The Ideal Nutrition Podcast

The Ideal Nutrition Podcast

News
I have thought about launching a podcast for a long time. In 2014, a friend introduced me to podcasts. I was kind of into self-improvement stuff at the time. He told me I should listen to a guy named Tim Ferriss. And while some of Tim's nutrition content does not line up with my own thoughts, I honestly think it was a good intro into the podcast world for me. As a fun fact, I got so into the whole self improvement and efficiency side of things, that I would listen to podcasts on 2x speed to try and learn more quickly (lol). Back to Tim Ferriss though. He is a pro at podcasts. Like legit. He has some natural talent, in combination with having spent an excessive amount of…
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Nutrition for Tendinopathy

Nutrition for Tendinopathy

Sports
This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I have had pretty much every tendinopathy (also another form of saying tendinitis or tendinosis) under the sun. The biggest hurdle I had was patellar tendinopathy that caused pain for multiple years and legitimately should have had me questioning whether or not I would ever be able to play basketball again without pain, and whether this would also impact my training for powerlifting forever. One of the best things I think that helped me though was that I have stupid level of positivity and self-confidence. Even two years into the process of having pain every day, being told I probably needed surgery (which does not have a great success rate) and also having certain physios say I probably…
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Nutrition for Reducing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Nutrition for Reducing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Sports
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMs) is something that comes hand-in-hand with training hard. If you plan on training hard for an extended period, no matter how you go about it, you are going to experience DOMs at some stage. There is variety in how it presents. For some people, the soreness might peak 24 hours after the session. For others, it might be 48 hours later. Either way, most people would ideally like to reduce the impact of it. At minimum it is just burdensome and annoying, but beyond that it could also impact performance as well. Training The first thing I want to acknowledge is that if you train a muscle group in a way it has not experienced for a long time, you are going to get sore…
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5 Ways to Make Weight Loss Easier Through Nutrition

5 Ways to Make Weight Loss Easier Through Nutrition

Body Composition
I have been a dietitian for around 5 years now. Throughout this journey, a large percentage of my clients have been those who are looking to lose weight. And there is a tonne of stuff I have learnt along the way. There is no one thing that is the secret to all this. Most people would benefit from more knowledge, but that alone is not the answer. No individual behaviour change strategy will be suitable for everybody either. No mindset hack will work for everybody. But what I will try to cover in this post is 5 key things that are universal concepts that will help most people, regardless of what strategy you are using for weight loss. Higher Protein Intake Per calorie, protein is the most satiating macronutrient. Per…
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Nutrition for Endometriosis: A Dietitian’s Guide

Nutrition for Endometriosis: A Dietitian’s Guide

Health
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside your uterus. The condition affects roughly 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. It is often painful and comes with a host of symptoms that can impact quality of life. Instead of viewing nutrition as a solution for endometriosis, it makes sense to view it as something that can help to manage some of the symptoms. Symptoms that are typically of relevance for endometriosis are: Painful periodsPain during sexual intercourse.Pain with bowel movements or urination, particularly around the time of menstruation.Heavy bleeding during a period, or sometimes even between periods.Infertility.Fatigue.Intense cramping.IBS – diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea. Often worse during periods. There are far more impactful ways of…
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10 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

10 Facts People Don’t Know About Nutrition

Health
Nutrition as well as the health and fitness industry in general, can be a very confusing space. This confusion relates to the sheer volume of information available to us at any one time. No matter the social media platform, there is a sea of voices all chiming in on different topics of food and nutrition. Doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers, fitness influencers, health coaches and naturopaths all have something to say about nutrition and often there are many conflicting points of view. It’s hard to know who to trust. Anyone can publish information about nutrition and many people do without adequate knowledge. To help to clear up some misinformation, here are the top 10 facts that most people don’t know about nutrition: 1. Nutrition is a science. You’ve eaten all…
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Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

Sports
Nutrition for endurance athletes is a broad topic. A lot of similar principles apply between most endurance events, although there will obviously be differences. In this article though, the goal is to cover as much as possible, while also addressing a lot of aspects of nutrition and how it can improve performance. Intra-Race Carbs Glucose is our body’s most efficient fuel source for exercise above a certain intensity. Later I will discuss low carbohydrate approaches. But for now, we will leave that aspect and just focus on the carbohydrate portion of the discussion. Glycogen is the body’s stored form of glucose/carbohydrate. As glycogen levels start getting closer to being fully depleted, performance starts to decline. This phenomenon is something that you can see in race splits. This is a large…
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The Vegan Athlete Diet Guide

The Vegan Athlete Diet Guide

Sports
Veganism can be a tough journey to navigate generally. You add in being an athlete of any kind and the complexity definitely goes up. Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, most people want to get the most out of their diet for both body composition and performance.  The Netflix documentary, Game Changers did a pretty good job at convincing people that by simply being vegan, your athletic performance and body composition will magically improve beyond your wildest dreams.  But alas, veganism won't inherently make you a better athlete. To some extent, depending on your previous diet, the increase in plant-based foods that comes with transitioning to a vegan diet may improve your recovery. However, a vegan diet should be strategically designed for each individual person to ensure…
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Nutrition for Fat Loss: A Dietitian’s Guide

Nutrition for Fat Loss: A Dietitian’s Guide

Body Composition
Fat loss is some that from a nutritional perspective is somehow both simple and incredibly complex. Understanding nutritional priorities when it comes to fat loss can make the process seem simple. It can also make it easy to avoid focusing on things that do not really matter. But it can be ridiculously complex when you factor in all the details that can be relevant. This post is going to cover the fundamentals of nutrition for fat loss, while also touching on a lot of practical points. As a dietitian writing about nutrition for fat loss, the training/exercise aspect will not be discussed in this post. But if your goal is fat loss, it makes sense to also be training or exercising in an effective manner that also lines up with…
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Intra-Race Nutrition for Marathon Runners

Intra-Race Nutrition for Marathon Runners

Sports
Intra-race nutrition for marathon runners, or really any endurance sport that involves a longer duration, can make a huge difference. It is one of the easiest things that can be implemented to improve race times. It is also an area I do not see many people implementing nearly as well as they could. If you care about competition, this can give you an edge. If the only competition you care about is improving your own race times, then this will still obviously help you do exactly that too. Intra-Race Carbs Glucose is our body’s most efficient fuel source for exercise above a certain intensity. While there is debate over low-carb vs high carb approaches, the above statement is not one that should be controversial. Although we have larger amounts of…
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