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 3, 2020 8:00 am
Well, things are getting a little feral over here. Every “tips for working from home” article I read says that the first thing you should do is shower and get dressed.
Why is that so difficult? The moment I wake up, I have a quick reality...
Mar 27, 2020 8:00 am
Given that this is our first apocalypse, Bermuda seems to be doing well so far.
Kudos to the Government, medical staff and local businesses for their action and communication.
Of course, it’s early days, but the sense of community is...
Mar 20, 2020 8:00 am
How are we all doing out there, folks? It’s amazing how much can change in one week, isn’t it? Last week, I was writing about healthy pasta and we were having a perfectly sensible conversation about portion sizes.
This week, the world has...
Mar 13, 2020 8:00 am
The sun popped out this morning and, for the first time in ages, I felt the promise of summer heat. After 15 years in Bermuda, I’m a baby when it comes to the cold now. And there is something about our dampness that makes it feel extra cold! But...
Mar 6, 2020 8:00 am
Well Bermuda, it appears we’re on the edge of a national emergency. so let’s get serious for a second shall we?
Forget coronavirus, I am way more concerned about the island-wide shortage of bananas, which has had my clients crying into...
Feb 28, 2020 8:00 am
It’s my six-week optimum nutrition programme and we cover everything from blood sugar balance to liver detox pathways.
The goal is to make sure that people get a really sound understanding of exactly how their nutrition choices influence...
Feb 21, 2020 8:00 am
There’s nothing like an article on libido to get people pulling you to one side and asking some extra questions. I’ve had some eye-opening conversations this week!
It’s just a good thing that the kids haven’t seen it, as we’ve arrived at...
Feb 7, 2020 8:00 am
Beat the Couch season is upon us and I’ve been busy rounding up a gang of beginners who are ready to start running either the first time, or the first time in a long time!
As usual, we’ve started to gather a very eclectic list with people...
Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am
“Ok, we need to talk!” said Belle.
She patted the spot-on the sofa next to her and indicated (with a tilt of her head) that I should sit down.
I looked into her extremely solemn eyes and tried to remember everything they say...
Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am
Yesterday morning I woke up a little late and catapulted myself out of bed with my heart racing at 100mph. I looked at the clock and figured I could just about shower, get dressed, feed the veritable farm of animals and get to work within a...
Jan 3, 2020 8:00 am
Well here we are, the other side of Christmas, emerging from our canapé coma. We’ve probably set some New Year’s Resolutions and are teetering on the edge of success or failure.
How’s it looking for you so far? Which way is it going to go?!...
Dec 13, 2019 8:00 am
I’ve only just recovered from Hallowe’en candy and here comes Christmas racing towards us with all its mulled wine and boxes of Quality Street chocolates. It’s my absolute favourite time of year.
I’ve never grown out of Christmas magic —...
Nov 29, 2019 8:00 am
There is nothing like making 21 unicorn pancakes at midnight to remind you that you don’t quite have it all together. Needless to say, there I was — flipping these magical beasts into crispy perfection because I’d forgotten I’d promised Chloe...
Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am
I have loved hot chocolate ever since I was little — preferably covered in whipped cream and marshmallows.
I was definitely sugar-addicted, but there was a comfort element too. A cup of something warm and sweet when you’re growing up in...
Nov 8, 2019 8:00 am
During my nutrition classes, we spend a lot of time talking about carbohydrates. As humans, we’re designed to crave them, to be able to overeat them and to store the excess sugar from those carbs as fat; as hunter-gatherers, that was a genius bit...
Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am
A few weeks ago, we started two Nutrifit classes, our public course and an on-site corporate course, too.
It’s so exciting getting so many people on to an optimum nutrition strategy, I just have to make sure they don’t bolt during the...
Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am
Recently, the kids got their own phones. Not smart phones, but $30 flip phones. Enough technology to keep them safe, but not enough to lose them to yet another screen.
They were over-the-moon delighted with this tiny glimpse of adulthood,...
Oct 7, 2019 9:48 am
Straight out of hurricane eating and we’re into Hallowee'n! Seems like there’s a never-ending stream of natural disasters and holidays determined to trip us up.
It’ll be Christmas before we know it, then it’s Valentine’s Day and Easter,...
Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am
It’s been quite the week of horrors over here at domestic HQ. First, a cockroach invasion in the car and then I discovered nests of spiders (vomit) while packing up the garden furniture for Humberto.
Fortunately, the good people of MAJ’s...
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...
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