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Catherine Burns
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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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  • Healthy tips for grilling meat on the barbecue
    Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Healthy tips for grilling meat on the barbecue

    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.

    Iím longing for...

  • Fussy eaters? Hereís what you can do
    Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Fussy eaters? Hereís what you can do

    Becoming a mum was without doubt the biggest milestone of my life Ö and Iím 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...

  • Supplement mistakes you might be making
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Supplement mistakes you might be making

    Iíve been approaching this moment with fear and dread, but itís recently become official.

    At the tender ages of 11 and 8, based on a high volume of eye-rolling and ďMuuuuum, youíre sooo embarrassingĒ, I suspect Iím now living with...

  • How does your mental strength measure up?
    Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am

    How does your mental strength measure up?

    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...

  • Off the rails? Let me help you reset
    Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Off the rails? Let me help you reset

    Iím having one of those days where itís all going to hell in a handbasket. I have no idea what that really even means (even Google doesnít know and if Google doesnít, who does?) but it feels strangely accurate.

    I was barely awake before...

  • Changes to make pancakes healthier
    Mar 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Changes to make pancakes healthier

    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: ďJust call me when itís time to flip!Ē...

  • Quick dinners for when life gets nutty
    Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Quick dinners for when life gets nutty

    This week has been a little chaotic. Weíre on the cusp of Season 13 for Beat the Couch and I feel as if Iíve 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...

  • Nutrition: a powerful differentiator for sports performance
    Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Nutrition: a powerful differentiator for sports performance

    Thereís something about the number 13 that puts a tiny shadow of doubt in my mind!

    Iím not into superstition (unless itís Stevie Wonder) and Iím not worried about black cats, or breaking mirrors or walking under ladders, but the number 13...

  • How to make your exercise habit stick
    Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am

    How to make your exercise habit stick

    Iíve 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: ďOh wow mummy!Ē

    I thought she was about to deliver some kind of...

  • A soup that is packed full of flavour
    Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am

    A soup that is packed full of flavour

    And now for everyoneís favourite subject Ö

    Well thereís nothing quite like writing an article on poop to prompt a reaction!

    Itís been e-mail overload this week with a lot of jokes and an equal amount of curious questions coming in.

  • Five-point plan for the perfect poop
    Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Five-point plan for the perfect poop

    And now for everyoneís favourite subject Ö 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.

    Thereís a...

  • Chipotle chicken with maple and lime
    Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Chipotle chicken with maple and lime

    Iím having one of those moments when all my deadlines seem to be colliding at once. Iíve 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...

  • So easy an eight-year-old can do it
    Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am

    So easy an eight-year-old can do it

    Back on the rock and itís 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...

  • Rules for 2019
    Jan 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Rules for 2019

    Two more nights left in the UK and Iím writing this with a large glass of wine and some chips by my side.

    Thereís also been a box of Millionaireís Shortbread this afternoon (yup, the whole box.)

    It was gluten-free, dairy-free,...

  • A winter salad to ease the ĎSunday Scariesí
    Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am

    A winter salad to ease the ĎSunday Scariesí

    Iím back in the stairwell office, clinging on to a golden thread of internet connection in a far-flung corner of Somerset in the UK. Itís Boxing Day, which after all the excitement of Christmas, is giving me a Sunday-evening kind of...

  • Does Santa prefer cookies or avocados?
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Does Santa prefer cookies or avocados?

    Weíve had some rainy days lately and Iím 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...

  • Christmas calories Ė how to navigate the madness
    Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Christmas calories Ė how to navigate the madness

    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 Ö Christmas is on its way.

    This is without a doubt, my favourite time of year. But I am also, without a doubt,...

  • Chocolate chip cookies get a makeover
    Nov 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Chocolate chip cookies get a makeover

    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...

  • The Instagram influence and taking pictures of food
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The Instagram influence and taking pictures of food

    The other night, I found myself defending my Instagram account over a glass of wine.

    Itís become a big mix of recipes, running and nutrition trend review.

    However, thereís also some philosophy, jokes and a lot of real-life reporting...

  • Making nutritious meals in 15 minutes
    Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Making nutritious meals in 15 minutes

    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...

  • Addicted to sugar? Youíre not alone!
    Nov 2, 2018 7:00 am

    Addicted to sugar? Youíre not alone!

    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.

    Thatís...

  • No sugar November, no problem
    Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am

    No sugar November, no problem

    Super Granny has landed and harmony reigns. I keep coming home to perfectly folded piles of laundry, reorganised cupboards, clean floors and well-behaved children.

    Yesterday, she completely dismantled the vacuum cleaner.

    I have no...

  • Handy snacks to keep your children on track
    Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Handy snacks to keep your children on track

    Hangry children after school? Have healthy snacks on standby.

    Iím poolside again, but not with my feet up and a cocktail in hand ó that would be a luxury for a Tuesday afternoon! Instead Iím watching Belle improve her strokes with iSwim.

  • Healthy Halloweíen conversations
    Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy Halloweíen conversations

    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...

  • How to curb your food cravings
    Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am

    How to curb your food cravings

    What are your cravings telling you? Iím writing this from the sofa again ...

    Gotta love mobile phones for making it possible to type horizontally. Ironically Iím recovering from a week of launching Beat the Couch and all the admin involved...

  • Survival of the fittest Ė and Beat the Couch
    Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Survival of the fittest Ė and Beat the Couch

    Iíve been reading Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari lately, and itís got me in a spin. Before I studied nutrition, I did a bachelorís degree in anthropology. I loved it and use lots of the concepts to explain addictions and...

  • Working out? Four mistakes you might be making
    Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Working out? Four mistakes you might be making

    Iím writing this from a sofa in London; feet up, Ellen on TV, about to go exploring, then shop, then drinks and dinner. Itís pretty far from ordinary life ó thereís zero routine ó and itís seriously relaxing.

    I have the background buzz of...

  • Healthy long-haul travel tips
    Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy long-haul travel tips

    Iím sitting in the car writing this in between appointments, looking at my to-do list and wondering how the hell Iím going to get it done.

    Iím on the British Airways flight tonight for my cousinís wedding, so itís all in a good cause, but...

  • Watermelon more than just rabbit food
    Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Watermelon more than just rabbit food

    Who knew the bunnies would help the kids eat healthier? Despite their names (Sugar Bubble and Oreo Pop Ö. yes, really) the kids have found it fascinating to research and experiment what the bunnies can eat.

    At this age, their main diet is...

  • To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?
    Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

    To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?

    Remember how last week I mentioned that this summer will go down in history as the Summer of Slime?

    Well, oh my God, did I speak too soon. Letís replace ďslimeĒ with ďglitterĒ and we have a more accurate picture.

    Sounds pretty I know,...

  • Can eating salad make you fat?
    Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Can eating salad make you fat?

    The summer of 2018 will always be remembered in our house as the Summer of Slime. The eight weeks during which my kids became obsessed with making, playing with and generally wallowing in huge quantities of glue and food dye.

    If you donít...

  • Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam
    Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam

    Week two of Natural Kids and this time weíve got CrossFit Kids going on in the background. Derek Hurdle is putting 25 children through their paces with Moby playing along. There are cues in the song for different exercises.

    Itís a little...

  • Sugar: donít eat it, wear it!
    Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar: donít eat it, wear it!

    Last week, I caved in and bought bunnies for the girls. Theyíd been doing camp at Wild Island Farm and had got increasingly attached to every living thing.

    I caught Belle trying to bring home a chick in her pocket and when Chloe started...

  • Healthy beach snacks
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy beach snacks

    A few weeks into summer and life has slowed down for the better. Traffic is lighter, work is clearer, the evenings are a lot less manic. Bath time, stories and bed are just way easier, so if I could just stop making lunch boxes everything would...

  • An odd glass of wine is fine
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    An odd glass of wine is fine

    Short but sweet this week as itís late, late, late and Iíve still a million things to do before falling into bed.

    Laundry, e-mails, make the lunches Ö. and the list keeps growing as Iím currently watching the dishwasher leak across the...

  • Seven steps to banish bloating
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Seven steps to banish bloating

    Of the 14 million hashtags used last month on social media, right at the very top was #fashion, followed closely by #style and #beautiful.

    Fortunately, #love was right in there too, adding something a little deeper to the mix.

    Itís...

  • Anxiety attacks Ė a beautiful disaster?
    Jun 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Anxiety attacks Ė a beautiful disaster?

    Last week I was away in England for a big family wedding. My cousin Sarah was getting married and somehow we managed to get every single cousin on my Mumís side (there are 13 of us) in the same place at the same time. Weíd gathered from all over...

  • Shakshuka Ė the hot new breakfast trend
    May 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Shakshuka Ė the hot new breakfast trend

    Last Sunday, I woke up to the sound of the children arguing over whether or not to wake me. It was 7.43am.

    Iíd said any time after 7.30am and Belle had been pacing the hallway for 13 minutes absolutely desperate to give me a huge teddy bear...

  • Eat healthily with hummus
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Eat healthily with hummus

    This week weíre riding the high of wrapping up another round of Beat the Couch. Season 11 brought us an amazing pack of beginner runners and we now have another 60 people on the road.

    There are a lot of reasons why I love this programme,...

  • Watching Flora inspires young and old
    May 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Watching Flora inspires young and old

    The problem with training for May 24 right after Flora Duffy wins a triathlon on home soil is that, somehow, it doesnít feel so impressive.

    I went along to watch the race with Belle and we got really lucky. We watched all the cycling at...

  • A perfect summer salad to get back on track
    Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am

    A perfect summer salad to get back on track

    You should probably check the obituaries section after this one. Iíve taken on a bit too much and might have died from overload in the interim.

    Being busy isnít cool any more ó I know that, I got the memo! We all know that stress is a...

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