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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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  • We are living at odds with food environment
    Dec 2, 2016 8:00 am

    We are living at odds with food environment

    Last night I went to see Greezin, Bermuda Media’s documentary about the island’s battle with obesity and chronic disease.

    It’s an entertaining but terrifying review of our national obsession with sugar, mac...

  • Christmas is coming, let’s make salad!
    Nov 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Christmas is coming, let’s make salad!

    Well, the festive season is upon us. I know this because the Christmas play Chloe has been planning since March (yep, MARCH) is getting frighteningly close.

    In a wondrous display of distracted parenting, I have frequently said “yes”, “aha”,...

  • Simple steps to beat the bugs
    Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Simple steps to beat the bugs

    My first visit to Bermuda was Christmas 1996. I remember riding a scooter in shorts and flip flops, scorching my shoulders and loving the warm breeze.

    I sunbathed, swam, wore everything you can get away with when you’re 18 and haven’t even...

  • A healthy glow – from the inside out
    Oct 28, 2016 8:00 am

    A healthy glow – from the inside out

    I wonder how many back injuries have been caused by Lulu Lemon clothing? Do you think Argus has a special diagnosis code? Kinda easy on, not-so easy off, I became trapped last night with the loose shirt over my head, but the inbuilt bra firmly...

  • Susie Switch – a healthy Hallowe’en tradition
    Oct 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Susie Switch – a healthy Hallowe’en tradition

    There’s nothing like a browse through the aisles at People’s Pharmacy to make me realise that Hallowe’en has changed — partly because time has marched on, partly because Hallmark are so bloody good at their jobs and partly because I’m on the...

  • Tasty pumpkin recipes are a seasonal delight
    Oct 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Tasty pumpkin recipes are a seasonal delight

    Last week as I sat on the floor at bedtime brushing child A’s hair, she wrapped her arms around my neck and told me: “Mummy. I love you all the way into space, loop de loop around the moon 99 times … and back!”

    Not a second later, child B...

  • Join us and get 5k fit in ten weeks
    Sep 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Join us and get 5k fit in ten weeks

    Earlier this week I was giving a talk on stress-management, sharing nutrition and lifestyle strategies that help to effectively buffer our bodies from stress.

    A small voice in my head was telling me to practise what I preach. Like lots of...

  • Snack attack without excess sugar
    Sep 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Snack attack without excess sugar

    This week we filmed a lip sync video for a Family Centre fundraiser and accidentally overdosed Belle on sugary stuff.

    We chose Maroon 5’s Sugar, partly for the irony and partly because it’s such a good tune. It’s also got...

  • Find savoury snack Heaven!
    Sep 9, 2016 8:00 am

    Find savoury snack Heaven!

    I’ve just returned home from four days in Spain for the wedding of my lifelong friend, Trish.

    We’ve known each other since we were seven years old: we walked to school together, learnt to ride bikes together, tried to outsmart our parents...

  • Reboot and relax with a herbal smoothie
    Aug 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Reboot and relax with a herbal smoothie

    Chloe is in the kitchen making mini pancakes. It’s taking 900 years and using up every last drop of my parenting patience. She also has a blueberry compote bubbling away which is pretty delicious and very posh.

    But I am at the end of my...

  • Simple summer side dishes
    Aug 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Simple summer side dishes

    Naughty Nana has been in Bermuda for the summer but has been working too hard to be naughty….how disappointing!

    However, I did arrive at the apartment only to find her outside walking the cat with a homemade lead. This led to much...

  • Tips to ensure a harmonious family dinner
    Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Tips to ensure a harmonious family dinner

    Minor heart attack over at Kids Camp this week as my normally reliable carrot cake recipe just would not work! I had 26 hungry kids playing outside, all looking forward to coming in and tasting the fruits of their labour. The cakes wouldn’t rise...

  • Creating chocolate pudding from avocado
    Aug 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Creating chocolate pudding from avocado

    This week, I’m writing from Natural Kids camp. I’m hiding in the kitchen while the lovely Jennifer Soares gives our 26 children a Zumba class. I’m not sure exactly what they’re pretending to be at the moment — there’s a lot of stomping involved.

  • New York: light bites, big city
    Jul 22, 2016 8:00 am

    New York: light bites, big city

    I’m sitting on a windowsill in New York, 53 floors up, gazing out at the most amazing view.

    There’s something magical about the city that never sleeps, and I will never get tired of watching the non-stop traffic and flickering lights.

  • Secrets behind a wild popsicle
    Jul 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Secrets behind a wild popsicle

    Little Belle has learnt to swim and we’re at that super-relaxing stage where she is afloat, but looks and sounds like she is drowning. She can do it but there is a lot of splashing and a kamikaze sense of abandon that makes me insanely...

  • Keeping our cool through popsicle plan
    Jul 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Keeping our cool through popsicle plan

    Naughty Nana is back and arrived with four huge bars of chocolate for the girls … and so the naughtiness begins.

    School is officially out for the summer and it’s parties galore. Everywhere I look it’s pizza, popcorn, ice-cream and...

  • Omega-3 summer salad
    Jun 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Omega-3 summer salad

    Lately, the children have been very critical of my underwear. In the early-morning madness, I’m often flying up and down the stairs half-dressed and somehow, they find time to comment. Yesterday Belle asked me why it wasn’t matching. There was...

  • Why all love should be treated equal
    Jun 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Why all love should be treated equal

    Stop the press. It seems the most effective form of contraception for the next generation may not be birth control pills or condoms, but instead, subjecting them to episodes of Call the Midwife.

    I didn’t hear little...

  • Eight healthy eating tips for busy parents
    Jun 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Eight healthy eating tips for busy parents

    Just a few weeks until the end of term and I am clinging on for dear life. September started out so well. I was laying out uniforms the night before, diligently supervising homework, packing prize-winning lunches … where did it all go wrong?...

  • Reduce your family’s sugar intake
    May 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Reduce your family’s sugar intake

    A few days ago I made a video for Facebook with two kids (mine) and a dog (not mine). It was all about the Family Sugar Detox challenge that we have coming up.

    It’s based on the premise that we wouldn’t feed sugar to our pets, so why do we...

  • Is your wi-fi hurting your health?
    May 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Is your wi-fi hurting your health?

    Last week I made the mother of all shipping errors. I completely, totally, ballsed it up.

    I’d become worried about electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure from wi-fi and my mobile phone. So, after a glass of wine and a quick browse on...

  • Golden rules for a healthy smoothie
    May 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Golden rules for a healthy smoothie

    Last week, as I was reading Chloe a story, Belle pottered off to get a bedtime snack. She usually gets an apple or goat cheese (posh!), so I thought nothing of it.

    Once they were both tucked in I went downstairs to make lunch boxes and...

  • Top tips to help you tackle End-to-End
    May 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Top tips to help you tackle End-to-End

    This weekend my LH and a group of friends and colleagues will be cycling the XL Catlin Bermuda End-to-End dressed as Santa and his elves.

    Previously, they have done the same dressed as ballerinas, chickens, cave men, superheroes ... the...

  • How to follow through on fitness goals
    Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am

    How to follow through on fitness goals

    It’s week ten of Beat the Couch and we’re rapidly approaching race day on Sunday. It’s an exciting few days, with shirts arriving, medals landing and the couch-on-wheels making its way out of storage. We’ve dusted off the cobwebs and loosened up...

  • Secret of healthy eating on a budget
    Apr 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Secret of healthy eating on a budget

    So this one is all about saving money, which the LH thinks is hysterical.

    Finances have never been my strong point.

    Most of my student debt was due to inappropriate outfits, ‘real food’ and cocktails. The real food I can justify...

  • Seven things you think are healthy but aren’t
    Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Seven things you think are healthy but aren’t

    We’re cutting down on screen time after the holidays and my children gave me the full-on stink-eye tonight. The irony is, after a mad day at work, there is nothing I would like more than to switch on the TV.

    You mean I can unpack the...

  • When salad goes wrong!
    Apr 8, 2016 8:00 am

    When salad goes wrong!

    I’m sitting at the dining room table trying to write this while Belle plays opposite me.

    She made edible slime at summer camp and I’m trying to talk her out of ingesting a large dose of Kool-Aid and Red 40.

    She also has three pots of...

  • Breakfast on the go can be healthy
    Mar 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Breakfast on the go can be healthy

    For the love of God, can someone cancel daylight savings? I know it’s good for farmers and great for commerce, but it’s like getting up in the dead of night. Nothing screams “you should be in bed” more than pitch-black skies outside your window.

  • Dilute eating out with dinner at home
    Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Dilute eating out with dinner at home

    International Women’s Day was this week and I celebrated by trying to handle a double work conflict with Chloe’s sports day. Technology is supposed to make life easier but when the calendars don’t sync on your phone and laptop, all hell breaks...

  • Eggcellent rules for chocolate lovers
    Mar 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Eggcellent rules for chocolate lovers

    Mini Eggs have hit the shelves, checkouts and every inch of available retail space in Bermuda. They’re in grocery stores and gas stations island-wide.

    Ironically, they’re also at the pharmacy, so you can pick them up at the same time as...

  • Letting go of 100 per cent
    Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Letting go of 100 per cent

    After strapping Belle into the back of the car today (the one thing she can’t do with a cast on her arm) I turned around and rushed face first into a lamp post.

    It’s amazing how my British upbringing kicked straight into gear — under my...

  • Help children develop a good food philosophy
    Feb 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Help children develop a good food philosophy

    Half-term is here and, with it, a glitter explosion of epic proportions. I have an all-or-nothing approach to children’s crafts and am liberal with the supplies. But my real mistake was baking while the girls completed their masterpieces. I could...

  • The hazards and highs of running
    Feb 5, 2016 8:00 am

    The hazards and highs of running

    Goodbye dry January, hello February! Thank God for that. I made it through with just a few slip-ups. I’m not a big drinker by any stretch — I peaked when I was exploring all my teenage freedom. At university, I founded the Blondes’ Cocktail...

  • Can quick-fix shopping harm your health?
    Jan 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Can quick-fix shopping harm your health?

    OK, we need to have a word about those Tasty videos on Facebook. I know they look deliciously amazing, but sharing how to make a chocolate croissant pastry ring from instant dough and chocolate chips is mean.

    Yes, it looks delicious. Yes,...

  • Top tips for your child’s lunch snacks
    Jan 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Top tips for your child’s lunch snacks

    I have a confession. I broke my dry January promise today.

    Not because of a celebration or a major disaster but because Belle spent her life savings on a dancing, musical elephant.

    We’d gone to Phoenix and despite being tempted by a...

  • A super healthy winter warmer
    Jan 15, 2016 8:00 am

    A super healthy winter warmer

    Really unsure how to get dressed at this time of year! Never feel like I can trust the forecast and always have to leave the house before the day has settled in. Some days I am freezing in flip-flops and other days I am sweating in my sweater. Is...

  • Make this your healthiest year yet
    Jan 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Make this your healthiest year yet

    Happy new year! How are we all feeling this side of Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful time and still fit into your jeans.

    For two people with small children, I thought our celebrations were fairly rock‘n’roll. That was until I talked...

  • Allergy-friendly sugar cookies
    Dec 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Allergy-friendly sugar cookies

    The supergranny effect is in full swing! The house is more organised, the kids are occupied, my shopping list once again reads gin, tonic and cheese. The favourite pastime seems to be gardening and we now have tomatoes, lettuce and basil on the...

  • Healthy stocking stuffers
    Dec 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Healthy stocking stuffers

    I have a diary entry today that says “clean like a mad woman”. Somehow my mum’s visit has crept up on me and I only have one small cleaning window before she arrives.

    If only I had to clean one small window everything would be fine.

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