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The low-down on the Low FODMAPs diet to improve gut symptoms

The low-down on the Low FODMAPs diet to improve gut symptoms

GI Disorders
Most people experiencing excessive gas, bloating, abdominal pain and altered bowel movements (diarrhoea and/or constipation) would have heard of the Low FODMAPS diet by now. Many GPs and health practitioners are regarding it to be one of the best investigative diets for identifying problematic foods. Research shows that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can significantly improve symptoms by managing the amount of FODMAPs in their diet. What are FODMAPS? FODMAPs is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. Essentially, FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars, starches and fibres), which can be poorly digested and absorbed in the small intestine, resulting in movement through to the large intestine. Here, they can be fermented / digested by the millions of bacteria that reside there, producing…
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Three Mind Hacks that will help you stick to your diet goals

Three Mind Hacks that will help you stick to your diet goals

Health
Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to stick to healthy eating despite having the motivation and knowledge? You may have read countless nutrition articles, stocked your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables and follow every food blog under the sun. Yet, for some reason, you can’t quite align your actions with your diet goals. Why is this and what can we do about it? This article explores the impact that willpower has on our ability to overcome temptation and outlines three simple, yet effective strategies we can use to increase our willpower. What is willpower and what causes it to fail? Willpower is the ability to delay gratification by exerting control over our behaviour. Anyone who has tried to stick to a diet will be familiar with the…
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What you need to know about going vegan

What you need to know about going vegan

Health
  There is a plethora of reasons why people might choose veganism – for the environment, for their health or just because it’s the latest trend. In any case, it is important to understand the pro’s and con’s of going vegan. So, if you are vegan, or have ever thought about going vegan, read on! What is Veganism? For those of you who don’t know, veganism is the complete avoidance of animal products such as dairy, eggs and meat. A less obvious example of an animal product is jelly beans, which are sometimes coloured with insect blood! While not all are strict enough to avoid traces of insect blood in their candy, all vegans do run the risk of serious malnutrition if diet is not properly managed. The Cons Cobalamin…
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Alexandria Redman Q & A

Alexandria Redman Q & A

Other
    Alex Redman, founder of the well-known blog, The Dietitians Pantry is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. We are excited to have the opportunity to gain insight into her expert opinion on all things nutrition. Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and about your current role as a dietitian? I’m not one of those people that always knew they wanted to be a dietitian. However, I knew that I wanted to do something in the ‘health’ field so after high school I enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science which allowed me to study a wide range of health subjects. By the end of the second year, I was loving all of the nutrition subjects I was doing and learning about how food can have…
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Thinking of going organic?

Thinking of going organic?

Health
  When we enter any shopping isle, we are confronted with many many different choices. One important decision to weigh up is whether to spend your hard earned cash on the organic range. The price difference between organic and conventional produce can be huge. For example, at Woolworths, Macro Organic Chicken Breast is $29.99 per kilo whereas the conventional range is less than half that at only $9 per kilo. Likewise, a dozen Elderbrook Farms Caged Eggs are $2.80 whereas Southern Highland Organic Eggs are almost triple that at $7.99 per dozen.   The organic options don’t stop there. Today you can purchase a range of organic produce from organic fruits, vegetables, bread, cereals…even makeup and body wash! How do you decide whether going organic is really worth the extra…
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Maree Ferguson Q & A

Maree Ferguson Q & A

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  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Sure. Where to begin? I graduated as a dietitian just over 20 years ago, which is hard to believe, and I guess I always wanted to be a dietitian when I was at high school. I did home-ec and had a great teacher and loved the science of nutrition. At that time, Rosemary Stanton was the only dietitian in the media, and she was on Burke’s Backyard. So everyone of that generation wanted to be like Rosemary. I did a science degree first and then did dietetics. It was an 18-month diploma at that point in time, and there was only QUT in Brisbane where you could do dietetics, not like the four courses that we’ve got now. Then I…
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Coconut Oil: Healthy or Hype?

Coconut Oil: Healthy or Hype?

Health
I recently walked into one of my favourite little boutiques on the Gold Coast, a destination notorious for it’s health-conscious, Lorna Jane-clad specimens, and came across a new product that, as a dietitian, made me roll my eyes… Coconut oil capsules. I must admit I picked the item up out of interest, as it was packaged in a trendy white shampoo container, with stylish typography slathered across the front (marketing that I’m sure a lot of people succumb to). “We all know the health benefits of coconut oil for healthy hair, skin and nails. Its good for the outside of your body as well as inside…” stated the label. Is it? Lets have a look at these claims and see if there’s any truth behind them… What is coconut oil…
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Matt O’Neill Q & A

Matt O’Neill Q & A

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  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry? I got into the nutrition industry triggered by a passion for metabolism and how the human body responds to both exercise and nutrition. Dual qualifications in exercise and nutrition gave me a unique perspective on weight management, and that’s been my passion for the last 25 years. I’ve also been training health professionals in weight management and more recently with my Metabolic Jumpstart program helping over 24,000 regular Australians lose weight, get into shape and manage their diet.   Is most of your work focused on regular Australians or is more of your time spent focusing on health professionals? On balance, it’s more health professionals and empowering them with the knowledge and know-how…
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Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics

GI Disorders, Health
  Did you know that we have 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut?! While that may leave you feeling a little squeamish, don’t fear! These little guys are on our side, they play important roles in many metabolic, nutritional, physiological and immunological processes which keep us healthy. This includes acting as a barrier to prevent “bad” bacteria from invading and causing illness, and producing nutrients that we can’t make ourselves (vitamin K, B12, folic acid, short chain fatty acids). There is continual evidence which suggests incorporating prebiotics and probiotics into our diet is beneficial for keeping a healthy balance of “good” gut bacteria. So what are probiotics and prebiotics?   Probiotics Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) found in certain foods, which when consumed in adequate amounts are…
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Considerations for the Management and Treatment of IBS

Considerations for the Management and Treatment of IBS

GI Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the nerves and muscles of the bowel. It’s the least understood, but most common gastrointestinal disorder - affecting one in five Australians. IBS isn’t a disease itself, but a label given to symptoms that are not related to other conditions like coeliac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc. Therefore it’s very important to speak with your GP about your symptoms as soon as possible to rule out more serious gut conditions. Symptoms can vary in severity and come and go, lasting for hours, days, weeks or months. For most people, it’s a chronic condition, while for others it can improve and even disappear completely. Some of the most common IBS symptoms include: • Abdominal pain or cramping – often relieved by passing…
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