Dietitian @ St Lucia Sports & Spinal

“Eat well, Live well”

Sports & Spinal Physio St Lucia is located at the Univerity of Queensland, St Lucia campus. You can find us on the Ground Floor, Building 21C, Union Road, University Queensland, St Lucia, with convenient parking directly out the front of the clinic.

St Lucia Sports & Spinal covers the areas of  Taringa, Indooroopilly, Toowong, Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Springhill, Paddington, Auchenflower, Milton, Rosalie, Bardon and other surrounding suburbs.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team are dedicated to helping others achieve their health goals. Our fully qualified dietitians are dedicated to providing you with the best possible level of care. Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease.

Dietitian @ St Lucia Sports & Spinal features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local St Lucia clinic is popular amongst locals looking for Physiotherapy and Dietetics

 St Lucia offers a 10% discount to all UQ staff, students and club members on all services.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are fully qualified, University-trained, food and nutrition experts.
Our Dietitian will help you achieve your health-focused goal and assist with helping you achieve optimal nutrition.
Our dietitians will explain the science behind food and nutrition, and provide a detailed nutrition plan that will assist you in your short or long term goals. Our Dietitian’s goal is to work with you to set your own goals and develop useful strategies to implement in everyday life; we can help to make real changes to each lifestyle. Whatever your food and nutrition concerns are, we are here to offer you support.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 20% of Australian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not known, but several factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Our dietitians believe that many different food & lifestyle factors can trigger gut symptoms, our job is to work with you to help identify which strategies are right for you. Diet plays a significant role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. Our Dietitian will help you start eliminating foods, and you may be expected to follow the low FODMAP Dietitian as well as following lactose-free, wheat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. The low FODMAP diet is used in the short term to establish which foods, if any, are triggers for your IBS symptoms. A strict elimination period of around 2-6 weeks is indicated for most IBS sufferers, at which point foods will be reintroduced to determine your triggers.

Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any essential nutrients.

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Our Dietitians can help by:

  • Ideas for meal and snack ideas
  • Meal planning and food preparation tips 
  • How to identify nutritional labels on foods
  • Identifying and reducing times when you eat for reasons other than hunger
  • Decreasing the frequency that you eat past fullness 
  • Learning to better listen to your hunger and fullness cues
  • Suggestions for balancing meals with foods that will nourish your body
  • Normalising your eating so you can still enjoy foods you love! 
  • Finding movement and activities, you enjoy for fun and to improve your fitness

Our Dietitians are able to help with monitoring and managing diabetes.  Diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management. Knowing what type of diet and lifestyle can help in the prevention and management of diabetes is essential for those who are at risk of this condition.

Our team of dietitians are passionate about using the latest research to develop innovative, effective approaches that actually work. There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!

Meet the Dietitian @ St Lucia

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Peter Herzig

Dietitian

Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centred approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans to the individual.

With a background in sport science and an extensive history of cycling, Peter enjoys fine-tuning the nutrition plans of all cyclists and is currently the consulting Dietitian to the QAS cycling squad. Peter is also very passionate about the nutritional needs of recreational, junior, club, Audax and Gran Fondo participants.

Peter’s interests lie not only in sport. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life to meet their nutritional goals by tailoring advice to their individual circumstances.

Particular interests to Peter include:

  • Nutrition plans tailored to the individual
  • Sports Nutrition: endurance sports specialist (cycling, running, tri), event nutrition, active child nutrition, recovery nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, team sports.
  • Malnutrition management (weight gain)
  • Diabetes management
  • DVA clients
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing body composition goals and training recovery
  • Chronic Disease management and NDIS
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Junior sports nutrition and everyday eating
  • Race planning
  • Advice for the travelling athlete
  • Presentations and Training Camps
  • Coeliac Disease
  • IBS
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Our consults will involve making a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the client’s diet and health background. This will be paired with current lifestyle habits to provide evidence based and practical advice to suit the individual. By helping our patients to set their own nutrition goals and developing useful strategies to implement in everyday life, we can help to make realistic changes to their lifestyles.

Our Dietitian can help you to understand:

  • The relationship between the food that you eat and your health
  • The link between your diet and managing certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Provide practical, individualised and evidence-based advice on your diet.

Diabetes and Weight Management:

  • Teamed with our fantastic exercise physiology team at sports and spinal, we can help you to achieve your nutrition goals for diabetes management and weight management

Other areas covered:

  • cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
  • weight loss
  • weight gain- for those who struggle to put weight on
  • gastrointestinal issues: constipation/diarrhoea/bloating
  • diverticulosis
  • osteoporosis
  • iron deficiency

How can a Dietitian help people with Diabetes?

When we look at monitoring and managing diabetes, diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management.  There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!  

Put your health in our hands! You can relax, learn and be assured, that you are getting the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and guidance.

If you are after more information on Diabetes we suggest you look at the Diabetes Queensland website.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ?

IBS refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not really known, but a number of factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

How can a Dietitian help people with IBS?

Diet plays a big role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. This process is called the FODMAP diet. Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any important nutrients.

How can a Dietitian help people with Weight Management?

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

St Lucia Sports & Spinal can be found at UQU Complex, Union Rd, St Lucia QLD 4067

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Parking and Directions @ St Lucia

1. Enter UQ from the Sir Fred Schonell Drive entrance. Continue along the road and drive straight through the roundabout (an athletics field will be on your left).

2. Turn left into Blair Drive, then turn right into the 2nd street on the right – Union Rd.

3. Proceed along Union Rd and turn left at the top of the road  – at the “Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio” sign

4. Follow the road as it veers right. Our sign-posted car parking area will be on your right. The entrance to BSSP is approx. 20 metres away, to your right.

Free Parking

  • There are 5 bays on either side of the parking area to choose from.

  • Please tell reception on arrival your car rego

  • On Saturdays, free parking is available everywhere on campus.

Public Transport

The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus has a very convenient public transport system, with frequent service available via both bus and City Cat.

City Cat

  • Take a City-Cat to the University of Queensland stop.
  • Exit the terminal and walk straight ahead, Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left. Take the right hand path when it splits, up the hill to a carpark. BSSP is in front of you on your right as you cross the carpark

Bus

  • There are two bus stops at UQ, St Lucia campus.

  • The first stop is located at Chancellor’s Place near the J.D. Story building. There is a map of the campus located near this bus stop. Please refer to this map to locate the Union Complex building (look for the swimming pool image and Union Road).

  • The other bus station is located at UQ Lakes (photo at right). Buses travel across the ‘Green Bridge’ to access this terminal. Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left. Take the right hand path when it splits, up the hill to a carpark. BSSP is in front of you on your right as you cross the carpark.

  • For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.

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