Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘food’

5 of the best tips for reading a nutrition label

Nutrition labels can be extremely confusing. Clever wording and marketing techniques can mislead and even trick consumers into thinking their junky purchase is a healthy choice. Luckily, government bodies like Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) produce food labelling guidelines, outlining rules by which food producers must abide to keep things as transparent as possible – usually. But it’s not just the plethora of health claims that have us consumers […]

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Vitamin supplements – diet insurance or a total money waste?

Vitamins are a funny business. Their popularity is enormous, with the industry raking in an estimated $1.5 billion each year in Australia alone. And it’s growing. Swisse’s most recent marketing efforts, which include endorsements of everyone from Sonia Kruger to Ellen DeGeneres, have seen the brand’s popularity increase by 380% in the last 4 years. Around 30% of Australians regularly consume dietary supplements, a figure which is rising – yet […]

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5 of the best yoghurts

Yoghurt is one of my favourite foods, for its taste, multifunctional uses and nutritional profile. It can be difficult to reach the recommended 2.5 daily serves of dairy (or alternatives) foods that are oh-so-important for maintaining optimum bone health and reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis later on in life. Yoghurt is a high calcium food that’s easy to incorporate into your diet in a number of creative ways. Yoghurt […]

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5 of the best Melbourne cafes for specialty diets

Look back as little as ten years ago and the incidence of food allergies and intolerances seemed far less widespread than they are now. Today, 1 in 20 children and 1 in 100 adults are affected by some form of food intolerance. Results of a survey conducted by The Vegan and Vegetarian Society of Australia in 2010 found that around 5% of us identify as vegetarian, with a tiny 1% vegan. […]

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Rise of the drunkorexic – dieting to drink

If I told you that a vodka and coke contained the kilojoule equivalent of a tablespoon of mayonnaise, would you think twice about ordering it? Go for a double shot and you’re almost up to a slice of pizza. This confronting, but realistic approach to handling the bar has reportedly snowballed into a whole new kind of disordered eating – but it’s not the booze that’s being forfeited, it’s the […]

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NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK 2013 – Project Dinner Time – 5 of the best ways to Cook.Eat.Enjoy.

This week is National Nutrition Week, and the theme this year is Project dinner time – cook, eat, enjoy. Aiming to improve individuals “knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen,” the ultimate goal is to bring back the home cooked meal – both for the sake of nutrition and sense of community. Tying in with this theme was Wednesday nights Eatkit twitter chat; in which the in’s and out’s of […]

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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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5 of the best ‘Short on Time’ breakfasts

This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 1 in 7 Australian children skip breakfast.  This is worrying, as such strong evidence exists to confirm breakfast consumption in school kids is linked with greater cognitive function – including memory and academic performance – school attendance and overall wellbeing. But it’s not just children missing the most important meal of the day. Last year Kraft’s ‘Aussie Breakfast Report,’ announced more than […]

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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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5 of the Best… Healthy Pancake Recipes

If you follow me on Instagram, you may be aware of my appreciation for pancakes. Particularly midweek. Probably the reason for this inclination is that by tweaking a few ingredients, pancakes can remain just as delicious, but still can make up a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.  Often my pancake crusade has ended up a complete mess and thrown straight into the bin, but here are my favourite 5 recipes, that […]

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