Rhiannon Lambert is a Harley Street nutritionist who works from her self-established clinic Rhitrition. She is somebody that I have truly looked up to along my own health journey.
At the age of just seventeen Rhiannon won Classic FM’s Singer of the Year, has trained at the Royal Academy of Music and has a performed with the likes of Alfie Boe. On top of that she has Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Health and a Master’s in Obesity.
Rhiannon’s first book Re-Nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well was released in December 2017 and has already become a staple in my cookbook collection. In it she shares advice about health and nutrition which is backed by strong scientific evidence. She also provides plenty of mouth-watering recipes.
She really is a woman of many talents!
Rhiannon was so kind as to take the time to answer some questions that I was dying for her to answer. Her replies are ones which will inspire you to find a balanced approach to health and wellness. I hope you enjoy!
- You have led a professional singing career from your late teens and are now a Harley Street nutritionist. How did your interest in healthy living come about?
I realised at a young age as a singer that your body is your tool and in order to have energy and perform well, you need to have a good diet! I had some pretty dire experiences with GPs and soon realised that doctors didn’t hold the answers to nutrition, so I had to educate myself. I was under a lot of pressure to look a certain way when I was singing and I soon realised that dieting and restricting to look this way did not make me happy.
- You are often seen to be working out on your Instagram account.Why do you think it is important to be active as well as eating well?
I think mood and a healthy long life are very much impacted by activity. You don’t have to go to a gym! It’s the small things in life like the house work, walking to the shops and making that effort to take the stairs if you can over the lift! I personally feel better if I move more and the research suggests this is the case for the majority out there too.
- What is your favorite way to be active?
I love pilates and dance. I feel more motivated when I go to an exercise class with a friend and I love different kinds of yoga and strength exercises.
- You regularly post pictures of incredible looking breakfasts. If you could only eat one breakfast for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Porridge, as you can make it with so many different flavours and turn it into a savoury or sweet start to the day. Oats are also slow releasing energy that will keep me going until lunch time so if I have a busy day ahead, I will have my porridge bowl to keep up my energy levels.
- You have an incredible cookbook and it’s definitely one of my favourites. What do you think sets your book apart from others?
Thank you, that’s so kind. I believe my book is the first to address the science and how to have a healthy relationship with food in an accessible and easy to understand way. With my experience in my clinic and my grounding in evidence based nutrition, I don’t put up with fad diets. I am promoting an anti-diet culture message and providing lovely healthy balanced meals. There is no room for restriction or empty promises when searching for a healthy relationship with food.
- What five foods do you always make sure to have in your kitchen?
Eggs, Oats, Frozen Berries, Chocolate and Nuts
- There are so many diet trends being promoted online. Which do you dislike most as a nutritionist?
High Fat Low Carb! Its overall energy intake (and to be honest, any diet that advocates cutting whole food groups) is never going to achieve sustainable results.
- Which do you prefer:
Porridge or Eggs on toast? Porridge
Nut butter or Chocolate? Chocolate nut butter!
Sweet potato or Quinoa? Sweet potato
Singing or Baking? Singing
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Soup or Salad? Salad
- What is your favorite recipe of yours that is an alternative to an ‘unhealthy’ food?
My tofu and chips, although really everything is OK in moderation. To label something as unhealthy can be quite triggering for so many people. That’s why the meals in my book are really well balanced and do not eliminate any one food group.
- What is your top piece of advice for somebody who is looking to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I advise people to follow my 4 R’s.
Respect- You and your body deserve the best, so make it a priority to see eating as an opportunity to nourish.
Re-hydrate- The human body is actually about 60 per cent water so it makes perfect sense that we need to keep our levels topped up. Too many of us are simply not drinking enough.
Refuel- Don’t waste your time being active without properly refuelling your body with nutrition. You really can’t train your way out of a bad diet.
Recover- Recovery encompasses more than just muscle repair. Recovery involves restoring your chemical and hormonal balance, nervous system, mental state and so much more. Don’t ignore your body when it needs to be rested,
You can find Rhiannon online rhitrition.com or on Instagram and Twitter @rhitrition.
Until next time,