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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


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

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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


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?


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


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?


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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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


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

get your man in the kitchen

#getyourmaninthekitchen By Provisional Sports Dietitian Joel Feren 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


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


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


The Australian Open is one of the country’s biggest international events. Nearly 650,000 spectators entered the gates to be part of the 2014 tournament. Not only were there spectators at the courts, but all over the world Australia was being watched. The pressure for these athletes to succeed is immense.

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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


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

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