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Nadia Felsch Q&A

Nadia Felsch Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Nadia Felsch and I’m a Nutritionist (BHSc) who consults globally from Sydney. Calling out nutrition myths, providing valuable food education and delicious recipes is my main jam, which I do during client consultations, working online, on social media @nadiafelsch and also via workshops. I’m also the founder of a wholesome baking mix brand – Wholefood Society and on a personal front enjoy travel with my husband, playing with my 2 x mini sausage dogs, café time with friends and working out. Do you have any tips for weight loss that you feel are underrated? Weight loss is predominantly thought of as what to eat and/or what not to eat. What gets left out of the equation more often…
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Are These Superfoods Really ‘Super’?

Are These Superfoods Really ‘Super’?

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The term ‘superfood’ is so frequently tossed around, exclaimed on food packaging and touted on social media influencers’ posts. Every couple of months, a new ‘ancient’ superfood is re-discovered. In our highly-connected society this often causes a domino effect; we see the latest superfood spreading through health-food stores, supermarkets, cafes and eventually to our pantries where they are allotted to the back-shelf until inspiration strikes or the newest superfood takes its place. So do we really need the latest superfood to have a super diet? What exactly are superfoods? Let’s begin with figuring out what superfoods are. Although no conclusive definition exists, superfoods are essentially wholefoods packed with high levels of antioxidants and minerals. The antioxidants and minerals are what gives superfoods their purported anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing powers. Some…
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Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Cancer Dietitian Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? The first year of being a dietitian, I hopped around from inpatient clinical, to hospital employee wellness, to a primary care office doing diabetes, cholesterol and weight management. Within a few months on the floors at the hospital, I knew that I did not want to make that my career. When offered a full time position, I turned it down even though I didn’t quite have something else lined up. Lucky for me, I had 2 outpatient options within a few weeks. I was in the primary care office for a year and then decided I was ready for a new challenge and moved over to help establish the hospital’s nutrition care program for the outpatient oncology…
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Is Protein One of the “Secrets” for Weight Loss?

Is Protein One of the “Secrets” for Weight Loss?

Body Composition
A few weeks ago, I presented at a small conference on protein for weight-loss as I feel like it is a subject that is undervalued by a lot of dietitians. Since I am a Gary Vee fanboy and love his idea of pillar content, I figured I would also turn aspects of that presentation into this blog post and share it on a larger scale. My background prior to studying nutrition at university started with an excessive amount of time reading the forums on bodybuilding.com during 2012, followed by even more procrastination in the form of being an active member of a niche bodybuilding/powerlifting forum from 2013-2014. I feel like this has given me a different perspective to other dietitians who have come from different backgrounds. There was lot of…
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Nutrition for Endurance Athletes Q&A with Alicia Edge

Nutrition for Endurance Athletes Q&A with Alicia Edge

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What are common mistakes endurance athletes make with their nutrition, prior to see a sports dietitian? I wish it wasn’t the case that athletes only think to invest in a Sports Dietitian once something has gone wrong in a race, however I think that is pretty common in a lot of different aspects of sport. The best thing is that they are learning with their mistakes. Having an athlete have the perfect race after they come to see us has to be one of the highlights of our job for sure! I think out of all the mistakes I see, there are some commonalities – • Not practicing or planning race nutrition before the big day; • Listening to the well-meaning advice from training buddies or expo staff the day…
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Beauty Foods or Beauty Fad?

Beauty Foods or Beauty Fad?

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  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that with our ageing population and highly globalised society, at some point or another many of us may fall prey to beauty products that claim you can achieve “beauty from within”, longevity and reverse signs of ageing. Beauty foods are a lucrative niche within the beauty industry. According to various recent market reports, the global beauty foods market is expected to reach US $7.1 billion (AU $9.9 billion) by 2023. This extraordinary hype begs the question- do beauty foods really live up to their seductive claims? What are beauty foods? Beauty foods are also commonly known as beauty supplements, nutraceuticals or nutricosmetics. They are essentially orally-consumed nutritional supplements that purport medical or health benefits. Nutricosmetics are marketed as mixtures such as elixirs, capsules,…
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The Low down on Personalised Nutrition

The Low down on Personalised Nutrition

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Personalised nutrition is a burgeoning niche within the trends of personalised medicine and scientific wellness. Promising highly individual solutions to dieting woes, longevity and a plethora of other health struggles, it’s no wonder that personalised nutrition has become both a buzzword and commercial enterprise. This has left many puzzled by its health claims, unable to sort fact from fiction. Perhaps most startling, however, are the sensationalist headlines spreading through social media platforms that discretionary foods such as chips could be healthier for you than salad. So let’s explore what personalised nutrition really does offer you and if such claims hold some truth. What is personalised nutrition? There is yet to be an agreed upon definition of personalised nutrition. The term is also often used interchangeably with nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics or nutritional…
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Hannah Baker Q&A

Hannah Baker Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? I started out in marketing in Perth—that was my original career—but I’ve always been interested in health and food. So, I decided to “bite the bullet” and moved to the Gold Coast to study dietetics as a mature-aged student. Six months after graduation, my fiancé got a job in Shanghai so we moved to China. As extremely challenging as the move was for my career, it was also amazing because (as far as I know) I am the only qualified sports dietitian in Shanghai so it has meant I have been offered some fantastic work opportunities. I have worked with the Shanghai soccer team, Olympic and provincial athletes, movie stars and brand ambassadors. I also lived in…
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Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? After I graduating I spent just over four years working in a hospital in the UK. During that time I got experience as a rotational dietitian in a number of different wards and clinics; I also worked as part of a community stroke rehab team; and more recently I worked as a Paediatric Specialist Dietitian (which I loved!). Since starting Dietetically Speaking in 2015 I have been doing some freelance work on the side like health writing and giving talks about evidence-based nutrition. Then at the start of this year I took the leap to become fully freelance, so that I could continue to work while traveling. Most of my current work involves writing articles about nutrition…
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The HPE Diet

The HPE Diet

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If you’re a clinical dietitian working within the hospital setting, you probably know the high protein/energy (HPE) diet inside and out. For those of you with little exposure to the HPE, read on. What is Malnutrition Before we try to understand the HPE diet, we need to look at the condition a HPE diet is designed to prevent, malnutrition. Malnutrition is a silent killer that goes largely unrecognised, undiagnosed, untreated in our hospitals. Often, it is not taken serious enough. It occurs when an individual does not consume enough protein and/or energy to meet their requirements. Some common causes of malnutrition: - Increased energy and protein requirements (for example, cancer patients, post-surgery). - Decreased appetite (due to medication, age, being unwell etc.). - Early satiety: feeling full quickly. - Changes…
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