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Improving Fertility in Females: A Dietitians Guide

Improving Fertility in Females: A Dietitians Guide

Have you and your partner made the momentous decision to conceive? Or are you simply trying to optimise your fertility status in preparation for the future? Well, you have come to the right place.  Nutrition plays a vital role in an individual’s fertility status, the likelihood of them falling pregnant and the development of their child, both as a new born and in years to come. Understandably, this places a significant amount of pressure on those trying to conceive. I encourage you to take a deep breath. The following will guide you through the top 10 tips to improve fertility…
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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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Does Coffee Stunt Your Growth?

Does Coffee Stunt Your Growth?

Coffee is probably one of the most well-studied beverages around. If you received a dollar for every time you saw a news article citing recent research about the benefits or risks of coffee drinking, you would probably get pretty rich, pretty quickly.  But have you ever heard someone say that coffee stunts your growth?  There are quite a lot of reasons why you may not be wanting to pump your kids up with coffee. Hyperactivity due to the caffeine probably being at the top of that list.  Another reason parents often cite though is not wanting to stunt the growth…
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Protein: What’s Important When Trying to Build Muscle?

Protein: What’s Important When Trying to Build Muscle?

Protein is obviously the most important macronutrient to focus on for building muscle.  In the nutrition world, things are either oversimplified or overly complicated with emphasis placed on things that do not really matter.  One of the things that can be confusing for people is that for protein and muscle growth, multiple things are required. But each of these things matters to varying degrees.  The four main aspects of protein for muscle growth are: 1)  Total protein intake 2) Protein distribution 3) Protein quality 4)  Specific timing If you are trying to maximise muscle growth, you need to nail all of these…
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CSID: How To Manage Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency

CSID: How To Manage Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency

What is CSID? Congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID) is a genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to digest certain sugars. Sucrase and isomaltase are enzymes produced in the lining of the small intestine to break down sucrose and maltose/isomaltose (starches). But with this condition, there is a relative deficiency of these enzymes. Therefore, when a person with CSID consumes sucrose or maltose they may experience unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. The most common symptoms are loose bowel movements or diarrhea and bloating. Although some people may experience vomiting as well.  A familiar way to think about CSID would be to compare it…
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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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Training The Gut For Endurance Athletes: A Dietitian’s Guide

Training The Gut For Endurance Athletes: A Dietitian’s Guide

Endurance athletes such as marathon runners, triathletes, and long-distance cyclists typically utilize food during training and events to improve their performance.  The body can only store a limited amount of glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrates, in the liver and muscles. So once these storages have been exhausted or significantly reduced, the body has to turn to fat as a major fuel source. The issue with this is that using fat as a fuel source is less efficient than carbohydrates and will limit the intensity that the athlete can continue to perform at. This is often what is occurring when…
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Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: How To Restore Your Period

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: How To Restore Your Period

Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea is a condition where the menstrual cycle has stopped. Amenorrhoea is the absence of a menstrual cycle. Hypothalamic refers to the hypothalamus, which is a section in the brain that produces a number of hormones. The menstrual cycle provides key insight into the body’s hormonal balance. So when someone loses their period outside of menopause, the effects of contraception, or another diagnosed condition, it may be a sign that something is wrong. Nonetheless, if the menstrual cycle has stopped, it can be a sign that the body is under a lot of stress. The concept of not…
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