Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Cancer Dietitian Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? The first year of being a dietitian, I hopped around from inpatient clinical, to hospital employee wellness, to a primary care office doing diabetes, cholesterol and weight management. Within a few months on the floors at the hospital, I knew that I did not want to make that my career. When offered a full time position, I turned it down even though I didn’t quite have something else lined up. Lucky for me, I had 2 outpatient options within a few weeks. I was in the primary care office for a year and then decided I was ready for a new challenge and moved over to help establish the hospital’s nutrition care program for the outpatient oncology…
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Nutrition for Endurance Athletes Q&A with Alicia Edge

Nutrition for Endurance Athletes Q&A with Alicia Edge

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What are common mistakes endurance athletes make with their nutrition, prior to see a sports dietitian? I wish it wasn’t the case that athletes only think to invest in a Sports Dietitian once something has gone wrong in a race, however I think that is pretty common in a lot of different aspects of sport. The best thing is that they are learning with their mistakes. Having an athlete have the perfect race after they come to see us has to be one of the highlights of our job for sure! I think out of all the mistakes I see, there are some commonalities – • Not practicing or planning race nutrition before the big day; • Listening to the well-meaning advice from training buddies or expo staff the day…
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Beauty Foods or Beauty Fad?

Beauty Foods or Beauty Fad?

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  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that with our ageing population and highly globalised society, at some point or another many of us may fall prey to beauty products that claim you can achieve “beauty from within”, longevity and reverse signs of ageing. Beauty foods are a lucrative niche within the beauty industry. According to various recent market reports, the global beauty foods market is expected to reach US $7.1 billion (AU $9.9 billion) by 2023. This extraordinary hype begs the question- do beauty foods really live up to their seductive claims? What are beauty foods? Beauty foods are also commonly known as beauty supplements, nutraceuticals or nutricosmetics. They are essentially orally-consumed nutritional supplements that purport medical or health benefits. Nutricosmetics are marketed as mixtures such as elixirs, capsules,…
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Hannah Baker Q&A

Hannah Baker Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? I started out in marketing in Perth—that was my original career—but I’ve always been interested in health and food. So, I decided to “bite the bullet” and moved to the Gold Coast to study dietetics as a mature-aged student. Six months after graduation, my fiancé got a job in Shanghai so we moved to China. As extremely challenging as the move was for my career, it was also amazing because (as far as I know) I am the only qualified sports dietitian in Shanghai so it has meant I have been offered some fantastic work opportunities. I have worked with the Shanghai soccer team, Olympic and provincial athletes, movie stars and brand ambassadors. I also lived in…
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Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? After I graduating I spent just over four years working in a hospital in the UK. During that time I got experience as a rotational dietitian in a number of different wards and clinics; I also worked as part of a community stroke rehab team; and more recently I worked as a Paediatric Specialist Dietitian (which I loved!). Since starting Dietetically Speaking in 2015 I have been doing some freelance work on the side like health writing and giving talks about evidence-based nutrition. Then at the start of this year I took the leap to become fully freelance, so that I could continue to work while traveling. Most of my current work involves writing articles about nutrition…
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Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Shane Jeffrey Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about your career? My career had an interesting start I guess in that I didn’t complete my placement at university. I’ll share a little bit about how I got into eating disorders. I had two clinical placements: the first placement I did really well and the second placement I didn’t do really well with. I like to think it was a bit of a personality clash more than my clinical work. At the time, I wasn’t typical eating disorder dietitian. I ended up having to do an extra couple of weeks work at the Gold Coast Hospital to try and demonstrate my competencies, and out of that I passed the course and then I was offered a locum job—and out of that I…
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Alicia Edge Q&A

Alicia Edge Q&A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? I graduated in 2008, so I’m on the ten-year anniversary this year and I’m not even sure how that happened! I came out and, like everyone else, I struggled to find work—particularly in Newcastle where I graduated, because when you graduate in Newcastle those jobs are pretty few and far between and everybody wants to stay locally. I knew that I probably wouldn’t be able to stay if I wanted work. I’m from Taree originally which is two hours north of Newcastle, so I was lucky enough to get a job in community health and from there I ended up in a job in Taree in private practice. I was in employment there full-time for about a…
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Andy The RD Q&A

Andy The RD Q&A

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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a kale loving Canadian dietitian and nutrition blogger from Toronto, the place where I’ve lived my whole life and also home of worldwide rap phenomenon Drake. My life revolves around nutrition! I tell people what to eat in person, I write about what to eat on my blog and social media, and if I’m not doing one of those two things I am probably thinking about what I’m going to eat myself. I also happen to love playing and watching soccer. 2) Hypothetical situation: An overweight 30-year-old male with no cooking skills (and no interest in cooking) who gets takeout every night, comes to see you with a goal of weight-loss. What are the first options that you…
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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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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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