This week on the Ditch the Diet Podcast, listen as Rachael discusses the topic of 'exercise' alongside Tom Bainbridge of the BTN Nutrition Academy. Listen as they discuss: What exactly IS exercise? What different types of exercise are there? How much exercise should you be doing? Is exercise good for weight loss or should you avoid it? Will doing weights in the gym make you heavier? What else should you consider when it comes to exercise? What is physical activity and how is it different to exercise? Join the 5 Day introduction to Ditch the Diet (starts Sunday 31st August 2019): Listen to previous podcast episodes with Rachael and Tom: Does eating processed/red meat really cause cancer? How does your environment influence your weight loss journey? Read some articles by Tom on the Ditch the Diet blog: How to stop feeling guilty for what you eat What is

In this week’s episode, Rachael is joined by mindfulness trainer and life coach, Karen Liebenguth. Karen is the owner of Greenspace Coaching and Mindfulness where, instead of talking face to face in a consultation room, she does coaching sessions whilst walking in London’s parks and green space. Listen as they talk about the inspiration behind Greenspace Coaching, the benefits of being outdoors, and what to do when you feel stuck and unmotivated. Find out more about Karen here Website: Instagram: @greenspacecoaching LinkedIn: Charities mentioned in this episode: London Wildlife Trust The Conservation Volunteers (TCV - Uk wide) London National Park City  

Welcome to Series 2! Okay, so Series 1 was a long one (like, 18 months? More?) This series of the podcast is going to be awesome! Listen to this episode as Rachael discusses why motivation is NOT what you're lacking (and what you actually ARE lacking) when it comes to creating long term change. Join the 5 Day Introduction to Ditch the Diet - CLICK HERE Listen to the episode about shaping your environment for success:

Join Rachael as she talks to Registered Dietitian Sophie Medlin about the effects of yo-yo dieting and fad diets. Sophie is a leading dietitian in London with expertise in gastrointestinal and colorectal health. Sophie is a lecturer and researcher at King’s College London and a go-to spokesperson for media when it comes to evidence-based nutrition, regularly featuring in print media, social media, and on radio and television. Sophie has specialist knowledge and skills in sports nutrition as well as the management of medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and digestive disorders and we also talk about this in this episode of the podcast. In this episode: What is IBS and how is it diagnosed? What effects does long term dieting have on the digestive system? What kind of diets work for people with IBS? Can fruit and veg in a capsule really increase your nutrient intake? Diet myth busters and LOADS more. Join the So what's it like to be a Ditch the Diet Academy member? Listen as one of our current members, Michaela Oscroft, describes her journey so far and talks about what you can expect from becoming a member. Ditch the Diet will shortly close to new members for the duration of the summer, re-opening mid-September, so you don't have long to join before that happens: Join this weekend and get £5 off your first month (ends Sunday 23rd June 2019).

Join Rachael with Ditch the Diet Academy Member Biz Reid as they talk about what it's like to be an Academy member. Listen as Biz describes what life was like for her before she joined Ditch the Diet and how life has changed since then. The Ditch the Diet Academy is re-launching in July 2019 and we will be releasing lots of member spotlight episodes in the lead up to this! If you'd like to know more about Ditch the Diet and register your interest - please go to

Rachael talks to specialist GP Dr Roger Henderson about Type 2 Diabetes - how can you prevent or reverse it using lifestyle interventions? Dr Henderson answers the questions: What exactly is Type 2 Diabetes and how is it different from Type 1? Who is at risk of developing T2 diabetes and why? What are the main contributing lifestyle factors when it comes to developing T2 diabetes? Is it possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle interventions alone? Or does there need to be medication involved? If is IS possible, what steps would someone need to take initially to start reversing the disease? Are there certain foods/food groups that should be included and/or avoided? Is sugar really as bad as they say it is? Does sugar cause T2 diabetes? (we recently published this article: Find out more about Roger on his website by clicking here  

How to Retrain Your Appetite and Keep the Weight Off with Dr Helen McCarthy - @theappetitedoctor   Listen as Rachael interviews Clinical Psychologist specialising in the psychology of weight loss - Dr Helen McCarthy as they discuss:   🔹 Why you face such a big problem when trying to keep the weight you've lost with a diet off (and what you can do about this so it doesn't happen next time)   🔹 Have we lost touch with what it truly means to feel hungry?   🔹 Do you need to eliminate certain foods/food groups in order to lose weight permanently?   🔹 What should you do when you can't find the motivation to lose weight and keep it off?   🔹 Do you need willpower?   🔹 What should you do if you are VERY overweight and want to make a start on creating a healthier lifestyle?   and lots more

Mental Health Awareness Week. Join Rachael for today's episode of the Ditch the Diet Podcast while she talks about her mental health journey to help raise awareness of mental illness during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 13-19th May 2019. Rachael was diagnosed with anxiety in her early 20's after an acute episode of IBS left her with health-related anxiety. Learn how Rachael managed this whilst starting, running and growing her own business. Rachael talks about her recent diagnosis of chronic-stress related depression and how she manages this on a daily basis, including what she does to help improve her symptoms. Make sure to listen to the original recording on the Positive People Podcast with Fiona Thomas and Amy Holland. Join Fiona and Amy raise awareness of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek with new episodes released every day. Listen to Fiona's previous episode of The Ditch the Diet Podcast by clicking here. Find out more about

In this weeks' episode of the podcast, Rachael talks about how challenging it can be to make or break a habit, and why emotional eating is such a difficult thing to address. Listen as Rachael discusses: What exactly IS a habit? Why do they hold you back? How mindfulness could help you break emotional eating habits The cue, routine, reward system and how knowing this can help you break emotional eating and lots more Read the blog Rachael talks about here: Download your emotional eating workbook here:  

IBS and poo-chat blogger Jo Coates joins Rachael this week to discuss her personal journey with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Jo's humorous approach to living with IBS has been an integral part of her journey and she shares some 'tales from the toilet' with us, as well as practical tips for those living with this somewhat taboo bowel condition. Find out more about Jo and read her blog here: Twitter: Instagram: Tales from the Toilet newsletter:   For support with IBS, visit the IBS Network here:   Listen to another episode about IBS by clicking here  

Are you struggling to lose weight? Is it because you have a slow metabolism? Find out in today's episode where Rachael discusses: What exactly is metabolism? Does having a slow metabolism cause weight gain? Is it more difficult to lose weight if you have a hypothyroid? How can you increase your metabolism? and lots more. Rachael also discusses the role of the thyroid and thyroid hormones in metabolism and discusses whether hypothyroidism could be causing your struggles to lose weight. Listen to last week's episode - click here Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Spotify

Does eating processed meat really cause cancer? And does poor diet really kill more people worldwide than smoking does? BTN Academy's Tom Bainbridge and Ditch the Diet's Rachael Watson discuss this weeks news headlines and dig deep to find out the truth. Does consuming red meat cause cancer? Does eating processed foods cause bowel cancer? Can an unhealthy diet really cause you to become more unwell than smoking can? Find out in this episode of The Ditch the Diet Podcast. Links mentioned in the pod: Listen to Tom's previous appearances on the podcast: The Keto Diet - is it any good for weight loss? Environmentally Friendly Weight Loss Join the FREE coaching program here: We hope you will now understand how to unpick the news headline surrounding 'does processed meat cause cancer'. Let us know your feedback:

Click here to buy 'The Kindness Method' as described in this episode. Join Rachael together with guest Shahroo Izadi - Behavioural Change Specialist as they discuss how to make or break a habit and make long-lasting change in your life. Some information about Shahroo from her website (source: "Having studied Psychosocial Sciences and Psychology, my first experience of working in the field was as an Assistant Psychologist at a NHS substance misuse service in North West London. I was lucky enough to be supervised by the Vice Chair of the Faculty of Addictions at the British Psychological Society. During the full-time placement, I learned an enormous amount about how drug addiction is assessed and treated in the UK. Learning how best to support clients with entrenched addictive behaviours was fascinating to me. I went on to work as a frontline substance misuse practitioner, and eventually became a Criminal

Let's talk about the keto diet. In this week’s episode, Rachael welcomes back Tom Bainbridge, an Academy Manager at the BTN Academy co-host of the Ben Coomber Radio Podcast. Join them as they talk about everything that you need to know about the keto diet and if it's good for weight loss. Find out about what it really is, what are its short term and long term effects in weight loss and nutrition, and more! Listen to the previous episode with Tom: weight-loss-with-tom-bainbridge/ To learn more about BTN Academy and their courses visit them here: Website: Facebook: Instagram: @btnacademy To find out more about Tom, you can follow him here: Facebook: Instagram: @tombainbridge1990 To get in touch with Rachael and find out about the Ditch the Diet Academy: Visit her website: Or send her an e-mail:

In this week's episode, Rachael is joined by Dr Hannah Short, an accredited specialist in female hormonal health (menopause & PMS), NHS General Practitioner and medical writer. Join them and discover more about female hormone health, more specifically, menopause. Learn about its symptoms, the traditional treatment, the effect of healthy eating to its symptoms, and many more. Listen as Dr Hannah Short answers some of the most commonly asked questions about menopause. To learn more about Dr Short: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Get in touch with Rachael: Join the Academy: Email: Facebook Page: Instagram: @ditchthedietacademy Listen to related episodes of the podcast: How to Manage Menopause and Stress  

Let's learn about fermented foods! Today's podcast episode is the first one to be recorded in person! This week, we welcome Janice Clyne from Nourished By Nature, a food scientist and biochemist with a massive obsession with fermented food. Listen as they talk all things about fermented foods, its importance in relation to gut health, and more. To learn more about Janice: Contact: Recipes: Facebook: Instagram: To learn more about Ditch the Diet Academy, visit here: Get in touch with Rachael: Email: Facebook Page: Instagram: @ditchthedietacademy For more episodes on gut health try these: Achieving Great Gut Health with Dr Alan Desmond Struggling with IBS? Listen to this All about kefir  

Does yoyo dieting make you fatter? How do they affect your health and mindset in the long-term? Join Rachael alongside Dr Aria, Doctor in Clinical Psychology, while they talk about the subject of sustainable weight loss and long-term health. Listen as they discuss: How to step off the diet treadmill and get the healthy body you want whilst staying mentally and physically fit. Why counting ANYTHING (calories, macros, syns, points) will not work for you long-term (so the data tells us) Three questions you should ask yourself before making a change to your diet or exercise regime How to stop yoyo dieting and start living right now (and still lose weight along the way) How you can have your cake AND eat it without feeling guilty and lots more

In this week's episode of the Ditch the Diet Podcast, Rachael is joined by Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr. Alan Desmond. Find out the impact of having a healthy gut to your overall health. Listen as they talk about: * What are the advantages of having a plant-based diet * How quickly can your gut microbiome change if you change your diet? * How the is gut linked with the immune system

In today's episode of The Ditch the Diet Podcast, Rachael speaks with world-renowned Personal Development coach and serial best-selling author Michael Heppell about what it takes to 'be brilliant' - EVERY DAY. How to fill the gap between what you WANT and GETTING what you want - if you know what you need to do, but you're not sure how to do it. Michael discusses strategies you can implement into your life to make sure you never have a bad day again, whilst realising that things are not always sunshine and rainbows. A refreshing outlook on life that is bound to leave you feeling energised and ready to achieve your goals! Start Michael's free 90 Day course here: Find Michael's books on Amazon - click here Find out more about and join The Ditch the Diet Academy here:    

In today's episode, Rachael talks about self-sabotage and why we do it! Have you started a diet in January, yet failed to see it through already? Listen as Rachael answers the popular question: "I know what I should be doing, but I can't seem to stick to it! Why is that? And what can I do to stop self-sabotaging!?" Towards the end of today's episode, Rachael discusses strategies for tackling self-sabotage and explains how to get exactly what you want.

Around six or seven months ago, when Rachael wasn't feeling very well and did not have the energy to cook (which is not like her at all!), she went on Google and searched for a recipe box company where she discovered Mindful Chef. It wasn't something that she thought she'll use for more than a week but she still orders at least twice a month! In this episode of the Ditch the Diet Podcast, Rachael is joined by Giles and Myles, founders of the UK's #1 Healthy Recipe Bo Company Mindful Chef. Join them as they  talk about what Mindful Chef is, how the idea of the business came about, how they come up with their recipe, and what makes them different from other reciped box companies. Sign up and get started with The Mindful Chef here: Use voucher/coupon code: for

Listen as Rachael talks to Dr Rangan Chatterjee about our modern health epidemic - stress. In this week’s episode, Rachael talks to Dr Rangan Chatterjee, author of the book “The 4 Pillar Plan” and the newly released “The Stress Solution”. Join them and find out What is the definition of stress?Why it is important to address stress?What are micro and macro stress doses?How eating the right foods can reduce stress levelsTips to help you to reduce the stress in your life (that you can implement right now)! …and many more!  To learn more about Dr Chatterjee and his book, the following Website: Facebook: Instagram: @drchatterjee To learn more about Ditch the Diet Academy, visit here: Get in touch with Rachael: Email: Facebook Page: Instagram: @ditchthedietacademy

Thinking of becoming a Ditch the Diet member? So what's it really like to be a member of Ditch the Diet? Find out in today's bonus episode featuring member Kate Mantle 😊 Listen on iTunes or Spotify for free: Listen on iTunes:… Listen on Spotify:… This short 15-minute episode might just change your mind about joining before we close to new members on Friday!🚪 Find out what Kate had tried before, why she thinks they failed and what was different about Ditch the Diet. The Academy closes this Friday for the remainder of 2018, reopening in January. You can still join here: