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The Sugar Tax

The Sugar Tax

Health
What is it? The idea of the sugar tax has been thrown around a lot over the past few years. It is a tax only applying to sugar sweetened beverages. Australia is proposing 20%, which would apply to all the classic sugar laden soft drink giants. For example, Coke, Sprite and Fanta. It would also apply to a few of the less obvious culprits such as mineral waters, energy drinks and flavoured milks. The tax aims to reduce the consumption of these drinks through an increase in their price, making them less desirable to the consumer. Hence, having positive effect on the health of our society, decreasing the prevalence of overweight, obesity, diabetes, dental caries and other chronic diseases. Many people think the sugar tax is a good idea. Many…
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The 6 Best Foods for Your Thyroid

The 6 Best Foods for Your Thyroid

Health
The thyroid gland, a small yet powerful butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is responsible for producing a range of hormones that help maintain many of the body’s processes such as metabolic processes, heart rate, weight, body temperature and blood pressure. This small gland plays an extremely crucial role in the endocrine system, and works with the nervous and immune system to ultimately regulate metabolism. When a gland involved in so many important bodily processes starts to deplete in function, it can really take a toll on your health in a number of unpleasant ways. An underactive or overactive thyroid gland (termed hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectively) produce opposite symptoms. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold, hair loss, dry skin and constipation. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism often mirror those…
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Lana Hirth Q&A

Lana Hirth Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Lana Hirth. I’m a dietitian and nutritionist from Campbelltown (South West Sydney). I’ve lived in the South West all my life and there are some unique challenges living in this low-socioeconomic status (SES) area when it comes to nutrition. I work in a private practice clinic in the Campbelltown area and most people I see are referred from by their doctors under Medicare plans. What are some of the nutritional challenges faced by people living in low SES communities? There are many. High number of fast food outlets, long work hours, substance abuse and lower education levels are all factors that influence nutrition. One is summed up well by the ‘Red Rooster Line’ – the significant difference in…
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The Lowdown on Ketogenic Diets

The Lowdown on Ketogenic Diets

Health
Ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular. As a weight loss tool, as a performance enhancer and for other health benefits. No matter the reason behind your consideration of the ketogenic diet, it is important to understand the relevant evidence. What is the Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet is traditionally high fat low carbohydrate. However, there is some debate over the exact definition of ‘low’ and ‘high’. A popular figure is 80% of calories coming from fat. In reality, this is extremely hard to achieve. In order to consume 80% of calories coming from fat, your diet must consist of mainly egg yolks, nuts, dairy, meat and oil. You can throw in a select few vegetables if you feel like shaking things up! Here are some examples of keto-friendly recipes: -…
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Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? Well I always knew I wanted to be a dietitian. I did work experience in year 10 with a community dietitian and from then on that was always going to be the path I was going to take. I started doing Health Science (public health) at uni as a means to transfer into the 4-year bachelor which was relatively at the time… I then moved to Wollongong to do my dietetics, then went back to Melbourne and completed my health science degree so after 7 long years, I got both bachelors! I always thought I would go into community work or public health however my first job was servicing nursing homes across Victoria as well as consulting…
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Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I got interested in this field and industry back in high school in the 80's. I had grown up a relatively inactive video gaming kind of kid but started cycling, swimming and doing martial arts and it sort of just grabbed me. That led me to UCLA to get a degree in physiology/kinesiology and it was there I became most interested in the science of training, diet, supplementation, etc. Essentially I was trying to get make myself a better athlete and was lucky to turn it into a career. I got on the Internet when it was basically starting in 1993 and have been around ever since. I've published 13 or 14 books on varying topics in that time. What are…
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Do Plant-Based Eaters Live Longer?

Do Plant-Based Eaters Live Longer?

Health
What is a plant-based diet? Do those who follow a plant-based diet really live longer? For most people, a plant-based can be defined as a diet which consists of all minimally processed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, herbs, and spices, with few or no animal products, including red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. It’s sounds like a healthy diet for most people, but because of it’s very ambiguous nature, examining the research and comparing studies for and against plant-based diets for longevity is quite the challenge. Unfortunately, the term ‘plant-based’ is thrown around rather loosely and can imply a variety of eating habits. For some, it’s another way to say they’re vegan. For others, it simply means they eat a lot of plant food but…
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How to Encourage Your Children to be Healthy

How to Encourage Your Children to be Healthy

Health
Are your kids as healthy as they could be? The early years of a child’s life are an important period in establishing positive attitudes and behaviours towards health. To give you an idea about the latest findings, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports interesting insights, including: • 2.5% of children aged 5-14 and 3.3% of people aged 15-24 eat enough fruit and vegetables. • 26% of children aged 5-14 and 22% of young people aged 15-24 are overweight or obese. Encouraging your children to pursue an active lifestyle The above statistics and insights are certainly concerning. That’s why it’s important to encourage your kids to lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are three ways to do just this. 1. Playing sports The benefits of playing sport are well documented.…
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Ketone Bodies as an Ergogenic Aid

Ketone Bodies as an Ergogenic Aid

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You’ve probably already heard of BCAA’s, glutamine, creatine, B-alanine, carnitine and nitric oxide. The world of sports supplements is diverse, controversial and at times, confusing. Now, introducing the newest, latest and greatest supplement to hit the market- Ketones. The Ketogenic Diet If you’re interested in nutrition (you probably are since you’re reading this article), you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic diet. You may have even tried it yourself. The ketogenic diet and ketone bodies are intimately related (if you couldn’t already guess that from the name). The purpose of the ketogenic diet is to starve the body of carbohydrate, increasing its reliance on fat and ketone bodies as a primary fuel. There is some evidence to suggest that ketosis (the state of using ketones as a primary fuel) is beneficial…
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Things Your Grandmother Would Say About Nutrition That Are Actually Right

Things Your Grandmother Would Say About Nutrition That Are Actually Right

Health
I was inspired to write about this topic because I love grandparents. I love my grandparents - I am lucky to be surrounded by 5 grandparents, 4 who are nearing 90 and one who is 90! Good genes or good nutrition? Aren’t grandmothers (and grandfathers!!) full of wisdom?! I often find myself reflecting on how I don’t have many opportunities to soak up their wisdom with how busy life is and living interstate. I enjoyed interviewing my grandmothers and hearing additional stories from grandmothers about their thoughts on food, eating and nutrition growing up. I even learnt a few things along the way. Interestingly, the wisdom shared by these grandmothers form some of the foundational pieces of my nutrition philosophy from which I live and help my clients by. What…
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