Once an English journalist came to Melbourne. Clare was attractive and bright, and right away she was invited to one of the city’s typically lavish food events. Brioche was a well-liked bread, and the respected staple of every Melbourne diner-menu; they met one evening after the typical Melbourne night out. It was love at first bite.

From there on, Clare grew interested in many other events and explored the city’s restaurants – enjoying the most intimate secrets the food empire had to offer. One day, Clare’s colleagues popped the question, “Would you like to join us for after-work drinks?”. Clare said she’d love to and that she knew of a place on Collins Street; they spent the weekend getting to know each other.

On Tuesday, Clare had to call in sick. The doctor she visited diagnosed her with a minor case of lethargy, and recommended some water and a good-night’s rest. By Friday that week, Clare’s colleagues invited her to dinner and drinks; of course, the cycle continued – I know, as she told me one day over brunch. “Have you tried the pastries here? I read a review…”, Clare’ voice started to fade into the ambiance… that’s when I realized: nutrition has become the topic of the century.

Welcome to the age of innovation. Where, the food has evolved more quickly than the ways we’ve found to eat it, and to keep healthy whilst doing so.
Undoubtedly, a ‘nutritious’ and ‘wholesome’ diet has as many definitions as your new squeeze when you ask where you’re both headed. And while research has simplified the concept of the ‘ideal’ diet to include: low levels of refined sugar, have low G.I foods, and provide adequate fibre – I refuse to believe that these rules apply to everyone. I know I struggle to not mistaken coffee for a meal, or to not eat dessert twice in one day, and helplessly skip dinner after a big lunch just as easily I promise that my diet will, “start Monday”.

Rather than trying to justify and regret these inevitable dietary slip-ups, I felt it was time to embrace the Modern Western diet and all its flaws, with a new nutritional approach. Acting as the bridge between Integrative and Western medicine, the field of nutrition and dietetics helps reduce the repercussions of the 21st Century lifestyle with food innovations that work to troubleshoot the many obstacles of modern-day life.

Meanwhile, back at the coffee-shop, a latte and danish later Clare decided she needed to started eating better; that meant she was ‘quitting’ sugar. She asked me what I thought about it, and before starting my one-person debate I covered my smiled with another slip of coffee. I suppose it had really become the hottest topic. Especially when we had meet over food just to discuss it; since everyone thinks it is definitely rude to talk about someone like they aren’t in the room – you’re best to come and take a seat with us.

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