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Food as Medicine tour coming to country NSW!!! 

Becca Crawford

 

You kept asking for it and now we are doing it. I am thrilled to announce that my Food as Medicine Australian  tour is coming to Bathurst on Saturday 6 July

This FULL DAY event for $150pp consists of a morning Food as Medicine talk and an afternoon Healthy Homes/Healthy Swaps/ Essential Oils talk with a free organic wholefoods lunch provided in between.

> Book your place here

Spending the past 2 weeks with my mama who is quickly slipping away with dementia and witnessing the devastating effect that this has had on not only her life but the lives of those around her, has made me more determined than ever in my mission to empower people with the education, tools and resources they need to reclaim their health and to live less toxic, more nourishing lives before it is too little too late. By turning ignorance into education, we can raise conscious awareness about the effect of what we put in and on our body.

From what we eat and drink, the personal care products we put on our skin, the household cleaning products we unwittingly inhale, how we move, sleep, breathe, and play, how much time we spend in nature, whether we have a strong reason for living, our inner dialogue and our ability to manage our stress… all these pillars or lifestyle choices profoundly influence our health, and switch our genes on and off for better or for worse. Modern science tells us that chronic illness is not, as we previously thought, primarily driven by our hard coded genes but by the expression of our genes which in turn is driven by OUR lifestyle choices. This is a message of hope as we are in the driver’s seat! But as a society and individually we need to urgently shift gears and change lanes in order to change the trajectory of our health and arrest the epidemic of chronic illness and degenerative disease.

In our lap lies an awesome and empowering responsibility as we control to a very large degree these lifestyle choices! Join me in stepping up to that responsibility for the sake of our health, our children’s health and the planet’s health. This is why I do the work that I do and why I shout this message from the rooftops of houses across Australia in my Australian Food as Medicine tour. 

It’s a simple message but there’s much work to be done. 

Last year I started my Australian tour with pre-eminent holistic dietician, gut health expert and GAPS practitioner Marieke Rodenstein to spread this important message to make a greater impact on people’s lives. We have had SOLD OUT events and brilliant responses from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and South East Queensland to date. I’m delighted that we can now also spread this message in country NSW. 


Here is more information on the talks to be provided:

1. FOOD AS MEDICINE TALK: 9am – 1pm Saturday 6th July Perthville, Bathurst 


In this comprehensive 1/2 day presentation, I dive deep into the Fundamentals of Robust Nutrition and provide you with a comprehensive How To manual that sets you up for life. While health is mulifactoral and influenced by a number of different pillars or foundations of health, nourishing your body with the very nutrient-rich whole unprocessed foods that we as a species are biologically designed to eat is, I believe, the fastest and easiest way of reclaiming and maintaining spectacular health with the most profound impact. I spend time explaining the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and how to incorporate them into your diet, the 3 main buckets of dietary toxins and I bust mainstream myths that have led to an epidemic of chronic illness and degenerative disease. What you will hear and receive is exactly the same information that I provide in my one on one health coaching sessions but at a fraction of the price in these group Food as Medicine talks.

Marieke Rodenstein will hone in on the fundamentals of robust gut health. 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.  

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.

> To book or to learn more about our presentation click here!


2. HEALTHY HOMES / HEALTHY SWAPS / ESSENTIAL OILS: 2pm- 5:30pm Saturday 6th July Perthville, Bathurst


While the focus of the Food as Medicine talk is helping you to recognise and eliminate DIETARY toxins (and nourishing our bodies with the nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory whole unprocessed foods), the focus of my HEALTHY HOMES talk is to help you become aware of and eliminate ENVIRONMENTAL toxins lurking in conventional personal care products, household cleaning products, make up and perfumes  (and to healthy swap to all-natural, yet super-powerful, cost-effective 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!

This gathering is free to all Food As Medicine attendees as my mission is to help you kick toxins in ALL areas of your life! So if you are booked into the Food As Medicine talk you will receive automatic entry to the Healthy Homes talk as we want you to make a whole day transforming your health in ALL areas of your life. 

To book or to learn more about our presentation click here!


I can’t wait to see you in Bathurst  in July for this full day event. This will be our last time to tour in this region. Please forward this email to your friends and family. These could be the talks that could change the course of their life!

Together let’s spread this powerful message that food can be the most powerful medicine, our genes are not our destiny and that our health and our planet’s health lies in our hands. 

After Bathurst, we are headed to Melbourne (July), Tasmania (Aug), ACT  (Sept), Bunbury (Oct), Perth (Oct), and finishing the tour in Sydney in November. Places are booking fast to all these cities so please secure your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment. To book into other Australian cities on the Food as Medicine tour click here and select the relevant city from the drop down menu. 

 

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.  


HOW TO RECLAIM & MAINTAIN VIBRANT HEALTH:


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.


WHAT I WILL DISCUSS:


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). 


COST IS $150 PER PERSON & INCLUDES:

  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.


TESTIMONIALS

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
 

Byron Bay & Gold Coast here we come! And would you like us to come to your home town to run a Food as Medicine talk?

Becca Crawford

 

Spending last weekend with my mama who is quickly slipping away with dementia and witnessing the devastating effect that this has had on not only her life by the lives of those around her, has made me more determined than ever in my mission to empower people with the education, tools and resources they need to reclaim their health and to live less toxic, more nourishing lives before it is too little too late. By turning ignorance into education, we can raise conscious awareness about the effect of what we put in and on our body. From what we eat and drink, the personal care products we put on our skin, the household cleaning products we unwittingly inhale, how we move, sleep, breathe, and play, how much time we spend in nature, whether we have a strong reason for living, our inner dialogue and our ability to manage our stress… all these pillars or lifestyle choices profoundly influence our health, and switch our genes on and off for better or for worse. Modern science tells us that chronic illness is not, as we previously thought, primarily driven by our hard coded genes but by the expression of our genes which in turn is driven by OUR lifestyle choices. This is a message of hope as we are in the driver’s seat! But as a society and individually we need to urgently shift gears and change lanes in order to change the trajectory of our health and arrest the epidemic of chronic illness and degenerative disease. In our lap lies an awesome and empowering responsibility as we control to a very large degree these lifestyle choices! Join me in stepping up to that responsibility for the sake of our health, our children’s health and the planet’s health. This is why I do the work that I do and why I shout this message from the rooftops of houses across Australia in my Australian Food as Medicine tour. 

Next cities on the Aussie tour are Byron Bay on 13th April and my home town the Gold Coast on 14th April. I’ll be running 2 separate but related talks on each day (with a break for a free organic wholefoods lunch in between). 

The Food as Medicine talk focuses on the fundamentals of robust nutrition and comes with a comprehensive How To manual that sets you up for life. While health is mulifactoral and influenced by a number of different pillars or foundations of health, nourishing your body with the very nutrient-rich whole unprocessed foods that we as a species are biologically designed to eat is, I believe, the fastest and easiest way of reclaiming and maintaining spectacular health with the most profound impact. I spend time explaining the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and how to incorporate them into your diet, the 3 main buckets of dietary toxins and I bust mainstream myths that have led to an epidemic of chronic illness and degenerative disease. What you will hear and receive is exactly the same information that I provide in my one on one health coaching sessions but at a fraction of the price in these group Food as Medicine talks. Plus you will hear from Marieke Rodenstein, Australia’s leading holistic dietician and GAPS practitioner, who will hone in on the fundamentals of robust gut health. Learn more and book here

The healthy homes/healthy swaps/essential oils talk focuses on reducing environmental toxins in the one environment we can control - our home! I will be educating people on the toxins found in conventional personal care products (including perfumes and make up) and household cleaning products. I will show how you can healthy swap to all natural, non-toxic, super powerful, cost effective products in a positive and empowering way. Small changes, big impact. Without the overwhelm. This talk is completely FREE for everyone who books into the Food as Medicine talk  with a free organic wholefoods lunch provided in between. Learn more about this talk and book here. If you have already been to one of these talks please come again and bring a bunch of friends. Friends don’t let friends use toxic products!

This will be our first and last time presenting on the Gold Coast and in Byron Bay, so I encourage you to take the opportunity to make a full day of understanding and reclaiming your health. By the end of the day, you will have all of the tools and resources you need to take back control of your health, and your childrens’ health. And what could be more important than that?!?

I’ve received numerous requests to visit various towns and cities around Australia and abroad to run these talks. If you want us to come visit your home town and you think you can muster a minimum of 50 people to attend, then Marieke and I would be delighted to oblige. Just email me your details and we can get the ball rolling. Together let’s spread this powerful message that food can be the most powerful medicine, our genes are not our destiny and that our health and our planet’s health lies in our hands. 

Please forward this email to your friends and family. These could be the talks that could change the course of their life!