Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘health’

The 5:2 Diet

The search for an easy, sustainable and non-tedious diet is never-ending. The latest weight loss diet to hit our shores is based on the principle that you can eat ‘whatever you want,’ for five days a week, and for the remaining two days, consume around a quarter of your usual calories.  This equates to around 500 calories (a bit over 2000 kilojoules) for women, and around 600 calories (2500 kilojoules) […]

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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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The Great Big Fat Debate

Well, he’s done it again. David Gillespie, author of the controversial Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat, has returned with another divisive book on the subject of vegetable oils.  The contention of his new book is aptly summed up in the title, Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You and How to Save Yourself.  Dramatic stuff. But before you go rushing out to boycott all cooking oils, how […]

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Mood Foods! Can what we eat affect the way we feel?

It’s not uncommon to crave particular foods when a certain mood strikes. Whether it’s a coffee on waking or a 3pm chocolate hankering, most of us experience food cravings at one time or another.  While there’s little evidence to account for any deeper meaning for these cravings – other than perhaps a drop in blood sugars – can the foods we choose to eat actually impact our emotions?

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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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Some of my writing has been featured on other websites

Medibank be. magazine: What to eat for fitness success YMCA Monash Fitness Centre: A New Years Resolution worth keeping – eat more seafood! The Scoop on Nutrition: Sub-editor of the Month, The Scoop on SkinnymeTea, Health vs. Hype: the juice on juicing and Orthorexia – the fine line between healthy eating and unhealthy fixation. L-Plate Nutritionists/Dietitians: Milking the facts, which milk is best? Karen Inge: Coconut Confusion Deakin Nutition Blog: The […]

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