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Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Rachel Ben-David Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When I finished high school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was thinking about perusing an arts degree when I stumbled across a seminar on nutrition at one of the university open days. Four and a bit years later (2016) I completed the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at Monash University, excited and ready to start my career as a dietitian. Like many new graduate and young dietitians, I really struggled with the job search. It felt like I was constantly writing and submitting applications and attending interviews – but with no luck. Throughout my degree, I thought I had developed a great resume that would be attractive to employers – I had volunteered for several…
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Q&A with Mets Analin

Q&A with Mets Analin

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“When people tell me I’m too obsessed with what I do, I ask them one question: Is Mother Teresa a good person? Mother Teresa was obsessed with helping more people than anyone on this earth. If you’re adding value to people’s lives, what’s wrong with being obsessed?” says Mets Alanin CEO of Titan Fitness Coogee. This week I had the privilege to sit down with Mets to discuss success, mindset and motivation. When it comes to the fitness industry, Mets has done it all; from personal training, to group fitness, to sales and marketing. At just 20 years old Mets bought his first gym in Rockdale. A few years later he opened a second gym in Kensington. He used the triumphs and failures of these gyms to create Titan Fitness;…
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Why you should include Omega 3s in your diet

Why you should include Omega 3s in your diet

Health
  You have probably heard the term good fats and bad fats being thrown around and it can be confusing differentiating between the two, however omega-3s are definitely a type of good fat that you should be including more in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids refer to a family of essential fatty acids that play numerous important roles within the body. Our bodies do not produce these types of fats on their own and therefore we must get them from food. There are a number of different types of Omega-3 fatty acids but the three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Not only does your body require Omega-3 fatty acids to function, but they also deliver a number of proven health benefits,…
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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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The Healthy Man Salad

The Healthy Man Salad

Food
    The Healthy Man Salad is designed to break away from the leafy salad, providing protein, complex carbs, flavour and a filling meal designed to satisfy any man. It is well known that salads and men often do not mix, with a healthy salad often being low on the wish list for the typical Aussie man. The Simpsons once upon a time coined the old saying “you don’t win friends with salad” which lives on to this day.   It is true, and since its creation, has been sung by men around the globe ever since. As an example, I was recently at a friendly BBQ get together, gathering a plate of slow smoked brisket and the accompanying salad (a colourful homemade slaw). Offering the silver slaw serving spoon…
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Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Sports
The world of sport is a very competitive place. Athletes are forever searching for that little something extra to give them an edge. A common supplement used for this very purpose is Creatine. Creatine is a compound synthesised from the two amino acids (protein constituents) guanidine and arginine. It is thought to improve early stages of physical performance, power capacity, muscle growth and endurance capacity. Since significant research and promising evidence surrounds creatine, it is classified as an ergogenic (performance enhancing) aid. Its’ sporting applications are why companies get away with selling the supplemental powder form at $30 a tub. However, it also occurs naturally in the flesh of animals, and can therefore be obtained in the diet. This begs the question; why would anyone fork out for the supplement…
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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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The Facts About Fat

The Facts About Fat

Health
Try talking to any painfully body conscious teenage girl, or bodybuilding male about fat, and you might find they run away screaming. This is because fat is typically associated with big bellies and clogged arteries. But what if I told you the right types of fat can have entirely healthful purposes? In fact, a diet high in the right types of fat could improve longevity and significantly decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. A higher fat diet might be the solution to your health problems. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am by no means advising you to stock up on potato chips and streaky bacon because a blog on Ideal Nutrition informed you that fat will make you live longer. What I am suggesting, is to educate yourself…
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What is IBS, and how do we manage it?

What is IBS, and how do we manage it?

GI Disorders
It seems everywhere you go, someone new is trying out a gluten free diet, and complaining of feeling bloated, uncomfortable, or suffering from diarrhoea or constipation. Does this mean they have IBS? But wait. What is IBS, and how do we manage it? What is IBS? Approximately 20% of Australians suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, commonly known as IBS. IBS is a chronic condition, meaning long term management is required. Symptoms include stomach cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, wind, constipation and diarrhea. It is also common for there to be periods in your life where symptoms are worse, or are better. How do we manage it? IBS, for most people is triggered by consumption of high FODMAP foods, whilst stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and physical activity all play a role…
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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Health
All too often I hear people complain that eating healthy is too expensive and it is impossible to eat healthy on a budget. With celebrity chefs and social media celebrities endorsing expensive foods like Acai berries, coconut water and activated nuts it can be easy to think that healthy eating is all too costly. However, with a little planning and creativity you will realise this is not the case at all. It is possible to purchase food that is good for you and your wallet too if you consider a few helpful tips. Planning ahead Writing a shopping list is a great way to avoid spending too much money at the grocery store. Simply setting a small amount of time aside each week to write a list of products you…
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