May 2012

As we write this…

64 days to go and counting down to London!!!!! We are watching our Aussie talent as they qualify for the different events and planning performance nutrition strategies and supplies for that “one-percenter” that may be just enough to win a medal! Athletes are heading off for OS training camps and programs over the next few weeks and we hope to profile some of them (and the Accredited Sports Dietitians behind them!) as they prepare for victory! Click here to see the AIS recovery venue for our Aussie athletes during the Games and listen to Dr Shona Halson, AIS recovery expert on what our athletes can expect while in London.

It has been a busy month, with SDA making a number of appearances at the ESSA conference (Gold Coast), FILEX, GPCE (General Practitioner Conference & Exhibition), the Melbourne IM and the Busselton and Port Macquarie half-IM. Our Accredited Sports Dietitians have been working away madly, not only with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, but also with those on more personal quests, like Acc. Member Alan McCubbin an ultrarunner who's running 5330km on the length of the Bicentennial National Trail from Healesville to Cooktown in Far North QLD. Or Isabella DeCastella (provisional Sports Dietitian), working with Matt and John, 2 24yr-old-guys running from Melbourne to Albury as we write this to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis. See for more information or to donate to their cause.

What’s hot right now…

Vitamin D!! Or the lack of it! 65% of Australian adults are thought to be vitamin D deficient, and now that winter is only days away, we need to start thinking about alternative sources while the sun takes a mini-break (especially in the southern states of Australia, where we will we only see the sun for fleeting moments over the next few months!). Vitamin D is well-recognised for its role in bone density, but it may play a role in muscle metabolism and immune function also. The vitamin is found in a limited number of food sources, such as oily fish like salmon, herring and mackerel and also occur naturally in animal fats but it is not possible to meet vitamin D requirements through diet alone. Need to know more? We think you should! Click here to read our fact sheet to find out why it is so important for us at any age.

Need a little healthy meal inspiration?

Winter weather means soup!!! A nutritious, warm, nourishing, soulful meal all in one :-)

Fast winter soup (Serves 2)

Adapted from a recipe


1 tbs olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 cup red lentils, rinsed, drained

1L (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock

Low-fat natural yoghurt, to serve


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion, chilli, celery and carrot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add cumin and coriander and cook, stirring, for a further minute. Add the red lentils and chicken or vegetable stock, bring to boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yoghurt.

Need to find an expert?

Sports Dietitians can provide advice on issues such as:

  • Maximising energy for sport and health;
  • Eating to optimise growth and development;
  • What to eat before competition;
  • Recovery nutrition techniques;
  • Best fluid choices for exercise and staying hydrated;
  • Supplement advice
  • Maintaining appropriate body fat levels; and
  • Education on food choices and tips while travelling.

Make sure you get your accurate and up-to-date sports nutrition information from the professionals for sound science and a proven track record.Click here to find a Sports Dietitian in your local area for individual consults and/or group education sessions.

Just in from Gatorade - their new adverts for G Series Prime & Recover, launched during the 1st State of Origin NRL game, 23 May 2012. 

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