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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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  • 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’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...

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

    School’s out: send me your teenagers!

    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...

  • 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’m 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’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...

  • 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 “life is short” philosophy too far, then we risk life getting infinitely shorter.

    I don’t know about you,...

  • What are the ‘right’ carbs for you?
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    What are the ‘right’ 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.

    “Flying” is possibly an exaggeration. We did well for the first six miles and then the rubber burnt off our...

  • Antioxidants: your best asset against ageing
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Antioxidants: your best asset against ageing

    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...

  • Omega 3 is food for your brain
    May 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Omega 3 is food for your brain

    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...

  • Hydrate like a professional for May 24!
    May 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Hydrate like a professional for May 24!

    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...

  • Is your daily coffee habit healthy?
    Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Is your daily coffee habit healthy?

    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...

  • Healthy tips for grilling meat on the barbecue
    Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Healthy tips for grilling meat on the barbecue

    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...

  • Fussy eaters? Here’s what you can do
    Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Fussy eaters? Here’s what you can do

    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...

  • Supplement mistakes you might be making
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Supplement mistakes you might be making

    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...

  • How does your mental strength measure up?
    Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am

    How does your mental strength measure up?

    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...

  • Off the rails? Let me help you reset
    Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Off the rails? Let me help you reset

    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...

  • Changes to make pancakes healthier
    Mar 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Changes to make pancakes healthier

    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!”...

  • Quick dinners for when life gets nutty
    Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Quick dinners for when life gets nutty

    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...

  • Nutrition: a powerful differentiator for sports performance
    Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Nutrition: a powerful differentiator for sports performance

    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...

  • How to make your exercise habit stick
    Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am

    How to make your exercise habit stick

    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...

  • A soup that is packed full of flavour
    Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am

    A soup that is packed full of flavour

    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.

  • Five-point plan for the perfect poop
    Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Five-point plan for the perfect poop

    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.

    There’s a...

  • Chipotle chicken with maple and lime
    Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Chipotle chicken with maple and lime

    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...

  • So easy an eight-year-old can do it
    Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am

    So easy an eight-year-old can do it

    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...

  • Rules for 2019
    Jan 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Rules for 2019

    Two more nights left in the UK and I’m writing this with a large glass of wine and some chips by my side.

    There’s also been a box of Millionaire’s Shortbread this afternoon (yup, the whole box.)

    It was gluten-free, dairy-free,...

  • A winter salad to ease the ‘Sunday Scaries’
    Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am

    A winter salad to ease the ‘Sunday Scaries’

    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...

  • Does Santa prefer cookies or avocados?
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Does Santa prefer cookies or avocados?

    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...

  • Christmas calories – how to navigate the madness
    Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Christmas calories – how to navigate the madness

    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,...

  • Chocolate chip cookies get a makeover
    Nov 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Chocolate chip cookies get a makeover

    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...

  • The Instagram influence and taking pictures of food
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The Instagram influence and taking pictures of food

    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...

  • Making nutritious meals in 15 minutes
    Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Making nutritious meals in 15 minutes

    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...

  • Addicted to sugar? You’re not alone!
    Nov 2, 2018 7:00 am

    Addicted to sugar? You’re not alone!

    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.

    That’s...

  • No sugar November, no problem
    Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am

    No sugar November, no problem

    Super Granny has landed and harmony reigns. I keep coming home to perfectly folded piles of laundry, reorganised cupboards, clean floors and well-behaved children.

    Yesterday, she completely dismantled the vacuum cleaner.

    I have no...

  • Handy snacks to keep your children on track
    Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Handy snacks to keep your children on track

    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.

  • Healthy Hallowe’en conversations
    Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy Hallowe’en conversations

    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...

  • How to curb your food cravings
    Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am

    How to curb your food cravings

    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...

  • Survival of the fittest – and Beat the Couch
    Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Survival of the fittest – and Beat the Couch

    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...

  • Working out? Four mistakes you might be making
    Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Working out? Four mistakes you might be making

    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...

  • Healthy long-haul travel tips
    Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy long-haul travel tips

    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...

  • Watermelon more than just rabbit food
    Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Watermelon more than just rabbit food

    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...

  • To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?
    Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

    To coconut oil, or not to coconut oil?

    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,...

  • Can eating salad make you fat?
    Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Can eating salad make you fat?

    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...

  • Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam
    Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam

    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...

  • Sugar: don’t eat it, wear it!
    Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar: don’t eat it, wear it!

    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...

  • Healthy beach snacks
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Healthy beach snacks

    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...

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