Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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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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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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I went to Vietnam!

Vietnam hasn’t always been top of my list in places to travel. I’m not sure why, as rice paper rolls have long been up there with my favourite foods, and I consider myself to be something of a pho aficionado, but up until this year, other destinations always won out. When planning a mid-year escape for 2014, the choices were narrowed down to a varied list of Samoa, the Philippines, […]

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In defence of the Dietitian – my response to Pete Evans

This morning, those in the field of dietetics heaved a collective sigh of exasperation in response to a Facebook status from celebrity chef, ‘health coach’ and activated almond enthusiast Pete Evans. “No wonder the public is confused. Each and every time an article comes out about health and nutrition in this country, the journalists always feel the need to get a spokesperson from the Dieticians Association of Australia to add […]

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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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The scoop on protein supplements

These days you’d be forgiven for thinking that pricey protein powders and supplements are a prerequisite for building muscle and maintaining any credibility in the gym. In 2011, sales data collection agency AZTEC reported that Australians spent had $80 million on sport food, a figure that has surely risen since. But are protein supplements really worth the money?     Why protein? It’s estimated that about half of our body […]

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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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