The internet is flooded with people claiming to be health experts and doling out cookie-cutter nutrition advice. Navigating the world of nutrition alone can be overwhelming and confusing. But I am here to hold your hand throughout your journey to a healthier, happier you. My name is Alethea Mills, a Gold Coast based Clinical Nutritionist with a Bachelor's Degree of Health Science in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine. I'm passionate about helping people rediscover the spark of vitality deep within.

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Essential Tips for COVID-19

We are currently in unprecedented times and terms such as “social distancing” and “self-isolation” have become part of a standard conversation. For most of us, we are used to living in a fast-paced world, where everything is available at the click of a mouse, tap on a phone and an abundance of whatever the hell you want in all of our stores. This change can be tricky for us and slowing down can be difficult. I have found it helpful to focus on what I can do to make the most of this time and focus on how I can remain in good health, mentally and physically. That’s the organised Cancerian coming out in me! Keeping Sane in Home Isolation! Daily routine -  implement work time, family time and exercise. Get showered and dressed ...

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Going Vegan…what you need to know.

Living a vegan lifestyle has been gaining in popularity since the early 2000s with Google trends showing an increase since 2004. People are changing to a vegan diet for a multitude of reasons including reducing animal cruelty, seeking improved health, environmental reasons and religious beliefs. Difference between vegan and vegetarian Dietary Vegan – consumes no food that is sourced from animal products and yes this includes honey for the strict vegan. Vegetarian – consumes no meat or fish but will often eat eggs and milk. Ovo-Vegetarian will consume eggs but no milk, lacto-vegetarian will consume milk but not eggs and an ovo-lacto vegetarian will consume both eggs and milk. Got it? Is it suitable for everyone? Like most ways ...

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Essential nutrients to watch in a vegan diet

The on-watch list of nutrients Plant-based eating holds some wonderful health benefits, however, it is important to keep in mind that there are some nutrients that are low or not available in a vegan diet. I have included a list of those nutrients in this blog. As mentioned in my other blog, it is important to gain pathology and a baseline of many of these essential nutrients prior to dietary changes to assess and address any nutrient deficiencies. A nutritionist can help you with this process. Vitamin B12 – This vitamin only occurs naturally in animal foods. It is essential for healthy cells and making DNA, kind of important. Being low in vitamin B12 can lead to fatigue, nerve issue and depression. Vitamin B12 should be closely ...

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Simple (but important) Things to Know about Electrolytes

Are you one of those athletes with rings of white on your hat post-training? Are you feeling fatigued at the end of a session? Are you feeling smashed for the day post-training sessions? Are you training in your luteal phase? Answered yes to any of these? You may need to consider an electrolyte replacement. What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are salts that are found in nature in the form of minerals. They have an electrical charge, either a positive or a negative ion, that is part of our nerve communication system. They speak to the opposite ion; the negative will communicate with the positive i.e. opposites attract! I mean do opposites really attract? I don’t know about that but in this case, they do! In addition ...

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Tips for Bush Fire Relief

It’s been a tense, emotional and incredibly sad start to the year for the people and animals affected by the bushfires in Australia. I have found it difficult to find words that fit the enormity of what is happening and the long term effects environmentally, emotionally and financially to the people of Australia and the flow-on effects to the world. Our friends in New Zealand are already feeling the environmental impact. The reality of what was happening hit me when I spoke with friends who were leaving town to get to safety and I wondered what I could do to help as a nutritionist. I started back in my gold coast nutrition clinic this week and speaking with patients, many are feeling helpless, guilty to be enjoying a day at the beach ...

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