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.


Eat Well On A Budget

In these uncertain and difficult times, the spread of coronavirus is impacting each of our lives. With individuals looking for answers, especially ones that seem ‘easy’ to implement, such as what we can eat or drink on a budget. With the closure of restaurants and limited foods available in the supermarkets, we are needing to become more creative while cooking in a financially viable manner. So, is it possible to make healthy changes to our daily eating habits that will last while restricting our spending? This week’s Food For Thought guest is, Miguel Barclay an Instagram chef who is constantly experimenting in the kitchen and makes meals that all cost less than £1 a person.


Doctor & Nutritionist Fighting Coronavirus

Confirmed cases of coronavirus have now spanned the globe, and figures of new cases are increasing each day. COVID-19 has spiralled out of our control, leaving countries across the globe in a state of emergency and doctors and nurses overstretched. At present, it is expected that the coronavirus pandemic could affect the UK well into 2021 and may lead to 7.9 million people being hospitalised, adding even more strain on health services and with knock on effects on the economy. There are simple measures that each and everyone of us can do to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, as our very actions can help reduce the chances of us catching it and in turn spreading the virus. This week’s Food For Thought sees NHS Dr Joshua Wolrich discuss the evolving advice and spread of misinformation in these uncertain times. Please note, all evidence-based information shared in this episode are accurate as of 20 March 2020.Further resources can be found at; gov.uk/coronavirus, nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ & who.int/


You Need To Learn About Menopause

Menopause is a topic that is still often left unspoken about. The menopause and lack of conversation around it can leave many women feeling isolated and with little support during a time in their life that is completely natural and which happens in every woman’s life. Often women feel that they just need to accept the menopause, but acceptance is difficult when dealing with what often seems such a mystery. You are certainly not alone and there are options available to you for the menopause. Joining me on this weeks podcast is, Dr Philippa Kay who recently just published The M Word. Together we discuss what exactly the menopause is, when to expect to it and how it affects all us women.


Do Diets Really Work

In the world of health and wellness, dieting can be incredibly confusing. We’re told time and time again the only thing that really works is a balanced diet and exercise. Yet all too many people are still willing to listen and attempt every new fad in the hope that it’s the one that changes everything. It is so important to remember that this is probably not the case! Just looking at the statistics shows that right now in the UK over half of the population are reportedly dieting. Joining me is Registered Nutritionist Claire Baseley with whom I explore the real truth about diets and if they can actually work.


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