Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘nutritionist’

Tahini – so much more than a hummus staple

If you’re anything like me a couple of years ago, you probably have a solitary jar of tahini in the back of your cupboard, gathering dust after that one-time attempt at a home-made hummus. This article got me thinking about tahini, and how for me, like the legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, it has gone from mystery ingredient, to pantry staple. And with my dietitian hat on, it makes sense why. […]

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How can I possibly eat FIVE serves of veggies a day?

If you were to make one tiny change to your diet, that would boost your health enormously, eating more veggies would be it. We know they’re healthy – packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. But did you know people who eat more veggies have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers? Those are some pretty good reasons to up your intake. This week is National […]

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Cooking with cannabis – would you eat Hemp for good health?

There were surely some double takes on the daily commute this morning, as media reports announced hemp seeds might be approved for food use in Australia by late 2016. Yesterday, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced the decision to permit foods made from hemp in the country, which are currently banned within Australia. Over in the US and the UK, the market for hemp-based foods is booming, with the stuff […]

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Should you filter your water?

You’ve heard it a million times before: drink eight glasses of water a day for clear skin, better sleep quality, improved health… the list goes on. But even two and a half years after blogging about water once (hint: eight glasses is probably excessive), it’s still on my mind. A few Tuesdays ago I sat down to breakfast to read The Age. Tuesdays are Good Food days in The Age, […]

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Beyond Bone Health – 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dairy

I’ve been pretty quiet of late, as I knuckle down to finish off the last few months of my Master’s of dietetics. After finally completing a gruelling 60 days of clinical placement in a busy Melbourne hospital, I’ve been lucky enough to secure a community placement at Dairy Australia. I’ve always been pretty vocal on my kinship with dairy foods – in fact nine of my past blog posts have […]

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Orthorexia – the accepted new age eating disorder

Strict adherence to a healthy diet, scrupulously avoiding ‘unhealthy foods’, exercising religiously, and stocking up on ‘superfoods’. To most of us, the above reads like a shopping list of healthy living. But to some, obsessive habits like these may be symptomatic of an all-encompassing eating disorder. For Naomi Arnold, what started out as a well-intentioned health kick morphed into a fixation on “obsessive ‘clean’ eating and rigorous exercise.” Arnold had […]

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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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