Nosh Magazine: Bringing some of Australia’s leading Dietitians to your computer

I often find my Facebook newsfeed and email inbox filling up with discussions around quacks who peddle misinformation and confusion around healthy eating. I’m not a fan of demonising an individual food or nutrient, and I’m certainly not a fan of the amount of money that such an overly-simplistic approach can make. But I’m also not keen on ‘bashing’ individuals for promoting these kind of approaches to eating. Personal attacks easily step into the realm of maliciousness, and I have never seen them to be very effective- they just get people’s backs up.

Adopting a more constructive approach and taking small steps to help others realign their approach to food, however… Now, that’s the way forward.

That’s why I was excited to come across Nosh a month or two ago, on another Dietitian’s blog, Cheering for Nutrition. Nosh is a new online magazine that is published by Australian Dietitians. All of its content comes from Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD’s) and other qualified health professionals, so you know you can trust what you read.

 

Cover of Nosh Issue 2.

Cover of Nosh Issue 2.

 

Some of the things I like about Nosh is that it:

  • Is full of photos and graphics, and light on text
  • Contains information you know you can trust
  • Is a good length- not long enough to make you regret clicking on it, but also long enough to cover a wide range of nutritional topics
  • Contains nutritious recipes that the average person would want to eat (as opposed to recipes that contain unusual and expensive super foods that only a certain niche demographic would eat)

My only gripe with it so far is that the website seems to be quite slow, although I suspect that this is more to do with the online publishing software than anything else. I know I’ve had similar issues with other similar online magazines.

Nosh joins the ranks of a growing range of magazines that deliver nutrition information in a reader-friendly format. Other similar publications include the Healthy Food Guide and eDietitians. So far, it appears that two issues of Nosh have been published (see Issue 1 and Issue 2).

Do you have any other trustworthy nutrition magazines that you enjoy reading? I always love to hear about such publications.

 

Disclaimer: I have no personal interest, financial or otherwise, in Nosh magazine. The views held are my own.

Welcome to Nourish Me Simply!

Stuart Miles. 10094977. Free Digital Photos; 2012. Available from: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Other_Health_and_Bea_g278-Eat_Diet_Keys_p94977.html

Source: Stuart Miles. 10094977. Free Digital Photos; 2012.

 

I’m really excited to be starting Nourish Me Simply. I have always loved writing. Blogging seemed the next logical step to marry this love of writing with my other passion, nutrition.

Nutrition articles in newspapers definitely played a major part in me deciding that I wanted to become a dietitian as a teenager. I remember hearing about the health benefits of olive oil, and eagerly adding extra olive oil when eating tuna, canned in oil, and pasta (don’t try this at home, kids!). One time, I heard that eating black pepper and green tea at the same sitting boosted your metabolism, and guess what I tried soon after? (!) I eagerly read about the nutritional benefits of individual foods, but then couldn’t quite work out how to include them in my everyday diet. If blueberries were full of antioxidants and garlic was good for blood pressure, did that mean that these two foods should now become the mainstay of my diet?

You see, reading about nutrition in popular press often opens up a can of worms. What starts out as a simple interest in doing right by one’s body, can all-too-easily morph into overwhelming confusion. Depending on your personality, this seems to often lead to either anxious, hyper restrictive eating, or feelings of apathy- “We’re all going to die one day anyway”. The truth is, nutrition for the average, healthy person IS simple. It’s not about individual ‘super’ foods being a panacea, or that one spoon of ice cream giving you a heart attack- it’s your whole dietary pattern that matters. There is strong evidence that what’s best for you is eating a mainly plant-based diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables and legumes (beans) and moderate amounts of fish, dairy and nuts.

At Nourish Me Simply, I aim to look at different aspects of nutrition- including scientific studies featured in the popular press, health conditions, diets, healthy eating across different cultures, you name it! And in all that, live up to the central theme of this blog:

Keeping nutrition SIMPLE.