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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Differences Between Nutritionists, Dietitian and Sports Dietitians in Australia

Differences Between Nutritionists, Dietitian and Sports Dietitians in Australia

Outside of people within the profession, it is confusing what the differences are between nutritionists, dietitians, and sports dietitians. 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. Nobody in the room had a good answer. That is pretty crazy when you think about it. 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…
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Savina Rego Q & A

Savina Rego Q & A

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…
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Rachel Hawkins Q&A

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am a Brisbane-based Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Nutritionist and founder of The Naked Truth Australia - a nutrition consulting and communications business devoted to ‘baring’ the truth on all thing’s food and nutrition. I founded my business after recognising the need for a trustworthy source of food and nutrition information in the health and wellness industry. My business is quite diverse, so I find myself working in a number of different roles. I see clients privately for one-on-one dietetic consultations online via Skype, I am involved in a number of…
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7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

These days there is so much nutrition advice being put out there. Some o fit is helpful and some of it is not so helpful. Among this, there is helpful and practical nutrition information that people are missing out on. In response, we asked a group of dietitians for their top underrated nutrition tip. Tim Crowe from Thinking Nutrition There is no need to try and keep up with the latest 'superfood' trends - just let colour be your guide for choosing what fruits and vegetables you eat. The more colours on your plate, the greater the diversity of beneficial…
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Claudia Cramer Question and Answer

Claudia Cramer Question and Answer

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up in a small, country town in Queensland with my family. I had a love for sports, food and music. At the end of my high school years, I was working crazy hours (~60+/week) in hospitality), drinking on the weekends and not fuelling my body with the right things (think takeaways and nutrient-poor, energy-dense foods). When I made the link between what I was putting into my body (food) and my mental health (anxiety, moody, irritable) that I began my love for researching how certain foods made me feel.…
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