New Location: Valhalla Strength Brisbane

New Location: Valhalla Strength Brisbane

News
I'm excited to announce that as of this week, Ideal Nutrition is now servicing out of Valhalla Strength Brisbane (4/90 Northlink Place Virginia). Over the last twelve months, I have predominantly been servicing clients online via Zoom. This has been great since it has made it easy for me to see clients all across Australia, while also offering an efficient option for those who are Brisbane based as well. But for a long time I have wanted to add an in-person location since I know quite a few people would much prefer to see myself or other dietitians in person rather than online. I will still be offering these online services of course though! From my perspective, Valhalla Strength is the perfect location due to my interest in powerlifting and…
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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 in 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

Other
Outside of people within the profession, it is confusing what the differences are between nutritionists, dietitians, and sports dietitians. I recall that even 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 and nobody in the room had a good answer. 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 sports dietitian, I will…
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The Vertical Diet: A Dietitians Review

The Vertical Diet: A Dietitians Review

Body Composition, Sports
Outside of the niche community of serious strength athletes, The Vertical Diet is pretty unknown. But due to quite a few elite-level athletes following the diet (including Hafthor "The Mountain" Bjornsson), there is a large reputation behind it. Another massive influence on this is that the founder Stan Efferding is very charismatic (and jacked) and creates compelling arguments as to why a lot of the aspects of this diet are beneficial for health and performance. As a dietitian who specialises in working with strength athletes, with a focus on powerlifting specifically, I get quite a few questions about The Vertical Diet. Due to that, I thought I would go through some of the pros and cons. What is The Vertical Diet? The Vertical Diet is a diet that is based…
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Savina Rego Interview

Savina Rego Interview

Other
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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3 Ways Dieting Could Be Slowing Your Metabolism

3 Ways Dieting Could Be Slowing Your Metabolism

Health
Having trouble losing weight?Unless you are a lucky minority, most people who have attempted weight-loss have faced the horrid weight-loss plateau. This refers to a stop in weight-loss for an extended length of time despite no change in observed behaviour (e.g. diet and physical activity). Anyone who has gone through this will understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be. Your personal trainer thinks you’re lying, your friends think that you have messed up your metabolism and you feel frustrated that the scale is not changing.Lucky science is able to provide some explanations that hopefully can help us make smarter decisions to handle this. This blog will investigate the big culprits for weight-loss plateaus. You Are Unknowingly Eating More Than What You Think Before getting into the tips, it's worth…
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Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian: Part 2

Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian: Part 2

Health
A year and a half ago I wrote an article called “Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian.” It’s not the most-read post on this blog, but it is something that I’m proud of since I consider myself to be a poor writer and I believe that it is was one of the only long-form piece of writing I had done up until that point that has had a major impact on a number of people. I had planned on writing more about the topic, but honestly, I haven’t had much more to say and the original article still sums up the majority of my thoughts even though I have been in the field for almost twice as long now. The title is 99% for clickbait. The whole point of discussing…
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Nadia Felsch Q&A

Nadia Felsch Q&A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Nadia Felsch and I’m a Nutritionist (BHSc) who consults globally from Sydney. Calling out nutrition myths, providing valuable food education and delicious recipes is my main jam, which I do during client consultations, working online, on social media @nadiafelsch and also via workshops. I’m also the founder of a wholesome baking mix brand – Wholefood Society and on a personal front enjoy travel with my husband, playing with my 2x mini sausage dogs, café time with friends and working out. Do you have any tips for weight loss that you feel are underrated? Weight loss is predominantly thought of as what to eat and/or what not to eat. What gets left out of the equation more often than…
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Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? The first year of being a dietitian, I hopped around from inpatient clinical to hospital employee wellness to a primary care office doing diabetes, cholesterol and weight management. Within a few months on the floors at the hospital, I knew that I did not want to make that my career. When offered a full-time position, I turned it down even though I didn’t quite have something else lined up. Lucky for me, I had 2 outpatient options within a few weeks. I was in the primary care office for a year and then decided I was ready for a new challenge and moved over to help establish the hospital’s nutrition care program for the outpatient oncology department.…
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Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about your career? My career had an interesting start I guess in that I didn’t complete my placement at university. I’ll share a little bit about how I got into eating disorders. I had two clinical placements: the first placement I did really well and the second placement I didn’t do really well with. I like to think it was a bit of a personality clash more than my clinical work. At the time, I wasn’t a typical eating disorder dietitian. I ended up having to do an extra couple of weeks work at the Gold Coast Hospital to try and demonstrate my competencies, and out of that I passed the course and then I was offered a locum job—and out of that,…
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