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This blog started as a way for me to share my recipes + culinary adventures, tips for vibrant health + happiness, thoughts on the latest developments in nutritional medicine + the low down on the Sydney wholefoods scene and beyond...

...but do you know HOW to “JERF?”

Becca Crawford

 
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I love this quote and it does summarise how we should be eating as a species BUT what causes confusion for many people is the finer (and no less important) detail of the SOURCE, the PROCESSING, the PROPER PREPARATION and the MACRONUTRIENT RATIOS of that real food. 

For example, raw honey is a real food but how much concentrated sweeteners should we be having a day? Spinach is a real food but do you know it shouldn’t be eaten raw? Meat is a real food but how many people consider that its nutritional value is entirely dependent on what the cows ate? Nuts are real food, but conventional nuts are one of the most heavily sprayed food items and moreover nuts need to be prepared in a certain way to make them digestible and absorbed. Fish oil and olive oil are real foods but their processing spans the spectrum to such a degree that they could be either rancid or powerfully medicinal. Ditto chocolate. Getting the balance (macronutrient ratios) of real food can also have a profound effect on your metabolism and health. If don’t get that balance right (e.g. eat too many real-food carbohydrates), optimal health and weight will be out of reach. 

If you’ve switched to a real foods diet but aren’t getting the results you want (looking and feeling your vibrant best!) it’s these finer details that can make a huge impact. 

So “just eating real food” is really only one part of dietary puzzle. I see so many people really struggling with the “HOW do I just eat real food?” This is where I come in and provide you with comprehensive yet concise fact sheets, information and education in my one on one health coaching sessions with exactly the same information being relayed (at a fraction of the price) in my FOOD AS MEDICINE TALKS

Next cities in the Australian Food As Medicine tour: 

Adelaide 16 Feb
Sydney 2 & 3 Mar
Byron Bay 13 Apr
Gold Coast 14 Apr


Make 2019 the year to really demystify any confusion you might have around what is real food and how to eat it to really optimise your health and well-being. After all, sourcing, preparing, and eating real food should be an enjoyable, easy and nourishing experience for our species on every level. 

 

 2019 HEALTHY HOMES / HEALTHY SWAPS / ESSENTIAL OILS GATHERINGS 

Becca Crawford

 

My mission is to inspire others to lead less toxic, more nourishing lives. It’s a simple as that. And I do this by inspiring people to healthy swap not only processed ‘foods’ for nutrient-dense foods, but also healthy swapping conventional personal care products, household cleaning products, perfumes, make up and pharmaceuticals with all natural, non toxic, versions. For what we put on our skin and breathe into our lungs is just as, if not more, important than the food we eat as our skin and lungs have no digestive filters!

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Scientific research suggests that the conventional personal care products and household cleaning products that line our supermarket shelves contain toxins that wreak havoc on our and our childrens’ systems, as well as adversely affect the health of our planet. Our children are most vulnerable as their skin is more permeable and the effect of toxins in their smaller systems is more pronounced.  If you want to learn more about the specific dangers, I encourage you to check out the Netflix documentary Stink! or read Low Tox Life by Alexx Stuart or One Bite at a Time by Sarah Lantz and Tabitha Mcintosh. Toxins and Nourishment are the 2 primary epigenetic / lifestyle factors that profoundly influence our health. Toxins cause inflammation and we know that inflammation is the root cause of all modern disease. And here we are unwittingly slathering these toxins onto our and our childrens’ skin and hair, and breathing them in while cleaning our house, spraying on perfumes  and lighting our scented candles. The good news is that it is never too late to start kicking toxic chemicals to the curb to create a toxic-free home environment for you and your family. Your home is after all the ONE and only environment you can control!

To that end, this year (like previous years), I’m continuing my crusade against toxins by running regular gatherings where I will educate and show you how simple, easy and cost effective it can be to rid your house of all hormone-disruptive toxic chemicals and healthy swap to all-natural cost-effective and super powerful versions, one by one. Instead of getting overwhelmed, I will hold your hand and make the healthy swapping as easy and enjoyable as possible. View healthy swapping as an act of self-love because it’s essentially saying “I care about my health, my partner’s health, my kids’ health and the health of the planet”. And what could be more important than that?!?!?


what will be covered:  

In my 3 hour information-packed gatherings, I discuss in my renowned, uncomplicated, no-nonsense practical, un-fluffy, approach:

  • the various toxins found in common personal care products and household cleaning products and their effect on our system as well as the loopholes that allow them in there in the first place 

  • what products to healthy swap to

  • the essential oils basics (what are they, how they fit into my health and wellness paradigm, the 3 methods of application, how they affect our emotions and safety concerns)

  • the four ways I have incorporated essential oils into my life 

  • the due diligence questions to ask when choosing an essential oils brand

  • an overview of 11 specific essential oils (both blends and singles) found in the Young Living  Premium Starter Kit including what they can be used for and, in particular, how they can replace conventional household cleaning products, personal care products, pharmaceuticals  and perfumes to lower your toxic load

  • why we diffuse and never burn essential oils

  • how to purchase a Young Living starter kit 

  • how you can earn an income by sharing the Young Living products with others that can cover the cost of your monthly Young Living orders, and can handsomely supplement and even replace your existing income to provide you with complete financial freedom including travel opportunities. 


Cost:

Free for Young Living members in my team, else $25 for non-members. All members and non-members can bring a friend or friends for free. Reserve your place here and discover the discount code!


At each gathering you will receive:

  • A 15ml bottle of Young Living orange essential oil that retails for A$22.35 (for those who pay $25 booking fee).

  • My hand made raw dark chocolate infused with Young Living essential oils.

  • My Ningxia gummies made with Young Living Ningxia Red and GelPro grass fed beef gelatin.

  • Young Living essential oil infused herbal tea and Young Living essential oil infused filtered water infused. 

  • Opportunity to purchase at wholesale prices Young Living essential oils. 

  • A comprehensive Welcome Pack that I put together for all my Young Living members including a comprehensive Essential Oils 101 booklet plus numerous fact sheets (including fact sheets for culinary oils, birthing protocol, supplements and loads more) for every person who purchases a Young Living starter kit on the day. 

  • Opportunity to ask questions about toxic-free living, essential oils generally, or any Young Living product specifically.

  • Opportunity to smell and experience the Young Living difference (I welcome you to bring your other oils to compare!). 


These gatherings are ideal for: 

  • Those who are interested in healthy swapping all their personal care products, air fresheners, perfumes, make up, pharmaceuticals and household cleaners with non toxic, super powerful, cost effective, all-natural alternatives

  • Those who are interested in being their family’s alchemist and healer in the first instance and in particular only want to use the highest quality essential oils on the planet especially for therapeutic purposes 

  • Those who are interested to learn about essential oils generally and Young Living specifically and why Young Living are in a league of their own as the world leaders in essential oils with their 2 decade leadership history

  • Those who have purchased a Young Living Premium Starter kit through me but haven’t been to a gathering to be educated on it

  • Those who have come to one of my previous essential oils gatherings and want a refresher of how to incorporate the oils and Young Living products further into their daily life

  • Those who want to learn how to use essential oils to promote, maintain and support their and their family’s health and to reduce their chemical burden

  • Those who want to take their health and well-being to the next level with the inclusion of essential oils

  • Holistic practitioners and body/energy workers who want to learn how to incorporate the oils into their practice for the benefit of their clients

  • Those who want to learn new things and immerse themselves into our oily tribe of like-minded people!

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when & where:

Gatherings are run 1-2 times per month in various Australian cities.  View all available dates and cities here.
Feel free to forward to any family members and friends.
I look forward to seeing you at one of my gatherings soon!


Cancellation Policy: Once payment has been made, it is non-refundable and your place can not be moved to a different date. If you can not make it due to last minute unforeseen circumstances, feel free to gift your place to a friend and let me know. Thank you for your understanding.

 

How to launch yourself into a deeply nourishing and fulfilling 2019

Becca Crawford

 
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As we kiss goodbye to 2018 I’m turning my mind to INTENTION SETTING FOR 2019. I want it to be a deeply nourishing and fulfilling year. Nourishing on every level- physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. To that end I want you too to think about the type of year you want to experience and how you want to feel at the end if it. Notice I said how you want to ‘feel’, as opposed to what you want to achieve. For achievement without a sense of deep fulfilment is futile. This is how I felt for many years as a corporate lawyer (not that I have anything against that profession... it just didn’t fulfil and nourish me). 

For me it’s wanting to feel that I have made a genuine impact. It’s about touching and changing lives, it’s about making people question the status quo, it’s educating and inspiring people on how to better nourish themselves and their families, and it’s about how to reduce the toxicity that surrounds us without getting overwhelmed. It’s about how to make small changes that have big impact on our health and the health of the planet - for what could be more important?

It brings me joy beyond words knowing that I can have that impact on even one person’s life and make their life more nourishing and enriching in some way whether it’s helping them lose excess weight, become pain free, fall pregnant, regain a healthy relationship with food, feel more energised and vital, start ovulating, kick chemicals and pharmaceuticals to the curb, develop a love for cooking or find enjoyment in life. 

In setting my intentions for 2019 I follow a 2-fold process:

1. Write a list of the broad categories of things you want to spend your time doing and what you DON'T want to spend doing- much like a TO DO list and NOT TO DO list. The latter, for example, might be admin tasks that you can delegate or pay someone to do (such as kids emptying the dishwasher or hiring a PA for sending out certain emails). 

2. From the list of things you DO want to do, determine how you’ll prioritise them. Do your MOST IMPORTANT THINGS (MITs) first (a top tip I got from one of my besties @Melissa Ambrosini) and then spend the rest of the day doing the rest of the stuff that floats your boat. I need to drastically work on this for 2019 as I spent waaay too much time in 2018 in reactive mode (diligently responding to people’s questions and trying to keep my inbox under control) rather than in creative mode (creating programs and classes that can benefit you) or attending to my needs (such as movement). So I need to prioritise the latter and even have my phone turned off until just 1 MIT is done. 

I’m also going to cut myself a lot of slack and gently remind myself that if things don’t go to plan that’s ok too. Life gets in the way of the best laid plans especially when you have kids and ageing parents. I’m going to remind myself that the most important thing we can create and cultivate are the RELATIONSHIPS we have with others and to prioritise these. When reading memoirs of those on their death beds, their regrets universally are not what they didn’t achieve but instead not spending enough time with those they loved. 

I hope this helps you in some way as you enter the gateway of 2019. And my wish for each and everyone of you, my beautiful friends,  is a deeply nourishing and fulfilling year whatever shape or form it takes. 

PS I’ll be posting the schedule for my upcoming cooking classes, healthy homes/healthy swaps gatherings, and more Food As Medicine tour dates very soon! So stay tuned! I hope to see you at one of my classes or talks in 2019. Let’s make it a deliciously nourishing year together!!!