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  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (12/2/2019) - By Kinza Hussain   I always say the profession of dietetics chose me. After completing a 3-year B.Sc degree in Biochemistry, I attended the Honors evening at the University of Cape Town to figure out what my next step would be. I was always intrigued by the medical field but when I heard what an … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Nadine van Niekerk (11/25/2019) - Inspirational Dietitians Nadine van Niekerk and Stefanie du Plessis make a huge impact in their area (Bethlehem, Free State) by going above and beyond their job description of Dietitians. They empower, encourage and equip their patients and colleagues and frequently reach the papers for the impact they are having. We spoke to them both and … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Stefanie du Plessis (11/25/2019) - Inspirational Dietitians Stefanie du Plessis and Nadine van Niekerk make a huge impact in their area (Bethlehem, Free State) by going above and beyond their job description of Dietitians. They empower, encourage and equip their patients and colleagues and frequently reach the papers for the impact they are having. We spoke to them both and … Read More
  • Diabetes in the family – It’s All for One, and One for All (11/14/2019) -   A diagnosis of diabetes in the family comes as a shock and sets in motion a range of emotional and practical lifestyle changes. How well you come together as a family to master those changes, not only restores peace in the home, but also positively impacts on the ongoing well-being of your loved one with … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service edition (11/11/2019) - By Marlize Erasmus Every 4th-year Dietetics student experience feelings of stress, anxiety and excitement when making the decision of where to do their community service year. I googled every hospital on the list, trying to figure out where to go. I got my first choice (believe it or not) – a rural hospital (Connie Vorster … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Karla Pretorius (10/28/2019) - Not only is Karla Pretorius a Dietitian; she is also a Protea netball player, vice-captain and announced as the Player of the Tournament at the Netball World Champs earlier this year! Thank you Karla for flying the Dietetic flag high.   Karla Pretorius: My participation as an elite netball athlete in the professional world of … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (10/14/2019) - Dietetics might have been my plan B, but it turned out to be the (B)est plan yet!   By Carmyn Gast   Nutrition has been known to play a key part in good health since the time of ancient Greeks, with Hippocrates famously writing “Let thy food be thy medicine, thy medicine be thy food” … Read More
  • Make Eating Whole Foods a Way of Life (10/9/2019) - Despite what we know about the impact of food choices on our health, overweight and obesity are still on the rise in South Africa, alongside a host of preventable diseases that can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles. Thanks to our industrialised food system, and far greater, ultra-processed and fast food choices aimed at our ‘convenience’, … Read More
  • Thai Meatballs with Green Salad and Corn (10/4/2019) - Serves 4 – Makes 16 mini meatballs   Ingredients: ½ small onion, very finely chopped or grated 5 ml fresh crushed garlic and ginger mix (1 t) freshly ground mixed peppercorns to taste 10 ml fish sauce or soya sauce (2 t) 10 ml soft brown sugar (2 t) 90 ml fresh coriander leaves, chopped … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Robyn Duarte (9/30/2019) - We spoke to Registered Dietitian, Robyn Duarte, working in the interesting field of Molecular Diagnostic Services (MDS).   Why did you become a Registered Dietitian?   I’ve always had an interest in food; the effect different nutrition has on our bodies and the psychology behind eating. In school there were many girls with eating disorders and … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (9/16/2019) - Take the journey! By Colette Dreyer   Are you ready for your journey in Dietetics? My journey started from a young age having a passion for delicious food and a healthy, active lifestyle. Cycling competitively made me realise that proper nutrition was essential to sustain performance.  I realised how big the impact of food is … Read More
  • SPRING CLEANING YOUR LIFESTYLE (9/6/2019) -   Finally!  It’s time to emerge from the heft and sluggishness of Winter, and tune into the bright, clean energy of Spring.  It is the season for clearing out the old and slow and kicking up our heels to livelier, sunnier rhythms.  Springtime brings the perfect opportunities to reboot our immune systems after the cold-and-flu … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Leanne Katzenellenbogen (9/2/2019) - Meet Dietitian, Leanne Katzenellenbogen, that dispels the myth that “diet” food is boring. My name is Leanne Katzenellenbogen and I am a dietitian. I originally decided to study to become a dietitian because I love helping people and I believe that good nutrition is integral to good health. I did my undergraduate BSc degree at … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (8/19/2019) - “DIETITIANS ARE ADAPTABLE!”   By Yuri Bhaga   I am a community service dietitian currently working at a hospital in Witbank, which places me very far from where I got my dietetics training at UCT . But a lot closer to home in Pretoria where I completed my BSc degree 3 years ago. When I … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (8/19/2019) - Read more about her love-at-first-sight story with Dietetics. By Rhodene Oberholzer A little over seven months ago I moved into a tiny apartment in Johannesburg, nervous about starting my community service year at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Suddenly, I felt as if I forgot everything I learned in my four years studying at the … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Raeesa Seedat (8/5/2019) - We spoke to Registered Dietitian, Raeesa Seedat, creative and passionate about the field of nutrition.   Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? Being a Dietitian is like being the Terminator, except that you’re analysing food instead of potential threats (even though some may be treated as such). So you get to see each food … Read More
  • EMPOWERING PARENTS TO ENABLE BREASTFEEDING: COMMUNITY (8/5/2019) -   Breastfeeding is one of the most crucial strategies to boost mother and child health. While South Africa has made some gains over the years, we still have one of the world’s lowest rates of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Instead of being revered as the ‘superfood’ that it is for … Read More
  • EMPOWERING PARENTS TO ENABLE BREASTFEEDING (8/1/2019) -   Snickering, disparaging, denigrating and casting aspersions on breastfeeding; shaming moms who breastfeed; who breastfeed in public or who excuse themselves to express breastmilk at work; raising doubts that a breastfeeding mom is producing enough milk to meet her baby’s needs; expecting a breastfeeding mom to place other priorities above her baby’s hunger – these … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community Service series (7/22/2019) - Meet Community Service Dietitian, Iman Gierdien! She is passionate about forming relationships with patients, remembering faces and seeing the impact she is making on, not only the patients, but on their families too.
  • AGEING AND ITS NUTRITIONAL CHALLENGES (7/8/2019) - Around the age of thirty years, the strength and vigour of the human body naturally begins to decline.  There are gradual losses we have to accept as we make our way into our older adult years; less elasticity, less muscle and bone mass, less energy and physical efficiencies.  Decades later, we reach a time when … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian – Estée van Lingen (7/1/2019) - We chatted to Estée van Lingen, a dietitian who is passionate about growth and evolving in her field. And is willing to share a chocolate brownie or cheesecake!
  • Media release: Stress, digestion & nutrition (6/11/2019) - Stress, as an appropriate response to a real danger, is an evolutionary life-saver.  Thanks to the fight-flight responses in our ancestors’ bodies, we, the descendants have made it through to the 21st Century.  It’s ironic that in this modern age with extraordinary technologies devoted to eliminating hazards and increasing our ease in life, our stress … Read More
  • Dietitian’s week 2019 (6/3/2019) - Dietitians do much more than you think! The careers of dietitians are way more diverse than many think.  The typical assumption is that a dietitian is a nutritional health professional available through private practice to those who need and can afford weight loss expertise.  The reality couldn’t be more different.  Dietitians are employed across private … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (5/30/2019) - An unforgettable community service experience in the ‘forgotten province’… By Inarie Jacobs Health should not be taken for granted – a lesson I learned as a child whilst being very ill due to my poor lifestyle and dietary habits. After this experience, I decided to study dietetics at the North-West University of Potchefstroom to share … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community service series (5/13/2019) - “The best decision I’ve made in my life…” By Bonnie Evert “TPN? Food in arteries?” These were my thoughts, as a very inexperienced 17- year- old girl, when the Registered Dietitian (RD), who was assisting a very close family member of mine in the ICU, explained what all the little bags hanging above the bed … Read More
  • Making the best food choices for HIV & TB (5/2/2019) - Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Tuberculosis (TB) are two of the most prevalent infections in South Africa, and both conditions present nutritional challenges that must be met to effectively treat these diseases. “HIV/AIDS and TB patients are not just eating to maintain their normal bodily functions, like moving their muscles and … Read More
  • Meet the Dietitian: Community Service Series (4/17/2019) - Challenge… Accepted! By Liezel Engelbrecht I am probably not your typical community service dietitian: I am 37 years old. At 32, after nearly a decade in the media industry, I gave up my career as a content editor in order to pursue a new goal: to make a contribution in the field of preventative healthcare. … Read More
  • Red Lentil Veg Curry (3/27/2019) - Our latest NutritionConfidence recipe, created by registered dietitian Alex Royal, is a delicious Red Lentil Veg Curry, filled with veggies, herbs and aromatic spices. We love lentils. Not only are they a great plant protein (containing the third highest levels of protein of all legumes and nuts) but they are also a great source of … Read More
  • The planetary health diet: what, why and how… (3/20/2019) - For the first time in human history there is a proposal on the table that all the world’s people follow the same diet.  The EAT-Lancet Commission brought together more than 30 world-leading experts to figure out if we can feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within sustainable planetary boundaries.  According to the report’s authors, food is “the single strongest lever to optimise health and environmental sustainability on earth.”
  • ‘Stay consistent’ – success story: Simone de Pinho (3/18/2019) - We chatted to Simone de Pinho about her journey with registered dietitian Michelle McDermott. Why did you decide to see a dietitian? (the before story) I have been a yo-yo dieter all my life. I struggled with my weight from the time that I became aware that weight means something in the world. I have … Read More
  • ‘Notice and appreciate the smallest changes in yourself and body’ – success Story: Kim Gunnell (3/11/2019) - Kim Gunnell struggled with her weight her entire life. Her gran’s passing was her turning point, which resulted in her meeting registered dietitian Jade Seeliger and kicking off her weight loss journey and a whole new way of seeing herself: Why did you decide to see a dietitian? (the before story) I’ve struggled with my … Read More
  • Banking Your Breastmilk Saves Lives (3/6/2019) - The breastmilk bank is probably the most altruistic banking system in the world. Healthy, lactating moms express and donate their excess breastmilk. The milk is tested and pasteurised, and then distributed to neo-natal intensive care units around the country, where it is used to feed the most vulnerable babies. Every year, donated breastmilk saves the … Read More
  • ‘Be dedicated and committed to your journey’ – success story: Bongi Ncube (3/4/2019) - We chatted to Bongi Ncube, who has been seeing registered dietitian Monique Piederit, to find out more about her health and fitness journey: Why did you decide to see a dietitian? (The before story) In January 2017 I started on the fitness journey – due to work pressure and the amount of stress I endured, … Read More
  • Spicy Tofu Bowl (2/20/2019) - Our first NutritionConfidence recipe for 2019 is a delicious  bowl of food that is high in fibre, low in saturated fats but full of heart healthy fats. The ‘Spicy Tofu Bowl’ created by registered dietitian Julie Perks is dairy, wheat and gluten free and is also vegan with a lovely source of protein. People often  … Read More
  • Healthy Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy (2/11/2019) - There’s nothing else quite like pregnancy to sharpen your focus on your health and well-being. The journey of carrying and nurturing new life within your body is an exceptionally special time, and moms-to-be are deeply invested in doing it as well as they can. Advice will inevitably come from all quarters, and it is important … Read More
  • Success Story: Zandra Sissing (2/8/2019) - Having been a runner from a young age, Zandra always thought “I can eat what I like” and just run it off …. until she couldn’t.  She met up with registered dietitian Maryke Gallagher to help her develop better eating habits that would complement her training and recently completed her first ever Half Ironman triathlon. … Read More
  • Ride For Hope (12/7/2018) - Our dietetic students are often involved in awesome projects and we love the Ride For Hope campaign that Bernadine Blom, a third-year student studying Dietetics at the North-West University (NWU), started with her father. Here is her story:     Bernadine Blom I’m a third-year student studying Dietetics at the North-West University (NWU). My passion … Read More
  • Meet registered dietitian, Jessica Oosthuizen (11/30/2018) - We chatted to registered dietitian Jessica Oosthuizen to find out why she became a dietitian, what being a dietitian means to her, the challenges she faces in her profession and her views on healthy nutrition: Why did you become a registered dietitian? I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was just 13 years … Read More
  • Diabetes in the Family, How to Cope (11/14/2018) - More often than not a diabetes diagnosis is experienced as devastating; not just to the patient but to their loved ones as well. Even though the condition is manageable, and it is possible to live a life full of well-being, a diabetes diagnosis comes as a shock and ushers in all sorts of changes. Association … Read More
  • BUSTING THE BREAKFAST MYTHS (10/8/2018) - Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is the opening act for a healthy lifestyle, and lays the foundation of our future health over the longer term. Yet, if there’s a meal to be skipped, it is most likely to be breakfast. This year, National Nutrition Week from 9 – 15 October and National Obesity … Read More
  • Meet the ADSA President! (8/23/2018) - We sat down and had a chat with the new ADSA President, Christine Taljaard-Krugell, who has taken over from Nicole Lubasinski, following her relocation to the UK. Christine brings along a wealth of experience as the general manager of the African Nutrition Leadership Programme. “With ADSA turning 30 this year, I am truly humbled for … Read More
  • Weight loss – a journey, not a destination (8/13/2018) - Today we meet Debbie de Coning who after many years of trying to improve her health and loose weight unsuccessfully, reached out to registered dietitian Monique Piderit. She shares her journey with us, as well as some great tips for anyone embarking on a journey to better health: Why did you decide to see a dietitian? … Read More
  • Why Breastfeeding is the Foundation of Life (8/6/2018) -
  • BREASTFEEDING, NOT JUST BEST FOR BABY, BUT BEST FOR SA! (8/1/2018) - Today is the start of the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from the 1st to the 7th of August. This year the emphasis is on breastfeeding as ‘the foundation of life’ and highlighting the advantages of improving breastfeeding for communities and countries. The campaign, co-ordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), identifies breastfeeding as an … Read More
  • Meet Registered Dietitian, Nazeeia Sayed (7/4/2018) - We chatted to registered dietitian Nazeeia Sayed, who is the Branch Liaison on the current ADSA Executive committee, acting as the communication link between ADSA branch chairpersons and the national Executive Committee to ensure consistency in operations. She also manages the mentorship programme. We wanted to find out why she became a registered dietitian, what she … Read More
  • Nutrition at the centre of sustainable corporate wellness (7/2/2018) - We live in an era when many of us, not just aspire to, but have an expectation that living well for longer is a real possibility. Increased awareness of the impact of lifestyle on health has made it clear we can’t just rely on medical industries to reach this goal – we play the most … Read More
  • All the ways that Dietitians do Prevention (6/4/2018) - Across the world, health and social care services are under stress; and in South Africa, the inaccessibility of quality health care for many people remains one of the country’s intractable problems. These pressures have intensified the focus on the prevention of disease as the key driver of public health. At the forefront of prevention is … Read More
  • Meet Registered Dietitian, Retha Booyens (5/31/2018) - We caught up with registered dietitian Retha Booyens, who is passionate about nutrition and dietetics, to find out what drives her,  why she chose dietetics as a career and how she is making a difference through her work: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? Contrary to what people believe, dietitians are actually foodies and … Read More
  • Busting the two biggest myths about your immune system (5/16/2018) - Winter is here, and that gets us thinking about our immune system, and what we need to do to boost it, so that it helps us avoid colds and flu, or at least recover from them more quickly. The immune system is one of the most complex networks in the body that is still far … Read More
  • Chicken Meatball Harvest Bowls – NEW RECIPE (5/14/2018) - Harvest bowls are awesome – lots of nutritious, yummy food and different flavours in one bowl to enjoy. This Chicken Meatball Harvest Bowl, created by registered dietitian and foodie Cheryl Meyer from Dish & Delite, packs in cooler-weather seasonal veggies – brussels sprouts, zucchini, cauliflower and carrots. A great fibre boost and lovely variety of colour, … Read More
  • “We should be as kind to ourselves as we are to others” (5/8/2018) - This week we chat to Tabitha Hume, a registered clinical dietitian in private practice, to find out why she became a dietitian, what she enjoys most about the work she does and what the challenges are: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? I danced very seriously when I was at high school (ballet) and … Read More
  • Be Kind to Yourself! (4/24/2018) - We are sharing success stories to find out why people decide to see a dietitian, what happens on the journey, what the hardest part of that journey is and what results are achieved. This week we chatted to Bianca Dorp who worked with registered dietitian Alex Royal to improve her health and diet. Why did you … Read More
  • “Teaching nutrition is my passion” (4/20/2018) -   We chatted to Registered Dietitian Zelda Ackerman who runs Family 1st Nutrition and is the author of a wonderful book called ‘Eet Reg (Bevry jouself en jou kinders van emosionele eet)’. We wanted to find out why she became a dietitian, what she loves about her work and what the challenges are:   Why … Read More
  • The Role of the Dietitian in Eating Disorder Treatment (4/16/2018) - Eating disorders are complex illnesses with both psychological and physical aspects that require treatment. For this reason, over the past few decades, it has become more common for the treatment of people with eating disorders to be managed by multi-disciplinary teams which can deliver the necessary medical, psychological and nutritional help. As society’s foremost expert … Read More
  • A Delicious One-Pot Meal! (4/13/2018) - Beef and Butternut Casserole with Mushrooms and Tomato We love the latest NutritionConfidence recipe from the authors of Food for Sensitive Tummies, registered dietitians Cath Day and Gabi Steenkamp! It is packed with vegetables (a whopping four servings), high in fibre and a good source of iron. Comfort food, which is still a healthy balanced … Read More
  • Pregnancy and Nutrition (2/16/2018) - This Pregnancy Week a reminder that good nutrition before and during pregnancy may influence the pregnancy, the delivery and the health of mother and child later on. What you eat now will help your baby to grow healthily and give them the best start in life and help you to feel your best. We asked … Read More
  • “No day is ever the same” (1/26/2018) - We chatted to Registered Dietitian, Jessica Byrne, who is currently undergoing her Masters studies in Therapeutic Nutrition and fulfils the role of chief operating officer for ADSA, to find out why she became a dietitian, what she loves about her work and what the challenges are: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? Biology was … Read More
  • Keeping your healthy balance over the holidays (12/11/2017) - We know it well, silly season is not for sissies. We always head into it with the best intentions not to give way to the over-indulgence; not to leave our healthy eating plans by the wayside, and to make sure we have the ‘me-time’ for prioritising the physical activity and self-care that we need to … Read More
  • Zucchini, oatmeal & chickpea fritters with grilled chicken, tomato, feta & mint salsa (11/15/2017) - We have a brand new NutritionConfidence recipe, created by chef, Vanessa Marx! The oat bran and chickpea flour used in the fritters provide a good source of healthy soluble fibre, which lowers the glycaemic index of this dish and aids in blood sugar control. Adding zucchinis not only ups the fibre content even further, but … Read More
  • Women and Diabetes in the Spotlight this November (11/14/2017) - Over the past decades, the rise of diabetes around the world has been so prevalent and extreme, it is sometimes referred to as the epidemic of our modern times. In 2017, the diabetes focus theme is Women and Diabetes. Globally, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, resulting in 2.1 million deaths each … Read More
  • Getting the right help can change your life! (11/3/2017) - We are sharing success stories to find out why people decide to see a dietitian, what happens on the journey, what the hardest part of that journey is and what results are achieved. This week we chat to Julie Greensmith, who started seeing Registered Dietitian Nathalie Mat after she was diagnosed with Diabetes. Here is her … Read More
  • RETHINK YOUR DRINK – CHOOSE WATER (10/9/2017) - Clean and clear, refreshing and invigorating, we know instinctively that water is good for us. Yet, many of us have lost touch with water. Overwhelmed with the wide choice of what to drink, most of it sweetened with sugar, we’ve somehow left the simple, but profound goodness of water behind. National Nutrition Week 2017, running … Read More
  • “I believe in moderation, not deprivation” (10/4/2017) - Meet registered dietitian Abby Courtenay, who is serving on the current ADSA executive committee and looks after the PR portfolio. We chatted to her about why she loves being a dietitian, what the challenges are and what people should consider when deciding which dietitian to consult: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? From a … Read More
  • The perfect Braai Day side dish! (9/22/2017) - If you are planning to celebrate Braai Day this weekend, add this delicious, South African Baby Marrow, Feta & Peppadew Salad to your menu. Created by dietitian and co-author of Eat Ting, Mpho Tshukudu, this salad is versatile and goes well with meat, chicken and fish. Baby marrows are indigenous to South Africa. They make … Read More
  • ‘Making a contribution to the bigger health picture’ (9/8/2017) - We chatted to Neil Stephen, Chief Dietitian at Addington Hospital in Durban, to find out why he became a dietitian, what he loves about his work and what the challenges are: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? I developed an interest in nutrition when someone at the gym suggested I should see a dietitian to improve … Read More
  • 6 Eating Habits for Healthy Kidneys (9/1/2017) - When it comes to health advice, our hearts are often in the spotlight. However, as equally vital organs, our kidneys really shouldn’t be relegated to the shadows. Worldwide, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is on the rise – 1 in 10 people globally are affected, and that’s every bit as serious as cardiac disease. Our kidneys … Read More
  • NEW NutritionConfidence recipe: Fish en Papillote (8/18/2017) - “Many people do not know how to cook fish or dislike making their entire kitchen smell like fish. Cooking fish en papillote (in a baking paper parcel) is an easy way around both these issues”, says Nathalie Mat, registered dietitian and creator of our latest NutritionConfidence recipe. The fish used in this recipe is hake, … Read More
  • Meet the new ADSA President! (8/16/2017) - We chatted to Nicole Lubasinski, the new ADSA President (July 2017 to June 2019), to find out about her plans for ADSA and why she became a dietitian, what she loves about her work and what the challenges are: As the new President, what are you looking foward to achieving? I am looking forward to … Read More
  • Why breastfeeding and work can, and should, go together (8/1/2017) - Returning to work after maternity leave rates as one of the top reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding their babies before they should. The 2017 World Breastfeeding Week runs from the 1st to the 7th of August with the aim of uniting all sectors of society in the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The campaign, … Read More
  • ‘I feel healthier, fitter and more energetic!’ (7/26/2017) - We are sharing success stories to find out why people decide to see a dietitian, what happens on the journey, what the hardest part of that journey is and what results are achieved. This week we chat to Adrienne Bewsher, who started seeing Registered Dietitian Monique Piderit following a general health check-up which highlighted concerns around … Read More
  • NEW Recipe: Lettuce & Pea Soup (7/7/2017) - Our latest NutritionConfidence recipe is from the authors of Food for Sensitive Tummies, registered dietitians Cath Day and Gabi Steenkamp. A perfect winter warmer Lettuce & Pea Soup. We love this recipe because it is a really smart way of including green leaves into your eating routine during the cold winter months! A great starter for … Read More
  • Dietitians urge South Africans to ‘Eat Fact Not Fiction’ (6/12/2017) - Nutrition advice promising all sorts, from weight loss to healthier living and even cures for diseases, spread like wildfire across social media. In the era of ‘alternative facts’ and post-truth, ‘the latest, greatest nutrition advice’ from dubious sources can unfortunately tempt many away from accepted dietary guidelines and recommendations based on years of evidence. ‘Evidence … Read More
  • Turnip Tagliatelle with Chicken & Herb Sauce (5/25/2017) - Registered Dietitian and food blogger Cheryl Meyer, from Dish & Delite, kicks off our new series of NutritionConfidence recipes with a delicious ‘Turnip Tagliatelle with Chicken & Herb Sauce’. As always, the focus is on real food that is healthy and delicious, encouraging local, close-to-home ingredients. We love this recipe because turnips are easy to … Read More
  • Statement on the outcome of the HPCSA inquiry into the conduct of Professor Tim Noakes (4/21/2017) - The Association for Dietetics in South Africa’s (ADSA) former president Ms Claire Julsing-Strydom submitted a complaint about Professor Tim Noakes to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 2014 on behalf of ADSA regarding, what it considered, unconventional infant nutrition advice. The complaint The complaint was lodged after Professor Noakes advised a mom … Read More
  • Is a Career as a Dietitian for You? (4/10/2017) - Dietetics, the field of nutrition, health and the application of science-based nutrition knowledge offers a variety of distinctive career opportunities that goes beyond the usual view of the dietitian as someone who simply helps others lose weight. If you have interests in health, food, healthy lifestyle and science, you may well find your niche in … Read More
  • ADSA News for Private Practising Dietitians (3/30/2017) - One of the ADSA Executive Committee portfolios takes care of the needs of Private Practising Dietitians (PPDs) in South Africa. There have been some important developments in the private practice dietetics space due to the work of the ADSA PPD portfolio. Please read all of the information below if you run a private practice. Practice … Read More
  • Salty South Africa – are we doing better after salt legislation? (3/20/2017) - Despite South Africa passing world-leading legislation to reduce salt intake, too many South Africans eat too much salt, putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes. Today is the start of  Salt Awareness Week which runs from 20-26 March.   Salt – a forgotten killer Excess salt intake directly increases blood pressure in most … Read More
  • Meet registered dietitian, Thembekile Dlamini (3/13/2017) - We chat to registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson, Thembekile Dlamini to find out why she became a dietitian and what she loves most about her work. Thembekile works at the Free State Department of Health, is busy doing her PhD in Public Health and has a special interest in paediatric nutrition. Why did you become … Read More
  • Expert Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle (2/22/2017) - February is national Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month, with Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Day being celebrated on 22nd February. The National Department of Health encourages all South Africans to live healthier lifestyles, through promoting healthy eating, regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco products, and drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all. But can improving our lifestyles have much … Read More
  • The facts about ADSA (2/21/2017) - Have you ever wondered who ADSA is or why you should become a member? Read on to find out more about what ADSA does and how you can get involved. The Association for Dietetics in South Africa, or ADSA, is the professional organisation for registered dietitians, and has been committed to serving the interests of … Read More
  • The Low Down on South Africa’s Sugar Tax (1/17/2017) - The Minister of Finance announced in the February 2016 National Budget a decision to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), with effect from 1 April 2017, to help reduce excessive sugar intake by South Africans. The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) welcomes this step as one part of the solution to address … Read More
  • 10 Healthy Ways to Survive the Festive Season Eating Frenzy (12/15/2016) - Every year the festive season arrives and all our healthy eating plans go out of the window. There is no doubt that time to relax and enjoy ourselves is important to our well-being, but we tend to over-indulge in rich foods, sweet treats and alcohol. At the same time, we are cutting back on regular … Read More
  • Melk Tart, a South African Classic (11/25/2016) - We love the sweet tooth satisfaction offered by this better-for-you twist on a classic South African dessert. Created by chef, Vanessa Marx, this Melk Tart recipe is a great family dessert. Dietitian Cheryl Meyer says that seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds are easily incorporated into a variety of dishes. They not only boost flavour and … Read More
  • CHICKEN SKEWERS, DIPS & SEED FLATBREAD (11/18/2016) - We love this recipe – it makes a delicious starter for summer entertaining. Making your own dips and marinade rather than using store-bought varieties gives you more control and means you know exactly which ingredients have gone into those dishes. Not only are the chickpeas in the hummus rich in slowly-digested starch and fibre, helping to … Read More
  • What your dietitian wants you to know about diabetes (11/15/2016) - There were 2.28 million cases of diabetes in South Africa in 2015 according to the International Diabetes Foundation and around 1.21 million people with undiagnosed diabetes. Considering these numbers it remains vitally important to continue educating South Africans about diabetes and to address the myths that are often associated with this lifestyle disease. Nasreen Jaffer, … Read More
  • Navigating the journey to healthy living (11/8/2016) - We recently chatted to Registered Dietitian, Alpha Rasekhala, to find out why he became a dietitian, what he enjoys most about the work her does, the challenges he faces. Alpha is also a member of the ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) Executive Committee and looks after the Representation Portfolio (Liaising with the Association’s Representatives … Read More
  • Lentil, Pea and Sweet Potato Curry (11/2/2016) - Food blogger, Taryn Littleton, created this delicious curry for us. We love the legume and sweet potato combo – both are sources of low glycemic index carbohydrates, rich in slowly digested starch and fibre, helping to control blood sugar levels. Also, eating dry beans, peas and lentils at least 4 times a week can help prevent … Read More
  • It’s the year of the pulses – try this Lentil Bobotie (10/14/2016) - It’s the year of the pulses and the theme of National Nutrition Week is ‘Love your beans – eat dry beans, peas and lentils’, so this delicious Lentil Bobotie, created by chef Vanessa Marx, is the perfect family meal. We love lentils (and you should too)! Dried lentils are a quick cooking legume, taking just … Read More
  • Why dietitians want you to love your beans! (10/12/2016) - In celebration of National Nutrition Week: ‘Love your beans – eat dry beans, peas and lentils’ (9 to 15 October), we chatted to a few dietitians to find out why these foods, also known as pulses, should form an essential part of our diet. To find out more about why beans are good for health, how … Read More
  • Love your beans for good health (10/10/2016) - South Africa celebrates National Nutrition Week from 9 to 15 October, and aligning to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which has declared that 2016 is the ‘International Year of Pulses’, this year’s campaign theme is ‘Love your beans – eat dry beans, peas and lentils!’ echoing the country’s food-based dietary … Read More
  • Ostrich Stew with Gremolata (9/30/2016) - A great choice for health-conscious red meat lovers and a wonderful in-between seasons recipe – Ostrich Stew with Gremolata, created by chef Vanessa Marx. Our dietitians say: Ostrich is a great tasting lean read meat. It is low in fat (only 1.4 g fat per 100 g meat), rich in protein (22 protein per 100 g meat), lower in … Read More
  • Time To Make Lifestyle Your Medicine (9/28/2016) - “We could, as a culture, eliminate 80 percent of all chronic disease,” says Dr David Katz, one of the world’s leading proponents of lifestyle as medicine, during a recent visit to South Africa. “But my family and yours cannot afford to keep on waiting on the world to change. By taking matters into our own … Read More
  • Get ready for National Braai Day! (9/22/2016) - In celebration of one of South Africa’s favourite past times (braaing) and the day dedicated to it (National Braai Day) our dietitians, Monique Piderit and Brigitte Leclercq, have put together some practical tips for a healthier braai: A braai is a great excuse to get your greens in. Be creative when doing this, such as … Read More
  • Celebrating Heritage Day with Food! (9/20/2016) - In celebration on Heritage Day (24 September), ADSA member Mpho Tshukudu and food writer Anna Trapido, authors of the wonderful cookbook EAT TING, share one of their many ‘traditional recipes with a modern twist’ with us! EAT TING will make you fall in love with timeless African flavours – while also improving your health and well-being. Lets … Read More
  • “I’m fascinated about the effect of food on our health” (9/16/2016) - We chatted to Registered Dietitian, Kelly Schreuder who also has professional culinary experience, to find out why she became a dietitian, what she loves about her work and what the challenges are: Why did you become a Registered Dietitian? I was very interested in health and the prevention of disease – always reading about nutrition and … Read More
  • Big hearts can protect little hearts this Heart Month (9/15/2016) - Our Friends at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) are doing their bit during Heart Month to raise funds for upgrading of paediatric cardiac care units. They teamed up with the Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa (PCSSA) to shine a spotlight on congenital heart disease and the fact that many parents are unaware of their … Read More
  • Add to your ‘must try’ dessert list: Avocado Chocolate Mousse (8/24/2016) - We just couldn’t resist re-sharing this amazing ‘Raw Avocado Chocolate Mousse’ – a much healthier alternative to regular chocolate mousse and just as delicious. The mousse is packed with healthy unsaturated fat and an ideal alternative for vegans. It also contains none of the major allergens (cows milk, egg, soya, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten) and is … Read More
  • Flying the flag for nutrition – Meet Lisanne du Plessis (RD) (8/17/2016) - We chatted to registered dietitian Lisanne du Plessis who is a senior lecturer and the Head of Community Nutrition at Stellenbosch University, to find out why she became a dietitian, what she loves the most about the work she does and what she wishes people would stop saying when they meet a dietitian. Why did … Read More
  • Why breastfeeding should be everybody’s business (8/1/2016) - It is common sense that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to feeding infants and young children. After all, breast milk is uniquely, organically fit for a singular purpose. Yet, South Africa has an extraordinarily low rate of babies breastfeeding exclusively in the first six months of their lives. In fact, at just 8% against … Read More
  • It is never too early to change to a healthy lifestyle (7/18/2016) - We are sharing success stories to find out why people decide to see a dietitian, what happens on the journey, what the hardest part of that journey is and what results are achieved. It is never too early make lifestyle changes and start a nutritional journey that will benefit you for the rest of your … Read More