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Food as Medicine and The Fundamentals of Robust Nutrition – the Australian tour !

Becca Crawford

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I am thrilled to announce that I will be touring Australia to co-present a comprehensive half-day presentation on Food as Medicine and The Fundamentals of Robust Nutrition. I will be co-presenting with Marieke Rodenstein, Australia’s pre-eminent holistic dietician, whom I have had the privilege of working closely with over the past 8 years.

Our collective forte is to combine the wisdom of ancestral diets with the latest developments in nutritional medicine and robust science, to provide you with all the tools and resources you need on how to nourish your body and optimise your health. 

Health issues, pharmaceutical band-aids, and confusion and stress over what, when and how to eat might be considered “normal” in today’s society, but this is not a natural state of being and you don’t have to settle to live that way.  


While health is multifactorial (and directly influenced by lifestyle factors such as movement, sleep, breath, stress management, immersion in nature, fun and play, and connections with ourselves and others), nourishing your body with the anti-inflammatory nutritionally-dense whole foods that we as a species are biologically designed to eat is, I believe, the cornerstone (as well as the fastest and easiest way!) of reclaiming and maintaining spectacular health with the most profound impact. 

Even though the information that will be presented is a source of general information only and not tailored to individual or specific health issues, what we have witnessed and experienced over the past 2 decades is that in the vast majority of cases consciously addressing the foundations of our health -  starting with simple, positive and meaningful dietary changes -  can seamlessly resolve many specific health issues and can result in profound shifts in health and wellbeing. Small changes, big impact. 

By the end of our presentation, our mission is to make you feel empowered that you have all the information, tools and resources you need to reclaim and maintain your and your family’s health and wellbeing so that you can be the best possible version of yourself and live the full and vibrant life that you so truly deserve.


I will explain in my renowned, uncomplicated, no-nonsense, practical approach how to reduce the mismatch between our lifestyle (particularly dietary) choices and our ancient DNA, in order to function optimally, perform our best and reach our true potential. I will unpack the fundamental principles of robust nutrition and bust mainstream myths that have contributed to the epidemic of modern illness and degenerative disease. In particular, I will discuss:

  • The 2 broad epigenetic factors that influence our health and well being

  • A brief overview of the 8 Foundations of Health before homing in on nutrition and hydration

  • The 3 distinct periods of evolution from a nutritional point of view

  • Why the standard western diet has been a complete failure

  • Why traditional societies pre industrial revolution lived in a state of perfect robust health

  • My nutritional philosophy on what we as a species are designed to eat

  • What are the most nutrient-dense wholefoods that we should be eating

  • Where our food comes from (provenance) and how its been processed

  • Where to source wholefoods most affordably and the relevant due diligence questions to ask

  • Myth busting around saturated fat and cholesterol

  • Macronutrient ratios and what your plate should look like

  • How to properly prepare food super simply and efficiently while maximising its nutritional benefits and flavour

  • The 3 main buckets of dietary toxins and why they wreak havoc on our health

  • Safe sugars, safe grains, and healthy fats

  • How to transition effortlessly and joyously from a conventional diet to nutrient-dense wholefoods diet with step by step healthy swaps. 

what marieke rodenstein WILL discuss:

Holistic dietitian, Marieke Rodenstein, will discuss the fundamental principles of robust nutrition for optimum gut health. 

The mention of the word bacteria typically conjures up fears of disease and has us running for our hand sanitizer. Most people think of bacteria as dangerous and dirty, more foe than friend. Subsequently, our focus has been on the microbes that harm us, and how we can eradicate them. Whilst there are many bad bugs that can have serious consequences on our health, what often goes unnoticed is the critical role that bacteria play in keeping us healthy.

We humans harbor over 100 trillion bacteria in and on our body and the majority of these microbes live in our gut. In fact the gut is one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Look after it and you are guaranteed better health. Harm it or neglect it and you risk harming the health of your entire body. 

Disturbances in our gut flora are being linked to an ever increasing number of diseases from gastrointestinal issues such as IBS and acid reflux to eczema, allergies, autoimmune issues, diabetes, depression, obesity and autism. 

During Marieke's presentation you will learn:

  • How your gut influences your health

  • The role of the gut in modern disease

  • What affects your gut health and the warning signs that you may have an unhealthy gut 

  • Key dietary and lifestyle principles to improve your gut health

Due to being in overwhelming demand across Australia, Marieke can only take on a limited number of new clients who have been directly referred to her. By attending this talk you will automatically have the opportunity to work with her, if you so choose, as her on going client to address any specific health issues you may have (involving a protocol of robust testing, diagnosis and holistic treatment). 


  1. 4 hour detailed nutritional theory discussion. The information I deliver is essentially the same subject matter that I typically discuss in my one-on-one 3 hour health coaching sessions. I appreciate that the financial investment of my one on one health coaching sessions is cost prohibitive for many, so these small group public talks are your opportunity to obtain, at a fraction of the price, the benefit of exactly the same material that you would receive in a one-on-one 3 hour private health coaching session with me valued at $450 (a massive saving of $300). This is in addition to the information that Marieke will provide.

  2. Comprehensive booklet to take home that will set you up with in-depth knowledge and practical how-to for life.

  3. Wholefood tastings of our activated nuts, our organic artisan raw dark chocolate, tea infused with peppermint essential oil, and filtered water infused with lemon essential oil.

  4. Opportunity to ask questions of myself and of Marieke Rodenstein, and to work with Marieke as her ongoing client if you so choose.

  5. Complimentary organic wholefoods lunch

  6. 3.5 hour presentation on Healthy Home/ Healthy Swaps / Essential Oils that focuses on the toxicity in our home environment and provides you with  a simple, yet powerful, solution on healthy swapping all your conventional personal care products, make up, perfumes, household cleaning products, pharmaceuticals to all natural non toxic versions in a positive and empowering way.

    This talk is run as a ALL DAY event  (9am to 5:30pm) for $150 pp. By the end of the day you will be empowered with all of the tools, information and resources to reduce dietary and environmental toxins and nourish your body to reclaim and maintain optimal health.

THIS presentation IS IDEAL FOR:

  • Those who are stressed and confused about what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, macronutirent ratios, where to source wholefoods from most affordably (esp if you’re on a budget) and how to properly prepare their food

  • Those who suffer, or have family members who suffer, from health issues (such as low immunity, gut issues such as gas, bloating or constipation, excess weight, under weight, skin conditions, lethargy, troubled sleep, absent /irregular periods, PMT, inability to conceive, recurrent colds and flues, excessive mucous, osteo-skeletal issues such as aches and pains, depression, low libido, brain fog, cavities)

  • Those who want to reduce time in the kitchen and/or simplify meals without ever compromising nutrient-density

  • Those who deal with picky and fussy eaters

  • Those who are worried that their children are not thriving or functioning as best as they could be

  • Those wanting to reduce or eliminate gluten, refined sugar and processed foods generally but don’t know where to start and don’t want to feel deprived of their favourite treats or deprive others in their home of their favourite foods

  • Those who want to know recommended practitioners that they can work with who are on exactly the same nutritional and lifestyle page (including GPs, Naturopaths, Dentists, Osteopaths and Building Biologists).

  • Those who  are generally healthy, fit and food conscious but want to take their health and well-being to the next level by solidifying their nutritional knowledge and practical how-to skills.

WHEn and where:

Please select your preferred date and city from the drop down list in the online store.

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.


Such a fantastic day!! Thanks so much Soulla - you are like my spirit animal. I resonated with everything that we covered today. We get pulled in so many different directions with “what is good for us” in today’s society.. .and it’s people like you who make it all make sense - and reassure us that have the same ethos that we are on the right path. Not to mention how happy I am that my mother (old school Greek who thinks it’s all a crock) got so much out of it!! I was amazed! Can’t wait to get our YL starter packs! Thanks again
— Ilana
Hi Soulla. I just wanted to say thankyou to you and Marieke for such an eye opening, informative, passionate, mind blowing day yesterday. Not only did I feel close to tears at times realising how much I have to learn but also walked away on the biggest high of inspiration, motivation and determination. I feel like I woke up yesterday!!!!! What you are doing is incredible and I feel so lucky to have been able to witness this epic work you’re doing. I would have loved to have talked more but to be honest I was quite star struck. Not only are you incredibly beautiful in person, to be in the presence of someone who is so unbelievably driven, committed and lit up is something amazing. An experience I will remember forever. Thankyou thankyou thankyou 💙
— Kate Williamson
Hi Soulla, Just wanted to thank you for today - hands down the best 3 1/2 hours I’ve invested in the area of nutrition. Today’s material tied it all together for me and is exactly the information I need to be able to fine-tune my diet and take it to the next (optimal) level. Thanks also again for allowing me to bring my teenage niece along - we spoke about our learnings all the way home. How lucky is she to have exposure to such powerful information as what was presented today at such a young age!!
— Nancy
A huge thank you to you and Marieke for a most informative and effectively delivered presentation on how to keep us healthy holistically...I always enjoy your talks...the knowledge you empower us with and your effervescent approach to share what you know is so well received and appreciated
— Maria
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the workshop on Saturday. You’re an energetic, dynamic and articulate presenter and it is clear that you love what you do. It shines out of your face like sunlight when you talk. It was lovely to receive the warmth you offered us.
— Kendall
Thank you Soulla for sharing so much wisdom with us at your ‘Food as medicine’ talk in Melbourne. I have enjoyed several of your online workshops, so i was thrilled you could come to Melb to present this one in person. Your wealth of knowledge on this topic was really impressive and I loved that you included not only nutrition, but also lifestyle choices and low toxic living in the discussion as well. I’ve already implemented some of your handy hints and health hacks at home. My kids are particularly loving the healthy home made chocolates! The worksheets you gave us are fantastic and a bible I know I’ll refer to often. I particularly love the Healthy Swap table and the recommended holistic practitioners in Melbourne. It was fantastic to have Marieke there as well and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to her afterwards for further nutrition advice. Thank you Soulla for spreading the ‘truth’ about nutrition and what our bodies are naturally designed to eat.
— Anna
I sat for 6 hours over the weekend totally engrossed in Soulla’s message for health, vitality and happiness. For someone who likes to spend every minute of the weekend outside having adventures, this was quite an achievement on her behalf. What a compelling and informative two sessions it was for me. Such incredible information and delivered in an easy to follow and thoroughly engaging way. You are certainly well on your way to helping people with their mismatch in nutrition! Going back over the history of nutrition put everything in perspective for me, and made me see things from place of much deeper understanding. Most importantly, Soulla is living breathing evidence of the truth of her message. She is so vital, glowing, and happy and her enthusiasm is inspirational. I left both workshops (Food as Medicine and Healthy Home/Healthy Swaps) feeling ready to optimize my heath even further, and as a health coach, more able to help my clients achieve their dream health and their dreams.
— Jessie
I am LOVING my high fat diet since the food as medicine workshop! I’m so much more satisfied and it’s helping with my food binges that I’ve been struggling with so much!!!
— Renee
Soulla, thank you SO much for creating this amazing family. Thank you for the incredible work you do and for bringing so much joy and excitement into my life. I’m forever grateful to you for sharing your knowledge on food and diet & the 8 foundations of health. Your bone broth workshop has made my life SO much easier....I am so grateful to have come across the oils and your workshops and the challenge of then going on to host a gathering of my own & the pride and satisfaction of actually doing that. It brings me such comfort being able to connect with like minded mummas & not feel like a stranded person who is stuck at sea doing all this ‘crazy’ stuff (that I have no intention of stopping cos deep down I know it’s right). I seriously sat on that table yesterday eating that sensational soup just smiling. It was such a wonderful day and all of these people just blow my mind. They’re so beautiful and so friendly and then I got to shop at broth bar on the way home and fill my cupboard with all nutrient dense goodies! I can’t thank you enough 🙏🙏
— Kerry