Joel Feren Q & A

Joel Feren Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been a dietitian for four years. My background is in the biomedical sciences; I studied Behavioural Neuroscience and I completed my Honours in exercise physiology. For a while I thought I might pursue a career in sport science. But it was a chance meeting with Karen Inge in 2008 that swayed me to become a dietitian. And I haven’t looked back since. You’ve got the whole #getyourmaninthekitchen thing, can you tell us a little bit about that? The campaign is about encouraging men to get back in the kitchen and have a crack at making their favourite meals. I believe that all foods can form part of a healthy diet. With that said, I also believe that any type of…
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Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Rachel Ben-David Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When I finished high school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was thinking about pursuing an arts degree when I stumbled across a seminar on nutrition at one of the university open days. Four and a bit years later (2016) I completed the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at Monash University, excited and ready to start my career as a dietitian. Like many new graduate and young dietitians, I really struggled with the job search. It felt like I was constantly writing and submitting applications and attending interviews – but with no luck. Throughout my degree, I thought I had developed a great resume that would be attractive to employers – I had volunteered for several…
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Chloe McLeod Q & A

Chloe McLeod Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve lived in Sydney for the last five years, but I grew up in South Australia in the country. When I finished university, I decided that I would not stay in Adelaide, which is where I studied, and I got a job in Northeast Victoria working in the local health service there. I stayed there for a couple of years; I’d planned on a year, but I really liked the job and the people, so I stayed longer. And then I moved down to Melbourne for about a year before moving up to Sydney. I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition and how food impacts on the body, and I’ve got food intolerances myself to some degree, which is…
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Tim Crowe Q & A

Tim Crowe Q & A

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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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Alexandria Redman Q & A

Alexandria Redman Q & A

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    Alex Redman, founder of the well-known blog, The Dietitians Pantry is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. We are excited to have the opportunity to gain insight into her expert opinion on all things nutrition. Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and about your current role as a dietitian? I’m not one of those people that always knew they wanted to be a dietitian. However, I knew that I wanted to do something in the ‘health’ field so after high school I enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science which allowed me to study a wide range of health subjects. By the end of the second year, I was loving all of the nutrition subjects I was doing and learning about how food can have…
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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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