Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘carbohydrates’

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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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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The “World’s Best Diet” – but this one’s no fad.

Each week seems to be marked by a new and improved diet plan, bringing with it promises of renewed health and weight loss, but most are forgotten once the novelty wears off and the weight starts creeping back on. But after conducting a year-long dietary study on nearly 800 adults, scientists from Denmark are confident that their proposed diet is the real deal. So confident, in fact, that they’ve dubbed […]

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My go-to 5 minute breakfasts

I’m starting to get the whole “not-having-time-for-an-interesting-breakfast” thing. I’m no stranger to early starts, but since commencing my Masters, which often means having to travel an hour and a half just to begin my day, my mornings have become a little less leisurely than I’m used to. How I long for an extra hour in the morning to Google ‘fun pancake recipes’ and perfect different porridge combinations! Lately I’ve found […]

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For the love of bread

Could there be a food more loved and feared in the Western world than bread? The perception of bread as a diet-wrecker has permeated through popular consciousness, and even into memes like this one–   But why are we so frightened of bread? Surely something that has been revered for over 30,000 years (Thanks, Wikipedia) in dozens of cultures can’t be that unhealthy. My thinking is that the fear of bread has the […]

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5 of the best … Brain Foods

If you’re at uni…. Exams are fast approaching. If you’re at the strange Uni I’m at…. Exams are next week. The brain consumes 20% of the energy we take in through food. But far more than just supplying us with energy – and enjoyment – the food we eat has the ability to influence essential cognitive processes. This theory was tested in a UK prison, in which a double-blind, placebo […]

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The ‘new’ Atkins diet- haven’t we moved past this?

Have you heard of Atkins? Dieting fads have been around almost as long as modern nutrition, and today these quick-fix, results-guaranteed, scientifically suspect diet crazes are a serious money-making machines, with the ‘diet industry’ crossing almost $800 million annually in Australia. One funny thing about fad diets is that, much like fashion, they wind up being recycled again and again over the decades. Who would have guessed we’d be wearing […]

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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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