Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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Top 3 foodie trends to watch out for in 2018

Around this time each year articles start popping up, predicting the food and diet trends that will boom in the coming year. While some years feature more fleeting fads than others (I’m looking at you 2014, the year of Paleo), 2018 is shaping up to be a more balanced, healthy year for food trends. While there are different views on what we’ll be seeing on shelf and in the media […]

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Tahini – so much more than a hummus staple

If you’re anything like me a couple of years ago, you probably have a solitary jar of tahini in the back of your cupboard, gathering dust after that one-time attempt at a home-made hummus. This article got me thinking about tahini, and how for me, like the legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, it has gone from mystery ingredient, to pantry staple. And with my dietitian hat on, it makes sense why. […]

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5 reasons to ignore the I Quit Sugar fruit pyramid

Sarah Wilson’s divisive I Quit Sugar (IQS) program has caused a new wave of controversy this week, promoting their ‘fruit pyramid,’ that divides fruit into ‘eat most,’ ‘eat less,’ and ‘eat sparingly’ categories, based on their fructose content. Fructose is the main carbohydrate, or sugar found naturally in fruit, much like lactose is the main sugar in dairy foods like cow’s milk. Fructose is also the sugar IQS demonise as […]

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Ancient Grains – The Health and the Hype

Ancient grains have created a consistent buzz in recent years, with their popularity even surviving the grain-shunning Paleo trend of late. But what exactly are these exotic-sounding grains, and do their nutritional profile match up to the hype? Read on for all things Ancient Grains. What makes a grain ‘ancient?’ Much like the term ‘superfood,’ there is no official definition for an ancient grain. While the Western World has consumed […]

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Should you filter your water?

You’ve heard it a million times before: drink eight glasses of water a day for clear skin, better sleep quality, improved health… the list goes on. But even two and a half years after blogging about water once (hint: eight glasses is probably excessive), it’s still on my mind. A few Tuesdays ago I sat down to breakfast to read The Age. Tuesdays are Good Food days in The Age, […]

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Beyond Bone Health – 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dairy

I’ve been pretty quiet of late, as I knuckle down to finish off the last few months of my Master’s of dietetics. After finally completing a gruelling 60 days of clinical placement in a busy Melbourne hospital, I’ve been lucky enough to secure a community placement at Dairy Australia. I’ve always been pretty vocal on my kinship with dairy foods – in fact nine of my past blog posts have […]

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What to Eat for Fitness Success

Get the most out of your workout by eating foods to nourish and replenish. Here’s what to fill up on. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are vital for health and wellbeing. Whether it’s sun salutations in the morning or pounding the pavement in the evening, every bit of physical activity plays a role in improving our health and reducing the chance of chronic diseases. Good nutrition is important […]

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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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Orthorexia – from the health professional’s perspective

Though it is not clinically recognised alongside other more ‘traditional’ eating disorders, orthorexia describes the compulsion to eat ‘clean,’ or healthy food, and painstakingly avoid foods seen as unhealthy. Often this stems from good intentions, with sufferers taking on lifestyle changes to better their health, yet orthorexia can result in a severe and socially restrictive fixation on following a rigidly ‘healthy’ diet. Whether it’s due to the rise of social […]

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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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