Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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The worst diets of 2013, as voted by the real nutrition experts

It’s that time again. Over 200 Accredited Practicing Dietitians have voted on the three worst diets of the year just past, and the results are of absolutely no surprise. In an online survey conducted by the country’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), over 200 members agreed that the top three diets to avoid in 2014 are The Lemon Detox Diet SkinnyMe Tea Ashy Bines Bikini Body […]

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Nutritionist, Dietitian… What’s the difference?

  The nutrition industry is an interesting one in that it’s the only field in which just about anyone can be regarded as an ‘expert’. It seems that anybody who’s managed to lose a significant amount of weight suddenly possesses the skills to prescribe nutrition advice. Celebrities are hounded for their diet secrets and ambiguously titled ‘health coaches’ conduct a roaring trade despite having no formal qualifications. I constantly see […]

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Is Pinterest making us fat?

Temptation and seduction have in recent years taken an epicurean turn, with ‘food porn’ emerging as a global trend driven by social media. ‘Food porn’ quite simply refers to mouth-watering photos of food posted online for others to lust after, and with over 18 million posts in the #foodporn Instagram tag, it’s clearly more than just a fringe obsession. Of the 37 categories on Pinterest, Food and Drink is reportedly […]

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Fish oil vs. Krill oil – what’s the difference?

By now the benefits of oily fish seem to have been sufficiently grasped; a recent statistic suggests that around 30% of Australian’s over-50s regularly pop a fishy pill for general health purposes. But there’s a new kid on the supplement block, with krill oil claiming superiority over its rivalling predecessor. What’s the difference? Krill oil, much like fish oil, is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are […]

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The Paleo diet

Everyone knows someone who’s gone Paleo. Diet trends come and go, but the theme of the minute seems to be going back to basics – eliminating the unnecessary and taking a primordial approach to our food choices. Forget quitting sugar – why not eat like a cave man? The Paleo movement has garnered serious support from dieters and non-dieters alike, both for its straightforward ‘rules’ and for apparent logic – […]

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On the topic of peanut butter…

Peanut butter is one of my greatest food loves. (See my go-to breakfast – peanut butter-banana oats) And it’s perhaps because of my blind dedication to the spread that the nutritionist side of me has up until now been pretty lazy when it comes to making the healthiest peanut buttery choice. Idly I would scrawl ‘peanut butter’ on the communal shopping list (yes, I still live at home), and magically […]

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5 of the best superfoods on a shoestring

It’s a word we hear bandied about daily, usually by marketing teams seeking to boost the image of their product – but how many of us, if pressed, could actually define the term ‘superfood’? When it comes down to it, there’s no tangible definition, but pair it with words like ‘ancient’ and ‘Aztec’, throw in an exotic background story with distant origins, then slap on a hefty price tag and […]

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Getting Juicy

I have a shameful obsession with anything juicy; the healthiest being fruit. Slightly less healthy are those delightfully tacky juicy couture tracksuits, and the juiciest of juicy gossip mags – direct inspiration for my post on the purple food diet! For all the juice on juicing, hop on over to my guest post on Scoop Nutrition, in which I explain the pros and cons of juice, and explain the best […]

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Which Bread is Best?

I have a distinct childhood memory that may well have been the spark that ignited my nutrition journey. I was about 8 years old, unpacking the groceries with my mum (which, incidentally, remains one of my favourite chores), when I came across a standard loaf of white bread. Back in the mid-nineties, this was a common staple of most households, and while my mum was usually fairly sensible when it […]

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