Nutrition is constantly in the media and as Dietitians we endeavour to monitor scientific change and balance it with practical application and the enjoyment of food.
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You only have to view the pile of bikes outside a coffee bar on a Saturday morning to realize that many cyclists are coffee addicts who need their caffeine fix each day. So does caffeine hydrate, dope up or enhance performance?
Nuts are very nutrient dense containing some protein, fat (particularly polyunsaturated fat), dietary fibre, calcium, trace elements and vitamins. However they are also high in energy. Read more
Is your child able to prepare a simple meal? Can you? A British poll in 1994 of seven to 15 year-old children found 93% could play computer games, but only 38% could cook a potato in its jacket in the oven. Another 61% of children could programme a video to record, but only 54% could boil an egg. A survey last year found that little had changed.
The quality, appearance and growth of our hair and nails often reflect the state of our general health and the adequacy of some essential nutrients in our diet.
The stress of competition, the sun and wind, sweat, chaffing and high sugar levels are just some of the things that can aggravate the skin conditions of athletes and very active people. Read more
Birthday parties should be fun and the chance to celebrate a child’s special day with a minimum of work and cost for busy parents. If the party can be timed to fit around a normal meal time then “junk” foods can be kept to a minimum.
When family members are sick or hospitalised it can be very challenging to find the time to exercise and maintain a healthy diet for yourself. Particularly if you are working, caring for children, or trying to complete a course of study.
An eating disorder can affect anyone at any age, any sport, any background and any gender. The symptoms may build slowly well before the illness becomes evident. Often it is an athletes support team such as parents, friends, team mates and coaches that pick up on the symptoms and can prevent the disorder from ruining the athletes sporting career. Read more
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