Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

Maeve Hanan (Dietetically Speaking) Q&A

Other
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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Functional Foods

Functional Foods

Health
Functional foods are a new trend emerging in response to the public’s increasing health consciousness. The food industry continues to create products with ‘added health benefits’ and it seems as if there is a new product on the shelf every week. It can be difficult keep up. Let’s explore functional foods and if you should consider adding them to your diet. What is a Functional Food? What is a functional food? Now that, is a good question. There is no singular, universal definition for functional foods. However, the general idea, is a food with an added health function, that is superior to a ‘general’ food. This definition is vague; hence it is easier to understand functional foods in the context of examples. Functional foods can be naturally high in a…
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Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Lyle McDonald Q&A on Nutrition and Training for Female Athletes

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I got interested in this field and industry back in high school in the 80's. I had grown up a relatively inactive video gaming kind of kid but started cycling, swimming and doing martial arts and it sort of just grabbed me. That led me to UCLA to get a degree in physiology/kinesiology and it was there I became most interested in the science of training, diet, supplementation, etc. Essentially I was trying to get make myself a better athlete and was lucky to turn it into a career. I got on the Internet when it was basically starting in 1993 and have been around ever since. I've published 13 or 14 books on varying topics in that time. What are…
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Things Your Grandmother Would Say About Nutrition That Are Actually Right

Things Your Grandmother Would Say About Nutrition That Are Actually Right

Health
I was inspired to write about this topic because I love grandparents. I love my grandparents - I am lucky to be surrounded by 5 grandparents, 4 who are nearing 90 and one who is 90! Good genes or good nutrition? Aren’t grandmothers (and grandfathers!!) full of wisdom?! I often find myself reflecting on how I don’t have many opportunities to soak up their wisdom with how busy life is and living interstate. I enjoyed interviewing my grandmothers and hearing additional stories from grandmothers about their thoughts on food, eating and nutrition growing up. I even learnt a few things along the way. Interestingly, the wisdom shared by these grandmothers form some of the foundational pieces of my nutrition philosophy from which I live and help my clients by. What…
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How to Travel on a Diet

How to Travel on a Diet

Health
Everyone loves travel. Not everyone loves the weight gain that can accompany. If you want to avoid coming home with an unplanned 5kg souvenir, read on! Local Foods For me, one of the most exciting parts of travel is eating out every day. I love to sample local foods and trying a variety of foods is part of immersing yourself in the culture. Often, local foods are unfamiliar to us (which is part of the fun). Less fun, is having no idea exactly what you are eating, or its approximate energy and nutritional content. The best way to combat the unknown, is to get educated! Do your research. Quickly googling ‘local foods of…’ can be invaluable in gaining an understanding for what you are up against. You can therefore pick…
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Stressed Out!

Stressed Out!

Health
I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out lately. I’ve come off the back of a 3-month summer break (complete with relaxing beach holiday) and now I’m back into the daily grind of university, work and exercise. If you’re human, you’ve probably felt stress before. In fact, you might be feeling stressed right now. When am I going to get the groceries done? How am I ever going to meet that deadline? When will I get a chance to see Black Panther?! No matter how trivial the source of your stress is, it has serious effects on the body. In fact, stress related illnesses are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. What are they? How do we deal with them? And who is most at risk?…
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Nutrition in the Digital Age

Nutrition in the Digital Age

Health
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

Health
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

Health
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

Health
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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