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.


Are You Eating Enough Protein?

On the menu at a gym I went to last week, a salad niçoise is now repackaged as “high-protein tuna”. On Pinterest, you can now choose “protein” as one of your interests in life, and last year, there were 70m Google searches for “protein”. Around half of all UK consumers are apparently seeking to add “extra protein” to their diets so joining me is Anita Bean, a Registered Nutritionist and author specialising in sports nutrition, to help us understand exactly what we need to know when it comes to fuelling athletic performance through not only protein but our diets as a whole.


How To Lose Weight For Good

Diet culture has led us to believe that only a certain size is deemed ‘acceptable’, and that to get there we must restrict what we eat by creating certain rules and extreme measures surrounding our diets..But how can diets and extreme weight loss products work when we know that more than 50% of dieters put the weight they lost back on again, and often more than they even started with?!.And what’s even more concerning is that losing weight too quickly can lead to some often worrying side effects. Joining me to discuss how to lose weight for good and how to do it safely is Registered Dietitian, Priya Tew. Priya and I explain how to go about weight loss in a healthier and more sustainable way, which involves maintaining a healthy relationship with food and not obsessing over numbers on the scale or in the form of calories.


Sleep Is Your Superpower

We all love it, but rarely do we get enough of it. We’re told to aim for 8 or 9 hours of sleep each night, yet it’s estimated that the average Brit only gets around 5 or 6! Many of us de-prioritise sleep in favour of getting other things done, claiming ‘there just aren’t enough hours in the day’ and ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’! But ironically, sleep deprivation can negatively impact us physically and emotionally, so we need sleep to be a more productive, happier and healthier version of ourselves! I’m joined by Dr Guy Meadows, a Sleep Physiologist and Clinical Director of The Sleep School, to find out more about why we need sleep.


The Pursuit Of Happiness

We are under so much pressure to be happy. The market has exploded with self help happiness books and we see post after post on Instagram telling us to live our lives to the full. In times of adversity we’re told to ‘keep our chin up’ and ‘turn that frown upside down’. But is it truly possible to be happy all the time? Are human emotions like sadness and anger to be avoided at all costs, or are they in fact a fundamental component of human nature? And how can we be told to be happy 24/7 when in the same breath we’re also told not to be ashamed of negative emotions? Either way, with depression rates at an all time high and stress levels surging, it seems we haven’t quite got happiness figured out. Today I’m here with Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science and expert on human behaviour and happiness, to understand what truly makes us happy.


Fertility Takes Two To Tango

As young women entering adulthood, we are constantly told how to not get pregnant. Contraception is drummed into us from a young age and the fear of a pregnancy scare is all too real! But what happens when we finally hit that tipping point of wanting to have a baby? With 1 in every 7 couples having difficulty conceiving and the majority of women now having babies later in life than ever before, at what point is it necessary to start considering alternative fertility options? And to what extent can nutrition play a role in helping us to conceive? Joining me to discuss the facts about fertility is Dr Zoe Williams, an NHS General Practitioner and resident Doctor on ITV’s This Morning show who in a previous life was none other than Amazon in the TV show, Gladiators!


Can We Save The Planet?

Our planet is in a state of crisis. Global warming is sending temperatures soaring to record highs, and ice is melting at an increasingly alarming rate. Ocean levels rose by 8 inches in the last century, putting small islands at risk of being completely wiped out. Natural disasters are intensifying, and whole species are at risk of extinction. What’s scary is that the world’s population is still growing and set to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, meaning there will be more lives to sustain than ever before. Joining me to discuss the impacts of climate change and whether there is still hope for our planet is UCL Geography Professor Mark Maslin who features in David Attenborough’s Climate Change documentary.


Should You Trust Your Doctor?

Going to the doctor isn’t most people’s favourite thing to do but they’re here to help us and whether it’s that embarrassing ingrown toenail or that contraception discussion you’ve been putting off for months – let me reassure that they have seen and heard it all, so there’s no need to be shy! Joining us today to help us better understand the most common conditions affecting all of us is Dr Sara Kayat, an NHS and Private General Practitioner and resident Doctor on ITV’s This Morning show.


Are You Allergic To Something?

Being ill or weak can really knock us for six. We often blame those around us for passing something on, or assume our diet is at fault or in some instances, thinking we have an allergy to something specific. But are these legitimate thoughts or is something else at play?! Joining me to sort fact from fiction is Dr Jenna Macciochi, an immunologist who specialises in understanding how nutrition and lifestyle interact with our immune system.


Living With Eating Disorders

It is believed over 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder and around 25% of those affected by an eating disorder are male. Eating disorders are complex with no one sole cause, but we know from research that individuals might be predisposed due to their genetic or biological make up. Although many eating disorders develop during adolescence, it is not at all unusual for people to develop eating disorders earlier or later in life, and can have devastating effects. But eating disorders are treatable with the right support and knowledge. Joining me to share her experience is Talia Cecchele, an experienced Registered Dietitian who has worked in inpatient eating disorder units and I’m proud to share works with me at Rhitrition in my Harley Street clinic.