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Why school weigh-ins are a very bad idea

School weigh-ins to combat the obesity crisis have been reported in the media as a possible addition to current health policy in my state of NSW http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5322787/School-weigh-ins-students-combat-childhood-obesity.html I think it is a terrible idea- here are my thoughts. Lets hope, and fight if necessary, that any new policy does not include weight-ins at school. It […]

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#TTC and exercise: Too little v.s. too much

Setting a New Year’s resolutions about getting your body fit, doing lots of exercise and becoming healthy in order to maximise your fertility? Wooooooooo- up girlfriend. Let’s arm you with some information first.   There is such a thing as too much exercise, and of course there is also a problem of too little. The […]

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Healthy Party Foods for Kids

We went a children’s Christmas party with my 2 year old the other day. It was such a wonderful warm, fun filled evening for all the kids and families involved. It was a great night. But we were asked to bring a plate to share – it was dinner time. I don’t mind the odd […]

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A precious life

So my fans may have noticed I am a little quiet on the blog and Instagram front over the last couple of months. Don’t worry I have not lost my passion for nutrition and sharing with you all about fertility, pregnancy, infant, toddler, kid and adolescent nutrition. But I write the blog and do the […]

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Folate an essential supplement 3 month pre-pregnancy & during pregnancy

Folate is essential to a healthy pregnancy, as it is used in the formation of the brain and nervous system early in pregnancy. Lack of folate has been associated with spina bifida and neural tube defects. Folate is found naturally in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, bok choy, choy sum, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale […]

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Plant proteins for fertility & pregnancy

  Did you know consuming plant proteins such as nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, 3 bean mix, bortolli beans, Italian soup mix, soy beans and tofu etc, as part of a balanced diet with all the food groups, including small amounts of animal protein, has been found to benefit to fertility and enhance pregnancy […]

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Infertility and pregnancy loss

So as a pregnancy and paediatric dietitian is not all cooing and smiling and congratulating. Sometimes there is the really hard stuff too, the pain of infertility and pregnancy loss, is one of those hard areas. Its little bit taboo to talk about these issues in our society, but it affects so many couples. There […]

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Mediterranean Diet in Pregnancy

The Mediterranean style diet is one of the most recognised food patterns studied for its health benefits.  It is characterised to be a diet high in fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole-grains, and olive oil, moderate amounts of fish (low mercury fish best in pregnancy- see our previous blog https://www.drstar.com.au/love-fish-in-pregnancy/  , dairy and […]

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Nourishing home made egg custard – great for mumma’s and kids alike

I am not sure that the processed custard and baby custards in the supermarket should actually be called custard! At least not as a home cook knows it. The are usually skim milk (though as low fat is out of fashion actually often say nothing about this on front of pack any more), colouring, thickeners […]

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Vitamin B3 in Pregnancy

Amazing new research out of Australia,  shows Vitamin B3, also called niacin or nicotinamide in pregnancy may prevent many birth defects, at least in mice, but this is important because often the first stage of breakthrough research is in animal models. More studies in humans will be sure to follow. In humans we get our […]

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love fish in pregnancy!

Yes that is right we love fish in pregnancy! I thought you had to avoid fish in pregnancy I hear many people say. Well there is an element of truth, it is best to avoid a number of fish types due to high mercury content. BUTTTTT and this is a big one –  3 X […]

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Nutrition in first year of babies life. Week 5. When would you need a paediatric dietitian?

Hi all, We have reached our 5th and final week of our Nutrition in the first year of life video series! This week I discuss when in this first year you might see a paediatric dietitian. For all of you who have been watching, thanks for coming on this journey with me. Hope you got […]

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Week 4: Introducing solids in kids at high risk of food allergy

Welcome to week 4 of of Nutrition in the first year of life series. In this video I discuss – The prevalence of food allergy – who is at high risk of food allergy – signs and symptoms of food allergy – the importance of getting medical help and in getting an accurate diagnosis – […]

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Week 3: More on baby led weaning vs puree and introducing ‘Responsive Introduction to solids’

Welcome to Week 3 of our free series on nutrition in the first year of life. This week I set out to look in more detail at the pros and cons of baby led weaning, and some of the difficulties that can accompany puree spoon feed introduction to solids. After thinking about the potential pitfalls […]

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Nutrition in the First Year of life- Week 2 Introduction to solids, kitchen demo

Free 5 Week Video Series on Nutrition in the First Year of life! Here we are at week 2 already! Today we are doing an introduction, on introduction to solids. There is so much to cover this is just a few ideas to get you started. Here is a breakdown of main content in case […]

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Free Video Series, Nutrition in the first year of Life, Week 1 the first 6 months

Free 5 week Series on Nutrition in the First Year of life! Week 1- this week we are talking about feeding the new born up to around 6 months of age. In case you want to skip to the part you are most interested in here is a breakdown 0-1.5 minutes- intro to my dietetics […]

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Paediatric Food allergy: The Importance of Getting an Accurate Diagnosis.

Paediatric Food allergy: The Importance of Getting an Accurate Diagnosis. By Dr Anita Star About 1 in 20 children will now develop a food allergy, this is increasing overtime and the science is still unclear as to why this might be. Many other children will develop food aversions or intolerances, but this article will focus […]