How to Accurately Test and Fix Your Metabolism

How to Accurately Test and Fix Your Metabolism

The amount of calories we burn is typically what most people think of when they are talking about their 'metabolism' or 'metabolic rate'. Your metabolism is actually an entire network of biochemical processes that sustain life! Most biochemical reactions require energy. To provide energy for these reactions, other reactions enable us to harness energy by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol. The Difference Between Calories and Energy Calories measure how much energy is contained in the macronutrients that make up food - but the body doesn't technically "use" calories.  This would be like saying the body uses "litres" when talking about using water.…
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Rhodiola Rosea: A Dietitian’s Review

Rhodiola Rosea: A Dietitian’s Review

Rhodiola Rosea has long been used in certain countries for medical purposes but has recently gained popularity in the western world. There have been claims that it can help with a variety of conditions. It is most known for its properties as an adaptogen, which means it theoretically helps your body handle stress. In this post, I will be going through a couple of the proposed benefits of Rhodiola and examining the evidence on the topic. Stress Decreasing stress and handling burnout-like symptoms is one of the most common claims for Rhodiola. One promising study on the topic featured over…
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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. It influences the likelihood of falling pregnant. It also plays a role in the development of the 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…
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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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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. Sports nutrition plays a massive role. 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. It will limit the intensity that the athlete can continue to perform at. This is…
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The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet: Everything You Need to Know

The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet: Everything You Need to Know

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…
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How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

The path to becoming a practising dietitian in Australia requires first and foremost, a tertiary qualification. Throughout Australia, there is a variety of undergraduate and masters level programmes, which satisfy the entry-level requirements for the profession. To maintain the educational standard of dietitians in Australia, each program must satisfy the requirements of the Dietitians Australia (DA). DA is the governing body, overseeing the dietetics profession in Australia. A list of 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…
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What RED-S is and How to Manage It

What RED-S is and How to Manage It

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…
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Does Rice Cause Bloating? A Simple Summary

Does Rice Cause Bloating? A Simple Summary

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…
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20 Nutrition Accounts To Follow on Instagram

20 Nutrition Accounts To Follow on Instagram

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…
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