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.
Oct 9, 2020 8:00 am
The conversations in the car on the way to school are always my favourite.
This morning, Belle piped up with: “Mummy … why can you drink a drink, but you can’t food a food?” I waited for a few moments because I thought she was telling me a...
Oct 2, 2020 8:00 am
You will be glad to know that this week, the thongs have been where they should be and the masks have been on my face.
No awkward mishaps, and life has been more organised in general. When I hit a point of overwhelm, I have to press pause...
Sep 25, 2020 8:00 am
This morning, when I reached for my mask before entering work, I instead pulled a thong out of my handbag. What makes this worse is that it happened in front of someone else.
I wasn’t quite sure how to pull it off …. pretend that was my...
Sep 18, 2020 8:00 am
With five tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at the same time — for only the second time in recorded history — it’s hard to ignore the fact that hurricane season is here.
It says a lot about climate change and, on Monday, I was thinking —...
Sep 11, 2020 8:00 am
It’s Week Three of Nutrifit and I’ve just taught the class all about poop! It’s always a bit of a lottery teaching this instalment. I think it’s such a funny topic — although massively important, too — but not everyone shares my sense of humour.
Aug 28, 2020 3:44 pm
I’ve been thinking lately about the incredibly radical changes that we’ve all got accustomed to over the last five months.
Social-distancing, masks, designated shopping days, hand sanitiser in every doorway, online meetings, happy hour on...
Aug 14, 2020 8:00 am
Last week Belle turned 10 and we celebrated with the now customary combination of pug-related gifts and cheesy crackers.
There was also a stuffed llama, marshmallows and a Shirley Temple.
She is easy to please although we all know...
Aug 7, 2020 8:00 am
Post-Cup Match blues anyone?!
Who doesn’t love a four-day weekend? It’s so nice to have the extra days to unwind.
While I’m pretty sure that a four-day weekend would be a good long-term strategy for our mental health, it might not...
Jul 29, 2020 8:00 am
And here we are, Cup Match eve! I’ve always loved, loved, loved this long weekend. The whole island hops with good vibes and happy summertime activity — not to mention the fact that it celebrates the Slavery Abolition Act (August 1, 1834).
Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am
Last weekend, the standard barbecue got a little shake-up when someone threw pineapple onto the grill.
Be still my nutrition-loving heart, it was totally delicious and shot me straight back to being 18 in Uganda when we used to do the same...
Jul 3, 2020 8:00 am
Nothing says summer like warm sunny days and, oh wait, a lot of tank rain! The kids are finally off their laptops but Mother Nature is not co-operating with all the plans I had for outdoor summer days just yet. Ah well, we’ve gone headlong into...
Jun 26, 2020 8:00 am
School’s out and the kids are delighted! I did point out that school has basically been out since March, but apparently there have been way too many online tasks and Skype calls for it to classify as a complete break.
I think they’re...
Jun 19, 2020 8:00 am
This is the year we said goodbye to bananas and hello to a pandemic, when we opened our eyes wide to racial prejudice and stood up for Black Lives Matter, when our National Heroes Weekend descended into violence and when Chavelle went missing...
Jun 5, 2020 8:00 am
Somewhere during the middle of shelter-in-place, probably around “friwednesday, the ninetwelfth of Maybruary”, I lost my exercise mojo.
I never really knew what day it was and was so caught up in the juggle of homeschool and work that I...
May 1, 2020 8:00 am
Well here comes May, and with it the beginning of the most unusual summer we’ve ever known.
I’m a sucker for real-life video interviews of nursing staff around the world and I just can’t wrap my head around the magnitude of what they are...
Apr 24, 2020 8:00 am
Life in the trenches of homeschool and work is somewhat crazy but, in between episodes of wanting to throw the laptop at the wall, we are surviving.
Fortunately, school seems to be done by early afternoon and then we all take a break from...
Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am
Remember when we just used to worry about the banana shortage? There’s nothing like a new virus going on an unauthorised rampage around the globe to shake things up a little.
Whether you’re nervous about your own health, worried for...
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...
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