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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 to…
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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

Other
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 post on Ideal Nutrition informed you that fat will make you live longer. What I am suggesting, is to educate…
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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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#nuts30days30ways

#nuts30days30ways

Health
March is #nuts30days30ways when the Australian Tree Nut Industry encourages everyone to develop a healthy nut habit by eating a 30g handful of nuts every day in March. Australians are eating on average just 6g of nuts a day well short of the recommended 30g serve. Tree nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts, are often the forgotten cousins in the heart healthy diet family tree. Fruits, vegetables and wholegrains are routinely recommended but nuts are so often overlooked. Why is that? These highly nutritious foods are so worthy of the health halo that surrounds fruits and vegetables. Let’s take a look at how nuts help protect the heart and yes, surprisingly, help with managing weight. Heart Health Large population studies…
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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Health
Nothing beats winding down from a long work day with a few cold ones. Or enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Or two. Or three. For most of us, alcohol is a relaxing and fun habit. For many, however, alcohol is an out of control problem which is unhealthier than you may realise. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks per day to reduce the risk of alcohol related disease and injury. For some, meeting these guidelines is a struggle as they fight the temptation to order ‘just one more round’. Considerable over-indulging on a regular basis leads to a variety of health issues including malnutrition and liver failure. Drunken hazy nights suddenly don’t seem so fun. I know vodka is made from potato, and…
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The Price We Pay for Supplements

The Price We Pay for Supplements

Health
Vitamin and mineral supplements are marketed as an investment in your health, but, dig a little deeper and you might find they are actually a waste of your hard earned money. Companies such as Blackmore’s, Nature’s Way, Centrum and Swisse use celebrity endorsements to make millions each year selling vitamin and mineral supplements that claim to improve everything from hair, skin and nails to memory and focus. However, rarely do you see a dietitian’s tick of approval on these products. Turns out, there is a good reason for this. Research shows, that unless an individual is deficient in a particular nutrient, supplementation is unnecessary and, in some cases, can be harmful to health. Nutrient deficiency can come about in a variety of ways. For example, in the case of restrictive…
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An Inconvenient Truth Hard to Swallow

An Inconvenient Truth Hard to Swallow

Health
There is no doubt our food environment has a huge influence on our health and wellbeing. While the issue of overconsuming our favourite junk or discretionary foods and beverages (like sugary drinks, deep-fried fatty foods and pastries) has literally become a taxing debate in the public health world, fixing the food environment around us is not something we as everyday consumers often give much food for thought. In an ideal world, we would all be frequently enjoying an abundance of fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce, and less highly-processed foods which we know has lost most of its nutritional integrity – in a nutshell we’d be following what is sensibly suggested in The Australian Dietary Guidelines. However, we as a nation are unfortunately not even close to making this a reality.…
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