Guest: Ryan Pinto
Presenter: Tabetha Moreto
Guest Bio: Ryan Pinto is an Accredited Sports Dietitian and is the Head of Nutrition at the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He has a passion for helping athletes to improve their intake to maximise their performance. To achieve this, Ryan performs an in-depth analysis of an athlete’s current intake to help create an individualised plan to help them succeed. He also focuses on analysing their body composition through performing a skinfold analysis, as he is an ISAK accredited anthropometrist. Ryan has experience in working at the NSW Institute of Sport and was previously the sports dietitian at the Parramatta Eels. He works within many sports including triathlon, rugby, football, endurance and combat sports to assist teams and individuals to perform at their peak.
Segment Overview: In this segment, Sports Dietitian Ryan Pinto joins the program in order to promote an amazing new partnership between Eagle Natural Health and two leading NSW football clubs – the NSW Waratahs and South Sydney Rabbitohs as their official nutritional supplier in supporting both teams’ everyday performance. Ryan also offers advice on how people especially athletes can boost their everyday performance.
Transcript – Eagle Natural Health
Tabetha Moreto: Hello everyone. Welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host for today, Tabetha Moreto. Our guest today is sports dietitian, Ryan Pinto. Today, we’re going to talk about how his company Eagle natural health has recently announced a special partnership with two leading New South Wales’ football clubs as their official nutritional supplier and supporting these teams every day performance. Without further ado, welcome to the show Ryan. It’s very nice to have you here.
Ryan Pinto: Hi Tabetha. Thanks for having me on. It’s good to be here and I look forward to chatting with you guys.
T: My pleasure. So Ryan, please tell the audience more about yourself and the nature of your work.
R: Sure. So I’m the Head of Nutrition for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New South Wales Waratahs. I guess my role is purely to plan and tailor the food, any fluids and any supplements that they consume whether that in season, preseason or when we’re traveling away.
T: Very interesting. Now, tell us more about your company Eagle Natural Health.
R: Sure. It’s a company that I actually worked with. It’s not my personal company. I’d love to have that it comes out of my name but it’s a company that I work with. And I guess one of the main reasons why we started working with them more, I was really interested in working with them was just purely due to their high quality supplements and also the benefits that sort of my teams could get from.
T: That’s wonderful to hear. So what made you decide to partner with these two specific teams?
R: In my role as a sports dietitian, I’ve always wanted to work in full and I was lucky enough to be the Head of Nutrition for both teams and part of that role is sourcing supplies in companies that fit within my nutrition philosophy. I’m just making sure that everything that we provide them is as nutrient-dense as possible and we can also help them to improve their performance and also their well-being. So partnering with Eagle is one of the main reasons for that just because I saw great benefits to our players that would not only affect and improve their performance but also improve their long term well-being.
T: Wow. That’s amazing. I’m sure these teams are in good hands.
R: I hope so.
T: Wonderful. Can you tell us some secrets, what are the vital nutrients needed to boost everyday performance especially for athletes?
R: I guess the main ones that we’re looking at my performance point of view, apart from making sure that their diet is up to scratch with regards to protein and carbohydrate. But the main micronutrients that are vital are things like iron, B12, zinc and vitamin D which are probably vitamins that people have heard of but they don’t really know how does supplement or how to go about finding out whether they’re getting the right amount. So these four probably the key vitamins in boosting performance and also everyday well-being.
T: Sounds excellent. Ryan if you don’t mind, can I ask you a personal question?
T: Can you tell us why are you so passionate about this type of field? Why are you so passionate about helping athletes when it comes to their nutrition?
R: Well I guess, they always say, people that work in sports are either ex-sports people or profiled athletes themselves. I think I fall into the ladder of that. I’ve always loved sport. I’ve always loved food and one of the main things that I guess I sort of put them together and decided to work in sports nutrition purely just to help to improve their performance. I think nutrition is probably one of the most untapped areas within the sporting field. And every day, whether as athletes, whether it’s the gym people in the world, they train really hard at the gym or they train really hard whenever they exercise but their nutrition generally falls down. So I’m really passionate in helping people feel better and also perform better in their daily life.
T: That sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. So Ryan before we go, what is your main takeaway message to all of our listeners out there? What would you like to tell them?
R: I think that the best thing I can probably advice to someone is to make sure that they see a nutrition professional whether be dietitian, sports dietitian or accredited nutritionist to make sure that they’re getting the most out of their diet and their diet is planned for them. So what I always say is people whose nutritional intake is quite back-ended through the day. They definitely have a lot of food throughout the start of the day and get home that they’re absolutely ravenous. So if you see someone to get them to help you develop a bit of a plan, that’s going to go a long way in helping you feel better. And then along with that can come the supplementation and the exercise routines because you’re going to start to feel better and feel more able to take on things like exercise. So whether be through supplements or through food, I think that’s really one of the best things that you could do is to start to work with someone and make sure that they’re able to plan something that is tailored to you.
T: Excellent message. Before we go for those who want to get in touch with you, how can they do that?
R: My private company is High Performance Nutrition. So if you just Google that, you’ll be able to find and find out clinic details of the rest of the sports dietitians that work within our brand.
T: Fantastic. Thank you so much Ryan for coming on the show. It was fantastic having you.
R: Thank you for having me. Great to talk to you.
T: And that was Sports Dietitian, Ryan Pinto. We’ve just been talking about the company, Eagle Natural Health and he was able to give us some tips in order to boost everyday performance. If you liked this interview, transcripts and archives are available at www.hpr.fm. We’re on all social media platforms. So don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe. Show us some love by subscribing to our HPR YouTube channel. We’re also available for download on SoundCloud and iTunes. I’m Tabetha Moreto and you’re listening to Health Professional Radio.