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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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Bariatric Surgery Q&A Featuring Purva Gulyani

Bariatric Surgery Q&A Featuring Purva Gulyani

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? I started my career as a private practice Dietitian in 2004, and then we planned to move to Melbourne in 2009. That's when I cleared my APD status, but I had to head back to my home town of New Delhi, in 2010. In 2011 I joined the team of an esteemed Bariatric and GI Surgeon Dr Atul Peters, where I got hands on experience of Bariatric Nutritional Management. Every day was a new challenge; each patient comes up with some unique queries and issues. In March 2016 I finally ended up moving to Australia. It took almost 3-4 months to set up my own practice in Melbourne with help of my mentor and guide in this…
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Functional Foods

Functional Foods

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Functional foods are a new trend emerging in response to the public’s increasing health consciousness. The food industry continues to create products with ‘added health benefits’ and it seems as if there is a new product on the shelf every week. It can be difficult keep up. Let’s explore functional foods and if you should consider adding them to your diet. What is a Functional Food? What is a functional food? Now that, is a good question. There is no singular, universal definition for functional foods. However, the general idea, is a food with an added health function, that is superior to a ‘general’ food. This definition is vague; hence it is easier to understand functional foods in the context of examples. Functional foods can be naturally high in a…
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Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Shane Jeffrey Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about your career? My career had an interesting start I guess in that I didn’t complete my placement at university. I’ll share a little bit about how I got into eating disorders. I had two clinical placements: the first placement I did really well and the second placement I didn’t do really well with. I like to think it was a bit of a personality clash more than my clinical work. At the time, I wasn’t typical eating disorder dietitian. I ended up having to do an extra couple of weeks work at the Gold Coast Hospital to try and demonstrate my competencies, and out of that I passed the course and then I was offered a locum job—and out of that I…
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Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Diets for Weight-Loss?

Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Diets for Weight-Loss?

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There is the age-old question of which is better for weight-loss: Low-Fat or Low-Carb diets? At the end of the day, it comes down to calories in and calories out. If calories and protein are matched, then the results should be equal. But that brings up a different question: What if one of the diets is easier to follow in the real world? Of course, you can show the results are the same if you account for all the variables in a strictly controlled study, but that doesn’t mean very much from a practical perspective for those looking to lose weight on their own. Due to this, I’m going to mainly focus this article on what I truly believe is one of the most interesting nutrition studies of the last…
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Alicia Edge Q&A

Alicia Edge Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? I graduated in 2008, so I’m on the ten-year anniversary this year and I’m not even sure how that happened! I came out and, like everyone else, I struggled to find work—particularly in Newcastle where I graduated, because when you graduate in Newcastle those jobs are pretty few and far between and everybody wants to stay locally. I knew that I probably wouldn’t be able to stay if I wanted work. I’m from Taree originally which is two hours north of Newcastle, so I was lucky enough to get a job in community health and from there I ended up in a job in Taree in private practice. I was in employment there full-time for about a…
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The Evidence-Based Dietary Treatment for Depression

The Evidence-Based Dietary Treatment for Depression

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For a long time, it has been known that there is some form of dietary link with depression. It doesn’t take a genius to look around and notice that people with depression often don’t have the best diets (although there are exceptions), but that brings up a chicken or the egg situation. Do they have poor diets because of the depression leading them to care less about their diets? Or is their poor diet one of the key factors in their depression? I believe it is likely a combination of both. Having worked with quite a lot of people with severe depression, I can clearly see that there are a lot of times where they throw any care in the world about good nutrition out the window, no matter how…
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Transitioning to Solids – Infant Nutrition

Transitioning to Solids – Infant Nutrition

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  Are you a new mother? Having a new baby can be overwhelming at times. A flurry of emotions and mixed information. You will have been told again and again, ‘breast is best’ and it has probably been drilled into you by each of your health professionals. Now, your little one is growing up, and you think it might be time to start weaning off the breast and on to solid foods. Just when you thought you were getting this mothering thing down pat, this new obstacle arises. Read on if you want to know more about getting off the breast. When The WHO guidelines suggest introducing solids after 4 months, and no later than 6 months. While these guidelines are a great place to start, your bub will let…
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Andy The RD Q&A

Andy The RD Q&A

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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a kale loving Canadian dietitian and nutrition blogger from Toronto, the place where I’ve lived my whole life and also home of worldwide rap phenomenon Drake. My life revolves around nutrition! I tell people what to eat in person, I write about what to eat on my blog and social media, and if I’m not doing one of those two things I am probably thinking about what I’m going to eat myself. I also happen to love playing and watching soccer. 2) Hypothetical situation: An overweight 30-year-old male with no cooking skills (and no interest in cooking) who gets takeout every night, comes to see you with a goal of weight-loss. What are the first options that you…
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