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 on Burke's Backyard and was the only dietitian in the media. 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 did placement…
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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 to give…
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Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

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  This is a point that strikes a note with me personally. Dietitians and nutritionists dedicate their lives to becoming experts in nutrition; often in one specific field of nutrition. Yet for some reason, celebrities are the go-to source for diets involving weight-loss, muscle gain or any other result. Every time you walk past a magazine aisle you see a title like “How I lost 10kg” with a picture of a famous celebrity. For some strange reason, people seem to intensely study the miraculous secret that these individuals appear to have discovered. Then they go and tell their friends about this celebrity’s diet and it spreads like wildfire. The reason this issue gets to me, is because it is completely based on anecdotal evidence with a sample size of n=1.…
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2 Tips to Banish Acne with Your Diet

2 Tips to Banish Acne with Your Diet

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  Anyone who has acne can appreciate how difficult it can be to get rid of. Many people, like myself have tried a variety of ointments and skin cleansers with minimal improvements. One largely overlooked strategy to help clear up acne is to focus on diet. To understand the effect of diet on acne, it is important to understand what acne is. Acne is a skin condition, characterised by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands (the small glands in the skin which secrete oil into the hair follicles) which causes the glands to become clogged with dead skin and excess oil. The severity of Acne differs between each individual, most commonly appearing as pimples, black heads and white heads on the face, neck and back. Follow the following three steps…
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The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

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Have you thought about doing Honours? Whether you are a nutrition student or a dietitian, the option to do Honours in Nutrition is available to anyone who has done undergraduate or post-graduate studies in this field. I completed my Honours year in 2016 at La Trobe University and I ended the year with First Class Honours. My thesis was titled, ‘The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Visceral Fat in Australian Patients Post-Cardiac Event’, we aimed to explore whether the Mediterranean diet could reduce visceral fat at 3-months and whether this effect was sustained or larger at 6 months in a non-Mediterranean population group. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the AusMed research team, which is led by Professor. Catherine Itsiopoulos, A/Prof Audrey Tierney, A/Prof Mike Kingsley…
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