We are super excited and proud to see our dear friend Rhiannon launch her latest cookbook, Re-Nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well. We chat to her and delve into some burning questions about her journey.
For those that don’t know you, please describe yourself to our readers?
I am a Nutritionist specialising in weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition, founder of leading Harley Street private clinic Rhitrition and author of Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well.
Has nutrition always been your passion? When did you decide to make it a career?
Growing up as an aspiring performer in an unassuming town in Wiltshire, my passion was born with the desire to move away from my now closed down troubled school and succeed as a professional singer. During my time in the music industry, the pressures of looking a certain way had persuaded me to follow restrictive and unsustainable diets. I was soon told that the recession meant record labels were no longer willing to speculatively invest in new talent so I started to take more of an interest in nutrition to reinvigorate me and my life and soon realised this was my true calling. As soon as I made the life-changing decision to enrol at university as a mature student to study nutrition, I knew just how important it was for me to unlearn everything I thought I knew. I endeavoured to learn from my mistakes and become as qualified as possible – no easy feat for someone coming at human science from a musical background! In fact, I felt like I had to work ten times harder than those who already had a scientific educational background.
As a Harley Street Nutritionist, what is one thing that you tell your clients that they must do in order to foster good nutrition?
Once you have built a healthy relationship with food, everything else will fall into place. Education really is empowering and ensure you make informed choices.
With the silly season upon us, it’s safe to say that their is going to be an abundance of indulgent food and alcohol around – please give us some tips to stay on track?
1. Eat the rainbow – Fill your plate with colour maximising every opportunity to eat vegetables.
2. Mindful eating – Understand what it means to eat mindfully and listen to your body.
4. Stay hydrated – Do not underestimate the effects of dehydration. Drinking water regularly will keep give your body it’s best chance of functioning at it’s best.
5. Adequate sleep – Lifestyle factors like getting adequate sleep and avoiding chronic stress are incredibly important for optimal health, but often overlooked.
What’s your favourite way to sweat? favourite studio in London?
Un1t in Fulham. Despite living in North London, it’s the one studio that will have me wake up way too early but I always leave with a smile but also sweating profusely!
Tell us what your morning routine is and how you prime yourself first thing in the morning?
On a typical busy day, I wake up at 7am with a glass of water to rehydrate and a matcha green tea to kick-start my morning. I then look forward to enjoying a home cooked breakfast without any distractions before squeezing in a workout or at the very least some stretching before walking to Harley Street.
What is a typical day on a plate for you? Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?
A protein and fibre rich breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on rye bread is my go-to breakie. As a mid-morning snack I love having a nut jar limiting myself to a handful before a tupperware lunch often made up of leftovers from dinner the night before. An afternoon snack of an apple or some avocado and rice cakes will keep me going until a quick and simple home cooked meal of typically pan-fried white fish on a bed of greens with some sweet potato wedges. A protein pancake with berries often follows with a relaxing chamomile tea to send me to sleep ahead of another inevitably busy day!
Website – http://Rhitrition.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/Rhitrition/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rhitrition
You can purchase her book here: Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well