Be Kind: Make Things Easier!

Written by Cloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from July 2018 

Be Kind: Make Things Easier!

Beautiful young woman making healthy meal in the domestic kitchen. She is cutting red pepper on the kitchen board. Looking at camera.

When we are trying to make changes to our lifestyle or diet, consistency is the key. Nearly every day in my practice, If I see someone who hasn’t met their goals over the previous weeks or months – 90% of the time its not because they are intentionally deviating from their plan, but something happens that is out of their control, or unexpected and suddenly meeting their goals just feels way too difficult. Or they try to do everything absolutely perfectly and it all becomes too much.

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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Written by Kimberley Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Sylvania. Article from May 2018

Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

Diet & MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system which interferes with the nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Over time it can slow or block the nerve signals that control how well your muscles work together, and how strong they are. It may also cause tingling or pain in parts of your body, and decreased vision (double vision or blurred vision).

MS affects over 23,000 in Australia and more than two million people worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

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Soy, Should I Eat It?

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from 1 May 2018

Soy, Should I Eat It?


Soy is one of these polarizing food which people either love or hate. For those who enjoy soy, it can be a great plant-based alternative to use in coffees, milkshakes, stir-frys and desserts; but for those in the other camp, just the mention of soy is enough to cause someone to turn up their nose. In addition to the occasional negative public perception of soy products is a belief that soy causes cancer, which can be enough to turn fence-sitters into anti-soy advocates.

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Nutrition Management in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Written by Kimberley Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Sylvania. Article published April 2018

Nutrition Management in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Nutrition Management In Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormone disorder where the woman’s body produces too much male hormone. This often prevents normal ovulation (the monthly release of the egg from the ovary), which can cause periods to become irregular or stop altogether. It can also make it difficult to get pregnant. ‘Polycystic’ literally translates as ‘many cysts’. This really refers to there being many partially formed follicles on the ovaries, which each contain an egg. These rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs that can be fertilised.

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Low Fat vs Low Carb Diets

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from March 2018

Settling The Debate About Low Fat vs Low Carbohydrate Diets

low fat vs low carb

Smooth peanut butter vs crunchy peanut butter? Window seat vs Aisle seat? Toilet paper roll hung over or under? These are some arguments which have been dividing humans for decades. Loyalists to both sides of the argument will extort the benefits of their belief until they are blue in the face resulting in ongoing disagreements which will never be solved.

In the nutrition world, a similar sort of argument has been whether low-fat diets or low carbohydrate diets are better for generating weight loss in healthy populations.

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DNA and Weight Loss

Written by Kimberley Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Campbelltown. Article from March 2018

DNA and Weight Loss

DNA Weight Loss

Results from a rigorous $8 million study are out!

There has been a growing area of interest in the area of Genomics and the hope that we have found the magic solution by matching a person’s DNA to a specific diet type. We had hoped it might explain why only some people manage to lose weight on a low carb diet and why some others succeed on a low fat diet (even though we know that diets are not sustainable long term and dieters tend to regain the weight initially lost!).

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Nutrition 101: Back To School

Written by Kimberley Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Campbelltown. Article from February 2018

Nutrition 101 - Back To School Special Including Lunchbox Ideas To Start 2018

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It’s that time of year again! Stationary supplies, new pencil cases, new lunch boxes and the annual lunchbox dilemmas.. Ask yourself, what new and interesting foods can I fill my child’s lunch box with?!

Considering what nutrition your child needs is incredibly important to ensure optimal growth, energy levels and alertness in the classroom and with each passing year, your child’s nutritional requirements may alter and increase.

Below is a table from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating Website: depicting recommended serving sizes for your child’s age and gender for each food group.

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Fad Diets

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from January 2018

Fad Diets

fad diets

Welcome to 2018! The start of the year is often when people start trying to change those aspects of their life they feel may need improving, whether it be improved eating habits, being more organized, learning a new language, taking up a sport or starting a new job. If you are anywhere near the internet or social media, you will have noticed a lot of “New Year, New Me” posts and friends announcing their 2018 resolutions, but you may also notice something else lurking around your social media, celebrity, news and lifestyle publications.

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Fresh vs. Frozen

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from January 2018

Fresh Vs. Frozen

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We’ve all been there. You stumble in the door at 7.30pm after a hideously long day at work a little voice (belonging to either a child, partner or simply your subconscious) says “What’s for dinner?”. Some days this can seem like the most daunting question in the world, and you survey the fridge like a wilderness wondering what you can conjure up from its depths that can be turned into a tasty meal requiring as little time and energy as possible.

For a large percentage of my clients this is the case.

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The 3 PM Pick Me Up

Written by Kimberly Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Sylvania. Article from January 2018

Coffee - The 3 PM Pick Me Up

coffee wake up

For many of us, the day does not begin until we roll out of bed to cradle that hot mug of coffee or cup of tea. It kick starts our brain into gear and body into action to start the day. Caffeine works in a similar way to the hormone adrenaline. Your breathing and heart rate start to increase and therefore boosts feeling of mental alertness and energy levels. Who wouldn’t want to start the day like this! I’m sure I wouldn’t!

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