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.
Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am
Friday the 13th feels like a good day for a glass of wine at my desk, but I suppose 9am is a fraction early. I once shared an overnight train from Pretoria to Cape Town with a crazy older lady who started doing shots of vodka at...
Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am
Last week we were discussing how to get our children sleeping well, knowing that if they slept better then we would too.
Although mine were terrible sleepers as babies, I was saying how good they are now …. I should have known I was...
Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am
During Nutrifit, our six-week optimum nutrition programme, we dedicate a whole week to learning more about stress and sleep. Both have such a major influence on our health, so it’s essential that we get to grips with them. The problem is, that...
Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am
Several years ago, I pulled together a savoury snack list, after discovering Belle helping herself to handfuls of icing sugar for breakfast.
I’d tried to lie in and then kind of slept while I heard the children crashing around downstairs. I...
Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am
Back at my desk and down to earth with a bump … except, when your bump is Bermuda, you just can’t really complain! And though our holiday was amazing, I’ve never been so happy to be home … the journey was a little epic and the flight from Athens...
Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am
Almost every parent I’ve ever met has been united by some common themes: total exhaustion, addiction to caffeine, wide-eyed bewilderment (how can something so small poop so much?).
Yet, even if we’re hanging on to our sanity by a thread,...
Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am
I was at a meeting discussing the health crisis in Bermuda the other day and the drink options were: coffee, soda, fluorescent juice cocktail or water.
Obviously given the context, the done thing would have been to drink water ... and most...
Jul 5, 2019 8:00 am
I always take the first week of the summer holidays off with the kids and, while it should mean lots of downtime, I’m still writing this from the kitchen at 11pm.
I have working-mum guilt. And so while I am squeezing in one hour of work...
Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am
Well ... school’s out and the children practically made a bonfire out of their uniform in celebration.
We were barely out of the school gates before the shoes came off and the hair came down. I was shown approximately ten thousand bits of...
Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am
I’m pretty sure I’m writing this from my deathbed.
I’ve already Googled meningitis, man-flu and the plague — fortunately, I don’t seem to have any of those but I do have something that has totally levelled me.
I’ve dosed up on all...
Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am
Life is short. What that means in my book is there is definitely room for dessert and wine.
The problem is if we stretch the “life is short” philosophy too far, then we risk life getting infinitely shorter.
I don’t know about you,...
May 31, 2019 8:00 am
If any of you were watching the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby last week, then you might have seen a couch on wheels flying by.
“Flying” is possibly an exaggeration. We did well for the first six miles and then the rubber burnt off our...
May 17, 2019 8:00 am
A few days ago I was watching TV with Belle when a black and white clip came on.
“Mummy,” she said, “is this what TV was like when you were a kid? You had cars though, right?”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry … I feel young most...
May 10, 2019 8:00 am
It’s been a crazy week over at Natural HQ. First we had Beat the Couch race day, then I began the Ignite Bermuda entrepreneurial accelerator programme and we’ve just launched the third round of Nutrifit for this year.
You could say that...
May 3, 2019 8:00 am
I love this time of year for sports in Bermuda. Everyone is pumped following the triathlon and the May 24 half-marathon is on the horizon.
Seeing lots of friends and clients ace their sprint or Olympic distance last weekend was totally...
Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am
Once upon a time I was so tired I put the iron away in the fridge. I arrived at work with no shoes on, I misspelt my own name, I signed off an e-mail “best retards” (horror). I left water running into the tank until it overflowed; I forgot to pay...
Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am
After a back-to-back morning in the clinic, I lay in the park in the sun for a few minutes at lunchtime. After weeks of wondering if the weather was ever going to warm up, it really feels like summer might be on its way.
I’m longing for...
Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am
Becoming a mum was without doubt the biggest milestone of my life … and I’m not sure that will ever change. After eating Lays the whole way through my pregnancy, I genuinely thought I might give birth to a crisp packet. So, having a baby was a...
Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am
I’ve been approaching this moment with fear and dread, but it’s recently become official.
At the tender ages of 11 and 8, based on a high volume of eye-rolling and “Muuuuum, you’re sooo embarrassing”, I suspect I’m now living with...
Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am
Last week we talked about how to reset when your nutrition goes completely off the rails. So, how have the last seven days gone for you? Did you ace it? Or end up face down in a pint of ice cream?
Maybe it was a mix of the two. Some...
Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am
I’m having one of those days where it’s all going to hell in a handbasket. I have no idea what that really even means (even Google doesn’t know and if Google doesn’t, who does?) but it feels strangely accurate.
I was barely awake before...
Mar 8, 2019 8:00 am
Earlier this week, Belle and I made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Chloe wisely retreated to the sofa and Belle ran back and forth between the kitchen and the TV brandishing a large spatula and yelling: “Just call me when it’s time to flip!”...
Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am
This week has been a little chaotic. We’re on the cusp of Season 13 for Beat the Couch and I feel as if I’ve been sending e-mails at 1,000mph. I think every mum (working or not) has moments where they feel totally torn, but this week I had Belle...
Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am
There’s something about the number 13 that puts a tiny shadow of doubt in my mind!
I’m not into superstition (unless it’s Stevie Wonder) and I’m not worried about black cats, or breaking mirrors or walking under ladders, but the number 13...
Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am
I’ve been tidying up the clutter lately and last night found some black-and-white photos that were taken when I was 17.
Belle picked one up this morning and said: “Oh wow mummy!”
I thought she was about to deliver some kind of...
Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am
And now for everyone’s favourite subject …
Well there’s nothing quite like writing an article on poop to prompt a reaction!
It’s been e-mail overload this week with a lot of jokes and an equal amount of curious questions coming in.
Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am
And now for everyone’s favourite subject … Well, over here at Natural HQ, the digestive detox is under way.
We have 50 people taking part in a clean sweep, so they are all busy drinking green juice and taking psyllium husk.
Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am
I’m having one of those moments when all my deadlines seem to be colliding at once. I’ve been planning my butt off since December to make things more streamlined over here at Natural HQ.
It had all been going so well, but throw in four...
Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am
Back on the rock and it’s full steam ahead into the new year with a whole load of new intentions or, more accurately, renewed intentions.
My resolutions can take a while to kick in and sometimes I get distracted by something completely...
Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am
I’m back in the stairwell office, clinging on to a golden thread of internet connection in a far-flung corner of Somerset in the UK. It’s Boxing Day, which after all the excitement of Christmas, is giving me a Sunday-evening kind of...
Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am
We’ve had some rainy days lately and I’m all in favour of this shift in the seasons.
Not sure there is anything more soothing than lying in bed listening to tank rain thunder down on the roof, especially when that early-morning half-light...
Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am
Here we go. The tree is up outside City Hall. The Rat Pack is on the radio, it is floor-to- ceiling Quality Street in Phoenix … Christmas is on its way.
This is without a doubt, my favourite time of year. But I am also, without a doubt,...
Nov 23, 2018 8:00 am
No Sugar November has been rolling along and so far, most people have survived.
I did get one e-mail from someone on the verge of sugar-withdrawal hysteria, but we have since brought her back from the brink.
She was being tormented...
Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am
The other night, I found myself defending my Instagram account over a glass of wine.
It’s become a big mix of recipes, running and nutrition trend review.
However, there’s also some philosophy, jokes and a lot of real-life reporting...
Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am
One recent evening, after what must have been a mega day at school, both the children were dead on their feet by the time we got home.
Maybe it was the after-school stuff that did them in.
Belle was swimming, although this week there...
Nov 2, 2018 7:00 am
Tuesday night we had a crowd of 60 people sitting in the Natural office, all committed to shaking their sugar habit.
It felt a little bit like Alcoholics Anonymous except, I imagine, the stories at AA are far more harrowing.
Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am
Hangry children after school? Have healthy snacks on standby.
I’m poolside again, but not with my feet up and a cocktail in hand — that would be a luxury for a Tuesday afternoon! Instead I’m watching Belle improve her strokes with iSwim.
Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am
Over the weekend ,Belle had a friend to sleep over. The excitement levels had been at 11 out of ten for weeks and that was nothing compared to the Big Day.
Because it had been a while in the making, every tiny detail had been planned. We...
Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am
What are your cravings telling you? I’m writing this from the sofa again ...
Gotta love mobile phones for making it possible to type horizontally. Ironically I’m recovering from a week of launching Beat the Couch and all the admin involved...
Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am
I’ve been reading Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari lately, and it’s got me in a spin. Before I studied nutrition, I did a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. I loved it and use lots of the concepts to explain addictions and...
Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am
I’m writing this from a sofa in London; feet up, Ellen on TV, about to go exploring, then shop, then drinks and dinner. It’s pretty far from ordinary life — there’s zero routine — and it’s seriously relaxing.
I have the background buzz of...
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