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.
Nov 25, 2016 8:00 am
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”,...
Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 28, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 21, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 7, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Sep 23, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Sep 9, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 26, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 5, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jul 22, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jul 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 1, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 24, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 10, 2016 8:00 am
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?...
May 27, 2016 8:00 am
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...
May 20, 2016 8:00 am
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...
May 13, 2016 8:00 am
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...
May 6, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 22, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Mar 18, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Mar 4, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 12, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 29, 2016 8:00 am
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,...
Jan 22, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 15, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 18, 2015 8:00 am
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...
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