Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘health’

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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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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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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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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A week of healthy lunches for AHWW

Last week was Australian Healthy Weight Week – an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia, focused on raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. This years campaign was all about inspiring Australians to cook at home more often. As convenient (and delicious) as it can be, eating out isn’t usually the healthiest option, with meals tending to be high in overall energy, salt, fat […]

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2014 – a year in review

One word: Paleo. If 2013 was the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ (and according to the United Nations, it was), surely this year was the year of the caveman. A primal way of eating has been on the rise for the past few years, and, having clocked in as the top-searched diet on Google this year, it seems the Paleo diet is here to stay. And is there really anything so […]

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Raw milk – What it is and why it shouldn’t be consumed

Last week, a Victorian toddler died and four other children aged 1 to 4 fell seriously ill after drinking raw milk. The tragic death has led to various health bodies to urge for the sale of raw milk to be outlawed, with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, commenting, “If this was a food, it is something we would recall.” The problem is that raw milk is sold under […]

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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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