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.
Mar 31, 2017 8:00 am
Once upon a time I had awful anxiety or rather, it had me. Worry and panic about God knows what became a running commentary in my brain, the backdrop to every single day. There would be a nanosecond, when I first woke up in the morning, when I...
Mar 24, 2017 8:00 am
Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day — and it is.
It’s just a shame that (in our house, at least) it’s interrupted by me shouting an assortment of desperate instructions up and down the stairs, usually to do with...
Mar 17, 2017 8:00 am
Since having kids all sorts of strange things have happened to my food. I have discovered glitter in my cereal and crayons in my tea. I have rescued Strawberry Shortcake from the bottom of a bag of nuts. I will never, ever, forget the case of the...
Mar 3, 2017 8:00 am
Yesterday was World Book Day. Did you know that? I found out a few days ago on the way home from school. Car rides are the best time for information extraction — they are strapped in and have nothing to do except download their days. I have a few...
Feb 24, 2017 8:00 am
Gluten is a hot topic these days. Gluten-free is appearing on food labels everywhere, making life much easier for people with coeliac disease (who avoid gluten out of medical necessity), but a little more confusing for everyone else.
Feb 17, 2017 8:00 am
Supergranny has landed and is busy waving her magical wand over the chaos at home. She’s always been slightly alarmed by my domestic deficiency and is recovering at her house sit, most likely with a hefty gin and tonic.
I’m unsure whether...
Feb 3, 2017 8:00 am
Busy can be good. It can mean you’re successful, engaged and fulfilled, but it can also mean you’re overstretched, unfocused and exhausted.
Work/life balance is the new goal and these days we’re stressed about being stressed … pass the...
Jan 13, 2017 8:00 am
Well, it’s Friday the 13th, so I hope your day has been free of major disasters. No crashes on the way to work or spilling coffee in the car! I see so many people clinging onto their morning cup of adrenalin as they drive — and I don’t blame...
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...
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