Home » Columnists » Catherine Burns

Food For Thought

Catherine Burns
ISLAND LIFE COLUMNIST
Profile

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.

RSS Feed of stories
  • Eco-friendly food tips to keep the recycling police happy
    Oct 9, 2020 8:00 am

    Eco-friendly food tips to keep the recycling police happy

    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...

  • Short on time?  How to prioritise healthy living
    Oct 2, 2020 8:00 am

    Short on time? How to prioritise healthy living

    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...

  • Exercising? Why your diet matters more than ever!
    Sep 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Exercising? Why your diet matters more than ever!

    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...

  • Healthy hurricane supplies
    Sep 18, 2020 8:00 am

    Healthy hurricane supplies

    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...

  • UTIs: a burning issue!
    Sep 11, 2020 8:00 am

    UTIs: a burning issue!

    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.

  • Bermudaís health beyond Covid-19
    Aug 28, 2020 3:44 pm

    Bermudaís health beyond Covid-19

    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...

  • Cool off with an iced golden latte
    Aug 22, 2020 8:00 am

    Cool off with an iced golden latte

    I always forget just how hot it gets in August. That is, until I start burning my thighs on the car seat.

    I both sat down and leapt up within a nanosecond yesterday, throwing my belongings everywhere.

    One of my belongings was a...

  • Donít have time to cook? Where thereís a will, thereís a way!
    Aug 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Donít have time to cook? Where thereís a will, thereís a way!

    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...

  • Choosing healthier options on the menu
    Aug 7, 2020 8:00 am

    Choosing healthier options on the menu

    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...

  • Healthy Cup Match boat and beach snacks
    Jul 29, 2020 8:00 am

    Healthy Cup Match boat and beach snacks

    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).

  • Your summer grill guidelines
    Jul 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Your summer grill guidelines

    Iím a little late with your grill guidelines this summer! Judging by the delicious aromas wafting around our neighbourhood, the barbecues have already been out in full force.

    Itís all I can do not to invite myself over for dinner,...

  • Pineapple on the grill!
    Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Pineapple on the grill!

    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...

  • Better options for ice cream
    Jul 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Better options for ice cream

    A few weeks into the summer holidays and I wonder how Horseshoe Bay is faring? I say that because thereís approximately two tonnes of sand in my car. If everyone else is the same, is there any sand left on the beach?

    I donít really...

  • Grilled Bermuda corn salad ó your go-to summer side
    Jul 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Grilled Bermuda corn salad ó your go-to summer side

    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...

  • Schoolís out! Healthy snacks for summer
    Jun 26, 2020 8:00 am

    Schoolís out! Healthy snacks for summer

    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...

  • Bringing back the comfort of banana bread
    Jun 19, 2020 8:00 am

    Bringing back the comfort of banana bread

    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...

  • Feeling overwhelmed? Just concentrate on one thing
    Jun 5, 2020 8:00 am

    Feeling overwhelmed? Just concentrate on one thing

    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...

  • Cooking in reverse
    May 15, 2020 8:00 am

    Cooking in reverse

    Following a recipe in Bermuda used to look like this:

    1, Pick a recipe

    2, Drive round multiple stores collecting ingredients for said recipe

    3, Get home and start making recipe but realise you forgot one thing

    4, Send...

  • Covid-19: a refresher on vitamin D
    May 8, 2020 8:00 am

    Covid-19: a refresher on vitamin D

    My granny turned 98 this week and we sang Happy Birthday over Zoom and watched her blow out candles.

    Not 98 of them, thank goodness; my aunt had the forethought to just use two Ö two years to 100!

    I would love to...

  • Recognising what you are in control of is a helpful strategy
    May 1, 2020 8:00 am

    Recognising what you are in control of is a helpful strategy

    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...

  • The easiest bread youíll ever make
    Apr 24, 2020 8:00 am

    The easiest bread youíll ever make

    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...

  • Feeling anxious? How your nutrition can help
    Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Feeling anxious? How your nutrition can help

    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...

  • Healthy habits to structure your day
    Apr 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Healthy habits to structure your day

    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...

  • Healthy snacking when you are stuck at home
    Mar 27, 2020 8:00 am

    Healthy snacking when you are stuck at home

    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...

  • Consider your nutrition action plan!
    Mar 20, 2020 8:00 am

    Consider your nutrition action plan!

    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...

  • A healthier way to enjoy pasta
    Mar 13, 2020 8:00 am

    A healthier way to enjoy pasta

    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...

  • Go bananas Ö or not if the shortage continues
    Mar 6, 2020 8:00 am

    Go bananas Ö or not if the shortage continues

    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...

  • Take away the stress to please picky eaters
    Feb 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Take away the stress to please picky eaters

    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...

  • Lighten up your carbs with cauliflower rice
    Feb 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Lighten up your carbs with cauliflower rice

    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...

  • A cookie thatís actually good for you!
    Feb 7, 2020 8:00 am

    A cookie thatís actually good for you!

    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...

  • Is The Game Changers really a game changer?
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    Is The Game Changers really a game changer?

    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...

  • The only chicken recipe you will ever need
    Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am

    The only chicken recipe you will ever need

    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...

  • 2020: make your goals bite-sized!
    Jan 3, 2020 8:00 am

    2020: make your goals bite-sized!

    Well here we are, the other side of Christmas, emerging from our canapť coma. Weíve probably set some New Yearís Resolutions and are teetering on the edge of success or failure.

    Howís it looking for you so far? Which way is it going to go?!...

  • How one can offset the Christmas Creep
    Dec 13, 2019 8:00 am

    How one can offset the Christmas Creep

    Iíve only just recovered from Halloweíen candy and here comes Christmas racing towards us with all its mulled wine and boxes of Quality Street chocolates. Itís my absolute favourite time of year.

    Iíve never grown out of Christmas magic ó...

  • Supercharge your pancakes
    Nov 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Supercharge your pancakes

    There is nothing like making 21 unicorn pancakes at midnight to remind you that you donít quite have it all together. Needless to say, there I was ó flipping these magical beasts into crispy perfection because Iíd forgotten Iíd promised Chloe...

  • Hot chocolate doesnít have to be a naughty
    Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Hot chocolate doesnít have to be a naughty

    I have loved hot chocolate ever since I was little ó 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 youíre growing up in...

  • Always optimise your carbohydrates!
    Nov 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Always optimise your carbohydrates!

    During my nutrition classes, we spend a lot of time talking about carbohydrates. As humans, weíre 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...

  • Pumpkins arenít just for Halloweíen
    Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Pumpkins arenít just for Halloweíen

    A few weeks ago, we started two Nutrifit classes, our public course and an on-site corporate course, too.

    Itís so exciting getting so many people on to an optimum nutrition strategy, I just have to make sure they donít bolt during the...

Search

  • Take Our Poll

    • "With Kathy Lynn Simmons becoming an MP, which Cabinet minister is likely to get the chop?"
    • Lt-Col David Burch (Public Works)
    • 8%
    • Lovitta Foggo (Community Affairs, Sport)
    • 16%
    • Wayne Furbert (Cabinet Office)
    • 38%
    • Jason Hayward (Labour)
    • 2%
    • Renee Ming (National Security)
    • 4%
    • Diallo Rabain (Education)
    • 9%
    • Neville Tyrrell (Transport)
    • 18%
    • Kim Wilson (Health)
    • 5%
    • Total Votes: 1463
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts