The Food Medic

The Food Medic

By Dr. Hazel Wallace

Welcome to The Food Medic podcast hosted by medical doctor, personal trainer, blogger, and author, Dr. Hazel Wallace. In this podcast you will hear from leading experts in their field who share evidence based advice on how we can live healthier lives and cut through the confusing information that we find online. For more information you can find Hazel at www.thefoodmedic.co.uk or on social media instagram, twitter, and facebook @TheFoodMedic. The Food Medic for Life books is out now which is available online on amazon and in most good book stores.

Episodes

S6 E10: Gut health, mental health, and coping through music with Professor Green

Trigger warning: this conversation discusses suicide.Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, the Hackney born and raised rapper has released two Top 3 albums and amassed a career tally of over 2.5 million combined sales in the UK alone. He has completed five headline tours and performed on the main stages of countless festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival and Wireless.Over the past couple of years Professor Green has presented five critically acclaimed BBC documentaries and his first documentary series for Channel 4 called “Working Class White Men” in 2018. He’s also published his autobiography 'Lucky' and continues his ongoing work as patron of anti-suicide charity CALM. He is also ambassador for: www.myonlinetherapy.com. He also founded the gut supplement company Agulp. This episode covers:- His long history of gut issues and how it led him to start Agulp. - Mental health and losing his dad to suicide - The gut-brain link - Protecting his mental health and identifying when to ask for help- How he got into music and how it is a form of therapy for him - Navigating life as a new dad - On being a foodie, his food delivery kits with Gizzi, and what he would have as a death row meal. If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.u
08/09/2129m 41s

S6 E9: Jamie Simmonds 2019 3rd fittest woman on earth

Jamie Simmonds (formerly Jamie Greene) is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and two-time podium finisher, once in 2016 with team CrossFit Yas and once in 2019 as an individual. She’s been a national champion for six years and finished on the podium on prominent Sanctionals such as Strength in Depth and the Down Under CrossFit Championship. Jamie started CrossFit only in 2013 but her background as a gymnast and rugby player certainly helped secure her as one of the top crossfit athletes in the world. Jamie’s journey to becoming the third Fittest Woman hasn’t always been easy with her intense training schedule, injuries, and other stepbacks, yet she is still one of the most determined and committed athletes I know - and she always seems to do with a smile. This episode covers:- Jamie's journey into crossfit- Her experience at the 2019 Crossfit Games - what she loved and what she found the most challenging.- Dealing with Injury and not competing in the 2021 Crossfit season. - How to stay motivated with training - A normal day for Jamie - How the pandemic has affected her training and adjustments she has made. - Stigma around women and weight lifting and her experience as a female athlete in Crossfit - Strategies that are key to her recovery - Advice for those wanting to start Crossfit - Her current goals and what’s next for her
01/09/2131m 6s

S6 E8: Deep dive into the gut microbiome

Dr. Ruairi Robertson has a B.Sc in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin and a Ph.D in Microbiology from University College Cork. He has worked in a number of Universities and research institutes around the world including Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of British Columbia. His research examines the many ways the gut microbiome affects human health, from belly to brain. He is currently based in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, where he is researching the role of gut microbes on the health of mothers and babies.This episode covers:- Recap of the gut microbiome - The hygiene hypothesis, our microbiome and immunity- What shapes our microbiome? - Personalised nutrition and microbiome testing - The influence of exercise on the gut.- The microbiome and circadian rhythms- The Gut-brain axis- The oral microbiomeIf you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
25/08/2143m 3s

S6 E7: Tara Swart on neuroscience, spirituality, and the law of attraction

Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, former medical doctor specialised in psychiatry, author of best seller ’The Source’ and Faculty at MIT Sloan.Tara is also executive coach to a small number of clients in hedge funds and investment banks; Trustee at the Lady Garden Foundation for gynaecological cancers; and an ambassador for brands in health, beauty, fashion, and manifestation.This episode covers:- Science and spirituality - The law of attraction- How to harness an abundance mindset- Manifestation and how to start - The power of visualization and action boards - Neuroplasticity and shaping the brain - Meditation and the brain - Reframing failureIf you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
18/08/2150m 56s

S6 E6: Barbell Medicine: resistance training for health + longevity with Dr Jordan Feigenbaum

Jordan Feigenbaum is a physician, strength coach, and powerlifter. He started Barbell Medicine in 2012 in an effort to bring the best of modern medicine to strength and conditioning and vice versa. Jordan is passionate about a variety of issues related to public health, education, and sport.This episode covers:- The story behind barbell medicine: bench to bedside- Health benefits of resistance training- Why recommendations to do resistance training are not more widespread in medical practice - How we can integrate resistance training into primary care- Advice for people new to weight training - Fears around causing or triggering pain when lifting heavy - Pain and injury management in weight lifting.- Jordan's big rocks when it comes to health and longevity.If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
11/08/2148m 14s

S6 E5: Sobriety with Millie Gooch from the Sober Girls Society

Millie Gooch is the founder of the Sober Girl Society and is one of the voices leading the sobriety movement in the UK. As a journalist, she has written for a range of publications, and her campaigning work has been featured everywhere from ELLE and Stylist to the BBC and Evening Standard. The Sober Girl Society Handbook is her first book.This episode covers:- Inspiration behind the sober girl society- Why breaking up with alcohol is like breaking up with a toxic ex- Hangxiety, palpitations, the fear - What is being sober curious? - Benefits to going alcohol free that no one really talks about- How to deal with the stigma from friends/family/peers- Is sobriety part of diet culture?- Drink-free dating tips and sober sex - How to support people really struggling to stop drinking and where to find support. If you or someone you know needs support with cutting down or stopping drinking, please seek support from your GP. Self-help or mutual aid groups (groups such as AA or SMART Recovery groups) are accessible in most areas. Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline: Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
04/08/2135m 50s

S6 E4: Maximising recovery in sport and exercise with Dr Marc Bubbs

Dr. Marc Bubbs is the Performance Nutrition Director for Canada Basketball and performance nutrition consultant for a portfolio of professional and Olympic athletes preparing for Tokyo 2021. Marc is the author of the highly-acclaimed and best-selling book PEAK – The New Science of Athletic Performance That Is Revolutionizing Sports which highlights the tactics and strategies of elite athletes and performance staff in professional sport. His upcoming new book PEAK40 – The New Science of Mid-Life Health for a Leaner, Stronger Body and Sharper Mind has just come out this May. Marc is also the host of the Performance Nutrition Podcast.This episode covers:- Marc’s background and current projects - Overtraining vs under recovery - The recovery pyramid - Recovery nutrition: The big 3, micronutrients, supplements - Alcohol and recovery- Exercise and immunity - Strategies to monitor recovery - biomarkers, HRV, wearables- Popular recovery strategies; Cryotherapy, Cold + hot therapy, percussive massage guns, CBD oil.- Sleep and performanceIf you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
27/07/2143m 31s

S6 E3: Amelia Nagoski on Burnout

Amelia Nagoski, D.M.A. (Doctorate of Musical Arts), is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music at Western New England University. Amelia is co-author, with her twin sister Emily, of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. I first came across Emily and Amelia on Brene Brown's podcast and instantl;y bought their book - which I urge you to do so too! Emily couldn't join us for this recording but Amelia did an incredible job of telling us what we need to know when it comes to burnout. This episode covers:- Inspiration behind the book 'Burnout'- What exactly is burnout and how it differs from work-related stress?- “Human-giver syndrome”- Why those in helping professions are more likely to experience burnout.- The causes of burnout and how to prevent it happening- How to recover from burnout.- What fundamental things organisations can do to support their staff and prevent burnout.- How to set and deal with the guilt of implementing boundaries in your work and personal life.- Practical exercises people can do to integrate more down time and rest into their schedules. If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
20/07/2144m 46s

S6 E2: How wearables can optimize health and performance with Kristen Holmes

Kristen Holmes is the Vice President of Performance Science at WHOOP. She works with top researchers and hundreds of the best tactical, pro and collegiate athletes and teams in the world to optimize training, recovery and sleep. In addition to her extensive professional and academic background, Kristen was a 3x All American and 2x Big 10 Athlete of the year at the University of Iowa competing in both Field Hockey and Basketball. She was a 7-year member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team and one of the most successful coaches in Ivy League history, having won 12 league titles in 13 seasons and a National Championship at Princeton University.This episode covers:- Kristen's extensive academic and sporting background- How she became interested in wearable technology - What makes WHOOP different to a fitness tracker or smart watch- New and exciting research that WHOOP is currently doing- Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and strategies to improve recovery- Nutrition, meal timing, and wearables - Insights into sex and gender differences when it comes to performance and recovery - Scientifically proven tactics to improve sleep- The most impactful changes we can start today to improve performance + everyday health.If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
13/07/2151m 1s

S6 E1: How to make habits that stick with James Clear

"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”James Clear is a writer and speaker focused on habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. His book, Atomic Habits, is a New York Times bestseller and more than 1,000,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter at jamesclear.com. His work has appeared in Entrepreneur Magazine, Time Magazine, the New York Times, and on CBS This Morning. His strategies have been used by coaches and teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. I’ve been following his work since the early days back in 2013 and I am still a mega fan. Grab a pen and paper - or open your notes app - because there are SO many great takeaways from this episode.This episode covers:- James’s journey and what led him to write Atomic Habits- How to make habits that stick: The 4 laws of behaviour change - Systems vs habits vs goals - The 2 minute rule: how to stop procrastinating and start a new habit- Making hard-to-stick habits satisfying and rewarding- Small habits lead to big wins- How changing your habits may require you to change your tribe- How to say no and avoid daily distractions- Technology and social media shape our thoughts and habits- How you can stay motivated when you get boredIf you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. instagram/twitter/facebook: @thefoodmedicwww.thefoodmedic.co.ukThis podcast episode is sponsored by WHOOP. Right now, you can get your first month free when you checkout through join.whoop.com/thefoodmedic
07/07/2145m 9s

S5 E10: How To Sleep (Better)

On the season finale, Dr Hazel discusses all things sleep with Dr Sophie Bostock - a Sleep Evangelist who is on a mission to help millions of people to improve their lives by unlocking the science of sleep. Sophie studied Medicine and Entrepreneurship before completing a PhD in Health Psychology at UCL. Following several years with award-winning digital medicine company, Sleepio, Sophie launched TheSleepScientist.com to provide education and coaching for clients in business, the military, healthcare and elite sport.Topics include* Why do we sleep? And why is it so important? * The 8 hour rule and can you sleep too much? * Can you make up for sleep debt on the weekend?* Tips on how to achieve a good nights sleep. * Sleep tracking devices - help or hinder sleep? * Listener Question: “If I’m a light sleeper - does that mean I’m not achieving deep sleep?”* Listener Question: “Is melatonin effective for sleep problems? Or just jet lag?”* Listener Question: “CBD is widely marketed as a sleep aid - what does the evidence say?”* Listener Question: “Relationship between food and sleep - foods we should avoid/include”* Listener Q “why do some people remember their dreams and others don’t? Is it down to sleep quality?”If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
08/03/2130m 27s

S5 E9: IBS, Probiotics and Prebiotics

In this week's episode Hazel is joined by Dr Eirini Dimidi, a registered dietitian and Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at KCL. Dr Dimidi is undertaking research on nutrition-based interventions, including fibre, plant foods, prebiotics, probiotics, and the low FODMAP diet, in gastrointestinal health. Topics include:* What is gut health?* How do we know if we have a healthy gut microbiota?* IBS: diagnosis, management, and dietary advice* The Low FODMAP diet * Probiotics and their role in IBS and in healthy individuals* Evidence for probiotic food and drink in gut healthn* IBS and a plant-based diet* Food and Mood: the gut-brain axis.If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
01/03/2129m 9s

S5 E8: Overheard on Social Media: Nutrition Edition

On this week's episode Dr Hazel is joined by Danny Lennon and Alan Flanagan. Danny is perhaps most well-known for being the host of the top-ranked podcast, Sigma Nutrition Radio, where he discusses nutrition science with academic researchers and dietitians. Alan is currently pursuing his PhD in nutrition at the University of Surrey and is the founder of Alinea Nutrition and also a Research Communication Officer for Sigma Nutrition. The topic of this podcast is a bit of a mixed bag of everything to do with nutrition. Topics covered include:* ”Diets don’t work” * HAES/Health-at-every-size* Nutrition and Supplements for PCOS* Turmeric and cancer claims* Intermittent fasting / Time restricted feeding* Metabolism “boosting” foods * Soy and gynecomastia (a.k.a. man boobs.)If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
22/02/2159m 49s

S5 E7: Women and Heart Disease

Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Food Medic podcast. This week Dr Hazel is joined by Professor Chris Gale (@cpgale3) to pick apart the common myth that heart disease is a man's disease. Topics include:* Anatomical and physiological sex differences of the heart* Differences in presentation and diagnosis of a heart attack between men and women* Why women don’t receive timely treatment after suffering a heart attack* Sex specific cut off’s for important blood tests used to diagnose heart attacks* Menopause and the heart* The link between mental health and heart disease If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
15/02/2125m 42s

S5 E6: Breast Biomechanics And Finding The Right Sports Bra

Welcome back to another episode of The Food Medic Podcast. This week we are discussing breast health in sports and exercise, and how to find the right sports bra. Dr Hazel is joined by Dr Jenny Burbage, Associate Head in the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. Her primary research area is breast biomechanics and breast health, with interests in breast pain, poor bra fit, functional breast support and the effect of breast support on performance; her PhD was focused on investigating breast support implications for female recreational athletes. Topics covered include:* Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth.* The evolution of the sports bra* The importance of adequate breast sport in sports and exercise* The impact of poor breast support on performance* High, medium and low impact definitions (or lack thereof)* Step by step guide to finding the right sports bra * Sports bras in pregnancy + breastfeeding* Breast knowledge and awareness for school age girls If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
08/02/2130m 35s

S5 E5: Sports Nutrition In Crossfit & Weightlifting

This week Dr Hazel is joined by Taylor Ryan - An Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, Accredited Sports Dietitian and director of ‘The Sports Dietitian Co’. They chat all about sports nutrition, particularly in relation to crossfit and weight lifting.But if you’re not crossfitter - don’t switch this off just yet as the advice here is transferable to basically all forms of gym-based training, HIIT and weight lifting. If you’re looking for the basics of sports nutrition make sure to check out season 1 episode 1 for an overview of fuelling your fitness with Anita Bean and also season 4 episode 9 on the plant based athlete - also with Anita Bean. Topics covered:* Fuelling for a sport like crossfit vs running. * Nutrition for hard training sessions vs recovery rest days.* Tracking calories and macronutrients - is it essential?* Signs of under-fuelling* Crossfit diet trends (low carb/keto/paleo)* Immunity after intense training periods/competitions* Supplements* Fasted training/intermittent fasting* Vegan protein shakes vs animal protein. *Please note: the sound on this episode has quite a few disruptions and background noise due to connectivity issues. We decided to still share the episode as we don’t think it takes away from the great content*
01/02/2145m 7s

S5 E4: Sexual Wellness & Female Anatomy

Welcome back to another episode of The Food Medic Podcast. This week Dr Hazel is joined by Jordan Jones, a physician assistant, women’s sexual health educator and the founder of the Vaginas, Vulvas, and Vibrators podcast. Jordan is passionate about women’s health and sexual education. Her goal is to provide a safe place for women to learn about their bodies. Topics include:* Anatomy of extra female genitalia * Orgasms and anorgasmia * Painful Sex in Women (Dyspareunia)* Low libido: why am I not interested in sex anymore? * WAP: normal and abnormal vaginal discharge * Genital herpes: transmission and treatment * Plastic free period optionsIf you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
25/01/2133m 12s

S5 E3: How To Stay Calm In A Global Pandemic

On this weeks episode Hazel is joined by Dr Emma Hepburn - better known on instagram as @thepsychologymum. Emma is a clinical psychologist, with expertise in neuropsychology, who has over 15 years' experience of working with and treating mental health difficulties in both the public and private sector. She also has a book titled 'A Toolkit For Modern Life: 53 Ways To Look After Your Mind' - which frankly could not have come out at a better time!Topics covered include:* The foundations of mental wellbeing* The impact social media has on our mental health - the good and the bad* Comparison as the thief of joy* How trauma is relative - and all trauma is valid* Goal setting and habit building: help or hindrance?* Loneliness and isolation during the pandemic * Dealing with uncertainty If you loved this episode make sure to give it a review, rating (hopefully 5 stars) and share it with your friends and family. @thefoodmedic/www.thefoodmedic.co.uk
18/01/2142m 36s

S5 E2 Periods, Performance and Recovery

On this episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Kelly Mc Nulty, a PhD student at Northumbria University investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive use on performance, recovery, and adaptation in sportswomen. They chat all about how periods affect strength and performance in sport and exercise. Topics covered include:* Training around the menstrual cycle* Differences in strength and performance across the menstrual cycle* Injury susceptibility, recovery and sleep at different phases of the menstrual cycle* Period tracking methods* Oral contraceptive use and the impact on strength and performance* The menstrual cycle changes during the pandemic. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe if you enjoyed this podcast!
11/01/2138m 19s

S5 E2 Periods, Performance and Recovery

On this episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Kelly Mc Nulty, a PhD student at Northumbria University investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive use on performance, recovery, and adaptation in sportswomen. They chat all about how periods affect strength and performance in sport and exercise. Topics covered include:* Training around the menstrual cycle* Differences in strength and performance across the menstrual cycle* Injury susceptibility, recovery and sleep at different phases of the menstrual cycle* Period tracking methods* Oral contraceptive use and the impact on strength and performance* The menstrual cycle changes during the pandemic. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe if you enjoyed this podcast!
11/01/2138m 22s

S5 E1 Making + Breaking habits

Welcome back to season 5 of The Food Medic podcast. On this episode Dr Hazel is joined by Joe O Brien. Joe is currently completing a doctorate in Health Psychology and runs the Instagram page @headfirst0. In this episode they talk about new years resolutions, breaking and making habits, emotional eating and binge eating disorders, and the psychology of online dating.Make sure to check out @thefoodmedic on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more informative posts on health and nutrition.Enjoy this podcast? Please leave us a review and 5 star rating!
04/01/2146m 3s

S4 E10: Life As A Junior Doctor - Instagram Vs Reality

On the season finale, Hazel is Joined by Dr Amile Inusa. Amile is a Junior Doctor and co-host of the podcast, Life After The Letters. They chat about life as junior doctor - and to what to expect for all the new doctors starting in August - taking less conventional routes in training, juggling side projects alongside medicine, supporting your mental health working in healthcare, and racism in the NHS.DID YOU LOVE THIS SEASON? PLEASE LET US KNOW BY LEAVING A REVIEW AND 5 STAR RATING - SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME!
24/07/2044m 10s

S4 E9: The Plant-Based Athlete

On this episode, Dr Hazel sits down with Anita Bean - Registered Nutritionist specialising in sports nutrition, published author (of 29 books!), and former British bodybuilding champion. Anita is also the nutritionist for the London Marathon and Good Housekeeping.In this episode they cover:- The benefits of a plant based diet for health and performance- Nutrients that are a bit more tricky to obtain from a plant based diet.- Good plant-based protein sources and meeting protein requirements.- Low carbohydrate diets in athletes.- Gut issues in athletes following a plant based diet.- Plant based examples of what to eat before, during, and after exercise.- Carb-loading before an endurance event.- Hydration and electrolyte replacement.
17/07/2043m 57s

S4 E8: Content Content Roz Purcell

This podcast episode includes some sensitive and potentially triggering content relating to eating disorders and body image. This week we are joined by Roz Purcell - former model and miss Universe contestant, now a bestselling cookery writer, host of the Bite Back Podcast and creator of the Hike Life community.Dr Hazel chats to Roz about her career as a model and turbulent relationship with her body and food, and how that has evolved over the years, how she avoids the pressure of having the perfect instagram profile and has learnt to be content in her own skin, sustainable fashion and food! If you have been affected by the topics discussed in this episode, or are looking for additional support, please visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/.
10/07/2040m 25s

S4 E 7 - PART 2: SUPERIOR: The Return of Race Science

In this two part episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Angela Saini, an award-winning science journalist who holds Masters degrees in Engineering from The University of Oxford, and in Science and Security from King’s College London. Angela is also author of the books Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and Superior: The Return of Race Science.In part 2 they discuss her second book Superior: the return of race science. They discuss the history of race science and Eugenics, why race science is re-emerging, racial disparities in healthcare - including COVID-19, and ancestry tests. Thank you for listening and please do join in on the conversation and keep it going.Resources to support the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and Anti-racism.Links to donate (copy and paste into your browser): Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com/Black Minds Matter - https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/Black LGBTQIA+ Therapy Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-lgbtqia-therapy-fund?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1Black protest Legal Support UK - https://uk.gofundme.com/f/black-protest-legal-support-ukVictim funds - https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#victimsReading:Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. SaadSo You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma OluoI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya AngelouI Am Not Your Baby Mother - Candice BraithwaiteBrit(ish) - Afua HirschDon’t touch my hair - Emma Dabiri Why I am no longer talking to white people about race - Reni Eddo-LodgeHow to be an Anti-racist - Ibram X.Kendi PodcastsThe NodIntersectionality Matters!Code SwitchPod save the peopleNew York Times: 1619About Race Scene on the radioWhite Lies Slay In your LaneWatch13thJust MercyAmerican SonThe Hate U GiveWhen They See UsI Am Not Your Negro*THESE LISTS ARE NOT EXHAUSTIVE*
03/07/2035m 3s

S4 EP 7 PART 1: INFERIOR: How Science Got Women Wrong

In this two part episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Angela Saini, an award-winning science journalist who holds Masters degrees in Engineering from The University of Oxford, and in Science and Security from King’s College London. Angela is also author of the books Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and Superior: The Return of Race Science.In part 1 they discuss the effect of sexism on scientific research, how scientists often reinforce sex and gender stereotypes - instead of challenging them, and how sexism influences social beliefs.
26/06/2032m 16s

S4 E6 - Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

On this episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Olympic champion and three-times world champion heptathlete Dame Jessica Ennis Hill. Hazel chats to Jessica about her incredible career as an Olympic athlete, injuries and setbacks, announcing her retirement, how her day-to-day has changed - including her training, her new app, and being a mum to two young kids.
19/06/2029m 1s

S4 E5 - The Female Brain

On this episode, Hazel chats to Dr Sarah Mc Kay, a neuroscientist and science communicator. Sarah has written a book titled demystifying the female brain (also called the women's brain book on the other side of the world) - The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.They discuss:*The main differences (if any) between male and female brains*Common gender stereotypes when it comes to the brain*How puberty and pregnancy alters the brain*PMS and mood*Why mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are more common in women.
12/06/2044m 37s

S4 E4 - Women Are Not Small Men

On this episode, Dr Hazel sits down with Dr Stacy Sims - an Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist specializing in sex differences. She is also author of the book ROAR: a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. In this episode they cover:*Training around your period*How women compare to men in exercise performance - and in recovery*Fuelling training throughout the lifespan*Supplements*Gut health
29/05/2043m 54s

S4 E3 - Periods 101 and the Menopause

On this episode, Dr Hazel is joined by GP, Dr Philippa Kaye. On this highly requested episode, they cover everything to do with periods - what is normal, what is abnormal, what is irregular, how heavy is too heavy - and also the perimenopause and menopause. Let us know if you loved it by leaving a review and a 5 star rating - it really does help.
22/05/2032m 24s

S4 E2 The Power Hour

On this weeks episode of The Food Medic podcast, Dr Hazel chats to Master Trainer & Performance Coach, passionate Runner, and host of The Power Hour Podcast, Adrienne Herbert.This episode teaches you how to harness your own power hour, find and chase your goals, how to stay motivated, how to find time to do it and how to reach your full potential.
15/05/2035m 9s

S4 E1 - Imposter Syndrome

Welcome back to The Food Medic Podcast. On this episode Dr Hazel sits down with clinical psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd and author of the Imposter Cure, to chat all about Imposter syndrome. Please note: This episode was recorded LIVE at the life lessons festival at the beginning of 2020 prior to social distancing measures. Let us know if you loved it by leaving a review and a 5 star rating!
08/05/2028m 12s

COVID 19 EPISODE

Hello and a VERY big welcome back to The Food Medic Podcast. Before we dive into SEASON FOUR of the podcast, I wanted to record a prelude chatting about what has been going on in the world over the last few weeks and my experience working as a COVID19 doctor. Make sure to keep listening through to the end as I answer all the questions you sent in about COVID19 on social media. Tune back in next time when we kick off the season with Dr Jessamy Hibberd who I sit down and chat to about Imposter Syndrome and what we can do about it. Make sure to follow us on social media @thefoodmedic on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and catch up on our blogs and recipes on www.thefoodmedic.co.uk.#StayHomeSaveLives
24/04/2026m 37s

S3 EP12 - *CHRISTMAS SPECIAL* - Christmas in the NHS

Welcome back to a Christmas special episode of The Food Medic podcast! This week Dr Hazel is joined by former doctor, Adam Kay. Adam is now an ​award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. His first book "This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor" was a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year, breaking all records, and has sold over 1.5 million copies. His second book "Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas" was released in October 2019 and an instant Sunday times number 1 bestseller, making him the first author to have simultaneous number ones for hardback and paperback non-fiction titles.
19/12/1926m 58s

S3 EP11 - *BONUS EPISODE* - Sleep & Travel

Hello and a very big welcome back to The Food Medic - we are back for an extra special bonus episode on SLEEP! On the podcast today, Hazel is joined by Alan Flanagan who is currently pursuing his PhD in chrono-nutrition at the University of Surrey. They discuss how much sleep we need, what happens when we don't get enough sleep, how sleep deprivation affects our long term health and our appetite, the phenomenon of jet lag and social jet lag, and how exercise can support a restful nights' sleep. Check out @thefoodmedic on social media for more topics like this. This podcast episode is kindly sponsored by Westin Hotels & Resorts
03/12/1948m 1s

S3 E10 - Mental Health with Fearne Cotton.

Welcome back to #TheFoodMedicPodcast. On the final episode of season 3, Dr. Hazel visits Fearne Cotton in her home to chat all about her experience with mental health - the highs, the lows and everything in between. Resources mentioned in the podcast:1.Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/2.Happy Place - http://www.officialfearnecotton.com/happy-place*Warning: contains explicit language*
10/09/1942m 39s

S3 E9 - How to get pregnant with Dr Larisa Corda

This week's episode, on the topic of fertility, is brought to you by your host Dr Hazel and her guest, Dr Larisa Corda - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Fertility Specialist. Larisa believes in a holistic approach to treating a patient that addresses many lifestyle factors, and is a passionate womens’ rights ambassador with roles on a number of international charities that have included UN Women and The Circle. She is also ITV’s This Morning’s and Channel Mum’s Fertility Expert. As a little disclaimer, the term 'clean eating' and 'clean living' is used in this episode. At The Food Medic, we tend to not use this language when it comes to food and health. However, that is the termniology used by Larisa in the context of her conception plan and, in this case, we felt it was appropriate to leave it within the episode. For more info, check out Larisa's website: www.drlarisacorda.com. Topics covered:- How to maximise your chances of pregnancy- Male and female infertility- Fertility M.O.T.- PCOS and fertility- IVF
03/09/1936m 47s

S3 E8 - Strength Training for Beginners

The topic of this weeks show is strength training, and while it is not about food or nutrition (directly anyway) it is something that is so incredibly important for our health. This week Dr.Hazel is joined on the by two incredible strength coaches and personal trainers; Adam Willis and Laura Hoggins. Adam Willis is a Strength Coach, Mentor, Consultant & the Co-Owner of Lean Body Performance, an online coaching business. He is also the host of The Empowered Body Podcast. Laura Hoggins is a Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer. She teaches a mix of modified strongman, strength and conditioning circuits across the city at London’s top fitness venues - including her own concept class at ministry of sound fitness ‘lifted’. Laura has also just released her debut book Lift Yourself: A Training Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Strong for Life.
27/08/1936m 29s

S3 E7- Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea

The topic of this weeks episode is hypothalamic amenorrhoea (HA) - quite a common cause of loss of periods. Dr Hazel is joined by Renee Mc Gregor, a leading performance and eating disorder specialist dietitian and Dr Nicky Keay who is a medical doctor specialising in sport and dance endocrinology.In this episode they discuss:What is HA?What causes HA?Health consequences of not having a regular period.What to do if you’ve been diagnosed with HAHow to recover and what to expect.Link to Renee’s website: https://reneemcgregor.com/Link to train brave: https://trainbrave.org/Health4perfromance BAsem website: http://health4performance.co.uk/updates/
20/08/1936m 39s

S3 E6 - “Is Butter A Carb?”

On this episode Dr Hazel is joined by registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West from The Rooted project. Rosie and Helen strive to be the most credible, non-judgemental and accessible source of nutrition information in the industry, drawing on the latest scientific thinking, at panel events and via social media communication. They have also recently published the ultimate mythbusting nutrition bible: ​Is Butter a Carb?On this episode they cover common diet myths, how to spot a fad diet, how to approach media headlines on nutrition research, vegan diets, carbs, gut health - and everything in between. This is a must listen for anyone feeling a bit confused about nutrition. P.S. If you want to submit your own question to the show all you got to do is ​tweet, facebook message or instagram DM me your questions with #thefoodmedicpodcast.
13/08/1931m 19s

S3 E5 - Can you die of a broken heart?

Our guest today is ​Dr Nikki Stamp - an Australian trained cardiothoracic surgeon.Nikki is 1 of 11 female heart surgeons in Australia and is a sought after speaker for women in surgery and a participant of social media campaign #ILookLikeASurgeon. Her research includes mentoring and gender in surgery, improving the patient journey and outcomes after cardiac surgery and the way plaque forms in our arteries. She is also author of the book “Can You Die of a Broken Heart?” And is due to release her second book “Pretty Unhealthy” later on this year.On this episode we chat about women in medicine and surgery, the gender bias in cardiac medicine, how our lifestyle can impact our heart and what we can do to try offset that risk, and if you can actually die of a broken heart.This weeks listener question is “What foods can I eat to lower my cholesterol?” So if you’re interested to find out the answer stay tuned to the very end of the episode and if you want to submit your own question to the show all you got to do is ​tweet, facebook message or instagram DM your questions with #thefoodmedicpodcast.
06/08/1938m 47s

S3 E4 - Body Image with Nadia Craddock

This week Dr. Hazel chats to Nadia Craddock who is a body image researcher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Appearance Research, based at the University of the West of England in Bristol.Nadia's research is centred around whether big business can foster positive body image through the lens of corporate social responsibility. Her wider interests span eating disorder prevention, colourism, weight stigma, and developing evidence-based body image and self-esteem curriculum. Nadia also produces and co-hosts the Centre for Appearance Research’s podcast, Appearance Matters: The Podcast with fellow PhD candidate Jade Parnell. Topics covered on this episode include: what body image is and who it affects, protecting your body image and mental health online, the recent stir-up of the plus sized NIKE mannequin, and body positivity. This weeks question is “Is green tea good for burning fat?”. So if you’re interested to find out the answer stay tuned to the very end of the episode.
30/07/1932m 19s

S3 E3 - Food and Mood with Kimberley Wilson

This week Dr Hazel Wallace is joined on the podcast by Kimberley Wilson, who is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in Whole Body Mental Health. She intends to transform the way we treat mental illness by integrating psychological therapy with evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle advice. She is also a former finalist on The Great British Bake Off - which is a very cool addition to her impressive CV.On this episode Hazel chats to Kimberley about the role of nutrition in mental health, if “mood boosting” foods really exist, stress and gut disorders, and - Kim Kardashians famous appetite suppressant lollipops.
23/07/1935m 36s

S3 E2 - Nutrition Q&A with Dietitian Maeve Hanan

This week Dr Hazel Wallace is joined by Maeve Hanan who is a Consultant Dietitian and Health Writer. She also runs the blog DieteticallySpeaking.com, as she is passionate about promoting evidence-based nutrition and fighting nutritional nonsense. Maeve is also The Food Medics resident dietitian and writes monthly articles on the website, so make sure to check them out. This week Maeve and Dr Hazel tackle 10 of the nutrition questions you have sent in. Tune in for topics on:- Intermittent Fasting - Celery juice- Dairy and The China Study- Metabolism boosting foods... And many more
16/07/1943m 37s

S3 E1 - Sleep and Meditation with Michael Acton

Welcome back to a new season of The Food Medic Podcast! We are kicking off the season with a very special guest - co-founder of the sleep and meditation app CALM, Michael Acton.Prior to Calm, Michael was the founder of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters, the online world for children that grew to 80 Million registered users and expanded offline into books, toys, games, magazines, music and movies. Michael is also the founder of Firebox.com, Ping Pong Fight Club and Berwickstock music festival. In 2014 he was awarded an OBE for services to the Creative Industries. Hazel and Michael chat about how to mediate, the use of technology in meditation and mindfulness, the impact of disrupted sleep on our health and tips on how to improve your bedtime routine. As this is a new season, Dr Hazel will be ending the episode with a listener question. You can tweet, facebook or instagram message us with your questions with the hashtag #thefoodmedicpodcast.
09/07/1932m 11s

S2 E10 - The Food Medic Story

The FINAL episode of SE2 of #TheFoodMedicPodcast On this episode Dr.Hazel is interviewed by her friend and presenter Chessie King. They chat about The Food Medic, when it started and why it started, balancing a busy schedule, and some of the most commonly asked medical questions (including how to know if you have a normal poo or not!) Let us know if you loved it by leaving a review and a 5 star rating.
27/03/1934m 50s

S2 E9 - Sustainable Food

On this episode we are exploring the concept of food sustainability, and what a sustainable diet might look like. Dr Hazel sits down with Louise Symington, a Registered Dietitian specialising in sustainable food. They discuss topics such as veganism, the planetary health diet, the social and economical barriers to eating sustainably, and whether plant milk alternatives are actually suitable nutritional alternatives to milk. Find more from Louise here: http://sustainabledietitian.co.uk Did you enjoy the episode? Make sure to spread the love by giving The Food Medic podcast a 5 star rating! Don’t forget to check out @TheFoodMedic on social media and on the website www. thefoodmedic.co.uk.
13/03/1926m 21s

S2 E8 - Sustainable Seafood

On this episode Dr.Hazel sits down with Lucy Erickson, who is the Science Communications Manager for the Marine Stewardship Council, an international NGO on a mission to end overfishing and ensure future generations can enjoy wild seafood. They discuss; overfishing, plastic in the ocean, seafood fraud, and how to support sustainable seafood practices. Did you enjoy the episode? Make sure to spread the love by giving The Food Medic podcast a 5 star rating!
27/02/1920m 12s

S2 E7 - Public Health Campaigns with Jenny Rosborough (RN)

In this podcast episode, Dr Hazel sits down with Jenny Rosborough who is a freelance registered nutritionist and Head of Nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group. Jenny has spent the last few years campaigning for a healthier food environment, previously as Campaign Manager at Action on Sugar and now with Jamie Oliver. Over the last ten years, Jenny has also worked in child nutrition, training health professionals to deliver healthy lifestyle programmes, called MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it…!), with families nationally and internationally. Hazel and Jenny discuss the sugar tax, reformulation of foods, a ban on the of energy drinks to under 18s and a possibility of a meat tax. We would love your feedback on this episode and if you are enjoying the podcast please do subscribe, leave a rating and a review as it really does help. Ps. Don’t forget to keep listening to the end for a teaser to the next episode and also for this week’s challenge.Find Jenny on instagram @hellohealthyyou_ and on twitter @hellohealthyyou
13/02/1933m 34s

S2 E6 - Pre and post-natal nutrition and exercise

In this episode, Dr Hazel is joined by Charlie Launder, a pre & post natal personal trainer and founder of Bumps and Burpees’, and Charlotte Stirling-Reed, a Registered Public Health Nutritionist, focusing mainly on maternal, infant and toddler nutrition. They discuss what to eat and how to safely exercise before, during, and after pregnancy. This is a great episode - even if you’re not quite ready for babies just yet!
30/01/1938m 47s

S2 E5 - Ditching Diet culture with Laura Thomas

In this episode we hear from Laura Thomas who is a registered nutritionist, specialising in intuitive eating. Hazel and Laura chat all about how to ditch diets for good, what intuitive eating actually means, weight stigma and the concept of body neutrality. Laura also hosts a podcast “Don’t Salt My Game” calling out diet trends and myths, and has just released her debut book - JUST EAT IT. You can find more from Laura @laurathomasphd on Instagram.
16/01/1937m 39s

S2 E4 - Stress with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

In this episode, Hazel is joined by a fellow doctor, and lifestyle medic, Dr Rangan Chatterjee. Last year Rangan brought out a best-selling book titled the four pillar plan, which offers a 360-degree approach to health, and has just released his second book the Stress Solution. Throughout the episode, they discuss what stress actually is and how it affects the body, the concept of micro and macro doses of stress, how to manage daily stresses and how to harness a morning routine as an effective stress management tool. Find more about Rangan at www.drchatterjee.com or on Instagram (@drchatterjee) and Twitter (@drchatterjeeuk).
02/01/1939m 1s

S2 E3 - Sexual Health with Dr. Alex George and Dr. Neha

On this podcast Hazel is joined by Dr Neha Pathak, a sexual and reproductive health doctor in London, and Dr. Alex George, a doctor working in A&E and Love Island 2018 contestant. The three doctors dive deep into sexual health and discuss all of the things you want to ask your doctor from STIs, contraception, relationships, and issues during sex. You can find Neha on instagram @nxpathak, and Alex as @dralexgeorge. Hear more from The Food Medic over on www.thefoodmedic.co.uk or on social media @thefoodmedic.
19/12/1830m 51s

S2 E2 - Bonus episode from The Future of Food Conference

In this bonus episode Hazel sits down with 4 experts from The Future of Food conference Ryan Andrews; Dr Rupy Aujla, Prof Gareth Leng, and Dr Sandro Demaio.Make sure to get involved in our challenge of the week with the #TheFoodMedicChallenge.Hear more from The Food Medic over on www.thefoodmedic.co.uk or on social media @thefoodmedic.
05/12/1839m 21s

S2 E1 - Live Podcast: Cancer and Diet

This special episode was recorded live at The Future of Food conference. On the panel, titled Cancer and diet, Hazel is joined by Dr. Ailsa Lumsden, who is a specialist doctor in oncology, Camilla Ferraro, who is a dietician with experience in cancer services, and Dani Binnington, a lifestyle blogger and mum of 3 who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. Hazel also has a quick catch up on everything that has happened since season 1 of the podcast and shares some exciting news on whats coming up next. Make sure to get involved in our challenge of the week with the #TheFoodMedicChallenge. Hear more from The Food Medic over on www.thefoodmedic.co.uk or on social media @thefoodmedic.
21/11/1837m 16s

S1 E10 - Food Can Fix it

In the finale of season 1 of The Food Medic Podcast Hazel sits down with Dr Sandro Demaio, who is one of the leaders in the global health space, particularly when it comes to food. This episode is our longest and most robust covering topics from; non-communicable diseases, malnutrition paradox, nutrition at medical school, planetary health and sustainable diets, and childhood nutrition. You can find Sandro on Instagram and twitter as @sandrodemaio, and his book 'The Doctors Diet' is now available to purchase.
13/08/1847m 46s

S1 E9 - Periods, Fertility + the menopause

This week we have Dr.Anita Mitra on the show, a.k.a @gynaegeek, to talk about reproductive and hormone health from periods and PCOS, to fertility and contraception, and also the menopause. There’s something in there for everyone - including the men so make sure to have a listen and leave us a review and rating! You can find Anita on social media @gynaegeek or on her website www.gynaegeek.com.
06/08/1843m 52s

S1 E8 - Gut Health + IBS

This week Dr Megan Rossi is on the show to discuss fibre, probiotics, irritable bowel syndrome, and also food intolerance testing. Dr.Megan can be on twitter and instagram @theguthealthdoctor and her website is https://www.drmeganrossi.com/ The link mentioned in the episode: http://usprobioticguide.com/ The Smile trial: https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-017-0791-y
30/07/1831m 41s

S1 E7 - Clean Eating and Orthorexia

Hazel sits down with performance and eating disorder specialist dietitian Renee Mc Gregor. Renee has authored the book Orthorexia; When Healthy Eating Goes Bad. They discuss what orthorexia is, how it may be triggered, and how the clean eating movement on social media is largely responsible. Renee can be found on instagram @r_mcgregor, on twitter @mcgregor_renee and her website www.reneemcgregor.com. You can find her books; Training Food, Fast Fuel books and Orthorexia; When Healthy Eating Goes Bad, on Amazon.
23/07/1839m 51s

S1 E6 - Lifestyle medicine and the NHS

This week Hazel is joined by Dr Zoe Williams and Dr John Sykes. Zoe and John are both GP’s who are passionate about lifestyle medicine. They discuss lifestyle medicine within the NHS, girls in sport, Public Health England guidelines and reversing type 2 diabetes. Zoe can be found under @drzoewilliams on instagram and twitter and John can be found under @healthandfitnessdoctor on instagram and @Johnsykes_6 on twitter.
16/07/1843m 4s

S1 E5 - What to eat + When to eat

This week Hazel is chatting to Alan Flanagan, a lawyer and nutritionist based in Dublin, Ireland. They discuss topics such as low carbohydrate diets, dairy, diet and the circadian rhythm, and intermittent fasting. Alan can be found on instagram under @thenutritional_advocate.
09/07/1845m 0s

S1 E4 - No-Nonsense guide to skin health

Consultant dermatologist and author of ‘The Skincare bible’, Dr. Anjali Mahto, sits down with Hazel to discuss all things skin health including; the impact of our diet on skin, the best anti-ageing treatments, and natural vs. synthetic skincare. You can find Anjali on twitter @dranjalimahto or on instagram @anjalimahto.
02/07/1838m 20s

S1 E3 - Obesity and genetics

Hazel sits down with geneticist Dr.Giles Yeo to discuss his area of research - obesity! We chat about how our genes influence our chances of becoming obese, at home genetic tests, the clean eating movement and the sugar tax. Follow Giles on twitter at @gilesyeo.
25/06/1834m 46s

S1 E2 - Exercise is medicine: Mental health and physical activity

This week Hazel chats to Brendon Stubbs, a research physiotherapist specialising in physical activity and mental health. We discuss how exercise can treat and prevent depression, how food affects our mood, and if chocolate really can improve our health. You can find Brendon on twitter @brendonstubbs
18/06/1830m 47s

S1 E1 - Food For Fitness

In this episode Hazel speaks to registered nutritionist, and specialist in sports nutrition, Anita Bean. We chat about everything from pre and post workout nutrition, to sports supplements, and fasted training. For more information on Anita you can visit www.anitabean.co.uk or find her on twitter @anitabean.
11/06/1840m 11s
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