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Don’t wear yourself out!

Beautiful fit young woman exhaused after trainingAt this time of the year it is easy to be focused on losing weight to fit your summer gear but don’t forget about the extra energy needs that you have when you pace greater demands on your body.

Situations when extra energy is needed

Training for a marathon

Remember that you not only have to meet you daily nutritional needs for work or study but also need extra energy to bike, run or kayak etc. Following the exercise you need protein and energy to repair tissue and reload energy into your muscles for work tomorrow.

Recovering from illness

If you are chronically ill or recovering from surgery, cancer therapy or repairing skin and bone you need energy for daily life plus extra raw materials to rebuild the body plus additional energy for that very repair job.

If part of your recovery is also stepping up exercise then you need additional energy to cover that exercise too.

Making babies and breastfeeding

While mothers are often anxious to get back into shape as soon as they can after giving birth it is important to recognise that making babies and breast milk uses up a huge amount of energy and nutrients but at the same time you still have to live and have enough nutrition to provide for your own needs.


At every stage of development from infancy and early childhood through to teenage years children need not only energy to grow but also meet their extra needs for sport and mental development.

Working shift work and heavy manual work

Our energy needs are determined a lot by our environment. Trying to stay awake to maintain shift work late at night or working outside in the heat of the day all place extra stresses on the body.

Workplace nutrition and wellness is becoming increasingly important as we help workers to not only have sufficient energy to do their jobs but maintain healthy bodies as well.

Dietitian’s understand the changing nutrient needs of individuals as they grow older.

Having sufficient energy for every stage of life is the secret to good health, well being and happiness. 

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Lea Stening

Lea is one of New Zealand’s leading paediatric dietitians and also specialises in Sports Nutrition. She has specialised in Paediatric Nutrition for 31 years and in 1985 was the first paediatric dietitian to enter private practice in New Zealand. Lea helps families through her private consultations, public lectures, newspaper and magazine articles as well as television and radio interviews. Read more »

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