Diet Myths with our Corporate Dietitian

Diet myths with Gemma Monaghan, Corporate Dietitian

When it comes to diet, nutrition and cooking, everyone is an expert!

In a world full of misinformation, it can be hard to find the right information and make the right choice.  When it comes to food and eating healthy, we all know what we need to do, but sometimes new diets come up in mainstream media that we see and need to understand.

Our guest, Gemma Monaghan is an accredited practising Dietitian, with qualifications in low FODMAPs and spends her working week educating corporates on all things nutrition.

In Episode 11 of Well Workplaces Podcast, our guest Gemma shares her insights on:

  • Her journey into Dietetics and Nutrition and love for cooking
  • What Intermittent Fasting is all about and the pros and cons
  • How Keto diet is one of diets she talks with clients about
  • Alternative milks and there nutritional value
  • The future trends in food, dining and nutrition

This was an interesting conversation with some great science to back it up.

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

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Diet Myths Debunked!

There is so much information on social media advising us what to eat and how to be our healthiest self. The credibility of a lot of this information is often questionable and in turn results in people sabotaging their own person health goals. Below is some diet myths debunked;

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1. Skipping breakfast will make me lose weight; FALSE. Breakfast gets your metabolism going

for the day, having breakfast will ensure your body is burning calories. Waking up hungry in

the morning is a sign you have not over eaten the night before


2. Red meat is the only source of iron; FALSE. Red meat is the richest source of iron however

you can get ‘non haem’ (non meat) iron from nuts, legumes, brown rice, quinoa, baked

beans and peanut butter. To increase the absorption of non haem iron you need to consume

it with vitamin C


3. I can eat as much fruit as I like; FALSE. The dietary guidelines recommend consuming 2

pieces of fruit per day. Excess fruit like anything else contributes to excess calories which can

lead to weight gain


4. Liquid calories don’t count; FALSE. Liquid calories don’t take up stomach volume and

therefore don’t fill you up. Juices, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee and even coconut

water will contribute to calorie, fat and sugar intake and therefore need to be factored into

your daily intake


If in doubt about any nutrition information you hear/ read/ see you can seek the advice from our accredited practicing dietitian Edwina McDonald, to make sure you are doing the best thing for you and your health!

Book in for an appointment today to see Edwina in one of our locations that best suits you- 120 Collins Street , 276 Flinders Street , Docklands and ANZ Wellness centre. 

Surviving the Festive Season

Surviving the festive season

By Dietitian Edwina McDonald

We have officially entered into the festive season – or as I call it – the season of eating and drinking!

But – the holiday period doesn’t need to result in putting on weight – providing you are smart about your food and beverage choices.




Here’s some tips for surviving the festive season:

Enjoy the company of your family and friends;

The festive season is about enjoying the company of your loved ones. It doesn’t always have to involve eating and drinking copious amounts. Rather than head straight to the food table – spend time talking to the people around you

Never go out hungry

If you are hungry, your willpower will not be as strong. Have a high protein snack such as a tin of tuna or boiled egg before you go out to take the edge off your hunger

Stay hydrated

Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger – so we eat more. Water will also fill up stomach volume and stop you being able to fit as much food in. Water is the only food/beverage that doesn’t contain any calories- enjoy it!

Don’t say yes to everything

Just because food and drinks are on offer does not mean you have to say yes to everything. Ask yourself if you really want what is being offered. If you don’t think you will enjoy the experience of eating or drinking it- don’t waste the calories

Control your portions;

Monitor how much you are eating and drinking. Whether it’s your canapés or glasses of wine- give yourself a limit and count what you are consuming so you can stick to it! Be accountable for your caloric intake; enjoy a few treats without going overboard! Make the most of the break and summer by enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables while being as active as possible!

Happy Holiday’s!