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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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  • 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...

  • An odd glass of wine is fine
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    An odd glass of wine is fine

    Short but sweet this week as it’s late, late, late and I’ve still a million things to do before falling into bed.

    Laundry, e-mails, make the lunches …. and the list keeps growing as I’m currently watching the dishwasher leak across the...

  • Seven steps to banish bloating
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Seven steps to banish bloating

    Of the 14 million hashtags used last month on social media, right at the very top was #fashion, followed closely by #style and #beautiful.

    Fortunately, #love was right in there too, adding something a little deeper to the mix.

    It’s...

  • Anxiety attacks – a beautiful disaster?
    Jun 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Anxiety attacks – a beautiful disaster?

    Last week I was away in England for a big family wedding. My cousin Sarah was getting married and somehow we managed to get every single cousin on my Mum’s side (there are 13 of us) in the same place at the same time. We’d gathered from all over...

  • Shakshuka – the hot new breakfast trend
    May 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Shakshuka – the hot new breakfast trend

    Last Sunday, I woke up to the sound of the children arguing over whether or not to wake me. It was 7.43am.

    I’d said any time after 7.30am and Belle had been pacing the hallway for 13 minutes absolutely desperate to give me a huge teddy bear...

  • Eat healthily with hummus
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Eat healthily with hummus

    This week we’re riding the high of wrapping up another round of Beat the Couch. Season 11 brought us an amazing pack of beginner runners and we now have another 60 people on the road.

    There are a lot of reasons why I love this programme,...

  • Watching Flora inspires young and old
    May 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Watching Flora inspires young and old

    The problem with training for May 24 right after Flora Duffy wins a triathlon on home soil is that, somehow, it doesn’t feel so impressive.

    I went along to watch the race with Belle and we got really lucky. We watched all the cycling at...

  • A perfect summer salad to get back on track
    Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am

    A perfect summer salad to get back on track

    You should probably check the obituaries section after this one. I’ve taken on a bit too much and might have died from overload in the interim.

    Being busy isn’t cool any more — I know that, I got the memo! We all know that stress is a...

  • Make some healthy frozen treats
    Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Make some healthy frozen treats

    Summer, winter, summer, winter? Who the hell knows any more?!

    I arrived at work in boots yesterday, but left in flip-flops. Bermuda’s weather is all over the place and we’ve thrown in some tank rain for good measure.

    I arrived at the...

  • Getting saucy
    Apr 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Getting saucy

    Uh oh, it’s Friday the 13th — I hope you make it through the day safely.

    There isn’t really any good logic behind why we should all have something to fear on a particular date, but we’re really good at winding ourselves up about it. In...

  • Now is the time for your Easter bunny detox
    Apr 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Now is the time for your Easter bunny detox

    Whose bright idea was it to have Easter and April Fools’ all on the same day? I woke up to maple syrup in the toothpaste, cling-wrapped toilet seats and a whole load of other jokes, courtesy of Chloe, prankster extraordinaire.

    I wish I’d...

  • Having your fishcake and eating it
    Mar 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Having your fishcake and eating it

    Fishcakes were never meant to be healthy — or so says my editor.

    And I know, I know, she’s right!

    But when your fishcake is sandwiched into a hot cross bun with lashings of mayo and a side of mac ’n’ cheese, some damage limitation...

  • Ten healthy food and snack swaps your children will love
    Mar 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Ten healthy food and snack swaps your children will love

    Last week, I bought the children an electronic fish. It’s the best pet we’ve ever had.

    From a distance it looks like the real deal and it swims about performing impressive aquabatics (just made that word up)!

    There’s no need for food...

  • Smooth out the rough bits of your life
    Mar 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Smooth out the rough bits of your life

    Belle is up for adoption. She’s super cute but has been giving me a run for my money lately. We had a stand-off over the iPad yesterday and I ended up having to take it away right at the critical moment.

    I was trying to meet a deadline in...

  • Easter chocolate – and what to do about it
    Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Easter chocolate – and what to do about it

    Belle told me I was “on thin ice” this morning. She thinks it’s hilarious to pretend she’s the mom and I’ve done something bad. She also does that thing where she walks past, pauses, looks at me and then indicates she is watching. I’m usually in...

  • Create easy and healthy habits every day
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Create easy and healthy habits every day

    For those of you with children, do you ever wonder how you can raise two children exactly the same way, but get two very different results?

    I have one who is cautious and one who is a risk-taker, one that’s sensible and one that runs...

  • Making dessert you can feel good about
    Feb 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Making dessert you can feel good about

    Last night, watching Belle zip around the neighbourhood on her bike, I started thinking about how quickly children pick up new skills. It took me weeks to learn to ride the scooter — I was fine going straight and turning right, but I had a crazy...

  • Detox dessert will knock your socks off
    Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Detox dessert will knock your socks off

    Sometimes a dessert comes along that totally knocks your socks off and this is one of them. Over the years I’ve given you tons of recipes but there are some key ones that people mention again and again: Nutrifit banana bread, Holy Crap cookies,...

  • Recipe guaranteed to convert sprout haters
    Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Recipe guaranteed to convert sprout haters

    Two days into our detox and it’s a bit of a struggle. January is a great month to cleanse ,but a lousy month too. All the excitement of Christmas is over, everyone is back to work, the weather is really dull and curling up on the sofa with a...

  • Take long-term view when you start to detox
    Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Take long-term view when you start to detox

    The second week of January is always a little tricky. Week one, people are full of enthusiasm and new year’s resolutions, but by week two, they’re back at work and missing a comforting glass of wine at the end of the day.

    Dry January or...

  • Time for a new year’s revolution
    Jan 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Time for a new year’s revolution

    Well here we are, it’s 2018 and I wasn’t even ready for 2017 when it began! Time has been flying. Anyone else feel like they would be so much more together if they could just put life on hold short term? Wouldn’t it be great to sort out things...

  • Waiting in a limbo wonderland
    Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Waiting in a limbo wonderland

    It’s late, late, late and I’m lying on the sofa with just the lights of the Christmas tree and the glow of my phone keeping me awake. Along with the patio doors, our internet and the toaster, my laptop gave up the ghost today ... why does it feel...

  • Goals for 2018: mine and yours
    Dec 22, 2017 8:00 am

    Goals for 2018: mine and yours

    “Tree tops glisten and children listen….” Well I beg to differ.

    There’s a big shiny star at the top of my tree, but my kids aren’t listening to anything.

    They are in a pre-Christmas frenzy: making lists (checking them twice),...

  • How to make some Christmas favourites
    Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am

    How to make some Christmas favourites

    Supergranny and PopPop have landed, so the Christmas countdown has officially begun. Poor things, though, have arrived just in time to take over at the infirmary.

    We have two kids with raging fevers and they are feeling very sorry for...

  • It’s Christmas... parties and hangovers
    Dec 2, 2017 8:00 am

    It’s Christmas... parties and hangovers

    So Christmas is officially on its way and this is my very favourite month of the year. I love everything about it — lights, panto, Michael Buble in the car, mulled wine, the ridiculous over-the-top excitement from the children, planning...

  • A one-day detox will reset your taste buds
    Nov 24, 2017 8:00 am

    A one-day detox will reset your taste buds

    So the big 4-0 has come and gone and I survived with my dignity and liver intact.

    No cartwheels along Front Street at 2am and no huge hangover. I was a little fuzzy for Beat the Couch training the morning after the night before, but it was...

  • Breakfast options on the run
    Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Breakfast options on the run

    Things aren’t always perfect at Natural HQ and this morning was no exception.

    For breakfast I’ve eaten a handful of chocolate chips, a granola bar from 2016 and some stale Brazil nuts — basically everything I found at the back of my desk...

  • Laughter and cake the best medicine
    Nov 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Laughter and cake the best medicine

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning to ride a scooter and I feel as if my heart is permanently in my mouth. I’m on a tiny silver rental which weighs about 1lb and blows around the road a little, usually in the direction of a pothole or...

  • Teaching healthy choices for Hallowe’en
    Oct 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Teaching healthy choices for Hallowe’en

    A few weeks ago, I was searching online for an image of a grass-fed beef brand to send to a client. I typed in “Naked Beef” (because that’s honestly what it’s called) and, well, you can imagine what happened ...

    I know it sounds naíve to...

  • Sixteen healthy savoury snacks
    Oct 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Sixteen healthy savoury snacks

    A few weeks ago, I came downstairs in the morning to find a trail of icing sugar between the kitchen and the living room. Negligent in my parenting, I’d had a lie-in and almost slept while I could hear the girls crashing around downstairs.

  • The hazards and highs of Beat the Couch
    Sep 29, 2017 8:00 am

    The hazards and highs of Beat the Couch

    I had a great idea for how to start this column halfway through teaching a class yesterday, and now ... nothing. Can’t remember! So annoying as I remember thinking it was funny too.

    It as probably some fantastically inappropriate joke to...

  • Gluten-free, vegan chocolate tarts
    Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

    Gluten-free, vegan chocolate tarts

    Mummy,” said Belle with a very serious face (as I got to the crucial part of my story). “Don’t be so ridiculous!”

    There is nothing funnier than your kids getting cross and throwing your words right back at you.

    In all the parenting...

  • Stressed about being stressed?
    Sep 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Stressed about being stressed?

    Busy can be good. It can mean you’re successful, engaged and fulfilled, but it can also mean you’re overstretched, unfocused and exhausted.

    At an on-site seminar this week, we discussed how “busy” is no longer the status symbol it once...

  • Make food last most of the week
    Sep 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Make food last most of the week

    I’m writing this from my phone in the dark, sitting next to Belle who’s sleeping fitfully on an air mattress. She usually sleeps on a top bunk, but she has a fever and a throw-up bug — that seems like a bad combination, especially given that the...

  • Healthy chickpea cookie the kids will love
    Aug 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Healthy chickpea cookie the kids will love

    Well it’s our last week of Natural Kids camp and by the time you read this, we will have started our final day.

    It’s been amazing and we’ve had hilarious and fantastic kids, but I’m ready to go back to work now. It’s funny how work doesn’t...

  • Best to start teaching your children early
    Aug 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Best to start teaching your children early

    I’m sitting on the floor during the last few hours of Natural Kids camp.

    So far today, the kids have baked banana bread, done Zumba, learnt how to decode the “sugars” part of a food label, listened to stories, finished off some artwork and...

  • Back to reality ... and Superfood on Toast
    Aug 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Back to reality ... and Superfood on Toast

    Back from holiday and down to earth with a bump.

    Although no one ever gives you sympathy when you tell them you’re going home to Bermuda, do they? And really, they’re right. We all live where most of the world would give anything to...

  • A postcard from France
    Jul 28, 2017 8:00 am

    A postcard from France

    I’m somewhere deep in the South of France, hidden away in a falling down château that’s been woven back together with a thread of luxury. The floors are bowed and cracking, the walls are crumbling, but the bathrooms have rainforest showers and...

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