Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

In the News

Vitamin Infusions – magic bullet or waste of money?

Forget getting enough sleep and eating well, the latest celebrity trend involves being hooked up to an intravenous drip that delivers a cocktail of nutrients straight into the bloodstream. The gang from Geordie Shore is the latest bunch to share their experiences with IV vitamins, but Rihanna is a fan from way back, posting photos of her ‘party girl drip’ a number of times since 2012. It’s a nice idea, […]

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Orthorexia – the accepted new age eating disorder

Strict adherence to a healthy diet, scrupulously avoiding ‘unhealthy foods’, exercising religiously, and stocking up on ‘superfoods’. To most of us, the above reads like a shopping list of healthy living. But to some, obsessive habits like these may be symptomatic of an all-encompassing eating disorder. For Naomi Arnold, what started out as a well-intentioned health kick morphed into a fixation on “obsessive ‘clean’ eating and rigorous exercise.” Arnold had […]

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The 22-day vegan challenge – if it’s good enough for Beyonce…

Last year she was chosen as the cover for Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people issue, and this year she’s hoping to influence the world’s dietary decisions. That’s right, Beyonce’s back on the vegan bandwagon. Although she’s quick to stress that she is not strictly vegan, Beyonce and husband Jay Z made headlines in 2013 after announcing their plans to take part in a ’22-day vegan challenge’. Apparently they were […]

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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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Raw milk – What it is and why it shouldn’t be consumed

Last week, a Victorian toddler died and four other children aged 1 to 4 fell seriously ill after drinking raw milk. The tragic death has led to various health bodies to urge for the sale of raw milk to be outlawed, with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, commenting, “If this was a food, it is something we would recall.” The problem is that raw milk is sold under […]

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Going against the grain – the fear of all things carby

It’s somewhat comforting to see that, in the midst of what seems like a full-blown war on grains by the hardcore Paleo tribe, others are revelling in the plethora of seeds and cereals on offer. Take Yotam Ottolenghi, for example: an Israeli chef and restaurant owner known for injecting excitement into vegetable- and grain-based meals. The self-confessed ‘grain man’ has been championed worldwide for bringing grains and vegetables from side […]

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Isagenix – the way I see it.

The hot topic of water coolers worldwide, Isagenix has been garnering a great deal of interest since its establishment in 2002. Isagenix is a US-based company marketing dietary and weight-loss supplements. They draw a yearly revenue in excess of $300 million, and employ over 200,000 sales representatives. Their advertising is heavy on testimonials, and they advocate ‘cleansing’ alongside their line of shakes, bars and snacks. Being an innate sceptic, I’m […]

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