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.
Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jul 5, 2019 8:00 am
I always take the first week of the summer holidays off with the kids and, while it should mean lots of downtime, I’m still writing this from the kitchen at 11pm.
I have working-mum guilt. And so while I am squeezing in one hour of work...
Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am
Well ... school’s 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...
Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am
I’m pretty sure I’m writing this from my deathbed.
I’ve already Googled meningitis, man-flu and the plague — fortunately, I don’t seem to have any of those but I do have something that has totally levelled me.
I’ve dosed up on all...
Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am
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 “life is short” philosophy too far, then we risk life getting infinitely shorter.
I don’t know about you,...
May 31, 2019 8:00 am
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.
“Flying” is possibly an exaggeration. We did well for the first six miles and then the rubber burnt off our...
May 17, 2019 8:00 am
A few days ago I was watching TV with Belle when a black and white clip came on.
“Mummy,” she said, “is this what TV was like when you were a kid? You had cars though, right?”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry … I feel young most...
May 10, 2019 8:00 am
It’s been a crazy week over at Natural HQ. First we had Beat the Couch race day, then I began the Ignite Bermuda entrepreneurial accelerator programme and we’ve just launched the third round of Nutrifit for this year.
You could say that...
May 3, 2019 8:00 am
I love this time of year for sports in Bermuda. Everyone is pumped following the triathlon and the May 24 half-marathon is on the horizon.
Seeing lots of friends and clients ace their sprint or Olympic distance last weekend was totally...
Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am
Once upon a time I was so tired I put the iron away in the fridge. I arrived at work with no shoes on, I misspelt my own name, I signed off an e-mail “best retards” (horror). I left water running into the tank until it overflowed; I forgot to pay...
Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am
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.
I’m longing for...
Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am
Becoming a mum was without doubt the biggest milestone of my life … and I’m 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...
Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am
I’ve been approaching this moment with fear and dread, but it’s recently become official.
At the tender ages of 11 and 8, based on a high volume of eye-rolling and “Muuuuum, you’re sooo embarrassing”, I suspect I’m now living with...
Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am
I’m having one of those days where it’s all going to hell in a handbasket. I have no idea what that really even means (even Google doesn’t know and if Google doesn’t, who does?) but it feels strangely accurate.
I was barely awake before...
Mar 8, 2019 8:00 am
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: “Just call me when it’s time to flip!”...
Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am
This week has been a little chaotic. We’re on the cusp of Season 13 for Beat the Couch and I feel as if I’ve 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...
Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am
There’s something about the number 13 that puts a tiny shadow of doubt in my mind!
I’m not into superstition (unless it’s Stevie Wonder) and I’m not worried about black cats, or breaking mirrors or walking under ladders, but the number 13...
Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am
I’ve 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: “Oh wow mummy!”
I thought she was about to deliver some kind of...
Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am
And now for everyone’s favourite subject …
Well there’s nothing quite like writing an article on poop to prompt a reaction!
It’s been e-mail overload this week with a lot of jokes and an equal amount of curious questions coming in.
Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am
And now for everyone’s favourite subject … 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.
Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am
I’m having one of those moments when all my deadlines seem to be colliding at once. I’ve 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...
Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am
Back on the rock and it’s 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...
Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am
I’m back in the stairwell office, clinging on to a golden thread of internet connection in a far-flung corner of Somerset in the UK. It’s Boxing Day, which after all the excitement of Christmas, is giving me a Sunday-evening kind of...
Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am
We’ve had some rainy days lately and I’m 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...
Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am
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 … Christmas is on its way.
This is without a doubt, my favourite time of year. But I am also, without a doubt,...
Nov 23, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am
The other night, I found myself defending my Instagram account over a glass of wine.
It’s become a big mix of recipes, running and nutrition trend review.
However, there’s also some philosophy, jokes and a lot of real-life reporting...
Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Nov 2, 2018 7:00 am
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.
Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am
Hangry children after school? Have healthy snacks on standby.
I’m poolside again, but not with my feet up and a cocktail in hand — that would be a luxury for a Tuesday afternoon! Instead I’m watching Belle improve her strokes with iSwim.
Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am
What are your cravings telling you? I’m writing this from the sofa again ...
Gotta love mobile phones for making it possible to type horizontally. Ironically I’m recovering from a week of launching Beat the Couch and all the admin involved...
Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am
I’ve been reading Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari lately, and it’s got me in a spin. Before I studied nutrition, I did a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. I loved it and use lots of the concepts to explain addictions and...
Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am
I’m writing this from a sofa in London; feet up, Ellen on TV, about to go exploring, then shop, then drinks and dinner. It’s pretty far from ordinary life — there’s zero routine — and it’s seriously relaxing.
I have the background buzz of...
Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am
I’m sitting in the car writing this in between appointments, looking at my to-do list and wondering how the hell I’m going to get it done.
I’m on the British Airways flight tonight for my cousin’s wedding, so it’s all in a good cause, but...
Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am
Who knew the bunnies would help the kids eat healthier? Despite their names (Sugar Bubble and Oreo Pop …. yes, really) the kids have found it fascinating to research and experiment what the bunnies can eat.
At this age, their main diet is...
Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am
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. Let’s replace “slime” with “glitter” and we have a more accurate picture.
Sounds pretty I know,...
Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am
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 don’t...
Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am
Week two of Natural Kids and this time we’ve 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.
It’s a little...
Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am
Last week, I caved in and bought bunnies for the girls. They’d 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...
Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am
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...