In her new part-handbook, part-recipe book, Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat well, leading Harley Street Nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert shares a food philosophy that is grounded in scientific evidence. Ahead of her 'Meet the Author' event on 20th January at BoomCycle Battersea, we find out more from Rhiannon on gaining the confidence you need to create delicious nourishing meals with her Re-Nourish Menu.
Rhiannon will be joining us for a ride, followed by a Q&A on Saturday 20th Jan. Tickets include a copy of Rhiannon's new book, Re-Nourish.
Hi Rhiannon! Can you give us a quick snapshot into your career?
As a professional soprano and having won Classic FM’s Young Musician of the Year at the age of 17, the music industry's pressures of looking a certain way persuaded me to follow restrictive and unsustainable diets. I started to take more of an interest in nutrition to reinvigorate me and my life and soon realised this was my true calling. After a gruelling four years, I obtained a first-class degree in Nutrition and Health and masters degree in Obesity, Risks and Prevention, I sought as much work experience as possible as I looked to embark upon a career in nutrition.
Straight out of university, I was managing a café part-time for a boutique fitness studio, advising gym goers on optimal pre- and post-workout nutrition, as well as interning at a number of leading health brands. A few months later a chance meeting with a healthy food delivery company saw me working in their kitchen devising recipes for their A-list clients. Meanwhile, I was introducing myself to every practising nutritionist and clinic in town.
My proactive approach soon paid off when I was given an unimaginable opportunity to work in a private health clinic in London’s respected Harley Street. Nearly 5 years later and now a Master Practitioner in eating disorders and obesity, I'm founded my own private Harley Street clinic called Rhitrition - a combination of Rhiannon and nutrition.
What is a typical day like for you, as both a nutritionist at Harley Street and a known figure in the ‘health and wellness’ industry?
On a typical busy day, I wake up at 7am with a glass of water to rehydrate and a green tea to kick start my day. After a protein rich breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on rye bread, I always try and squeeze in a workout or at the very least some stretching before walking to Harley Street. No day is the same for me but whether I’m in clinic or not, I start from 9am otherwise there’s never enough hours in the day to get everything done!
Working alongside a team of health professionals, my clientele really are wide ranging. In addition to my regular clients including Olympic athletes and TV professionals, I find myself increasingly working with eating disorders in men and women of all ages.
Clients take up most of my day in one-to-one private consultations and subsequent writing of bespoke nutrition guidance but consulting with companies in product development and marketing make up the rest of my day. Despite trying to switch off as soon as I get home, there is always the temptation and often need to respond to the never-ending emails received over the course of the day.
What is the most common nutrition myth you hear?
DETOX. It's surely the most prevalent food myth of them all. A detox does not occur when you drink vegetable juices or eat any other “cleansing” foods. No food or diet plan will cause your body to detox. Toxins are naturally removed from your body by your liver and kidneys and do not build up over time under any circumstances.
With the internet providing such an easy window of information, how do you recommend readers assess what is a trustworthy source, when it comes to food, diet & nutrition articles?
Many of my fellow healthcare practitioners are excellent, hard working, qualified professionals. The trouble for anyone seeking nutritional advice is that there is no legal definition of a 'Nutritionist' and consequently, there is no specific exam or course you must pass to use this now fashionable title.
There are a number of government-approved health practitioner registers but many of the estimated 100,000+ people practicing as Nutritionists in the U.K. are not present on any of them. Self-proclaimed health gurus are doing nothing wrong by encouraging healthy eating, yet some with their immeasurable social media influence, surely there is a responsibility to ground their promises in evidence.
As a result, I encourage everyone to only ever trust those Registered Nutritionists (ANutr, RNutr) or Registered Dietitians (RD) who abide by an evidence-based code of conduct by an authoritative professional body.
Your book has long been anticipated since it was announced, what can readers expect from it?
While it's amazing that healthy is now the 'cool' thing to be, so many people have lost touch with the true meaning of nutrition by following all kinds of trends. I want to take us back to basics and be free from dieting and restriction once and for all!
I really do believe that food should be a positive aspect of life, offering enjoyment, fuel and happiness for both the mind and body. That's why I talk about the foods we can and should eat rather than those you can't and shouldn't. Re-Nourish is part handbook, part recipe book in which you'll discover my food philosophy grounded in scientific evidence, the foundations for a happy, healthy relationship with eating and hopefully gain the confidence you need to create delicious nourishing meals at home with my Re-Nourish Menu.
I think what makes my book truly unique is that it follows the structure of a consultation at my Harley Street clinic Rhitrition and offers a balanced menu rather than a plan or diet. I've challenged the status quo in believing that no one size fits all with nutrition. After all, our bodies are all as unique as our personalities!
With such a manic (and public!) lifestyle at times, what do you do to relax?
I don’t ever truly feel I can switch off during a working week, so I make a habit of leaving London (as often as possible!) in search of a burning fire where I can enjoy a cup of tea without a care in the world!
Website - http://Rhitrition.com
Instagram/Twitter - @Rhitrition
Fancy meeting Rhiannon and grabbing a copy of her book? You can book your bike here for our 'Meet the Author' event on Saturday 20th January.