Saturday, 1 October 2016

Diabetes Educator Announcement

Newtown Nutrition is excited to announce that our dietitian Kate is now a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE).  As a CDE, Kate has extensive experience in diabetes and is able to provide diabetes self-management education, as well as information, motivation and support to aid in the prevention of diabetes-related complications. If you have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes, meeting with a Diabetes Educator will support you in your understanding of the condition and provide guidance for achieving optimal health.  

With a GP referral, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for your diabetes education appointment, but a GP referral is not necessary to book in with Kate (please note that we do not bulk bill).  If you have questions about whether a diabetes educator would be helpful in your care, feel free to direct your questions to  

To book in with Kate, you may ring reception at 02 9517 9932.  

Eating After Weight Loss Surgery

At Newtown Nutrition, we work closely with some of Sydneys leading weight loss surgeons - assisting their patients to get the best results from their bariatric surgery.

The main concern post-surgery is being able to get enough nutrition with such a small stomach (generally 1/2 cup portion per meal). Whilst people successfully learn to implement adequate nutrition with the limited portion size, two re-occurring complaints we hear as Dietitians is that people struggle to know what to eat socially and to come up with variety.

This image was sent in from one of our previous clients who has shown that eating post-op, doesn't have to be boring! How's this for a gourmet selection?

Protein - check!
Fibre - check!
Variety - check!

Eating post-op can be an exciting challenge. If you've had weight loss surgery and are struggling to know what to eat, check in with one of our experienced Dietitians.

Discount Code For Vitamin King

We've teamed up with the crew at Vitamin King to offer 5% discount on any of their stock, either online or in store!

You might think - aren't you Dietitians? Shouldn't you be promoting real food? Well, yes! But whilst we recommend getting your nutrition from wholefoods primarily, for some of our patients, getting that little bit of help is often either extremely handy or vital for their health. So whether you need some extra calcium or iron supplements, protein powders or anything else to get you to optimal health, check out and pop in the codes below at the checkout.

What's more is that at Vitamin King, there's so much more than supplements and vitamins! Here's a few of our faves;

Fusions ActiViral - one of the reasons I didn't get sick this winter!

Bobs Red Mills Cereal - one of the heartiest grain mixes i've ever tried - delicious breakfast!

Springfields Essential Oils - some of the best blends I've ever come across.

Our Eco Home Air Fresheners - we use this in our offices & if you are into natural living then it's definitely one to try!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Embrace - The documentary

A review, and messages for those of us who don’t love our body.

By Molly Jones

If you have been following Newtown Nutrition on Facebook recently, you’d know that I recently took myself to go see a new documentary out called Embrace. If you missed the initial post - I’d love for you to watch the trailer before reading the rest of the post.

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Embrace is the brainchild of Taryn Brumfit; a documentary on self love and body image acceptance.  Long story short, she posted a photo a few years ago  that went incredibly viral, and after being interviewed internationally on the topic of body image, she wanted a bigger platform to spread the message she so desperately wanted to share.  Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions”.

I could wholeheartedly write pages and pages praising this film, but  instead, I’ll keep it short - simple - and helpful. Here are the 3 biggest things I took from watching this film. 

Number one.
You may think that the person who is younger than you/fitter than you; is a size smaller than you /has longer hair than you/has clearer skin than you/has more money than you/has more friends than you is more confident with their body than youBut you know what, they’re probably hating their body as much as you are.

Number two.We get exposed to hundreds and thousands of images of the ‘perfect body’; from magazines, to models, to tv commercials, to social media. The lack of diversity in our media does nothing but build upon our lack of love for our bodies. The men and women in our media don’t even look like that in reality thanks to airbrushing, excessive makeup, good lighting and a team of assistants who's job is to make them look amazing. 

Number three.
The joy, fulfilment and happiness that becomes a part of you when you’re not stressed about the appearance of your body is life changing. I can tell you right now, that the women that walked out of the theatre after seeing this documentary had a certain glow about them. And that glow, that determination, is awe-inspiring. Because can you even imagine, how much we could do as individuals, if we weren’t concerned with how we looked. 

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Celebrating what we’ve got; right now. 

Celebrating what our bodies can do; rather than what they look like.

 Celebrating who we are as people; rather than physical entities.

Our kindness, our generosity, our courage and our happiness don’t come from what size clothes we wear or how we look in the mirror. 

This is what this documentary taught me.

And I wholeheartedly think every single person would get something out of it (young, old, male, female, happy with their body or hated their body for as long as they could remember).

For screenings in your nearest city, check out the link below.

The best types of dietary fibre for optimal gut health – are you missing out?

The best types of dietary fibre for optimal gut health – are you missing out? 

Written by Amanda Moon (APD), originally published at blog

Considering different types of fibre have different effects in our gut, research suggests that eating a combination and variety of different high-fibre foods is important for our optimal healthHigh fibre foods in general include vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and including all of these foods in your diet is recommended (where tolerated) for a variety of gut benefits. However, understanding which may be the most beneficial, including to help restore and maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your large bowel, may be the key – fibre is not just about keeping your bowel movements regular and passing with ease! 

Our gut bacteria is well recognised to have an important role in the absorptions of nutrients, keeping our immune system strong, preventing certain cancers, improving the integrity of the gut lining and minimising gut inflammation. Recent research is also indicating that a healthy balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut bacteria may also result in improving systemic effects beyond the gut (think fatigue, arthritis, acne, eczema, mental health and weight management to name a few). It’s the gas and short-chain fatty acids that our bacteria release after feeding on certain fibres and foods (prebiotics) we eat, that are responsible for these benefits. Dr Jane Muir, Nutritional scientist and researcher at Monash University says that getting the balance of prebiotics and total dietary fibre is what’s important. 

Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth likens the gut to a garden. “Think of your microbial community as your own garden that you’re responsible for. You need to make sure the soil (your intestines) and the plants (microbes) are healthy, containing plenty of nutrients and to stop weeds or poisonous plants (toxins or disease microbes) taking over, we need to cultivate the widest variety of different plants and seeds as possible”. I love this! 

Note: Some people are sensitive to certain fibres and sugars in the foods listed below, which may result in gas, bloating, pain, indigestion etc. Get in touch if you need advice on determining how to manage the following foods in your diet. Some work to repair and restore the balance of bacteria in your gut may be needed first.  

Fibres and foods most beneficial for our gut: 

  1. Prebiotic fibres (e.g. galacto-oligosaccharides and fructans)support the growth of beneficial bacteria and the production of short chain fatty acids, which provide nourishment to our intestinal cells and the movement of fibre through the gut. Legumes (e.g. chickpeas, red kidney beans, borlotti beans, four bean mix) and lentils are one of the highest sources, with others including onions, garlic, leeks, wheat and nuts 

  1. Resistance starchstarch not digested in the small intestine (therefore acts as a fibre) and provides food for our bacteria. Good sources include cooked and cooled potatoes and pasta, as well as legumes, lentils, barley, rye, cashews, oats, green bananas, banana flour. 

  1. Simple sugars (e.g. fructose and polyolsin fruits and vegetablesdraws water into the gut to assist movement of fibre and prevent constipation. Apples, pears, figs, mango, asparagus, artichoke, sugar snap peas, snow peas, mushrooms and cauliflower are good sources. 

  1. Polysaccharides: provide bulk and absorb water to promote normal bowel movements. These are found in bran, oats, barley, rye, wholegrain bread and brown rice.  

If increasing the amount of fibre in your day, start slowly to ensure your gut bacteria has time to multiply and adapt. 

Of course fibre isn’t the only important component of our diet to keep our gut (and body) healthy and happy. High amounts of refined sugars and starches, certain types of fats, toxins and alcohol can have a negative impact, while natural foods rich in vitamins, minerals, nourishing fats, proteins and antioxidants will have a positive effect. But work on one thing at a time I say!    

Hope this helps 

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Welcome Dietitian Kate Back From Maternity Leave

Our dietitian Kate is pleased to announce the safe and healthy arrival of her son, 
Quin Alexander.  

She has enjoyed spending time at home with him, watching him grow, coo, giggle and smile; but she is now ready to return to Newtown Nutrition.

Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator specialising in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, prediabetes, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, weight management and lifestyle change.  

Kate takes a moderate approach to help people achieve and maintain their goals in a sustainable fashion.  Kate has undergone further training in behaviour change, and she applies these principles in her consultations. 

Kate will be available for consultations in the Newtown Nutrition office fortnightly on Saturday between 9am and 1:30pm. 

For more information about Kate's philosophy and areas of interest, visit our website

To book an appointment with Kate, you may ring the Newtown Nutrition office at 9517 9932 or email 9am and 1:30pm.