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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

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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

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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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Sohee Lee Q&A

Sohee Lee Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? By the time I was a high school senior, I’d already spent years dieting and exhausting myself with hours and hours of cardio. When I saw a strong fitness model on the cover of a magazine, I realized that women can be strong and powerful and I dived into the world of strength training. Like most women, I started off with very little knowledge on how to train. There would be times when I would wander around the gym in between exercises, unsure of what to do next. Soon, my hobby became my passion and I became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) as a sophomore in college. I’ve had the…
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Healthy Entertaining

Healthy Entertaining

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The festive season presents itself with a smorgasbord of unending indulgences, so it’s fair to say that no one should miss out. With many of us committed to numerous social functions from Christmas work dinners to New Year picnics, it can be really challenging to maintain any sense of normalcy, let alone healthy habits! However, you can attempt to combat this with some of our healthy entertaining ideas. These ideas are great not only for if you are hosting a function, but also for any ‘bring a plate’ occasions. We’ve compiled some simple suggestions for any course, right down to nibbles and snacks for the little ones. Nibbles and Entrees A great way to keep up your veggie intake amongst an abundance of sugary or processed foods is by making…
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Three things to focus on that may help you lose weight and maintain the weight-loss

Three things to focus on that may help you lose weight and maintain the weight-loss

Body Composition
There are a lot of ways to achieve weight-loss, but the below tips are the 3 things that I have found to be the most effective way to maintain that weight loss. These are things I have learnt through a combination of an excessive amount of interpreting research papers, combined with seeing countless clients in practice on a day-to-day basis. 1) Eat more vegetables. The vast majority of people don't eat nearly enough vegetables for general health purposes anyway. The key reason I recommend this though is for appetite purposes. If you eat more vegetables, you will be filling yourself up with a lot of low-calorie foods. 2) Eat more lean meat. This is counter-intuitive but I believe it is a massive key to long-term results for a lot of…
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10 Nutrition Facebook Pages to Follow

10 Nutrition Facebook Pages to Follow

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This is a post that I have had saved up and planned for ages but haven’t ever gotten around to doing due to prioritising other things. Over the last year, I have noticed the activity of a lot of nutrition Facebook pages has dropped off significantly, which has dramatically narrowed this list down. My original notes had a list of almost 30 different pages, but when I went through today, I found that most of them either were not active anymore, or their engagement had dropped off a cliff. A large part of this is due to the Facebook algorithm, combined with the fact that it is so much easier to grow a following on Instagram. This means a lot of people are focusing more time and energy on their…
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