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.
Apr 17, 2015 8:00 am
Last week, Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post, landed on our pink sandy shores. She spoke to a packed ballroom at the Fairmont Southampton about her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder.
She was fabulous. Of course she was. Full of dry humour and compassion, too. Her philosophy of “no brilliant jerks allowed here” has...
Apr 10, 2015 8:00 am
Having just spent 40 minutes chasing Shadow around the neighbourhood, getting stuck in a hedge and leaping over a few flower beds, I have retreated inside to contemplate how ridiculous this situation is. Not only is Shadow (the bunny) NOT in the hutch but he is now outside the French door, looking in and taunting me … as if to say, “Come and get me lady, I am not done making a fool of you yet!” I don’t know if he enjoys this little game, but...
Mar 27, 2015 8:00 am
It’s been one of those weeks — lots of the domestic and none of the bliss! Three family fevers, a minor surgery, courses starting, e-mail exploding ... I wish I could click my heels and disappear to a far-flung corner of the globe.
Although, I want to be the one tending to the fevers. So there we have the mummy conundrum in a nutshell: as much as it sometimes feels overwhelming, I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mar 13, 2015 8:00 am
Last Sunday, Julia Pitt and I did a presentation for the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Bermuda.
We combined success coaching and nutrition to discuss, ‘Is having it all hurting your health?’
We weren’t really trying to answer the question of whether it’s possible to “have it all”, but rather how our pursuit of both career and family can knock us sideways if we’re...
Mar 6, 2015 8:00 am
Hop hop, here comes the Easter Bunny! With a basket of eggs and a bag full of Peeps, he has already made his delivery to the pharmacy. A walk through Phoenix brought me out in a cold sweat this morning. I went in for eye make-up remover but almost left with an armful of chocolate I didn’t know I wanted and some paraphernalia I definitely didn’t need. Seasonal holidays are an issue for shopaholics and chocoholics alike. And God help you if you...
Feb 27, 2015 8:00 am
Some houses are ruled by the parents. Some are ruled by the kids. I suspect very few are ruled by a bunny. And yet somehow ours is. How did that happen? Shadow, the free-range bunny, is now an official member of the Burns household and ruling the roost — or whatever the bunny equivalent would be. Bossing the burrow?
He came to stay after we noticed a limp and a big old cut on his nose. After being given the once-over from the vet,...
Feb 13, 2015 8:00 am
I’ve now popped our Beat the Couch signs up along East Broadway and North Shore for a little marketing blitz.
I took great care to make sure they were perfectly aligned. I even drove past them again to double check they were smart and evenly spaced out.
However, Mother Nature had alternative plans and it has been blowing a gale out there. We’re almost at find-your-trampoline-in-your-neighbour’s-garden winds and I’ll be lucky if...
Feb 6, 2015 8:00 am
I’m writing this cross-legged on the sofa, clutching a hot herbal tea and wondering what to chat to you about this week. I’m surrounded by a sea of pistachio shells, carefully constructed toys the kids begged me not to dismantle, and two snoring cats. It’s a glamorous life. Sometimes I wonder how many people out there read this. On the days when it all works out, I like to think there are lots of you. On the days when I cringe over words that...
Jan 30, 2015 8:00 am
Well, hasn’t it been quite the week? Challenging politics in a small environment makes for an intense atmosphere.
After ten amazing years, and with a Bermudian husband and children, I have invested everything I have here — both emotionally and financially.
Three years ago I started my own business and know the incredible highs and troublesome lows that come hand in hand with that responsibility.
There’s no doubt that this...
Jan 23, 2015 8:00 am
Another week, another domestic saga. This time, the girls have befriended a pet bunny who lives on our development and hops between the houses. They have called it Cottontail although other people call it Colleen, and it’s actually suspected to be a boy. (It’s notoriously hard to establish gender in bunnies — I know this because my otherwise very intelligent friend accidentally had three litters of bunnies in a matter of months.) I was given...
Jan 9, 2015 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 exploding porridge — where a science “spexseriment” sat neglected in an airtight container, detonating four days later in the middle of the night. So I am used to a certain number of foreign objects...
Jan 2, 2015 8:00 am
Well here we are, happy 2015! I always love the surge of optimism a new year brings. Our bodies are sludgy and hurting and sloshing with drink but we are determined to get ourselves together.
I am not sure about you, but I have eaten Christmas ham twice a day for the past week, I have overdone the after-dinner mints and participated in far too much social drinking.
In my defence, the ham was a Niman Ranch beauty (that I had to...
Dec 19, 2014 8:00 am
Naughty Nana and Roo Roo have arrived for Christmas!
What is it about grandparents and funny names? Saying them in front of other people is a bit like giving out the e-mail address you thought was cool when you were younger. Things like sexyhotminx@gmail (not mine!) are a bit embarrassing on a CV or when you enter the prize draw at Gorham’s, and yet we can’t help ourselves.
Once you arrive at something like Naughty Nana there...
Dec 12, 2014 8:00 am
I have to start this with a confession. I haven’t bought my kids salad spinners for Christmas. I have actually bought them American Girl dolls. I did my best to pretend they didn’t exist (the dolls, not my kids …) but Chloe is in P2. Six-year-olds talk. A lot as it turns out. So on Christmas morning, Caroline (a long-haired blonde beauty) and Kaya (an American Indian bombshell) will be welcomed into our home. At the exact same moment, the LH...
Dec 5, 2014 7:00 pm
By Catherine Burns
Just back in from the America’s Cup celebrations and despite Belle heckling the speeches we had a lovely time.
When I say “lovely”, I mean I survived without an injury despite all Belle’s efforts to the contrary.
I almost lost my eye to her flag but I suppose that was always a risk. Four year olds and flags are a dangerous combination. However the lentil chips in my hair were a surprise. She was on my...
Nov 28, 2014 8:00 am
I was filing away old copies of these columns last night when Chloe’s eyes landed on last year’s Elf on the Shelf debate. Across the room I watched her pull the illustrated pages out of the pile and sit down to read them.
I propelled myself across the room, tripping over the chair and stubbing my toe, landing beside her in a panic. “Um, you can’t read that one,” I said. “It’s just for grown-ups.” I was immediately informed that the Elf...
Nov 21, 2014 8:00 am
Last night at dinner we discovered that, according to Belle, there are 22 letters in the alphabet — many of the usual suspects and a tongue-twisting “elemenopee” in the middle. We didn’t do flash cards or ten books a day with our second-born and halfway through sausages and spaghetti we realised that maybe we had been a bit remiss. The LH demanded paper and scissors and assembled letters in a flash. We then spent half an hour in stitches as...
Nov 14, 2014 8:00 am
Another year older! I’m writing this the morning after my birthday with a Champagne and sugar hangover. In all the day-to-day madness, I made my own cake this year and the kids iced it with abandon … there was a lot of frosting and a lot of sprinkles! I usually manage to keep a lid on my sweet tooth but this was a big exception. All washed down with some bubbles from the LH. So much fun but my body is definitely feeling the diversion from the...
Nov 7, 2014 8:00 am
How are you? Are you having a magical day? I have a severe case of the post-Disney blues. I wasn’t expecting to love our trip as much as I did. Yes, Disney World is an over-commercialised, overwhelming machine, but it is also a complete and utter joy. Talk about escapism. For six days we immersed ourselves in the kids’ fantasies. We had breakfast with Mickey, dinner with Cinderella, we whirled, splashed and flew along the rides, we queued...
Oct 31, 2014 8:00 am
As you know, despite the sugar madness, I love Halloween! The sheer volume of all the candy makes me sweat but we have learned how to handle it over the years. We live in an extremely popular trick or treat neighbourhood so it’s always tons of fun, but this year we are bolting. Out of the frying pan and into the fire though, as we’re off to Disney. As l discovered online, Mickey’s Halloween party gets rave reviews ... mainly because “the...
Oct 24, 2014 8:00 am
I’ve always found big storms exciting. There’s something about being tucked up safely inside with the wind and the rain lashing at the windows, that’s comforting and exhilarating at the same time. But there are storms and then there are hurricanes — and two in one week was hard to take. I know Fay wasn’t “technically” a hurricane, but as I watched her lift the swing set out of the ground — along with the two-foot-long cast-iron hooks, I found...
Oct 10, 2014 8:00 am
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Jul 11, 2014 8:00 am
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...
Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am
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
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...
Apr 25, 2014 8:00 am
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.
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