Episode 4: Rhiannon Lambert

How to quit food-shaming and eat like a top nutrition pro

HealthHackers Ep 4 with Rhiannon Lambert.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • food guilt

  • why liquid breakfasts aren’t meant for humans

  • disordered eating

  • biggest weight-loss mistakes

  • why counting calories isn’t the right route to weight-loss

  • best pre & post workout foods

  • top snacks during pregnancy

  • whether brown or white rice is better for you

  • how Rhiannon’s music industry experience shaped her nutrition work

  • the mistakes Rhiannon made when trying to lose weight as a professional singer

  • how to spot a good or bad nutritionist

  • what the 'perfect plate’ should look like

‘Going low fat is dangerous’

I love meeting health pioneers with unexpected backgrounds.

It’s our experiences that shape who we are and often lead us towards doing what we do best. 

Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert is a great example of this, and she’s very open about the health mistakes she made while working as a professional singer in the music industry some years ago.

In my interview with her, she opens up about comparing herself to famous people in magazines and living off heavily marketed weightless products, and junk foods while continuously counting calories.

The lack of nourishment impacted her body so much that it even affected her voice.

She went to a doctor, feeling miserable, who quickly put her on anti-depressants.

It wasn’t long before she realised that correcting her diet was key to helping her get back to optimal health and happiness.

After qualifying as a nutritionist and setting up her Harley Street Clinic, Rhiannon wrote the book Re-Nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well because she wanted everyone to understand that one-size doesn’t fit all when it comes to nourishing our bodies.

What sets Rhiannon apart from many others in her field is the expertise she has in disordered eating.

It’s clear she understands that feeling of wanting to have control over everything you eat, wondering if it will make you put on weight, wondering how you’ll have to deprive yourself later to make up for it.

“Going low fat is dangerous”, she told me.

That seems to be one of the biggest mistakes dieters have been making for the past couple of decades.

Rhiannon explains that we need fats to absorb certain vitamins from vegetables. 

Our brains are made up of fat, we need it for cellular health. 

I love eating a tonne of olive oil with most meals so this is always great validation to hear from my expert guests!

One of the other valuable takeaways from this interview is Rhiannon’s tip on mindful eating.

Think about what you’re consuming. Relax. Enjoy it.

I’ve started eating some of my meals in silence now, just focusing on the food and the chewing, and not doing any other tasks at the same time.

In fact, I should stop typing this article because I need to eat my dinner. 

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