Fussy Eating

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“Every mealtime is an argument”, “I just want them to try new foods”, “The smallest changes to his/her food results in a meltdown”, “My child is not growing”, “Chicken nuggets, white bread and pretzels are not a balanced diet!”

Sound familiar? Picky eaters can be frustrating. Especially when you add them on top of our busy lifestyles, full-time workloads, homeschooling and oh help us – two picky eaters in the same home!

You are not alone!

Fussy eating can be a normal part of childhood development, usually starting around 18 months. Parents commonly report that their child previously ate a wide range of foods but now are picky and often refusing foods like vegetables and meats or eating the same foods on repeat (hello white, processed foods!). Feeling overwhelmed, helpless and like a parental’ failure’ can be a daily emotion for parents of picky and fussy eaters. But their quirks are not necessarily just by chance. While some children will grow out of their fussy eating, others have underlying conditions that will continue to interfere with their feeding ability without intervention. For these children (and their parents), eating is not an easy task!

How do you know if you have a typical fussy eater who will likely grow out of their eating troubles or a child who will likely require professional support to achieve less stressful mealtimes and an adequate diet?

Picky Eaters:

1. Decreased range of variety of foods; typically has 30 more foods in their food range
2. Food lost due to “burn out” from Food Jaggering are usually eaten again after a 2 week break
3. Eats at least one food from most all nutrition or texture groups e.g meltable foods, fruit, proteins
4. Can tolerate new foods on their plate (even if reluctant)
5. Frequently eats a different set of foods at a meal than other family members; typically eats at the same time and table of other family members
6. Sometimes reported as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups
7. Learns to eat new foods in 20 – 25 steps on the Steps to Eating Hierarchy

Problem Feeders:

1. Restricted range or a variety of foods; usually eats less than 20 foods
2. Food lost due to “burn out” from Food Jaggering are not eaten again after a break, resulting in a further decrease in the # of foods eaten
3. Refuses entire categories of food texture or nutrition groups e.g soft cubes, meats, vegetables, hard mechanicals
4. Cries, screams, tantrums, “falls apart”, when new foods are presented, complete refusal
5. Almost always eats a different set of foods than their family; often eats at a different time or at a different place to other family members
6. Persistently reported by parents to be a “picky eater” at multiple well-child check-ups
7. Requires more than 25 steps to learn to eat new foods

Regardless of what category you consider your child to fall into, seeking professional support for mealtimes is an efficient method to reduce your mealtime (and overall) stress.

As an experienced professional in the area of fussy eating, our dietitian Ricki-lee can give you the tools to change meal time behaviour once and for all! Ricki-lee will be able to help you identify the cause of your child’s fussiness and using evidence-based and individually tailored strategies, support you in achieving a quieter, calmer meal time with a wider variety of foods.

For our extreme fussy eaters, Ricki-lee is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Your child will be guided through the 32 steps to eating from tolerating the food in the room, on the plate, touching the food, smelling the food, licking the food all the way to chewing and swallowing the food. Most fussy eaters can add a new food in 15-25 steps (most of which we don’t even know they are doing). For extreme fussy eaters, it may take a long time working up each of the 32 steps and celebrating the small wins as they come.

Not sure if your child would benefit from SOS therapy? If you answer yes to any of the below, an SOS Feeding Assessment with Ricki-lee is recommended.

  • Ongoing poor weight gain, weight loss or Pre-term birth
  • Chronic or persistent choking, gagging, nasal reflux, coughing during meals or vomiting
  • Has a birth defect or genetic disorder (ASD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, ADD, Cognitive delay, Down syndrome, Dyslexia, Emotional disorders, Fragile X syndrome, Learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Tourette’s Syndrome)
  • Has been identified as having low muscle tone or a muscle disorder
  • Arches and/or cries at most meals
  • Did not achieve developmental milestones on time, including delay progressing through texture phases (puree to solids)
  • Consumes less than 20 foods consistently.
  • Avoidance towards all foods in a specific texture (wet, squishy, crunchy, etc.) or nutrition group (meat, vegetables, starches, fruits, etc.)?
  • Preference towards ultra-processed or uniform foods (e.g. crisps, sausages, chicken nuggets, crustless toast)
  • Accepted foods are being dropped over time with no new foods being accepted
  • Periods of Naso-gastric feeding, Tube or PEG feeding OR other non-oral feeding methods
  • History of traumatic choking incident and failure to return that food back into the diet
  • Most mealtimes are described as a battle or fight to get the child to feed
  • The child is disinterested in mealtime and the foods presented.
  • The child is difficult for everyone to feed

What is involved in a Feeding Assessment?

Before your appointment, you will be emailed a number of documents for completion. These are required to be returned to our office no less than 7 days before your appointment for review by the Dietitian. Your child will undergo a Feeding Evaluation in one of our clinics on the day of his/her appointment. The appointment will involve you preparing a meal for your child to replicate a home meal. The meal will have 2 foods your child will and 2 foods your child will NOT eat. Your mealtime will be observed remotely. The Dietitian may enter the room during the meal to prompt anything that may be unclear. Once your mealtime has been completed, the Dietitian will discuss with you some strategies to help protect your child’s nutritional status before concluding the session.

The Dietitian will then prepare a report and make a time with you to discuss the findings and recommendations. If your child is suitable for the ‘Fussy Eating’ program, reception will arrange the bookings for you.

Before the program commences, your Dietitian will ask you to bring a number of foods to the appointment. This allows parents to replicate food sessions in the home setting. Parents are required to stay with their children for the duration of the appointment. These last for 60-90 minutes. After the session, the Dietitian will provide some ‘take home’ tasks to work on between appointments. After 12 sessions, your child will be reassessed. If further sessions are required, this will be discussed with the parent. We understand that no children are the same. Session frequency and therapy goals will be set based on what is best for the child and their family.

If you are unsure whether your child would benefit from a feeding assessment, complete the questionnaire here. Results can be taken to your GP for a referral, however, a referral is not necessary. Appointments can be made by contacting the Nambour Sports & Spinal clinic or Coolum Sports & Spinal clinic. If you cannot attend those two clinics Ricki-Lee is available for telehealth appointments.

OUR TEAM

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Michael Lawler

Dietitian

Michael is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with 16 years of experience in weight loss, chronic disease management and exercise prescription. His approach to Nutrition is non-judgemental, individualised and most importantly will allow you to enjoy delicious healthy food (whatever your condition or goals) whilst still leaving some room to savour a treat or two from time to time.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Michael has a strong focus on pre and post-op lower limb (knee and hip) surgery and injury management. He loves working with people living with disabilities and enjoys taking a problem-solving approach to each individual’s unique situation.

Michael’s areas of practice focus include: 

  • Food Intolerances and Conditions of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract
  • Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management
  • Weight management
  • Lower Limb Rehab
  • Complex Conditions

Michael is available for Exercise Physiology and Dietetic consults at our Wynnum clinic.

Nicole Lam

Dietitian

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Nicole’s journey into nutrition came from her cultural belief that “food is medicine”. Combined with her life goal to contribute her life to helping others, she entered the health industry as a dietitian. 

Nicole’s goal as a dietitian is to connect with each individual and discover their needs and wants in health and nutrition. She aims to help people develop a healthy and enjoyable relationship with food that supports their conditions and well-being. Nicole believes there is no “one size fits all” solution to health. Therefore, she is passionate about working with her clients and empowering them with the nutrition knowledge and skills that they need. 

As a full-fledged foodie, Nicole is also an excellent home cook who dabbles in different cuisines. She is experienced in developing simple and budget-friendly recipes that support a healthy diet. If you are struggling with your diet or are unsure about nutritional support for your health, Nicole is the dietitian for you. Nicole has a Masters’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetic Practice from Bond University and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from Queensland University of Technology.

Nicole specialises in and has special interests in:

  • Relationship with food
  • Healthy eating for a busy lifestyle
  • Blood glucose level/ Diabetes management
  • Cholesterol management
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Women’s Health
  • Eating disorders/ disordered eating patterns
  • Mental health

Nicole is available for Dietetic appointments at our Wynnum clinic.

Courtney Bruce

Dietitian

Courtney is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) boasting over 10+ years of experience in the healthcare field, where she has worked extensively in both hospital and community settings. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) in 2011, and since then, she has been dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health and nutrition goals.

With a particular focus on chronic disease management, weight loss, weight gain, and supporting individuals with disabilities, Courtney is committed to positively impacting her clients’ lives. She takes pride in fostering a healthy and positive relationship with food for those she works with.

Outside of her professional life, Courtney finds joy in various activities. She relishes spending time at the beach, camping amidst nature’s beauty, savouring meals at restaurants, exploring new destinations during her travels abroad, and cherishing quality moments with her family and friends.

Courtney’s warm and friendly personality ensures clients feel at ease during their sessions. She eagerly looks forward to collaborating with you on your improved health and nutrition journey.

Courtney is available for Dietitian consults at our Gympie clinic.

Annabelle Lang

Dietitian

Annabelle Lang is an accomplished, highly skilled, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). With extra training and certification within the paediatric space, Annabelle has a passion for helping individuals of all ages across the broad continuum of health. She obtained her qualifications from the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she completed a Bachelor of Dietetics with Honours and a Bachelor of Nutrition with a major in Public Health.

As an APD, Annabelle is recognised by Dietitians Australia for her exceptional expertise and adherence to the highest professional standards. She is dedicated to providing evidence-based and client-centred care, tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual and their families. Annabelle has a deep understanding of the nutritional requirements specific to each individual and is adept at creating personalised and lifestyle-based diet strategies that promote optimal growth, development, and overall health.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Annabelle has a genuine passion for cooking and exploring the culinary world. She finds joy in experimenting with new recipes and discovering innovative ways to make healthy eating enjoyable for her clients. Annabelle’s love for fresh, wholesome ingredients often leads her to farmer’s markets, where she can source the finest produce to incorporate into her culinary creations.

During her downtime, Annabelle embraces her adventurous spirit by immersing herself in Australia’s stunning natural landscapes. She finds solace in hiking through picturesque trails, casting a line while fishing, and exploring the vibrant underwater world through snorkelling. Annabelle’s love for nature allows her to recharge and find inspiration and reinforces her commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle to her clients.

Annabelle Lang is a dedicated professional who continuously strives for excellence in her practice. Her combination of academic achievements, practical experience, and passion for promoting optimal health and well-being make her an invaluable asset to the field of dietetics. With her warm and compassionate approach, Annabelle can help positively impact the lives of individuals and families, helping them achieve their nutritional goals and embrace healthier lifestyles.

Annabelle is available for Dietitian consults at our Caloundra, North Lakes and Redcliffe clinics.

Naomi Gould

Dietitian

Naomi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University. With a strong focus on realistic and sustainable strategies, Naomi is passionate about supporting clients in improving their health for the long term. Practising in a weight-inclusive manner Naomi encourages people from all walks of life to feel welcome and confident in seeking out nutrition care. Naomi understands that each client has different needs and values and provides an individualised approach.

Naomi is a generalist Dietitian and can provide support in a variety of areas including but not limited to Chronic Disease Management, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Diabetes, IBS, PCOS, Coeliacs Disease, nutritional deficiencies, mindful eating, and improving energy and sleep.

In her spare time, you can find Naomi getting lost in a book, surfing, or trying out a new restaurant.

Naomi is available for Dietitian appointments at our Broadbeach and Robina locations.

Candice Newing

Dietitian

Candice is passionate about supporting her clients along their journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. Shortly after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, she chose to start her dietetic career in private practice as she enjoys working closely alongside her clients and seeing the wonderful impact healthy lifestyle changes can make. Candice is committed to empowering and building her client’s confidence in making lifelong changes by providing personalised nutrition education and setting realistic goals.

She welcomes all types of clients and has a special interest in weight management, chronic disease management, and gastrointestinal health.

In her spare time, you can find Candice at the beach, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

Candice is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Coolum, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.

Georgia Volz

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Georgia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She strives to ensure her clients feel supported and empowered throughout their journey to better health through nutrition. Using evidence-based practice, Georgia can tailor nutrition strategies to each client to meet their goals. Georgia’s special interest areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Georiga is available for Dietitian appointments at Springfield, Woolloongabba and Chermside clinics.

Candice Newing

Dietitian

Candice is passionate about supporting her clients along their journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. Shortly after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, she chose to start her dietetic career in private practice as she enjoys working closely alongside her clients and seeing the wonderful impact healthy lifestyle changes can make. Candice is committed to empowering and building her client’s confidence in making lifelong changes by providing personalised nutrition education and setting realistic goals.

She welcomes all types of clients and has a special interest in weight management, chronic disease management, and gastrointestinal health.

In her spare time, you can find Candice at the beach, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

Candice is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Coolum, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.

Caitlin Follett

Gut Health, Women’s Health & Diabetes Dietitian

Caitlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who prides herself on focusing on her clients as a whole person and understands there is so much more to an individual than just what they eat. Caitlin has special interests in gut health, paediatric nutrition, and diabetes management, and has completed further training in these areas.

Caitlin is passionate about individualising her approach to each client to facilitate achievable and realistic changes in line with their goals to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. She uses a non-judgemental, friendly, and tailored approach with her care, as she understands that it can be daunting opening up to someone about your health concerns and what you eat.

When she isn’t working, Caitlin enjoys exploring the Sunshine Coast by getting outside to go for walks or hikes, to the beach for a swim, or painting at home.

Caitlin is available for appointments at our Kawana and Nambour clinics.

Candice Newing

Dietitian

Candice is passionate about supporting her clients along their journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. Shortly after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, she chose to start her dietetic career in private practice as she enjoys working closely alongside her clients and seeing the wonderful impact healthy lifestyle changes can make. Candice is committed to empowering and building her client’s confidence in making lifelong changes by providing personalised nutrition education and setting realistic goals.

She welcomes all types of clients and has a special interest in weight management, chronic disease management, and gastrointestinal health.

In her spare time, you can find Candice at the beach, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

Candice is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Coolum, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.

Caitlin Follett

Gut Health, Women’s Health & Diabetes Dietitian

Caitlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who prides herself on focusing on her clients as a whole person and understands there is so much more to an individual than just what they eat. Caitlin has special interests in gut health, paediatric nutrition, and diabetes management, and has completed further training in these areas.

Caitlin is passionate about individualising her approach to each client to facilitate achievable and realistic changes in line with their goals to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. She uses a non-judgemental, friendly, and tailored approach with her care, as she understands that it can be daunting opening up to someone about your health concerns and what you eat.

When she isn’t working, Caitlin enjoys exploring the Sunshine Coast by getting outside to go for walks or hikes, to the beach for a swim, or painting at home.

Caitlin is available for appointments at our Kawana and Nambour clinics.

Naomi Gould

Dietitian

Naomi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University. With a strong focus on realistic and sustainable strategies, Naomi is passionate about supporting clients in improving their health for the long term. Practising in a weight-inclusive manner Naomi encourages people from all walks of life to feel welcome and confident in seeking out nutrition care. Naomi understands that each client has different needs and values and provides an individualised approach.

Naomi is a generalist Dietitian and can provide support in a variety of areas including but not limited to Chronic Disease Management, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Diabetes, IBS, PCOS, Coeliacs Disease, nutritional deficiencies, mindful eating, and improving energy and sleep.

In her spare time, you can find Naomi getting lost in a book, surfing, or trying out a new restaurant.

Naomi is available for Dietitian appointments at our Broadbeach and Robina locations.

Candice Newing

Dietitian

Candice is passionate about supporting her clients along their journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. Shortly after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, she chose to start her dietetic career in private practice as she enjoys working closely alongside her clients and seeing the wonderful impact healthy lifestyle changes can make. Candice is committed to empowering and building her client’s confidence in making lifelong changes by providing personalised nutrition education and setting realistic goals.

She welcomes all types of clients and has a special interest in weight management, chronic disease management, and gastrointestinal health.

In her spare time, you can find Candice at the beach, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

Candice is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Coolum, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.

Georgia Volz

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Georgia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She strives to ensure her clients feel supported and empowered throughout their journey to better health through nutrition. Using evidence-based practice, Georgia can tailor nutrition strategies to each client to meet their goals. Georgia’s special interest areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Georiga is available for Dietitian appointments at Springfield, Woolloongabba and Chermside clinics.

Peter Herzig

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Peter is available for telehealth appointments only

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

Pete is available for Dietitian appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Ricki-Lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-Lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-Lee has obtained experience across various sectors, including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-Lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence. Ricki-Lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Ricki-Lee is available for appointments at our Morayfield clinic.

Georgia Volz

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Georgia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She strives to ensure her clients feel supported and empowered throughout their journey to better health through nutrition. Using evidence-based practice, Georgia can tailor nutrition strategies to each client to meet their goals. Georgia’s special interest areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Georiga is available for Dietitian appointments at Springfield, Woolloongabba and Chermside clinics.

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Have you sorted the dessert for Christmas day yet?
Why not try our Dietitian approved Christmas Pav? 

Ingredients
⭐ 150ml egg whites (approximately 4 eggs)
⭐ 1 cup caster sugar
⭐ 1 teaspoon white vinegar
⭐ 400g reduced-fat Greek yogurt
⭐ 300g strawberries, diced
⭐ 300g blueberries

Method 🥄
1. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting 30 seconds between each tablespoon. Whisk for 6 minutes or until stiff and glossy.
2. Scrape the sides of the electric mixer, add the vinegar and whisk for 2 minutes or until glossy and combined.
3. Spoon 6 rounds onto the baking tray. Reduce the oven temperature to 120°C and bake for 30 minutes or until crisp to touch.
4. Cool in the oven for 1 hour.
5. Top meringues with yogurt and fresh berries or whatever fruit you like!

Have you sorted the dessert for Christmas day yet?
Why not try our Dietitian approved Christmas Pav?

Ingredients
⭐ 150ml egg whites (approximately 4 eggs)
⭐ 1 cup caster sugar
⭐ 1 teaspoon white vinegar
⭐ 400g reduced-fat Greek yogurt
⭐ 300g strawberries, diced
⭐ 300g blueberries

Method 🥄
1. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting 30 seconds between each tablespoon. Whisk for 6 minutes or until stiff and glossy.
2. Scrape the sides of the electric mixer, add the vinegar and whisk for 2 minutes or until glossy and combined.
3. Spoon 6 rounds onto the baking tray. Reduce the oven temperature to 120°C and bake for 30 minutes or until crisp to touch.
4. Cool in the oven for 1 hour.
5. Top meringues with yogurt and fresh berries or whatever fruit you like!
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High Fibre Rum Balls 💫
Get Christmas started early with these healthy rum ball recipes. best of yet, you can bake them now and freeze them for the big day. 

Ingredients
🎄1 can black beans, rinsed
🎄1/4 cup natural peanut butter
🎄2 tbsp cocoa (additional for dusting optional)
🎄4 tbsp rum
🎄1 tsp vanilla essence
🎄6 dates
🎄2 tbsp maple syrup
🎄2 tbsp flour
🎄 2 tbsp almond meal
🎄 Desiccated coconut for dusting (optional)

Method 🥄
1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain fluid.
2. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Roll dough into small balls and coat in coconut, extra cocoa, or as is.
4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.

High Fibre Rum Balls 💫
Get Christmas started early with these healthy rum ball recipes. best of yet, you can bake them now and freeze them for the big day.

Ingredients
🎄1 can black beans, rinsed
🎄1/4 cup natural peanut butter
🎄2 tbsp cocoa (additional for dusting optional)
🎄4 tbsp rum
🎄1 tsp vanilla essence
🎄6 dates
🎄2 tbsp maple syrup
🎄2 tbsp flour
🎄 2 tbsp almond meal
🎄 Desiccated coconut for dusting (optional)

Method 🥄
1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain fluid.
2. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Roll dough into small balls and coat in coconut, extra cocoa, or as is.
4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.
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Disability Action Week 2023 💪🏻

“From 25 November to 2 December 2023 celebrates Queenslanders with disability and the contributions they make to our families, communities, workplaces and economy.

This year’s theme – ‘Access ignites: it’s good business’ – focuses on increasing employment and economic participation of people with disability.”

Sports and Spinal Kawana works closely with their patients to increase their health and well-being to build community, social and economic participation 😃

Check out our range of classes ran by our exercise physiologists and physiotherapists via our bio 🙌🏻

#sportsandspinal #disabilityactionweek #alliedheath #exercisephysiology #physiotherapy #exercise #gym #disbaility #disabilityawareness #ndisprovider #ndis #ndisaustralia

Disability Action Week 2023 💪🏻

“From 25 November to 2 December 2023 celebrates Queenslanders with disability and the contributions they make to our families, communities, workplaces and economy.

This year’s theme – ‘Access ignites: it’s good business’ – focuses on increasing employment and economic participation of people with disability.”

Sports and Spinal Kawana works closely with their patients to increase their health and well-being to build community, social and economic participation 😃

Check out our range of classes ran by our exercise physiologists and physiotherapists via our bio 🙌🏻

#sportsandspinal #disabilityactionweek #alliedheath #exercisephysiology #physiotherapy #exercise #gym #disbaility #disabilityawareness #ndisprovider #ndis #ndisaustralia
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Healthy Gingerbread - Dietitian Approved ✅

▫️ 1 1/2 cups wholemeal spelt flour (plus 1/4 cup extra)*
▫️ 1/4 cup maple syrup
▫️ 2 tsp ground ginger
▫️ 2 tsp ground cinnamon
▫️ 1/4 tsp ground cloves
▫️ 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
▫️ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
▫️ 2 tbsp milk (any type)

Method 🥄
1. Preheat oven to 150C.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the 1 1/2 cups flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and bicarb soda.
3. Form a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the oil, maple syrup, and milk then mix to combine.
4. If the mixture is sticky, add the extra 1/4 cup of flour. 
5. With a rolling pin, roll the dough flat. Roughly 0.5cm thick.
6. Cut the dough out with cookie cutters and lay the biscuits on a lined baking tray.
7. Form a ball with the left-over dough and repeat steps 4-5 for the remaining dough.
8. Bake for 10-13 minutes until golden and then decorate however you wish!

* Can use Gluten Free or Buckwheat flour as an alternative 

Makes 18 biscuits: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low fodmap, Vegan
Nutritional information per biscuit: Cal: 86 Fat: 3.5g Carbs: 11.6g Protein: 1.8g

Healthy Gingerbread - Dietitian Approved ✅

▫️ 1 1/2 cups wholemeal spelt flour (plus 1/4 cup extra)*
▫️ 1/4 cup maple syrup
▫️ 2 tsp ground ginger
▫️ 2 tsp ground cinnamon
▫️ 1/4 tsp ground cloves
▫️ 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
▫️ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
▫️ 2 tbsp milk (any type)

Method 🥄
1. Preheat oven to 150C.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the 1 1/2 cups flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and bicarb soda.
3. Form a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the oil, maple syrup, and milk then mix to combine.
4. If the mixture is sticky, add the extra 1/4 cup of flour.
5. With a rolling pin, roll the dough flat. Roughly 0.5cm thick.
6. Cut the dough out with cookie cutters and lay the biscuits on a lined baking tray.
7. Form a ball with the left-over dough and repeat steps 4-5 for the remaining dough.
8. Bake for 10-13 minutes until golden and then decorate however you wish!

* Can use Gluten Free or Buckwheat flour as an alternative

Makes 18 biscuits: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low fodmap, Vegan
Nutritional information per biscuit: Cal: 86 Fat: 3.5g Carbs: 11.6g Protein: 1.8g
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Disability Action Week! 👩‍🦽

All this week we celebrate Queenslanders with disability and acknowledge the contributions they make to their families, workplaces, and communities. 

Sports & Spinal is proud to be able to work with and treat Queenslanders with disability!

Disability Action Week! 👩‍🦽

All this week we celebrate Queenslanders with disability and acknowledge the contributions they make to their families, workplaces, and communities.

Sports & Spinal is proud to be able to work with and treat Queenslanders with disability!
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Last month Maroochydore Exercise Physiologist, Blair Austin graduated to local celebrity status!

Blair took part in an interview on ABC radio 🎙discussing ‘bungalow legs’ - a term referring to muscle wastage in the legs as a result of not regularly using stairs🦵It is often experienced by elderly people who move into a single story dwelling. 🏠

Maintaining leg strength is important as we age, to ensure mobility and independence is maintained.🕺 A lack of leg strength can greatly increase the risk of falls and injury. 

If you, or someone you know is experiencing weakness in the legs, causing difficulty standing up or with general mobility, contact your local Sports & Spinal clinic and see how one of our Exercise Physiologists can help!

Last month Maroochydore Exercise Physiologist, Blair Austin graduated to local celebrity status!

Blair took part in an interview on ABC radio 🎙discussing ‘bungalow legs’ - a term referring to muscle wastage in the legs as a result of not regularly using stairs🦵It is often experienced by elderly people who move into a single story dwelling. 🏠

Maintaining leg strength is important as we age, to ensure mobility and independence is maintained.🕺 A lack of leg strength can greatly increase the risk of falls and injury.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing weakness in the legs, causing difficulty standing up or with general mobility, contact your local Sports & Spinal clinic and see how one of our Exercise Physiologists can help!
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✨PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2023 ✨

THE THEME FOR 2023 IS CONNECTION THROUGH CONVERSATION 👯‍♀️

At Sports and Spinal we offer Women’s Health classes which allows you to connect and relate with other mums and build a supportive community around you 💕 

“Honest and compassionate conversations about perinatal mental health are life changing 💥 Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges yourself, or if you’re concerned about a loved one we know that reaching out and talking about the way you’re feeling can be really hard ‼️It can feel tricky to find the right words. You might be worried about the way the person you’re talking to will react, and there’s a lot of fear around getting it wrong 🤦🏼‍♀️

That’s why this Perinatal Mental Health Week, we want you to know that everyone needs help at some point in their lives, and everyone deserves compassion and support 🙋🏾‍♀️ 

Reaching out, truly listening and making a connection is more important than getting the words completely perfect. 

The PANDA Helpline provides counselling, referral and peer support from parents who have been through similar challenges. When someone calls, they will speak with a counsellor who understands the challenges of being a new or expecting parent. PANDA counsellors and peer workers listen with kindness and compassion, help callers explore support options, and can also provide information about appropriate specialist services” @pandanational 

PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306 | Mon - Sat 9am — 7.30pm AEST/AEDT

#sportsandspinal #PMHWEEK #pmhweek2023 #activemums

✨PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2023 ✨

THE THEME FOR 2023 IS CONNECTION THROUGH CONVERSATION 👯‍♀️

At Sports and Spinal we offer Women’s Health classes which allows you to connect and relate with other mums and build a supportive community around you 💕

“Honest and compassionate conversations about perinatal mental health are life changing 💥 Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges yourself, or if you’re concerned about a loved one we know that reaching out and talking about the way you’re feeling can be really hard ‼️It can feel tricky to find the right words. You might be worried about the way the person you’re talking to will react, and there’s a lot of fear around getting it wrong 🤦🏼‍♀️

That’s why this Perinatal Mental Health Week, we want you to know that everyone needs help at some point in their lives, and everyone deserves compassion and support 🙋🏾‍♀️

Reaching out, truly listening and making a connection is more important than getting the words completely perfect. 

The PANDA Helpline provides counselling, referral and peer support from parents who have been through similar challenges. When someone calls, they will speak with a counsellor who understands the challenges of being a new or expecting parent. PANDA counsellors and peer workers listen with kindness and compassion, help callers explore support options, and can also provide information about appropriate specialist services” @pandanational

PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306 | Mon - Sat 9am — 7.30pm AEST/AEDT

#sportsandspinal #PMHWEEK #pmhweek2023 #activemums
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