If you are looking for nutrition advice where do you typically look?
Instagram, Facebook, Google, your favourite Nutritionists?
I follow everyone from other professional Nutritionists to Bloggers on social media. One thing that is crucial when professionals are offering advice online is that they have the credentials to back up their advice. Having just spent 3.5 years studying to ensure that I share knowledge that is accurate and backed by science, it drives me nuts when unqualified bloggers share their poor nutrition tips.
Here’s a couple of examples of what you might see (that drive me mad) on social media;
Blogger X has 50,000 + followers on social media. Blogger X is promoting all of the supplements they use for their own health concerns. For example, Blogger X has digestive and gut health concerns and is sharing the supplements they used to ‘heal their gut’. Because Blogger X looks great, are you tempted to go and buy the same supplements even though Blogger X has no qualifications or background in nutrition or dietetics? Blogger X’s gut health is going to be different from yours and therefore what works for them, might not work for you.
Personal Trainer X is promoting the supplements they use. They’re recommending a pre-workout supplement. This sounds like an amazing idea because their body is GOALS. But let’s say you suffer from anxiety, poor sleep or stress – do you think having the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee in one hit is beneficial for you? Personal Trainer X should stick to recommending training programs, unless they have relevant nutrition qualifications (and a one day course definitely doesn’t count!!).
Social media is inundated with influencers who are paid to promote products and they often don’t hold relevant nutrition qualifications to provide advice responsibly. CREDENTIALS ARE IMPORTANT and it’s crucial to be aware of who you are taking advice from. Advice for supplements is individualised for a reason and its because we are ALL very different. Not only that, if you don’t need the supplements, you are just wasting your money.
So, to help you out, I’ve compiled 5 of my favourite Nutritionists to follow on Instagram with all the credentials you need!
Lily Soutter // @lily_soutter_nutrition
UK based Lily is often featured in the press and TV and credits a Food and Nutrition Honors Degree to her name as well as additional Nutritional Therapist qualifications from ION in London. Lily writes some great media articles and shares these on her social media channels.
Marika Day // @marikaday
In-house Nutritionist for the Base Body Babes, Marika holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Nutrition and a Masters of Dietetics. Marika is a wealth of knowledge and shares lots of awesome nutrition info with her followers.
Jessica Sepel // @jshealth
JS Health is led by Jessica Sepel, a qualified nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. Jess has some amazing books and online programs available and promotes having a healthy relationship with food.
Dr Megan Rossi // @theguthealthdoctor
If you love gut health as much as I do, Dr Megan is definitely one to follow. UK based, Dr Megan is a registered Dietician with a PhD in gut health.
Steph Lowe // @thenaturalnutritionist
The Natural Nutritionist, Steph Lowe has a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition and if you are ever looking for some good nutrition podcasts to get stuck into, check out The Reel Food Reel covering all sorts of topics from anxiety to digestion.
The real point of this article is not only to share my fave Insta follows but to highlight the need to be aware of who you are taking advice from. If you are taking any kind of supplements it’s really important to take professional advice. We are all different and have very different needs. If you’re unsure whether the advice you are reading is credible, always look at the person’s website and ‘about me’ page. Nutrition is a largely unregulated industry, so anyone with the correct qualifications usually highlights their education credentials.
Oh and if you aren’t following me of course, then head to @amysavagenutrition for nutrition updates, tips and recipes!
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this, so please feel free to comment below.
Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.