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Catherine Burns
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Catherine Burns (BA Hons, Dip ION) is a Nutritional Therapist trained by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, UK. After marrying her Bermudian husband and moving to the Island she worked in the worksite wellness field for seven years. She is currently the Managing Director of natural ltd - a nutrition consultancy offering preventive health solutions. Catherine has been running Nutrifit since 2007 and has been writing a weekly nutrition column for The Royal Gazette since 2005. Food for Thought began as a factual nutrition column that quickly took on some humour as stories of Catherine's domestic highs and lows crept in. Catherine is mum to two girls (1.5 and 4) who are often perfect examples of healthy living and occasionally the polar opposite. Catherine strives every day to nourish her daughters and to help people in Bermuda lead healthier lives. Please note that Catherine is not a Registered Dietitian. For contact details, go to www.natural.bm.

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  • Handy snacks to keep your children on track
    Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Handy snacks to keep your children on track

    Hangry children after school? Have healthy snacks on standby.

    Iím poolside again, but not with my feet up and a cocktail in hand ó that would be a luxury for a Tuesday afternoon! Instead Iím watching Belle improve her strokes with iSwim.

  • Healthy Halloweíen conversations
    Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy Halloweíen conversations

    Over the weekend ,Belle had a friend to sleep over. The excitement levels had been at 11 out of ten for weeks and that was nothing compared to the Big Day.

    Because it had been a while in the making, every tiny detail had been planned. We...

  • How to curb your food cravings
    Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am

    How to curb your food cravings

    What are your cravings telling you? Iím writing this from the sofa again ...

    Gotta love mobile phones for making it possible to type horizontally. Ironically Iím recovering from a week of launching Beat the Couch and all the admin involved...

  • Survival of the fittest Ė and Beat the Couch
    Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Survival of the fittest Ė and Beat the Couch

    Iíve been reading Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari lately, and itís got me in a spin. Before I studied nutrition, I did a bachelorís degree in anthropology. I loved it and use lots of the concepts to explain addictions and...

  • Working out? Four mistakes you might be making
    Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Working out? Four mistakes you might be making

    Iím writing this from a sofa in London; feet up, Ellen on TV, about to go exploring, then shop, then drinks and dinner. Itís pretty far from ordinary life ó thereís zero routine ó and itís seriously relaxing.

    I have the background buzz of...

  • Healthy long-haul travel tips
    Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy long-haul travel tips

    Iím sitting in the car writing this in between appointments, looking at my to-do list and wondering how the hell Iím going to get it done.

    Iím on the British Airways flight tonight for my cousinís wedding, so itís all in a good cause, but...

  • Watermelon more than just rabbit food
    Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Watermelon more than just rabbit food

    Who knew the bunnies would help the kids eat healthier? Despite their names (Sugar Bubble and Oreo Pop Ö. yes, really) the kids have found it fascinating to research and experiment what the bunnies can eat.

    At this age, their main diet is...

  • To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?
    Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

    To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?

    Remember how last week I mentioned that this summer will go down in history as the Summer of Slime?

    Well, oh my God, did I speak too soon. Letís replace ďslimeĒ with ďglitterĒ and we have a more accurate picture.

    Sounds pretty I know,...

  • Can eating salad make you fat?
    Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Can eating salad make you fat?

    The summer of 2018 will always be remembered in our house as the Summer of Slime. The eight weeks during which my kids became obsessed with making, playing with and generally wallowing in huge quantities of glue and food dye.

    If you donít...

  • Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam
    Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam

    Week two of Natural Kids and this time weíve got CrossFit Kids going on in the background. Derek Hurdle is putting 25 children through their paces with Moby playing along. There are cues in the song for different exercises.

    Itís a little...

  • Sugar: donít eat it, wear it!
    Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar: donít eat it, wear it!

    Last week, I caved in and bought bunnies for the girls. Theyíd been doing camp at Wild Island Farm and had got increasingly attached to every living thing.

    I caught Belle trying to bring home a chick in her pocket and when Chloe started...

  • Healthy beach snacks
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy beach snacks

    A few weeks into summer and life has slowed down for the better. Traffic is lighter, work is clearer, the evenings are a lot less manic. Bath time, stories and bed are just way easier, so if I could just stop making lunch boxes everything would...

  • An odd glass of wine is fine
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    An odd glass of wine is fine

    Short but sweet this week as itís late, late, late and Iíve still a million things to do before falling into bed.

    Laundry, e-mails, make the lunches Ö. and the list keeps growing as Iím currently watching the dishwasher leak across the...

  • Seven steps to banish bloating
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Seven steps to banish bloating

    Of the 14 million hashtags used last month on social media, right at the very top was #fashion, followed closely by #style and #beautiful.

    Fortunately, #love was right in there too, adding something a little deeper to the mix.

    Itís...

  • Anxiety attacks Ė a beautiful disaster?
    Jun 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Anxiety attacks Ė a beautiful disaster?

    Last week I was away in England for a big family wedding. My cousin Sarah was getting married and somehow we managed to get every single cousin on my Mumís side (there are 13 of us) in the same place at the same time. Weíd gathered from all over...

  • Shakshuka Ė the hot new breakfast trend
    May 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Shakshuka Ė the hot new breakfast trend

    Last Sunday, I woke up to the sound of the children arguing over whether or not to wake me. It was 7.43am.

    Iíd said any time after 7.30am and Belle had been pacing the hallway for 13 minutes absolutely desperate to give me a huge teddy bear...

  • Eat healthily with hummus
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Eat healthily with hummus

    This week weíre riding the high of wrapping up another round of Beat the Couch. Season 11 brought us an amazing pack of beginner runners and we now have another 60 people on the road.

    There are a lot of reasons why I love this programme,...

  • Watching Flora inspires young and old
    May 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Watching Flora inspires young and old

    The problem with training for May 24 right after Flora Duffy wins a triathlon on home soil is that, somehow, it doesnít feel so impressive.

    I went along to watch the race with Belle and we got really lucky. We watched all the cycling at...

  • A perfect summer salad to get back on track
    Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am

    A perfect summer salad to get back on track

    You should probably check the obituaries section after this one. Iíve taken on a bit too much and might have died from overload in the interim.

    Being busy isnít cool any more ó I know that, I got the memo! We all know that stress is a...

  • Make some healthy frozen treats
    Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Make some healthy frozen treats

    Summer, winter, summer, winter? Who the hell knows any more?!

    I arrived at work in boots yesterday, but left in flip-flops. Bermudaís weather is all over the place and weíve thrown in some tank rain for good measure.

    I arrived at the...

  • Getting saucy
    Apr 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Getting saucy

    Uh oh, itís Friday the 13th ó I hope you make it through the day safely.

    There isnít really any good logic behind why we should all have something to fear on a particular date, but weíre really good at winding ourselves up about it. In...

  • Now is the time for your Easter bunny detox
    Apr 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Now is the time for your Easter bunny detox

    Whose bright idea was it to have Easter and April Foolsí all on the same day? I woke up to maple syrup in the toothpaste, cling-wrapped toilet seats and a whole load of other jokes, courtesy of Chloe, prankster extraordinaire.

    I wish Iíd...

  • Having your fishcake and eating it
    Mar 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Having your fishcake and eating it

    Fishcakes were never meant to be healthy ó or so says my editor.

    And I know, I know, sheís right!

    But when your fishcake is sandwiched into a hot cross bun with lashings of mayo and a side of mac íní cheese, some damage limitation...

  • Ten healthy food and snack swaps your children will love
    Mar 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Ten healthy food and snack swaps your children will love

    Last week, I bought the children an electronic fish. Itís the best pet weíve ever had.

    From a distance it looks like the real deal and it swims about performing impressive aquabatics (just made that word up)!

    Thereís no need for food...

  • Smooth out the rough bits of your life
    Mar 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Smooth out the rough bits of your life

    Belle is up for adoption. Sheís super cute but has been giving me a run for my money lately. We had a stand-off over the iPad yesterday and I ended up having to take it away right at the critical moment.

    I was trying to meet a deadline in...

  • Easter chocolate Ė and what to do about it
    Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Easter chocolate Ė and what to do about it

    Belle told me I was ďon thin iceĒ this morning. She thinks itís hilarious to pretend sheís the mom and Iíve done something bad. She also does that thing where she walks past, pauses, looks at me and then indicates she is watching. Iím usually in...

  • Create easy and healthy habits every day
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Create easy and healthy habits every day

    For those of you with children, do you ever wonder how you can raise two children exactly the same way, but get two very different results?

    I have one who is cautious and one who is a risk-taker, one thatís sensible and one that runs...

  • Making dessert you can feel good about
    Feb 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Making dessert you can feel good about

    Last night, watching Belle zip around the neighbourhood on her bike, I started thinking about how quickly children pick up new skills. It took me weeks to learn to ride the scooter ó I was fine going straight and turning right, but I had a crazy...

  • Detox dessert will knock your socks off
    Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Detox dessert will knock your socks off

    Sometimes a dessert comes along that totally knocks your socks off and this is one of them. Over the years Iíve given you tons of recipes but there are some key ones that people mention again and again: Nutrifit banana bread, Holy Crap cookies,...

  • Recipe guaranteed to convert sprout haters
    Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Recipe guaranteed to convert sprout haters

    Two days into our detox and itís a bit of a struggle. January is a great month to cleanse ,but a lousy month too. All the excitement of Christmas is over, everyone is back to work, the weather is really dull and curling up on the sofa with a...

  • Take long-term view when you start to detox
    Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Take long-term view when you start to detox

    The second week of January is always a little tricky. Week one, people are full of enthusiasm and new yearís resolutions, but by week two, theyíre back at work and missing a comforting glass of wine at the end of the day.

    Dry January or...

  • Time for a new yearís revolution
    Jan 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Time for a new yearís revolution

    Well here we are, itís 2018 and I wasnít even ready for 2017 when it began! Time has been flying. Anyone else feel like they would be so much more together if they could just put life on hold short term? Wouldnít it be great to sort out things...

  • Waiting in a limbo wonderland
    Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Waiting in a limbo wonderland

    Itís late, late, late and Iím lying on the sofa with just the lights of the Christmas tree and the glow of my phone keeping me awake. Along with the patio doors, our internet and the toaster, my laptop gave up the ghost today ... why does it feel...

  • Goals for 2018: mine and yours
    Dec 22, 2017 8:00 am

    Goals for 2018: mine and yours

    ďTree tops glisten and children listenÖ.Ē Well I beg to differ.

    Thereís a big shiny star at the top of my tree, but my kids arenít listening to anything.

    They are in a pre-Christmas frenzy: making lists (checking them twice),...

  • How to make some Christmas favourites
    Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am

    How to make some Christmas favourites

    Supergranny and PopPop have landed, so the Christmas countdown has officially begun. Poor things, though, have arrived just in time to take over at the infirmary.

    We have two kids with raging fevers and they are feeling very sorry for...

  • Itís Christmas... parties and hangovers
    Dec 2, 2017 8:00 am

    Itís Christmas... parties and hangovers

    So Christmas is officially on its way and this is my very favourite month of the year. I love everything about it ó lights, panto, Michael Buble in the car, mulled wine, the ridiculous over-the-top excitement from the children, planning...

  • A one-day detox will reset your taste buds
    Nov 24, 2017 8:00 am

    A one-day detox will reset your taste buds

    So the big 4-0 has come and gone and I survived with my dignity and liver intact.

    No cartwheels along Front Street at 2am and no huge hangover. I was a little fuzzy for Beat the Couch training the morning after the night before, but it was...

  • Breakfast options on the run
    Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Breakfast options on the run

    Things arenít always perfect at Natural HQ and this morning was no exception.

    For breakfast Iíve eaten a handful of chocolate chips, a granola bar from 2016 and some stale Brazil nuts ó basically everything I found at the back of my desk...

  • Laughter and cake the best medicine
    Nov 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Laughter and cake the best medicine

    Over the past few weeks Iíve been learning to ride a scooter and I feel as if my heart is permanently in my mouth. Iím on a tiny silver rental which weighs about 1lb and blows around the road a little, usually in the direction of a pothole or...

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