Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘Iodine’

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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Which Bread is Best?

I have a distinct childhood memory that may well have been the spark that ignited my nutrition journey. I was about 8 years old, unpacking the groceries with my mum (which, incidentally, remains one of my favourite chores), when I came across a standard loaf of white bread. Back in the mid-nineties, this was a common staple of most households, and while my mum was usually fairly sensible when it […]

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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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