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.


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.


The Biggest Fitness Myths

The fitness industry has exploded over the last few years. And with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men in the UK deemed physically inactive and with lack of physical activity costing the NHS almost £1 billion a year, anything that encourages us to move our bodies more is certainly welcomed. But as with any booming industry, there are those who seek to exploit it which in part has led to so much confusion as well as unrealistic expectations in what we can achieve. Whether it’s that perfect six pack on magazine covers or gym instructors shouting at us for not burning off all the calories we ate over the weekend, have we taken things too far and lost sight of the purpose of exercise in the context of health and happiness? Do any of us really even understand how to exercise effectively? Joining me to help clear up some of the biggest fitness myths is Personal Trainer James Smith.


Why Haven’t We Cured Cancer?

Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer, and it is predicted that one in two of us will be diagnosed at some point in our lives. But there is hope, with new pioneering ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, over the past 40 years survival has doubled and today half of us will survive the disease. Interestingly, 4 in 10 UK cancers are thought of as preventable through lifestyle changes, and although a healthy lifestyle doesn’t guarantee us a life free of illness, it certainly puts the odds in our favour! Joining me to unravel the causes of cancer and explore ways we may be able to prevent it is Dr Sam Godfrey from Cancer Research UK, who’s PhD in Biochemistry and Cancer immunotherapy makes him perfectly placed to share exactly why we haven’t cured cancer just yet!


What To Feed Children

There is so much pressure these days to be the ‘perfect’ parent. From preparing the best packed lunch in the playground, to getting disapproving looks from when breastfeeding in public – it must feel like its impossible to get it right! And whilst it’s true that the nutritional needs of a child differ somewhat from our own, I truly believe that finding an approach that works for the whole family is key for helping our children to develop healthy relationships with food. Joining me to share all the best tips and tricks on feeding our children well and navigating nutrition as a family is Registered Nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed.


How To Break Sugar Addiction

Some of us can definitely say we have a sweet tooth. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, cookies, lollies or fizzy drinks, our world is filled with intensely pleasurable sweet treats. In the UK, we are consuming more than double the recommended amount of sugar. We’re surrounded by it, not only in its pure form but also in foods we’re told are healthy. Like it or lump it, few of us get through the day without adding sugar to our daily diet. Some call it “toxic” and “poisonous” while others say its “essential for energy, so joining me to help us understand just how much of an impact sugar has on us is Dr Kawther Hashem, Registered Nutritionist and Campaign Lead for Action on Sugar.


Beating The World’s Biggest Killer

I wonder if you think you know what the world’s biggest killer is? Smoking, cancer, road accidents? You might be surprised to hear that it is in fact heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation, over 18 million people die from it every single year, that’s over 30% of all global deaths. But how do we know if we are at risk of heart disease, and do we have any control over reducing this risk? To help answer these critical questions and hopefully help save lives is Professor Martin Cowie, Consultant Cardiologist at Imperial College London.


Is Pollution Destroying Our Health?

Although we can’t always see it, it seems we can’t avoid it. Pollution is increasingly cited as one of the world’s biggest threats to health. It’s there when we step outside for some supposed ‘fresh air’, it’s present throughout our commute to work, it can even be found in our very own homes. So, should we fear pollution and is there really anything we can do to avoid it? Joining me to understand more about the real impact of pollution is Dr Matthew Loxham, a fellow in Respiratory Biology and Air Pollution Toxicology at the University of Southampton.


How Food Affects Mood

We all have good days and bad days; we all have foods we like more, or like less. But is there a connection between feeling a certain way and the foods we have eaten?

Joining me to share the latest research is Dr Aria, a chartered psychologist specialising in the relationship between food and the brain. As a doctor in clinical psychology, a mindfulness specialist and an expert in the fields of behaviour change and long-term health, Dr Aria has developed a science-based method to help people achieve and maintain a healthy mind and body they feel good about.


The Power Of The Gut

As scientists increasingly discover the central role that gut bacteria play in our overall health, it’s tempting to believe the seemingly daily headlines suggesting the next gut wonder foods to revitalise everything from your weight to mental wellbeing. But, the science has a way to go before we know exactly what nutrition is best for your gut, so joining me to help translate exactly what we know today is Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Consultant Physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Tim leads the largest microbiome project in the UK, which makes him ideally placed to sift fact from fiction on gut health’s wonder foods, probiotics, prebiotics and exactly what changes to your diet can genuinely boost your health.