Food For Thought
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.
May 1, 2020 8:00 am
Well here comes May, and with it the beginning of the most unusual summer weíve ever known.
Iím a sucker for real-life video interviews of nursing staff around the world and I just canít wrap my head around the magnitude of what they are...
Apr 24, 2020 8:00 am
Life in the trenches of homeschool and work is somewhat crazy but, in between episodes of wanting to throw the laptop at the wall, we are surviving.
Fortunately, school seems to be done by early afternoon and then we all take a break from...
Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am
Remember when we just used to worry about the banana shortage? Thereís nothing like a new virus going on an unauthorised rampage around the globe to shake things up a little.
Whether youíre nervous about your own health, worried for...
Apr 3, 2020 8:00 am
Well, things are getting a little feral over here. Every ďtips for working from homeĒ article I read says that the first thing you should do is shower and get dressed.
Why is that so difficult? The moment I wake up, I have a quick reality...
Mar 27, 2020 8:00 am
Given that this is our first apocalypse, Bermuda seems to be doing well so far.
Kudos to the Government, medical staff and local businesses for their action and communication.
Of course, itís early days, but the sense of community is...
Mar 20, 2020 8:00 am
How are we all doing out there, folks? Itís amazing how much can change in one week, isnít it? Last week, I was writing about healthy pasta and we were having a perfectly sensible conversation about portion sizes.
This week, the world has...
Mar 13, 2020 8:00 am
The sun popped out this morning and, for the first time in ages, I felt the promise of summer heat. After 15 years in Bermuda, Iím a baby when it comes to the cold now. And there is something about our dampness that makes it feel extra cold! But...
Mar 6, 2020 8:00 am
Well Bermuda, it appears weíre on the edge of a national emergency. so letís get serious for a second shall we?
Forget coronavirus, I am way more concerned about the island-wide shortage of bananas, which has had my clients crying into...
Feb 28, 2020 8:00 am
Itís my six-week optimum nutrition programme and we cover everything from blood sugar balance to liver detox pathways.
The goal is to make sure that people get a really sound understanding of exactly how their nutrition choices influence...
Feb 21, 2020 8:00 am
Thereís nothing like an article on libido to get people pulling you to one side and asking some extra questions. Iíve had some eye-opening conversations this week!
Itís just a good thing that the kids havenít seen it, as weíve arrived at...
Feb 7, 2020 8:00 am
Beat the Couch season is upon us and Iíve been busy rounding up a gang of beginners who are ready to start running either the first time, or the first time in a long time!
As usual, weíve started to gather a very eclectic list with people...
Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am
ďOk, we need to talk!Ē said Belle.
She patted the spot-on the sofa next to her and indicated (with a tilt of her head) that I should sit down.
I looked into her extremely solemn eyes and tried to remember everything they say...
Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am
Yesterday morning I woke up a little late and catapulted myself out of bed with my heart racing at 100mph. I looked at the clock and figured I could just about shower, get dressed, feed the veritable farm of animals and get to work within a...
Jan 3, 2020 8:00 am
Well here we are, the other side of Christmas, emerging from our canapť coma. Weíve probably set some New Yearís Resolutions and are teetering on the edge of success or failure.
Howís it looking for you so far? Which way is it going to go?!...
Dec 13, 2019 8:00 am
Iíve only just recovered from Halloweíen candy and here comes Christmas racing towards us with all its mulled wine and boxes of Quality Street chocolates. Itís my absolute favourite time of year.
Iíve never grown out of Christmas magic ó...
Nov 29, 2019 8:00 am
There is nothing like making 21 unicorn pancakes at midnight to remind you that you donít quite have it all together. Needless to say, there I was ó flipping these magical beasts into crispy perfection because Iíd forgotten Iíd promised Chloe...
Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am
I have loved hot chocolate ever since I was little ó preferably covered in whipped cream and marshmallows.
I was definitely sugar-addicted, but there was a comfort element too. A cup of something warm and sweet when youíre growing up in...
Nov 8, 2019 8:00 am
During my nutrition classes, we spend a lot of time talking about carbohydrates. As humans, weíre designed to crave them, to be able to overeat them and to store the excess sugar from those carbs as fat; as hunter-gatherers, that was a genius bit...
Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am
A few weeks ago, we started two Nutrifit classes, our public course and an on-site corporate course, too.
Itís so exciting getting so many people on to an optimum nutrition strategy, I just have to make sure they donít bolt during the...
Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am
Recently, the kids got their own phones. Not smart phones, but $30 flip phones. Enough technology to keep them safe, but not enough to lose them to yet another screen.
They were over-the-moon delighted with this tiny glimpse of adulthood,...
Oct 7, 2019 9:48 am
Straight out of hurricane eating and weíre into Hallowee'n! Seems like thereís a never-ending stream of natural disasters and holidays determined to trip us up.
Itíll be Christmas before we know it, then itís Valentineís Day and Easter,...
Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am
Itís been quite the week of horrors over here at domestic HQ. First, a cockroach invasion in the car and then I discovered nests of spiders (vomit) while packing up the garden furniture for Humberto.
Fortunately, the good people of MAJís...
Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am
Friday the 13th feels like a good day for a glass of wine at my desk, but I suppose 9am is a fraction early. I once shared an overnight train from Pretoria to Cape Town with a crazy older lady who started doing shots of vodka at...
Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am
Last week we were discussing how to get our children sleeping well, knowing that if they slept better then we would too.
Although mine were terrible sleepers as babies, I was saying how good they are now Ö. I should have known I was...
Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am
During Nutrifit, our six-week optimum nutrition programme, we dedicate a whole week to learning more about stress and sleep. Both have such a major influence on our health, so itís essential that we get to grips with them. The problem is, that...
Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am
Several years ago, I pulled together a savoury snack list, after discovering Belle helping herself to handfuls of icing sugar for breakfast.
Iíd tried to lie in and then kind of slept while I heard the children crashing around downstairs. I...
Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am
Back at my desk and down to earth with a bump Ö except, when your bump is Bermuda, you just canít really complain! And though our holiday was amazing, Iíve never been so happy to be home Ö the journey was a little epic and the flight from Athens...
Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am
Almost every parent Iíve ever met has been united by some common themes: total exhaustion, addiction to caffeine, wide-eyed bewilderment (how can something so small poop so much?).
Yet, even if weíre hanging on to our sanity by a thread,...
Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am
I was at a meeting discussing the health crisis in Bermuda the other day and the drink options were: coffee, soda, fluorescent juice cocktail or water.
Obviously given the context, the done thing would have been to drink water ... and most...
Jul 5, 2019 8:00 am
I always take the first week of the summer holidays off with the kids and, while it should mean lots of downtime, Iím still writing this from the kitchen at 11pm.
I have working-mum guilt. And so while I am squeezing in one hour of work...
Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am
Well ... schoolís out and the children practically made a bonfire out of their uniform in celebration.
We were barely out of the school gates before the shoes came off and the hair came down. I was shown approximately ten thousand bits of...
Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am
Iím pretty sure Iím writing this from my deathbed.
Iíve already Googled meningitis, man-flu and the plague ó fortunately, I donít seem to have any of those but I do have something that has totally levelled me.
Iíve dosed up on all...
Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am
Life is short. What that means in my book is there is definitely room for dessert and wine.
The problem is if we stretch the ďlife is shortĒ philosophy too far, then we risk life getting infinitely shorter.
I donít know about you,...
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