The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet

The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet

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The low FODMAP diet, created in Melbourne Australia, is one of the best, evidence-based ways to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, it is also a very restrictive diet that limits a whole host of healthy foods that would otherwise nurture and improve our gut health. If you are on this diet for a long period of time to investigate your IBS triggers, it is a good idea to take extra steps to ensure that your gut microbiome is nurtured and not neglected.  What Is The Low FODMAP Diet? FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are not well digested by the body. Instead of being broken down completely, they ferment in the gut.  Which is actually part of the reason they are beneficial for gut health.  But for people suffering from…
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How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

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The path to becoming a practising dietitian in Australia requires first and foremost, a tertiary qualification. Throughout Australia, there are a variety of undergraduate and masters level programmes which when complete satisfy the entry-level requirements for the profession. To maintain the educational standard of dietitians in Australia, each program must satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Australia governing body. A list of currently universities and their accredited dietetic programs in each state can be found here: Accredited Dietetics Education Programs. Accredited Practising Dietitian After obtaining a tertiary qualification in dietetics, you typically also need to maintain a registration with the national governing body: Dietitians Australia (DA). The majority of employers in Australia require proof not only of your education (graduate certificate), but also professional registration and up-to-date skills which…
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What is RED-S and What Should You Do About It

What is RED-S and What Should You Do About It

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What is RED-S Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, "RED-S" or simply "RED-S" is a clinically defined syndrome referring to the impairment of physiological function caused by a deficit in a person's energy intake relative to the energy required to maintain optimal health, homeostasis, growth, the activities of daily living, and sport.  Being in this state of relative deficit is often also referred to as being in a state of low energy availability (LEA). In this state, there is a lower amount of energy than required for the body's normal physiological functions. This can have a variety of health consequences including:  Altered metabolic functionMenstrual disturbances and amenorrhea (loss of period)Amenorrheic athletes have 2 to 4 times greater risk for a stress fractureImpaired bone health (increased osteoporosis risk) Reductions in immune system functionReduced protein synthesis (ie for…
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Does Rice Cause Bloating?

Does Rice Cause Bloating?

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The potential causes of bloating can vary drastically from person to person. It can often take trial and error to identify what the causes are. Over the years of working one on one with clients, I have had quite a few self-identify that rice causes them to bloat. In this article, I will discuss common causes of bloating and why rice often is not the cause. It can be difficult to identify the cause, but rice is actually one of THE least common causes of bloating and other IBS symptoms, which is also part of why The Vertical Diet uses rice as the main carbohydrate source. FODMAPs The gold standard when it comes to treating bloating is The Low FODMAP Diet. This is because high FODMAP foods are frequent causes…
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20 Nutrition Accounts to Follow on Instagram

20 Nutrition Accounts to Follow on Instagram

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As somebody who was naturally not well suited to creating good Instagram content, but saw value in it, I've spent quite a lot of time looking at other nutrition accounts and trying to learn from what they do well. One of the benefits of this is that my feed has been largely dominated by nutrition accounts for multiple years, which I feel puts me in a decent position to create a list of people that I think would be worth following. I've included 20 accounts in this list, but obviously, there are a lot of other accounts out there that could deserve to be on this list. At a minimum though, I think most people could get a lot of value out of following some of these accounts. The list…
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Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian – Australia

Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian – Australia

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Outside of people within the profession, it is confusing what the differences are between nutritionists, dietitians, and sports dietitians. Halfway through my university degree that was focused on providing the qualification of becoming an accredited practising dietitian, we got asked what the difference was from one of our lecturers. Nobody in the room had a good answer. That is pretty crazy when you think about it. And regarding becoming a sports dietitian, I did not know the full requirements until near graduation, or maybe even slightly after. If I did not know these aspects while being immersed in the community to a certain degree, I can imagine that a lot of people are unaware of the specific differences. As somebody who has undertaken the full journey to become an accredited…
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Savina Rego Interview

Savina Rego Interview

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I graduated from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia in 2013. I have been working full time as a Dietitian since graduation, working across multiple areas – hospitals, community and aged care. I now work for a not-for-profit organisation, that focuses predominately around chronic disease management. My clinical areas of expertise include Diabetes Management (type 1 and 2), Pre-diabetes, fatty liver disease and aged care; which includes a range of dietetic specific areas e.g. pressure injury management, nasogastric feeds, malnutrition, chronic kidney disease, stoma management and texture modified diets. I am also interested in the area of bariatric surgery and IBS management – specifically, the low FODMAP diet, having IBS myself. I am now working towards becoming a Credentialed Diabetes Educator.…
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Rachel Hawkins Q&A

Rachel Hawkins Q&A

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am a Brisbane-based Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Nutritionist and founder of The Naked Truth Australia - a nutrition consulting and communications business devoted to ‘baring’ the truth on all thing’s food and nutrition. I founded my business after recognising the need for a trustworthy source of food and nutrition information in the health and wellness industry. My business is quite diverse, so I find myself working in a number of different roles. I see clients privately for one-on-one dietetic consultations online via Skype, I am involved in a number of projects where I act as a nutrition consultant, and I also engage in various opportunities through my Instagram account @rachelhawkinsdietitian such as recipe development, writing educational blog posts and brand…
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7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

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These days there is so much nutrition advice being put out there. Some o fit is helpful and some of it is not so helpful. Among this, there is helpful and practical nutrition information that people are missing out on. In response, we asked a group of dietitians for their top underrated nutrition tip. Tim Crowe from Thinking Nutrition There is no need to try and keep up with the latest 'superfood' trends - just let colour be your guide for choosing what fruits and vegetables you eat. The more colours on your plate, the greater the diversity of beneficial natural plant compounds you'll be eating. Those colours come from a range of pigments that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Erin Colebatch from Calvary Healthcare I think…
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Claudia Cramer Q&A

Claudia Cramer Q&A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up in a small, country town in Queensland with my family. I had a love for sports, food and music. At the end of my high school years, I was working crazy hours (~60+/week) in hospitality), drinking on the weekends and not fuelling my body with the right things (think takeaways and nutrient-poor, energy-dense foods). When I made the link between what I was putting into my body (food) and my mental health (anxiety, moody, irritable) that I began my love for researching how certain foods made me feel. This began my love for pursuing health as a career. From then, I was accepted into the University of Queensland to study an Undergraduate Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science.…
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