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Nutrition And You Event

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On Thursday June 17th the INDI and the NDC are running a FREE event covering a wide range of nutrition topics of interest to you and your family. From weaning to sports nutrition and healthy ageing, there will be something here to interest you. All topics are presented by expert dietitians and you can book your place by clicking on the  Nutrition And You Event


All videos will be available to watch for 30 days so you can watch back at your leisure.

We are looking forward to the event and hope you enjoy it.

Success for INDI in bringing ICD2028 to Ireland

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to bring the International Congress of Dietetics to !reland in 2028. Having fought off stiff competition from an initial entry of 9 countries, we were shortlisted with New Zealand, India and Mexico. Following a competitive voting process we were thrilled to hear that we will be welcoming our international friends and colleagues to Dublin in August 2028. It is a huge achievement for a relatively small professional organisation. We would like to thank our colleagues in BDA and in EFAD for their support. Save the date in your diaries now! Lot's more news to follow!

Healthcare and The Law Course (Virtual) November 23rd-25th 2021 9.30am-1pm

Healthcare and the Law

These three half day workshops are for Health and Social Care Professionals who need to know more about the implications of current healthcare legislation for their own practice and, where relevant, for that of their staff. COVID19 related issues will be included too.

This bespoke three half day programme facilitated by La Touche Training will give delegates a full understanding of what they need to know from a legal perspective. The course will explore relevant legislation through use of case studies, and reference to current policies/guidelines and their practical application.

Topics covered will include the following:

• Accountability of Health and Social Care Professionals (CORU and Professional Regulation)

  • Understanding Negligence and the Duty of Care owed to your client

  • Best Practice in Record Keeping

  • The principles of Data Protection

  • Freedom of Information and access to records

  • Understanding what constitutes a valid Consent

  • Writing a Comprehensive Report

  • Witness Preparation and Giving Evidence in Courts, Inquests and Professional

    Conduct Hearings

 Numbers are limited to 25 due to breakout sessions during the workshop. This workshop will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their roles.

To register, please email Rebecca : with payment form (attached below).

240 Registration Fee & this fee will be collected at booking stage.


INDI Nutrition & Dietetics Open Day

louise zoomSo you want to be a dietitian? Watch our Virtual Open Day video here to find out everything you need to know about studying to become a dietitian and hear from a selection of inspiring dietitians working in very different careers.  Over 500 people signed up to join us on Apri 13th - if you missed out you can watch back here.

The 30 Different Plant Based Foods Per Week Challenge

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Have you heard of the latest gut health challenge? Usually we tend to steer clear of food trends and challenges but this one could be worth a try.

We all know that eating plants is good for us. However, it seems that eating a large VARIETY of plant foods is even better, improving our gut health by encouraging the growth of different species of bacteria.

Our gut microbiome is made up of trillions of micro-organisms and their genetic material that live in our intestinal tract. A healthy gut microbiome relies on large numbers of different bacterial species (i.e. the total number of bacterial species in our gut microbiome) and diversity (i.e. the amount of individual bacteria from each of the bacterial species present in our gut microbiome) of bacteria.

As we learn more about our gut we are beginning to understand the crucial role it plays in our overall health and wellbeing. A more diverse microbiome results in a more stable and resilient microbial community that is better equipped to powerfully protect our health.  This includes lowering the risk of many common conditions which affect many of us.

The American Gut Study, the largest published study to date of the human microbiome, found that people regularly eating more than 30 different types of plant foods (i.e. fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds) each week had a significantly more diverse microbiome than those eating 10 or fewer different plant foods a week. 

So the more different foods you can eat per week the better and diversity is really good for your gut!


It’s as simple as eating  up to 30 different plants in a 7 day period. Each item only counts once in the week, even if you eat it lots. Get the family involved and stick a list on the fridge to see who can get to 30 in a week.

Its important to remember that we still should be eating 5-7 portions of fruit and vegetables per day so a banana a day is great - but the banana can only count as one of your 30 a week!


  • Choose a start date for your 7-day challenge and commit to keeping track each time you consume a new or different plant food over the course of 7 days. 
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable that you have never eaten before each week.
  • Herbs and spices are a really simple way to add variation and flavour to your cooking. Add fresh herbs to your salads and spices to your soups.
  • Look for mixed beans e.g. four bean mix or soup mix to boost your bean variety.
  • Buy frozen fruit to add to yoghurt, smoothies, oats.
  • Include a plant food at every single meal e.g.  top your oats with mixed berries, add grated carrot and lettuce to your chicken sandwich or mushrooms and onion to your omelette.
  • Swap out meat for a vegetarian protein option 1-2 days a week e.g. beans, lentils, mushrooms etc.
  • Salads and stir-frys are easy meal options to get lots of different plants on a plate.
  • Swap the processed snacks for a handful of nuts, a piece of fruit or seeded crackers with some hummus and sliced vegetable sticks. 


Plants include all fruits and vegetables, legumes (peas, lentils and beans), grains, nuts and seeds. 

Nuts, Seeds and Grains

Cashews, pumpkin seeds, barley, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, hemp, chia, sunflower, sesame, oats, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, rye, corn, coconut, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, millet, pistachios, hazelnuts.


Green peas, chickpeas, mung beans, white beans red beans, pinto beans, broad beans, red lentils, green lentils, fava beans, split peas, kidney beans, cannelloni beans, lima beans.

Fruits and Vegetables

Berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, peaches, papaya, apricots, plums, melons, eggplant, lemons, lettuce, rocket, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, chard, fennel, celery, beetroot, onions, plums, cauliflower, cherries, bananas, mushrooms, parnsips, turnips, oranges, spinach, apples, rhubarb, leek, pumpkin.

Herbs and Spices

Parsley, mint, sage, saffron, turmeric, thyme, basil, lemongrass, fennel, cumin, cinnamon, chives, pepper, cardamon, caraway, chilli, clove, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, rosemary, oregano, lavender, ginger, dill.

Give it a go and see how you get on! Any increase is a positive so if you go from 10 to 15 thats good for your gut.

**New: Bone Health in the Older Person

Bone Health Booklet OPNIG

The INDI is delighted to share a new booklet with you: "Nutrition for Falls Prevention and Bone Health in the Older Person".
This booklet was developed by dietitians in the Older Person Nutrition Interest Group (OPNIG) Carola Diettrich, Ciara Pender, Jemma Henry, Elaine Caffrey, Suzanne Hayes. As dietitians working in a variety of settings with older persons they felt there was a gap in resources for older adults in the area of nutrition and falls prevention. This leaflet provides evidenced based tips and ideas on how to improve nutrition to support bone health in older adults.
Falls can happen anywhere, to anyone, but if you have a healthy body and strong bones, the damage from a fall may be reduced.
The authors obtained feedback on the booklet from a range of health care professionals including other dietitians working in older persons services, frailty multidisciplinary team members, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speach and language therapists as well as service users. 
The booklet is for use by any health care professional working with older adults. It is available below to download in pdf version.
If you would like to order printed copies please email . There is no charge for the booklet but postage and packaging charges apply. 
We hope this new booklet will help to improve bone health in older adults and reduce the risk of falls.