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Answering your questions!

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03/02/2013 at 21:47


Some of you will already know me, but for those who don't - I'm a qualified dietitian, specialising in sports nutrition.I have a habit of prowling the threads and answering people's nutrition/diet questions! 

I do offer a pay-for service, but I've also launched a blog/facebook site and wanted to let you know that I'm happy to write articles on specific topics/answer some general questions if anyone has anything they're particularly interested in. For free! 

Find me here

The Food Whisperer



Edited: 03/02/2013 at 21:57
04/02/2013 at 10:07

Great blog!  It's so refreshing to find something really informative that hasn't been dumbed down.  I'll be following with interest

04/02/2013 at 10:12

Really good, will keep an eye on it as I get down to my proper running weight targets

04/02/2013 at 11:00

Hi Sarah - great blog!

This isnt remotely a nutrition question but i am just wondering if you could possibly advise me as to how you got qualified or what you consider would be the best route to take?  For info i am legally qualified but love my fitness (and my food!) and i would love to retrain in the next couple of years as a sports nutritionist.  its what i find interesting and would adore to have a career in. 

Any help/guidance would be really appreciated!  thanks so much. 

04/02/2013 at 11:18

Great blog Sarah! I'll follow with interest

05/02/2013 at 11:48

Thanks for the feedback! It seemed to make sense to put everything together in one place, as a lot of the questions I answer crop up time and again

I've just posted a new post on runner's tummy if you'd like to take a look!

Trixee - my route to qualification isn't one taken by many people. I first qualified as a dietitian. It's a protected title (unlike 'nutritionist' which is, as yet, not fully regulated), and the course is designed to enable graduates to work within the medical profession, so there's quite a degree of clinical application involved - lots of anatomy, physiology, medicine, etc. From there, I chose to specialise in sports nutrition by doing this course. It's geared towards people working in sport/nutrition, and I can highly recommend it. It's very much based on science and current evidence, so you can be sure the knowledge and skills you develop are of the highest standard.

There are other options, often delivered by companies that train people in the fitness industry. These are of varying quality, so choose carefully if this is the route you go down. The main thing is to ensure that the qualification is of a high standard and delivered by people who know what they're talking about! Having an interest/passion in the topic is important - you'll be more likely to keep yourself  up to date in the research/evidence, which is key to being able to advise well!

I hope that helps! Let me know if you want any more information

05/02/2013 at 14:09

Hi Sarah,

Saw this thread about the 5:2 diet that seems to be everywhere and would be interested to get your thoughts on it

07/02/2013 at 22:06
Great blog, thanks Sarah!
Could you give me some tips on post-run protein shakes? I'm finding that I'm getting really hungry now I'm doing marathon training and wondering if protein shakes after hard runs might help keep my appetite in check?
08/02/2013 at 15:56

Can I run a marathon fuelled by chocolate and cheese?

08/02/2013 at 17:14

I'll definitely be following this blog, thanks Sarah.


08/02/2013 at 20:28

I'm making a list! All requests will be answered

Caz - I won't write a post for yours. The answer is yes *

*but there are better options


12/02/2013 at 00:14

New post - Fasting 

12/02/2013 at 01:34
I have one. I'm trying to lose weight - lost 1/2 stone, have another 3.5 stone to go. I'm running 2-3 times a week plus one session on cross trainer, but realistically most of the weight loss is going to come from keeping what I eat under control. So what about when running makes me want (or need) to eat. Good nutritious pre and post run foods that won't make me stop losing weight? And does it matter what they are? Eg do you need protein after running to repair damage or should I just go for something that fills me up?
12/02/2013 at 19:45
^ Ooooo yes! I'm wanting to loose weight (or more accurately body fat) so far, I don't seem to have lost a thing. Am trying to be good with my food - I actually don't think I eat too badly, but I think my problem is main problem is that I feel hungry all the time, despite making sure I eat 5 times a day (3 meals and 2 snacks).

Any suggestions?
13/02/2013 at 09:18

Running and weight loss? It shall be done

For now, here's part 2 on the fasting diet and how to combine it with exercise. 

13/02/2013 at 20:54
I've got a calorie-counting 'addiction' and am worried to stop it because I know I will end up eating too much. I maintain my weight with 1700kcals + about 85kcals for each mile I run. As a dietitian, do you think it's necessary to count calories? Do you count calories or just go by how you feel? I would find it very interesting to know how somebody in your profession manages their daily diet.
16/02/2013 at 19:16

HI Sarah - great blog!

I like to use food (preferably natural) rather than gels etc for running and am doing the Brighton marathon in April so practising what to eat during the run over the next few long runs. However, how long does it take for the body to absorb food rather than a gel (obviously longer), but I'm not sure how to pre-empt becoming low on fuel and hitting the wall. At the moment I make my own flapjack using oats, honey, dates and chia seeds and do sometimes use Nakd bars. Is it just trial and error as everyone is different???

Much appreciated!

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