In our latest blog Brisbane dietitian and RRP Physiotherapy’s nutrition expert, Ally Smith has shared her top tips for managing four (4) common chronic health conditions.
Did you know poor nutrition can have a big impact on health problems you may be experiencing such as digestion issues, skin disorders, and even chronic conditions?
When patients come to see Ally about their diet and nutrition, many are worried about being placed on restrictive diets and being miserable during the process.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Our qualified dietetics team can help with a range of chronic conditions in an achievable way.
In this blog Ally reveals her nutrition tips for helping to successfully manage:
- Type 2 Diabetes,
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
How Nutrition Affects Chronic Conditions
Before we explore Ally’s recommendations, it’s important to understand how important good nutrition is for every one of us.
Nutrition (primarily from food, but also supplementation) is what our bodies need to feed, repair, build and keep our cells alive.
In order to thrive, not just survive, we need to consume a healthy mix of:
Health Conditions our Brisbane Dietitian Can Help With
Ally is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and sports dietitian. She joined the RRP Physiotherapy team in 2020.
Here is a selection of her top diet tips and goals for managing Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
To help combat obesity and lose weight in a healthy way, we recommend:
- Eating in a slight calorie deficit (~150-200kcal for females and ~300-400kcal for males).
- Try to increase energy expenditure through either exercise or NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) aka all movement which isn’t deemed ‘exercise’.
2. Type 2 Diabetes
- For overweight patients, we like to work with clients to set achievable weight loss goals – and a plan to get there!
- Focus on carbohydrate distribution. Keeping in mind 1 serve of carbohydrate is ~15g; Breakfast: 2 serves (e.g. ½ cup oats, snack: 1 serve (e.g. 1 piece of fruit), lunch: 2 serves (e.g. 2 slices of bread), snack: 1 serve (e.g. 200g low fat yoghurt), dinner: 2 serves (e.g. 1 cup cooked pasta)
3. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Important Note: For those diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome there’s no one size fits all approach, so please speak to your health practitioners (like us!) about a tailored treatment plan to your personal circumstances.
Here are some general tips that your dietitian will consider and advise if they are right for you:
- Recommend weight loss strategies if overweight
- Commence regular exercise
- Consume mostly low GI carbohydrates
- Evenly spread carbohydrate intake throughout the day
4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Please note the best approach to managing IBS will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
Here at RRP, the first step towards treating IBS is identifying what the cause is. We’ll ask you to keep a food and symptom diary, this could take two forms:
- If symptoms are not overly severe, cut out the main culprits for IBS (gluten, dairy, raw veg etc) and monitor symptoms. Slowly reintroduce one at a time if symptoms subside.
- If symptoms are severe commence the low FODMAP diet (a much more restrictive elimination diet and considered the gold standard for IBS). After eliminating all FODMAP foods, work with your dietitian to slowly reintroduce foods back in.
Brisbane Dietitian: Tips for Managing 4 Chronic Health Conditions
If you are struggling with a chronic condition and would like to learn more about how good nutrition can help minimise symptoms you may be experiencing and in some instances, help treat the root cause, get in contact!
If a little niggle, or serious injury is stopping you from reaching your potential and performing at your best, then the trusted team at RRP Physiotherapy can help.
We develop customised treatment plans for people of all walks of life and sporting abilities, including professional athletes.
Our team has a strong background in exercise rehabilitation and is obsessed with health and fitness. But rest assured, we also treat non-sporting injuries like workplace injuries, chronic diseases, musculoskeletal imbalances, body stiffness and much more.
Our clinic at Macgregor is based in a World Gym, so we’ve got access to world-class facilities to help fast-track your recovery.
RRP Physiotherapy accepts Private Health Insurance (via HICAPS), and bulk-bills WorkCover, DVA (White/Gold Cards) and GP Management Plans (EPCs). Plus, you don’t need a referral to come and see us!