#062: Dr Peter Brukner OAM - Turning the food pyramid upside-down

By Jordan Michaelides
April 17, 2018

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Dr Peter Brukner OAM ( @PeterBrukner ) (MBBS, FACSP, FACSM, FASMF, FFSEM) is a sports medicine doctor, the founding partner at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and the founder of the SugarByHalf campaign. Peter is a world renowned sports medicine clinician and researcher who was recently the team doctor for the Australian Cricket team.

Peter has one of the most extensive list of credentials that I have ever come across - in my mind he’s sort of like the Vito Corleone of Sports Medicine in Australia. To give you an understanding of Peter’s acumen, he has served as a doctor for Liverpool Football Club, The Australian Cricket team, the Australian Olympic team, the Socceroos, and numerous AFL teams including Melbourne & Collingwood to just name a few. He is a stalwart of the sports media, specialising in injuries and overall wellness, while also publishing academic books including Clinical Sports Medicine. He was one of the founding members of the Australian College of Sports Physicians, and the first Australian to be elected to the Board of the American College of Sports Medicine - receiving an Order of Australia Medal for his efforts.

Peter’s experience and focus will hold him in good stead for his new goal of cutting sugar by half across Australia. As a proponent of the Low Sugar/Carb diet I’ve found Peter’s speeches to be fascinating, providing an Australian to the burgeoning school of thought, turning the food pyramid upside down. I’m looking forward to the release of his new book A Fat Lot of Good, and hope that it can push this information outside of inner city professionals and into the broader public.

This was a fascinating episode covering a life in sport and how a wake up call completely changed his opinion on how to eat. Key topics covered include:

  • Olympic experience and Cathy Freeman

  • The Australian cricket ball-tampering scandal

  • His earliest sporting memories

  • Why you should volunteer and invest in your career

  • What makes a great team

  • Tim Noakes and the low-carb diet

  • The low-fat guideline disaster

  • SugarByHalf

  • A Fat Lot of Good


Enjoy the episode! 




Show notes

00:56 - Introduction

05:08 - Olympic experience and Cathy Freeman

11:12 - Olympians process

12:08 - The Australian cricket ball-tampering scandal

17:05 - Sport in Australia

18:14 - Coping strategies for athletes

19:35 - His earliest sporting memories

22:42 - His parents and lessons learnt from them

25:13 - His career and passion in sports medicine

28:32 - Industry growth & potential

32:36 - Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre

35:51 - Why you should volunteer and invest in your career

41:00 - What makes a great team

44:02 - Unforgettable AU football moments

46:44 - Tim Noakes and the low-carb diet

51:53 - Good calories, bad calories

54:29 - His experience on a low-carb diet

58:48 - The low-fat guideline disaster

01:03:09 - SugarByHalf

01:08:15 - A Fat Lot of Good

01:11:49 - The role of nutrition

01:16:24 - Daily routine

01:19:19 - Most influential book

01:21:03 - If he had a billboard anywhere


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