Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘healthy’

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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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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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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5 things you need to know about fermented foods

Fermented foods are having a moment. They might not be all that pretty, and the flavour is somewhat divisive, but they’re popping up on menus all over Melbourne. Just ask Simone Egger, editor of The Age’s Good Food Under $30 (formerly Cheap Eats), who jokes, “I can’t remember a time when two-week old cabbage was more desirable that it is today.” Be it sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh or miso, the art of […]

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The Buzz on Caffeine – is coffee good for us?

Blame the cafe culture, our busy lifestyles or the increasingly affordable Nespresso machine – whatever it is, the coffee cravings in Australia are intensifying. Currently we down around 3kg of coffee per annum, a modest amount when compared to countries like Finland (12kg) and Norway (10kg) but huge when you consider 50 years ago we were going through .5kg a year. But is the legal stimulant really all that bad? […]

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Variety – how many different foods do you eat in a day?

We’ve been hearing it for years. I can even remember back in the 90s watching Happy Harold from the Life Education van banging on about it. But how important is including a variety of different foods in our diet? The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we The Japanese Dietary Guidelines take the idea of variety even more seriously, recommending that people “eat 30 or more different kinds of food daily”.

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The worst diets of 2013, as voted by the real nutrition experts

It’s that time again. Over 200 Accredited Practicing Dietitians have voted on the three worst diets of the year just past, and the results are of absolutely no surprise. In an online survey conducted by the country’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), over 200 members agreed that the top three diets to avoid in 2014 are The Lemon Detox Diet SkinnyMe Tea Ashy Bines Bikini Body […]

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Is Pinterest making us fat?

Temptation and seduction have in recent years taken an epicurean turn, with ‘food porn’ emerging as a global trend driven by social media. ‘Food porn’ quite simply refers to mouth-watering photos of food posted online for others to lust after, and with over 18 million posts in the #foodporn Instagram tag, it’s clearly more than just a fringe obsession. Of the 37 categories on Pinterest, Food and Drink is reportedly […]

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