Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘food’

Butter or Margarine – Which is Better?

The butter/margarine debate is rife amongst health professionals and food consumers alike, with numerous arguments for each in regards to their effects on health.  Having had little interest in the stuff myself, I have never entered the debate actively; however, enthusiasts from both camps will offer passionate reasons why the opposing team should be shelved. So I set out to find the facts…

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The Dirt on Detox Diets

Detox is the diet trend of the decade, and it feels like every other week we’re hit with a new variation purporting to ‘cleanse’ the body of toxins: the Lemon Detox Diet, the African Mango Diet, the Quick Trim Fast Cleanse, the Coconut Detox. And with a string of glowing celebrity endorsements along with promises of shedding kilos, clearing skin and increasing energy levels, who wouldn’t be tempted to give […]

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Orthorexia – the accepted eating disorder.

Most tech-savvy people in my generation will be well aware of the ‘clean eating’ craze swarming social media. As this trend has gained steam, sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with poorly communicated advice, much of which is not only a recipe for poor body image, but also flat out wrong (carbohydrates = fat, really?) But is this ‘thinspiration/fitspiration’ causing more than a case of serious jealousy?  […]

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Food Swaps

Anyone who knows me well is probably pretty familiar with my love of substituting not-so-healthy foods for nutritious alternatives.  However, not everyone gets as excited as I do at the thought of avocado chocolate mousse… so I thought I’d share some basic food swaps that can spare some kilojoules and add some nutrients.

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Slim Pasta

Marketed as the answer to a carb-fearing pasta lover, ‘SlimPasta’ is a relatively new product on the shelves of Australian supermarkets.  Boasting as little as 8 calories per serve – as well as no fat, no gluten, and a huge serving of fibre – it seems this vegetable based pasta alternative is too good to be true.  So being the natural sceptic that I am, particular in regard to ‘diet’ […]

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Cure Your Hangover With Food

No matter how careful you are with your alcohol, at some time or another most of us have woken up after a few too many with a sore head, a sensitive tummy… or maybe both.  There are dozens of hangover cures out there, many of which people will swear by. But just which of these will really offer relief when you’re in a world of hurt?

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Iodine Deficiency – A shocking reality for Australian school children.

In a country as fortunate as Australia, you could be forgiven for assuming nutrient deficiencies are a thing of the past. However, recent news of Australian children’s poor performance in Global Education Tests has given some commentators cause to reflect on the question of how diet can affect academic performance. A disappointed Julia Gillard announced the government’s aim for Australian schools to rank among the top five internationally by 2025 […]

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Purple Food Diet Not So Crazy

Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy diet trend, it’s now been alleged that Mariah Carey is following a ‘Purple Food Diet’, – eating only purple foods for three days each week to shift her baby weight. A source tells us that her favourite purple picks are plums, grapes and eggplant, and that she has already lost 10 pounds!

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I’m ditching sugar! Confessions of an addict.

Well, I don’t think anybody would ever have seen this coming! Once known for my constant supply of Nerds and the occasional kilo of Sour Worms, I’ve finally made a decision: I’m changing this for good.   It really began on Saturday morning. Through my sugar hangover (born of a rather shameful late-night jelly bean binge), I discovered an article by journalist Sarah Wilson. A former self-confessed sugar addict, Wilson […]

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Coconut Oil – Superfood or Superfad?

Coconuts seem to be popping up left, right and centre as the latest health trend. Coconut oil in particular has attracted a large vegan following, as its rich buttery taste and texture offer an alternative to animal fats such as butter.  Just a quick Google search of the fruit results in thousands of results – coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk. In all its forms, coconut is being heralded as this […]

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