Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘health’

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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How not to tackle the obesity epidemic

There’s no doubt that obesity is an issue that needs addressing. In the western world, a person is more likely to die due to obesity-related conditions than undereating or starvation. In Australia alone, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3 in 5 people are overweight or obese. 1 in 4 Australian kids are overweight or obese. Those are some pretty frightening statistics. Obviously something needs to be […]

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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 […]

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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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In defence of the Dietitian – my response to Pete Evans

This morning, those in the field of dietetics heaved a collective sigh of exasperation in response to a Facebook status from celebrity chef, ‘health coach’ and activated almond enthusiast Pete Evans. “No wonder the public is confused. Each and every time an article comes out about health and nutrition in this country, the journalists always feel the need to get a spokesperson from the Dieticians Association of Australia to add […]

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My afternoon with Natvia – Plus a fun giveaway!

  I love baking. Always have, particularly come exam time (no better time for #procrastibaking). On receiving a kind invite from Natvia to attend the VIP Sugar Free Masterclass, I jumped at the chance.  What better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon than observing a master baker (Sheryl from Cupcake Central, an IT consultant turned cupcake extraordinaire, a story not dissimilar to Dietitian Mary Lin from Merry Cupcakes if you […]

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What you should know about gluten

  Rewind a decade or so, and very few people followed a gluten free diet, let alone knew what gluten was. Fast-forward to present day, and gluten-free products and menus have taken the world by storm, with everyone from ‘diet gurus’ to Kim Kardashian singing the praises of a life without gluten. So let’s take a crash course in gluten: what is it, and why all the hate? Gluten – […]

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My go-to 5 minute breakfasts

I’m starting to get the whole “not-having-time-for-an-interesting-breakfast” thing. I’m no stranger to early starts, but since commencing my Masters, which often means having to travel an hour and a half just to begin my day, my mornings have become a little less leisurely than I’m used to. How I long for an extra hour in the morning to Google ‘fun pancake recipes’ and perfect different porridge combinations! Lately I’ve found […]

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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 scoop on protein supplements

These days you’d be forgiven for thinking that pricey protein powders and supplements are a prerequisite for building muscle and maintaining any credibility in the gym. In 2011, sales data collection agency AZTEC reported that Australians spent had $80 million on sport food, a figure that has surely risen since. But are protein supplements really worth the money?     Why protein? It’s estimated that about half of our body […]

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