Top 10 Videos of 2018

2018 has been quite a year for us – we only started this channel in March and we already have over 100 videos! With that in mind we thought we would work our way through our channel and compile our Top 10 Videos of 2018 – let’s get started!

10. Dietitian Life: Special Guest – Chloe McLeod

Coming in at number 10 we have our second ever special guest, Chloe McLeod. Chloe is a Nutrition Consultant, Gut Health Dietitian, Sports Performance Dietitian for the Parramatta Eels, the Creator and Owner of the The Fodmap Challenge and Co-owner of Health and Performance Collective!

Check it out to to see how Chloe started her dietetics career as well sharing some insights into her busy schedule as a Performance Dietitian!

9. Dear Dietitian: Special Guest – Joe Leech

Can you be a successful dietitian without actually seeing any clients? You certainly can – just ask Sweden-based dietitian Joe Leech.

While Joe started his journey in dietetics in private practice, he now travels the world while operating his 1 million reader a month website, www.dietvsdisease.org – but that’s not all.

Joe discovered how powerful social media marketing can be for the dietetics industry wayyyyyy before we started Dietitian Life! 

in 2013 Joe began learning the skill of science communication – specifically nutrition science – as a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. He then became the primary contributor to Healthline’s Authority Nutrition website in 2014, and has been researching and writing articles on nutrition ever since.

Joe also creates expert nutrition videos, and has now created almost 200 videos for Healthline’s Authority Nutrition Youtube channel, which have been viewed by over 5 million people – hence why having on our show was a huge honour!

In this episode of Dear Dietitian we asked Joe: What do dietitians do poorly and how could we improve?

Joe identified marketing as a key area of weakness for dietitians but then realised that dietitians in Australia are STILL shackled by their inability to use testimonials to promote their services.

“How do you expect us to compete with nutritionists, naturopaths, “nutritionologists” etc. when we can’t use testimonials? – that’s dinosaur thinking” Joe explains.

Beyond just how this backwards rule can impact our business, what about our potential clients? How many people are being pulled in by testimonials from nutritionists and personal trainers and being given a lesser service, compared to what a dietitian could do for them?

Hell, many of our potential clients probably don’t even know what dietitians are since, due to reviews being locked, we’re anything but page 1 news on Google search.

Watch below to hear our full rant!

8. Dear Dietitian – Supplement Recommendations for Clients

Would you prescribe a supplement to someone without any additional information?

Should we be recommending them as part of a client’s diet?

What questions do we ask if a client is already taking supplements?

Many people often look to supplements as a quick-fix or bandaid solution to gaps they think they have in their diet, but often supplementation isn’t necessary – and it can be VERY expensive!

Find out how to handle supplement recommendations with clients below!

7. Dietitian Life: SPECIAL GUEST – Kara Landau!

In this episode of Dietitian Life, Tyson interviews Travelling Dietitian Kara Landau!

Kara is a passionate & progressive Australian NPD dietitian and prebiotic fibre expert currently based in NYC.

Her new brand UPLIFT food launched on March 1st 2018 – Uplift Food is the world’s first dietitian created functional food brand to focus exclusively on the mood supportive benefits of gut healthy prebiotic fibers and resistant starches.

A previous spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, and now the media representative nutrition advisor for the Global Prebiotic Association, Kara confidently engages with the media globally, while specialising in the connection between gut health and mood.

Kara has previously acted as the national dietetic provider for Bupa Australia, and has consulted to companies such as Cobram Estate, Freedom Foods US, IsoWhey®, PERKii Probiotic Water, Explore Cuisine, Wonderful Pistachios , Evia Yoghurt, Sunrice, Select Harvest and Activated Nutrients on new product & recipe development, branding & communications strategy, video production & media spokesperson tasks.

Check it out below!


6. Dear Dietitian: Legal Talk, Mental Health, Calories and Full-Time-Clinics?

We tackled an important question in this episode – very important for those looking to get into private practice.

How do I establish a full-time-clinic?

You’re not going to be able to establish a full-time 48hour clinic in one location. I don’t think is really possible, unless it is a very specialised thing, you’ve got amazing contacts and then if you’ve got no competitors.

The issue with getting full-time nowadays or forever is that there is competition, and now it is getting more saturated than ever. So if you want that in one location, it is likely that a medical centre nearby that was referring to you all of a sudden gets a dietitian. Now your referral basis stopped because that GP wants that 20% or 30% or 40% from that dietitian that works in their clinic and not from giving it to you and getting no kick back.

We also answer these questions:

  • How do you protect yourself legally as a dietitian?
  • How do you tell your boss you’re having trouble with your mental health?
  • Are calories the most important factor when it comes to weight loss?

Learn more below!

5. Dear Dietitian: Australian Dietary Guidelines – How relevant are they?

As dietitians, we aim to get the best use out of what we have. The guidelines are a decent base to work from, but they’re simply too general and people aren’t seeing you so you can regurgitate them like “Just follow the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating!” when they can just find it on Google.

Now, some people imagine all of us dietitians would be able to recite the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating like it’s their national anthem.

Good luck finding those guys.

Why? Because any dietitian worth their salt knows how useful they really are in practice.

As dietitians we rarely even get healthy clients, so we should be using our clinical skills and adapting the guidelines to the client so that they can reach their goals. These recommendations could be to eat well above the guidelines such as when trying to increase exercise performance or gain weight, whereas they could be under if the goal was to lose weight.

Learn more below

4. Dear Dietitian: Optifast, Functional Nutrition, Nutrition Labels, Hypertension and Malnutrition

This one of our most loaded episodes

To get us started, we discuss calorie deficit, portion sizes and meal replacement shakes – particularly Optifast – and the appropriate way to use shakes for weight loss. Next up we answer whether dietitians practice functional nutrition which ends up takes us down a rabbit hole of vega testing, sticky blood, and our views people coming to us with random supplements.

We analyse a nutrition label and share what dietitians should be mindful of, and how to educate your clients on what to look when analysing a food label.

Got a client with high blood pressure? We discuss hypertension and diet including the “gold standard” DASH diet.

Last but not least… we touch on malnutrition and Malnutrition Screening Tools (MST) from the basic tools to a discussion around PG-SGA.

Get started by clicking below.

3. Private Practice Special

The choice between working in hospitals VS in Private Practice can be overwhelming for new-grads so we thought we would answer some important questions on the subject!

We talk about our favourite things about private practice – as well as our least favourites…

How did we even end up in private practice in the first place? It wasn’t thing we necessarily went for 100% from the get-go, it sort of just happened.

We also explain how we MARKET our clinics, which will be very helpful because: if you don’t market yourself properly, you won’t have clients and then you won’t have a clinic at all…

Watch below!

2. Dear Dietitian: Full Fat vs Low Fat Dairy – A Dietitian’s Response

What’s the consensus on the low-fat vs. full-fat dairy debate? What are the guidelines? Are there any benefits to eating low-fat/full-fat or should we all just be drinking soy milk?

 Despite what the guidelines may say, full-fat dairy doesn’t actually increase your risk for developing conditions like heart disease as once thought.

The dietary guidelines recommend that only children who are younger than 2 years of age should eat full-fat dairy and anyone else should stick to low-fat dairy foods.

The guidelines have some catching up to do.

They based these recommendations on the fact that infants generally require more energy, which is all well and good, but the low-fat recommendations for the rest of the population are based on the long held belief that ‘saturated fats cause heart disease’. Turns out that recent research has been telling us for some time that saturated fat isn’t the villain we thought it was

This is why it’s so important you get the right information from up-to-date, qualified sources. The most recent guidelines were way back in 2013 and as Dietitians we have to be able to adapt the latest findings and combine it with our knowledge so that we can give the best and most effective advice to our clients.

Learn more below!


How do you market yourself correctly? What is your worth?

Over the lifespan of Dietitian Life, we’ve talked about how important marketing is in Dietetics and after going through our videos, we do talk alot about many different areas and angles of marketing.

Check out the link below to see our latest YouTube video: The Dietitian Life – Marketing Mashup!

The video is a collection of some of our best content around marketing in dietetics, see the description on YouTube for some timestamps to jump to sections that most interest you! We also have Joe Leech of Diet vs Disease (as seen earlier in this list) and Joel Feren, The Nutrition Guy chiming in!

We hope you enjoyed our list and thank you for supporting us over our first year, bring on 2019!

Special thanks to all of the other guests that we had on the show:

Jessica Spendlove – Advanced Sport’s Dietitian

Jessica is a Sydney-based Sports Dietitian who works with various male and female athletes including the GWS Giants, the Cronulla Sharks and GIANTS Netball. She has been with the Cronulla Sharks since 2013 and the GWS GIANTS since 2014, and has been responsible for implementing and growing the nutrition program at both clubs. Jessica works across all areas relating to nutrition, hydration, supplementation and body composition.

Jessica has also published peer-reviewed journals (The British Journal of Nutrition and Sports Medicine) and has contributed to media publications including Huffington Post. She recently featured on The Biggest Loser Australia and is available as a nutrition consultant to contribute or comment for television, online or print media. Jessica is very interested in working with food companies and products as a consultant or spokesperson.

She is also co-owner of Health and Performance Collective with Chloe McLeod!

The Nutrition Guy, Joel Feren! 

Joel Feren is The Nutrition Guy, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist. He regularly consults to the food industry and in private practice, helping clients to achieve improved health with good nutrition.

Joel has a passion for working in the food industry and enjoys the challenge of debunking commonly-held nutrition myths in the media. He is a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. He is also a regular presenter on Channel 10’s My Market Kitchen!

Doctor Tim Crowe of Thinking Nutrition!

Tim is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who has spent most of his career in the world of university nutrition teaching and research.

He now works chiefly as a freelance health and medical writer and scientific consultant. He holds an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor position with Bond University and has casual academic roles at Deakin University and Curtin University. He has an active media profile and a large social media following through his Thinking Nutrition and Facebook page which he uses to communicate important nutrition messages to the public in plain and simple language.

Tim is also a Health Writer at Medibank, Medical Writer at CHOICE, Health Writer at Warringal Publications, Health Writer and Editorial Advisory member at Australian Healthy Food Guide!

Tim has also previously worked as a Clinical Dietitian at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and at at Austin Health!

Anna and Alex of The Biting Truth!

Anna and Alex are Accredited Practising Dietitians who believe that science is a tool that can help us get closer to the truth in the midst of all this nutrition confusion.

The pair are no-nonsense nutritionists who are obsessed with all things food and are not afraid to expose mistruths in the world of food and nutrition.

Check them out here! 

Doctor Lisa Vincze

Lisa graduated with Tyson at Griffith University and after completing a PHD with Professor Clare Collins at The University of Newcastle, Australia, she’s currently lecturing back where she started!

Connect with Lisa on her Twitter account here!

And also

Our first Dietitian Life Scholarship winner: Final Year Dietetics Student: Luca Georgiou from The Queensland University of Technology,  University cohort and Alice Springs – based dietitian Katelyn Paterson and finally an Italian Dietitian who kindly let us interview her about what’s it like being a dietitian in Italy: Francesca Paris!

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