Diet and Nutrition

Nutrition and Diet


The world of food choices has become a confusing landscape! Every day we are bombarded with nutrition information in magazines, newspapers, TV and radio about what we should and should not do with our diets, how to lose weight, gain weight, feel better, perform better, have more energy, foods to avoid and the latest “superfood”.

But how do we know what information is accurate? Get your information from a nutrition expert, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

What is a Dietitian (APD)?


Dietitians are university trained health professionals expert in assessing and advising you on your nutritional needs. Dietitians are regulated by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and must meet strict criteria and undertake continuing education every year to retain their status. An APD is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia.

Areas a Dietitian (APD) can assist you with:


  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome  & low FODMAP diet
  • Weight reduction
  • Insulin resistance / PCOS
  • Underweight
  • Heart Health
  • Type 2 Diabetes & Pre-diabetes (Impaired Glucose Tolerance)
  • Vegetarian Diet

What is a Sports Dietitian?


Sports dietitans have further training and experience in the field of exercise and physical performance. At North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre we are lucky enough to have one of only two Sports Dietitian Fellows (the highest level of Sports Dietitian) in NSW,

Sports Dieticians can help you with:


  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Eating and drinking for training, recovery and race day
  • Fuelling for endurance
  • Bulking up
  • Increasing weight in rowing, rugby and basketball
  • Decreasing/Losing weight in jockeys and boxers
  • Diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies.
  • Supplement advice
  • Hydration strategies
  • Optimising performance
  • Compile an individualised meal plan

A dietitian will generally ask you to create a food diary so they know your starting point. They will take various body measurements and create an individualised eating plan for your specific needs and circumstances.

How is a “Dietitian” different from a “Nutritionist”?


A dietitian must be university qualified and has extensive training in the science of how food and nutrition can achieve optimal health. Only an accredited dietitian is qualified to provide medical nutritional therapy. A “Sports Dietitian” has even further expertise in the area of sport, exercise and physical performance.

Sarah Dacres-Mannings is a Paediatric, Sports and Accredited Practising Dietitian

Sarah Dacres-Mannings


Sarah Dacres-Mannings is a Paediatric, Sports and Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

Sarah started her career working at The Children’s Hospital before expanding into elite sport & corporate health and nutrition. Sarah is passionate about insulin resistance, teen and kids’ nutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, women’s health, corporate health and nutrition.

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