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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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  • Oct 10, 2014 8:00 am

    A healthy Halloween tradition worth keeping

    There’s nothing like a browse through the aisles at People’s Pharmacy to make me realize that Halloween has changed – partly because time has marched on, partly because Hallmark are so good at convincing us it’s all important and partly because I’m on the other side of the Atlantic.

    In the UK, waaaaay back in the 80s, we would race home from school and dress up as something spooky for Halloween. By that I mean we would be either a cat,...

  • Sep 26, 2014 8:00 am

    Sweet potato and coconut immune-boosting soup

    Auto-correct, spellcheck, predictive text — all so useful, and yet so, so annoying. Recently I signed an e-mail “Best Retards”. Resorting to shorthand afterwards and signing off “Best”, I actually wrote “Beast”. Worse, in answer to a Beat the Couch query this week, instead of writing my own name, I actually wrote “Catheter”. Do you think they’ll sign up anyway? I promise that running a 5k will not result in a thin tube being inserted into...

  • Sep 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Nutritional tips for cancer prevention

    Last week I wrote about Jenna and that’s a little hard to follow. The highs and lows of our domestic life seem less significant these days. It’s a sense of perspective that I am trying not to lose. Everything I have to complain about seems ridiculous. And yet, finding humour in the little things is good for the soul. So here goes ….

    A few days ago, I was standing on the verge of East Broadway, waving at the traffic and trying not to...

  • Sep 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Time for a reality check

    If you knew that tomorrow you would have to start the fight of your life, for your life, would it change how you viewed today?

    Would you complain about your hair, knowing that soon it would fall through your fingers? Would you worry so much about work politics, knowing you might lose the freedom to chase your career and earn a living?

    Would you mind the whining at bedtime, knowing you may not be able to hug your kids for weeks at...

  • Aug 15, 2014 8:00 am

    Perfect for summer camp: Blueberry chia seed jam

    Week two of Natural Kids camp and I am in need of some ear plugs. We have more children and a higher percentage of boys so the decibels have cranked up somewhat.

    But aside from the assault on my ear drums (and a loose connection to my sanity) this might be the most fun I have ever had in the “office”.

    I think I’m also learning as much as the children. They are getting a crash course in nutrition and I am getting a crash course in...

  • Jul 25, 2014 8:00 am

    Five reasons you should be wary of GMOs

    Our little Belle will be four in a few weeks. The time has passed in a joyous, sleep-deprived haze. Rare are the nights when we are woken repeatedly, but the work-life juggle often means laundry and lunch boxes at midnight. Fortunately I have never actually put laundry IN the lunch boxes but it’s only a matter of time. Sock sandwich anyone?

    So it was through bleary-eyes that I made a fundamental parenting error this morning. “What kind...

  • The kitchen of a mad woman
    Jul 11, 2014 8:00 am

    The kitchen of a mad woman

    This week we have a very short note from the kitchen of a mad woman. I have been cooking non-stop for four days straight, have chocolate chips in unusual places and baking powder in my eyebrows. By the time you read this, Chloe and I will have conjured up over 1000 items for her pop-up snack stand.

    She’s been raising money for Open Airways and the SPCA and your support has been amazing. Perhaps we should have added Alcoholics Anonymous...

  • You don’t know what you don’t know
    Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am

    You don’t know what you don’t know

    After a week of playing with her cousin Theo, Chloe has become obsessed with woodlice. I wouldn’t mind but this has now turned into a career choice. She no longer wants to be a jewellery maker and instead would like to be a “woodlouseologist”. Her little sister has followed suit but with some reservations … Belle would like to be a “wologist” except on Wednesdays, when she would still like to make jewellery. Maybe she could make jewellery for...

  • May 9, 2014 8:00 am

    Kale, king of the superfoods

    My girls are great little eaters but occasionally there is mutiny in the ranks. Recently, after months of hiding kale in smoothies, I tried serving it as a straightforward vegetable. There was a tentative nibble, followed by an assortment of horrified facial expressions. They would have been happier with a snail sandwich. This was clearly a battle I was not going to win and so I retired with good grace. As tempting as it was to yell “JUST EAT...

  • What does how you barbecue have to do with cancer?
    Apr 25, 2014 8:00 am

    What does how you barbecue have to do with cancer?

    First it was the dishwasher, then the car and finally (hopefully) the barbecue. After years of happy backyard grilling, everything beneath the lid disintegrated. The LH of course was delighted — a perfect excuse to buy a new one. I’m a little worried about what we’ll end up with instead — he’d install a permanent grill pit if he could. An outdoor man cave, not to be infiltrated by nagging wives, children or tofu.

    The silver lining to...

  • Oatmeal raisin cookies are getting a make-over
    Mar 21, 2014 8:00 am

    Oatmeal raisin cookies are getting a make-over

    There’s nothing more terrifying than a naked selfie craze on Facebook. It’s not that I don’t love all your beautiful pictures but rather that eventually I had to join in. I was so tempted to photo shop out the big zit that had kindly arrived on my forehead beforehand, but in the end I went with reality. Yes I have hormonal skin and very little willpower when it comes to Justin’s organic peanut butter cups. There, confession over and I feel...

  • Jan 31, 2014 8:00 am

    This fruity dish is a win all around

    It’s always exciting when you make something that knocks your children’ socks off and this week I whipped up something that was a win all around! This fruity “fool” has been in their lunch box all week and they just keep asking for more. The best part is that it’s so easy. Although if you go with the whipped version, do secure the lid of your blender properly. I had a bright pink berry explosion which the children thought was hilarious. I...

  • Jan 3, 2014 8:00 am

    Is giving up gluten good for you?

    Happy New Year! How are those resolutions coming along? I seem to have limped into 2014 weighed down by a surprising amount of chocolate and an unsurprising lack of sleep. The excitement in our house has been somewhat out of control, but ‘tis the season after all.

    There’s nothing quite like two girls under six to get you in the festive spirit. Yet now that “middlenight” (as Chloe calls it) has come and gone, it’s time to focus on the...

  • Dec 20, 2013 8:00 am

    The hot chocolate that’s good for you

    Supergranny has landed and once again domestic nirvana reigns! It’s amazing how having a third adult in the house makes all the difference between order and chaos.

    This time I made my way up the gift list and instead of being handed rubber bands or marmalade, I have been presented with a large plastic tablecloth. It’s a very fancy tablecloth I’ll have you know!

    On the down side, my healthy shopping list has taken the usual...

  • Dec 6, 2013 8:00 am

    Christmas morning muffins

    “Mummy, what are your favourite mammaries?” said Belle, at 6.01 this morning. Through the fog, it took me a while to figure out we were discussing memories and not female anatomy.

    A great relief, although I do wish she’d asked her dad. This all started over dinner the night before when we had indeed been talking about our favourite memories.

    In a rush of maternal love (and possibly selective amnesia) I told the girls that mine...

  • It’s Taco night here at Natural Headquarters
    Nov 29, 2013 8:00 am

    It’s Taco night here at Natural Headquarters

    Lots of news over here at Natural HQ.

    I was thrown out of a nightclub in New York for dancing, which at 36 made me feel 18. I wasn’t aware that we were in Footloose territory, but apparently some clubs have a license for dancing and others don’t.

    Seems a bit cruel to play amazing music and then not let people dance. Also seems impossible to follow the rules when you are having a girls’ weekend away for the first time in a year.

  • Oct 25, 2013 8:00 am

    Bright orange frosting can be fun and natural

    Catherine Burns

    Let’s keep it short but sweet this week.

    Short because Belle is in the office with me and is systematically emptying all my drawers and filling every cup she can find from the cooler. She is off “sick” for the day but I suspect I may have been duped.

    The mysterious cough that brought her into our room in the early hours has disappeared, leaving me juggling deadlines with the demands of a cheeky toddler. It’s...

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