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.


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.


Are You Prepared For Pregnancy

Since turning 30, I’ve so many talks with friends about when’s the right time to start trying for a baby, all of us spooked by the ‘fertility time-bomb’ headlines that accuse professional young women like us of putting our careers before motherhood! The stats suggest the average age of women giving birth now is a year older than it was 10 years ago – that’s 29.5. And, of course, it’s not always a simple weighing up of whether your job, relationship and experiences are where you’d like them, there’s the very real possibility that pregnancy won’t come when you want it. On average, 84% of women will fall pregnant within the first year of trying and 1 in 7 couples have fertility struggles, adding yet another dimension to the “when is the right time” question. This week’s Food For Thought sees Prof. Lucilla Poston (Head of Women & Children’s Health at Kings College London) and I uncover everything there is to know about getting ready for a family and what exactly is the best approach to help ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy with low-risk childbirth. Also, we explore just how much do our actions during those special nine months have on the baby.


Why Vaccine Hesitancy Costs Lives

A global survey of attitudes towards science has revealed a real crisis of confidence in vaccines, showing as low as 50% in Europe think vaccines are safe, compared with 79% worldwide. It’s a fact scaring us health professionals and importantly, it’s opening up you to be affected by the choices of individuals who opt to not get vaccinated. To help us understand whether vaccines are necessary and if there is any truth to the news spread across social media is Dr David Robert Grimes, author, physicist, cancer researcher at Oxford University. F


Women, Wellness and Pseudoscience

The wellness industry is now worth over a staggering £2.8 trillion worldwide. Unhinged and negative beliefs around women’s bodies have a long history in society, every day we are bombarded by new wellness claims, from ‘restoring the balance of our hormones’, to the ‘self-healing’ properties of celery juice. It has never been so difficult to distinguish fact from fad in this field, leaving many of us in the unknown and prompting unnecessary purchases. Joining me to help uncover the truth is personal trainer, best selling author and Women’s Health magazine columnist Alice Liveing.


How Diet & Sleep Can Change Your Life

Anyone who has gorged on a giant Sunday lunch will know just how sleepy it can make you afterwards, it’s largely because overeating and the rate of change in blood sugar stimulates an insulin response which may have a sedative effect. Fun fact, ‘food coma, was added to the Oxford dictionary in 2014! Joining me is Registered Nutritionist Rob Hobson to help us understand why some foods and drinks make you sleepy while others give you an energy boost, and if food can help us avoid the agony of sleeplessness at night. Does cheese give you nightmares? Can warm milk help you sleep? We separate the facts from the fiction and show how tweaking your diet may help you slow down in the evening and sleep soundly throughout the night.


Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

Nearly all of us use social media but how many of us are considering the affects it is having. The way we view and digest news, brands and each other has altered drastically, which can only mean it is impacting every user. Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health and 41% of its users say it makes them feel more anxious, sad or depressed. So, what can we do to make us mindful of the negative impacts of social media and instead unlock the benefits of this interconnected world. Katherine Ormerod, a fashion journalist turned best selling author of ‘Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life’ has joined me on the podcast to help us sift through the negatives from the positives and what changes we all need to be making.