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Nutrition for AFL umpires

Whilst they may not be at the top of your mind, footy season is also a demanding time for the umpires. So what are the nutrition needs of umpires and if you’re an umpire, what should you eat?

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10 Tips from Australian Marathon Champ Jess Trengove

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Australian Marathon champ Jess Trengove (Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist) shares with us her top 10 marathon tips for race day success.

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Muscle Cramps and How to Reduce Your Risk

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By Andrew Hall, AccSD.   What is a muscle cramp A muscle cramp is a sudden, involuntary, painful contraction of a…

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How to Make Weight for Competition the Right Way

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By Hannah Every-Hall, AccSD.   Avoid crash dieting and make weight for competition the right way   As we know, many sports…

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How to Boost your Post-Ride Recovery in the Café

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Cycling is synonymous with a café culture that, for some, is the motivation for jumping on the bike. For others…

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Carb Loading for Success: What You Need to Know

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By Alison Patterson, AdvSD.   Carbohydrate loading, or carb loading, is a key sports nutrition practice that has permeated public consciousness,…

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How to Stop the ‘Hangry’ in Active Kids

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By Ai Jerome, SDA Member.   Even kids get ‘hangry’ and when it hits it can be tough getting the…

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Could Insects be the Protein Source of the Future?

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By Demi-Maree Faulkner, Provisional Member.   Does the thought of eating bugs make you cringe? You may want to think…

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5 Reasons Why You’re Hungry on Rest Days

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Why am I SO hungry? “I don’t know what it is but I often feel more hungry on days when…

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How Intermittent Fasting Affects Your Performance

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Intermittent fasting diets have grown in popularity over recent years; touted to promote weight loss, superior fat ‘burning’, increase insulin…

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The Ultimate Guide to Natural Australian Antioxidants

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By Gemma Sampson, AccSD.   Regardless of your preferred physical activity, exercise fundamentally places stress on the body. But what…

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How To Not Be Fooled By The Latest Fad Diets

Avoid being fooled by fad diets

The start of a new year is always filled with tough decisions and resolutions: what are my race goals? What…

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How to Maintain Your Exercise Routine in the Holidays

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By Holly Smith, AccSD.   Holidays are a time for spending with family and friends. As the number of social…

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5 Important Things to Know About the Sugar Debate

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There has been a whole lot of press about sugar recently. Turn on the TV, pick up a magazine, scan…

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Food or Supplements: Which is Best?

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By Sally Garrard, AdvSD.   We all know the cheeseburger-and-fries competitor, the one who, despite using a drive-through after training…

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Female Bodybuilding: How to Compete Safely

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By Kathy Benn, AccSD and Peta Hood, AccSD.   Bodybuilding is a tough sport to compete in, regardless of gender….

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Hydration: How Much Should You Drink During Exercise?

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As the weather starts to warm up again, it’s time to ditch the winter thermals and start re-focusing on your…

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Boosting the Immune System

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With the mornings becoming cooler and days getting shorter, it’s a good time to look at some of the myths…

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Tour de France Nutrition

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By Alan McCubbin, AdvSD.   It’s July again. If you live in the southern half of the country it’s freezing…

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Bars vs Gels vs Drinks

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It is important to consider the purpose of these products. Typically, the main purpose is to provide a convenient source…

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Vegetarian Fuelling and Muscle Maintenance

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By Andrew Hall, AccSD. This article first appeared on Apple to Zucchini.   There are certainly many benefits to including…

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Beating Diabetes – Who to trust and when to ask questions

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We are not going to sugarcoat it (pardon the pun!) – diabetes management is complex. Recently, a popular media outlet…

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Healthy Eating and How to Get the Right Advice

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Interest in health and wellness is growing; with blogs and magazines full of fresh, healthy recipes and fitness tips. Perfect. But with…

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Meat free protein sources

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Coeliac Disease & athletes

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For more information, please read our Coeliac Disease and athlete Fact Sheet

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Tips for managing your sports nutrition goals as a gluten free athlete

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By Steph Gaskell, APD, Accredited Sports Dietitian, IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition   There may be various reasons why you as…

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Fighting Fatigue

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Protein Shakes Vs Wholefoods

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  Protein shakes, and other supplements, are not a replacement for good food. You should always aim to eat nutrient…

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Magnesium + cramping during exercise

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I often get muscle cramps when running, should I be taking a magnesium supplement? Anyone who has suffered from a…

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Food trucks – enjoying yourself without compromising your training goals

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By Felicity Curtain, Student Dietitian The last few years has seen food trucks take over as the dining trend of…

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Get your man in the Kitchen

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By Joel Feren, Provisional Sports Dietitian   As we all know, men’s health is a topic most blokes tend to…

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The transition from junior football to the big stage (AFL)

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Accredited Sports Dietitian Jessica Spendlove sat down with Jack Steele, a first year draftee at the GWS GIANTS, to ask…

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Nutrition and V8 supercars

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By Kerry Leech, SDA Fellow.   During the 2013 V8 supercar season I was fortunate to be given the opportunity…

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Recognising one of sports best kept secrets – Accredited Sports Dietitians

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2013/2014 was an interesting year in Australian sport – a year where the extensive use of questionable supplements and alleged…

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Spilling the Beans on Caffeine

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It’s no surprise to see a row of bikes against the cafe wall at a mid-ride stop but what is it about caffeine? Can it really be that good for your ride?

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The Australian Open – Challenges for an athlete

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The Australian Open is one of the country’s biggest international events. Nearly 650,000 spectators entered the gates to be part…

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Nutrition Challenges of the Female Triathlete

Nutritional Challenges

By Alicia Edge, AdvSD.   Despite the numerous advantages to being a female triathlete, the drive to achieve and succeed…

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Marathon Nutrition – Fuel like an athlete

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Most participants in any given marathon cover the second half of the race slower than the first, many slow down…

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