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Catherine Burns

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

    Oatmeal raisin cookies are getting a make-over

    Thereís nothing more terrifying than a naked selfie craze on Facebook. Itís not that I donít 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 Justinís organic peanut butter cups. There, confession over and I feel...

  • Jan 31, 2014 8:00 am

    This fruity dish is a win all around

    Itís always exciting when you make something that knocks your childrení socks off and this week I whipped up something that was a win all around! This fruity ďfoolĒ has been in their lunch box all week and they just keep asking for more. The best part is that itís 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 Ďtis the season after all.

    Thereís nothing quite like two girls under six to get you in the festive spirit. Yet now that ďmiddlenightĒ (as Chloe calls it) has come and gone, itís time to focus on the...

  • Dec 20, 2013 8:00 am

    The hot chocolate thatís good for you

    Supergranny has landed and once again domestic nirvana reigns! Itís 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. Itís a very fancy tablecloth Iíll have you know!

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

  • Dec 6, 2013 8:00 am

    Christmas morning muffins

    ďMummy, what are your favourite mammaries?Ē 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 sheíd 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...

  • Itís Taco night here at Natural Headquarters
    Nov 29, 2013 8:00 am

    Itís 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 wasnít aware that we were in Footloose territory, but apparently some clubs have a license for dancing and others donít.

    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 girlsí 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

    Letís 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 ďsickĒ 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. Itís...

  • Oct 18, 2013 8:00 am

    Pad Thai salad - good food inspires more good food

    Aliens have abducted my Lovely Husband and replaced him with Martha Stewart. I came home from a night out to find the lunch boxes stacked neatly in the fridge, filled with omelet pinwheels and pomegranate fruit salad no less. Before he left for work, heíd prepped a roast chicken and left me instructions for how to cook it. There has either been some kind of supernatural swap or there is a direct correlation between the domestic activity and the...

  • Keeping it simple is the best approach
    Sep 27, 2013 8:00 am

    Keeping it simple is the best approach

    Iíve had an inbox full of Holy Crap e-mails this week and itís been great to get your feedback. Itís amazing how much more fun Chia seed is when you give it a funny name and stuff it in a cookie.

  • Holy Crap! Cookies for breakfast
    Sep 20, 2013 8:00 am

    Holy Crap! Cookies for breakfast

    Well, there is nothing quite like Chia seed posing as cockroach poo to get your day off to a worrying start. I am familiar with all things roach after an epic battle a few years ago. It began when I was making school lunches one morning. Bleary-eyed (and pregnant might I add) a roach fell off the ceiling and slipped down my pajama top. I think my heart actually stopped. In the days that followed I learnt everything I needed to learn which...

  • Jul 26, 2013 8:00 am

    Keeping dinner time fun with meatballs

    Earlier this week I was having flashbacks to my teens. Dating unsuitable boys, hitch hiking through Africa, getting a “rebellious” tattoo …. not all that wild really, but a little boat-rocking none the less in my family. Fast forward to today where I have been busy cleaning out the dishwasher and ordering “nut milk bags” on the internet. What happened?

  • Jul 19, 2013 8:00 am

    Give your mac ‘n’ cheese a healthy upgrade

    Food for Thought
    There are highs and lows when it comes to parenting, and it starts right at the very beginning.
    Getting the baby in? A high.
    Getting the baby out? Hmmmm…. I can’t pretend that pushing a human being (tiny as it may be) out of your body is fun. But the elation, relief and sheer miracle of it all? That amounts to a high. A crazy, heart stopping, life-defining high.

  • Jul 12, 2013 8:00 am

    We have to come to grips with sugar

    I am brilliant in the kitchen 50 percent of the time. The other half, not so much. I burn things, break things and create an indecent amount of washing up.
    I put things together that shouldn’t be allowed in the same fridge, let alone the same saucepan. I once made chicken in a blueberry sauce.
    It was purple and my lovely husband, in a rare culinary stand-off, refused to eat it.

  • Jul 5, 2013 8:00 am

    Ditch your coffee for warm water and lemon

    Food for Thought
    “Mummy, you are NOT coming to my birthday party!” announced Belle at bedtime.
    After trying to sweet talk her in to a post beach hair wash, I ran out of patience to do it nicely. There was an unceremonious dunking and a major protest.

  • Treading the middle line when it comes to sugar
    Jun 28, 2013 8:00 am

    Treading the middle line when it comes to sugar

    Believe it or not, we have a book at home called ‘Cinderella’s Bottom.’ It’s a great story, all about bottoms (obviously) and feet and noses and a variety of other body “bits”, and how they come in lots of different shapes and sizes. The overriding message is that it doesn’t matter what kind of bum or nose or pair of feet you have, all shapes and sizes are useful for all sorts of different things and all are...

  • Diluting the sugar, one step at a time
    Jun 21, 2013 8:00 am

    Diluting the sugar, one step at a time

    I was never very good at physics but I do wish I had paid more attention in school. I just remember thinking that I couldn’t imagine any of it being useful in REAL LIFE — cue an enormous teenage sigh and exaggerated roll of the eyes. If only I had known that two decades later, I would be pondering what precisely it is about the LH leaving on a plane that makes our kids get sick. Some strange magnetic pull between his ass and the...

  • Jun 14, 2013 8:00 am

    Making junk food giants redundant

    Chloe’s career choices so far have included: princess, hairdresser, jewellery maker … and now (drumroll please), nutritionist. Let me savour this tiny little moment where she wants to be just like me. I know it will be over soon and I should probably drink it in. She’ll be stomping up stairs and applying for a job at KFC before I know it. Maybe! Or maybe not. Is it possible that her acceptance of “healthy stuff” will be...

  • Perfection is a myth, love your lumps and bumps
    Jun 7, 2013 8:00 am

    Perfection is a myth, love your lumps and bumps

    Food for Thought
    “Mummy …” said Chloe “ … your tummy is all wobbly.”
    I am not sure what was less welcome, the fact that we were having this conversation at 6.01am, or that we were having it period.

  • May 31, 2013 8:00 am

    Clean up your diet with confetti salad

    I love my job but it does have its drawbacks. For a start, people run away from me in grocery stores. Some do roll past proudly with a cart full of fruit and veg, but others — usually the ones with sodas hanging off the sides — reverse in panic. The irony is of course that as no one is perfect, I have probably just hidden a large bag of chips under my kale. So now you know!

  • May 17, 2013 8:00 am

    Simple and delicious, Coconut Caramel Energy Bites

    Another week, another column, another visit from Little Miss Belle.
    This time I have packed her back off to bed and apparently she will stay there. I “pwomise” mummy, she whispered as I tucked her back in.
    Wow this one really does know how to shake my resolve!
    Fortunately I am pretty confident she knows how loved she is, and just in case there was any doubt, Naughty Nana is back to shovel on the affection too.

  • May 10, 2013 8:00 am

    Oi, LH, I want these on Sunday.

    Food for Thought

  • May 3, 2013 8:00 am

    Healthy kids snack on the go

    There are bathtimes that go well in our house, and there are bathtimes that make me want to put my head in my very expensive blender. Tonight, I had the audacity to separate Belle from her dancing monkey. This was a pretty stupid decision given that after 7pm, we walk along the knife edge of the terrible twos. An even more stupid decision was to buy her a dancing monkey in the first place. Add that to the fact that I bought Chloe a similar...

  • Green smoothie that can boost your mental clarity
    Apr 26, 2013 8:00 am

    Green smoothie that can boost your mental clarity

    Supergranny has just flown home and it’s time to clean up! Don’t get me wrong, the house has been pristine — literally sparkling — with her in it. If I hadn’t seen our family tree, I would suspect she was related to Mary Poppins. Whereas I have a tendency to “panic shop”, my Mum is queen of the lists. And I approve of the habit, if not necessarily the contents. One of my favourites began “Gin,...


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