In this podcast we hear from Tara Davenport who is a Consulting Sports Dietitian at GO2 Health (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays). Tara helps clarify some modern myths around food and what we should and shouldn't be eating. Some key points from Tara's interview include:

  • Gut health is critical in terms of nutrition and helping to stabilise your mood and energy. It's a great place to start to boost your overall health
  • Gut health is commonly interrupted by people not eating enough fibre (20 to 35 grams of fibre per day is recommended). This is usually as a result of not having enough vegetables, both in quantity and in variety; and self care and stress levels has a major role in gut health 
  • Healthy carbs are a good thing and shouldn't be eliminated from your diet (unless you are coeliac or gluten intolerant as diagnoses by a health professional). Gluten has been "bashed" and is a nutrient that should be included in a balanced diet
  • Avoiding food types can reduce nutrient intake and can cause more harm than good
  • Grains are good. They are fortified in Vitamin B
  • Carbohydrates are our main fuel, organs and muscles and we really can't survive without them. Feeling sluggish or bloated or pain after eating carbs might be more to do with irritable bowel and this needs to be diagnosed by a health professional (not the internet)
  • Adults need to have four to seven serves of vegetables per day (one serve = half a cup) and two serves of fruit per day

Listen to the interview here and gain more tips to improve your gut health and energy levels:

You don't need to be an athlete to see a Sports Dietitian, Tara can help you achieve your lifestyle goals and improve your health. You can make a time to see Tara and get on track with a tailored eating plan (not a diet), feeling better and achieving your goals by phoning: 3355 5540.