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Fighting Fatigue

Fighting Fatigue

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Fatigue is a common ailment that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. In fact, it has been reported that each year, approximately 1.5 million Australians present to their doctors with fatigue. This isn’t surprising considering how busy, high-stress and emotionally demanding many of our lifestyles have become. Fatigue generally describes a feeling of unrelenting tiredness, lethargy and/or lack of motivation that lasts for several weeks. Daily, low-grade fatigue is a symptom of an underlying issue, condition or disease. It can be caused by a myriad of interacting physical, psychological or medical factors such as insufficient sleep, increased stress or catching the influenza virus. Fatigue can hence be remediated by addressing poor lifestyle habits or the underlying medical issue. In this article, we will explore some…
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Rachel Hawkins Q&A

Rachel Hawkins Q&A

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am a Brisbane-based Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Nutritionist and founder of The Naked Truth Australia (www.thenakedtruthaustralia.com) - a nutrition consulting and communications business devoted to ‘baring’ the truth on all thing’s food and nutrition. I founded my business after recognising the need for a trustworthy source of food and nutrition information in the health and wellness industry. My business is quite diverse, so I find myself working in a number of different roles. I see clients privately for one-on-one dietetic consultations online via Skype, I am involved in a number of projects where I act as a nutrition consultant, and I also engage in various opportunities through my Instagram account @thenakedtruth.au such as recipe development, writing educational blog posts and…
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Should you care about animal research in nutrition?

Should you care about animal research in nutrition?

Health
Understanding nutrition research is like trying to hit a pinata blind-folded- but with no pinata in the room. Even the savviest can fall in the trap of cherry picking unmeaningful studies to support a preconceived idea. Understanding a studies place among the hierarchy of evidence is an important skill to your nutrition toolkit. Despite not being a researcher myself, this blog will investigate the limitations and strengths of extrapolating nutrition research from animals to practical human recommendations. Animal Studies are Important for Research These types of studies are key to the development of nutrition research. Performing studies on humans require strict compliance with ethical parameters. This excludes many of the new or unsafe trials to cell-based and animal studies. These studies are not subject to the same level of ethical…
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Is Fresh Really Best?

Is Fresh Really Best?

Health
The profound power of social media in today’s world has presented us with strikingly different trends in health, wellness and consumerism. Freak-shakes, loaded fries and triple-decker burgers claim glory on the internet at the same time as clean-eating, Ayurvedic medicine and HIIT workouts. So although we’re encouraged to ‘go all out’ on our indulgences, we’re also often guilt-tripped into having to remediate it through healthy, natural and low-tox lifestyles. One such example of this remediation is the widespread notion that ‘fresh is always best’ when it comes to fruits and vegetables. According to this concept, we should steer clear of any processed forms of fruits and vegetables, and if we want optimal nutrition, we must buy local. Considering only 5% of Aussies over the age of 18 are consuming the…
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7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

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It’s 2019, and already there is enough nutrition advice to fill a textbook. Among this, there is helpful and practical nutrition information that people are missing out on. In response, we asked a group of dietitians for their top underrated nutrition tip. Tim Crowe from Thinking Nutrition There is no need to try and keep up with the latest 'superfood' trends - just let colour be your guide for choosing what fruits and vegetables you eat. The more colours on your plate, the greater the diversity of beneficial natural plant compounds you'll be eating. Those colours come from a range of pigments that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Erin Colebatch from Calvary Healthcare I think that the power of real food enjoyed at the dinner table with…
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Could Your Dietary Choices Be Effecting Your Sleep

Could Your Dietary Choices Be Effecting Your Sleep

Health
The year is now in full swing, with most of us back into the daily grind of work, school, university and endless lists of commitments. With these demands comes inevitable stress and its domino effect into many other aspects of our lives. Our sleep is usually one of the first to suffer, so scientific wellness companies have capitalised on this. Dietary sleeping aids such as Moon Juice’s Dream Dust, The Goodnight Co’s Supplement Powder and The Beauty Chef’s Inner Beauty Powder are being increasingly marketed to us through social media platforms and health gurus. The biggest shocker is the new range of sleep-promoting ice-creams by Nightfood, which has just launched in the US so it’s only a matter of time until something similar reaches Australia. However, our consumption of certain…
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Claudia Cramer Q&A

Claudia Cramer Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up in a small, country town in Queensland with my family. I had a love for sports, food and music. At the end of my high school years, I was working crazy hours (~60+/week) in hospitality), drinking on the weekends and not fuelling my body with the right things (think takeaways and nutrient poor, energy-dense foods). When I made the link between what I was putting in to my body (food) and my mental health (anxiety, moody, irritable) that I began my love for researching how certain foods made me feel. This began my love for pursuing health as a career. From then, I was accepted into the University of Queensland to study an Undergraduate Degree in Exercise and…
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Trying to Eat Healthy? Why You’re Probably Undereating

Trying to Eat Healthy? Why You’re Probably Undereating

Health
It might be your aunt, maybe a friend, or even you. We all have someone in our life on some new healthy eating endeavour. It’s not long before the first social media post goes up. It usually features a plate without carbohydrates (because carbohydrates are the devil’s food), and heavily filled with some sort of salad and protein. To most people this seems great, I mean, they’re healthy foods? There is a common misconception by people who are trying to improve their diet that always eating less, and being restrictive, is good for your wellbeing and health. In some instances, this may be true, but for most, probably not. To understand this, we must define a healthy diet. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a good place to start.…
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Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Sports
Anything that involves lifting weights and broscience are a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for powerlifters, following potential negative practices during a weight-cut can be the difference between hitting a PR and disappointment. The weight-cut refers to the short-term loss of weight before competition, usually within 7 days. This blog contains a guide on how to safely approach a weight-cut while decreasing the negative impacts on performance. Why a Weight Cut? In theory, the idea of a weight-cut is to temporarily reduce body mass to achieve a certain weight-class. This can therefore replace losing potentially important muscle and fat mass that come with chronic dieting, and help an individual make a certain lift. Short-term weight-cut practices can be very detrimental to performance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it makes sense to…
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Diet Breaks for Long Term Weight Loss

Diet Breaks for Long Term Weight Loss

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If you are attempting to lose a significant amount of weight, I highly recommend implementing some form of "diet break". Dieting for a long period of time can be mentally taxing, but there are also metabolic adaptations that occur which result in a slower metabolism. The combination of these two things can make it difficult to continuously make progress over the long term. More importantly, this combination makes it difficult to prevent weight-regain, which really is the most pressing issue. One way around it is a diet break, where you eat at your maintenance calories for a certain period of time - generally 1-2 weeks. The Matador Study The Matador Study utilised 2 week breaks which were implemented once a month e.g. diet for 2 weeks, break for two weeks.…
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