Nutrition in the Digital Age

Nutrition in the Digital Age

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Social media, arguably one of the most expansive and dominant media forms in recent times, has quickly grown to become a powerhouse of connections and information. From what started as a seemingly innocent way to connect and share our lives with friends and family, social media has transformed into an almost incomprehensibly-sized platform for practically anything you can imagine - ranging from budding a relationship to fostering a new business. Social media, whilst a great place to connect with loved ones, has brought along the opportunity for anybody and everybody to voice their opinions on almost every matter – including nutrition. When becoming a nutritionist only requires an internet connection With a simple web search, a world of information is readily available to be read, interpreted and used - but…
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Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition

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Pregnancy is experienced in many different ways. Some women talk about the magic of it all with dreamy eyes and glowing skin, while others roll around uncomfortably making silent wishes that this baby would just get out already. No matter how you experience pregnancy, it really is a miracle. A little human is growing inside of you, which will one day emerge and go on to live its own life (maybe create its own offspring one day). How do we give our child the best start? What can we do to ensure that our child lives a long and happy life? More and more research is suggesting that the very earliest of life stages are of upmost importance for future wellbeing. In utero nutrition is often underestimated by doctors and…
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New Year, New Nutrition

New Year, New Nutrition

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Every year millions around the world take a New Year’s vow to eat healthier and exercise more. As the fireworks set off at midnight, and 2017 turned into 2018, did you make a similar resolution? Here’s some tips for meeting your New Year’s resolutions and having a happy and healthy 2018. 1. Setting Your Goals The resolution ‘eat healthier’ is far too vague. Often, it is not the difficultly of the resolution that causes its failure, but instead, its quality. If you want to get serious about your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve got to smarten up! SMART goals are specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely. Be Specific In order to make your goals specific, include detail. Convert ‘eat healthier’ to ‘eat less fast food, cook more at home and buy…
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A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

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It’s that time of the year again. The stockings are hung, the tinsel is on the tree and Dad has spent 3 hours getting the Christmas lights to look just right. I’ll admit one of my absolute favourite things about the festive season is the food, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The trifle, the ham, the gingerbread, the cocktails, the rumballs. I put on a couple of kilos just thinking about it! Swap It Don’t Stop It No, I didn’t come up with the ‘swap it don’t stop it’ slogan all by myself. I’ve borrowed it from a Government campaign that encourages small healthy changes in daily life. The idea is that these small changes will add up to big health improvements. For example, swapping the morning…
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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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Health in Flames

Health in Flames

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There are two types of inflammation; acute and systemic. Acute inflammation is what you experience with a headache, wound or back pain. Popping an anti-inflammatory will help you out with this. Systemic inflammation on the other hand, is going to need a hell of a lot more than a few Neurofen to rectify. What Is Systemic Inflammation? Systemic inflammation is described as elevated circulating cytokines, which are molecules secreted by cells that have a biological function. These nasty little molecules wreak havoc on the body by promoting oxidative stress, reducing insulin sensitivity and other negative functions. Systemic inflammation is a silent killer that parallels obesity and is a common denominator of its co-morbidities, of which include hypertension, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. The Long Run You may…
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14 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

14 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

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Many people are confused by nutrition. This confusion relates to the sheer volume of information available to us at any one time. It’s hard to know who to trust. Anyone can publish information about nutrition and many people do with and without adequate training in nutrition. To help to clear up some misinformation, here are the top facts that most people don’t know about nutrition: 1. Nutrition is a science. You’ve eaten all your life so you have come to know what foods you enjoy and what makes you feel good. This is great! Unfortunately, many people take this as being an expert on nutrition. Just because something worked for you, it does not mean that it will work for everyone else in the world. 2. Variety of food increases…
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What’s the hype about superfoods?

What’s the hype about superfoods?

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When you hear the term ‘superfood’ the infamous açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) probably springs to mind. The açaí berry has been around for thousands of years known for its ‘tremendous health properties’ – ie containing amino acids, fibre, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and natural antioxidant properties (responsible for protecting against free radicals – which contribute to ageing and the development of some diseases). In recent years the açaí berry has been pulped, frozen and introduced into the Western diet in the form of smoothie bowls called “açaí bowls”. Açaí bowls have proved to be extremely popular and have been marketed as a ‘superfood’. But what exactly is a superfood? Although there is no set criteria or definition, a food is considered a ‘superfood’ if it contains a higher concentration of…
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Eat Food: It’s Really That Simple

Eat Food: It’s Really That Simple

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Nutritionism is a term used to describe the reductionist approach to nutrition. Nutritionism is when we forget we are eating food. How on earth could we be forgetting we are eating food?! As bizarre as it seems, nutritionism is very much so prevalent in the western culture and could be the root of a lot public health issues. Nutritionism defines food as the sum of its nutrients. When you eat an apple, you aren’t eating an apple. You are eating fibre, vitamin A, phytonutrients and fructose. This obsession with defining food solely by their nutrient content is the essence of nutritionism. It is the removal of the context in which nutrients are consumed and can lead to a rather unhealthy and entirely distorted relationship with food. Where Did It All…
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Melanie McGrice Q & A

Melanie McGrice Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I have been a dietitian for around 15 years now and my passion is fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. It’s what we call ‘early life nutrition’ and I’m particularly passionate about that because I have come to learn that what a woman eats in the lead up to pregnancy, during pregnancy and then what we feed our babies during the first couple of years of life—that period of time is often called the first 1,000 days—and that has a humungous impact upon the genetics of our babies, which goes on to impact their future health. The research is currently suggesting that the next generation are actually going to have shorter lifespans than we will because of the…
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