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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Stefanie Valakas Q & A

Stefanie Valakas Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I’m a Sydney-based new graduate dietitian. I finished from the University of Sydney at the end of last year and I’ve recently started in private practice in a multidisciplinary health clinic. Throughout my master’s, I started a student dietitian blog called Dietitian to Be, however I recently relaunched - for obvious reasons - as The Dietologist and I’m interested in private practice, media (you can follow me @the_dietologist) and consulting opportunities. You have an interest in paediatrics and feeding behaviours stemming back to that Masters. What caused that interest? I think it was very early on when I decided to go into dietetics, which was in late high school. For some reason, I always had my heart…
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Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewing Tyson Tripcony and asked him the question “what would you like your legacy to be when you finish your career as a dietitian?” It’s a big question. He is 10x (if not more) ambitious than me, so I thought it would get an interesting answer. At the end of the interview, he threw a curveball and asked me the same question. I had never really thought about it. I’m not ambitious enough to want to be the best practitioner in any field within dietetics, or even have a reputation for being near the peak. It took a while, but I realised that what I want to do is contribute to providing evidence that significant weight-loss is achievable (and maintainable) for a far greater…
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Tyson Tripcony Q & A

Tyson Tripcony Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I graduated in 2011, seven years ago now, and started working in a community health position. I moved across the country for that and then came back and worked 9 different casual dietitian jobs, then landed a more permanent position in private practice working for someone else. It wasn’t really working out and I felt like I could do something a little bit different—something possibly better. I started a small business called Correct Nutrition and after working for a bit, I had the opportunity to purchase some small clinics. I then bought another large practice a few years later, Sunshine Coast Dietetics. After that, I started up Fuel Your Life in October 2016 and it’s just gone…
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Joyce Haddad Q & A

Joyce Haddad Q & A

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1) Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I am an accredited practicing dietitian, accredited nutritionist and personal trainer. I am currently a PhD candidate with the CSIRO and Flinders uni looking into improving the diet quality of households (parents and children). I run my own business where I do private consulting, community and public health work and I teach fitness classes. 2) What are some of your favourite healthy snack ideas to recommend to clients? I am a sucker for peanut butter! Anything with that nutty goodness tastes delicious. So for those that enjoy peanut or nut butters, I usually recommend a date with ½ a teaspoon of peanut butter, or healthy seedy crackers with peanut butter and sliced banana. Otherwise, the good…
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It is difficult to overeat lean meat

It is difficult to overeat lean meat

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  A lot of people discourage having large quantities of meat (which also has some merit for different reasons) - but I have found increasing somebody’s intake of lean meats can be quite effective if they are looking to lose weight. Firstly, most of the people I see are averaging <1g protein per kg of body weight when I first see them. The evidence shows that ~1.75g/kg is optimal for maintaining as much muscle as possible during a general fat loss phase. Obviously, I have to factor in the leanness of the individual when estimating how much protein is needed e.g. somebody who has a high body fat percentage will need slightly less protein due to having less muscle, but it is still likely that >1g of protein is optimal.…
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Ellie Bullen Q & A

Ellie Bullen Q & A

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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Ellie, I am a 24-year-old nutritionist and dietitian from Australia. I run an Instagram and blog called Elsa’s Wholesome Life where I share my healthy lifestyle, recipes and travels. 2) I saw that your philosophy is “Eat More Plants” – can you elaborate on that and why it is your philosophy? Well, during university one of the key nutrition problems that was highlighted was that only 5% of Australians eat the recommended number of vegetable servings. My philosophy to ‘Eat More Plants’ is basically just encouraging people at the simplest level to eat more plant based foods. It is good for your health and the environment. 3) What are some of your top nutrition tips for somebody…
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Rebecca Gawthorne Q & A

Rebecca Gawthorne Q & A

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  1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Bec. I live in Cronulla Beach in Sydney. I have the most amazing husband Laurent & I love being outdoors in the sunshine eating mangoes. I’m also a Dietitian & Nutritionist and own the Instagram @nourish_naturally.   2) What do you see as some of the opportunities and challenges for dietitians in the future? The online world, especially social media! Take Instagram for example. There are over 95 million photos uploaded to IG every day & over 40 billion posts made to date. That’s one engaged platform & a great deal of this engagement centres around food & health. Dietitians are the authority on food & nutrition and thus we need to have a presence on…
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Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

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For all the nutrition gurus or nutrition enthusiasts out there is a Twitter account going to benefit you? Managing multiple social media accounts can be tricky and sometimes time consuming, so is it worth setting up another platform? In my opinion, the answer is yes. Without question Twitter has to be one of the best resources for staying in the loop on trending nutrition and science topics. It is also a great tool for nutrition professionals to network and support each other. While I have been wanting to encourage my peers to get on Twitter for a while now, I recognise that starting out it can be difficult. The initial task of finding people tweeting about topics and issues you are interested in can take some time. So to make…
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Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

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The field of nutrition and dietetics is thriving in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statics, jobs in the field of dietetics are expected to increase by 14% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average rate of other careers in the US. Entering into the field of dietetics right now is a great choice for students who are passionate about health and nutrition. With rates of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle related illnesses on the rise, as well as an aging population, nutrition professional are needed more than ever. What is the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States and what do career prospects look like? University Level Accredited Coursework Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) requires an undergraduate degree and completion of…
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