Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

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Cooking with cannabis – would you eat Hemp for good health?

There were surely some double takes on the daily commute this morning, as media reports announced hemp seeds might be approved for food use in Australia by late 2016. Yesterday, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced the decision to permit foods made from hemp in the country, which are currently banned within Australia. Over in the US and the UK, the market for hemp-based foods is booming, with the stuff […]

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Orthorexia – the accepted new age eating disorder

Strict adherence to a healthy diet, scrupulously avoiding ‘unhealthy foods’, exercising religiously, and stocking up on ‘superfoods’. To most of us, the above reads like a shopping list of healthy living. But to some, obsessive habits like these may be symptomatic of an all-encompassing eating disorder. For Naomi Arnold, what started out as a well-intentioned health kick morphed into a fixation on “obsessive ‘clean’ eating and rigorous exercise.” Arnold had […]

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The 22-day vegan challenge – if it’s good enough for Beyonce…

Last year she was chosen as the cover for Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people issue, and this year she’s hoping to influence the world’s dietary decisions. That’s right, Beyonce’s back on the vegan bandwagon. Although she’s quick to stress that she is not strictly vegan, Beyonce and husband Jay Z made headlines in 2013 after announcing their plans to take part in a ’22-day vegan challenge’. Apparently they were […]

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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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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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Coffee with butter – yep, that’s a thing now

In case you weren’t aware, fat is back. So much so, it seems, that the latest health food trend involves adding the solid stuff to your morning coffee, and even former World Barista Champion Matt Perger of Melbourne’s St Ali is singing its praises. Butter coffee is being revered as an all round ‘miracle cure’ and touted as the answer to weight-loss, mental acuity and appetite control, and it’s gaining […]

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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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The Acid Alkaline Diet

  There have been countless variations of the ‘acid alkaline diet’ over the years, each of them based on the theory that the root of modern dietary problems (such as obesity, some cancers and heart disease) is in our overly acidic bodies as a direct result of Western ‘acidifying’ diets. Favouring ‘alkalising’ foods to balance the body’s pH has even crept into other diet plans, to mention in overpriced juices […]

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The Buzz on Caffeine – is coffee good for us?

Blame the cafe culture, our busy lifestyles or the increasingly affordable Nespresso machine – whatever it is, the coffee cravings in Australia are intensifying. Currently we down around 3kg of coffee per annum, a modest amount when compared to countries like Finland (12kg) and Norway (10kg) but huge when you consider 50 years ago we were going through .5kg a year. But is the legal stimulant really all that bad? […]

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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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