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.


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.


Keeping Fit As A Family

We all know how important exercise is and the benefits it offers but how many of us are actually working out? The truth is most of us and families in particular are not very active, in fact, the World Health Organisation states that in the UK, we are now 20% less active than we used to be in the 1960s and should we see this trend continue we will be 35% less active by 2030. Currently, parents are working longer hours than before, while kids are playing less sport in schools but spending more time on screens and using digital equipment, given this the estimate in the UK is that one in three children are now overweight or obese. Carly Rowena, fitness blogger, personal trainer and mum of one has joined me on the podcast to help identify ways to achieve a better balance, increase activity levels and how to keep fit as a family.


The Diet For A Healthy Planet

Many of our actions have an impact on the planet, and food production is one these as it has a staggering 30% input towards total green house emissions in the UK, making it a serious contributor towards global warming. Alarmingly, global population is due to grow over the next decade by 1 billion people, making it more important than ever for each of us to consider the foods we are consuming and adapting a change in a diet for a more sustainable and healthier planet. The latest major research suggests that even reducing our daily meat intake to 50-99g a day could see an immediate carbon footprint reduction of 22%. To share some insights on what we can all do and eat more or less of that will lead to a healthier planet is Registered Dietitian Ursula Arens.


The Truth About Carbs

Carbs have been tarnished with a bad name over the years and there has been a plethora of misconceptions surrounding them. As a food group carbohydrates are often left excluded or restricted, and with all the low carb diets to choose from it’s no surprise this has been the case. So, can you really eat carbs if you’re trying to lose weight? I find myself defending carbs almost on daily basis in my clinic. The truth is, carbs are crucial to optimum health. Joining me on the podcast me to explain the truth about carbs is Registered Dietitian Hala El-Shafie.


Why Intermittent Fasting Is So Popular

For years, we’ve all been told it’s important to eat breakfast to start our day right but intermittent fasting throws that wisdom completely out the window. The technique relies on restricting your eating to set times and alternating between feasting and fasting. So are there any truths to the health benefits behind intermittent fasting and what is the best approach to take if you’re adopting this pattern of eating. Joining me this week on Food For Thought is one of the world’s leading experts on intermittent fasting, Dr and Registered Dietitian Rona Antoni.


What Your Poo Says About You

Let’s face it, talking about poo and anything having to do with your bowels can be slightly uncomfortable. It may be off putting but you can all tell you an awful lot about what’s going on with your health by what’s going on with your poo. As this topic is so often left unspoken about and with us all being unique, knowing what is normal can be difficult, what is the regularity, weight and consistency levels we should all be doing? Joining me to help understand why its one of the best clues to our overall health is Kevin Whelan, Professor of Dietetics and Head of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London.