Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in Australia. We chat to Anne-Marie Desai, a clinical specialist dietitian in the area of kidney nutrition. We delve into protein and energy requirements, potassium and phosphate basics, the importance of glycaemic control and NEAP (Net Endogenous Acid Production). You’ll gain confidence in interpreting biochemistry and determining which of your diabetic clients would benefit from dietary modification to slow their progression to kidney failure.
Published 07/23/21
Creating and maintaining great relationships is one of the best parts of the human experience, both personally and professionally – and that’s exactly why mentoring should be on everybody’s radar. In this podcast, we chat to Julie Meyer, founder of Eat Well Global, about the key role mentoring has played in her career, how she believes she could have gotten further much faster if she tapped into the power of mentoring sooner and her experiences being on both sides of the mentoring fence.
Published 06/25/21
One in four Australians (more than 6 million people) are affected by constipation (1). As dietitians, we know that food and nutrition is central to solving the problem and so ask many questions about bowel movements and fibre intake – but there is another consideration to make. In this podcast, we sit down with dietitian Elissa Robbins and physiotherapist Brooke Dobo to talk about the considerations for patients with constipation, experiences and the case studies from their practice.
Published 06/18/21
Early on in her career, Gabrielle wasn’t aware of the effectiveness of meal replacement diets. Now she is completing her PhD on the use of severely energy-restricted diets and uses Very Low Energy Diets (VLEDs) with patients regularly to help them safely lose significant weight to improve their health. In this podcast we sit down with Gabrielle to discuss current research on diabetes remission and total diet replacements, as well as how dietitians can use VLEDs as a tool to help individuals to
Published 05/21/21
By chance, Jaime stumbled upon the dietetic occupation while she was trawling through university courses – and that was her defining ‘aha’ moment. Fast forward a decade or so, Jaime is an established clinical dietitian who has dedicated a significant amount of time investigating the science behind intermittent fasting... so much so, she’s written two books on it! For our latest podcast, we were lucky enough to sit down with Jaime to learn more about the fascinating world of intermittent fasting.
Published 04/09/21
Did you know that Vitamin D deficiency rates surge to 40% during winter in Australia?1 In this podcast with Dr Joanna McMillan, we cover all things Vitamin D, from its role in immunity, bone and brain health to deficiency rates across the country and natural food sources, including the humble egg. We also delve into the emerging body of evidence suggesting a link between vitamin D and COVID-19 severity 2,3 and highlight the supportive role that nutrition can play in keeping you fighting fit.
Published 03/19/21
One in five Australians experience a mental health disorder - so can what we eat make a long term difference to our mental and brain health? In this podcast, we chat to Dr Joanna McMillan to learn the latest on nutrition, mood and brain health. Joanna delves into the science behind the brain-healthy components of the Mediterranean Diet and highlights the importance of focusing on dietary patterns, not individual foods or nutrients, to optimise mental wellbeing.
Published 03/05/21
Working in one of London's top psychiatric hospitals and with her own private practice under her belt, Talia Cecchele still has to pinch herself knowing that she helps people rediscover their joy of eating and regain control of their life. In this podcast, we chat to Talia about her innovative 30 Day Food Rule Challenge, what she's done to upskill and her tips for dietitians wanting to work in the space.
Published 02/19/21
In this podcast, we chat to Catherine about some of her most remarkable career moves, including diving into academia, studying the Mediterranean Diet and writing three books... and even starting her PhD when she was six months pregnant! Catherine also shares what keeps her ticking, the advice she wishes she'd heard when she was younger and the failures that made her the person she is today. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Published 02/12/21
Hayley Blieden is a get-up-and-go dietitian turned entrepreneur on a mission to shift the focus of Australian food culture from lamingtons and Vegemite to the native ingredients that sustained indigenous Australians for over 70, 000 years. Together with the yin to her yang - her dad - Hayley has built The Australian Superfood Co, a company that is having a profound positive social impact on indigenous communities through their work as a native ingredients supplier.
Published 12/04/20
In this podcast, Charity Spalding and Mark Brown touch on how dietitians can work with NDIS participants to maximise their potential by helping them to better enjoy their life, actively participate in the community and achieve their goals. Mark highlights the positive change in mindset from the old system to the NDIS, while Charity speaks to the intricacies of working in the space, how NDIS support differs from other areas of dietetics and the skills required to provide a safe service.
Published 11/27/20
AdvAPD Liz Purcell helps you upskill in the area of IBD, so you can better manage your patients with this complex life-long condition. With a focus on Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (EEN), Liz explains the what, why and how of inducing remission in patients with active Crohn's disease and delves into the key considerations for and barriers to successful treatment.
Published 11/13/20
The incredible Karen Inge joins us to talk about the sliding door moments that shaped her career. In this podcast, Karen modestly describes the profound impact she's had on the field of sports nutrition. Karen also touches the importance of creating meaningful relationships and explains why some of your biggest disappointments can become your biggest opportunities.
Published 10/16/20
After spending 20 years working in the field, Dr Nicole Kiss is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to oncology nutrition. In this podcast, we delve into Nicole's work in cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia, discuss where the current gaps lie in the literature and explore some of the most common cancer-related nutrition issues.
Published 10/02/20
You might recognise Alice Zaslavsky from her stint on MasterChef in 2012. Since her prime time TV debut, Alice has made her mark on the food and education industries, and has forged an impressive career marrying her love of healthy food with her profession as a teacher. She's even been described as a force of nature by none other than Nigella Lawson! In this podcast, we chat about her passions and inspirations, learn about her food superpower and hear all about her new book, In Praise of Veg.
Published 09/25/20
Coined the queen of sports nutrition in Australia, Louise Burke has had a career nothing short of stellar. In this podcast, Louise walks us through her incredible contributions to the field of sports nutrition - and the dietetic profession as a whole - and explains why she's looked at the COVID pandemic as a time in which an old dog can learn some new tricks.
Published 09/11/20
Bite Size Chats has gone global in this episode with Sandra Mikhail and Gemma Sampson - two Australian-born dietitians currently living and working in Switzerland and Spain, respectively. Sandra and Gemma talk us through the process of jumping out their comfort zones and reinventing themselves in the COVID-19 era.
Published 08/28/20
Tracy Hardy is one of only a handful of dietitians from an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander background. In this eye-opening chat, Tracy shares her unique experiences working at the intersection of modern day nutrition science and Indigenous knowledge, cultures and food systems. For the shownotes: https://dietitianconnection.com/podcast
Published 08/21/20
As dietitians, we know that fibre is the MVP when it comes to a happy and healthy digestive system. In this podcast episode with guest Kathleen Alleaume, we delve into the world of fibre to discover simple yet effective ways to boost fibre intake through a plant-rich diet that shines the spotlight on wholegrains, like rolled oats, legumes, fruit and veggies. We've got a gut feeling you're going to love this episode! For the shownotes: https://dietitianconnection.com/podcast
Published 08/14/20
As many parents would know, fussy eating is a bit of a puzzle - there's a whole lot of moving parts, and they all need to work seamlessly together in order to achieve a positive result. In this podcast, dietitian Dr Amy Lovell discusses how and when picky eating manifests in children, some of the potential causes of fussy eating and when is there a need for intervention. We explore how fussy eating can be addressed using best clinical practice to promote healthy eating habits in young children.
Published 07/31/20
They’re the three peas in a pod that work behind the scenes at Dietitian Connection: founder, Maree Ferguson, marketing and communications director, Kate Agnew, and new team member and marketing and communications assistant, Melissa Meier. In this episode of Bite Size Chats, Maree delves into the inner workings of the DC dream team and uncovers how the unanticipated events of 2020 have actually brought the tight-knit, quick-moving team closer together.
Published 07/24/20
Buckle up for an hour of power with the ever-inspiring Professor Clare Collins. In this episode, Clare shares why she wanted to become a dietitian and walks us through her spectacular career to date. From her first experiences in the workforce to her current role in nutrition research and her burning passion to write about nutrition, you'll leave feeling more motivated than ever to keep working hard towards the career of your dreams. For the shownotes: https://dietitianconnection.com/podcast
Published 07/17/20
Food nourishes the body and mind, so could an effective way to manage depression be found in the kitchen? In one of the first studies of its kind, a 12-week randomised-controlled trial set out is to explicitly seek to answer the question: if I improve my diet, will my mental health improve? For the shownotes, go to: https://dietitianconnection.com/podcasts/podcasts-journalclub/episode-1/
Published 07/14/20
In this podcast, men's health advocate Joel Feren joins us to shine the spotlight on the important issues in the world of men's health. Tune in to explore the landscape of men's health and nutrition in Australia, understand which groups of men have a higher risk of poor nutrition and learn practical approaches for men to meet their nutritional needs. Turns out, there's never been a better time to 'get your man in the kitchen'!
Published 07/10/20
Admirable, inspiring and dynamic: three words Karen Inge and Emma Stirling use to describe each other and the very special bond they share. In this episode of Bite Size Chats, these lifelong friends share their unique experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. From hitting the reset button and finding time for lost passions to identifying new opportunities in their work, Karen and Emma discuss their silver linings from this trying time.  
Published 07/03/20