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By SugarByHalf
SugarByHalf is a not-for-profit, independent organisation, led by a team of health experts and business professionals who are also concerned parents. We are passionate about a future for Australia where people live better, stronger and healthier lives through the reduction of sugar-related diseases.
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Episode 22 - Libby Jenkinson - Ditch The Carbs
Today we are joined by Libby Jenkinson - a registered pharmacist, certified Health Coach, mother of three, and founder of Ditch The Carbs, Ditch The Carbs PRO, and Low-Carb Practitioners. The mission for Ditch The Carbs is simple. To make low-carb and keto simple and tasty for the whole family. Libby wants to show us how easy it is to quit sugar and live on healthy whole unprocessed food, no matter how busy you are. Libby loves helping absolute beginners who don't know how to cook, or don't like to cook. All her recipes on Ditch The Carbs are family-friendly and kid-friendly. Recipes are low-carb, lower-carb, or keto. Every recipe contains no added sugars, no grains, and every recipe is naturally gluten-free. They are made with simple ingredients that you can find in your local grocery store. Follow Libby Jenkinson Host: Daniel Velardo
March 22, 2022
Episode 21 - Nicole Moore
Nicole is the founder of Menu Concepts and has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian for the past 20 years and is a Low Carb Specialist. She coaches, trains and mentor’s dietitians nationally. She employs a national team of Accredited Dietitians, with over 55 clinics across Australia. Nicole and her dietetics team will help create a healthier you with the newest low carb science through one-on-one consultations, in clinic and online. She is part of the Defeat Diabetes Team and has given many talks with organisations like Low Carb Down Under. Follow Nicole Moore Host: Daniel Velardo
October 08, 2021
Episode 20 - Jonno Proudfoot
Jonno Proudfoot is the CEO of the Real Meal Revolution and bestselling author of The Real Meal Revolution, Raising Superheroes and Real Meal Revolution 2.0, total sales of which exceed 400,000 copies. Jonno spent his early career as a professional chef, cooking in top-rated restaurants. He then moved to fine wine marketing and managing big catering, while completing a degree in Accounting Sciences. A sports lover, Jonno loves competing in extreme triathlons, runs and swims. In 2014, he and his friend Thane Williams set a world record by swimming 459km from Mozambique (Mow-Zam-Beek) to Madagascar, and in the process raised over a million Rand’s worth of surgeries for children born with cleft lips. One of the core concepts enshrined in Jonno’s DNA is “Always Improving” – the idea of continually setting new goals and achieving them. Jonno lives by this and has never been shy of a challenge.  As founder of the Real Meal Revolution, it is Jonno’s goal to enable 100 Million people to take back their power through food by 28 February 2025. Follow Jonno Proudfoot Host: Daniel Velardo
August 10, 2021
Episode 19 - Dr Pran Yoganathan
Dr Pran Yoganathan is a Gastroenterologist based in Sydney. He aims to empower his patients to embark on a journey of self-healing using the philosophy of “let food be thy medicine”. Dr Pran has a strong interest in the field of human nutrition. He practices an approach to healthcare that assesses the lifestyle of the patient to see how it impacts on their gastrointestinal and metabolic health. Dr Pran believes that the current day nutritional guidelines may not be based on perfect evidence and he passionately strives to provide the most up to date literature in healthcare and science to provide “Evidence-Based Medicine”. He is a strong motivator and aims to empower his patients to embark on a journey of self-healing using the philosophy of “let food be thy medicine”. Follow Dr Pran Yoganathan Host: Daniel Velardo
July 06, 2021
Episode 18 - Olivia Kaplan
Olivia Kaplan is a nutritionist, foodie, content creator and presenter with a keen eye for all the most up-to-date trends in health and wellness. She has regular roles as on-screen talent for brands including Bondi Harvest and Zova as well as being featured on multiple online and print publications including, I Quit Sugar and Woman's Day. Located on the shores of Bondi Beach, she is a living example of how good nutrition is an integral part of our overall health. Her recipes focus on mood-boosting and blood sugar balancing goodness and she believes eating well should be easy and effortless, not stressful. Follow Olivia: Host: Daniel Velardo
June 29, 2021
Episode 17 - Andre Obradovic
Andre Obradovic is a world-renowned Health Coach. He has helped 100s of people optimise their Health, Performance and Life by personal coaching. He uses effective questioning to assist clients with mindset and motivation in the areas of weight loss, endurance, sleep, and overall wellbeing. Andre has presented at many conferences and I was lucky enough to see his presentation via the Nutrition Network, where his talk inspired many. As a speaker, ambassador and one of the country's leading coaches, Andre's mission is to help people lead a healthier life, through mindset, health and well being. Follow Andre Host
May 21, 2021
Episode 16: Defeat Diabetes App with Dr Peter Brukner OAM & Dr Paul Mason
Welcome to the first science-based and doctor-led program to transform the health of Australians diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and chronic illness. Learn about the benefits of the Defeat Diabetes Program and how it can work for you. Dr Peter Brukner OAM & Dr Paul Mason discuss their work with the, Defeat Diabetes App, and how it can assist you.
January 28, 2021
Episode 15 - Dr Gary Fettke
Dr Gary Fettke is an orthopedic surgeon and an advocate for a low carb healthy fat lifestyle. In 2016, Gary was sanctioned by regulators for recommending a low-carb lifestyle to patients he felt could improve their health by changing their diets. Dr Fettke was officially, ‘silenced’, by AHPRA, meaning he was forbidden to give diet-related advice to his patients. In 2018, AHPRA retracted its decision in its entirety, and cleared Dr Fettke of all charges.
January 26, 2021
Episode 14: Matty Lansdown
Matty Lansdown is a scientist and nutrition consultant with a passion for sharing the truth. He believes in ‘Food is Medicine’ and wants to have people feeling like they are in control of their own health and empowered to take the necessary action. After 10 years of study, research, and experimentation, Matty has become a prolific voice in the health, nutrition and diet space. He hosts the, ‘How to Not get Sick and Die’ podcast, and works with clients as a Health Coach. He has presented at many conferences and last week presented at the 6th Annual Quit Sugar Summit.
January 18, 2021
Episode 13 - Dr Lucy Burns
Dr Lucy Burns is a GP and a lifestyle medicine physician. Lucy runs a weight loss clinic called Real Life Medicine. This was the inspiration to create an online learning platform to share this information far and wide. Lucy has muscular dystrophy which impairs her mobility. In her 20’s she managed her weight with exercise. Alas, this is no longer possible. She became overweight/obese and was insulin resistant. Two years ago she lost 20 kgs by adopting a low carb lifestyle and more importantly has maintained this. Dr Lucy is known for her positive can-do nature and is an eternal optimist. Despite this, she has experienced depression for many years which is now in remission thanks to her lifestyle changes. She practices meditation daily (well at least second daily). Dr Lucy also speaks at conferences for doctors on weight management as well as events for the general public, and is now considered an expert in this field. Dr Lucy is a mum to two teenage girls - say no more.
December 30, 2020
Episode 12: Dr Shah, cardiologist medical expert.
Dr Shah, cardiologist medical expert currently practicing in New York City. Dr Shah is a cardiology and vascular specialist who is passionate about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), treating limb ischemia, and managing diabetic foot ulcers. He advises other doctors on medical technology, artificial intelligence in cardiology, and how to use med tech to save limbs and save lives.
December 06, 2020
Episode 11: Defeating diabetes with Dr Peter Brukner OAM & Dr Paul Mason
Defeating diabetes is the topic of discussion during this episode with experts Dr Peter Brukner OAM & Dr Paul Mason.  Dr Peter Brukner OAM is a world-renowned Australian Sports medicine clinician and researcher. Until recently the team doctor for the Australian cricket team, he has held similar positions at Liverpool FC, Melbourne and Collingwood AFL clubs, the Socceroos and with the national Olympic teams. A professor of sports medicine at La Trobe University, Peter is also the author of several books and a founder of the SugarByHalf public health campaign. He lectures on health all over the world and often appears in the media, including Fox Footy TV, SEN Radio, ABC Radio and The Age. Dr Mason obtained his medical degree with honors from the University of Sydney, and also holds degrees in Physiotherapy and Occupational Health. He is a Specialist Sports Medicine and Exercise Physician. Dr Mason developed an interest in low carbohydrate diets in 2011. Since then he has spent hundreds of hours reading and analysing the scientific literature. For a number of years, Dr. Mason has been applying this knowledge in treating metabolic and arthritis patients who have achieved dramatic and sustained weight loss and reductions in joint pain.
November 13, 2020
Episode 10 - Lucinda Hancock CEO Nutrition Australia
Lucinda Hancock is the CEO of Nutrition Australia. Nutrition Australia aims to inspire healthy eating through information, education, and consultation services. They work in all states and territories to influence policy makers, media, educators, food industry, companies and consumers. Nutrition Australia is a non-government, non-profit, community-based organisation that operates in all States and Territories in Australia with the assistance of professionals who are specialists in the fields of food, nutrition, health promotion and business. Each Division provides a range of services that are specific to the needs of their State or Territory. These services include: Providing the latest information on nutrition research and current food and health trends Co-ordinating events during the annual National Nutrition Week campaign Running high-profile seminars for the general public and health professionals Extensive media and public speaking experience Media commentary Preparation and design of publications Food industry consultancies Nutrition training and presentations Menu assessments.
November 13, 2020
Episode 9: Dr Sandro Demaio
Dr Sandro Demaio is the CEO of VicHealth, a medical doctor, globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization. Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation. In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against chronic disease which reached more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. In 2018, he also established an independent, not-for-profit foundation focused on improving the health and nutrition of Australians. Dr Sandro currently has a book out called, ‘The Doctor’s Diet’. Besides his role as VicHealth CEO, Dr Demaio also co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world.
November 13, 2020
Episode 8 - Belinda Fettke
Belinda is an advocate and supporter of a low carb healthy fat lifestyle. She Co-founded Nutrition for Life in Tasmania and established the successful business before passing it on to her team. She has always had a longstanding and keen interest in the preventative aspects of health and well-being, having nursed in the public health system, specialising in Geriatric Rehabilitation in the past. These days Belinda describes herself as a ‘health disruptor’ around the dietary guidelines and other aspects to health. Listen in as she provides interesting research and thoughts around the dietary guidelines and reflects on how her husband, Dr Gary Fettke, was silenced for advising his patients to reduce sugar.
October 03, 2020
Episode 7 - Yvonne Farquharson
Yvonne Farquharson is the managing director at Filter your Future. Yvonne wants to help children make positive lifestyle choices for their future health and wellbeing. She is aiming to tackle the global epidemic of diet and weight related illnesses through early education. Yvonne discusses kidney disease and the impact of dialysis along with other health issues.
September 30, 2020
Episode 6: Dr Peter Brukner OAM
Dr Peter Brukner OAM is a world-renowned Australian Sports medicine clinician and researcher. Until recently the team doctor for the Australian cricket team, he has held similar positions at Liverpool FC, Melbourne and Collingwood AFL clubs, the Socceroos and with the national Olympic teams. A professor of sports medicine at La Trobe University, Peter is also the author of several books and a founder of the SugarByHalf public health campaign. He lectures on health all over the world and often appears in the media, including Fox Footy TV, SEN Radio, ABC Radio and The Age. Peter will be discussing his latest book, ‘A Fat Lot of Good’.  In A Fat Lot of Good Dr Brukner busts the dietary myths we’ve been living by for decades and gives you all the information you need, in as simple a way as possible, to live a longer, healthier and – more importantly – more enjoyable life. A Fat Lot of Good features: The real reasons why we’re all getting fatter and less healthy The lowdown on carbs, fats and proteins: what they do, which we actually need and how much What you need to know about insulin, inflammation and the gut microbiome Dr Brukner’s Five Golden Rules for a healthy lifestyle Tips on reading food labels, making smart choices when eating out and buying real food on a budget Advice on how to get the right levels of exercise, sleep and sun to boost your health A selection of simple low-carb, healthy fat recipes to get you started Packed full of the latest research and countless practical tips, A Fat Lot of Good is the complete toolkit for building the healthy lifestyle that’s right for you. All royalties from the book will go to support the Sugar By Half campaign.
September 25, 2020
Episode 5: Flip Shelton
Join us as we talk with Flip Shelton. When it comes to kids' mood, energy, focus and success at school, one of the most influential factors is diet. And a hugely important part of what kids and teenagers eat and drink every day happens between meals: mid-morning, after school, when they finish a sports game, at the beach. A smart snack will boost them with nutrients and slow-release energy, whereas a processed snack or soft drink can cause a spike in their blood sugar, throwing out their mood and concentration. Poor snack choices can also have longer-term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. Flip Shelton is a writer, presenter, broadcaster, natural muesli maker and mum. She has written for The New Daily and her third cookbook, co-authored with Michael Carr-Gregg, Smart Snacks, was published by Penguin and released in February 2019. For the last twenty years, Flip has been, and continues to be a passionate student of yoga and balances this with her new love - cross-fit!
September 25, 2020
Episode 4: 2020 Australian of the Year, Dr James Muecke AM
Dr James Muecke AM is the 2020 Australian of the Year. He received the award for his work with SightForAll. SightForAll raises funds to deliver eye health care projects free of charge to various communities. James is currently campaigning and educating the community about health, well-being and the toxic impact of sugar. Listen as he provides practical strategies to overcome obesity, the consequences of type 2 diabetes and much more. 
September 25, 2020
Episode 3: Bee Healthy Stories with Adam & Jessica Dunsford
Health and wellbeing resources for teachers by teachers. Bee Healthy Stories mission is to promote healthy lifestyles in young children to ensure they grow up and carry on leading healthy lives. There is a close connection between developing a positive self-esteem and making good choices that also effect health and well-being. Bee Healthy Stories identifies key concepts that underpin Health Education and help schools to fulfill their responsibility to support student’s development from a young age and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We aim to reduce teacher workload by providing detailed planning and resources that are ready to use.
September 25, 2020
Episode 2: Tracey McBeath Health Coach
Helping you reach your health goals the easier way --> small steps, huge changes. Listen how Tracey discusses what a health coach is, how she supports clients and her approach to a healthy life.  Find Tracey here:
September 25, 2020
Episode 1: Dr Mikaela Chinotti
We speak with Dr Mikaela Chinotti, from the Australian Dental Association, ahead of dental health week, to discuss the consequences of sugar for our teeth and tips on how to prevent tooth decay. How much sugar is hiding in your trolley? 
September 25, 2020