Nutrition & Sport Nutrition
What is Nutrition about?
A little of everything and not too much of anything is a simple piece of advice we have all heard in regards to our food intake in order to stay healthy and manage a healthy weight. Why then are 60% of Australians overweight or obese and why do so many people suffer killer diseases such as diabetes and hypertension because of a poor diet?
If eating healthy was as simple as it sounds then we would all be much healthier and happier and would suffer far less disease. Unfortunately factors such as lifestyle, culture, time management, poor advice and some digestive diseases can make it very difficult to maintain a healthy diet.
Personal issues such as motivation, and self confidence can alter our eating habits and lead us towards other diseases.
Eating correctly for your body’s needs and your lifestyle can change more than just your appearance. You can experience increased energy, decreased lifestyle diseases, better sleep and simply feel great.
I've been on lots of diets and I'm back where I started. How can seeing a Dietitian be any different?
Some diets often advocate a significant reduction in carbohydrate rich foods, whilst others advocate low fat foods or talk about pyramids or zones. With all these diets it’s difficult to know what foods are the best, and which diet, if any, is suitable for you.
A qualified accredited Dietitian is essential to help you achieve safe and effective nutrition advice.
Patients present to our Dietitians for a variety of reasons including:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Eating Disorders
- Iron deficiency
- Vegetarian Eating
- Coeliac Disease
- Sports Nutrition
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Disease
- Infant Feeding
Your initial consultation can take up to an hour during when a Dietitian will find out about your specific food and nutrition concerns or interests, taking into account your medical history and gather information about your lifestyle.
A comprehensive diet history will help determine your likes and dislikes and identify your usual eating patterns. After discussing what it is you would like to achieve and setting goals, information will be tailored to you to fit in with your lifestyle and nutritional requirements.
Support and a positive environment are vital in ensuring you achieve your goals and maintain them. Nutritional plans are based around the correct balance of normal everyday foods and not just fancy or expensive supplements.
A Sports Dietitian promotes healthy eating to enhance the performance of an individual for any level of physical activity. They assist in helping individuals to make healthier food choices by providing accurate nutrition information.
They work with a variety of people including elite and recreational athletes, sporting clubs and those whose nutritional needs will assist in achieving their goals.
Depending on the sport you play you will have to face challenges specific to that sport. Nutritional needs will change due to variations in training regimens, competition demands and your physical attributes such as size and shape.
Common reasons athletes present to our Sports Dietitians include
- Maximising energy levels for exercise
- Maintaining appropriate body fat levels
- Best fluid choices for exercise
- Eating before competition
- Recovery after training and competition
- Increasing muscle mass
- Eating when travelling
- Appropriate use of ergogenic aids and dietary supplements
Stay Tuned offers Dietitian and Sports Dietitian services at our Boronia clinic.