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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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  • 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 ?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 we抳e ever known.

    I抦 a sucker for real-life video interviews of nursing staff around the world and I just can抰 wrap my head around the magnitude of what they are...

  • The easiest bread you抣l ever make
    Apr 24, 2020 8:00 am

    The easiest bread you抣l 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? There抯 nothing like a new virus going on an unauthorised rampage around the globe to shake things up a little.

    Whether you抮e 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 搕ips 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...

  • 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, it抯 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? It抯 amazing how much can change in one week, isn抰 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, I抦 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 ?or not if the shortage continues
    Mar 6, 2020 8:00 am

    Go bananas ?or not if the shortage continues

    Well Bermuda, it appears we抮e on the edge of a national emergency. so let抯 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

    It抯 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

    There抯 nothing like an article on libido to get people pulling you to one side and asking some extra questions. I抳e had some eye-opening conversations this week!

    It抯 just a good thing that the kids haven抰 seen it, as we抳e arrived at...

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

    A cookie that抯 actually good for you!

    Beat the Couch season is upon us and I抳e 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抳e 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?

    揙k, 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...

  • 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 canap?coma. We抳e probably set some New Year抯 Resolutions and are teetering on the edge of success or failure.

    How抯 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

    I抳e only just recovered from Hallowe抏n candy and here comes Christmas racing towards us with all its mulled wine and boxes of Quality Street chocolates. It抯 my absolute favourite time of year.

    I抳e never grown out of Christmas magic ?..

  • 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 don抰 quite have it all together. Needless to say, there I was ?flipping these magical beasts into crispy perfection because I抎 forgotten I抎 promised Chloe...

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

    Hot chocolate doesn抰 have to be a naughty

    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抮e 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, we抮e 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 aren抰 just for Hallowe抏n
    Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Pumpkins aren抰 just for Hallowe抏n

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

    It抯 so exciting getting so many people on to an optimum nutrition strategy, I just have to make sure they don抰 bolt during the...

  • Healthy Hallowe抏n
    Oct 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Healthy Hallowe抏n

    Our most spooky holiday is almost here and I抳e begun to have palpitations. Not because of the fear factor, but because of the sheer volume of sugar that抯 floor to ceiling in some of the grocery stores.

    We may have a sugar tax, but...

  • Collagen: why all the hype?
    Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Collagen: why all the hype?

    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,...

  • Low-sugar pumpkin cupcakes are the ideal Hallowe'en snack
    Oct 7, 2019 9:48 am

    Low-sugar pumpkin cupcakes are the ideal Hallowe'en snack

    Straight out of hurricane eating and we抮e into Hallowee'n! Seems like there抯 a never-ending stream of natural disasters and holidays determined to trip us up.

    It抣l be Christmas before we know it, then it抯 Valentine抯 Day and Easter,...

  • It抯 raining avocados
    Sep 27, 2019 8:00 am

    It抯 raining avocados

    Well, here we are. We抳e survived a hurricane sandwich, although Jerry pretty much fizzled. Still, it抯 nice to be on the other side.

    I know we were all lucky (the Bahamas did give us perspective after all), but it抯 never easy losing your...

  • Staying healthy during a hurricane
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Staying healthy during a hurricane

    It抯 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抯...

  • Happy Hour? Watch your sugar content
    Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Happy Hour? Watch your sugar content

    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...

  • Sleeping well should be a priority
    Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Sleeping well should be a priority

    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...

  • Sleep like a baby (depending on the baby)!
    Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Sleep like a baby (depending on the baby)!

    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抯 essential that we get to grips with them. The problem is, that...

  • Keeping it simple through the summer
    Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Keeping it simple through the summer

    Several years ago, I pulled together a savoury snack list, after discovering Belle helping herself to handfuls of icing sugar for breakfast.

    I抎 tried to lie in and then kind of slept while I heard the children crashing around downstairs. I...

  • Keep it simple for summer
    Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Keep it simple for summer

    Back at my desk and down to earth with a bump ?except, when your bump is Bermuda, you just can抰 really complain! And though our holiday was amazing, I抳e never been so happy to be home ?the journey was a little epic and the flight from Athens...

  • And now for something Greek ? class=
  • A new perspective: it抯 all about the habits
    Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am

    A new perspective: it抯 all about the habits

    Almost every parent I抳e 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抮e hanging on to our sanity by a thread,...

  • Keeping your office healthy through the summer
    Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Keeping your office healthy through the summer

    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...

  • Icy treats to keep you cool this summer
    Jul 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Icy treats to keep you cool this summer

    I always take the first week of the summer holidays off with the kids and, while it should mean lots of downtime, I抦 still writing this from the kitchen at 11pm.

    I have working-mum guilt. And so while I am squeezing in one hour of work...

  • School抯 out: send me your teenagers!
    Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am

    School抯 out: send me your teenagers!

    Well ... school抯 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...

  • Your go-to summer side
    Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Your go-to summer side

    A quick note from the edge today as I抦 writing this at home with a string of repairmen going in and out of the house.

    The washer is on the blink, the bath taps are leaking and the air conditioning has given up the ghost. Everything...

  • Cleanse-friendly, gluten-free mini chocolate tarts
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Cleanse-friendly, gluten-free mini chocolate tarts

    I抦 pretty sure I抦 writing this from my deathbed.

    I抳e already Googled meningitis, man-flu and the plague ?fortunately, I don抰 seem to have any of those but I do have something that has totally levelled me.

    I抳e dosed up on all...

  • Guilt-free dessert for the holiday weekend
    Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Guilt-free dessert for the holiday weekend

    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 搇ife is short?philosophy too far, then we risk life getting infinitely shorter.

    I don抰 know about you,...

  • What are the 憆ight?carbs for you?
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    What are the 憆ight?carbs for you?

    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.

    揊lying?is possibly an exaggeration. We did well for the first six miles and then the rubber burnt off our...

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