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: ďMummy Ö why can you drink a drink, but you canít food a food?Ē 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 wasnít quite sure how to pull it off Ö. pretend that was my...
Sep 18, 2020 8:00 am
With five tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at the same time ó for only the second time in recorded history ó itís hard to ignore the fact that hurricane season is here.
It says a lot about climate change and, on Monday, I was thinking ó...
Sep 11, 2020 8:00 am
Itís Week Three of Nutrifit and Iíve just taught the class all about poop! Itís always a bit of a lottery teaching this instalment. I think itís such a funny topic ó although massively important, too ó but not everyone shares my sense of humour.
Aug 28, 2020 3:44 pm
Iíve been thinking lately about the incredibly radical changes that weíve 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 doesnít love a four-day weekend? Itís so nice to have the extra days to unwind.
While Iím 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! Iíve always loved, loved, loved this long weekend. The whole island hops with good vibes and happy summertime activity ó 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, weíve gone headlong into...
Jun 26, 2020 8:00 am
Schoolís 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 theyíre...
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 ďfriwednesday, the ninetwelfth of MaybruaryĒ, 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 weíve ever known.
Iím a sucker for real-life video interviews of nursing staff around the world and I just canít 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? Thereís nothing like a new virus going on an unauthorised rampage around the globe to shake things up a little.
Whether youíre nervous about your own health, worried for...
Apr 3, 2020 8:00 am
Well, things are getting a little feral over here. Every ďtips for working from homeĒ 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, itís early days, but the sense of community is...
Mar 20, 2020 8:00 am
How are we all doing out there, folks? Itís amazing how much can change in one week, isnít 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, Iím 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 weíre on the edge of a national emergency. so letís 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
Itís 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
Thereís nothing like an article on libido to get people pulling you to one side and asking some extra questions. Iíve had some eye-opening conversations this week!
Itís just a good thing that the kids havenít seen it, as weíve arrived at...
Feb 7, 2020 8:00 am
Beat the Couch season is upon us and Iíve 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, weíve started to gather a very eclectic list with people...
Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am
ďOk, we need to talk!Ē 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...
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