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  • Writer's picturePaige Smathers

138: Sports Nutrition & How Athletes Can Work with their Bodies

Fiona Sutherland is Director of The Mindful Dietitian & Body Positive Australia and has been practicing for 15 years primarily in the areas of eating behavior, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition & education/training. She has been integrating the Non Diet Approach into Dietetic practice for over 12 years, and is passionate about supporting Health Professionals to develop skills in understanding more about the complexities of client presentations, and how we can focus on wellbeing. As an Eating Disorders specialist, Fiona has a particular interest in binge eating and finding evidence-based, compassionate ways of working with people in diverse bodies. Fiona is also a Sports Dietitian, working with emerging professional dancers at The Australian Ballet School and host of The Mindful Dietitian Podcast.

Fiona is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher, bringing a particular emphasis on mindful eating and the intersection of food environment, eating psychology and body image into her work and training. She has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) and MB-EAT (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training). Fiona is guest lecturer within Deakin University Dietetics course within the areas of eating behavior, Body Image, counseling skills and the Non Diet Approach.

In this episode, Fi discusses her career path and how she landed in the sports nutrition realm. She discusses the female athlete triad, bone health and the pressures athletes experience around performance and body. She shares some advice for coaches in supporting athletes' best interests and shares how all of us can support athletes in working with their bodies, rather than against their bodies.

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