Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘health’

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 […]

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Why so Dirty on Dairy?

Dairy is possibly my favourite food group. Milk, yoghurt and cheese make regular appearances in my day, and between my porridge and yoghurt obsession alone, I generally reach the recommended target of 2.5 daily serves without even trying. Dairy is a rich source of calcium, accounting for around 60% of that mineral in the average Australians’ diet. Calcium, as you probably know, is essential for strong bones and teeth, as […]

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The Blood Type Diet

Have you heard of the blood type diet – eating in line with what your blood type dictates?  I’d known of this trend for years, and to say I was sceptical is an understatement. However, it was only after discovering my own blood type in a Physiology class at uni that I became curious as to the ‘science’ behind the diet, and whether or not it made any sense…

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Diet soft drinks – the better choice?

We all know soft drinks are terrible for our health; Even Coca-Cola has accepted a role in the rising obesity epidemic in the USA – albeit in the form of a fairly disingenuous ad campaign promoting their low-calorie products. One can of Coke contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar – enough to make me reach for the diet option when the (luckily rare!) craving strikes. Sugar is the diet demon […]

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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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Water – 8 glasses a day?

The importance of keeping hydrated is constantly being drummed into our minds. Take a glance around your lecture theatre or office and you’re more than likely to see several people toting huge bottles of the stuff in their dedication to getting their eight glasses a day. It’s not entirely clear where the magic number of eight originated from, but for whatever reason, it’s long been assumed this is the key […]

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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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