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Healthy Eating for Men

Nov 17, 2018


When men think of healthy eating for some reason, they automatically think they have to eat salad. But we’re here to tell you, you can be healthy without having to resort to boring rabbit food!

Men and women aren’t that different when it comes to daily nutrition. Yes, men tend to have more muscle mass which increases their requirements compared to a female. But nutritionally speaking, men still need a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to tick along each day. If you’re a ‘skip the veggies, pile on the meat’ type of guy, don’t worry we’re not about to suggest you turn your phone off and lock yourself at home eating chicken, broccoli and rice to meet your goals!

We surveyed all the men in our lives and found some common themes when it came to eating habits. Based on these findings, here are our Top Tips to Eating Healthy as a Dude while still balancing life and the bro-code.

Common Man Trend No. 1 – Skimping on the veggies

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Eating for Mental Performance

Oct 31, 2018

As life gets busy, eating well can easily take a back-seat when there’s tight deadlines and a million other things to do! But when you’re busy, stressed and time-poor, it’s even more important to eat well to get the most out of your day.

Food is fuel for our bodies and our brain, so if you want to maximise your mental performance and get even more productive, try implementing my Top 5 Tips for Mental Performance today!

1. Choose low GI, whole grains (avoiding white)

Choosing lower GI carbohydrate sources such a whole-grain bread and cereals, brown rice, legumes etc. slows the release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream and your brain. This avoids those sugar highs and lows, instead drip-feeding the release of fuel to your brain so you can focus better, with more clarity for longer.

2. Include oily fish at least 3 x per week

Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel are a great source of omega-3 fats which are critical for brain function...

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How to Choose the Best Protein Powder

Oct 17, 2018

We have a food first philosophy here at Dietitian Approved but in some instances, protein powders can have their time and place within a healthy and active lifestyle.

As a supplement, that’s exactly what they should be used as; an addition to a balanced diet when you can’t get enough protein through real food for whatever reason.

Here are some of the reasons we might advise using a protein powder:

  • For convenience. If like us, you have a busy lifestyle and seem to always be on the run!

  • To meet protein needs directly after a heavy strength specific session – where you are trying to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis (building new muscle)

  • To make sure your recovery meal ticks all of the boxes when you’re in a location where real food isn’t feasible. E.g. Post-racing where your recovery meal gets delayed while you’re waiting for your medal Or if you struggle to eat post-exercise

  • To bump up the protein of a meal...

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How to Beet Your Best Time and Get the Competitive Edge

Sep 16, 2018


Beetroot juice was the secret sauce for many athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lots of countries were using it, but it wasn’t until afterwards that the news about beetroot juice became public knowledge…

Many athletes are looking for that performance edge over their competitors. Most athletes have heard about it, but don’t know how to use it. If you’ve nailed the fundamentals of basic sports nutrition and are looking at taking your racing to the next level, try adding beetroot juice to your race plan.

 

Why beetroot juice?

What is it about this vegetable that gives you a performance kick? The component responsible for the benefits of beetroot juice is Nitrate. It’s produced within our bodies and is also found in some of the foods we eat, particularly green leafy vegetables, beetroot, processed meats and the water supply.

But the nitrate content varies widely even among the same vegetable variety. Freshness and farming practices...

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Dietitian Approved Crew - Julie Davidson

Aug 31, 2018


“I turned into a Fitness freak and never thought I would learn so much about how my body and mind were connected and what I was truly capable of.”

It all started when I got divorced. Yes, life took a turn I wasn’t expecting but it lead me down a path of health and fitness.  I started doing Body Building as a distraction and yes if you’re wondering, it’s the sport where you just eat chicken, broccoli and rice! Well not entirely true, but it definitely was a very strict way of eating. I did feel great, but it wasn’t really a good idea long term as it took me 20 weeks to prepare for 40 minutes of gratification.  I came 2nd in Queensland in my first competition and was blown away with how much my body changed.  I did this a couple of times but it really was a lot of hard work and it taught me some really bad habits about nutrition and flogging yourself at the gym.

I wanted to learn everything I could about health and fitness...

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Dietitian Approved Crew - Megan Piccardi

Aug 23, 2018
 
Name: Megan Piccardi

Current location: Brisbane

Profession background: Lawyer

Sport of choice: Powerlifting & sometimes runner

How many years have your been training for: I have been training for just over 2 1/2 years.

What got you into it? For running, I was never really a runner and decided one day that I wanted to push myself and do a fun run. My first fun run was City 2 South in Brisbane and I loved it! If you are a runner, you will understand that running & fun runs are addictive so I kept looking for fun runs to enter which lead me to the Vienna City Half Marathon & Disneyland Half Marathon. I love running overseas as it is a great way to see the sights and it keeps you accountable while you are overseas.

I got into powerlifting as I had just started strength training and I really enjoyed it. I changed gyms and felt a little insecure in the weights area so I got in touch with Alesha Pimm from Building Elite to help me gain some confidence...

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Eating for Immunity

Aug 09, 2018


Now that the colder months are upon us, it’s time to be proactive with our nutrition for the best immune system defence.

For active people, immune function plays a role not only in fighting off infections but also in promoting tissue repair to recover from exercise and injury (1). To function properly, the immune system requires lots of nutrients – both macro and micronutrients. For an athlete under heavy training load, requirements are even higher putting you at risk of a suppressed immune system if you’re not meeting your needs.

To help you stay well over the colder months, we’ve put together a few key points to keep you firing on all cylinders this winter!

1. Rest and Recovery is Key

Regardless of the type or intensity, exercise places stress on the body – meaning your immune system has to work harder to build and repair damaged tissue (1). Moderate training loads can be protective against illness. Whereas heavy training loads, particularly with...

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Dietitian Approved Crew - John Alexander

Jul 30, 2018


Introducing John! The Fit Chef.

In the last few years, John has literally turned his life around. Peaking at 182kg and getting puffed chasing his daughter around, John knew he had to do something. One step at a time (literally) he’s lost a whopping 70kg. He now loves to ride flat out with the CCC boys and is gearing up for 160km at the Noosa Classic this month. Welcome to the #DietitianApprovedCrew Chef!

Name:  John Alexander

Current home location (where you live): Tingalpa (Bayside Brisbane)

Profession/Educational background: Executive Chef

Sport of Choice: Cycling with a side of Triathlon

How many years have you been training and competing in your sport? I have been cycling for a bit over 2 years now

What got you into it in the first place? When I started riding I was 186.4kg. Cycling was the next step for me to get fit and drop weight.  It was a laugh as I was on a mountain bike to start off with and a 15km ride was an EPIC...

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Reflections of a 2 x Iron(wo)man

Jul 09, 2018

 

“I feel Ironman is achievable for everyone, don’t be intimidated by the distance, embrace the challenge. You won’t regret it”
— Bec Baird

 
I never thought I’d do an Ironman. Triathlon was just another way to challenge myself – except my challenges just kept getting bigger and bigger! I believe that every race is a learning experience and I try to find new ways to improve when I reflect post-race. Now that I have 2 Ironman’s (IM) under my belt, here are the Top Three things I learnt from and changed between Ironman 1 in Cairns 2017 and Ironman 2 for Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie 2018.

  1. Fuel Your Body – In the lead up to IM Cairns, I was not consuming enough food during training to fuel my everyday needs, cue falling asleep at 2 pm during work and lots of hangry moments. IM Australia was much more organised. I followed a periodised nutrition plan from Dietitian Approved to ensure there was...
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Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian

Jul 08, 2018

What is a Dietitian vs. a Nutritionist?

We constantly get asked to explain the difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist. Yes, they’re different and yes we will always correct you when you call us a Nutritionist. Read on to find out why we get slightly offended

Australia currently does not regulate the professional titles ‘nutritionist’ or ‘dietitian’, leaving a wide market for misinformation if you do not do your own research. The media also tends to use the two terms interchangeably, making distinctions between qualifications increasingly difficult.

Read on as we break down the differences between these professions, their relevant qualifications, what they can do for you and what to look for when looking for a professional to help you.

Nutritionist

This term can be the most confusing of the three as there are varying levels of qualifications that result in the title ‘nutritionist’. Nutrition is a three-year university degree,...

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