Who’s The Expert? And Why?
“Dr Rosamund Yoxall has been my co-pilot for the last couple of years and I feel remarkably privileged to have her on board. Rosamund brings a wealth of experience from her time practising as a doctor and from her extensive training in nutrition and functional medicine. She not only assists with the day-to-day running of my business, but she also shadows me clinically – her contribution, support and earnest enthusiasm has proved to be of worthy note and value.” Amelia
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Rosamund Yoxall BMBS BSc
Rosamund studied postgraduate Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, as well as Functional Medicine at AFMCP and various other specialty areas, such as nutrition in women’s health. Whilst still at medical school, she trained and worked as a private chef, and completed a degree in Medical Sciences with Management from Imperial College, London.
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Where you practice?
London and Devon.
Where did you train & what are your qualifications?
I first trained as a doctor, but moved into nutritional and lifestyle healthcare a couple of years ago. It was the best decision I have ever made.
I studied postgraduate Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, as well as Functional Medicine at AFMCP and various other specialty areas, such as nutrition in women’s health. I have also trained and worked as a private chef, and hold a degree in Medical Sciences with Management from Imperial College, London. I have also had the privilege of working alongside, and being mentored by Amelia Freer, and have learnt an enormous amount from her during that time.
I no longer practice as a doctor at all, but instead I now enjoy working in the field of nutrition full-time.
What inspired you to work in your area?
For me, it was a dawning realisation that although I knew quite a lot about disease, I actually knew very little about health: or indeed, how to stay healthy. We did not receive a single hour of nutrition teaching through all of my medical training. That felt wrong to me, and I knew I wanted to do something about it.
A number of family and professional experiences then showed me just how much nutrition really matters – food is not just the ‘fuel’ to keep us going. It can also be a powerful and highly effective tool in our arsenal against disease, ill-health and suffering, when handled appropriately.
What do you specialise in?
I specialise in pragmatic, evidence-informed nutrition and functional healthcare. There is a vast amount of great-quality lifestyle medicine research out there, and I want to bring that to the forefront of health care.
At the moment, I am particularly seeing people for weight management, women’s health (including fertility and pre-conception care) as well as all sorts of other concerns.
How do you help clients to work on their nutrition?
My number one aim whenever I see a new client is to really try to understand their individual circumstances before devising any sort of plan. I see all of my clients as unique people, with a unique genetic make-up, microbiota, medical history, and life pressures. I think it is this attention to the individual that is key – simply applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ guideline is very unlikely to be an effective strategy for long term success.
Please describe an average working day in your life.
After breakfast and a quick guided meditation, I will usually spend a couple of hours at my desk researching, answering emails or writing.
Depending on the day, I might then spend the morning seeing clients in either my Devon or London clinics, or at home researching and writing. I always make time for lunch, which is usually a salad or leftovers from last night’s supper, before tackling the afternoon’s tasks. At some point in the day, I will try to get outside and go for a muddy run, do a HIIT workout or enjoy a yoga class.
My husband works shifts, so if he is around in the evening, we will cook and eat together and chat about our days. We can sometimes pass like ships in the night, so finding a little bit of time together is really important to us both.
If you could give one piece of advice to everyone reading this interview, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help with your nutrition. It is in no way a sign of weakness or failure. Even I see a nutritionist! It is impossible to be objective about your own diet and lifestyle, and handing over that responsibility to an expert can not only be a great relief, but can also be the first step towards a complete shift in your health and wellbeing.
What is your favourite meal?
BBQ trout (my husband does this SO well), steamed new potatoes and an amazing herby salad, ideally with a chilled glass of champagne, followed by a huge pile of perfectly ripe cherries.
How do you manage your work:life balance
Amelia has taught me the importance of taking time away from nutrition; it can be an all-encompassing field to work in, simply because it is so interesting and absorbing. But to keep my passion alive and to stay energised for my clients, I now prioritise time away doing completely different things. For me, that often means getting outside: running, wild swimming, walking on Dartmoor or trying to tackle my unruly garden…and of course, spending lots of time with my lovely friends and family.
Is there anything else that you think might be interesting for people to know about you or for anyone considering working with you?
I am, at heart, a massive foodie. There is so much more to food than just its health giving properties, so don’t worry – there will still be plenty of space for joyful eating and celebrations in any plan I suggest!
Rosamund Yoxall, visit sagehealthnutrition.com