5 thoughts from my first dietetics semester

This year I started dietetics. But, what even is ‘dietetics’ anyways? What do dietitians do? Do we simply look good in lab coats with fruit on our desks?

Dietitians are the experts in food and nutrition (you can read about it here). I made the exciting transition at the beginning of the year from Nutrition Science to specialised study in Nutrition and Dietetics. So dietetics is… ?
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Essential links for any nutrition student

As a student dietitian, I get my fair share of nutrition questions. I’m still learning and there are many things I don’t know (or don’t feel confident) enough to answer straight away. After all, we’re meant to be the ones to provide evidence-based information.

Giving the wrong information can be dangerous and as students we shouldn’t be adding to the misinformation. Out of a desire for correct knowledge and curiosity (this was one of the reasons I started this blog), I’ll look for the answer to these questions. Over the past few years, I’ve come up with a list of my go-to-resources for information.
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Celebrating a Year of What About Health?

Celebrations are wonderful! There are gifts, speeches about the past year, and there’s always cake. So here we are at the first birthday party of “What About Health?”. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already since I started this crazy journey. The WAH? Community has grown, there have been many questions asked, nutrition conversations, and a lot of food for thought. Just like any good party, this birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without reflection speeches, thank you’s and of course, gifts and cake.

Let’s start with the speeches…

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Eat and Enjoy this Christmas

Eat what you want this Christmas. Eat without feeling guilty. Enjoy what you eat.

The traditional message from health professionals are to use portion control and everyone is shocked when a nutrition student would go for extra helpings of cake or ice-cream. And if you’re already trying to lose weight, the Christmas feast can be frightening. Boxing Day can leave you guilty and planning to exercise all those extra kilojoules off, if you can be bothered. Continue reading…

Surviving Exams

Exam week is almost here or already here for some of us. “But I’ll get healthy when uni is over”, “I just have no time to make good food” or “I can’t wait for holidays so I can finally get into shape.”

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Why I took a break

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How did I spend my Easter Holidays and week off from uni? Road-tripping and visiting family (and far less study then I planned). It’s so nice to have a break from my usual life!

Over the Easter long weekend, I traveled to a country town – Camperdown, Victoria (a few hours out from Melbourne) to visit my husband’s grandparents and family. We spent countless hours in the car, explored the classic tourist attractions, ate heaps of food, listened to random songs and just hung out. Continue reading…