Lana Hirth Q&A

Lana Hirth Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Lana Hirth. I’m a dietitian and nutritionist from Campbelltown (South West Sydney). I’ve lived in the South West all my life and there are some unique challenges living in this low-socioeconomic status (SES) area when it comes to nutrition. I work in a private practice clinic in the Campbelltown area and most people I see are referred from by their doctors under Medicare plans. What are some of the nutritional challenges faced by people living in low SES communities? There are many. High number of fast food outlets, long work hours, substance abuse and lower education levels are all factors that influence nutrition. One is summed up well by the ‘Red Rooster Line’ – the significant difference in…
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Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? Well I always knew I wanted to be a dietitian. I did work experience in year 10 with a community dietitian and from then on that was always going to be the path I was going to take. I started doing Health Science (public health) at uni as a means to transfer into the 4-year bachelor which was relatively at the time… I then moved to Wollongong to do my dietetics, then went back to Melbourne and completed my health science degree so after 7 long years, I got both bachelors! I always thought I would go into community work or public health however my first job was servicing nursing homes across Victoria as well as consulting…
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Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I got interested in this field and industry back in high school in the 80's. I had grown up a relatively inactive video gaming kind of kid but started cycling, swimming and doing martial arts and it sort of just grabbed me. That led me to UCLA to get a degree in physiology/kinesiology and it was there I became most interested in the science of training, diet, supplementation, etc. Essentially I was trying to get make myself a better athlete and was lucky to turn it into a career. I got on the Internet when it was basically starting in 1993 and have been around ever since. I've published 13 or 14 books on varying topics in that time. What are…
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Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Health
As a dietitian I have held back on talking publicly about a lot of things I strongly believe in. Deep down, I think this is based on being concerned with how other dietitians view me. I know that I am not alone in this and a lot of dietitians feel this way as well. My recent article on why I’m not a non-diet dietitian made that point clear to me. The inflow of private messages I got from people sharing their stories and why they weren’t speaking up on the topic was incredible. This is exactly why I am writing about low-carb diets for Type 2 Diabetes (referred to as diabetes for the rest of the post). It’s another topic that I personally have avoided to speaking up about. Maybe…
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Stefanie Valakas Q & A

Stefanie Valakas Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I’m a Sydney-based new graduate dietitian. I finished from the University of Sydney at the end of last year and I’ve recently started in private practice in a multidisciplinary health clinic. Throughout my master’s, I started a student dietitian blog called Dietitian to Be, however I recently relaunched - for obvious reasons - as The Dietologist and I’m interested in private practice, media (you can follow me @the_dietologist) and consulting opportunities. You have an interest in paediatrics and feeding behaviours stemming back to that Masters. What caused that interest? I think it was very early on when I decided to go into dietetics, which was in late high school. For some reason, I always had my heart…
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Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewing Tyson Tripcony and asked him the question “what would you like your legacy to be when you finish your career as a dietitian?” It’s a big question. He is 10x (if not more) ambitious than me, so I thought it would get an interesting answer. At the end of the interview, he threw a curveball and asked me the same question. I had never really thought about it. I’m not ambitious enough to want to be the best practitioner in any field within dietetics, or even have a reputation for being near the peak. It took a while, but I realised that what I want to do is contribute to providing evidence that significant weight-loss is achievable (and maintainable) for a far greater…
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Tyson Tripcony Q & A

Tyson Tripcony Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I graduated in 2011, seven years ago now, and started working in a community health position. I moved across the country for that and then came back and worked 9 different casual dietitian jobs, then landed a more permanent position in private practice working for someone else. It wasn’t really working out and I felt like I could do something a little bit different—something possibly better. I started a small business called Correct Nutrition and after working for a bit, I had the opportunity to purchase some small clinics. I then bought another large practice a few years later, Sunshine Coast Dietetics. After that, I started up Fuel Your Life in October 2016 and it’s just gone…
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Joyce Haddad Q & A

Joyce Haddad Q & A

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1) Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I am an accredited practicing dietitian, accredited nutritionist and personal trainer. I am currently a PhD candidate with the CSIRO and Flinders uni looking into improving the diet quality of households (parents and children). I run my own business where I do private consulting, community and public health work and I teach fitness classes. 2) What are some of your favourite healthy snack ideas to recommend to clients? I am a sucker for peanut butter! Anything with that nutty goodness tastes delicious. So for those that enjoy peanut or nut butters, I usually recommend a date with ½ a teaspoon of peanut butter, or healthy seedy crackers with peanut butter and sliced banana. Otherwise, the good…
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Is the Summer Barbeque Harming Your Health?

Is the Summer Barbeque Harming Your Health?

Health
Hot afternoons and long weekends with friends, drinks and a BBQ, the epitome of an Australian summer. The backyard BBQ is an iconic Aussie summer event, and for many Australian’s the BBQ is also a staple cooking method throughout the year. Barbequing tends to give meat and vegetables a smoky flavour that can’t be replicated elsewhere. It’s almost a must that Barbequed meat have a blackened charred look about it. My mum’s favourite saying when I complain about burnt bits ‘it’s not burnt, it’s Barbequed!’ But is it possible we are taking the char too far? Could the trusty summer BBQ could actually be harmful to your health? Burnt Meat and Cancer Two carcinogenic (cancer causing) compounds are formed when meat, poultry and fish are cooked at high temperatures, polycyclic…
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It is difficult to overeat lean meat

It is difficult to overeat lean meat

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  A lot of people discourage having large quantities of meat (which also has some merit for different reasons) - but I have found increasing somebody’s intake of lean meats can be quite effective if they are looking to lose weight. Firstly, most of the people I see are averaging <1g protein per kg of body weight when I first see them. The evidence shows that ~1.75g/kg is optimal for maintaining as much muscle as possible during a general fat loss phase. Obviously, I have to factor in the leanness of the individual when estimating how much protein is needed e.g. somebody who has a high body fat percentage will need slightly less protein due to having less muscle, but it is still likely that >1g of protein is optimal.…
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