Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘glycaemic index’

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

Top 10 ‘healthy’ foods that aren’t so healthy

While you certainly don’t need a nutrition degree to make healthy food choices, it’s all too easy to be inadvertently sucked in by products with significantly less nutritional value than we imagine. Clever marketing, deceptive packaging and mixed messages from ‘experts’ all work to confound us, and we find ourselves stocking up on sugary or fatty products under the impression that they are ‘health foods’. With that in mind, here […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

My Go-To Breakfast; Banana Peanut butter Oats

Porridge is my go-to breakfast. I love it both for the many delicious and exciting (yep, oats excite me) combinations that can be made, as well as how easy and satisfying it is on a Winter’s morning. (Not to mention oat’s nutritional value). Back in high school I used to set out my porridge ingredients the night before, all measured and cut up so it was ready to go in […]

Continue Reading →