No food is innately 'good' or 'bad'.
Foods are only ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for you in context of your uniqueness; the goals you have for your body, your budget, your tastebuds, your desires.
A dietitian is going to tell you all the things you’re not allowed to eat…. right? Wrong.
When you employ a service to landscape your yard, they generally design your garden based on what you like, the time you have available for upkeep, your horticulture knowledge. It’s nonsensical for them to plant the botanical gardens in a unit complex on the Gold Coast. Similarly, there is no one-size-fits-all diet program. An AARI dietitian works with you to plan a diet that is unique for your body and health, your lifestyle, your tastes and your goals.
AARI Nutrition experts have an interest and understanding of the deprivation and jargon of ‘diets,’ we can help you towards an understanding of food and nutrition – and believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be so hard!
DIETARY ANALYSIS & MEAL PLANNING
AARI Dietitians take time to get to know you, from which a meal plan can be artfully designed. A dietary analysis is conducted in consult, and allows you to see the calories, macro’s, vitamins and minerals you are consuming in relation to what (exactly) your body requires. The meal plan can then be tailored, and is unique, created to achieve the necessities of your body, the practicalities of your lifestyle and budget, and the goals for your body.
FOOD INTOLERANCE/ SENSITIVITY
Are there some foods that are making you feel uncomfortable? Giving you abdominal discomfort, bloating, flatulence and altered bowel habits? Do you have skin conditions such as eczema? Do you have post-nasal drip or sinus? Do you suffer frequent headaches or migraines? You may be suffering from food sensitivities and your central nervous system is trying to let you know! Come and see our AARI Dietitians who can help you investigate the specific cause, and formulate a plan to avoid the impact of the trigger foods.
At AARI we offer two group-based programs to help you to achieve your goals in a supportive group environment. This includes our 8-week diabetes management course and our 10-week weight loss program – click here for more information
Hydration Assessment & Optimisation
Hydration is essential for performance.
Why? Over 70% of our body is water. A decrease in body water from high sweat losses and insufficient fluid intake can affect heat control mechanisms, the brain’s control of concentration and coordination and can increase the effort of the heart – all of which make you feel like you are working much harder. Measuring hydration can be done in a few ways (depending on the athlete and available resources) and from the results, optimal hydration strategies can be mapped out.
Skin Fold (Anthropometry)
Surface anthropometry is a measure of body composition (estimating body fat mass and fat free mass). Taken by a qualified anthropometrist, this can allow far more accurate calculation of your body composition (for fat loss, muscle gain/ bulking up) than scales. The restricted profile requires eight skinfold sites to be marked up and measured, 5 body girths and 2 bone breadths, to estimate body composition, somatotype (relative leanness/ muscularity) and per cent body fat. It is inexpensive, non-invasive, and takes about 30mins.
Sweat Sodium Testing
Sweat testing allows us to analyse the composition of an athlete’s sweat; it can help in the investigation of the cause of muscle cramps, dehydration, heavy and salty sweaters, and helps us decide on the optimal type and amount of fluid replacement during an event.