Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

2014 – a year in review

One word: Paleo. If 2013 was the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ (and according to the United Nations, it was), surely this year was the year of the caveman. A primal way of eating has been on the rise for the past few years, and, having clocked in as the top-searched diet on Google this year, it seems the Paleo diet is here to stay. And is there really anything so […]

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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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Bircher Muesli – the summer alternative for a porridge fiend

  My best friend and I are always at loggerheads over our breakfast choices when eating out. While she’s strictly savoury, and rarely wavers from her usual “avocado on toast with a side of crispy bacon, please,” I just can’t see past sweeter options like muesli, porridge, fruit toast, or a delicious banoffee mascarpone sandwich like this one below.     Many people base their menu choices off what they […]

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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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The National Heart Foundation – is it time to give the tick the flick?

Although generally viewed as a trustworthy and reliable source of health and nutrition support for Australians, the National Heart Foundation has recently come under scrutiny due to controversy surrounding its iconic Tick Program. If you’re aware of the recent uproar, you’ll probably agree that the popular view of the Tick Program has shifted from instinctive trust to suspicion and outrage, with many regarding the program as nothing more than a […]

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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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How not to tackle the obesity epidemic

There’s no doubt that obesity is an issue that needs addressing. In the western world, a person is more likely to die due to obesity-related conditions than undereating or starvation. In Australia alone, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3 in 5 people are overweight or obese. 1 in 4 Australian kids are overweight or obese. Those are some pretty frightening statistics. Obviously something needs to be […]

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