, and what and how we will end up eating. A popular opinion is that we’ll start eating less meat and dairy, along with new foods being introduced to us, but what is likely to be beyond this and what futuristic foods will come about? While the future for many is unknown, I am joined with doctor, author and BBC radio host Stuart Farrimond who shares the exciting possibilities for the future of our food.


Motivate Yourself For Success

Winter months and January in particular can be hard on us all, with shorter days and darker evenings. We all want to wake up in the morning and go through our day feeling motivated and energised. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen, particularly as we are creatures of habit and more often than not our lifestyle patterns need to be shaken up and reinvigorated to ignite the motivation within us. How can we energise ourselves and get the motivation we all need so that we can get the most out of life? Imparting his knowledge on us and motivational technique to life your best life is, Robert West, Professor of Psychology at University College London and an Associate of UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change.


How To Go Vegan

Veganuary is back and bigger than ever. More and more people are taking up this lifestyle approach alongside brands who are rapidly developing plant based ranges. If you are thinking about going vegan but don’t know where to start then you are likely to be in good company. Going vegan, especially overnight is a big shift and in doing so it’s important to ensure you are getting a balanced and nutritious diet. Registered Dietitian, Sam Gould joined me on podcast to share how you can go vegan or simply adopt a more plant based lifestyle the healthy way


The Exercise Plan For Every Body

In the new year, everybody seems to be back in the gym and working out more than usual. But, when it comes to exercise, what is best for us and how much variety should we be incorporating into our fitness routines? By now, intuitive eating has become a well know approach to many, but the philosophy behind it can be equally as effective when it comes to exercise. Why is it that we encourage ourselves to go to an intense spin class when actually what our bodies are craving is a yoga class, which could be so much more beneficial. Joining me to help us understand if there a feel-good way to love every single workout is personal trainer and author Tally Rye.


The Biggest Weight-Loss Myths

It’s the start of the New Year and once again we are hearing a lot about diets and the overindulgence of Christmas time. You might be thinking you want to lose weight and as quickly as possible, but I hate to break it to you, shredding pounds overnight is impossible. Some people lose weight faster than others, but for the most part, losing weight requires some smart choices and patience. It can be hard to find the right advice and plan for you, as there is so many people offering this. I am thrilled for the second time to have Dr GIles Yeo back on the podcast to dispel the myths surrounding weight loss. Giles is a geneticist at the University of Cambridge with nearly 20 years’ experience studying obesity whose latest book dispels the biggest weight loss myths.


Should We Be Gluten-Free?

We can’t seem to get away from the word gluten, for years now it has been discussed at great lengths and the attention surrounding it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. There is so much information that is readily available to us, but with this being the case knowing what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to gluten can be really hard to decipher. Consequently, we have seen a spread of misinformation and confusion as a result of this mixed messaging, with many people choosing to eliminate gluten from their diet even though it will offer no benefit. However, 1% of the population is affected by coeliac disease, who are required to remove gluten from their diet as a result of the autoimmune disorder. Joining me on the podcast is University of Roehampton lecturer, Yvonne Jeanes who shares what the best practice is when it comes to gluten.


Mental Health & Food With Fearne Cotton

I am sure many of you, like myself, grew up with Fearne who worked across a variety of different media channels. Now, Fearne has joined me in the studio for a truly honest and open conversation spanning so many different areas, from growing up in the media spotlight, her relationships and battle with bulimia. Fearne has spent an impressive 20 years working in TV and radio, but more recently has gone solo with starting up own podcast, Happy Place and subsequently has run two festivals as well as being a bestselling author.