How To Improve Sleep With Nutrition: Everything You Need To Know

How To Improve Sleep With Nutrition: Everything You Need To Know

Nutrition plays a role in our sleep and vice versa. That much is obvious. But the bigger questions are:  How much impact can it have? How much impact is it likely to have on the average person? What if you are not average and you have some clear gaps/issues? This post will cover a lot of those aspects. It will also cover specific areas to focus on to achieve these benefits.  But one of the reasons I have held off on writing about this topic for a while is because it is so broad. There are so many variables. To get past that, I am going to try…
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Does Caffeine Still Work for Performance if You Use it Daily?

Does Caffeine Still Work for Performance if You Use it Daily?

Most people have probably noticed that the “buzz” of caffeine seems to be a bit less effective if you have it regularly. If you, have it more regularly, it is like you develop a tolerance to it, so you notice the effects less. Based on this, I’d assume most people would naturally assume the benefits for performance would also decline if it were used overly frequently. But it is still a question worth asking. Because what if you were an athlete who also liked utilising caffeine for other purposes? Or just liked the taste of coffee? It’s a question worth…
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How to Reduce Cholesterol through Diet?

How to Reduce Cholesterol through Diet?

Cholesterol can be a complex topic with a lot of mixed messaging. Some commonly accepted assumptions are: High cholesterol, particularly LDL cholesterol is often a bad thing for overall health outcomes. The goal is often to reduce it.Diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors play a role.Genetics play a role. One of the things that make it hard to write about this topic is that is kind of a straightforward topic, but it has many layers. There are a lot of common themes that consistently work for reducing cholesterol that likely carries over to improved health, and these are the things…
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Betaine Supplementation for Athletes

Betaine Supplementation for Athletes

Betaine is a supplement that has been around the bodybuilding and strength sports community for a while. It is not one of the most frequently used supplements, but there still is a bit of buzz about it. It is also known as trimethylglycine, or TMG. One aspect as to why there is hype behind it is that farmers have been using it with livestock for decades now to increase muscle and reduce fat. And obviously, farmers are concerned with making money, so would not be doing this if they did not think that the money invested in betaine was going…
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What to Do if You Feel Like You Are On Low Calories and Not Losing Weight

What to Do if You Feel Like You Are On Low Calories and Not Losing Weight

One of the most common things I see in practice is that a lot of people feel like they are eating relatively low calories, but not seeing the weight-loss results they expect. This can obviously be a frustrating experience. Some people can lose weight easily while barely trying. Others can put a lot of time, energy and focus on it, while still not getting the results they want. Unpacking this issue though, I want to provide some potential reasons why this might be occurring, as well as some solutions. Obviously, none of this is individualised advice. Instead, it is just…
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Nutrition for Hashimoto’s Disease: Things You Need to Know

Nutrition for Hashimoto’s Disease: Things You Need to Know

Hashimoto’s disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a thyroid condition that affects a lot of people. There are a lot of aspects of how nutrition can play a role in the management of it, so this post will cover a lot of key points that are worth being aware of. What is Hashimoto’s? Hypothyroidism is a condition where not enough thyroid hormone is being produced. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but Hashimoto’s disease is one of the most common ones. With Hashimoto’s, the body’s own cells attack and damage the thyroid gland. Basically, the immune system mistakenly views…
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What Does a Consult with One of Our Dietitians Look Like?

What Does a Consult with One of Our Dietitians Look Like?

You might be interested in what a session with one of our dietitians will look like before making the investment into booking in. Or maybe you are just curious and have no desire to book in. Either way, this post will be an attempt to cater to both audiences and summarise what our consults look like. What Type of Clients Do We See at Ideal Nutrition? Before getting into what the consult looks like, it makes sense to discuss what type of client we typically see. We see a 50/50 mix of athletes and non-athletes. Within the athlete portion, it…
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5 Tips for if You Struggle to Eat Enough Calories

5 Tips for if You Struggle to Eat Enough Calories

There can be a lot of reasons why somebody could struggle to eat enough calories for their goals. Maybe you have high calorie requirements due to a variety of factors including high activity levels or having a lot of muscle mass while trying to gain more size. Alternatively, maybe you just have a busy schedule or limited appetite and struggle to eat enough food. Either way, this post will cover a variety of ways to get more calories in. 1) Add Liquid Calories It is easier to drink than it is to eat. Getting a similar amount of calories from…
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Is HMB Useful for Building Muscle?

Is HMB Useful for Building Muscle?

Hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) is a chemical that is produced when the amino acid leucine is broken down by the body. It has a few different names depending on the specific version of the molecule. Other names include beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid, beta-hydroxy and beta-methylbutyrate. The human body naturally produces it, but typically only produces around 0.3g per day on average. When people supplement it, standard dosages are usually 3-6g per day. Interest in HMB supplementation started in the early 2000s when a few studies showed significant gains in muscle and strength in comparison to placebo. There have even been two later studies…
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RPAH Elimination Diet: A Low-Food Chemical Approach

RPAH Elimination Diet: A Low-Food Chemical Approach

Food chemicals can play a role in a lot of conditions. Avoiding or limiting certain food chemicals could dramatically improve symptoms in some cases. In other cases, it might just be a frustrating and complex process undertaken for no reason. We often think of food chemicals as things that are artificial or added to foods. But some relevant chemicals are naturally found in food as well. Just because something is “natural” does not mean it cannot cause symptoms. As a generalisation, the stronger the flavour of the food, the higher its chemical content is likely to be. It is also…
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