Chloe McLeod Q & A

Chloe McLeod Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve lived in Sydney for the last five years, but I grew up in South Australia in the country. When I finished university, I decided that I would not stay in Adelaide, which is where I studied, and I got a job in Northeast Victoria working in the local health service there. I stayed there for a couple of years; I’d planned on a year, but I really liked the job and the people, so I stayed longer. And then I moved down to Melbourne for about a year before moving up to Sydney. I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition and how food impacts on the body, and I’ve got food intolerances myself to some degree, which is…
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Tim Crowe Q & A

Tim Crowe Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Well my career has come from different directions. I started first as a research scientist; I spent a lot of my career in medical research, mostly laboratory-based. But I found I was much more interested in the role of nutrition in disease prevention, and also the role of nutrition in sports performance. And I was reading a lot of papers in these areas, rather than actually doing the core research that I was employed to do and my career was focused upon. It led me into exploring what sort of careers were open to me, and the word “dietetics” kept coming up quite a bit. So, I bit the bullet and retrained as a dietitian, and for the last 16 or…
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Maree Ferguson Q & A

Maree Ferguson Q & A

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  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Sure. Where to begin? I graduated as a dietitian just over 20 years ago, which is hard to believe, and I guess I always wanted to be a dietitian when I was at high school. I did home-ec and had a great teacher and loved the science of nutrition. At that time, Rosemary Stanton was the only dietitian in the media, and she was on Burke’s Backyard. So everyone of that generation wanted to be like Rosemary. I did a science degree first and then did dietetics. It was an 18-month diploma at that point in time, and there was only QUT in Brisbane where you could do dietetics, not like the four courses that we’ve got now. Then I…
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Matt O’Neill Q & A

Matt O’Neill Q & A

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  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry? I got into the nutrition industry triggered by a passion for metabolism and how the human body responds to both exercise and nutrition. Dual qualifications in exercise and nutrition gave me a unique perspective on weight management, and that’s been my passion for the last 25 years. I’ve also been training health professionals in weight management and more recently with my Metabolic Jumpstart program helping over 24,000 regular Australians lose weight, get into shape and manage their diet.   Is most of your work focused on regular Australians or is more of your time spent focusing on health professionals? On balance, it’s more health professionals and empowering them with the knowledge and know-how…
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Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

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  This is a point that strikes a note with me personally. Dietitians and nutritionists dedicate their lives to becoming experts in nutrition; often in one specific field of nutrition. Yet for some reason, celebrities are the go-to source for diets involving weight-loss, muscle gain or any other result. Every time you walk past a magazine aisle you see a title like “How I lost 10kg” with a picture of a famous celebrity. For some strange reason, people seem to intensely study the miraculous secret that these individuals appear to have discovered. Then they go and tell their friends about this celebrity’s diet and it spreads like wildfire. The reason this issue gets to me, is because it is completely based on anecdotal evidence with a sample size of n=1.…
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Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements to Reduce Your Risk of Fractures?

Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements to Reduce Your Risk of Fractures?

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  To follow up on my previous post on calcium supplementation, this post will be on the effect that vitamin D supplementation has on fractures risk. The majority of our vitamin D comes from the sun and a small amount comes from our diet. Surprisingly, even though Australia is known for its sunny weather, approximately one third of Australians are deficient in vitamin D [1].   With the knowledge that vitamin D increases the effect of calcium, it is common sense to assume that it would reduce the risk of fractures. To make the assumption even stronger, vitamin D supplementation also leads to an increase in bone mineral density [2-3].   Although in theory vitamin D supplementation should reduce fractures risk, after going through every study in the past 20…
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Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

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  While I was contemplating what I could write for my first blog post, I was trying to think what I could offer that nobody else in the nutrition world was already providing. The conclusion that I came to was the findings of my systematic review that I did in my final year at university, on the topic of whether calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of fractures in people 50+ years old. I never published the results and I chose this subject because there had been no clear answer in the research, so I figured that it’s something that I could share that nobody else could. To keep things short and sweet, I’ll do this post on calcium first and then do a separate post on vitamin…
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Introducing the Ideal Nutrition Blog

Introducing the Ideal Nutrition Blog

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  Ideal Nutrition is a dietetics private practice currently offering dietetic and nutritional services at Xceler8 24hr Fitness in Wagga Wagga. With only one dietitian initially (myself), the practice caters for all goals that can be achieved through nutrition. While Ideal Nutrition is set up so that it can cater for all goals and conditions, its specialties are weight-loss, diabetes and sports nutrition. The goal of the business is to help as many people as possible through improving their nutrition. Clearly this goal will be impossible to undertake with only one dietitian, which is why there are intentions to hire additional dietitians and expand to as many locations as possible. What will happen in the future isn’t clear, but the goal of helping people improve their lives is definitely going…
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