Fitness & Nutrition

The Primal Shift: Primal Living in the Modern World

Crystal Fieldhouse & Jo Fitton | Paleo Bloggers | Food Coaches | 'Real Food' Foodies

Practical Approaches For Primal Living in a Modern World

Episodes

TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier
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TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier

KarenToday we have Karen Faisandier joining us from Wellington, NZ.

Karen is a born and bred NZ’er, mother of two, and Director of a private psychology practice based in the Wellington CBD.

While she is a conventionally-trained clinical psychologist specialising in addiction, her interest in nutrition in health care led her into the study of nutritional and environmental medicine and its application to psychology.

Karen is passionate about forging an “integrated” and ancestral approach to individual adult psychological assessment and treatment. This involves the evidence-based application of nutritional, nutraceutical, and ancestrally oriented lifestyle interventions so as to assist people to understand, prevent, and recover from psychological distress.

We chat with Karen about:

  • Karen’s interest in addiction
  • How Karen came to make her Primal Shift
  • Integrating an ancestral and ACNEM approach into her clinical practice
  • The impact of caffeine on sleep, the stress response, nutrient absorption and other behaviours
  • Karen’s research and professional experience with drug addiction
  • What the main underlying factors are that can create addictions are
  • Sex addiction, should it be an addiction? And what the prevalence of different sexual behaviours is
  • Is it an addiction? Ask does it cause distress and impairment for someone and does it cause a loss of control?
  • Attachment theory of addiction
  • Is there such a thing as sugar addiction?
  • How gut health and nutritional deficiencies can affect into addictions
  • Can addiction shift from one thing to another? Alcohol to sugar
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Practical approaches people can take to strengthen their mental health – diet and identifying any deficiencies and intolerances, reducing stress
  • When to seek professional support

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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life
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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life

nms_9222One of our primal shifts is the primal detox shift and it’s one of the more involved lifestyle shifts we can make, so today we have with us Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life.

Alexx is a health coach, recipe creator, avid researcher and an educator in the wellness space. She’s also worked in the cosmetics industry and hospitality industry. So she’s come into contact with a whole lot of toxins …and felt the health effects of that exposure.

Now Alexx is all about helping people make the best choices they can, and doing so happily without fear or guilt, when it comes to food, sustainable living, personal care & cleaning products.

We chat to Alexx about:

  • How Alexx’s past experience has influenced what she does now, and
  • How she came to make her primal shift and help other people make positive change
  • Consumer awareness driving accountability and change in the corporate world
  • 3 questions to ask yourself before buying: who makes it? how do they make it? do they align with my values
  • What low-tox living is – careful consideration for the foods we eat, the products we put on ourselves, the things in our environment and what goes on in our minds
  • What are all the different ways we can be bombarded by toxins in our environment?
  • In the home: Synthetic scents and air fresheners, dust, electrical devices, cleaning products
  • Natural aromas, essential oils, getting air flow through the house and switching the modem off overnight, looking into your products
  • Where people can start, some good first steps…
  • Detoxing from social media
  • What does Alexx’s daily routine look like now?
  • The benefits of earthing
  • Making conscious and low-tox choices for clothing
  • Alexx’s Go Low Tox Course

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TPS #77: The Value of Friendship
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2017-09-22 13:39:07 UTC 47:49
TPS #77: The Value of Friendship

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In this episode, Crystal and Jo have a chat about the value of friendship.

As ‘sisters from another mister’ they will share their own friendship journey as well as discussing how intimate friendships and strong social connections have played a vital part in human evolution.

We Chat About

  • Reflecting on our own friendships
  • How Crystal and Jo met
  • Finding like-minded (new) people
  • Using social media to connect with people – the pro’s and cons
  • Online personas vs authentic selves
  • How friends shape our mood, values, and habits
  • Benefits of friendship
  • Blue zones and friendship
  • The impact of social isolation
  • Quality over quantity in friendships
  • Vulnerability and authenticity
  • Evolutionary perspective on friendship
  • The culture of networking and referral systems (personally and professionally)
  • How to know when you’re in a toxic friendship
  • How to cultivate and nurture friendship when life is crazy
  • Caveman TV
  • The importance of face to face interactions
  • Think about the top five people in your life

 

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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products
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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products

img_1726In today’s episode we’re going to be talking low-tox skincare… because as the creator of Ecology Skincare, one of the most common topics I get asked about, is which skincare ingredients should we avoid and how can we choose more natural skincare options.

And it’s natural that once we get our nutrition dialled in, once we’ve cleaned up our diet and we’re looking better, feeling better and have more headspace …that we then take a look at what other aspects of our lifestyle we can “clean up” …and for both of us skincare was a biggie!

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily” ~ The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

We chat about:

  • Where we started when we started thinking about going low-tox
  • Overusing coconut oil on the skin and how natural products can be still really irritating for people with eczema or sensitive skin
  • What we used to use on our skin and how that’s changed over time
  • How deodorants work and the quest to find a good natural deodorant that doesn’t irritate
  • What comedogenic is – aka acne causing ingredients
  • Defending against scaremongering, what really affects absorption into the skin
  • How to simplify your skincare regime, using less products and using them less often – like using Konjac Sponges for cleansing
  • The Dirty Dozen Ingredients to avoid in your skincare and personal care products and their better alternatives
  • #1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate
  • #2 Parabens
  • #3 Fragrance or Parfum
  • #4 DEA, TEA and MEA
  • #5 Phthalates
  • #6 Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, DMDM hydration, Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall), Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide)
  • #7 Mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin oil
  • #8 PEG
  • #9 Triclosan
  • #10 Coal tar and coal tar dyes (look for p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene and colors that begin in “CI” followed by a 5 digit number e.g. CI 19140)
  • #11 Silicones and silioxones
  • #12 BHA and BHT
  • How to start making the transition and simplifying your skincare regime
  • What ‘green washing’ is
  • Scrutinising the top 1/3 of ingredients more than the rest of the ingredient list. These ingredients account for 95% of the contents of the product ~ Nicole Biljsma
  • Crystal’s eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin, use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free

 

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FREE DOWNLOAD – Ecology Bathroom Detox Checklist

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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu
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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu

LuluIn this episode, we chat to Lulu Loya Wu all about the important, but often overlooked, role of emotions when it comes to eating.

Lulu is a certified Eating Psychology Coach. Addressing not only the lifestyle/nutrition factors, but also the deeper aspect of our relationship with food and our bodies. This helps people create lasting change and breaking free from the physical and emotional ups and downs of dieting and other struggles with health.
Lulu has a background in Law and treaty negotiations. It was her personal challenges with food and body that inspired her to become a coach.

 

We chat with Lulu about:

  • Lulu’s primal shift
  • The common struggle of disordered eating
  • Transitioning from a career in law to nutritional coaching
  • What is ‘Eating Psychology’?
  • The limitations of willpower when it comes to food restriction
  • Lulu’s approach with clients – living more in the body instead of the mind
  • Emotional eating is not abnormal
  • Our relationship with food is largely unconscious
  • Why Lulu thinks food addiction isn’t a real addiction
  • What tools does Lulu use with clients to help them get in touch with their unconscious drivers with food
  • Fizzy highs vs deep joy
  • How to cultivate deep joy
  • What does Lulu do to look after herself?
  • Yoga Nidra
  • How to start the journey – reaching out
  • Trusting intuition
  • Is eating ‘bad food’ with a good attitude better than eating ‘good food’ with a bad attitude
  • Highly sensitive people tend to have more digestion issues
  • What’s Lulu got planned for the coming year?

 

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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes
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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes

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In this episode, we chat to  Rebecca Coombes from the Healthy Gut about gut health and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). SIBO is something that Jo and Crystal both had some personal experience with, and it’s a condition that’s not commonly discussed but probably more common than people realise.

Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and passionate foodie. She turned her health around after a lifetime of chronic illness and founded The Healthy Gut, where people can learn about gut health and the impact it has on our general health and happiness. Rebecca is also the author of the world’s first cookbooks and cooking show for people with SIBO!

 

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We chat with Rebecca about:

  • How did Rebecca make her primal shift?
  • Why did Rebecca turn her passion into her profession?
  • What is SIBO?
  • SIBO symptoms
  • How is SIBO diagnosed?
  • The link between SIBO and ‘leaky gut’
  • Main causes of SIBO
  • The challenges of treating SIBO
  • The psychological impact of living with SIBO
  • Making food ‘sexy’ again on a SIBO diet
  • The importance of stress management when treating SIBO
  • How to talk to friends and family about living with SIBO
  • Helpful resources
  • SIBO recovery timeframe
  • Treating SIBO: botanical herbs versus antibiotics
  • The link between endometriosis and SIBO
  • The link between SIBO and other chronic bowel conditions (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Upcoming SIBO event in Australia for practitioners

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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition
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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition

256Today we are super lucky to have not 1 …but 2 fantastic guests with us …the founders of the awesome brand 180 Nutrition and the masterminds behind the industry’s cleanest protein superfood.

Guy and Stu are joining us today to chat about health, the business of health and productivity hacks.

Guy Lawrence has a ton of experience as a health and fitness coach …he loves Crossfit, TRX and jumping into icebaths

And Stuart Cooke is a graphic designer and father of 3 girls with a keen interest in health and wellness …and together they’ve made 180 Nutrition into a successful and thriving business!

We chat about:

  • What the go is with ice baths and controlled cold exposure
  • How the boys came to make their primal shift
  • And how they met, started their bro-mance and their nutrition empire
  • What makes their health business work so well
  • Why education and empowering people with knowledge is so important to them both (like with their health sessions podcasts)
  • Cutting through confusion, allowing for individualism and self-experimentation
  • What are the most common mistakes they see people making with their health and their expectations
  • Taking small steps and going from there
  • How the boys “walk their talk”, structure their day and manage everything they have going on with the business and their daily lives – Guy meditates, Stu makes sure he gets quality sleep
  • How Stu ensures a good night sleep – he shares his best tools and tips
  • Tips for switching off the internal business chatter
  • Guy’s best tips for forming the meditation habit
  • The relaxation response
  • Best productivity hacks – apps, planning, outsourcing, turning off notifications, checking email
  • What is one small thing people can do to get them moving in the right direction – in health and business
  • What’s coming up for 180 Nutrition?

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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson
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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson

home-banner-linda-photo-newIn this episode,  we chat about how to de-stress the easy way with Dr Linda Wilson.

Linda is the author of ‘Stress Made Easy – Peeling Women Off The Ceiling’. She has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and 17 years clinical experience as a stress management specialist.
In that time, Linda has found that the capacity to change your mind ….changes your world and she’s helped hundreds of clients better identify, understand and manage their stress.

Linda also has a weekly radio show focusing on stress management, health and wellbeing.

We chat with Linda about:

  • How did Linda come up with the name of her book
  • Linda’s personal journey from high pressure corporate life to traditional Chinese medical practitioner
  • What is stress?
  • Why do we react to stress the way we do?
  • Linda’s approach to working with people: re-programming the internal environment
  • What is happening to our brain when we’re stressed?
  • Faster EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Using the mind to change the brain
  • How long does the Faster EFT process take?
  • How quickly will people see / feel results using Faster EFT?
  • Finding where stress manifests in the body through pain and/or illness
  • Reconnecting the mind and body
  • The importance of self-care
  • Can our awareness of stress make us more stressed?
  • The benefits of being in nature and walking
  • Adaptability Model : Assess, Distill, Associate, Process, Test
  • How superhighways (neural pathways) are created and strengthened in the brain
  • What is tapping?
  • How does Linda manage her own stress and demands of life

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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri
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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri

Irena Macri The Primal ShiftToday we’re chatting with good friend of the show Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo.

Irena joined us back in Episode 23 to give us the low down on healthy travel hacks, so check that one out if you’re planning a trip…

But just to remind you, Irena is a bestselling author of the ‘Eat Drink, Paleo’ cookbook and her newest book Happy Go Paleo. She’s a contributor to the Happy Body Formula and is also an all round health nerd and global nomad who can find a decent coffee anywhere in the world!

We chat with Irena about:

  • What she’s been up to lately
  • How the Paleo movement is different in the UK, EU and AU
  • How Irena sees the “Paleo” label and how she eats
  • Trends in the health world: gut health was big in 2015, fibre is big in 2016
  • Fibre in buckwheat and resistant starch in potatoes
  • Meat free Mondays
  • How to properly prepare legumes and deactivate phytic acid
  • Raw food vs cooked
  • Souping vs juicing
  • Trends in the real food world: jackfruit, sweet potato toast, sourdough, buckwheat, seaweed pasta, turmeric, mushroom tea, Hawaiian foods, cloud bread
  • What’s the go with nut milk, is almond milk or macadamia milk good for us?
  •  What does an average day look like for Irena Macri?
  • Irena’s tips for distressing before bed and getting a good night’s sleep
  • Go-to meals and Irena’s tips for meal prep
  • The Happy Body Formula – next intake September 2016, then January 2017
  • 7-Day challenges ongoing

 

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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic
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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic

GSP_LG_01_PrintIn this episode we have Lynda Griparic joining us from Northern NSW to talk to us all about poo!

Lynda is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Speaker with over 14 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in constipation, gut health and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care and weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of weight gain, metabolic problems and gut disturbance.

We chat with Lynda about:

  • Why naturopaths are so fascinated with poo
  • Lynda’s personal experience with disordered eating and constipation
  • What happens if we’re not going to the toilet regularly – the effect of constipation on the body
  • Inflammation and toxicity that arises with constipation
  • Estrogen dominance, weight gain and constipation
  • How often should we go to the toilet? Is there such a thing as “normal”
  • What can we do to get things moving again? – Fibre, breath work, apple cider vinegar, resistant starch, probiotics, magnesium bisglycinate
  • How movement, dance and Yin Yoga can improve bowel movements
  • What can cause constipation? – anaemia, dehydration, medications, nervous system dysfunction, stress
  • Why is stress so closely linked to constipation? fight/flight vs rest & digest
  • 80% of serotonin is made in the gut!
  • Why can a FODMAP intolerance affect bowl movement towards constipation or diarrhoea
  • Should we use coffee as a “crutch” to get things moving?
  • Yay or nay for colonics
  • Are squatty potties really helpful or just a gimmick – thumbs up for squatty potties!
  • Soluble vs insoluble fibre

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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis
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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis

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Barbara Loomis

In this episode, we chat to Barbara Loomis, aka the Alignment Monkey, all about the uterus. We get into some in-depth discussions on how issues with the uterus can impact many other parts of the body that we often don’t think of as being related!  There’s also lots of good information on practical steps we can take to correct most of these issues for ourselves, or in conjunction with a qualified practitioner.

Barbara Loomis has a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching people how to care for their reproductive and digestive organs through manual and movement therapies. She is an educator of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, a practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang and Visceral Manipulation as well as a Nutritious Movement certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. She helps women suffering from painful and irregular menstrual periods, fertility challenges, constipation, pelvic floor issues, Diastasis Recti and tipped uteri.

We Chat About:

  • Barbara’s journey into her current field of practice; including her close work with Katy Bowman
  • Barbara’s personal connection to her work
  • Chi Nei Tsang therapy applied to uterine care
  • What is a retroverted uterus?
  • What can we do correct a retroverted uterus?
  • How we store emotions in the body and the central role of the  abdomen
  • The benefits of abdominal massage
  • What is uterine congestion and how does this impact on hormone health?
  • the importance of whole body alignment in relation to uterine health
  • The impact of uterus alignment / positioning on fertility
  • What can we do to correct alignment and move more freely?
  • The relationship between a tight psoas and ovulation pain
  • How can the positioning of toes influence pelvic alignment?
  • The tyranny of tight clothing!
  • How can we learn self massage and self care techniques?
  • Breathing for better uterine health

 

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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea
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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea

IMG_9314Jo and I have become floating nerds, so today we’re going to be talking floatation therapy with Tim George from the Private Sea floatation centre.

Tim and his wife Lynne discovered floating in mid 2014.  They were so impressed with the results of their float sessions that 5 months later The Private Sea was born.

Now with 3 tank rooms and a couples float room floaters are travelling from afar to relieve their stressed out bodies and minds in the mellow and calming environment of the float tanks.

Reports from customers are very positive with comments ranging from “its like being back in the womb” to “literally switched off from the world”. Floatation therapy allows your mind and body to completely relax like you have never done before. With sight, sound, touch, taste, smell removed and very little in the way of gravity and balance your mind gets to take a breath and take a well earned rest.

No, it’s not claustrophobic, no you can’t drown and yes everyone floats.

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Jo, Tim George & Crystal

We chat with Tim about:

  • How he and Lynne got into floating and came to open their own floatation centre
  • What floatation is – sensory deprivation tanks – depriving you of your senses in a tank with 350kgs of epsom salt
  • What happens in a floatation session? The physiological side and the psychological side
  • Turning off the fight / flight response, emotional response
  • Going through theta state in the floatation tank – creative and learning zone
  • What health conditions floatation therapy can really help with – fibromyalgia, pain, sleep, sports injury prevention and recovery
  • Local research into the potential for floatation and fertility
  • What are the benefits of floatation? Pain reduction, clarity of thought, detox, for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis
  • Who shouldn’t float or when not to float
  • How to find your closest float centre

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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer
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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer

The Primal Shift with Joey de Backer

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Today we’re going to be talking mindful and intuitive eating with holistic nutritionist Joey de Backer from Living Nutrition

Joey is an accredited practising dietitian, holistic nutritionist and mindfulness teacher.

She believes that mindful and intuitive eating are the most important skills for any eater to develop …to be able to choose the right foods and amount of food without having to know much about nutrition.

Joey is passionate about helping people with their food choices and helping reconnect with the body’s signals.

We chat with Joey about:

  • How she came to make her primal shift
  • The myth of the perfect diet for everyone
  • Listening to your bodies cues about what to eat and how much to eat
  • Is my body going to ask for burgers and chips everyday?
  • Mouth hunger or psychological hunger vs real hunger
  • Transitioning to eating whole foods vs just eating a western diet mindfully
  • Getting more in touch with your body through movement, yoga, gardening to help you eat more mindfully
  • Dealing with cravings using mindfulness
  • Taking a 3-minute breathing space
  • How gut bacteria and stress might influence cravings
  • The more we resist the more things persist
  • What mindful eating and intuitive eating are
  • Keeping a food diary and rating level of hunger and satisfaction
  • We don’t feel satisfied by food if we’re doing other things while eating
  • The influence of posture and breath on our digestion
  • Most people eat very quickly, Joey shared some tips for slowing down our eating
  • Asking yourself what you want to eat when you go shopping and before a meal
  • Food waste and sustainability, why it’s important and tips for minimising wastage
  • Mistakes we can make with mindful eating

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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick
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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick

Managing Depression and Anxiety naturally with Jad Patrick

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Both Jo and I have some personal experience dealing with anxiety and today we have back with us our favourite guest, naturopath and counsellor Jad from Jad Patrick Naturopathy.

Jad is our go-to for all things interesting. From an early age he’s been intensely interested in health and nutrition and he believes a whole foods based diet, combined with exercise, stress management and healthy relationships is the key to preventing many of today’s chronic health issues.

So, today we’re going to be diving into some primal approaches to managing depression and anxiety naturally with Jad.

We chat with Jad about:

  • Why he personally has an interest in helping people with depression and anxiety
  • What the similarities and differences are between depression and anxiety
  • What they are and how they are generally treated
  • How natural treatments and conventional treatments work together
  • How inflammation affects mental health
  • How common anti-depressants work
  • How our genetics may affect mental health
  • Nature vs Nurture
  • How our microbiome can affect mental health
  • How a leaky gut and our diet can affect mental health
  • Which nutrients are helpful and whether to get them from food or supplements
  • How other lifestyle factors that can affect our mental health like sunlight, Vitamin D, sleep, having purpose, hobbies and interests, social factors and exercise
  • Options for managing depression and anxiety naturally
  • Mindfulness rituals like drinking tea
  • How histamine and food intolerances can feed into feelings of anxiety
  • Some quick wins that can make a real difference for depression and anxiety

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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care
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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care

Self Care is the new Health CareToday we’re going to be chatting about something that has become more important to the both of us over the last year and that is self care.

That deliberate act of taking some time out for yourself with an activity that’s good for your physical, mental or emotional health.

It might be yoga, going for a walk, meditating, having a relaxing bath or spending time with your friends and family. Any activity that will recharge your batteries and leave you feeling refreshed.

So we’re going to explore why self care is important, what stops us from doing it more often, what self care practices Jo and I love and some ways you can incorporate some self care into your day or create more time for it.

We chat about:

  • Why taking time out for self care is so important
  • Putting your own O2 mask on first
  • What stops us from taking time out for self care more often?
  • Survey results: the 3 big reasons why people don’t practice self care (from Ecology Skincare)
  • Time, kids and family, work, keeping the household running
  • Belly breathing and dropping your shoulders
  • Jo’s yoga and stretching, legs up the wall are all active self care
  • Seeing eating well as a nourishing act of self care
  • Happy dancing and smiling
  • Taking a mindful pause or mindfulness meditation
  • Walking on the beach or in the outdoors, simply sitting in the sun
  • Reconnecting with other people
  • Being ok with saying “no” when we don’t want to do something or can’t do something
  • Giving yourself permission
  • Ecology Mineral Bath Salts for a foot bath or full bath
  • Our best tips for working self care into your daily routine and making it a habit
  • Making appointments with yourself, sticky notes about the place, electronic reminders
  • Find your time wasters and reducing or eliminating them
  • Batching tasks so you have more time left over for self care

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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015
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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015

In today’s episode Crystal and I are going to take some time to reflect on the year that was 2015.

We both had a lot adventures and fun last year. But naturally, there’s been some trials and tribulations as well!  

We’ll also give you a sneak peak into some of our personal goals for 2016!

We chat about:

  • Our road trip down the east coast of the South Island of NZ
  • How our approach to food and they way we eat has changed over the last year
  • Moving away from the “paleo” label, still following the principals of eating real food and bringing it back to what works for us personally
  • Reducing anxiety around food reactions and intolerances
  • Improving relationships with food
  • Crystal’s been dealing with elevated thyroid antibodies
  • Impact of stress on appetite and autoimmune
  • Making conscious choices around ‘green travel’ – Jo’s been biking to work and utilising car share schemes
  • Jo’s reflects on her yoga practice
  • Crystal started kickboxing again
  • Incorporating self care and relaxation practices to manage stress
  • Trying out Floatation in a floatation tank
  • Crystal tried out Faster EFT tapping and recognises the benefits of going home and spending time with family
  • Jo made progress with her endometriosis, using acupuncture and chiro
  • Jo has been able to move away from using pain medication for her endo and manage pain and symptoms naturally
  • Crystal is learning how to manage tasks, projects and her to-do list more effectively using a whiteboard and 3 most important tasks with rewards
  • Jo’s been delving into her personal values and what it means to be authentic
  • Prioritising time out for yourself and quality interactions with others
  • Being more compassionate towards yourself, Jo’s expectations of herself and investigating motivations
  • We dive more deeply into mindfulness
  • Jo’s been doing post-graduate studies in business management and leadership
  • Using ‘reframing’ techniques to help you move through work situations
  • Crystal is now working full-time on Ecology Skincare, launched a baby product and another podcast called Mind Body Beauty
  • Our plans and intentions for 2016, with this podcast and beyond
  • Morning routines, travel, new Ecology products, accountability groups, self care and gut health
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Ecology Replenishing Mineral Bath Salt with Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salt

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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3
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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3

In this episode, we bring you the final of our three part series from the AHSNZ International Symposium, held in Queenstown October 2015.

 

We Chat To:

 

andrewDr Andrew Dickson

Healthspiration and the psycho-sociality of everyday life: A discussion on the determinants and detriments of ‘health-at-all-costs’

Dr Andrew Dickson is organisational sociologist at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a graduate of biochemistry and business. His research expertise is in critical health studies, focusing mainly on the wider weight-loss industry, but also in applying a psycho-sociological lens to other ‘health’ industry topics including: the impact of managerial ideology; gender relations; ethics and embodied alienation in the sport sector.

 

 

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Dr Ihirangi Heke

Atua to Matua: Maori Ecology and the Connection to Health and Physical Activity

Dr. Ihi Heke is currently a Maori health & physical activity consultant involved in a number of projects ranging from national health and physical activity initiatives funded by the Ministries of Education and Health to working in applied roles with elite athletes as a sport psychologist and strength/conditioner. Previously he has held lecturing roles in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Prince Sultan University in Saudia Arabia and the Wananga o Raukawa.

Dr Heke is also a consultant to the New Zealand Academy of Sport delivering to several national sporting bodies including; Motorsport New Zealand, Cycling New Zealand, Motorcycling New Zealand and New Zealand Swimming Federation

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Signaling Theory: What Is Your Environment Trying to Tell You? How To Cut Through the Noise and Win at Life

Karen Phelps is a writer and marketing consultant from Ashland, Oregon USA. She discovered ancestral health principles in early 2011 and, having seen the benefits firsthand, is determined to share with others. She has worked for the Ancestral Health Society stateside, is a MovNat certified trainer, and has written and contributed to numerous ancestral health-minded podcasts, blogs, and articles.

The evolutionary mismatch lens allows her to see all sorts of culprits beyond diet and nutrition that affect us everyday, and because we live in a time of unprecedented choice, she wants to help everyone choose as wisely as possible

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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2
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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2

In this episode we give you more great chats with some of the speakers from the AHSNZ Symposium in October 2015.

 

We Chat To:

 

 

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Climate change and health – risks, limits and opportunities

Alistair Woodward is a medical graduate and public health specialist with a longstanding interest in the environment and health. For 10 years he was Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and is now Professor of Epidemiology in the same institution. He has written on air quality, radiation risks, injury prevention, the extraordinary benefits of the simple bicycle, and climate change – he was a convening lead author on the most recent IPCC assessment.

 

 

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Travelling in the slow lane: the benefits of, and barriers to, active transport

Simon Kingham is Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a human geographer who has researched in a range of areas related to urban environment and health. These include research on transport, air pollution, green and bluespace (parks and water), and earthquakes. He has published widely both reports and in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee and was on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Forum.

 


lara-transparentLara Briden

Lara Briden, ND is a naturopathic doctor with nearly 20 years clinical experience. She has a strong science background, and formerly worked as an evolutionary biologist (she was lead author on the 1995 zoology paper: “Sex differences in the use of daily torpor and foraging time by big brown bats”). Thousands of patients have entrusted Lara with their PCOS, thyroid disease, endometriosis, and many other health issues, so she has had a chance to learn what really works for hormones. She has distilled that knowledge into her blog and book “Period Repair Manual.”

 

 

 

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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1
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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1

Crystal & Jo, The Primal Shift In October Jo and I were lucky enough to be a part of the first ever Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in beautiful Queenstown.  

The symposium was put together by the AHSNZ Executive team headed up by President Jamie Scott and Vice President Dr Anastasia Boulais.

We joined over 130 people to listen to a dynamic and diverse range of speakers who gave us the latest information on ancestral health, sustainable living, urban design, and climate change …and it was a fantastic weekend!!

Participants were totally blown away by this event and I heard from many people that this was THE BEST health and wellbeing conference they had attended….so the bar has been set pretty high team!

But right now, you guys are in for a treat because in this episode we’re bringing you a little taste of what we heard over the weekend. Jo and I caught up with some of the speakers between talks to ask them a few questions.

We spoke with:

Good friend of the show and creator of the Primal Play method… 

Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, founder of Fitness Explorer Training & Nutrition based in London, England is a blogger, international speaker, and author of Paleo Fitness: Primal Training and Nutrition to Get Lean, Strong, and Healthy.

After almost two decades working in investment banking as a computer scientist and increasingly suffering from illness, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to wellbeing by referencing our hunter-gatherer past. Instead of solving computer algorithms, he set about helping to tackle some of the problems that beset many individuals wanting to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle amidst the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As part of this mission, Darryl developed the PRIMAL PLAY methodology to inspire others to make activity truly fun while getting incredibly healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

Darryl now devotes his time to helping others improve their ability to perform everyday, recreational and extraordinary tasks by eating and moving the way nature intended.

I did take part in one of those primal play sessions and it has heaps of fun, I was really surprised at how sore I was! – Crystal

We’ve got a special offer for you guys, Darryl has given us a copy of his newest book Paleo from A to Z to give away to one lucky listener.

To be in to win come over to the Primal Shift Facebook page and find the pinned picture of Darryl and Crystal at the top of the page and leave us a comment on that pic.

Tell us your favourite way to play. The giveaway will be open from the 3rd of December 2015 till the 17th December and the winner will be chosen at random and announced on the next episode of The Primal Shift.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Find this pinned pic on Facebook and comment to win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Next we chatted with Osteopath Phillip Beach to chat archetypal postures and embracing life on the floor…

Phillip Beach

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Phillip grew up in Sydney, Nigeria, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. When he was deciding on a career he went to London to study Osteopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Twenty-three years later he moved to Wellington.

His research interests revolve around three central questions. Firstly, how may we model whole organism movement patterns? There is remarkably little work being done on this central question. Secondly, what are the biomechanical drivers that are fuelling the endemic musculoskeletal distress found in our society? His presentation will introduce what he calls the Archetypal Postures of repose. Thirdly, what might the Chinese have been mapping with their enigmatic meridians?

I participated in one of those sessions and boy was I challenged by some of those simple floor postures, like kneeling and sitting cross legged …time for me to spend more time on the floor! – Jo

Then we caught up with Brad Norris who gave the keynote talk on day 1 about how our values influence our motivation towards doing the things that make us healthier…

Brad Norris

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Brad Norris is the founder and director of Synergy Health Limited – a business that over the previous 15 years has developed a strong reputation for delivering effective workplace health promotion programmes to some of New Zealand’s largest and most successful businesses.

Brad’s formal education includes the completion of a Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and a Diploma in Sports Studies.

And lastly we chatted with Melbourne based PhD candidate, Stephen Hamley…

Stephen Hamley

steven-hamleySteven Hamley is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research project is about the metabolic and physiological responses to a meal in healthy people (e.g. glucose metabolites and insulin signalling), to see whether this is altered in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and if so, whether these responses can be altered by a short term diet intervention.

For his honours thesis, his research group was the first to demonstrate that only 1 week of a simple diet switch completely reversed diet-induced glucose intolerance in mice, and then followed this up by investigating the metabolic and biochemical basis for the change. Steven’s honours thesis received the highest mark in the school, earning him two student prizes and a PhD scholarship.

Wow, what an awesome episode hey?

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you, this is part 1 of a 3 part series from the New Zealand Ancestral Health Symposium, so stay tuned for the next episodes.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

And remember to head over to the Primal Shift FB page to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Darryl Edwards latest book Paleo from A-Z …find the pinned picture of Crystal and Darryl at the top of the page and tell us your favourite way to play.

You’ve got till the 17th of December to enter and you’ll find out who the lucky winner is in the next TPS episode …good luck everyone!

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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims
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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims

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Alison Sims, Paleo Foodies

In this episode Jo and I chat with Australia’s favourite Paleo Foodie, Alison Sims!

Alison is Passionate about real food and healthy living. She’s the lady behind the popular blog Paleo Foodies. Alison has also been eating her way around Australia in a bid to discover the best paleo dining experience. She is a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Australia’s first Paleo Magazine, the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine.

We chat with Alison about:

  • Dinner Party Planning
  • How Alison made her Primal Shift
  • It’s never an overnight change, its all about trial and error and experimenting to find what works
  • Seeing more and more cafes and restaurants with gluten free options and locally sourced ingredients on their menus – there is a change happening
  • Recipe creation  and an insight into Alison’s family background
  • The most common questions Alison gets and some of the challenges people have when starting a Paleo lifestyle
  • The place for paleo treats
  • Working with Scott Gooding on the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • What to expect in the Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • Topics in the first issue – the relationship between between gut heart hand the mouth and also insulin
  • Contributors include Mark Sisson, Dr Loren Cordain and Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo, also Paleo chefs and food producers
  • Available in iTunes and the Paleo Foodies website from early December
  • Making the transition from her career in advertising and marketing to Paleo Foodies
  • New App called Paleo Paddock
  • Best places to eat around Australia
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Melbourne – Patch, Palate, Paleo Den, Feast of Merit
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Perth – Nature’s Harvest
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Brisbane – Primal Palate
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Canberra – Elemental
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Sydney – Bondi Whole Foods, Porch and Parlour, Little Kitchen
  • What Alison is whipping up for her Dinner Party

 

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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!
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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!

yesterday deadline written on blackboardProcrastination is something we are all guilty of either some of the time or a lot of the time. This can be due to a variety of reasons and normally we eventually get round to tackling those outstanding tasks.

But sometimes procrastination can delay us making significant changes that we need to make in our lives. This can have a big impact on our happiness and wellbeing.

So today we are not going to put this topic off any longer… we are going to tackle ‘procrastination!’

Definition of Procrastination:

“To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness”

“To postpone or delay needlessly”

We chat about:

  • We even procrastinated doing this episode!
  • What is procrastination?
  • Why do we procrastinate?
  • How Crystal and Jo procrastinate: ‘procrastibaking’, social media and planning tasks
  • The two levels of procrastination
  • Evolutionary theories on procrastination
  • The link between procrastination and impulsivity
  • How does modern living compound procrastination?
  • Mark Manson: ‘Manson’s Law of Avoidance’
  • The impact procrastination can have on our lives
  • Strategies to overcome procrastination
  • ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’
  • Good enough is good enough
  • Managing expectations
  • Enjoy the process and don’t get so attached to the outcome
  • Be accountable
  • Manipulate your environment to optimise productivity
  • Be comfortable with discomfort
  • Set deadlines and rewards

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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence
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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Today we have with us the Sunshine Coast’s most famous Paleo couple, Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence.

Clint is a Health and Fitness Coach & a MovNat Certified Trainer. teaching natural movement and primal play for kids and adults.
He loves watching whales, fishing and climbing trees and believes that “good health should be affordable and accessible to everyone”

And Clint’s primal partner Aimee, regularly hosts Paleo cooking demo’s and workshops, where people can even learn how to make gelatin, bone broth, and offal. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and getting out and about on the beach or in nature

Together they head up the Sunshine Coast Paleo Meet-up Group, where they offer a variety of different events and resources to help as many people as possible

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

We chat about:

  • How Aimee and Clint made their Primal Shift – from gluten free to grain free
  • Once they were feeling good eating Paleo, they looked at what else within the Paleo lifestyle made sense
  • Clint changing the way he trained clients in the personal training studio
  • Making movement fun and looking for opportunities to explore and challenge
  • Primal play with a back injury
  • Less is more – exercise less, but move more
  • Making movement affordable for everyone
  • How to make a Paleo/Primal diet affordable
  • Food is Free programs, food swaps and sharing information with your community
  • Best tips for busy people
  • What is forest bathing or forest therapy?
  • Benefits of forest therapy and being in nature
  • What does a forest therapy session look like?
  • Waking up naturally and house plants
  • Tips and ideas for starting to cook with offal (liver) – and not make it awful
  • Upcoming classes and workshops on the Sunshine Coast

 

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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards
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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer

In this episode we chat to Darryl Edwards, aka The Fitness Explorer, all about making fitness fun and accessible to everyone through ‘primal play’.

Darryl is the founder of of HEALTH Unplugged and owner of Fitness Explorer Training,  an international speaker, coach, nutritionist and author of “Paleo Fitness“ and “Paleo from A to Z”.  

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well-being.  Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – a midst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the founder of the PRIMAL PLAY methodology, he makes activity fun, effective and engaging while getting individuals healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

And those who are attending the AHSNZ Symposium next month are going to experience this first hand. Darryl will be heading to NZ for the Symposium to speak at the event and get people into some primal play.

We also introduce friend of the show, psychology nerd and big kid, Russell Campbell as our guest host.

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We chat with Darryl about:

  • What his weekend morning routine looks like
  • How he came to make his Primal Shift
  • The contrast between Darryl’s previous life as an investment banker vs now as The Fitness Explorer
  • Reprioritising what is important in life
  • Transitioning to working with people to improve their health and fitness
  • Training like the actors in the Movie 300 and coming to Primal Play instead
  • Making fitness fun with imaginative and inventive games
  • “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about participation”
  • Reaching goals and objectives with fitness, but enjoying the process along the way – instant gratification with movement
  • What will people find themselves doing with “Primal Play?”
  • Games including primal tag
  • Primal play is great for those who hate exercise and those who are competitive who are looking for a different kind of challenge
  • The aspect of community, group participation and teamwork with primal play
  • Peter Grey’s TED Talk about the benefits of play for kids
  • Structured sport vs play
  • The Kiwi game of Bullrush and also British Bulldog
  • More kids go to hospital falling out of bed than falling out of trees
  • The relationship between play, learning and creativity
  • Darryl is heading to NZ to talk at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown
  • Travel hacking
  • Primal Hit or Primal Shit: Treadmill Desks

 

Primal Tag in action with Darryl Edwards at the Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

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TPS 56: Self Compassion
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TPS 56: Self Compassion

Heart self-compassionIn this episode, we talk about self compassion and why it can be a powerful tool for dealing with negative and self critical thoughts, which we know (from our ‘Think’ episode) can impact positively or negatively on our physical, mental and psychological well being.

Crystal and I will chat a bit about the theory behind self compassion and then how we can  incorporate this practice into our everyday lives.

We hope our chat helps you to start, or continue, a practice of self-kindness and self acceptance which will permeate every aspect of you life for the better.

Self Compassion

We chat about:

  • What self-compassion actually is – a component of mindfulness
  • Being aware of what we’re thinking about and replacing critical self thoughts with kinder, comforting, soothing self talk
  • The 3 elements of Self Compassion: Self Kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness
  • Loving Kindness, speaking to ourselves the way we would a good friend who was going through a rough patch instead of being harsh and critical of ourselves
  • Common Humanity, recognising that suffering is universal and realising that we are not alone in feeling the way we do
  • Mindfulness, sitting with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, noticing where they are in the body
  • Using guided meditations to be kinder towards ourselves
  • Feeling the feeling and self-soothing, putting your hand on your heart
  • Oxytocin and the mammalian care-giving system
  • Our bodies don’t make the distinction if we are touching ourselves or if someone else is touching us in comfort
  • Can hold your own arms or wrists to comfort self
  • Body language and power poses
  • Using self-compassion to improve your relationships with other people, being more compassionate and less judgemental
  • “Comparison is the thief of joy”
  • Self-esteem is often based on external reinforcement
  • Comparing and social media
  • Thinking …what’s the worst that could happen and whatever happens I’ll deal with it
  • Our self-compassion practices
  • Guided meditations, acknowledging that you’re struggling with something, body compassion and self care, taking the foot off the pedal
  • Giving self permission to take time out, massage, floatation, feeling the feelings, Faster EFT (tapping)
  • Primal Hit or Shit, should everyone practice self compassion?
  • Remember, it can be hard to do this!
  • Be kind to yourself and others!!

 

Comparison is the thief of Joy

 

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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest
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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

On this episode, Jo and Crystal chat with the vibrantly happy and healthy Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest all about Gut health and our microbiome. Jacqui is super passionate about whole foods and healing through lifestyle choices, which led her to found her company Grateful Harvest, supplying fermented foods and beverages and helping people make that connection between gut health and the health of their body and mind. Along this journey, Jacqui has connected with world class leaders in this area, sharing their work and allowing each of us to discover the potential for change held within.

We chat with Jacqui about:

  • Jacqui’s interesting and unconventional upbringing, including exposure to textured vegetable protein
  • How pregnancy prompted her to further investigate what she was eating and how she was living
  • Brewing her own Kombucha and investigating what Kombucha is, the benefits and what was myth and what wasn’t
  • Homeschooling
  • The pro’s and con’s of choice, including being overwhelmed
  • Crowding out the less desirable stuff
  • We are only 10% human and the current state of research into the gut and microbiome
  • The origins of fermented foods
  • How you create the right environment for fermenting foods
  • Microbes pre-digestive food for us, produce digestive enzymes, vitamins that the body can absorb, fatty acids
  • Being the custodians of our internal eco-system and what that means for us from a health perspective
  • How it all starts – from birth and breast feeding
  • How our micro biome affects our immune system
  • The gut sends more messages than the brain does – wow!!
  • Trusting what our bodies tell us
  • The potential connection between the gut, autism and inflammatory conditions
  • It’s all about the fibre, so eat more plants
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Chew your food properly and eating mindfully
  • Not being so germ phobic
  • What does a compromised system look like?
  • What to look for in commercially available fermented foods and beverages

 

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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift
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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift

Brain design.In previous episodes we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and relax so it’s more in line with our basic biology …with what our genes expect of us!

We are up to the last Primal Shift now, the THINK Shift.

In my opinion this is one of the hardest Primal Shifts to make and it’s one that requires constant …thought …for want of a better word!

So in today’s episode we are going to be talking about how our thoughts and our mindset can affect our health and happiness and what we can do to hold a mirror up to the contents of our mind, observe our thoughts and change our thinking.

We chat about:

  • How this is harder to get in line than our food and movement
  • We are hard wired towards a negativity bias, it was critical for the survival of our ancestors
  • The way we perceive our environment creates our stress
  • Optimists live longer than pessimists
  • Cortisol and adrenalin release in response to fear and perceived problems
  • The effect of cortisol and whole body inflammation on the gut
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • The effects of stress and negative thoughts on the body, holding tension in the body
  • Thoughts creating feelings in the body, noticing how stress feels in the body
  • How our thoughts can impact on our skin health
  • Spending the majority of our time dwelling on thoughts of the past or worrying about what might happen in the future
  • Being mindful and living in the present moment
  • The stories we tell ourselves in our heads are not always “true”
  • Observing thoughts, noticing and naming them to break out of autopilot
  • Letting go of the need for control “…there’s nothing I can do about this, except how I choose to respond to it”
  • What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll handle it
  • Reframing – what can I learn from this?
  • Getting excited about stressful situations and seeing them as a positive and a challenge
  • Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk
  • Blue Zone’s observations around having a sense of purpose and moving towards your values
  • The importance of being connected socially and keeping lines of communication open
  • Sharing worries, emotions, thoughts, joys and realising we all have similar experiences and struggles
  • Using mindfulness to build mind muscles for noticing and naming thoughts we get caught up in …in a non-judgemental way
  • Changing your psychology by changing your physiology – smiling and fake smiling
  • Your brain doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined
  • Laughter Yoga and Happy Dancing
  • Getting out of your head and into your body
  • The benefits of touch, massage and using your 5 senses to ground you in your body
  • The nature connection and how walking and spending time in nature can change our thinking
  • Journalling, mindful colouring and creative drawing, Zentangle
  • Talk therapy with a professional like a psychotherapist can help you process things in a healthier way
  • Feeling the feelings and letting the emotions out, acknowledging and being ok with it
  • Primal Hit or Shit – Medicating our thoughts and feelings
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Crystal and Jo taking time out to Think and Plan Podcast Episodes

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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart
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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart

Matthew-Stewart-head-and-shoulders-199x300In this episode we chat to Osteopath and Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Executive Member Matthew Stewart.

Matt has nearly twenty years experience in manual therapies and is registered as an osteopath in Australia and New Zealand and is a certified and licensed massage therapist in Hawaii…interesting!

In addition to his clinical work, Matt advises training organisations and professional associations on education and research issues. His research interests focus on the effects of manual therapy, movement, diet, sleep, and psycho-social factors on the musculoskeletal system.

Matt seeks to translate the research literature in these domains into his professional and personal practice in accordance with ancestral health principles.

You can hear more from Matt at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October (see link at the end of this page for details!)

We Chat About:

  • Massage qualifications in Hawaii?
  • Matt’s Primal Shift, the gradual journey
  • Why did Matt decide to become an osteopath?
  • What does an osteopath do?
  • Three broad themes of osteopathy: Visceral, Cranial, and Structural
  • Resistance training and recovery from desk sitting
  • How lifestyle factors impact on the musculoskeletal system
  • The vicious cycle of inflammation, pain and sleep deprivation
  • Pain perception and the nervous system
  • Everyone has imperfect bodies (structurally)
  • Manual therapy for managing stress and pain
  • How we hold emotions in our bodies (the ‘three fists of tension’)
  • The importance of the psoas muscle
  • Sitting properly to protect your back and pelvis (if you have to sit!)
  • Matt’s thoughts on treadmill desks
  • What to do if you don’t have a standing desk at work
  • Power postures for managing stress
  • How to get more movement into our day
  • Matt’s daily movement routine and passion for sports
  • How does Matt rest and recover?
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Are humans designed to run?
  • How did Matt get involved in AHSNZ
  • What will Matt be speaking about at the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What’s Matt reading at the moment?

 

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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz
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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz

asha profile picToday we’re joined by Asha Evertsz, The Clear Skin Expert talking about clearing acne naturally without relying on synthetic hormones, antibiotics and skin stripping skincare.

Asha is a Naturopath, Skin Therapist, Corneotherapist and former acne sufferer who’s seen every type of acne and every type of acne cause. A self-confessed science nerd and biochemistry buff, Asha brings in the big guns – pathology and functional medicine …bang bang …with her acne treatments and education programs.

Asha loves to help people to learn the triggers that are unique to them, so that they are educated and confident with their skin and sassy selves! She can be found practicing from her clinical practice in Collins Street Melbourne, helping thousands of women with their skin stress.

We chat with Asha about:

  • Her experience with adult acne and treating it conventionally with the birth control pill
  • Going on a personal mission to help treat and heal her cystic acne and how acne can affect every facet of your life
  • Listening to the messages our skin is sending us
  • Working with a range of practitioners and getting support from friends and family
  • Studying Naturopathy and Natural Beauty Therapy
  • Omega 3’s, inflammation and pathology testing
  • What are some of the main causes of adult acne, it’s certainly not straight forward
  • Intense periods of stress most often precede major acne breakouts
  • Underlying inflammation and an underlying metabolic issue
  • A paleo diet is the most anti-inflammatory diet
  • Cortisol is the big instigator, hormones do play their part but it’s more of a metabolic issue that can affect insulin and sex hormones
  • Thoughts on dairy as a trigger for acne. High GI foods can trigger insulin and insulin like growth factors, increasing sebum production, inflammation and affecting the way skin cells shed
  • Testing – a full blood exam is helpful, including iron and B12, vitamin D, urinary profiles that look at cortisol and oestrogen, testosterone, DHT and progesterone
  • Zones of breakouts – jawline, chin and neck can be stress related, hormones, thyroid play a part
  • If breaking out elsewhere Asha will often investigate gut issues and potential parasite infections
  • Back and shoulder acne in males and some females
  • Common mistakes people make that can cause acne or make it worse and what to do about them
  • 1. Using harsh products or treatments, including those that contain benzyl peroxide (a lot of people present with a dry acne, not oily), fragrances, emulsifiers, clinical skin peels
  • 2. Getting on medication too early as a band aid (birth control pill and roaccutane)
  • 3. People trying to solve acne themselves without support
  • 4. Picking skin, it damages skin that is already inflamed and slow to heal and can cause longer term pigmentation
  • 5. Obsessing about skin, letting it take over your life and the negative self talk that goes with it
  • Recommendations for what to do when breaking out, topically and on the inside
  • Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your stress levels and your skin, you can’t buy sleep!
  • Eating to balance out blood sugar levels and get enough nutrients to the skin
  • 6-9 cups of veggies a day (rule of thumb – half of this as leafy green veggies and don’t skimp on starches), quality protein, bone broths
  • Not too much high intensity exercise, sweating is good for skin but if stressed going for more restorative exercise
  • Sugar and stimulants like coffee are not a good idea, especially if stressed
  • Drink lots of water

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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers
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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers

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Diana Rodgers, the Sustainable Dish

Crystal and Jo talk with the dynamic Diana Rodgers from Radiance Nutrition and the Sustainable Dish about food sustainability.

Diana Rodgers divides her time between her nutritional therapy practice, running an organic farm and vegetable CSA with her husband and 2 children, writing beautiful cookbooks, teaching cooking classes and educational programs and co-hosting the modern farm girls podcast.

We talk with Diana about:

  • What a typical day looks like juggling the kids and farm work with writing and her nutritional practice
  • What a CSA is (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Her journey before and after being diagnosed with coeliac disease in her mid-twenties
  • Finding Weston A Price and The Paleo Solution
  • Combining Paleo with sustainable living
  • Studying to become a board certified Dietitian
  • Becoming organic farmers
  • The difference between “being Paleo” and living in a sustainable Paleo way
  • The importance of sleeping well, getting out in nature and connecting with the community
  • The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook – a “how to” for homesteading and how to live a more sustainable Paleo life (whether you’re growing your own food or not)
  • What questions we can ask at the supermarket, farm gate or farmers markets
  • Food policy around sustainability and the assumptions made about plant-based diets and farming
  • Why Diana loves goats
  • Humane slaughter and respecting the whole animal
  • Making sustainability “sexier”
  • Diana’s topic for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Queenstown in October

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To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd” ~ Wendell Berry

 

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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’

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Steph Gaudreau

In this episode we speak to the multi-talented and super human Steph Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo.

When Steph isn’t creating delicious & nutritious chow, she’s lifting heavy things, writing books and running her new podcast Harder to Kill Radio. Steph is also a one time science teacher and current holistic nutritionist, so I think we are in good hands here!

Steph and her husband Craig Zielinski will be heading to the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand!) to speak at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) international Symposium October.

We Chat About

  • Steph talks about her new online program (coming soon!)
  • Steph’s Primal Shift
  • How Steph developed a better relationship with her body through an ancestral lifestyle, and cross fit
  • Balancing personal fitness with business goals
  • The story behind ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
  • How to face the fear when making big life or career changes
  • Steph’s advice for goal setting and changing habits
  • Why there is an absence of  sweet snack foods on Steph’s site
  • Taming the sugar beast
  • Modifying nutrition for athletic performance and endurance training
  • How do humans become ‘unbreakable’?
  • Why is Steph traveling to New Zealand for the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What is Steph talking about at AHSNZ?
  • Moving beyond the obsession of aesthetics
  • Steph runs the ‘5 rapid fire’ gauntlet questions!

 

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden
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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden

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Lara Briden

In this episode we chat with Lara Briden, the naturopathic Doctor who’s clocked up nearly 20 years experience in women’s health. Lara balances her time between Christchurch New Zealand, and Sydney Australia, where she runs a hormone clinic to treat PCOS, PMS, endometriosis and many other period related problems.

Lara has recently released her book ‘Period Repair Manual. Natural Treatment for better hormones and better Periods’ and will also be speaking on this topic at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in Queenstown October.

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We Chat About:

  • How does Lara balance her time between New Zealand and Australia
  • Why did Lara move to New Zealand?
  • Lara’s ‘Primal Shift’
  • The motivation and intention behind ‘The Period Repair Manual’
  • Why is there an epidemic of hormone dis-regulation with both men and women?
  • Male infertility; the hidden epidemic
  • The gut health / hormone link
  • Where to start with treatment options
  • Endometriosis as an autoimmune condition
  • It’s not normal to have period pain!
  • Red meat and endometriosis
  • The long term health implications of ‘the pill’
  • Progesterone vs progesterines
  • What to expect when coming off the pill
  • Alternative birth control methods
  • Does the copper IUD influence copper levels in the body?
  • Alcohol intake; is there a safe limit for women?
  • Why Lara supports AHSNZ
  • Lara’s latest passion project: ‘Menstruation Matters’

 

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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare
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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

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Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

Today’s episode is all about Natural Skincare, a topic that’s close to Crystal’s heart and of course close to her skin!

We both fully believe that when it comes to skincare, simple is good ….and less is more, so we’ll chat about how we can simplify our topical skin care regimes.

And we’ll also be going deeper than skin deep and chatting about how we can take a more holistic approach to caring for our skin by nurturing our skin from within with good food and practices that reduce stress and tension, so we can all round live a little happier in our own skin.

We chat about:

  • Jo’s skin challenges, starting with eczema and dermatitis as a youngster and cystic acne in her early 20’s
  • Being gentle with skin and choosing products designed for sensitive skin, plus other diet and lifestyle measures
  • How common skin issues are
  • Crystal’s skin challenges, acne and dermatitis as a teenager and through early 20’s, worsening after glandular fever and tonsillitis
  • Being on the pill and antibiotics to control acne
  • Natural salicylates and histamines in foods can be an issue for eczema sufferers
  • Coconut oil on skin can be problematic, it’s not for everyone!
  • Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean your skin will love it
  • Why tallow is good for your skin
  • Our skin becomes drier as we age
  • The Ecology Skincare ethos
  • The potential problems with an overcomplicated skincare regime
  • Natural options for facial cleansing, including the Ecology Facial Konjac Sponge
  • Fragrances in skincare
  • Essential oils can also be problematic for some people
  • What to look out for on skincare labels
  • Less is more when it comes to skincare
  • The impact of stress on our skin
  • Visualisation for skin healing
  • Sleep and epsom salt foot baths for detoxification
  • Primal Hit or Shit: Sunscreen
Choose skin care that's free of toxic chemicals, like Crystal's Ecology Skin Care

Ecology Skin Care, Tallow based moisturising cream

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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!
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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!

IMG_8859In this episode we share some of our favourite books, podcasts and apps with listeners to provide some resources, and also give listeners an insight into the broader interests of the shifters. We like to expand our nerdy inclinations beyond food because, lets face it, there’s more to life than worrying about macro-nutrients!

We hope the list below is helpful to you, and please feel free to leave a comment with some of you own favourites!

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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics
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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics

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In this episode we chat with the delightful Scottish born, highly certified Crossfit maniac, Craig Zelinksi from BAMF athletics.

When he’s not in the gym, behind the computer or out eating the weak, Craig is chowing down on stupidly easy, low histamine paleo meals with his gorgeous wife Steph Gadreau.

With his love of good fantasy like the epic “lord of the Rings” Craig is undoubtedly looking forward to his upcoming trip to middle earth for the AHS NZ Symposium 24th October in Queenstown NZ

We chat with Craig about:

  • Craig’s upcoming trip to New Zealand & visiting Middle Earth
  • Craig’s Primal Shift
  • Moving from Glasgow to San Diego
  • Discovering Cross Fit; a meeting of minds
  • Cross Fit for women
  • The ‘curse of strength’
  • The risk of over-training
  • What’s Craig’s definition of a strong body?
  • Craig’s histamine intolerance & how he deals with histamine ‘blow outs’
  • The dilemma of a paleo diet when trying to reduce high histamine foods
  • The histamine & stress link
  • Craig’s beef with paleo ‘treats’ and the moderation rule
  • Is eating healthy an eating disorder?
  • What is Craig going to talk about at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October?
  • Craig’s training essentials
  • A new website is on the way!

 

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Craig Zielinski – Eating the Weak

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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift
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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift

SDH_7044In previous episodes, we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and live so it’s more in line with our basic biology…with what our genes expect of us.

And we’re getting down to the last (and in our opinion) the toughest shifts now.
In this episode, Crystal, Jo and Charby share their thoughts and practices around the Primal Shift of Relax.

Crystal believes it’s relatively easy to change what you’re eating and get into an exercise routine …and so much harder to learn to relax and to make it a part of your daily routine.

Especially when today’s society is geared around being goal driven and task focused, it becomes a badge of honour to be busy.
You ask people how they are and so often the standard response is “yeah, I’m good…busy” Right?

We Discuss

  • Jo’s been getting into Yoga for energy and relaxation, she finds it a great form of mindfulness and often feels much lighter and calmer by the end
  • Calming the monkey mind and moving the nervous system into “Rest & Digest” or “Calm and Connect” as Chris Kresser calls it
  • Charby will often do a weights session or sprint session, as he feels relaxed afterwards
  • Deep breathing in the moment, slowing everything down
  • The things that bring a smile to your face also bring pleasure and relaxation
  • Being in nature, walking or lying under trees
  • Mindful walking and becoming more focussed, aware and connected
  • Ticking more than one box at a time: epsom salt baths, relaxing while cooking
  • Nourishing the heart and mind and treating this as importantly as nourishing your body with good food
  • Enjoying time with family and friends and time sitting in the sun
  • Don’t write off a whole day as being stressful, steal back some moments of pleasure and enjoyment
  • Sharing your deep breathing and relaxed energy with others
  • Why we sometimes seek distractions and what these are
  • Turning off notifications
  • Starting with relaxation rather than feeling like you have to earn it, Charby watches a film early in the week to recharge and become productive
  • The “Fun” work day, no admin just creative pursuits
  • How to integrate relaxation into your day
  • Having a healtho as opposed to a smoko
  • Using crutches to help you with relaxation and activities that bring you pleasure

 

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Crystal relaxing on the beach

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Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living
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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living

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In this episode Jo & Crystal chat with good friend Jo Smith, from Primal Living, about her passion for real food and taking a natural approach to life. Jo actually ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to being self sufficient and living off the land.

Jo is a qualified nutritional coach, personal trainer, one time professional body sculpture and permaculture enthusiast.
Her passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food at its source, as well as building relationships with the farmer/ food producers. Jo wants us to re-connect back with nature, and to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrition.

Jo moved into the wellness space after 14 years in the pharmacy industry and was the organizer of the incredibly successful ‘Changing the Way We Eat Conference’ held in Tasmania August 2014 (check out ep 30 of TPS for highlights of this conference)

Jo shares her time between her 10 acre property on Bruny Island, Tasmania (with her two cheeky burmese cats!), and far flung Papua New Guinea where her partner is currently based.

We Discuss

  • What types of (and how many) animals does Jo currently have on Bruny Island with her?
  • Jo’s perspective on raising, killing and eating her own animals
  • Jo’s ‘Primal Shift’ experience: from ‘fixing people with medicine to fixing people with nutrition’
  • The impact of profession body building on Jo’s health
  • The reality of living off the land; challenges and rewards
  • The importance of staying connected with local communities
  • Future plans for the Bruny Island property
  • How everyone can live more simply and be connected to the food source
  • How Jo copes with moving between Tasmania and Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has been the cultural experience for her?
  • Food costs in PNG and how Jo supported local farmers
  • Reflecting on the ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ conference
  • Jo’s experience with low carb dieting, and her recommendations for anyone wanting to make dietary changes
  • Jo’s current passion projects: perma-culture and food security

 

Jo digging up her own taties on her Bruny Island property.

Jo digging up her own ‘taties on her Bruny Island property.

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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks
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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks

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Crystal & Jen Richards from Rumbles Paleo and author of Bumi and the Wokabug

In this episode, Crystal & Jo invite Meghann Birks (from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula and Bam Pow Paleo) and Jen Richards (from Rumbles Paleo) onto the show to discuss the very important topic of body image.
We’ve all had our own journeys with body image issues, so it was a really open and honest and interesting conversation.

Meghann, you will remember from TPS Episodes 6: Raising Primal Kids and 38: Chatting with Meghann and her husband Andrew.

And our good friend Jen Richards is the multi-talented, very smiley co-creator and owner of Rumbles Paleo. This lovely lady has a heart of pure gold, painted with sparkles and glitter and she divides her time between writing children’s books, making delicious Rumbles Paleo Snacks and being the ambassador for Eating Disorders Victoria.

We chat with Meghann & Jen about:

  • How Jen made her Primal Shift and went from running a coffee and cookie business to making Paleo-inspired treats
  • How our various body image issues and perceptions of ourselves have changed with time and age
  • Meghann remembers reading fashion magazines (like Teen Beat) and kept a journal from a young age, around 9 years old
  • Meghann’s weight creep as result of stress and uni life to the point of obesity and a family intervention and the various things she tried to loose weight
  • How Meghann’s current body image is linked with performance and what her body can do in the way of primal movements
  • Jen admires strong, active women who are happy, confident and have an “inner glow”, where she used to think the stick thin magazine models were attractive
  • Jen shares her 15 year experience with an eating disorder and how she now sees food as nourishment and focuses more on what she can do rather than what she can’t do
  • Self worth and feeling in charge by controlling what and when you eat
  • Jen’s commitment to help create thriving children with the positive messages in her children’s books
  • Becoming aware of your inner dialogue, thoughts and beliefs and fostering an “I can” attitude
  • The 3 major fears: the fear of not being loved (or being loveable), the fear of not being good enough and the fear of not belonging
  • How we compare ourselves to other people and the pressure that puts on us
  • Jo’s experience with being openly compared to her cousins at family gatherings and the factors that affected her weight and wellbeing
  • How physical exercise can also be something that gives you a feeling of control
  • How other peoples positive comments about our appearance can drive our behaviour
  • The challenge and benefits that Yoga brings in getting to know what your body is capable of
  • Feeling connected to your body vs being stuck in your head
  • Crystal remember’s being called a “surfboard” in her early teens and having an athletic rather than feminine build
  • Trust issues with a body that is hormonally out of whack and taking a self care approach
  • What a “Paleo” female should look like?
  • Body image expectations within the Paleo/Primal community and trolling
  • Body weight is not the only marker of health
  • Can we over hack our bodies and our health?
  • The pursuit of happiness and Jen’s hot tip
  • How to change the way we think and our attitude in small steps
  • Getting professional help if needed and surrounding yourself with supportive, accepting people
  • Learning about body compassion

 

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The post-podcast feast with Jen, Andrew, Jo, and Meghann & Andrew Birks

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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan
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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan

Kate CIn this episode we have a fascinating chat with Kate Callaghan about female hormone health, hypothalamic amenorrhea, gut health and much more.

Kate is a Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach specialising in hormone healing. Kate has over 13 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She left her 8 pack abs behind for yoga headstands and high-jinks, and is now helping others achieve optimal wellness through nutrient-dense traditional whole-foods, adopting mindful and sustainable life practices, and moving in ways which rejuvenate rather than deteriorate the body. Kate’s goal is to educate, inspire and empower others to live life to the fullest each and every day….and she’s also in the process of growing a tiny human inside her!

 

We chat to Kate about:

  • Kate’s ‘primal shift’
  • Why Kate moved from a low carbohydrate to a moderate carbohydrate intake
  • What is hypothalamic amenorrhea, and how long did it take Kate to re-balance her hormones?
  • How to convince people to eat more (safe) carbohydrates
  • When is the ‘low carb approach’ appropriate and when is it not?
  • Why Kate got involved with The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand
  • How stress influences hormone dis-regulation
  • The calorie reduction – stress connection
  • Are males more suited to a ‘low carb’ approach?
  • What does a moderate carb intake really look like on a plate?
  • Kate’s latest e-book project revealed!
  • How to cope with the diet and body changes when healing hormones
  • How yoga helped Kate heal her hormones
  • Does yoga have a ‘body image’ problem?
  • How to provide positive role modelling for children in schools
  • There’s no such thing as an ideal body shape
  • What did the average ancestral woman really look like?
  • Is it healthy to participate in extreme body building / figure competitions?
  • Looking fit and being healthy aren’t necessarily the same thing
  • How  does gut function impact on our overall health?
  • Does ‘low carb’ dieting negatively impact beneficial gut bacteria?
  • The pros and cons of probiotic supplements (and which are the best ones to take)
  • How to feed good bacteria naturally through diet
  • The benefits of prebiotics
  • Why Kate moved to New Zealand, and how this helped her healing process?
  • The importance of social connection and ‘community’
  • What is Kate reading at the moment?
  • The important connection between female hormones and heart health

 

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

 

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The Holistic Nutritionist

The Ancestral Society of New Zealand

Yogaglo

The Motivational Manifesto

Ecology Skincare

TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health
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TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health

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Brad, Crystal & Jo recording the podcast around a stand-up desk at Synergy Health in Christchurch, NZ

On a recent roadtrip down the South Island of NZ, Jo and Crystal met fellow kiwi Brad Norris in his workplace, Synergy Health.

Brad has a masters in industrial and organizational psychology and a diploma in sports studies and he’s built his business, Synergy Health, from the ground up, over the last 15 years.

Brad and his team are very experienced at delivering corporate wellness programs with an ancestral bent to some very lucky workplaces throughout NZ and soon to be in breaking into Australia.

We chat with Brad about:

  • Why the Synergy Health workplace would be an awesome place to work!
  • The benefits of breaking out a bit of “4-Square” (a Kiwi school game) during the work-day
  • The lack of focus on health and wellbeing in the Organisational Psychology university curriculum
  • Starting up Synergy Health and maximising productivity in the workplace – wellness isn’t just all about health checks
  • Customised corporate wellness programs and challenges vs Tracksuit Inc, a 12 month templated wellness program
  • Taking an ancestral approach to corporate wellness
  • The 10 healthy habits: Move slowly lots, move fast once in awhile, reduce fake food, eat real food…
  • Gamifying the act of being healthy and incorporating a bit of “healthy competition” with leader boards, points, team play and prizes
  • How most people aren’t driven by the goal of health improvement and instead digging down into peoples personal values to bring about healthy outcomes as a by-product of promoting peoples personal values
  • The hardest Synergy Health daily challenge – “The department of no complaints” – a gratitude challenge
  • The biggest levers to when it comes to promoting personal values for behaviour change – recognition, success, teamwork, achievement
  • How giving people the chance to identify, understand and communicate their values leads to health improvement, in the workplace, home life and relationships
  • Ongoing reflection – Do you know what your personal values are? Do you organise your week to best promote and “live” your values?
  • Building resilience after the Christchurch earthquakes
  • What a “sneaker meeting” is
  • The challenges of incorporating a wellness program into the workplace
  • The tangible and intangible benefits of having a workplace wellness program in place and communicating these benefits, including some real life stories
  • For every $1 invested a $5 return on the investment
  • Working towards values vs working towards goals
  • How little things can build up when people aren’t feeling good or feeling satisfied and peeling back the “layers of the onion” or the issues to find the underlying value that isn’t being fulfilled
  • When you’re feeling frustrated, reflecting on which values have been compromised
  • Taking ownership and responsibility for your own level of engagement and satisfaction in the workplace and communicating this with your boss
  • Are health professionals too focused on health?
  • Tracksuit Inc making the leap into Australian workplaces

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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais
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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Crystal and Jo caught up with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais while road tripping through New Zealand in January.

Jamie and Anastasia moved back to Christchurch, New Zealand twelve months ago to set up the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHS NZ). Much has happened over those short twelve months so we got the low down on the progress of the Society and what’s instal for 2015!

We chat with Jamie and Anastasia about:

  • Moving back to New Zealand and Anastasia (almost) successful assimilation into Kiwi culture
  • The importance of regular ‘down time’, and how it enhances productivity/creativity
  • Challenges of setting up the Society and who has been involved
  • AHS NZ objectives are much broader than the ‘paleo movement’
  • Details of the Wellington Conference ‘Surviving the Urban Jungle’ 28th March
  • Cultural perspectives on public health, and why does the term ‘ancestors’ mean different things to different people?
  • The benefit of bringing together a diverse range of academics from various disciplines
  • Jamie talks about retiring his ‘That Paleo Guy’ blog
  • What are some of the concerns Jamie and Anastasia have with the current direction of the ‘paleo movement’
  • Re-evolutionary: the new blog for Jamie and Anastasia
  • Why did they pick Queenstown as the location for the inaugural AHS NZ Symposium?
  • Teaser Alert! Big name Symposium attendees from the US are revealed
  • Jamie and Anastasia discuss program details for the Symposium (it’s not all sitting!)
  • How to become an official supporter of the Society
  • A call for volunteers to assist with organising the Symposium in October
  • Ancestral Health Societies are spreading across the globe
  • What did Jamie and Anastasia have for breakfast this morning?
  • Anastasia favourite book right now and her cycling adventures
  • Jamie’s new interest in urban design
  • How Jamie and Anastasia reduce car usage and increase movement in their daily lives
Crystal and Jo enjoying the sunshine in Lyttleton with Jamie and Anastasia

Crystal and Jo enjoying the sunshine in Lyttleton with Jamie and Anastasia

 

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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick
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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick

Jad (right) and Alistair

Jad (left) and Alistair

In this episode we talk all things edible weeds and bush foraging for the modern urban Australian with our favourite resident Naturopath and Social counsellor Jad Patrick from Jad Patrick Naturopathy and his good buddy Alistair owner of AKAS Landscape architecture.

Alastair has 16 years experience working in horticultural fields, is a lecturer at RMIT, has collaborated with urban commons in an exhibit for Melbourne Now and run workshops around Melbourne about urban productive growing….and he loves his edible weeds!

Disclaimer: If in doubt about a particular weed, DON’T EAT IT! All weed foraging should be supervised by a trained expert

We chat with the boys about:

  • How we define a ‘weed’, and why there are negative connotation with the word?
  • What chick-weed is
  • ‘Paterson’s Curse’ or ‘Salvation Jane’? …it’s in the eye of the beholder.
  • Can weeds have the ability to fuse together like some fruit trees?
  • Can foraging for weeds improve our gut health?
  • The natural ability of animals to select ‘safe weeds’ based on smell, texture, and taste.
  • A handful of weeds that are commonly found in the average garden
  • Weeds indigenous to Australia, and weeds that we introduced inadvertently
  • The healing properties of different weeds
  • Why not look into your local foraging group?
  • How plants interact with an urban surrounding
  • How super-mushrooms can burst through freshly paved paths
  • What an ‘urban disturber’ is
  • Fat-hens will be making their way on your brunch plate in no time… and we’re not talking about chicken.
  • Weeds that we must protect, and those that we need to get rid of whilst protecting our natural ecology.
  • Dishes to prepare with common domestic weeds
  • Seed banks

 

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula
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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula

 

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Today we have with us good friends of the show, Meghann & Andrew Birks from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula.
Meghann is a freelance writer (you might have seen her articles in Paleo Magazine) and on her blog Bam Pow Paleo, she enjoys yoga and surfing, especially if they can be done together.

Andrew is a Pastry Chef turned Paleo chef who loves, stand up paddle boarding, slack lining and creative handyman stuff

And together this dynamic duo have been passionately welcoming and feeding people in their crazy popular Paleo cafe for a whole year now (happy Birthday guys) and they are winners of the recent National Best Community Involvement award with Paleo Café !

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

We chat with Meghann & Andrew about:

  • Meghan and Andrew share how they turned their health and lives around
  • How Crohn’s disease turned a pastry chef into a paleo chef
  • How the cafe is a gateway to conversation and interaction with the local community
  • It’s all about finding the right doctor for you; somebody who ‘gets’ your needs
  • What on earth a ‘Whole 30’ is and why would one choose to do one?
  • Let’s focus on our individual journey when it comes to food… regardless of Paleo
  • How diet, food, nutrition can help heal the body and mind
  • It starts with food, but sleep and stress management play a significant part in wellness
  • Finding support from friends… and dealing with those who decide to challenge your choices
  • Does the recent popularity of the paleo lifestyle help or hinder the movement?
  • Celebrity chefs jumping on the bandwagon
  • Meghan gives us her take on food in schools
  • How we need to empower kids to make their own food choices
  • Why it’s important not to judge other parents – no matter what!
  • Some tips to manage every day stress with a busy lifestyle
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Going strict paleo
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The Paleo Cafe, Mornington

 

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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman
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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman

Katy B imageJo caught up with bio mechanist and natural movement champion Katy Bowman about her latest book ‘Move Your DNA’.
Katy shares her (very well evidenced!) thoughts on how movement plays a bigger role than we realise in longevity and wellbeing.

Katy Bowman is a biomechanist by training and a problem solver at heart, Katy has the ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humour, earning her legions of followers.

Katy has gained an international reputation for educating the general public on alignment and load science, and as a result has helped thousands to reduce pain, increase bone density, improve metabolic health, and solve their pelvic floor mysteries. She is known for her radical counter culture health directives based on hard science that she has made her lifes work.

Katy is also the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute and has published three books that include, Every Woman’s Guide to Food Relief: The New Science of Health Feet, Alignment Matters and most recently Move Your DNA.

Jo chatted with Katy about:

  • Katy and the family do an early morning snow hike
  • Moving house and setting up a new movement friendly living environment
  • What a bio mechanist is
  • How we get nutrients in movement through loads
  • What ‘Move Your DNA’ is all about and Who it’s for
  • Body awareness and the mismatch between perceived personal health and actual health status
  • How we cast our bodies
  • The impact of all that sitting
  • What is tech culture doing to our eyes?
  • Casts for our ‘dangly bits’ and should we all aim for those washboard abs?
  • Natural movement vs ‘Natural Movements’
  • What is junk food movement?
  • How to incorporate more natural movement into your life
  • Convenience is not beneficial for us
  • We don’t need to exercise!
  • What about movement and weight loss?
  • The importance of placing loads on the body
  • Posture and alignment
  • Where should people start?
  • What happens to our stability and mobility as we age?
  • Breathing and movement

 

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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh
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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh

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The TPS Crew with Dan Walsh and our traded Bacon

Today we’re talking to Dan Walsh. Dan doesn’t follow a Primal lifestyle, and he very likely has never even heard of the Paleo Diet (how refreshing!)

But like so many paleo/primal folks, Dan loves bacon!

So much so, that he makes his very own, in his own private smoke-house, in his spare time, outside of his 9-5 job.
What’s more, Dan doesn’t sell the stuff – he TRADES for it over at tradeitforbacon.com

We get the inside scoop from Dan on all the amazing products and services he’s been offered for his bacon (and there’s been a few!).
Dan also gives us an insight into the craft of makin’ bacon. Listeners who take their bacon seriously will enjoy learning about the process Dan goes through to produce delicious, original and high quality bacon.

 

We chat with Dan about:

  • What ‘Trade it for Bacon’ is and who is the man behind this quirky concept?
  • The weird and wonderful things have people traded for bacon
  • Dan records a song, ‘Trade it for Bacon’ with Lizard Punch
  • The strong community developing around bacon
  • We talk about the ‘gift-economy’… the old-school barter system. That’s Primal!
  • Keeping the offers coming; the quirkier, the better!
  • What some people have traded for bacon
  • “There is bacon, then there is BACON” – quality is everything!
  • The importance of raising pigs well… and curing well.
  • What the deal is with nitrates and nitrites
  • How people can start making their own bacon
  • We traded a Podcast episode for bacon – there’s a first for everything!
  • What The Primal Shifters would trade for bacon
  • What on earth is crocodile bacon?
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Can BACON be part of a balanced diet?

 

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore
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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore

KETO CLARITY front coverToday we have with us a special friend of the show, the man who is Livin’ La Vida Low Carb, Mr Jimmy Moore …Coming back for more.

We first met Jimmy while he was in the midst of his n=1 Keto experiment and watched in amazement every night when he ordered 3-4 bowls of butter at the restaurants “Saying bring me more butter than you’ve ever bought any one human in your life!”

We chat with Jimmy about:

  • The defibrillator!
  • Jimmy is on the way back to Oz (and first time to New Zealand!)
  • Jimmy’s new book Keto Clarity is a best seller in Australia right now! (Amazon)
  • Jimmy’s own N=1 experiment over the last 18 months
  • Brain health benefits of ketosis
  • What is ketosis?
  • Sugar burner vs fat burner
  • How excess protein can impact on ketosis (Gluconeogenesis!)
  • Difference between ketosis and low carb diets
  • Finding your carbohydrate tolerance level
  • Weight loss and fat intake
  • Is ketosis right for weight loss goals?
  • Weight loss beyond the diet approach
  • The use to ketosis to manage major health conditions
  • Ketosis to improve exercise performance
  • Ketosis and gut bacteria
  • Jimmy tries the Perfect Health retreat with Paul Jaminet
  • Artificially raising ketone levels with MCT oil, is Jimmy a fan?
  • How to safely transition to ketosis
  • Digesting higher levels of fat on a ketogenic diet
  • Expert support for ‘Keto Clarity’ (including a few Aussies!)
  • Who shouldn’t try a ketogenic diet?
  • Can we cycle in and out of ketogenic diets? (…and should we do it long term?)
  • Seasonality of ketosis
  • Are all carbohydrates created equal?
  • What’s Jimmy ‘cooking up’ next?

 

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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE
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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE

JOSH-SPARKS-CEO-THR1VE-BWToday, we chat to the man taking the real food meassage, to real life Aussies with his answer to McDonald’s… Josh Sparks, CEO of Thr1ve.

Thr1ve cafes have been popping up right across the country… If you’ve been following the Primal, Paleo, or Ancestral movements in Australia, or you just love eating real whole nourishing food – this really is the episode for you.

 

We chat about:

  • How TH1VE is a good alternative to McDonalds in food court fare
  • How Josh made his ‘Primal Shift’
  • …and how he got to hang-out with the Godfather of the Primal movement, Mark Sisson
  • Josh takes a serious leap of faith; out of the corporate world, and into the world of clean-eating cafes.
  • $1.50 for a boiled egg on the run?! THAT’S AWESOME!
  • How can we keep ‘clean eating’ affordable as well as convenient?
  • What ‘Paleo-Inspired’ means
  • Food quality tends to live on a spectrum, rather than ‘black and white’
  • Food courts needn’t be associated with poor food choices – Josh gives us his tips!
  • How Thr1ve is reducing their food ‘wastage’
  • Josh’s unique attitude toward ‘moving well’ and exercise.
  • What ‘The Body by Science’ routine is
  • Josh drops the F-bomb. What a legend!
  • Let’s all have a ‘warm bath for our minds’ – Josh Sparks
  • Let’s play, ‘guess how many kids Josh has’
  • How does Josh address ‘clean eating’ with his kids?
  • Josh WAS a self-confessed ‘Primal Evangelist’
  • “Primal / Paleo is NOT a historical re-enactment”
  • Primal Hit vs Primal Shift… What will it be?
  • HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Thr1ve are bringing out Mark Sisson in March 2015.

 

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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding
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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, also known as Luke and Scott, or ‘The Bondi Boys’ are really blitzing the suburbs to show Australia, not only how to ‘look great naked’, but also how to focus on health and wellness with lean, clean beach cuisine.

From where we’re standing though, it seems as though their TV appearance on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ was way more than just a flash in the pan!

It really was just the beginning… and they’re helping to bring the real food/paleo/primal message to such a broad audience.

We chat about:

  • How Luke stacked it on during the filming of My Kitchen Rules
  • How Luke and Scott reject the ‘celebrity’ tag and remain grounded
  • How Luke and Scott prepared to go on My Kitchen Rules
  • The guys tell us about their relationship with Chef Pete Evans
  • What the ‘Clean Living’ series all about
  • How the lads ‘switch off’
  • Even with everything Luke and Scott have achieved, they still love personal training
  • How exercise can look like meditation
  • How to make great food choices on the run… and on the road
  • Where is this Real Food / Primal / Paleo movement going?
  • Why making baby steps can be the best option in the real food transition
  • Paleo ‘treats’ are STILL TREATS
  • How do we talk to our kids when it comes to ‘eating clean’
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – ‘Looking good naked’

 

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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau
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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau

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Damon Gameau and his partner Zoe

Today we have a film star in the mix…From the hit TV series Underbelly and feature films the Tracker, Thunderstuck and Razzle Dazzle we have locally grown Australian actor and director Damon Gameau…or is it Daman Gateau?

Now we all first met Damon when he was just wrapping up his ‘super size me’ style adventure and although at the time he was a bit tired and not at the top of his game, even staring down the barrel of a major detox, we were all struck by just how passionate this insightful man was about educating people, and especially school kids, about the dangers of sugar.

So committed in fact, that Damon has travelled the globe, speaking to researchers and experts all over the world, and volunteered to be a human pin cushion and experimental lab rat while eating the Australian average of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, every day for 60 days.
And all of the hyjinks that ensued were captured on film for his upcoming “that Sugar Film” feature length documentary.

We chat about:

  • Damon confesses that he overhauled his diet… to impress a girl!
  • What on earth is ‘That Sugar Film’ all about? Hint – SUGAR!
  • How much refined sugar are Aussies actually eating every day? …NOT including ‘junk-food’
  • Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig, and creates the ‘perfect storm’ for poor health, in the name of science
  • Is there a link to sadness, anxiety, and depression and the ‘sweet stuff’?
  • Damon tells us how quickly he became quite unwell… by following the Aussie Food Guidelines.
  • “Dear Sugar – It’s me, it’s YOU!”
  • Turns out sugar can even affect out sleep – WHAT?!
  • Is processed food really much cheaper than whole food in the long-run?
  • How are our purchasing choices being manipulated?
  • What do words like ‘vanishing caloric density’ and ‘moderation’ actually mean?
  • Food labelling can be a confusing maze for most – what does it all mean?
  • Is fatty liver disease always alcohol related? Hint – NO!
  • How do we get this message to the masses… to families… to kids?
  • Why schools should stop rewarding kids with junk-food
  • Damon tries to penetrate the ‘Quinoa Curtain’
  • This really is a modern day ‘Damon vs Goliath’
  • Cutting out refined sugar doesn’t have to be extreme or dogmatic
  • How is refined sugar affecting Aboriginal Australians?
  • Is there such a thing as a ‘good dad joke’… we’ve got you covered
  • Damon decides to give up sex… not really. He does get his ‘mojo’ back though.
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Super-foods
The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne
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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

Facebook_timeline_photoThe Primal Shift Crew felt like kids in a candy store (umm… or should I say organic whole foods) recently when we attended the Low Carb Down Under seminar in Melbourne on the 30th of August.
When do you get the chance to talk one on one with the likes of Tim Noakes, Pete Evans and many more thought leaders in the field of science and nutrition!?

Unfortunately due to timing constraints, we didn’t get a chance to interview everyone who presented on the day. However, we’ll follow up with many of the presenters for in-depth interviews in due course.

We chatted with…

Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes: A well known South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of the running book Lore of Running. Over recent years he has written and spoken widely about LCHF. His latest book is “The Real Meal Revolution”

 

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Dr Grant Schofield

Dr Grant Schofield:  Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university’s Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. Research and teaching interests include wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Grant lives by the motto “be the best you can be” and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which he also does consulting work.

 

Pete Evans

Pete Evans

Chef Pete Evans: A well known celebrity chef who loves speaking about healthy eating. One of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and lifestyle, he loves to share his knowledge and educate and motivate parents, children and corporate audiences. Pete will launch his new free to air television show “The Paleo Way” on Channel Seven October 2014.

 

Jo Smith

Jo Smith

Jo Smith: A nutritional coach who’s passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food, where it comes from, how we eat it, how we waste it and building relationships with the farmer/producer.  Primal Living re-connects us back with nature, helping everyone to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrients.

 

S Lowe

Steph Lowe

specialise in long course fuelling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery. As an endurance athlete myself, I get it. Let me show you how – See more at: http://thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/about/#sthash.m8hOztI8.dpuf

Steph Lowe: A sports nutritionist and triathlete  who offers specilaised support in the areas of long course fueling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery.
 
 
 
 

Professor Ken Sikaris

Professor Ken Sikaris

Associate Professor Ken Sikaris is a chemical pathologist at Melbourne Pathology. He is a Senior Fellow of St Vincent’s Clinical School and a Clinical Associate in Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
 

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley is an epidemiologist and Public Health Physician working at the University of Auckland. He has an interest in the effects of sugar and low carb lifestyles from a public health perspective.

 
 
 

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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania
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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

In this episode we give you a taste of the amazing line up of speakers from the recent ‘Changing The Way We Eat’ conference held in Hobart (Tasmania).

This event was orgnised by the dynamic and super human that is Jo Smith from Primal Living Tasmania.

Charby and Jo had a quick chat to each of the speakers from the conference to get some ‘gold nuggets’ of wisdom to share with our listeners.

 

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TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal’s Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!) Left to Right: Charby, Jo Smith, Jo Fitton, Crystal & Andrew (our producer)

We spoke with:

David Gillespie:

David Gillespie is the best selling author of “Sweet Poison, “Big Fat Lies” and “Toxic Oil”.  He is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way.  He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed.  After doing some research on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet.  David immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off.  Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century.

Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love:

Rohan anderson is a true hunter and Gatherer.  Eating what the land provides is something that has fascinated Rohan since he was a runty kid growing up on a small Gippsland farm in Victoria.  As a boy Rohan would often catch eel, trout, and fresh water crayfish and cook them up with simple ingredients.  Rohans’s family farm got him started with the new adult obsession with growing his own food.  Inspired by his mum with her love of growing her own and living as self sufficient as possible, something Rohan now try’s to instil into his kids.  Converting an old school house in country Victoria, Rohan’s garden is a useful one, and is stuffed full of produce, some fruit tree’s, plemty of seasonal vegetables and mixed herbs.  He loves to cook and what you see on Rohan’s dinner plate is fairly rustic type meals, it’s peasant style cooking, nothing fancy.  To put it simply, Rohan loves to cook with food that he has grown, gathered, hunted, fished for or sourced locally.

Dr Zeeshan Arain from Dr Zee Easy Health:

Melbourne based General Practitioner, Dr Zee Arain is the current team doctor for the Melbourne Demons AFL team. He has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  His initial interest in nutrition and metabolism began several years ago when he was increasingly frustrated at being overweight despite eating a low fat diet and exercising regularly.  After losing close to 30kg and maintaing his weight loss, he has become a staunch advocator of low carb high fat nutrition in the prevention of disease, weight loss and optimum quality fo life.  His presentation will discuss the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance.

Gary Fettke from No Fructose:

M.B.B.S.(University NSW), F.R.A.C.S.(Orthopaedic Surgery), F.A.Orth.A. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer of the University of Tasmania actively practicing in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.  A significant part of Gary’s surgical practice is working with people suffering the complications of Diabetes and Obesity – both of which are out of control in society.  He has a major interest in the preventative aspects of health and particularly weight loss before operating on patients.  The last few years in particular have been dedicated to reconsidering the role of diet in the cause of Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.  Dr Gary Fettke is an author and his website and Facebook page presence is growing, as he is regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally.  He is the Medical Expert for the top selling author, Sarah Wilson ‘I Quit Sugar’ programme and 2014 saw Gary receive international notoriety for diagnosing Billy Connolly’s Parkinson disease in a hotel foyer in Los Angeles.

Alexx Stuart from Real Food and Low-Tox Living:

Alexx Stuart isn’t a qualified health professional.  She’s a concerned citizen.  Out of a host of personal health challenges and the discoveries she made of our food and medical systems while investigating things for her own healing, Alexx decided to become what she calls a ‘gentle actvist’.  Alexx has made it her mission to ensure that the journey into a health, conscious lifestyle is a welcome one, not a forced one.  “Drop the guilt, learn what you need to learn and move forward excited about what will change today – no matter how big or small each change is!” Passionate about contributing to the conscious living movement, particulary in the traditional foods and toxic free living spaces, she speaks, writes, conductsworkshops, to help everyday peole make every day choices that are going to benefit not only them and their families, but our beautiful planet!  Her best selling book, Real Treats, is available through Amazon.

Christine Cronou:

Christine is a Nutritionist, bestselling Author, and Speaker. After struggling with her own weight and health, Christine transformed her body and her health and spent over ten years researching the facts about food and fats. The results are evident in her engaging, ground-breaking books about dietary truths that have been ignored by conventional health authorities. Christine’s revolutionary work is captivating and easy to read; a fascinating look at how we have reached such a mistaken consensus about health.

Dr Rod Taylor:

Dr Rod Tayler is an Australian anaesthesiologist and anti-sugar activist with an interest in low carbohydrate diets to optimize our weights and our health.  Dr Tayler was one of the 250+ enthusiastic people who participated in the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise to be amongst like-minded people from around the world who are becoming more and more aware of the problems associated with not just sugar but literally refined and starchy carbohydrates.  Dr Tayler is doing his part to spread the word about healthy low – carb living as the principal investigator of the SWEET (Sugar and Weight Effect at Epworth Study). Making headlines in Australia, Dr Tayler suggested that fruit not fat may be in fact be part of the reason why we have an obesity epidemic.

Erin Smallbon:

Erin from ES Wellness is a Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Coach. Erin is the creator of the Nourished Nurse Program, providing nurses with the tools and support they need to get their wellness back on track, while working shift work.

 

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“Changing the Way We Eat”

We chat about:

  • How to get our appetite under control, kick sugar cravings in the butt, and get back to eating REAL FOOD
  • How we can get caught up in so-called ‘super-foods’… and dolphin tears
  • How lifestyle choices can quickly make us SICK… but just as quickly make us WELL
  • How can red-blooded Aussie blokes address their anxiety, depression, and sadness
  • Breaking the rules of ‘dietary dogma’
  • We talk to a modern day ‘Hunter – Gatherer’
  • How to teach our kids about the ‘cycle of life’
  • How eating FAT won’t necessarily make us fat
  • Sports nutrition, metabolic flexibility, and performance with REAL FOOD
  • How we can start burning FAT as our main source of fuel
  • What does REAL FOOD actually look like on a plate?
  • What are everyday Australians ‘presenting with’ in from a medical POV
  • The dangers of chronic inflammation
  • Let’s eat local, seasonal, and natural food
  • Why we should trade our margarine for BUTTER
  • We don’t ignore the big diabetic elephant in the room

Crystal on the Q&A panel

Crystal on the Q&A panel

 

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

 

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Crystal, Christine Cronou and conference organiser, Jo Smith at the Farmer’s Market

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The Primal Shifter’s taking a moment to soak up the Farmer’s Market atmosphere

 

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TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier
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TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier

KarenToday we have Karen Faisandier joining us from Wellington, NZ.

Karen is a born and bred NZ’er, mother of two, and Director of a private psychology practice based in the Wellington CBD.

While she is a conventionally-trained clinical psychologist specialising in addiction, her interest in nutrition in health care led her into the study of nutritional and environmental medicine and its application to psychology.

Karen is passionate about forging an “integrated” and ancestral approach to individual adult psychological assessment and treatment. This involves the evidence-based application of nutritional, nutraceutical, and ancestrally oriented lifestyle interventions so as to assist people to understand, prevent, and recover from psychological distress.

We chat with Karen about:

  • Karen’s interest in addiction
  • How Karen came to make her Primal Shift
  • Integrating an ancestral and ACNEM approach into her clinical practice
  • The impact of caffeine on sleep, the stress response, nutrient absorption and other behaviours
  • Karen’s research and professional experience with drug addiction
  • What the main underlying factors are that can create addictions are
  • Sex addiction, should it be an addiction? And what the prevalence of different sexual behaviours is
  • Is it an addiction? Ask does it cause distress and impairment for someone and does it cause a loss of control?
  • Attachment theory of addiction
  • Is there such a thing as sugar addiction?
  • How gut health and nutritional deficiencies can affect into addictions
  • Can addiction shift from one thing to another? Alcohol to sugar
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Practical approaches people can take to strengthen their mental health – diet and identifying any deficiencies and intolerances, reducing stress
  • When to seek professional support

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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life
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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life

nms_9222One of our primal shifts is the primal detox shift and it’s one of the more involved lifestyle shifts we can make, so today we have with us Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life.

Alexx is a health coach, recipe creator, avid researcher and an educator in the wellness space. She’s also worked in the cosmetics industry and hospitality industry. So she’s come into contact with a whole lot of toxins …and felt the health effects of that exposure.

Now Alexx is all about helping people make the best choices they can, and doing so happily without fear or guilt, when it comes to food, sustainable living, personal care & cleaning products.

We chat to Alexx about:

  • How Alexx’s past experience has influenced what she does now, and
  • How she came to make her primal shift and help other people make positive change
  • Consumer awareness driving accountability and change in the corporate world
  • 3 questions to ask yourself before buying: who makes it? how do they make it? do they align with my values
  • What low-tox living is – careful consideration for the foods we eat, the products we put on ourselves, the things in our environment and what goes on in our minds
  • What are all the different ways we can be bombarded by toxins in our environment?
  • In the home: Synthetic scents and air fresheners, dust, electrical devices, cleaning products
  • Natural aromas, essential oils, getting air flow through the house and switching the modem off overnight, looking into your products
  • Where people can start, some good first steps…
  • Detoxing from social media
  • What does Alexx’s daily routine look like now?
  • The benefits of earthing
  • Making conscious and low-tox choices for clothing
  • Alexx’s Go Low Tox Course

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TPS #77: The Value of Friendship
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TPS #77: The Value of Friendship

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In this episode, Crystal and Jo have a chat about the value of friendship.

As ‘sisters from another mister’ they will share their own friendship journey as well as discussing how intimate friendships and strong social connections have played a vital part in human evolution.

We Chat About

  • Reflecting on our own friendships
  • How Crystal and Jo met
  • Finding like-minded (new) people
  • Using social media to connect with people – the pro’s and cons
  • Online personas vs authentic selves
  • How friends shape our mood, values, and habits
  • Benefits of friendship
  • Blue zones and friendship
  • The impact of social isolation
  • Quality over quantity in friendships
  • Vulnerability and authenticity
  • Evolutionary perspective on friendship
  • The culture of networking and referral systems (personally and professionally)
  • How to know when you’re in a toxic friendship
  • How to cultivate and nurture friendship when life is crazy
  • Caveman TV
  • The importance of face to face interactions
  • Think about the top five people in your life

 

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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products
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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products

img_1726In today’s episode we’re going to be talking low-tox skincare… because as the creator of Ecology Skincare, one of the most common topics I get asked about, is which skincare ingredients should we avoid and how can we choose more natural skincare options.

And it’s natural that once we get our nutrition dialled in, once we’ve cleaned up our diet and we’re looking better, feeling better and have more headspace …that we then take a look at what other aspects of our lifestyle we can “clean up” …and for both of us skincare was a biggie!

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily” ~ The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

We chat about:

  • Where we started when we started thinking about going low-tox
  • Overusing coconut oil on the skin and how natural products can be still really irritating for people with eczema or sensitive skin
  • What we used to use on our skin and how that’s changed over time
  • How deodorants work and the quest to find a good natural deodorant that doesn’t irritate
  • What comedogenic is – aka acne causing ingredients
  • Defending against scaremongering, what really affects absorption into the skin
  • How to simplify your skincare regime, using less products and using them less often – like using Konjac Sponges for cleansing
  • The Dirty Dozen Ingredients to avoid in your skincare and personal care products and their better alternatives
  • #1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate
  • #2 Parabens
  • #3 Fragrance or Parfum
  • #4 DEA, TEA and MEA
  • #5 Phthalates
  • #6 Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, DMDM hydration, Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall), Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide)
  • #7 Mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin oil
  • #8 PEG
  • #9 Triclosan
  • #10 Coal tar and coal tar dyes (look for p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene and colors that begin in “CI” followed by a 5 digit number e.g. CI 19140)
  • #11 Silicones and silioxones
  • #12 BHA and BHT
  • How to start making the transition and simplifying your skincare regime
  • What ‘green washing’ is
  • Scrutinising the top 1/3 of ingredients more than the rest of the ingredient list. These ingredients account for 95% of the contents of the product ~ Nicole Biljsma
  • Crystal’s eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin, use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free

 

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FREE DOWNLOAD – Ecology Bathroom Detox Checklist

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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu
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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu

LuluIn this episode, we chat to Lulu Loya Wu all about the important, but often overlooked, role of emotions when it comes to eating.

Lulu is a certified Eating Psychology Coach. Addressing not only the lifestyle/nutrition factors, but also the deeper aspect of our relationship with food and our bodies. This helps people create lasting change and breaking free from the physical and emotional ups and downs of dieting and other struggles with health.
Lulu has a background in Law and treaty negotiations. It was her personal challenges with food and body that inspired her to become a coach.

 

We chat with Lulu about:

  • Lulu’s primal shift
  • The common struggle of disordered eating
  • Transitioning from a career in law to nutritional coaching
  • What is ‘Eating Psychology’?
  • The limitations of willpower when it comes to food restriction
  • Lulu’s approach with clients – living more in the body instead of the mind
  • Emotional eating is not abnormal
  • Our relationship with food is largely unconscious
  • Why Lulu thinks food addiction isn’t a real addiction
  • What tools does Lulu use with clients to help them get in touch with their unconscious drivers with food
  • Fizzy highs vs deep joy
  • How to cultivate deep joy
  • What does Lulu do to look after herself?
  • Yoga Nidra
  • How to start the journey – reaching out
  • Trusting intuition
  • Is eating ‘bad food’ with a good attitude better than eating ‘good food’ with a bad attitude
  • Highly sensitive people tend to have more digestion issues
  • What’s Lulu got planned for the coming year?

 

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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes
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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes

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In this episode, we chat to  Rebecca Coombes from the Healthy Gut about gut health and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). SIBO is something that Jo and Crystal both had some personal experience with, and it’s a condition that’s not commonly discussed but probably more common than people realise.

Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and passionate foodie. She turned her health around after a lifetime of chronic illness and founded The Healthy Gut, where people can learn about gut health and the impact it has on our general health and happiness. Rebecca is also the author of the world’s first cookbooks and cooking show for people with SIBO!

 

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We chat with Rebecca about:

  • How did Rebecca make her primal shift?
  • Why did Rebecca turn her passion into her profession?
  • What is SIBO?
  • SIBO symptoms
  • How is SIBO diagnosed?
  • The link between SIBO and ‘leaky gut’
  • Main causes of SIBO
  • The challenges of treating SIBO
  • The psychological impact of living with SIBO
  • Making food ‘sexy’ again on a SIBO diet
  • The importance of stress management when treating SIBO
  • How to talk to friends and family about living with SIBO
  • Helpful resources
  • SIBO recovery timeframe
  • Treating SIBO: botanical herbs versus antibiotics
  • The link between endometriosis and SIBO
  • The link between SIBO and other chronic bowel conditions (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Upcoming SIBO event in Australia for practitioners

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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition
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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition

256Today we are super lucky to have not 1 …but 2 fantastic guests with us …the founders of the awesome brand 180 Nutrition and the masterminds behind the industry’s cleanest protein superfood.

Guy and Stu are joining us today to chat about health, the business of health and productivity hacks.

Guy Lawrence has a ton of experience as a health and fitness coach …he loves Crossfit, TRX and jumping into icebaths

And Stuart Cooke is a graphic designer and father of 3 girls with a keen interest in health and wellness …and together they’ve made 180 Nutrition into a successful and thriving business!

We chat about:

  • What the go is with ice baths and controlled cold exposure
  • How the boys came to make their primal shift
  • And how they met, started their bro-mance and their nutrition empire
  • What makes their health business work so well
  • Why education and empowering people with knowledge is so important to them both (like with their health sessions podcasts)
  • Cutting through confusion, allowing for individualism and self-experimentation
  • What are the most common mistakes they see people making with their health and their expectations
  • Taking small steps and going from there
  • How the boys “walk their talk”, structure their day and manage everything they have going on with the business and their daily lives – Guy meditates, Stu makes sure he gets quality sleep
  • How Stu ensures a good night sleep – he shares his best tools and tips
  • Tips for switching off the internal business chatter
  • Guy’s best tips for forming the meditation habit
  • The relaxation response
  • Best productivity hacks – apps, planning, outsourcing, turning off notifications, checking email
  • What is one small thing people can do to get them moving in the right direction – in health and business
  • What’s coming up for 180 Nutrition?

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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson
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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson

home-banner-linda-photo-newIn this episode,  we chat about how to de-stress the easy way with Dr Linda Wilson.

Linda is the author of ‘Stress Made Easy – Peeling Women Off The Ceiling’. She has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and 17 years clinical experience as a stress management specialist.
In that time, Linda has found that the capacity to change your mind ….changes your world and she’s helped hundreds of clients better identify, understand and manage their stress.

Linda also has a weekly radio show focusing on stress management, health and wellbeing.

We chat with Linda about:

  • How did Linda come up with the name of her book
  • Linda’s personal journey from high pressure corporate life to traditional Chinese medical practitioner
  • What is stress?
  • Why do we react to stress the way we do?
  • Linda’s approach to working with people: re-programming the internal environment
  • What is happening to our brain when we’re stressed?
  • Faster EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Using the mind to change the brain
  • How long does the Faster EFT process take?
  • How quickly will people see / feel results using Faster EFT?
  • Finding where stress manifests in the body through pain and/or illness
  • Reconnecting the mind and body
  • The importance of self-care
  • Can our awareness of stress make us more stressed?
  • The benefits of being in nature and walking
  • Adaptability Model : Assess, Distill, Associate, Process, Test
  • How superhighways (neural pathways) are created and strengthened in the brain
  • What is tapping?
  • How does Linda manage her own stress and demands of life

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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri
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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri

Irena Macri The Primal ShiftToday we’re chatting with good friend of the show Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo.

Irena joined us back in Episode 23 to give us the low down on healthy travel hacks, so check that one out if you’re planning a trip…

But just to remind you, Irena is a bestselling author of the ‘Eat Drink, Paleo’ cookbook and her newest book Happy Go Paleo. She’s a contributor to the Happy Body Formula and is also an all round health nerd and global nomad who can find a decent coffee anywhere in the world!

We chat with Irena about:

  • What she’s been up to lately
  • How the Paleo movement is different in the UK, EU and AU
  • How Irena sees the “Paleo” label and how she eats
  • Trends in the health world: gut health was big in 2015, fibre is big in 2016
  • Fibre in buckwheat and resistant starch in potatoes
  • Meat free Mondays
  • How to properly prepare legumes and deactivate phytic acid
  • Raw food vs cooked
  • Souping vs juicing
  • Trends in the real food world: jackfruit, sweet potato toast, sourdough, buckwheat, seaweed pasta, turmeric, mushroom tea, Hawaiian foods, cloud bread
  • What’s the go with nut milk, is almond milk or macadamia milk good for us?
  •  What does an average day look like for Irena Macri?
  • Irena’s tips for distressing before bed and getting a good night’s sleep
  • Go-to meals and Irena’s tips for meal prep
  • The Happy Body Formula – next intake September 2016, then January 2017
  • 7-Day challenges ongoing

 

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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic
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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic

GSP_LG_01_PrintIn this episode we have Lynda Griparic joining us from Northern NSW to talk to us all about poo!

Lynda is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Speaker with over 14 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in constipation, gut health and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care and weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of weight gain, metabolic problems and gut disturbance.

We chat with Lynda about:

  • Why naturopaths are so fascinated with poo
  • Lynda’s personal experience with disordered eating and constipation
  • What happens if we’re not going to the toilet regularly – the effect of constipation on the body
  • Inflammation and toxicity that arises with constipation
  • Estrogen dominance, weight gain and constipation
  • How often should we go to the toilet? Is there such a thing as “normal”
  • What can we do to get things moving again? – Fibre, breath work, apple cider vinegar, resistant starch, probiotics, magnesium bisglycinate
  • How movement, dance and Yin Yoga can improve bowel movements
  • What can cause constipation? – anaemia, dehydration, medications, nervous system dysfunction, stress
  • Why is stress so closely linked to constipation? fight/flight vs rest & digest
  • 80% of serotonin is made in the gut!
  • Why can a FODMAP intolerance affect bowl movement towards constipation or diarrhoea
  • Should we use coffee as a “crutch” to get things moving?
  • Yay or nay for colonics
  • Are squatty potties really helpful or just a gimmick – thumbs up for squatty potties!
  • Soluble vs insoluble fibre

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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis
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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis

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Barbara Loomis

In this episode, we chat to Barbara Loomis, aka the Alignment Monkey, all about the uterus. We get into some in-depth discussions on how issues with the uterus can impact many other parts of the body that we often don’t think of as being related!  There’s also lots of good information on practical steps we can take to correct most of these issues for ourselves, or in conjunction with a qualified practitioner.

Barbara Loomis has a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching people how to care for their reproductive and digestive organs through manual and movement therapies. She is an educator of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, a practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang and Visceral Manipulation as well as a Nutritious Movement certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. She helps women suffering from painful and irregular menstrual periods, fertility challenges, constipation, pelvic floor issues, Diastasis Recti and tipped uteri.

We Chat About:

  • Barbara’s journey into her current field of practice; including her close work with Katy Bowman
  • Barbara’s personal connection to her work
  • Chi Nei Tsang therapy applied to uterine care
  • What is a retroverted uterus?
  • What can we do correct a retroverted uterus?
  • How we store emotions in the body and the central role of the  abdomen
  • The benefits of abdominal massage
  • What is uterine congestion and how does this impact on hormone health?
  • the importance of whole body alignment in relation to uterine health
  • The impact of uterus alignment / positioning on fertility
  • What can we do to correct alignment and move more freely?
  • The relationship between a tight psoas and ovulation pain
  • How can the positioning of toes influence pelvic alignment?
  • The tyranny of tight clothing!
  • How can we learn self massage and self care techniques?
  • Breathing for better uterine health

 

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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea
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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea

IMG_9314Jo and I have become floating nerds, so today we’re going to be talking floatation therapy with Tim George from the Private Sea floatation centre.

Tim and his wife Lynne discovered floating in mid 2014.  They were so impressed with the results of their float sessions that 5 months later The Private Sea was born.

Now with 3 tank rooms and a couples float room floaters are travelling from afar to relieve their stressed out bodies and minds in the mellow and calming environment of the float tanks.

Reports from customers are very positive with comments ranging from “its like being back in the womb” to “literally switched off from the world”. Floatation therapy allows your mind and body to completely relax like you have never done before. With sight, sound, touch, taste, smell removed and very little in the way of gravity and balance your mind gets to take a breath and take a well earned rest.

No, it’s not claustrophobic, no you can’t drown and yes everyone floats.

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Jo, Tim George & Crystal

We chat with Tim about:

  • How he and Lynne got into floating and came to open their own floatation centre
  • What floatation is – sensory deprivation tanks – depriving you of your senses in a tank with 350kgs of epsom salt
  • What happens in a floatation session? The physiological side and the psychological side
  • Turning off the fight / flight response, emotional response
  • Going through theta state in the floatation tank – creative and learning zone
  • What health conditions floatation therapy can really help with – fibromyalgia, pain, sleep, sports injury prevention and recovery
  • Local research into the potential for floatation and fertility
  • What are the benefits of floatation? Pain reduction, clarity of thought, detox, for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis
  • Who shouldn’t float or when not to float
  • How to find your closest float centre

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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer
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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer

The Primal Shift with Joey de Backer

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Today we’re going to be talking mindful and intuitive eating with holistic nutritionist Joey de Backer from Living Nutrition

Joey is an accredited practising dietitian, holistic nutritionist and mindfulness teacher.

She believes that mindful and intuitive eating are the most important skills for any eater to develop …to be able to choose the right foods and amount of food without having to know much about nutrition.

Joey is passionate about helping people with their food choices and helping reconnect with the body’s signals.

We chat with Joey about:

  • How she came to make her primal shift
  • The myth of the perfect diet for everyone
  • Listening to your bodies cues about what to eat and how much to eat
  • Is my body going to ask for burgers and chips everyday?
  • Mouth hunger or psychological hunger vs real hunger
  • Transitioning to eating whole foods vs just eating a western diet mindfully
  • Getting more in touch with your body through movement, yoga, gardening to help you eat more mindfully
  • Dealing with cravings using mindfulness
  • Taking a 3-minute breathing space
  • How gut bacteria and stress might influence cravings
  • The more we resist the more things persist
  • What mindful eating and intuitive eating are
  • Keeping a food diary and rating level of hunger and satisfaction
  • We don’t feel satisfied by food if we’re doing other things while eating
  • The influence of posture and breath on our digestion
  • Most people eat very quickly, Joey shared some tips for slowing down our eating
  • Asking yourself what you want to eat when you go shopping and before a meal
  • Food waste and sustainability, why it’s important and tips for minimising wastage
  • Mistakes we can make with mindful eating

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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick
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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick

Managing Depression and Anxiety naturally with Jad Patrick

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Both Jo and I have some personal experience dealing with anxiety and today we have back with us our favourite guest, naturopath and counsellor Jad from Jad Patrick Naturopathy.

Jad is our go-to for all things interesting. From an early age he’s been intensely interested in health and nutrition and he believes a whole foods based diet, combined with exercise, stress management and healthy relationships is the key to preventing many of today’s chronic health issues.

So, today we’re going to be diving into some primal approaches to managing depression and anxiety naturally with Jad.

We chat with Jad about:

  • Why he personally has an interest in helping people with depression and anxiety
  • What the similarities and differences are between depression and anxiety
  • What they are and how they are generally treated
  • How natural treatments and conventional treatments work together
  • How inflammation affects mental health
  • How common anti-depressants work
  • How our genetics may affect mental health
  • Nature vs Nurture
  • How our microbiome can affect mental health
  • How a leaky gut and our diet can affect mental health
  • Which nutrients are helpful and whether to get them from food or supplements
  • How other lifestyle factors that can affect our mental health like sunlight, Vitamin D, sleep, having purpose, hobbies and interests, social factors and exercise
  • Options for managing depression and anxiety naturally
  • Mindfulness rituals like drinking tea
  • How histamine and food intolerances can feed into feelings of anxiety
  • Some quick wins that can make a real difference for depression and anxiety

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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care
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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care

Self Care is the new Health CareToday we’re going to be chatting about something that has become more important to the both of us over the last year and that is self care.

That deliberate act of taking some time out for yourself with an activity that’s good for your physical, mental or emotional health.

It might be yoga, going for a walk, meditating, having a relaxing bath or spending time with your friends and family. Any activity that will recharge your batteries and leave you feeling refreshed.

So we’re going to explore why self care is important, what stops us from doing it more often, what self care practices Jo and I love and some ways you can incorporate some self care into your day or create more time for it.

We chat about:

  • Why taking time out for self care is so important
  • Putting your own O2 mask on first
  • What stops us from taking time out for self care more often?
  • Survey results: the 3 big reasons why people don’t practice self care (from Ecology Skincare)
  • Time, kids and family, work, keeping the household running
  • Belly breathing and dropping your shoulders
  • Jo’s yoga and stretching, legs up the wall are all active self care
  • Seeing eating well as a nourishing act of self care
  • Happy dancing and smiling
  • Taking a mindful pause or mindfulness meditation
  • Walking on the beach or in the outdoors, simply sitting in the sun
  • Reconnecting with other people
  • Being ok with saying “no” when we don’t want to do something or can’t do something
  • Giving yourself permission
  • Ecology Mineral Bath Salts for a foot bath or full bath
  • Our best tips for working self care into your daily routine and making it a habit
  • Making appointments with yourself, sticky notes about the place, electronic reminders
  • Find your time wasters and reducing or eliminating them
  • Batching tasks so you have more time left over for self care

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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015
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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015

In today’s episode Crystal and I are going to take some time to reflect on the year that was 2015.

We both had a lot adventures and fun last year. But naturally, there’s been some trials and tribulations as well!  

We’ll also give you a sneak peak into some of our personal goals for 2016!

We chat about:

  • Our road trip down the east coast of the South Island of NZ
  • How our approach to food and they way we eat has changed over the last year
  • Moving away from the “paleo” label, still following the principals of eating real food and bringing it back to what works for us personally
  • Reducing anxiety around food reactions and intolerances
  • Improving relationships with food
  • Crystal’s been dealing with elevated thyroid antibodies
  • Impact of stress on appetite and autoimmune
  • Making conscious choices around ‘green travel’ – Jo’s been biking to work and utilising car share schemes
  • Jo’s reflects on her yoga practice
  • Crystal started kickboxing again
  • Incorporating self care and relaxation practices to manage stress
  • Trying out Floatation in a floatation tank
  • Crystal tried out Faster EFT tapping and recognises the benefits of going home and spending time with family
  • Jo made progress with her endometriosis, using acupuncture and chiro
  • Jo has been able to move away from using pain medication for her endo and manage pain and symptoms naturally
  • Crystal is learning how to manage tasks, projects and her to-do list more effectively using a whiteboard and 3 most important tasks with rewards
  • Jo’s been delving into her personal values and what it means to be authentic
  • Prioritising time out for yourself and quality interactions with others
  • Being more compassionate towards yourself, Jo’s expectations of herself and investigating motivations
  • We dive more deeply into mindfulness
  • Jo’s been doing post-graduate studies in business management and leadership
  • Using ‘reframing’ techniques to help you move through work situations
  • Crystal is now working full-time on Ecology Skincare, launched a baby product and another podcast called Mind Body Beauty
  • Our plans and intentions for 2016, with this podcast and beyond
  • Morning routines, travel, new Ecology products, accountability groups, self care and gut health
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Ecology Replenishing Mineral Bath Salt with Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salt

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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3
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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3

In this episode, we bring you the final of our three part series from the AHSNZ International Symposium, held in Queenstown October 2015.

 

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andrewDr Andrew Dickson

Healthspiration and the psycho-sociality of everyday life: A discussion on the determinants and detriments of ‘health-at-all-costs’

Dr Andrew Dickson is organisational sociologist at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a graduate of biochemistry and business. His research expertise is in critical health studies, focusing mainly on the wider weight-loss industry, but also in applying a psycho-sociological lens to other ‘health’ industry topics including: the impact of managerial ideology; gender relations; ethics and embodied alienation in the sport sector.

 

 

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Dr Ihirangi Heke

Atua to Matua: Maori Ecology and the Connection to Health and Physical Activity

Dr. Ihi Heke is currently a Maori health & physical activity consultant involved in a number of projects ranging from national health and physical activity initiatives funded by the Ministries of Education and Health to working in applied roles with elite athletes as a sport psychologist and strength/conditioner. Previously he has held lecturing roles in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Prince Sultan University in Saudia Arabia and the Wananga o Raukawa.

Dr Heke is also a consultant to the New Zealand Academy of Sport delivering to several national sporting bodies including; Motorsport New Zealand, Cycling New Zealand, Motorcycling New Zealand and New Zealand Swimming Federation

karen1Karen Phelps

Signaling Theory: What Is Your Environment Trying to Tell You? How To Cut Through the Noise and Win at Life

Karen Phelps is a writer and marketing consultant from Ashland, Oregon USA. She discovered ancestral health principles in early 2011 and, having seen the benefits firsthand, is determined to share with others. She has worked for the Ancestral Health Society stateside, is a MovNat certified trainer, and has written and contributed to numerous ancestral health-minded podcasts, blogs, and articles.

The evolutionary mismatch lens allows her to see all sorts of culprits beyond diet and nutrition that affect us everyday, and because we live in a time of unprecedented choice, she wants to help everyone choose as wisely as possible

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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2
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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2

In this episode we give you more great chats with some of the speakers from the AHSNZ Symposium in October 2015.

 

We Chat To:

 

 

alistair-woodwardProfessor Alister Woodward

Climate change and health – risks, limits and opportunities

Alistair Woodward is a medical graduate and public health specialist with a longstanding interest in the environment and health. For 10 years he was Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and is now Professor of Epidemiology in the same institution. He has written on air quality, radiation risks, injury prevention, the extraordinary benefits of the simple bicycle, and climate change – he was a convening lead author on the most recent IPCC assessment.

 

 

simon-kProfessor Simon Kingham

Travelling in the slow lane: the benefits of, and barriers to, active transport

Simon Kingham is Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a human geographer who has researched in a range of areas related to urban environment and health. These include research on transport, air pollution, green and bluespace (parks and water), and earthquakes. He has published widely both reports and in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee and was on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Forum.

 


lara-transparentLara Briden

Lara Briden, ND is a naturopathic doctor with nearly 20 years clinical experience. She has a strong science background, and formerly worked as an evolutionary biologist (she was lead author on the 1995 zoology paper: “Sex differences in the use of daily torpor and foraging time by big brown bats”). Thousands of patients have entrusted Lara with their PCOS, thyroid disease, endometriosis, and many other health issues, so she has had a chance to learn what really works for hormones. She has distilled that knowledge into her blog and book “Period Repair Manual.”

 

 

 

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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1
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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1

Crystal & Jo, The Primal Shift In October Jo and I were lucky enough to be a part of the first ever Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in beautiful Queenstown.  

The symposium was put together by the AHSNZ Executive team headed up by President Jamie Scott and Vice President Dr Anastasia Boulais.

We joined over 130 people to listen to a dynamic and diverse range of speakers who gave us the latest information on ancestral health, sustainable living, urban design, and climate change …and it was a fantastic weekend!!

Participants were totally blown away by this event and I heard from many people that this was THE BEST health and wellbeing conference they had attended….so the bar has been set pretty high team!

But right now, you guys are in for a treat because in this episode we’re bringing you a little taste of what we heard over the weekend. Jo and I caught up with some of the speakers between talks to ask them a few questions.

We spoke with:

Good friend of the show and creator of the Primal Play method… 

Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, founder of Fitness Explorer Training & Nutrition based in London, England is a blogger, international speaker, and author of Paleo Fitness: Primal Training and Nutrition to Get Lean, Strong, and Healthy.

After almost two decades working in investment banking as a computer scientist and increasingly suffering from illness, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to wellbeing by referencing our hunter-gatherer past. Instead of solving computer algorithms, he set about helping to tackle some of the problems that beset many individuals wanting to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle amidst the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As part of this mission, Darryl developed the PRIMAL PLAY methodology to inspire others to make activity truly fun while getting incredibly healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

Darryl now devotes his time to helping others improve their ability to perform everyday, recreational and extraordinary tasks by eating and moving the way nature intended.

I did take part in one of those primal play sessions and it has heaps of fun, I was really surprised at how sore I was! – Crystal

We’ve got a special offer for you guys, Darryl has given us a copy of his newest book Paleo from A to Z to give away to one lucky listener.

To be in to win come over to the Primal Shift Facebook page and find the pinned picture of Darryl and Crystal at the top of the page and leave us a comment on that pic.

Tell us your favourite way to play. The giveaway will be open from the 3rd of December 2015 till the 17th December and the winner will be chosen at random and announced on the next episode of The Primal Shift.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Find this pinned pic on Facebook and comment to win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Next we chatted with Osteopath Phillip Beach to chat archetypal postures and embracing life on the floor…

Phillip Beach

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Phillip grew up in Sydney, Nigeria, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. When he was deciding on a career he went to London to study Osteopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Twenty-three years later he moved to Wellington.

His research interests revolve around three central questions. Firstly, how may we model whole organism movement patterns? There is remarkably little work being done on this central question. Secondly, what are the biomechanical drivers that are fuelling the endemic musculoskeletal distress found in our society? His presentation will introduce what he calls the Archetypal Postures of repose. Thirdly, what might the Chinese have been mapping with their enigmatic meridians?

I participated in one of those sessions and boy was I challenged by some of those simple floor postures, like kneeling and sitting cross legged …time for me to spend more time on the floor! – Jo

Then we caught up with Brad Norris who gave the keynote talk on day 1 about how our values influence our motivation towards doing the things that make us healthier…

Brad Norris

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Brad Norris is the founder and director of Synergy Health Limited – a business that over the previous 15 years has developed a strong reputation for delivering effective workplace health promotion programmes to some of New Zealand’s largest and most successful businesses.

Brad’s formal education includes the completion of a Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and a Diploma in Sports Studies.

And lastly we chatted with Melbourne based PhD candidate, Stephen Hamley…

Stephen Hamley

steven-hamleySteven Hamley is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research project is about the metabolic and physiological responses to a meal in healthy people (e.g. glucose metabolites and insulin signalling), to see whether this is altered in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and if so, whether these responses can be altered by a short term diet intervention.

For his honours thesis, his research group was the first to demonstrate that only 1 week of a simple diet switch completely reversed diet-induced glucose intolerance in mice, and then followed this up by investigating the metabolic and biochemical basis for the change. Steven’s honours thesis received the highest mark in the school, earning him two student prizes and a PhD scholarship.

Wow, what an awesome episode hey?

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you, this is part 1 of a 3 part series from the New Zealand Ancestral Health Symposium, so stay tuned for the next episodes.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

And remember to head over to the Primal Shift FB page to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Darryl Edwards latest book Paleo from A-Z …find the pinned picture of Crystal and Darryl at the top of the page and tell us your favourite way to play.

You’ve got till the 17th of December to enter and you’ll find out who the lucky winner is in the next TPS episode …good luck everyone!

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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims
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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims

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Alison Sims, Paleo Foodies

In this episode Jo and I chat with Australia’s favourite Paleo Foodie, Alison Sims!

Alison is Passionate about real food and healthy living. She’s the lady behind the popular blog Paleo Foodies. Alison has also been eating her way around Australia in a bid to discover the best paleo dining experience. She is a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Australia’s first Paleo Magazine, the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine.

We chat with Alison about:

  • Dinner Party Planning
  • How Alison made her Primal Shift
  • It’s never an overnight change, its all about trial and error and experimenting to find what works
  • Seeing more and more cafes and restaurants with gluten free options and locally sourced ingredients on their menus – there is a change happening
  • Recipe creation  and an insight into Alison’s family background
  • The most common questions Alison gets and some of the challenges people have when starting a Paleo lifestyle
  • The place for paleo treats
  • Working with Scott Gooding on the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • What to expect in the Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • Topics in the first issue – the relationship between between gut heart hand the mouth and also insulin
  • Contributors include Mark Sisson, Dr Loren Cordain and Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo, also Paleo chefs and food producers
  • Available in iTunes and the Paleo Foodies website from early December
  • Making the transition from her career in advertising and marketing to Paleo Foodies
  • New App called Paleo Paddock
  • Best places to eat around Australia
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Melbourne – Patch, Palate, Paleo Den, Feast of Merit
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Perth – Nature’s Harvest
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Brisbane – Primal Palate
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Canberra – Elemental
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Sydney – Bondi Whole Foods, Porch and Parlour, Little Kitchen
  • What Alison is whipping up for her Dinner Party

 

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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!
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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!

yesterday deadline written on blackboardProcrastination is something we are all guilty of either some of the time or a lot of the time. This can be due to a variety of reasons and normally we eventually get round to tackling those outstanding tasks.

But sometimes procrastination can delay us making significant changes that we need to make in our lives. This can have a big impact on our happiness and wellbeing.

So today we are not going to put this topic off any longer… we are going to tackle ‘procrastination!’

Definition of Procrastination:

“To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness”

“To postpone or delay needlessly”

We chat about:

  • We even procrastinated doing this episode!
  • What is procrastination?
  • Why do we procrastinate?
  • How Crystal and Jo procrastinate: ‘procrastibaking’, social media and planning tasks
  • The two levels of procrastination
  • Evolutionary theories on procrastination
  • The link between procrastination and impulsivity
  • How does modern living compound procrastination?
  • Mark Manson: ‘Manson’s Law of Avoidance’
  • The impact procrastination can have on our lives
  • Strategies to overcome procrastination
  • ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’
  • Good enough is good enough
  • Managing expectations
  • Enjoy the process and don’t get so attached to the outcome
  • Be accountable
  • Manipulate your environment to optimise productivity
  • Be comfortable with discomfort
  • Set deadlines and rewards

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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence
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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Today we have with us the Sunshine Coast’s most famous Paleo couple, Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence.

Clint is a Health and Fitness Coach & a MovNat Certified Trainer. teaching natural movement and primal play for kids and adults.
He loves watching whales, fishing and climbing trees and believes that “good health should be affordable and accessible to everyone”

And Clint’s primal partner Aimee, regularly hosts Paleo cooking demo’s and workshops, where people can even learn how to make gelatin, bone broth, and offal. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and getting out and about on the beach or in nature

Together they head up the Sunshine Coast Paleo Meet-up Group, where they offer a variety of different events and resources to help as many people as possible

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

We chat about:

  • How Aimee and Clint made their Primal Shift – from gluten free to grain free
  • Once they were feeling good eating Paleo, they looked at what else within the Paleo lifestyle made sense
  • Clint changing the way he trained clients in the personal training studio
  • Making movement fun and looking for opportunities to explore and challenge
  • Primal play with a back injury
  • Less is more – exercise less, but move more
  • Making movement affordable for everyone
  • How to make a Paleo/Primal diet affordable
  • Food is Free programs, food swaps and sharing information with your community
  • Best tips for busy people
  • What is forest bathing or forest therapy?
  • Benefits of forest therapy and being in nature
  • What does a forest therapy session look like?
  • Waking up naturally and house plants
  • Tips and ideas for starting to cook with offal (liver) – and not make it awful
  • Upcoming classes and workshops on the Sunshine Coast

 

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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards
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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer

In this episode we chat to Darryl Edwards, aka The Fitness Explorer, all about making fitness fun and accessible to everyone through ‘primal play’.

Darryl is the founder of of HEALTH Unplugged and owner of Fitness Explorer Training,  an international speaker, coach, nutritionist and author of “Paleo Fitness“ and “Paleo from A to Z”.  

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well-being.  Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – a midst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the founder of the PRIMAL PLAY methodology, he makes activity fun, effective and engaging while getting individuals healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

And those who are attending the AHSNZ Symposium next month are going to experience this first hand. Darryl will be heading to NZ for the Symposium to speak at the event and get people into some primal play.

We also introduce friend of the show, psychology nerd and big kid, Russell Campbell as our guest host.

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We chat with Darryl about:

  • What his weekend morning routine looks like
  • How he came to make his Primal Shift
  • The contrast between Darryl’s previous life as an investment banker vs now as The Fitness Explorer
  • Reprioritising what is important in life
  • Transitioning to working with people to improve their health and fitness
  • Training like the actors in the Movie 300 and coming to Primal Play instead
  • Making fitness fun with imaginative and inventive games
  • “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about participation”
  • Reaching goals and objectives with fitness, but enjoying the process along the way – instant gratification with movement
  • What will people find themselves doing with “Primal Play?”
  • Games including primal tag
  • Primal play is great for those who hate exercise and those who are competitive who are looking for a different kind of challenge
  • The aspect of community, group participation and teamwork with primal play
  • Peter Grey’s TED Talk about the benefits of play for kids
  • Structured sport vs play
  • The Kiwi game of Bullrush and also British Bulldog
  • More kids go to hospital falling out of bed than falling out of trees
  • The relationship between play, learning and creativity
  • Darryl is heading to NZ to talk at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown
  • Travel hacking
  • Primal Hit or Primal Shit: Treadmill Desks

 

Primal Tag in action with Darryl Edwards at the Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

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TPS 56: Self Compassion
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TPS 56: Self Compassion

Heart self-compassionIn this episode, we talk about self compassion and why it can be a powerful tool for dealing with negative and self critical thoughts, which we know (from our ‘Think’ episode) can impact positively or negatively on our physical, mental and psychological well being.

Crystal and I will chat a bit about the theory behind self compassion and then how we can  incorporate this practice into our everyday lives.

We hope our chat helps you to start, or continue, a practice of self-kindness and self acceptance which will permeate every aspect of you life for the better.

Self Compassion

We chat about:

  • What self-compassion actually is – a component of mindfulness
  • Being aware of what we’re thinking about and replacing critical self thoughts with kinder, comforting, soothing self talk
  • The 3 elements of Self Compassion: Self Kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness
  • Loving Kindness, speaking to ourselves the way we would a good friend who was going through a rough patch instead of being harsh and critical of ourselves
  • Common Humanity, recognising that suffering is universal and realising that we are not alone in feeling the way we do
  • Mindfulness, sitting with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, noticing where they are in the body
  • Using guided meditations to be kinder towards ourselves
  • Feeling the feeling and self-soothing, putting your hand on your heart
  • Oxytocin and the mammalian care-giving system
  • Our bodies don’t make the distinction if we are touching ourselves or if someone else is touching us in comfort
  • Can hold your own arms or wrists to comfort self
  • Body language and power poses
  • Using self-compassion to improve your relationships with other people, being more compassionate and less judgemental
  • “Comparison is the thief of joy”
  • Self-esteem is often based on external reinforcement
  • Comparing and social media
  • Thinking …what’s the worst that could happen and whatever happens I’ll deal with it
  • Our self-compassion practices
  • Guided meditations, acknowledging that you’re struggling with something, body compassion and self care, taking the foot off the pedal
  • Giving self permission to take time out, massage, floatation, feeling the feelings, Faster EFT (tapping)
  • Primal Hit or Shit, should everyone practice self compassion?
  • Remember, it can be hard to do this!
  • Be kind to yourself and others!!

 

Comparison is the thief of Joy

 

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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest
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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

On this episode, Jo and Crystal chat with the vibrantly happy and healthy Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest all about Gut health and our microbiome. Jacqui is super passionate about whole foods and healing through lifestyle choices, which led her to found her company Grateful Harvest, supplying fermented foods and beverages and helping people make that connection between gut health and the health of their body and mind. Along this journey, Jacqui has connected with world class leaders in this area, sharing their work and allowing each of us to discover the potential for change held within.

We chat with Jacqui about:

  • Jacqui’s interesting and unconventional upbringing, including exposure to textured vegetable protein
  • How pregnancy prompted her to further investigate what she was eating and how she was living
  • Brewing her own Kombucha and investigating what Kombucha is, the benefits and what was myth and what wasn’t
  • Homeschooling
  • The pro’s and con’s of choice, including being overwhelmed
  • Crowding out the less desirable stuff
  • We are only 10% human and the current state of research into the gut and microbiome
  • The origins of fermented foods
  • How you create the right environment for fermenting foods
  • Microbes pre-digestive food for us, produce digestive enzymes, vitamins that the body can absorb, fatty acids
  • Being the custodians of our internal eco-system and what that means for us from a health perspective
  • How it all starts – from birth and breast feeding
  • How our micro biome affects our immune system
  • The gut sends more messages than the brain does – wow!!
  • Trusting what our bodies tell us
  • The potential connection between the gut, autism and inflammatory conditions
  • It’s all about the fibre, so eat more plants
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Chew your food properly and eating mindfully
  • Not being so germ phobic
  • What does a compromised system look like?
  • What to look for in commercially available fermented foods and beverages

 

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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift
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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift

Brain design.In previous episodes we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and relax so it’s more in line with our basic biology …with what our genes expect of us!

We are up to the last Primal Shift now, the THINK Shift.

In my opinion this is one of the hardest Primal Shifts to make and it’s one that requires constant …thought …for want of a better word!

So in today’s episode we are going to be talking about how our thoughts and our mindset can affect our health and happiness and what we can do to hold a mirror up to the contents of our mind, observe our thoughts and change our thinking.

We chat about:

  • How this is harder to get in line than our food and movement
  • We are hard wired towards a negativity bias, it was critical for the survival of our ancestors
  • The way we perceive our environment creates our stress
  • Optimists live longer than pessimists
  • Cortisol and adrenalin release in response to fear and perceived problems
  • The effect of cortisol and whole body inflammation on the gut
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • The effects of stress and negative thoughts on the body, holding tension in the body
  • Thoughts creating feelings in the body, noticing how stress feels in the body
  • How our thoughts can impact on our skin health
  • Spending the majority of our time dwelling on thoughts of the past or worrying about what might happen in the future
  • Being mindful and living in the present moment
  • The stories we tell ourselves in our heads are not always “true”
  • Observing thoughts, noticing and naming them to break out of autopilot
  • Letting go of the need for control “…there’s nothing I can do about this, except how I choose to respond to it”
  • What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll handle it
  • Reframing – what can I learn from this?
  • Getting excited about stressful situations and seeing them as a positive and a challenge
  • Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk
  • Blue Zone’s observations around having a sense of purpose and moving towards your values
  • The importance of being connected socially and keeping lines of communication open
  • Sharing worries, emotions, thoughts, joys and realising we all have similar experiences and struggles
  • Using mindfulness to build mind muscles for noticing and naming thoughts we get caught up in …in a non-judgemental way
  • Changing your psychology by changing your physiology – smiling and fake smiling
  • Your brain doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined
  • Laughter Yoga and Happy Dancing
  • Getting out of your head and into your body
  • The benefits of touch, massage and using your 5 senses to ground you in your body
  • The nature connection and how walking and spending time in nature can change our thinking
  • Journalling, mindful colouring and creative drawing, Zentangle
  • Talk therapy with a professional like a psychotherapist can help you process things in a healthier way
  • Feeling the feelings and letting the emotions out, acknowledging and being ok with it
  • Primal Hit or Shit – Medicating our thoughts and feelings
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Crystal and Jo taking time out to Think and Plan Podcast Episodes

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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart
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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart

Matthew-Stewart-head-and-shoulders-199x300In this episode we chat to Osteopath and Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Executive Member Matthew Stewart.

Matt has nearly twenty years experience in manual therapies and is registered as an osteopath in Australia and New Zealand and is a certified and licensed massage therapist in Hawaii…interesting!

In addition to his clinical work, Matt advises training organisations and professional associations on education and research issues. His research interests focus on the effects of manual therapy, movement, diet, sleep, and psycho-social factors on the musculoskeletal system.

Matt seeks to translate the research literature in these domains into his professional and personal practice in accordance with ancestral health principles.

You can hear more from Matt at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October (see link at the end of this page for details!)

We Chat About:

  • Massage qualifications in Hawaii?
  • Matt’s Primal Shift, the gradual journey
  • Why did Matt decide to become an osteopath?
  • What does an osteopath do?
  • Three broad themes of osteopathy: Visceral, Cranial, and Structural
  • Resistance training and recovery from desk sitting
  • How lifestyle factors impact on the musculoskeletal system
  • The vicious cycle of inflammation, pain and sleep deprivation
  • Pain perception and the nervous system
  • Everyone has imperfect bodies (structurally)
  • Manual therapy for managing stress and pain
  • How we hold emotions in our bodies (the ‘three fists of tension’)
  • The importance of the psoas muscle
  • Sitting properly to protect your back and pelvis (if you have to sit!)
  • Matt’s thoughts on treadmill desks
  • What to do if you don’t have a standing desk at work
  • Power postures for managing stress
  • How to get more movement into our day
  • Matt’s daily movement routine and passion for sports
  • How does Matt rest and recover?
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Are humans designed to run?
  • How did Matt get involved in AHSNZ
  • What will Matt be speaking about at the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What’s Matt reading at the moment?

 

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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz
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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz

asha profile picToday we’re joined by Asha Evertsz, The Clear Skin Expert talking about clearing acne naturally without relying on synthetic hormones, antibiotics and skin stripping skincare.

Asha is a Naturopath, Skin Therapist, Corneotherapist and former acne sufferer who’s seen every type of acne and every type of acne cause. A self-confessed science nerd and biochemistry buff, Asha brings in the big guns – pathology and functional medicine …bang bang …with her acne treatments and education programs.

Asha loves to help people to learn the triggers that are unique to them, so that they are educated and confident with their skin and sassy selves! She can be found practicing from her clinical practice in Collins Street Melbourne, helping thousands of women with their skin stress.

We chat with Asha about:

  • Her experience with adult acne and treating it conventionally with the birth control pill
  • Going on a personal mission to help treat and heal her cystic acne and how acne can affect every facet of your life
  • Listening to the messages our skin is sending us
  • Working with a range of practitioners and getting support from friends and family
  • Studying Naturopathy and Natural Beauty Therapy
  • Omega 3’s, inflammation and pathology testing
  • What are some of the main causes of adult acne, it’s certainly not straight forward
  • Intense periods of stress most often precede major acne breakouts
  • Underlying inflammation and an underlying metabolic issue
  • A paleo diet is the most anti-inflammatory diet
  • Cortisol is the big instigator, hormones do play their part but it’s more of a metabolic issue that can affect insulin and sex hormones
  • Thoughts on dairy as a trigger for acne. High GI foods can trigger insulin and insulin like growth factors, increasing sebum production, inflammation and affecting the way skin cells shed
  • Testing – a full blood exam is helpful, including iron and B12, vitamin D, urinary profiles that look at cortisol and oestrogen, testosterone, DHT and progesterone
  • Zones of breakouts – jawline, chin and neck can be stress related, hormones, thyroid play a part
  • If breaking out elsewhere Asha will often investigate gut issues and potential parasite infections
  • Back and shoulder acne in males and some females
  • Common mistakes people make that can cause acne or make it worse and what to do about them
  • 1. Using harsh products or treatments, including those that contain benzyl peroxide (a lot of people present with a dry acne, not oily), fragrances, emulsifiers, clinical skin peels
  • 2. Getting on medication too early as a band aid (birth control pill and roaccutane)
  • 3. People trying to solve acne themselves without support
  • 4. Picking skin, it damages skin that is already inflamed and slow to heal and can cause longer term pigmentation
  • 5. Obsessing about skin, letting it take over your life and the negative self talk that goes with it
  • Recommendations for what to do when breaking out, topically and on the inside
  • Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your stress levels and your skin, you can’t buy sleep!
  • Eating to balance out blood sugar levels and get enough nutrients to the skin
  • 6-9 cups of veggies a day (rule of thumb – half of this as leafy green veggies and don’t skimp on starches), quality protein, bone broths
  • Not too much high intensity exercise, sweating is good for skin but if stressed going for more restorative exercise
  • Sugar and stimulants like coffee are not a good idea, especially if stressed
  • Drink lots of water

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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers
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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers, the Sustainable Dish

Diana Rodgers, the Sustainable Dish

Crystal and Jo talk with the dynamic Diana Rodgers from Radiance Nutrition and the Sustainable Dish about food sustainability.

Diana Rodgers divides her time between her nutritional therapy practice, running an organic farm and vegetable CSA with her husband and 2 children, writing beautiful cookbooks, teaching cooking classes and educational programs and co-hosting the modern farm girls podcast.

We talk with Diana about:

  • What a typical day looks like juggling the kids and farm work with writing and her nutritional practice
  • What a CSA is (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Her journey before and after being diagnosed with coeliac disease in her mid-twenties
  • Finding Weston A Price and The Paleo Solution
  • Combining Paleo with sustainable living
  • Studying to become a board certified Dietitian
  • Becoming organic farmers
  • The difference between “being Paleo” and living in a sustainable Paleo way
  • The importance of sleeping well, getting out in nature and connecting with the community
  • The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook – a “how to” for homesteading and how to live a more sustainable Paleo life (whether you’re growing your own food or not)
  • What questions we can ask at the supermarket, farm gate or farmers markets
  • Food policy around sustainability and the assumptions made about plant-based diets and farming
  • Why Diana loves goats
  • Humane slaughter and respecting the whole animal
  • Making sustainability “sexier”
  • Diana’s topic for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Queenstown in October

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To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd” ~ Wendell Berry

 

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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’

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Steph Gaudreau

In this episode we speak to the multi-talented and super human Steph Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo.

When Steph isn’t creating delicious & nutritious chow, she’s lifting heavy things, writing books and running her new podcast Harder to Kill Radio. Steph is also a one time science teacher and current holistic nutritionist, so I think we are in good hands here!

Steph and her husband Craig Zielinski will be heading to the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand!) to speak at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) international Symposium October.

We Chat About

  • Steph talks about her new online program (coming soon!)
  • Steph’s Primal Shift
  • How Steph developed a better relationship with her body through an ancestral lifestyle, and cross fit
  • Balancing personal fitness with business goals
  • The story behind ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
  • How to face the fear when making big life or career changes
  • Steph’s advice for goal setting and changing habits
  • Why there is an absence of  sweet snack foods on Steph’s site
  • Taming the sugar beast
  • Modifying nutrition for athletic performance and endurance training
  • How do humans become ‘unbreakable’?
  • Why is Steph traveling to New Zealand for the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What is Steph talking about at AHSNZ?
  • Moving beyond the obsession of aesthetics
  • Steph runs the ‘5 rapid fire’ gauntlet questions!

 

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden
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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden

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Lara Briden

In this episode we chat with Lara Briden, the naturopathic Doctor who’s clocked up nearly 20 years experience in women’s health. Lara balances her time between Christchurch New Zealand, and Sydney Australia, where she runs a hormone clinic to treat PCOS, PMS, endometriosis and many other period related problems.

Lara has recently released her book ‘Period Repair Manual. Natural Treatment for better hormones and better Periods’ and will also be speaking on this topic at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in Queenstown October.

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We Chat About:

  • How does Lara balance her time between New Zealand and Australia
  • Why did Lara move to New Zealand?
  • Lara’s ‘Primal Shift’
  • The motivation and intention behind ‘The Period Repair Manual’
  • Why is there an epidemic of hormone dis-regulation with both men and women?
  • Male infertility; the hidden epidemic
  • The gut health / hormone link
  • Where to start with treatment options
  • Endometriosis as an autoimmune condition
  • It’s not normal to have period pain!
  • Red meat and endometriosis
  • The long term health implications of ‘the pill’
  • Progesterone vs progesterines
  • What to expect when coming off the pill
  • Alternative birth control methods
  • Does the copper IUD influence copper levels in the body?
  • Alcohol intake; is there a safe limit for women?
  • Why Lara supports AHSNZ
  • Lara’s latest passion project: ‘Menstruation Matters’

 

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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare
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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

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Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

Today’s episode is all about Natural Skincare, a topic that’s close to Crystal’s heart and of course close to her skin!

We both fully believe that when it comes to skincare, simple is good ….and less is more, so we’ll chat about how we can simplify our topical skin care regimes.

And we’ll also be going deeper than skin deep and chatting about how we can take a more holistic approach to caring for our skin by nurturing our skin from within with good food and practices that reduce stress and tension, so we can all round live a little happier in our own skin.

We chat about:

  • Jo’s skin challenges, starting with eczema and dermatitis as a youngster and cystic acne in her early 20’s
  • Being gentle with skin and choosing products designed for sensitive skin, plus other diet and lifestyle measures
  • How common skin issues are
  • Crystal’s skin challenges, acne and dermatitis as a teenager and through early 20’s, worsening after glandular fever and tonsillitis
  • Being on the pill and antibiotics to control acne
  • Natural salicylates and histamines in foods can be an issue for eczema sufferers
  • Coconut oil on skin can be problematic, it’s not for everyone!
  • Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean your skin will love it
  • Why tallow is good for your skin
  • Our skin becomes drier as we age
  • The Ecology Skincare ethos
  • The potential problems with an overcomplicated skincare regime
  • Natural options for facial cleansing, including the Ecology Facial Konjac Sponge
  • Fragrances in skincare
  • Essential oils can also be problematic for some people
  • What to look out for on skincare labels
  • Less is more when it comes to skincare
  • The impact of stress on our skin
  • Visualisation for skin healing
  • Sleep and epsom salt foot baths for detoxification
  • Primal Hit or Shit: Sunscreen
Choose skin care that's free of toxic chemicals, like Crystal's Ecology Skin Care

Ecology Skin Care, Tallow based moisturising cream

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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!
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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!

IMG_8859In this episode we share some of our favourite books, podcasts and apps with listeners to provide some resources, and also give listeners an insight into the broader interests of the shifters. We like to expand our nerdy inclinations beyond food because, lets face it, there’s more to life than worrying about macro-nutrients!

We hope the list below is helpful to you, and please feel free to leave a comment with some of you own favourites!

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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics
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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics

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In this episode we chat with the delightful Scottish born, highly certified Crossfit maniac, Craig Zelinksi from BAMF athletics.

When he’s not in the gym, behind the computer or out eating the weak, Craig is chowing down on stupidly easy, low histamine paleo meals with his gorgeous wife Steph Gadreau.

With his love of good fantasy like the epic “lord of the Rings” Craig is undoubtedly looking forward to his upcoming trip to middle earth for the AHS NZ Symposium 24th October in Queenstown NZ

We chat with Craig about:

  • Craig’s upcoming trip to New Zealand & visiting Middle Earth
  • Craig’s Primal Shift
  • Moving from Glasgow to San Diego
  • Discovering Cross Fit; a meeting of minds
  • Cross Fit for women
  • The ‘curse of strength’
  • The risk of over-training
  • What’s Craig’s definition of a strong body?
  • Craig’s histamine intolerance & how he deals with histamine ‘blow outs’
  • The dilemma of a paleo diet when trying to reduce high histamine foods
  • The histamine & stress link
  • Craig’s beef with paleo ‘treats’ and the moderation rule
  • Is eating healthy an eating disorder?
  • What is Craig going to talk about at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October?
  • Craig’s training essentials
  • A new website is on the way!

 

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Craig Zielinski – Eating the Weak

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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift
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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift

SDH_7044In previous episodes, we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and live so it’s more in line with our basic biology…with what our genes expect of us.

And we’re getting down to the last (and in our opinion) the toughest shifts now.
In this episode, Crystal, Jo and Charby share their thoughts and practices around the Primal Shift of Relax.

Crystal believes it’s relatively easy to change what you’re eating and get into an exercise routine …and so much harder to learn to relax and to make it a part of your daily routine.

Especially when today’s society is geared around being goal driven and task focused, it becomes a badge of honour to be busy.
You ask people how they are and so often the standard response is “yeah, I’m good…busy” Right?

We Discuss

  • Jo’s been getting into Yoga for energy and relaxation, she finds it a great form of mindfulness and often feels much lighter and calmer by the end
  • Calming the monkey mind and moving the nervous system into “Rest & Digest” or “Calm and Connect” as Chris Kresser calls it
  • Charby will often do a weights session or sprint session, as he feels relaxed afterwards
  • Deep breathing in the moment, slowing everything down
  • The things that bring a smile to your face also bring pleasure and relaxation
  • Being in nature, walking or lying under trees
  • Mindful walking and becoming more focussed, aware and connected
  • Ticking more than one box at a time: epsom salt baths, relaxing while cooking
  • Nourishing the heart and mind and treating this as importantly as nourishing your body with good food
  • Enjoying time with family and friends and time sitting in the sun
  • Don’t write off a whole day as being stressful, steal back some moments of pleasure and enjoyment
  • Sharing your deep breathing and relaxed energy with others
  • Why we sometimes seek distractions and what these are
  • Turning off notifications
  • Starting with relaxation rather than feeling like you have to earn it, Charby watches a film early in the week to recharge and become productive
  • The “Fun” work day, no admin just creative pursuits
  • How to integrate relaxation into your day
  • Having a healtho as opposed to a smoko
  • Using crutches to help you with relaxation and activities that bring you pleasure

 

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Crystal relaxing on the beach

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Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living
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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living

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In this episode Jo & Crystal chat with good friend Jo Smith, from Primal Living, about her passion for real food and taking a natural approach to life. Jo actually ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to being self sufficient and living off the land.

Jo is a qualified nutritional coach, personal trainer, one time professional body sculpture and permaculture enthusiast.
Her passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food at its source, as well as building relationships with the farmer/ food producers. Jo wants us to re-connect back with nature, and to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrition.

Jo moved into the wellness space after 14 years in the pharmacy industry and was the organizer of the incredibly successful ‘Changing the Way We Eat Conference’ held in Tasmania August 2014 (check out ep 30 of TPS for highlights of this conference)

Jo shares her time between her 10 acre property on Bruny Island, Tasmania (with her two cheeky burmese cats!), and far flung Papua New Guinea where her partner is currently based.

We Discuss

  • What types of (and how many) animals does Jo currently have on Bruny Island with her?
  • Jo’s perspective on raising, killing and eating her own animals
  • Jo’s ‘Primal Shift’ experience: from ‘fixing people with medicine to fixing people with nutrition’
  • The impact of profession body building on Jo’s health
  • The reality of living off the land; challenges and rewards
  • The importance of staying connected with local communities
  • Future plans for the Bruny Island property
  • How everyone can live more simply and be connected to the food source
  • How Jo copes with moving between Tasmania and Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has been the cultural experience for her?
  • Food costs in PNG and how Jo supported local farmers
  • Reflecting on the ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ conference
  • Jo’s experience with low carb dieting, and her recommendations for anyone wanting to make dietary changes
  • Jo’s current passion projects: perma-culture and food security

 

Jo digging up her own taties on her Bruny Island property.

Jo digging up her own ‘taties on her Bruny Island property.

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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks
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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks

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Crystal & Jen Richards from Rumbles Paleo and author of Bumi and the Wokabug

In this episode, Crystal & Jo invite Meghann Birks (from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula and Bam Pow Paleo) and Jen Richards (from Rumbles Paleo) onto the show to discuss the very important topic of body image.
We’ve all had our own journeys with body image issues, so it was a really open and honest and interesting conversation.

Meghann, you will remember from TPS Episodes 6: Raising Primal Kids and 38: Chatting with Meghann and her husband Andrew.

And our good friend Jen Richards is the multi-talented, very smiley co-creator and owner of Rumbles Paleo. This lovely lady has a heart of pure gold, painted with sparkles and glitter and she divides her time between writing children’s books, making delicious Rumbles Paleo Snacks and being the ambassador for Eating Disorders Victoria.

We chat with Meghann & Jen about:

  • How Jen made her Primal Shift and went from running a coffee and cookie business to making Paleo-inspired treats
  • How our various body image issues and perceptions of ourselves have changed with time and age
  • Meghann remembers reading fashion magazines (like Teen Beat) and kept a journal from a young age, around 9 years old
  • Meghann’s weight creep as result of stress and uni life to the point of obesity and a family intervention and the various things she tried to loose weight
  • How Meghann’s current body image is linked with performance and what her body can do in the way of primal movements
  • Jen admires strong, active women who are happy, confident and have an “inner glow”, where she used to think the stick thin magazine models were attractive
  • Jen shares her 15 year experience with an eating disorder and how she now sees food as nourishment and focuses more on what she can do rather than what she can’t do
  • Self worth and feeling in charge by controlling what and when you eat
  • Jen’s commitment to help create thriving children with the positive messages in her children’s books
  • Becoming aware of your inner dialogue, thoughts and beliefs and fostering an “I can” attitude
  • The 3 major fears: the fear of not being loved (or being loveable), the fear of not being good enough and the fear of not belonging
  • How we compare ourselves to other people and the pressure that puts on us
  • Jo’s experience with being openly compared to her cousins at family gatherings and the factors that affected her weight and wellbeing
  • How physical exercise can also be something that gives you a feeling of control
  • How other peoples positive comments about our appearance can drive our behaviour
  • The challenge and benefits that Yoga brings in getting to know what your body is capable of
  • Feeling connected to your body vs being stuck in your head
  • Crystal remember’s being called a “surfboard” in her early teens and having an athletic rather than feminine build
  • Trust issues with a body that is hormonally out of whack and taking a self care approach
  • What a “Paleo” female should look like?
  • Body image expectations within the Paleo/Primal community and trolling
  • Body weight is not the only marker of health
  • Can we over hack our bodies and our health?
  • The pursuit of happiness and Jen’s hot tip
  • How to change the way we think and our attitude in small steps
  • Getting professional help if needed and surrounding yourself with supportive, accepting people
  • Learning about body compassion

 

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The post-podcast feast with Jen, Andrew, Jo, and Meghann & Andrew Birks

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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan
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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan

Kate CIn this episode we have a fascinating chat with Kate Callaghan about female hormone health, hypothalamic amenorrhea, gut health and much more.

Kate is a Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach specialising in hormone healing. Kate has over 13 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She left her 8 pack abs behind for yoga headstands and high-jinks, and is now helping others achieve optimal wellness through nutrient-dense traditional whole-foods, adopting mindful and sustainable life practices, and moving in ways which rejuvenate rather than deteriorate the body. Kate’s goal is to educate, inspire and empower others to live life to the fullest each and every day….and she’s also in the process of growing a tiny human inside her!

 

We chat to Kate about:

  • Kate’s ‘primal shift’
  • Why Kate moved from a low carbohydrate to a moderate carbohydrate intake
  • What is hypothalamic amenorrhea, and how long did it take Kate to re-balance her hormones?
  • How to convince people to eat more (safe) carbohydrates
  • When is the ‘low carb approach’ appropriate and when is it not?
  • Why Kate got involved with The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand
  • How stress influences hormone dis-regulation
  • The calorie reduction – stress connection
  • Are males more suited to a ‘low carb’ approach?
  • What does a moderate carb intake really look like on a plate?
  • Kate’s latest e-book project revealed!
  • How to cope with the diet and body changes when healing hormones
  • How yoga helped Kate heal her hormones
  • Does yoga have a ‘body image’ problem?
  • How to provide positive role modelling for children in schools
  • There’s no such thing as an ideal body shape
  • What did the average ancestral woman really look like?
  • Is it healthy to participate in extreme body building / figure competitions?
  • Looking fit and being healthy aren’t necessarily the same thing
  • How  does gut function impact on our overall health?
  • Does ‘low carb’ dieting negatively impact beneficial gut bacteria?
  • The pros and cons of probiotic supplements (and which are the best ones to take)
  • How to feed good bacteria naturally through diet
  • The benefits of prebiotics
  • Why Kate moved to New Zealand, and how this helped her healing process?
  • The importance of social connection and ‘community’
  • What is Kate reading at the moment?
  • The important connection between female hormones and heart health

 

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

 

Links:

The Holistic Nutritionist

The Ancestral Society of New Zealand

Yogaglo

The Motivational Manifesto

Ecology Skincare

TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health
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TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health

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Brad, Crystal & Jo recording the podcast around a stand-up desk at Synergy Health in Christchurch, NZ

On a recent roadtrip down the South Island of NZ, Jo and Crystal met fellow kiwi Brad Norris in his workplace, Synergy Health.

Brad has a masters in industrial and organizational psychology and a diploma in sports studies and he’s built his business, Synergy Health, from the ground up, over the last 15 years.

Brad and his team are very experienced at delivering corporate wellness programs with an ancestral bent to some very lucky workplaces throughout NZ and soon to be in breaking into Australia.

We chat with Brad about:

  • Why the Synergy Health workplace would be an awesome place to work!
  • The benefits of breaking out a bit of “4-Square” (a Kiwi school game) during the work-day
  • The lack of focus on health and wellbeing in the Organisational Psychology university curriculum
  • Starting up Synergy Health and maximising productivity in the workplace – wellness isn’t just all about health checks
  • Customised corporate wellness programs and challenges vs Tracksuit Inc, a 12 month templated wellness program
  • Taking an ancestral approach to corporate wellness
  • The 10 healthy habits: Move slowly lots, move fast once in awhile, reduce fake food, eat real food…
  • Gamifying the act of being healthy and incorporating a bit of “healthy competition” with leader boards, points, team play and prizes
  • How most people aren’t driven by the goal of health improvement and instead digging down into peoples personal values to bring about healthy outcomes as a by-product of promoting peoples personal values
  • The hardest Synergy Health daily challenge – “The department of no complaints” – a gratitude challenge
  • The biggest levers to when it comes to promoting personal values for behaviour change – recognition, success, teamwork, achievement
  • How giving people the chance to identify, understand and communicate their values leads to health improvement, in the workplace, home life and relationships
  • Ongoing reflection – Do you know what your personal values are? Do you organise your week to best promote and “live” your values?
  • Building resilience after the Christchurch earthquakes
  • What a “sneaker meeting” is
  • The challenges of incorporating a wellness program into the workplace
  • The tangible and intangible benefits of having a workplace wellness program in place and communicating these benefits, including some real life stories
  • For every $1 invested a $5 return on the investment
  • Working towards values vs working towards goals
  • How little things can build up when people aren’t feeling good or feeling satisfied and peeling back the “layers of the onion” or the issues to find the underlying value that isn’t being fulfilled
  • When you’re feeling frustrated, reflecting on which values have been compromised
  • Taking ownership and responsibility for your own level of engagement and satisfaction in the workplace and communicating this with your boss
  • Are health professionals too focused on health?
  • Tracksuit Inc making the leap into Australian workplaces

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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais
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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Crystal and Jo caught up with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais while road tripping through New Zealand in January.

Jamie and Anastasia moved back to Christchurch, New Zealand twelve months ago to set up the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHS NZ). Much has happened over those short twelve months so we got the low down on the progress of the Society and what’s instal for 2015!

We chat with Jamie and Anastasia about:

  • Moving back to New Zealand and Anastasia (almost) successful assimilation into Kiwi culture
  • The importance of regular ‘down time’, and how it enhances productivity/creativity
  • Challenges of setting up the Society and who has been involved
  • AHS NZ objectives are much broader than the ‘paleo movement’
  • Details of the Wellington Conference ‘Surviving the Urban Jungle’ 28th March
  • Cultural perspectives on public health, and why does the term ‘ancestors’ mean different things to different people?
  • The benefit of bringing together a diverse range of academics from various disciplines
  • Jamie talks about retiring his ‘That Paleo Guy’ blog
  • What are some of the concerns Jamie and Anastasia have with the current direction of the ‘paleo movement’
  • Re-evolutionary: the new blog for Jamie and Anastasia
  • Why did they pick Queenstown as the location for the inaugural AHS NZ Symposium?
  • Teaser Alert! Big name Symposium attendees from the US are revealed
  • Jamie and Anastasia discuss program details for the Symposium (it’s not all sitting!)
  • How to become an official supporter of the Society
  • A call for volunteers to assist with organising the Symposium in October
  • Ancestral Health Societies are spreading across the globe
  • What did Jamie and Anastasia have for breakfast this morning?
  • Anastasia favourite book right now and her cycling adventures
  • Jamie’s new interest in urban design
  • How Jamie and Anastasia reduce car usage and increase movement in their daily lives
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Crystal and Jo enjoying the sunshine in Lyttleton with Jamie and Anastasia

 

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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick
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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick

Jad (right) and Alistair

Jad (left) and Alistair

In this episode we talk all things edible weeds and bush foraging for the modern urban Australian with our favourite resident Naturopath and Social counsellor Jad Patrick from Jad Patrick Naturopathy and his good buddy Alistair owner of AKAS Landscape architecture.

Alastair has 16 years experience working in horticultural fields, is a lecturer at RMIT, has collaborated with urban commons in an exhibit for Melbourne Now and run workshops around Melbourne about urban productive growing….and he loves his edible weeds!

Disclaimer: If in doubt about a particular weed, DON’T EAT IT! All weed foraging should be supervised by a trained expert

We chat with the boys about:

  • How we define a ‘weed’, and why there are negative connotation with the word?
  • What chick-weed is
  • ‘Paterson’s Curse’ or ‘Salvation Jane’? …it’s in the eye of the beholder.
  • Can weeds have the ability to fuse together like some fruit trees?
  • Can foraging for weeds improve our gut health?
  • The natural ability of animals to select ‘safe weeds’ based on smell, texture, and taste.
  • A handful of weeds that are commonly found in the average garden
  • Weeds indigenous to Australia, and weeds that we introduced inadvertently
  • The healing properties of different weeds
  • Why not look into your local foraging group?
  • How plants interact with an urban surrounding
  • How super-mushrooms can burst through freshly paved paths
  • What an ‘urban disturber’ is
  • Fat-hens will be making their way on your brunch plate in no time… and we’re not talking about chicken.
  • Weeds that we must protect, and those that we need to get rid of whilst protecting our natural ecology.
  • Dishes to prepare with common domestic weeds
  • Seed banks

 

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula
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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula

 

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Today we have with us good friends of the show, Meghann & Andrew Birks from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula.
Meghann is a freelance writer (you might have seen her articles in Paleo Magazine) and on her blog Bam Pow Paleo, she enjoys yoga and surfing, especially if they can be done together.

Andrew is a Pastry Chef turned Paleo chef who loves, stand up paddle boarding, slack lining and creative handyman stuff

And together this dynamic duo have been passionately welcoming and feeding people in their crazy popular Paleo cafe for a whole year now (happy Birthday guys) and they are winners of the recent National Best Community Involvement award with Paleo Café !

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

We chat with Meghann & Andrew about:

  • Meghan and Andrew share how they turned their health and lives around
  • How Crohn’s disease turned a pastry chef into a paleo chef
  • How the cafe is a gateway to conversation and interaction with the local community
  • It’s all about finding the right doctor for you; somebody who ‘gets’ your needs
  • What on earth a ‘Whole 30’ is and why would one choose to do one?
  • Let’s focus on our individual journey when it comes to food… regardless of Paleo
  • How diet, food, nutrition can help heal the body and mind
  • It starts with food, but sleep and stress management play a significant part in wellness
  • Finding support from friends… and dealing with those who decide to challenge your choices
  • Does the recent popularity of the paleo lifestyle help or hinder the movement?
  • Celebrity chefs jumping on the bandwagon
  • Meghan gives us her take on food in schools
  • How we need to empower kids to make their own food choices
  • Why it’s important not to judge other parents – no matter what!
  • Some tips to manage every day stress with a busy lifestyle
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Going strict paleo
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The Paleo Cafe, Mornington

 

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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman
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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman

Katy B imageJo caught up with bio mechanist and natural movement champion Katy Bowman about her latest book ‘Move Your DNA’.
Katy shares her (very well evidenced!) thoughts on how movement plays a bigger role than we realise in longevity and wellbeing.

Katy Bowman is a biomechanist by training and a problem solver at heart, Katy has the ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humour, earning her legions of followers.

Katy has gained an international reputation for educating the general public on alignment and load science, and as a result has helped thousands to reduce pain, increase bone density, improve metabolic health, and solve their pelvic floor mysteries. She is known for her radical counter culture health directives based on hard science that she has made her lifes work.

Katy is also the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute and has published three books that include, Every Woman’s Guide to Food Relief: The New Science of Health Feet, Alignment Matters and most recently Move Your DNA.

Jo chatted with Katy about:

  • Katy and the family do an early morning snow hike
  • Moving house and setting up a new movement friendly living environment
  • What a bio mechanist is
  • How we get nutrients in movement through loads
  • What ‘Move Your DNA’ is all about and Who it’s for
  • Body awareness and the mismatch between perceived personal health and actual health status
  • How we cast our bodies
  • The impact of all that sitting
  • What is tech culture doing to our eyes?
  • Casts for our ‘dangly bits’ and should we all aim for those washboard abs?
  • Natural movement vs ‘Natural Movements’
  • What is junk food movement?
  • How to incorporate more natural movement into your life
  • Convenience is not beneficial for us
  • We don’t need to exercise!
  • What about movement and weight loss?
  • The importance of placing loads on the body
  • Posture and alignment
  • Where should people start?
  • What happens to our stability and mobility as we age?
  • Breathing and movement

 

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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh
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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh

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The TPS Crew with Dan Walsh and our traded Bacon

Today we’re talking to Dan Walsh. Dan doesn’t follow a Primal lifestyle, and he very likely has never even heard of the Paleo Diet (how refreshing!)

But like so many paleo/primal folks, Dan loves bacon!

So much so, that he makes his very own, in his own private smoke-house, in his spare time, outside of his 9-5 job.
What’s more, Dan doesn’t sell the stuff – he TRADES for it over at tradeitforbacon.com

We get the inside scoop from Dan on all the amazing products and services he’s been offered for his bacon (and there’s been a few!).
Dan also gives us an insight into the craft of makin’ bacon. Listeners who take their bacon seriously will enjoy learning about the process Dan goes through to produce delicious, original and high quality bacon.

 

We chat with Dan about:

  • What ‘Trade it for Bacon’ is and who is the man behind this quirky concept?
  • The weird and wonderful things have people traded for bacon
  • Dan records a song, ‘Trade it for Bacon’ with Lizard Punch
  • The strong community developing around bacon
  • We talk about the ‘gift-economy’… the old-school barter system. That’s Primal!
  • Keeping the offers coming; the quirkier, the better!
  • What some people have traded for bacon
  • “There is bacon, then there is BACON” – quality is everything!
  • The importance of raising pigs well… and curing well.
  • What the deal is with nitrates and nitrites
  • How people can start making their own bacon
  • We traded a Podcast episode for bacon – there’s a first for everything!
  • What The Primal Shifters would trade for bacon
  • What on earth is crocodile bacon?
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Can BACON be part of a balanced diet?

 

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore
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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore

KETO CLARITY front coverToday we have with us a special friend of the show, the man who is Livin’ La Vida Low Carb, Mr Jimmy Moore …Coming back for more.

We first met Jimmy while he was in the midst of his n=1 Keto experiment and watched in amazement every night when he ordered 3-4 bowls of butter at the restaurants “Saying bring me more butter than you’ve ever bought any one human in your life!”

We chat with Jimmy about:

  • The defibrillator!
  • Jimmy is on the way back to Oz (and first time to New Zealand!)
  • Jimmy’s new book Keto Clarity is a best seller in Australia right now! (Amazon)
  • Jimmy’s own N=1 experiment over the last 18 months
  • Brain health benefits of ketosis
  • What is ketosis?
  • Sugar burner vs fat burner
  • How excess protein can impact on ketosis (Gluconeogenesis!)
  • Difference between ketosis and low carb diets
  • Finding your carbohydrate tolerance level
  • Weight loss and fat intake
  • Is ketosis right for weight loss goals?
  • Weight loss beyond the diet approach
  • The use to ketosis to manage major health conditions
  • Ketosis to improve exercise performance
  • Ketosis and gut bacteria
  • Jimmy tries the Perfect Health retreat with Paul Jaminet
  • Artificially raising ketone levels with MCT oil, is Jimmy a fan?
  • How to safely transition to ketosis
  • Digesting higher levels of fat on a ketogenic diet
  • Expert support for ‘Keto Clarity’ (including a few Aussies!)
  • Who shouldn’t try a ketogenic diet?
  • Can we cycle in and out of ketogenic diets? (…and should we do it long term?)
  • Seasonality of ketosis
  • Are all carbohydrates created equal?
  • What’s Jimmy ‘cooking up’ next?

 

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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE
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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE

JOSH-SPARKS-CEO-THR1VE-BWToday, we chat to the man taking the real food meassage, to real life Aussies with his answer to McDonald’s… Josh Sparks, CEO of Thr1ve.

Thr1ve cafes have been popping up right across the country… If you’ve been following the Primal, Paleo, or Ancestral movements in Australia, or you just love eating real whole nourishing food – this really is the episode for you.

 

We chat about:

  • How TH1VE is a good alternative to McDonalds in food court fare
  • How Josh made his ‘Primal Shift’
  • …and how he got to hang-out with the Godfather of the Primal movement, Mark Sisson
  • Josh takes a serious leap of faith; out of the corporate world, and into the world of clean-eating cafes.
  • $1.50 for a boiled egg on the run?! THAT’S AWESOME!
  • How can we keep ‘clean eating’ affordable as well as convenient?
  • What ‘Paleo-Inspired’ means
  • Food quality tends to live on a spectrum, rather than ‘black and white’
  • Food courts needn’t be associated with poor food choices – Josh gives us his tips!
  • How Thr1ve is reducing their food ‘wastage’
  • Josh’s unique attitude toward ‘moving well’ and exercise.
  • What ‘The Body by Science’ routine is
  • Josh drops the F-bomb. What a legend!
  • Let’s all have a ‘warm bath for our minds’ – Josh Sparks
  • Let’s play, ‘guess how many kids Josh has’
  • How does Josh address ‘clean eating’ with his kids?
  • Josh WAS a self-confessed ‘Primal Evangelist’
  • “Primal / Paleo is NOT a historical re-enactment”
  • Primal Hit vs Primal Shift… What will it be?
  • HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Thr1ve are bringing out Mark Sisson in March 2015.

 

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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding
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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, also known as Luke and Scott, or ‘The Bondi Boys’ are really blitzing the suburbs to show Australia, not only how to ‘look great naked’, but also how to focus on health and wellness with lean, clean beach cuisine.

From where we’re standing though, it seems as though their TV appearance on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ was way more than just a flash in the pan!

It really was just the beginning… and they’re helping to bring the real food/paleo/primal message to such a broad audience.

We chat about:

  • How Luke stacked it on during the filming of My Kitchen Rules
  • How Luke and Scott reject the ‘celebrity’ tag and remain grounded
  • How Luke and Scott prepared to go on My Kitchen Rules
  • The guys tell us about their relationship with Chef Pete Evans
  • What the ‘Clean Living’ series all about
  • How the lads ‘switch off’
  • Even with everything Luke and Scott have achieved, they still love personal training
  • How exercise can look like meditation
  • How to make great food choices on the run… and on the road
  • Where is this Real Food / Primal / Paleo movement going?
  • Why making baby steps can be the best option in the real food transition
  • Paleo ‘treats’ are STILL TREATS
  • How do we talk to our kids when it comes to ‘eating clean’
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – ‘Looking good naked’

 

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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau
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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau

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Damon Gameau and his partner Zoe

Today we have a film star in the mix…From the hit TV series Underbelly and feature films the Tracker, Thunderstuck and Razzle Dazzle we have locally grown Australian actor and director Damon Gameau…or is it Daman Gateau?

Now we all first met Damon when he was just wrapping up his ‘super size me’ style adventure and although at the time he was a bit tired and not at the top of his game, even staring down the barrel of a major detox, we were all struck by just how passionate this insightful man was about educating people, and especially school kids, about the dangers of sugar.

So committed in fact, that Damon has travelled the globe, speaking to researchers and experts all over the world, and volunteered to be a human pin cushion and experimental lab rat while eating the Australian average of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, every day for 60 days.
And all of the hyjinks that ensued were captured on film for his upcoming “that Sugar Film” feature length documentary.

We chat about:

  • Damon confesses that he overhauled his diet… to impress a girl!
  • What on earth is ‘That Sugar Film’ all about? Hint – SUGAR!
  • How much refined sugar are Aussies actually eating every day? …NOT including ‘junk-food’
  • Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig, and creates the ‘perfect storm’ for poor health, in the name of science
  • Is there a link to sadness, anxiety, and depression and the ‘sweet stuff’?
  • Damon tells us how quickly he became quite unwell… by following the Aussie Food Guidelines.
  • “Dear Sugar – It’s me, it’s YOU!”
  • Turns out sugar can even affect out sleep – WHAT?!
  • Is processed food really much cheaper than whole food in the long-run?
  • How are our purchasing choices being manipulated?
  • What do words like ‘vanishing caloric density’ and ‘moderation’ actually mean?
  • Food labelling can be a confusing maze for most – what does it all mean?
  • Is fatty liver disease always alcohol related? Hint – NO!
  • How do we get this message to the masses… to families… to kids?
  • Why schools should stop rewarding kids with junk-food
  • Damon tries to penetrate the ‘Quinoa Curtain’
  • This really is a modern day ‘Damon vs Goliath’
  • Cutting out refined sugar doesn’t have to be extreme or dogmatic
  • How is refined sugar affecting Aboriginal Australians?
  • Is there such a thing as a ‘good dad joke’… we’ve got you covered
  • Damon decides to give up sex… not really. He does get his ‘mojo’ back though.
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Super-foods
The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne
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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

Facebook_timeline_photoThe Primal Shift Crew felt like kids in a candy store (umm… or should I say organic whole foods) recently when we attended the Low Carb Down Under seminar in Melbourne on the 30th of August.
When do you get the chance to talk one on one with the likes of Tim Noakes, Pete Evans and many more thought leaders in the field of science and nutrition!?

Unfortunately due to timing constraints, we didn’t get a chance to interview everyone who presented on the day. However, we’ll follow up with many of the presenters for in-depth interviews in due course.

We chatted with…

Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes: A well known South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of the running book Lore of Running. Over recent years he has written and spoken widely about LCHF. His latest book is “The Real Meal Revolution”

 

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Dr Grant Schofield

Dr Grant Schofield:  Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university’s Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. Research and teaching interests include wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Grant lives by the motto “be the best you can be” and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which he also does consulting work.

 

Pete Evans

Pete Evans

Chef Pete Evans: A well known celebrity chef who loves speaking about healthy eating. One of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and lifestyle, he loves to share his knowledge and educate and motivate parents, children and corporate audiences. Pete will launch his new free to air television show “The Paleo Way” on Channel Seven October 2014.

 

Jo Smith

Jo Smith

Jo Smith: A nutritional coach who’s passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food, where it comes from, how we eat it, how we waste it and building relationships with the farmer/producer.  Primal Living re-connects us back with nature, helping everyone to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrients.

 

S Lowe

Steph Lowe

specialise in long course fuelling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery. As an endurance athlete myself, I get it. Let me show you how – See more at: http://thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/about/#sthash.m8hOztI8.dpuf

Steph Lowe: A sports nutritionist and triathlete  who offers specilaised support in the areas of long course fueling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery.
 
 
 
 

Professor Ken Sikaris

Professor Ken Sikaris

Associate Professor Ken Sikaris is a chemical pathologist at Melbourne Pathology. He is a Senior Fellow of St Vincent’s Clinical School and a Clinical Associate in Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
 

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley is an epidemiologist and Public Health Physician working at the University of Auckland. He has an interest in the effects of sugar and low carb lifestyles from a public health perspective.

 
 
 

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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania
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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

In this episode we give you a taste of the amazing line up of speakers from the recent ‘Changing The Way We Eat’ conference held in Hobart (Tasmania).

This event was orgnised by the dynamic and super human that is Jo Smith from Primal Living Tasmania.

Charby and Jo had a quick chat to each of the speakers from the conference to get some ‘gold nuggets’ of wisdom to share with our listeners.

 

TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal's Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!)

TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal’s Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!) Left to Right: Charby, Jo Smith, Jo Fitton, Crystal & Andrew (our producer)

We spoke with:

David Gillespie:

David Gillespie is the best selling author of “Sweet Poison, “Big Fat Lies” and “Toxic Oil”.  He is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way.  He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed.  After doing some research on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet.  David immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off.  Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century.

Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love:

Rohan anderson is a true hunter and Gatherer.  Eating what the land provides is something that has fascinated Rohan since he was a runty kid growing up on a small Gippsland farm in Victoria.  As a boy Rohan would often catch eel, trout, and fresh water crayfish and cook them up with simple ingredients.  Rohans’s family farm got him started with the new adult obsession with growing his own food.  Inspired by his mum with her love of growing her own and living as self sufficient as possible, something Rohan now try’s to instil into his kids.  Converting an old school house in country Victoria, Rohan’s garden is a useful one, and is stuffed full of produce, some fruit tree’s, plemty of seasonal vegetables and mixed herbs.  He loves to cook and what you see on Rohan’s dinner plate is fairly rustic type meals, it’s peasant style cooking, nothing fancy.  To put it simply, Rohan loves to cook with food that he has grown, gathered, hunted, fished for or sourced locally.

Dr Zeeshan Arain from Dr Zee Easy Health:

Melbourne based General Practitioner, Dr Zee Arain is the current team doctor for the Melbourne Demons AFL team. He has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  His initial interest in nutrition and metabolism began several years ago when he was increasingly frustrated at being overweight despite eating a low fat diet and exercising regularly.  After losing close to 30kg and maintaing his weight loss, he has become a staunch advocator of low carb high fat nutrition in the prevention of disease, weight loss and optimum quality fo life.  His presentation will discuss the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance.

Gary Fettke from No Fructose:

M.B.B.S.(University NSW), F.R.A.C.S.(Orthopaedic Surgery), F.A.Orth.A. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer of the University of Tasmania actively practicing in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.  A significant part of Gary’s surgical practice is working with people suffering the complications of Diabetes and Obesity – both of which are out of control in society.  He has a major interest in the preventative aspects of health and particularly weight loss before operating on patients.  The last few years in particular have been dedicated to reconsidering the role of diet in the cause of Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.  Dr Gary Fettke is an author and his website and Facebook page presence is growing, as he is regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally.  He is the Medical Expert for the top selling author, Sarah Wilson ‘I Quit Sugar’ programme and 2014 saw Gary receive international notoriety for diagnosing Billy Connolly’s Parkinson disease in a hotel foyer in Los Angeles.

Alexx Stuart from Real Food and Low-Tox Living:

Alexx Stuart isn’t a qualified health professional.  She’s a concerned citizen.  Out of a host of personal health challenges and the discoveries she made of our food and medical systems while investigating things for her own healing, Alexx decided to become what she calls a ‘gentle actvist’.  Alexx has made it her mission to ensure that the journey into a health, conscious lifestyle is a welcome one, not a forced one.  “Drop the guilt, learn what you need to learn and move forward excited about what will change today – no matter how big or small each change is!” Passionate about contributing to the conscious living movement, particulary in the traditional foods and toxic free living spaces, she speaks, writes, conductsworkshops, to help everyday peole make every day choices that are going to benefit not only them and their families, but our beautiful planet!  Her best selling book, Real Treats, is available through Amazon.

Christine Cronou:

Christine is a Nutritionist, bestselling Author, and Speaker. After struggling with her own weight and health, Christine transformed her body and her health and spent over ten years researching the facts about food and fats. The results are evident in her engaging, ground-breaking books about dietary truths that have been ignored by conventional health authorities. Christine’s revolutionary work is captivating and easy to read; a fascinating look at how we have reached such a mistaken consensus about health.

Dr Rod Taylor:

Dr Rod Tayler is an Australian anaesthesiologist and anti-sugar activist with an interest in low carbohydrate diets to optimize our weights and our health.  Dr Tayler was one of the 250+ enthusiastic people who participated in the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise to be amongst like-minded people from around the world who are becoming more and more aware of the problems associated with not just sugar but literally refined and starchy carbohydrates.  Dr Tayler is doing his part to spread the word about healthy low – carb living as the principal investigator of the SWEET (Sugar and Weight Effect at Epworth Study). Making headlines in Australia, Dr Tayler suggested that fruit not fat may be in fact be part of the reason why we have an obesity epidemic.

Erin Smallbon:

Erin from ES Wellness is a Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Coach. Erin is the creator of the Nourished Nurse Program, providing nurses with the tools and support they need to get their wellness back on track, while working shift work.

 

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“Changing the Way We Eat”

We chat about:

  • How to get our appetite under control, kick sugar cravings in the butt, and get back to eating REAL FOOD
  • How we can get caught up in so-called ‘super-foods’… and dolphin tears
  • How lifestyle choices can quickly make us SICK… but just as quickly make us WELL
  • How can red-blooded Aussie blokes address their anxiety, depression, and sadness
  • Breaking the rules of ‘dietary dogma’
  • We talk to a modern day ‘Hunter – Gatherer’
  • How to teach our kids about the ‘cycle of life’
  • How eating FAT won’t necessarily make us fat
  • Sports nutrition, metabolic flexibility, and performance with REAL FOOD
  • How we can start burning FAT as our main source of fuel
  • What does REAL FOOD actually look like on a plate?
  • What are everyday Australians ‘presenting with’ in from a medical POV
  • The dangers of chronic inflammation
  • Let’s eat local, seasonal, and natural food
  • Why we should trade our margarine for BUTTER
  • We don’t ignore the big diabetic elephant in the room

Crystal on the Q&A panel

Crystal on the Q&A panel

 

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

 

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Crystal, Christine Cronou and conference organiser, Jo Smith at the Farmer’s Market

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The Primal Shifter’s taking a moment to soak up the Farmer’s Market atmosphere

 

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TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier
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TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier

KarenToday we have Karen Faisandier joining us from Wellington, NZ.

Karen is a born and bred NZ’er, mother of two, and Director of a private psychology practice based in the Wellington CBD.

While she is a conventionally-trained clinical psychologist specialising in addiction, her interest in nutrition in health care led her into the study of nutritional and environmental medicine and its application to psychology.

Karen is passionate about forging an “integrated” and ancestral approach to individual adult psychological assessment and treatment. This involves the evidence-based application of nutritional, nutraceutical, and ancestrally oriented lifestyle interventions so as to assist people to understand, prevent, and recover from psychological distress.

We chat with Karen about:

  • Karen’s interest in addiction
  • How Karen came to make her Primal Shift
  • Integrating an ancestral and ACNEM approach into her clinical practice
  • The impact of caffeine on sleep, the stress response, nutrient absorption and other behaviours
  • Karen’s research and professional experience with drug addiction
  • What the main underlying factors are that can create addictions are
  • Sex addiction, should it be an addiction? And what the prevalence of different sexual behaviours is
  • Is it an addiction? Ask does it cause distress and impairment for someone and does it cause a loss of control?
  • Attachment theory of addiction
  • Is there such a thing as sugar addiction?
  • How gut health and nutritional deficiencies can affect into addictions
  • Can addiction shift from one thing to another? Alcohol to sugar
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Practical approaches people can take to strengthen their mental health – diet and identifying any deficiencies and intolerances, reducing stress
  • When to seek professional support

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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life
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TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life

nms_9222One of our primal shifts is the primal detox shift and it’s one of the more involved lifestyle shifts we can make, so today we have with us Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life.

Alexx is a health coach, recipe creator, avid researcher and an educator in the wellness space. She’s also worked in the cosmetics industry and hospitality industry. So she’s come into contact with a whole lot of toxins …and felt the health effects of that exposure.

Now Alexx is all about helping people make the best choices they can, and doing so happily without fear or guilt, when it comes to food, sustainable living, personal care & cleaning products.

We chat to Alexx about:

  • How Alexx’s past experience has influenced what she does now, and
  • How she came to make her primal shift and help other people make positive change
  • Consumer awareness driving accountability and change in the corporate world
  • 3 questions to ask yourself before buying: who makes it? how do they make it? do they align with my values
  • What low-tox living is – careful consideration for the foods we eat, the products we put on ourselves, the things in our environment and what goes on in our minds
  • What are all the different ways we can be bombarded by toxins in our environment?
  • In the home: Synthetic scents and air fresheners, dust, electrical devices, cleaning products
  • Natural aromas, essential oils, getting air flow through the house and switching the modem off overnight, looking into your products
  • Where people can start, some good first steps…
  • Detoxing from social media
  • What does Alexx’s daily routine look like now?
  • The benefits of earthing
  • Making conscious and low-tox choices for clothing
  • Alexx’s Go Low Tox Course

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TPS #77: The Value of Friendship
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TPS #77: The Value of Friendship

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In this episode, Crystal and Jo have a chat about the value of friendship.

As ‘sisters from another mister’ they will share their own friendship journey as well as discussing how intimate friendships and strong social connections have played a vital part in human evolution.

We Chat About

  • Reflecting on our own friendships
  • How Crystal and Jo met
  • Finding like-minded (new) people
  • Using social media to connect with people – the pro’s and cons
  • Online personas vs authentic selves
  • How friends shape our mood, values, and habits
  • Benefits of friendship
  • Blue zones and friendship
  • The impact of social isolation
  • Quality over quantity in friendships
  • Vulnerability and authenticity
  • Evolutionary perspective on friendship
  • The culture of networking and referral systems (personally and professionally)
  • How to know when you’re in a toxic friendship
  • How to cultivate and nurture friendship when life is crazy
  • Caveman TV
  • The importance of face to face interactions
  • Think about the top five people in your life

 

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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products
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TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products

img_1726In today’s episode we’re going to be talking low-tox skincare… because as the creator of Ecology Skincare, one of the most common topics I get asked about, is which skincare ingredients should we avoid and how can we choose more natural skincare options.

And it’s natural that once we get our nutrition dialled in, once we’ve cleaned up our diet and we’re looking better, feeling better and have more headspace …that we then take a look at what other aspects of our lifestyle we can “clean up” …and for both of us skincare was a biggie!

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily” ~ The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

We chat about:

  • Where we started when we started thinking about going low-tox
  • Overusing coconut oil on the skin and how natural products can be still really irritating for people with eczema or sensitive skin
  • What we used to use on our skin and how that’s changed over time
  • How deodorants work and the quest to find a good natural deodorant that doesn’t irritate
  • What comedogenic is – aka acne causing ingredients
  • Defending against scaremongering, what really affects absorption into the skin
  • How to simplify your skincare regime, using less products and using them less often – like using Konjac Sponges for cleansing
  • The Dirty Dozen Ingredients to avoid in your skincare and personal care products and their better alternatives
  • #1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate
  • #2 Parabens
  • #3 Fragrance or Parfum
  • #4 DEA, TEA and MEA
  • #5 Phthalates
  • #6 Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, DMDM hydration, Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall), Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide)
  • #7 Mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin oil
  • #8 PEG
  • #9 Triclosan
  • #10 Coal tar and coal tar dyes (look for p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene and colors that begin in “CI” followed by a 5 digit number e.g. CI 19140)
  • #11 Silicones and silioxones
  • #12 BHA and BHT
  • How to start making the transition and simplifying your skincare regime
  • What ‘green washing’ is
  • Scrutinising the top 1/3 of ingredients more than the rest of the ingredient list. These ingredients account for 95% of the contents of the product ~ Nicole Biljsma
  • Crystal’s eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin, use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free

 

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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu
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TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu

LuluIn this episode, we chat to Lulu Loya Wu all about the important, but often overlooked, role of emotions when it comes to eating.

Lulu is a certified Eating Psychology Coach. Addressing not only the lifestyle/nutrition factors, but also the deeper aspect of our relationship with food and our bodies. This helps people create lasting change and breaking free from the physical and emotional ups and downs of dieting and other struggles with health.
Lulu has a background in Law and treaty negotiations. It was her personal challenges with food and body that inspired her to become a coach.

 

We chat with Lulu about:

  • Lulu’s primal shift
  • The common struggle of disordered eating
  • Transitioning from a career in law to nutritional coaching
  • What is ‘Eating Psychology’?
  • The limitations of willpower when it comes to food restriction
  • Lulu’s approach with clients – living more in the body instead of the mind
  • Emotional eating is not abnormal
  • Our relationship with food is largely unconscious
  • Why Lulu thinks food addiction isn’t a real addiction
  • What tools does Lulu use with clients to help them get in touch with their unconscious drivers with food
  • Fizzy highs vs deep joy
  • How to cultivate deep joy
  • What does Lulu do to look after herself?
  • Yoga Nidra
  • How to start the journey – reaching out
  • Trusting intuition
  • Is eating ‘bad food’ with a good attitude better than eating ‘good food’ with a bad attitude
  • Highly sensitive people tend to have more digestion issues
  • What’s Lulu got planned for the coming year?

 

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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes
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TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes

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In this episode, we chat to  Rebecca Coombes from the Healthy Gut about gut health and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). SIBO is something that Jo and Crystal both had some personal experience with, and it’s a condition that’s not commonly discussed but probably more common than people realise.

Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and passionate foodie. She turned her health around after a lifetime of chronic illness and founded The Healthy Gut, where people can learn about gut health and the impact it has on our general health and happiness. Rebecca is also the author of the world’s first cookbooks and cooking show for people with SIBO!

 

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We chat with Rebecca about:

  • How did Rebecca make her primal shift?
  • Why did Rebecca turn her passion into her profession?
  • What is SIBO?
  • SIBO symptoms
  • How is SIBO diagnosed?
  • The link between SIBO and ‘leaky gut’
  • Main causes of SIBO
  • The challenges of treating SIBO
  • The psychological impact of living with SIBO
  • Making food ‘sexy’ again on a SIBO diet
  • The importance of stress management when treating SIBO
  • How to talk to friends and family about living with SIBO
  • Helpful resources
  • SIBO recovery timeframe
  • Treating SIBO: botanical herbs versus antibiotics
  • The link between endometriosis and SIBO
  • The link between SIBO and other chronic bowel conditions (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Upcoming SIBO event in Australia for practitioners

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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition
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TPS #73: Best Health & Productivity Hacks with Guy and Stu from 180 Nutrition

256Today we are super lucky to have not 1 …but 2 fantastic guests with us …the founders of the awesome brand 180 Nutrition and the masterminds behind the industry’s cleanest protein superfood.

Guy and Stu are joining us today to chat about health, the business of health and productivity hacks.

Guy Lawrence has a ton of experience as a health and fitness coach …he loves Crossfit, TRX and jumping into icebaths

And Stuart Cooke is a graphic designer and father of 3 girls with a keen interest in health and wellness …and together they’ve made 180 Nutrition into a successful and thriving business!

We chat about:

  • What the go is with ice baths and controlled cold exposure
  • How the boys came to make their primal shift
  • And how they met, started their bro-mance and their nutrition empire
  • What makes their health business work so well
  • Why education and empowering people with knowledge is so important to them both (like with their health sessions podcasts)
  • Cutting through confusion, allowing for individualism and self-experimentation
  • What are the most common mistakes they see people making with their health and their expectations
  • Taking small steps and going from there
  • How the boys “walk their talk”, structure their day and manage everything they have going on with the business and their daily lives – Guy meditates, Stu makes sure he gets quality sleep
  • How Stu ensures a good night sleep – he shares his best tools and tips
  • Tips for switching off the internal business chatter
  • Guy’s best tips for forming the meditation habit
  • The relaxation response
  • Best productivity hacks – apps, planning, outsourcing, turning off notifications, checking email
  • What is one small thing people can do to get them moving in the right direction – in health and business
  • What’s coming up for 180 Nutrition?

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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson
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TPS #72: Stress Made Easy with Dr Linda Wilson

home-banner-linda-photo-newIn this episode,  we chat about how to de-stress the easy way with Dr Linda Wilson.

Linda is the author of ‘Stress Made Easy – Peeling Women Off The Ceiling’. She has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and 17 years clinical experience as a stress management specialist.
In that time, Linda has found that the capacity to change your mind ….changes your world and she’s helped hundreds of clients better identify, understand and manage their stress.

Linda also has a weekly radio show focusing on stress management, health and wellbeing.

We chat with Linda about:

  • How did Linda come up with the name of her book
  • Linda’s personal journey from high pressure corporate life to traditional Chinese medical practitioner
  • What is stress?
  • Why do we react to stress the way we do?
  • Linda’s approach to working with people: re-programming the internal environment
  • What is happening to our brain when we’re stressed?
  • Faster EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Using the mind to change the brain
  • How long does the Faster EFT process take?
  • How quickly will people see / feel results using Faster EFT?
  • Finding where stress manifests in the body through pain and/or illness
  • Reconnecting the mind and body
  • The importance of self-care
  • Can our awareness of stress make us more stressed?
  • The benefits of being in nature and walking
  • Adaptability Model : Assess, Distill, Associate, Process, Test
  • How superhighways (neural pathways) are created and strengthened in the brain
  • What is tapping?
  • How does Linda manage her own stress and demands of life

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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri
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TPS #71: Paleo and Real Food Trends with Irena Macri

Irena Macri The Primal ShiftToday we’re chatting with good friend of the show Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo.

Irena joined us back in Episode 23 to give us the low down on healthy travel hacks, so check that one out if you’re planning a trip…

But just to remind you, Irena is a bestselling author of the ‘Eat Drink, Paleo’ cookbook and her newest book Happy Go Paleo. She’s a contributor to the Happy Body Formula and is also an all round health nerd and global nomad who can find a decent coffee anywhere in the world!

We chat with Irena about:

  • What she’s been up to lately
  • How the Paleo movement is different in the UK, EU and AU
  • How Irena sees the “Paleo” label and how she eats
  • Trends in the health world: gut health was big in 2015, fibre is big in 2016
  • Fibre in buckwheat and resistant starch in potatoes
  • Meat free Mondays
  • How to properly prepare legumes and deactivate phytic acid
  • Raw food vs cooked
  • Souping vs juicing
  • Trends in the real food world: jackfruit, sweet potato toast, sourdough, buckwheat, seaweed pasta, turmeric, mushroom tea, Hawaiian foods, cloud bread
  • What’s the go with nut milk, is almond milk or macadamia milk good for us?
  •  What does an average day look like for Irena Macri?
  • Irena’s tips for distressing before bed and getting a good night’s sleep
  • Go-to meals and Irena’s tips for meal prep
  • The Happy Body Formula – next intake September 2016, then January 2017
  • 7-Day challenges ongoing

 

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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic
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TPS #70: Clearing Constipation with Naturopath Lynda Griparic

GSP_LG_01_PrintIn this episode we have Lynda Griparic joining us from Northern NSW to talk to us all about poo!

Lynda is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Speaker with over 14 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in constipation, gut health and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care and weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of weight gain, metabolic problems and gut disturbance.

We chat with Lynda about:

  • Why naturopaths are so fascinated with poo
  • Lynda’s personal experience with disordered eating and constipation
  • What happens if we’re not going to the toilet regularly – the effect of constipation on the body
  • Inflammation and toxicity that arises with constipation
  • Estrogen dominance, weight gain and constipation
  • How often should we go to the toilet? Is there such a thing as “normal”
  • What can we do to get things moving again? – Fibre, breath work, apple cider vinegar, resistant starch, probiotics, magnesium bisglycinate
  • How movement, dance and Yin Yoga can improve bowel movements
  • What can cause constipation? – anaemia, dehydration, medications, nervous system dysfunction, stress
  • Why is stress so closely linked to constipation? fight/flight vs rest & digest
  • 80% of serotonin is made in the gut!
  • Why can a FODMAP intolerance affect bowl movement towards constipation or diarrhoea
  • Should we use coffee as a “crutch” to get things moving?
  • Yay or nay for colonics
  • Are squatty potties really helpful or just a gimmick – thumbs up for squatty potties!
  • Soluble vs insoluble fibre

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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis
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TPS #69: Uterus Love and Alignment with Barbara Loomis

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Barbara Loomis

In this episode, we chat to Barbara Loomis, aka the Alignment Monkey, all about the uterus. We get into some in-depth discussions on how issues with the uterus can impact many other parts of the body that we often don’t think of as being related!  There’s also lots of good information on practical steps we can take to correct most of these issues for ourselves, or in conjunction with a qualified practitioner.

Barbara Loomis has a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching people how to care for their reproductive and digestive organs through manual and movement therapies. She is an educator of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, a practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang and Visceral Manipulation as well as a Nutritious Movement certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. She helps women suffering from painful and irregular menstrual periods, fertility challenges, constipation, pelvic floor issues, Diastasis Recti and tipped uteri.

We Chat About:

  • Barbara’s journey into her current field of practice; including her close work with Katy Bowman
  • Barbara’s personal connection to her work
  • Chi Nei Tsang therapy applied to uterine care
  • What is a retroverted uterus?
  • What can we do correct a retroverted uterus?
  • How we store emotions in the body and the central role of the  abdomen
  • The benefits of abdominal massage
  • What is uterine congestion and how does this impact on hormone health?
  • the importance of whole body alignment in relation to uterine health
  • The impact of uterus alignment / positioning on fertility
  • What can we do to correct alignment and move more freely?
  • The relationship between a tight psoas and ovulation pain
  • How can the positioning of toes influence pelvic alignment?
  • The tyranny of tight clothing!
  • How can we learn self massage and self care techniques?
  • Breathing for better uterine health

 

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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea
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TPS #68: Floatation Therapy with Tim George from The Private Sea

IMG_9314Jo and I have become floating nerds, so today we’re going to be talking floatation therapy with Tim George from the Private Sea floatation centre.

Tim and his wife Lynne discovered floating in mid 2014.  They were so impressed with the results of their float sessions that 5 months later The Private Sea was born.

Now with 3 tank rooms and a couples float room floaters are travelling from afar to relieve their stressed out bodies and minds in the mellow and calming environment of the float tanks.

Reports from customers are very positive with comments ranging from “its like being back in the womb” to “literally switched off from the world”. Floatation therapy allows your mind and body to completely relax like you have never done before. With sight, sound, touch, taste, smell removed and very little in the way of gravity and balance your mind gets to take a breath and take a well earned rest.

No, it’s not claustrophobic, no you can’t drown and yes everyone floats.

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Jo, Tim George & Crystal

We chat with Tim about:

  • How he and Lynne got into floating and came to open their own floatation centre
  • What floatation is – sensory deprivation tanks – depriving you of your senses in a tank with 350kgs of epsom salt
  • What happens in a floatation session? The physiological side and the psychological side
  • Turning off the fight / flight response, emotional response
  • Going through theta state in the floatation tank – creative and learning zone
  • What health conditions floatation therapy can really help with – fibromyalgia, pain, sleep, sports injury prevention and recovery
  • Local research into the potential for floatation and fertility
  • What are the benefits of floatation? Pain reduction, clarity of thought, detox, for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis
  • Who shouldn’t float or when not to float
  • How to find your closest float centre

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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer
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TPS #67: How to Eat Mindfully & Intuitively with Holistic Nutritionist Joey de Backer

The Primal Shift with Joey de Backer

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Today we’re going to be talking mindful and intuitive eating with holistic nutritionist Joey de Backer from Living Nutrition

Joey is an accredited practising dietitian, holistic nutritionist and mindfulness teacher.

She believes that mindful and intuitive eating are the most important skills for any eater to develop …to be able to choose the right foods and amount of food without having to know much about nutrition.

Joey is passionate about helping people with their food choices and helping reconnect with the body’s signals.

We chat with Joey about:

  • How she came to make her primal shift
  • The myth of the perfect diet for everyone
  • Listening to your bodies cues about what to eat and how much to eat
  • Is my body going to ask for burgers and chips everyday?
  • Mouth hunger or psychological hunger vs real hunger
  • Transitioning to eating whole foods vs just eating a western diet mindfully
  • Getting more in touch with your body through movement, yoga, gardening to help you eat more mindfully
  • Dealing with cravings using mindfulness
  • Taking a 3-minute breathing space
  • How gut bacteria and stress might influence cravings
  • The more we resist the more things persist
  • What mindful eating and intuitive eating are
  • Keeping a food diary and rating level of hunger and satisfaction
  • We don’t feel satisfied by food if we’re doing other things while eating
  • The influence of posture and breath on our digestion
  • Most people eat very quickly, Joey shared some tips for slowing down our eating
  • Asking yourself what you want to eat when you go shopping and before a meal
  • Food waste and sustainability, why it’s important and tips for minimising wastage
  • Mistakes we can make with mindful eating

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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick
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TPS #66: How to Manage Depression and Anxiety Naturally with Jad Patrick

Managing Depression and Anxiety naturally with Jad Patrick

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Both Jo and I have some personal experience dealing with anxiety and today we have back with us our favourite guest, naturopath and counsellor Jad from Jad Patrick Naturopathy.

Jad is our go-to for all things interesting. From an early age he’s been intensely interested in health and nutrition and he believes a whole foods based diet, combined with exercise, stress management and healthy relationships is the key to preventing many of today’s chronic health issues.

So, today we’re going to be diving into some primal approaches to managing depression and anxiety naturally with Jad.

We chat with Jad about:

  • Why he personally has an interest in helping people with depression and anxiety
  • What the similarities and differences are between depression and anxiety
  • What they are and how they are generally treated
  • How natural treatments and conventional treatments work together
  • How inflammation affects mental health
  • How common anti-depressants work
  • How our genetics may affect mental health
  • Nature vs Nurture
  • How our microbiome can affect mental health
  • How a leaky gut and our diet can affect mental health
  • Which nutrients are helpful and whether to get them from food or supplements
  • How other lifestyle factors that can affect our mental health like sunlight, Vitamin D, sleep, having purpose, hobbies and interests, social factors and exercise
  • Options for managing depression and anxiety naturally
  • Mindfulness rituals like drinking tea
  • How histamine and food intolerances can feed into feelings of anxiety
  • Some quick wins that can make a real difference for depression and anxiety

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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care
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TPS #65: Exploring Self Care as the new Health Care

Self Care is the new Health CareToday we’re going to be chatting about something that has become more important to the both of us over the last year and that is self care.

That deliberate act of taking some time out for yourself with an activity that’s good for your physical, mental or emotional health.

It might be yoga, going for a walk, meditating, having a relaxing bath or spending time with your friends and family. Any activity that will recharge your batteries and leave you feeling refreshed.

So we’re going to explore why self care is important, what stops us from doing it more often, what self care practices Jo and I love and some ways you can incorporate some self care into your day or create more time for it.

We chat about:

  • Why taking time out for self care is so important
  • Putting your own O2 mask on first
  • What stops us from taking time out for self care more often?
  • Survey results: the 3 big reasons why people don’t practice self care (from Ecology Skincare)
  • Time, kids and family, work, keeping the household running
  • Belly breathing and dropping your shoulders
  • Jo’s yoga and stretching, legs up the wall are all active self care
  • Seeing eating well as a nourishing act of self care
  • Happy dancing and smiling
  • Taking a mindful pause or mindfulness meditation
  • Walking on the beach or in the outdoors, simply sitting in the sun
  • Reconnecting with other people
  • Being ok with saying “no” when we don’t want to do something or can’t do something
  • Giving yourself permission
  • Ecology Mineral Bath Salts for a foot bath or full bath
  • Our best tips for working self care into your daily routine and making it a habit
  • Making appointments with yourself, sticky notes about the place, electronic reminders
  • Find your time wasters and reducing or eliminating them
  • Batching tasks so you have more time left over for self care

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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015
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TPS #64: Reflections on our Health, Life and Mindset in 2015

In today’s episode Crystal and I are going to take some time to reflect on the year that was 2015.

We both had a lot adventures and fun last year. But naturally, there’s been some trials and tribulations as well!  

We’ll also give you a sneak peak into some of our personal goals for 2016!

We chat about:

  • Our road trip down the east coast of the South Island of NZ
  • How our approach to food and they way we eat has changed over the last year
  • Moving away from the “paleo” label, still following the principals of eating real food and bringing it back to what works for us personally
  • Reducing anxiety around food reactions and intolerances
  • Improving relationships with food
  • Crystal’s been dealing with elevated thyroid antibodies
  • Impact of stress on appetite and autoimmune
  • Making conscious choices around ‘green travel’ – Jo’s been biking to work and utilising car share schemes
  • Jo’s reflects on her yoga practice
  • Crystal started kickboxing again
  • Incorporating self care and relaxation practices to manage stress
  • Trying out Floatation in a floatation tank
  • Crystal tried out Faster EFT tapping and recognises the benefits of going home and spending time with family
  • Jo made progress with her endometriosis, using acupuncture and chiro
  • Jo has been able to move away from using pain medication for her endo and manage pain and symptoms naturally
  • Crystal is learning how to manage tasks, projects and her to-do list more effectively using a whiteboard and 3 most important tasks with rewards
  • Jo’s been delving into her personal values and what it means to be authentic
  • Prioritising time out for yourself and quality interactions with others
  • Being more compassionate towards yourself, Jo’s expectations of herself and investigating motivations
  • We dive more deeply into mindfulness
  • Jo’s been doing post-graduate studies in business management and leadership
  • Using ‘reframing’ techniques to help you move through work situations
  • Crystal is now working full-time on Ecology Skincare, launched a baby product and another podcast called Mind Body Beauty
  • Our plans and intentions for 2016, with this podcast and beyond
  • Morning routines, travel, new Ecology products, accountability groups, self care and gut health
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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3
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TPS #63: Highlights from the AHSNZ Symposium, Part 3

In this episode, we bring you the final of our three part series from the AHSNZ International Symposium, held in Queenstown October 2015.

 

We Chat To:

 

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Healthspiration and the psycho-sociality of everyday life: A discussion on the determinants and detriments of ‘health-at-all-costs’

Dr Andrew Dickson is organisational sociologist at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a graduate of biochemistry and business. His research expertise is in critical health studies, focusing mainly on the wider weight-loss industry, but also in applying a psycho-sociological lens to other ‘health’ industry topics including: the impact of managerial ideology; gender relations; ethics and embodied alienation in the sport sector.

 

 

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Dr Ihirangi Heke

Atua to Matua: Maori Ecology and the Connection to Health and Physical Activity

Dr. Ihi Heke is currently a Maori health & physical activity consultant involved in a number of projects ranging from national health and physical activity initiatives funded by the Ministries of Education and Health to working in applied roles with elite athletes as a sport psychologist and strength/conditioner. Previously he has held lecturing roles in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Prince Sultan University in Saudia Arabia and the Wananga o Raukawa.

Dr Heke is also a consultant to the New Zealand Academy of Sport delivering to several national sporting bodies including; Motorsport New Zealand, Cycling New Zealand, Motorcycling New Zealand and New Zealand Swimming Federation

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Signaling Theory: What Is Your Environment Trying to Tell You? How To Cut Through the Noise and Win at Life

Karen Phelps is a writer and marketing consultant from Ashland, Oregon USA. She discovered ancestral health principles in early 2011 and, having seen the benefits firsthand, is determined to share with others. She has worked for the Ancestral Health Society stateside, is a MovNat certified trainer, and has written and contributed to numerous ancestral health-minded podcasts, blogs, and articles.

The evolutionary mismatch lens allows her to see all sorts of culprits beyond diet and nutrition that affect us everyday, and because we live in a time of unprecedented choice, she wants to help everyone choose as wisely as possible

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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2
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TPS #62, Highlights from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium 2015, Part 2

In this episode we give you more great chats with some of the speakers from the AHSNZ Symposium in October 2015.

 

We Chat To:

 

 

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Climate change and health – risks, limits and opportunities

Alistair Woodward is a medical graduate and public health specialist with a longstanding interest in the environment and health. For 10 years he was Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and is now Professor of Epidemiology in the same institution. He has written on air quality, radiation risks, injury prevention, the extraordinary benefits of the simple bicycle, and climate change – he was a convening lead author on the most recent IPCC assessment.

 

 

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Travelling in the slow lane: the benefits of, and barriers to, active transport

Simon Kingham is Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a human geographer who has researched in a range of areas related to urban environment and health. These include research on transport, air pollution, green and bluespace (parks and water), and earthquakes. He has published widely both reports and in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee and was on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Forum.

 


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Lara Briden, ND is a naturopathic doctor with nearly 20 years clinical experience. She has a strong science background, and formerly worked as an evolutionary biologist (she was lead author on the 1995 zoology paper: “Sex differences in the use of daily torpor and foraging time by big brown bats”). Thousands of patients have entrusted Lara with their PCOS, thyroid disease, endometriosis, and many other health issues, so she has had a chance to learn what really works for hormones. She has distilled that knowledge into her blog and book “Period Repair Manual.”

 

 

 

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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1
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TPS #61: Highlights from The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Symposium Part 1

Crystal & Jo, The Primal Shift In October Jo and I were lucky enough to be a part of the first ever Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in beautiful Queenstown.  

The symposium was put together by the AHSNZ Executive team headed up by President Jamie Scott and Vice President Dr Anastasia Boulais.

We joined over 130 people to listen to a dynamic and diverse range of speakers who gave us the latest information on ancestral health, sustainable living, urban design, and climate change …and it was a fantastic weekend!!

Participants were totally blown away by this event and I heard from many people that this was THE BEST health and wellbeing conference they had attended….so the bar has been set pretty high team!

But right now, you guys are in for a treat because in this episode we’re bringing you a little taste of what we heard over the weekend. Jo and I caught up with some of the speakers between talks to ask them a few questions.

We spoke with:

Good friend of the show and creator of the Primal Play method… 

Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, founder of Fitness Explorer Training & Nutrition based in London, England is a blogger, international speaker, and author of Paleo Fitness: Primal Training and Nutrition to Get Lean, Strong, and Healthy.

After almost two decades working in investment banking as a computer scientist and increasingly suffering from illness, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to wellbeing by referencing our hunter-gatherer past. Instead of solving computer algorithms, he set about helping to tackle some of the problems that beset many individuals wanting to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle amidst the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As part of this mission, Darryl developed the PRIMAL PLAY methodology to inspire others to make activity truly fun while getting incredibly healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

Darryl now devotes his time to helping others improve their ability to perform everyday, recreational and extraordinary tasks by eating and moving the way nature intended.

I did take part in one of those primal play sessions and it has heaps of fun, I was really surprised at how sore I was! – Crystal

We’ve got a special offer for you guys, Darryl has given us a copy of his newest book Paleo from A to Z to give away to one lucky listener.

To be in to win come over to the Primal Shift Facebook page and find the pinned picture of Darryl and Crystal at the top of the page and leave us a comment on that pic.

Tell us your favourite way to play. The giveaway will be open from the 3rd of December 2015 till the 17th December and the winner will be chosen at random and announced on the next episode of The Primal Shift.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Find this pinned pic on Facebook and comment to win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Next we chatted with Osteopath Phillip Beach to chat archetypal postures and embracing life on the floor…

Phillip Beach

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Phillip grew up in Sydney, Nigeria, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. When he was deciding on a career he went to London to study Osteopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Twenty-three years later he moved to Wellington.

His research interests revolve around three central questions. Firstly, how may we model whole organism movement patterns? There is remarkably little work being done on this central question. Secondly, what are the biomechanical drivers that are fuelling the endemic musculoskeletal distress found in our society? His presentation will introduce what he calls the Archetypal Postures of repose. Thirdly, what might the Chinese have been mapping with their enigmatic meridians?

I participated in one of those sessions and boy was I challenged by some of those simple floor postures, like kneeling and sitting cross legged …time for me to spend more time on the floor! – Jo

Then we caught up with Brad Norris who gave the keynote talk on day 1 about how our values influence our motivation towards doing the things that make us healthier…

Brad Norris

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Brad Norris is the founder and director of Synergy Health Limited – a business that over the previous 15 years has developed a strong reputation for delivering effective workplace health promotion programmes to some of New Zealand’s largest and most successful businesses.

Brad’s formal education includes the completion of a Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and a Diploma in Sports Studies.

And lastly we chatted with Melbourne based PhD candidate, Stephen Hamley…

Stephen Hamley

steven-hamleySteven Hamley is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research project is about the metabolic and physiological responses to a meal in healthy people (e.g. glucose metabolites and insulin signalling), to see whether this is altered in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and if so, whether these responses can be altered by a short term diet intervention.

For his honours thesis, his research group was the first to demonstrate that only 1 week of a simple diet switch completely reversed diet-induced glucose intolerance in mice, and then followed this up by investigating the metabolic and biochemical basis for the change. Steven’s honours thesis received the highest mark in the school, earning him two student prizes and a PhD scholarship.

Wow, what an awesome episode hey?

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you, this is part 1 of a 3 part series from the New Zealand Ancestral Health Symposium, so stay tuned for the next episodes.

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

Win this copy of Paleo A-Z

And remember to head over to the Primal Shift FB page to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Darryl Edwards latest book Paleo from A-Z …find the pinned picture of Crystal and Darryl at the top of the page and tell us your favourite way to play.

You’ve got till the 17th of December to enter and you’ll find out who the lucky winner is in the next TPS episode …good luck everyone!

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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims
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TPS #60: Talking Paleo, Dining out and a new Paleo Magazine with Alison Sims

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Alison Sims, Paleo Foodies

In this episode Jo and I chat with Australia’s favourite Paleo Foodie, Alison Sims!

Alison is Passionate about real food and healthy living. She’s the lady behind the popular blog Paleo Foodies. Alison has also been eating her way around Australia in a bid to discover the best paleo dining experience. She is a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Australia’s first Paleo Magazine, the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine.

We chat with Alison about:

  • Dinner Party Planning
  • How Alison made her Primal Shift
  • It’s never an overnight change, its all about trial and error and experimenting to find what works
  • Seeing more and more cafes and restaurants with gluten free options and locally sourced ingredients on their menus – there is a change happening
  • Recipe creation  and an insight into Alison’s family background
  • The most common questions Alison gets and some of the challenges people have when starting a Paleo lifestyle
  • The place for paleo treats
  • Working with Scott Gooding on the upcoming Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • What to expect in the Paleo Foodies Magazine
  • Topics in the first issue – the relationship between between gut heart hand the mouth and also insulin
  • Contributors include Mark Sisson, Dr Loren Cordain and Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo, also Paleo chefs and food producers
  • Available in iTunes and the Paleo Foodies website from early December
  • Making the transition from her career in advertising and marketing to Paleo Foodies
  • New App called Paleo Paddock
  • Best places to eat around Australia
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Melbourne – Patch, Palate, Paleo Den, Feast of Merit
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Perth – Nature’s Harvest
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Brisbane – Primal Palate
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Canberra – Elemental
  • Best Paleo places to eat in Sydney – Bondi Whole Foods, Porch and Parlour, Little Kitchen
  • What Alison is whipping up for her Dinner Party

 

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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!
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TPS 59: The Procrastination Dilemma: why we do it & how to stop!

yesterday deadline written on blackboardProcrastination is something we are all guilty of either some of the time or a lot of the time. This can be due to a variety of reasons and normally we eventually get round to tackling those outstanding tasks.

But sometimes procrastination can delay us making significant changes that we need to make in our lives. This can have a big impact on our happiness and wellbeing.

So today we are not going to put this topic off any longer… we are going to tackle ‘procrastination!’

Definition of Procrastination:

“To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness”

“To postpone or delay needlessly”

We chat about:

  • We even procrastinated doing this episode!
  • What is procrastination?
  • Why do we procrastinate?
  • How Crystal and Jo procrastinate: ‘procrastibaking’, social media and planning tasks
  • The two levels of procrastination
  • Evolutionary theories on procrastination
  • The link between procrastination and impulsivity
  • How does modern living compound procrastination?
  • Mark Manson: ‘Manson’s Law of Avoidance’
  • The impact procrastination can have on our lives
  • Strategies to overcome procrastination
  • ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’
  • Good enough is good enough
  • Managing expectations
  • Enjoy the process and don’t get so attached to the outcome
  • Be accountable
  • Manipulate your environment to optimise productivity
  • Be comfortable with discomfort
  • Set deadlines and rewards

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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence
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TPS 58: Under the Influence with Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Jo, Clint, Aimee and Crystal

Today we have with us the Sunshine Coast’s most famous Paleo couple, Clint and Aimee from Primal Influence.

Clint is a Health and Fitness Coach & a MovNat Certified Trainer. teaching natural movement and primal play for kids and adults.
He loves watching whales, fishing and climbing trees and believes that “good health should be affordable and accessible to everyone”

And Clint’s primal partner Aimee, regularly hosts Paleo cooking demo’s and workshops, where people can even learn how to make gelatin, bone broth, and offal. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and getting out and about on the beach or in nature

Together they head up the Sunshine Coast Paleo Meet-up Group, where they offer a variety of different events and resources to help as many people as possible

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

Clint & Aimee from Primal Influence

We chat about:

  • How Aimee and Clint made their Primal Shift – from gluten free to grain free
  • Once they were feeling good eating Paleo, they looked at what else within the Paleo lifestyle made sense
  • Clint changing the way he trained clients in the personal training studio
  • Making movement fun and looking for opportunities to explore and challenge
  • Primal play with a back injury
  • Less is more – exercise less, but move more
  • Making movement affordable for everyone
  • How to make a Paleo/Primal diet affordable
  • Food is Free programs, food swaps and sharing information with your community
  • Best tips for busy people
  • What is forest bathing or forest therapy?
  • Benefits of forest therapy and being in nature
  • What does a forest therapy session look like?
  • Waking up naturally and house plants
  • Tips and ideas for starting to cook with offal (liver) – and not make it awful
  • Upcoming classes and workshops on the Sunshine Coast

 

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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards
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TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards

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Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer

In this episode we chat to Darryl Edwards, aka The Fitness Explorer, all about making fitness fun and accessible to everyone through ‘primal play’.

Darryl is the founder of of HEALTH Unplugged and owner of Fitness Explorer Training,  an international speaker, coach, nutritionist and author of “Paleo Fitness“ and “Paleo from A to Z”.  

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well-being.  Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – a midst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the founder of the PRIMAL PLAY methodology, he makes activity fun, effective and engaging while getting individuals healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

And those who are attending the AHSNZ Symposium next month are going to experience this first hand. Darryl will be heading to NZ for the Symposium to speak at the event and get people into some primal play.

We also introduce friend of the show, psychology nerd and big kid, Russell Campbell as our guest host.

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We chat with Darryl about:

  • What his weekend morning routine looks like
  • How he came to make his Primal Shift
  • The contrast between Darryl’s previous life as an investment banker vs now as The Fitness Explorer
  • Reprioritising what is important in life
  • Transitioning to working with people to improve their health and fitness
  • Training like the actors in the Movie 300 and coming to Primal Play instead
  • Making fitness fun with imaginative and inventive games
  • “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about participation”
  • Reaching goals and objectives with fitness, but enjoying the process along the way – instant gratification with movement
  • What will people find themselves doing with “Primal Play?”
  • Games including primal tag
  • Primal play is great for those who hate exercise and those who are competitive who are looking for a different kind of challenge
  • The aspect of community, group participation and teamwork with primal play
  • Peter Grey’s TED Talk about the benefits of play for kids
  • Structured sport vs play
  • The Kiwi game of Bullrush and also British Bulldog
  • More kids go to hospital falling out of bed than falling out of trees
  • The relationship between play, learning and creativity
  • Darryl is heading to NZ to talk at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown
  • Travel hacking
  • Primal Hit or Primal Shit: Treadmill Desks

 

Primal Tag in action with Darryl Edwards at the Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

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TPS 56: Self Compassion
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TPS 56: Self Compassion

Heart self-compassionIn this episode, we talk about self compassion and why it can be a powerful tool for dealing with negative and self critical thoughts, which we know (from our ‘Think’ episode) can impact positively or negatively on our physical, mental and psychological well being.

Crystal and I will chat a bit about the theory behind self compassion and then how we can  incorporate this practice into our everyday lives.

We hope our chat helps you to start, or continue, a practice of self-kindness and self acceptance which will permeate every aspect of you life for the better.

Self Compassion

We chat about:

  • What self-compassion actually is – a component of mindfulness
  • Being aware of what we’re thinking about and replacing critical self thoughts with kinder, comforting, soothing self talk
  • The 3 elements of Self Compassion: Self Kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness
  • Loving Kindness, speaking to ourselves the way we would a good friend who was going through a rough patch instead of being harsh and critical of ourselves
  • Common Humanity, recognising that suffering is universal and realising that we are not alone in feeling the way we do
  • Mindfulness, sitting with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, noticing where they are in the body
  • Using guided meditations to be kinder towards ourselves
  • Feeling the feeling and self-soothing, putting your hand on your heart
  • Oxytocin and the mammalian care-giving system
  • Our bodies don’t make the distinction if we are touching ourselves or if someone else is touching us in comfort
  • Can hold your own arms or wrists to comfort self
  • Body language and power poses
  • Using self-compassion to improve your relationships with other people, being more compassionate and less judgemental
  • “Comparison is the thief of joy”
  • Self-esteem is often based on external reinforcement
  • Comparing and social media
  • Thinking …what’s the worst that could happen and whatever happens I’ll deal with it
  • Our self-compassion practices
  • Guided meditations, acknowledging that you’re struggling with something, body compassion and self care, taking the foot off the pedal
  • Giving self permission to take time out, massage, floatation, feeling the feelings, Faster EFT (tapping)
  • Primal Hit or Shit, should everyone practice self compassion?
  • Remember, it can be hard to do this!
  • Be kind to yourself and others!!

 

Comparison is the thief of Joy

 

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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest
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TPS 55: Gut Health and the Microbiome with Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

Jacqui from Grateful Harvest, Crystal & Jo

On this episode, Jo and Crystal chat with the vibrantly happy and healthy Jacqui Kirkland from Grateful Harvest all about Gut health and our microbiome. Jacqui is super passionate about whole foods and healing through lifestyle choices, which led her to found her company Grateful Harvest, supplying fermented foods and beverages and helping people make that connection between gut health and the health of their body and mind. Along this journey, Jacqui has connected with world class leaders in this area, sharing their work and allowing each of us to discover the potential for change held within.

We chat with Jacqui about:

  • Jacqui’s interesting and unconventional upbringing, including exposure to textured vegetable protein
  • How pregnancy prompted her to further investigate what she was eating and how she was living
  • Brewing her own Kombucha and investigating what Kombucha is, the benefits and what was myth and what wasn’t
  • Homeschooling
  • The pro’s and con’s of choice, including being overwhelmed
  • Crowding out the less desirable stuff
  • We are only 10% human and the current state of research into the gut and microbiome
  • The origins of fermented foods
  • How you create the right environment for fermenting foods
  • Microbes pre-digestive food for us, produce digestive enzymes, vitamins that the body can absorb, fatty acids
  • Being the custodians of our internal eco-system and what that means for us from a health perspective
  • How it all starts – from birth and breast feeding
  • How our micro biome affects our immune system
  • The gut sends more messages than the brain does – wow!!
  • Trusting what our bodies tell us
  • The potential connection between the gut, autism and inflammatory conditions
  • It’s all about the fibre, so eat more plants
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Chew your food properly and eating mindfully
  • Not being so germ phobic
  • What does a compromised system look like?
  • What to look for in commercially available fermented foods and beverages

 

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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift
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TPS 54: The Primal THINK Shift

Brain design.In previous episodes we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and relax so it’s more in line with our basic biology …with what our genes expect of us!

We are up to the last Primal Shift now, the THINK Shift.

In my opinion this is one of the hardest Primal Shifts to make and it’s one that requires constant …thought …for want of a better word!

So in today’s episode we are going to be talking about how our thoughts and our mindset can affect our health and happiness and what we can do to hold a mirror up to the contents of our mind, observe our thoughts and change our thinking.

We chat about:

  • How this is harder to get in line than our food and movement
  • We are hard wired towards a negativity bias, it was critical for the survival of our ancestors
  • The way we perceive our environment creates our stress
  • Optimists live longer than pessimists
  • Cortisol and adrenalin release in response to fear and perceived problems
  • The effect of cortisol and whole body inflammation on the gut
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • The effects of stress and negative thoughts on the body, holding tension in the body
  • Thoughts creating feelings in the body, noticing how stress feels in the body
  • How our thoughts can impact on our skin health
  • Spending the majority of our time dwelling on thoughts of the past or worrying about what might happen in the future
  • Being mindful and living in the present moment
  • The stories we tell ourselves in our heads are not always “true”
  • Observing thoughts, noticing and naming them to break out of autopilot
  • Letting go of the need for control “…there’s nothing I can do about this, except how I choose to respond to it”
  • What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll handle it
  • Reframing – what can I learn from this?
  • Getting excited about stressful situations and seeing them as a positive and a challenge
  • Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk
  • Blue Zone’s observations around having a sense of purpose and moving towards your values
  • The importance of being connected socially and keeping lines of communication open
  • Sharing worries, emotions, thoughts, joys and realising we all have similar experiences and struggles
  • Using mindfulness to build mind muscles for noticing and naming thoughts we get caught up in …in a non-judgemental way
  • Changing your psychology by changing your physiology – smiling and fake smiling
  • Your brain doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined
  • Laughter Yoga and Happy Dancing
  • Getting out of your head and into your body
  • The benefits of touch, massage and using your 5 senses to ground you in your body
  • The nature connection and how walking and spending time in nature can change our thinking
  • Journalling, mindful colouring and creative drawing, Zentangle
  • Talk therapy with a professional like a psychotherapist can help you process things in a healthier way
  • Feeling the feelings and letting the emotions out, acknowledging and being ok with it
  • Primal Hit or Shit – Medicating our thoughts and feelings
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Crystal and Jo taking time out to Think and Plan Podcast Episodes

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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart
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TPS Episode 53: Osteopathy and Movement through the Ancestral Lense with Matthew Stewart

Matthew-Stewart-head-and-shoulders-199x300In this episode we chat to Osteopath and Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Executive Member Matthew Stewart.

Matt has nearly twenty years experience in manual therapies and is registered as an osteopath in Australia and New Zealand and is a certified and licensed massage therapist in Hawaii…interesting!

In addition to his clinical work, Matt advises training organisations and professional associations on education and research issues. His research interests focus on the effects of manual therapy, movement, diet, sleep, and psycho-social factors on the musculoskeletal system.

Matt seeks to translate the research literature in these domains into his professional and personal practice in accordance with ancestral health principles.

You can hear more from Matt at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October (see link at the end of this page for details!)

We Chat About:

  • Massage qualifications in Hawaii?
  • Matt’s Primal Shift, the gradual journey
  • Why did Matt decide to become an osteopath?
  • What does an osteopath do?
  • Three broad themes of osteopathy: Visceral, Cranial, and Structural
  • Resistance training and recovery from desk sitting
  • How lifestyle factors impact on the musculoskeletal system
  • The vicious cycle of inflammation, pain and sleep deprivation
  • Pain perception and the nervous system
  • Everyone has imperfect bodies (structurally)
  • Manual therapy for managing stress and pain
  • How we hold emotions in our bodies (the ‘three fists of tension’)
  • The importance of the psoas muscle
  • Sitting properly to protect your back and pelvis (if you have to sit!)
  • Matt’s thoughts on treadmill desks
  • What to do if you don’t have a standing desk at work
  • Power postures for managing stress
  • How to get more movement into our day
  • Matt’s daily movement routine and passion for sports
  • How does Matt rest and recover?
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Are humans designed to run?
  • How did Matt get involved in AHSNZ
  • What will Matt be speaking about at the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What’s Matt reading at the moment?

 

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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz
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TPS 52: Talking Acne with Clear Skin Expert Asha Evertsz

asha profile picToday we’re joined by Asha Evertsz, The Clear Skin Expert talking about clearing acne naturally without relying on synthetic hormones, antibiotics and skin stripping skincare.

Asha is a Naturopath, Skin Therapist, Corneotherapist and former acne sufferer who’s seen every type of acne and every type of acne cause. A self-confessed science nerd and biochemistry buff, Asha brings in the big guns – pathology and functional medicine …bang bang …with her acne treatments and education programs.

Asha loves to help people to learn the triggers that are unique to them, so that they are educated and confident with their skin and sassy selves! She can be found practicing from her clinical practice in Collins Street Melbourne, helping thousands of women with their skin stress.

We chat with Asha about:

  • Her experience with adult acne and treating it conventionally with the birth control pill
  • Going on a personal mission to help treat and heal her cystic acne and how acne can affect every facet of your life
  • Listening to the messages our skin is sending us
  • Working with a range of practitioners and getting support from friends and family
  • Studying Naturopathy and Natural Beauty Therapy
  • Omega 3’s, inflammation and pathology testing
  • What are some of the main causes of adult acne, it’s certainly not straight forward
  • Intense periods of stress most often precede major acne breakouts
  • Underlying inflammation and an underlying metabolic issue
  • A paleo diet is the most anti-inflammatory diet
  • Cortisol is the big instigator, hormones do play their part but it’s more of a metabolic issue that can affect insulin and sex hormones
  • Thoughts on dairy as a trigger for acne. High GI foods can trigger insulin and insulin like growth factors, increasing sebum production, inflammation and affecting the way skin cells shed
  • Testing – a full blood exam is helpful, including iron and B12, vitamin D, urinary profiles that look at cortisol and oestrogen, testosterone, DHT and progesterone
  • Zones of breakouts – jawline, chin and neck can be stress related, hormones, thyroid play a part
  • If breaking out elsewhere Asha will often investigate gut issues and potential parasite infections
  • Back and shoulder acne in males and some females
  • Common mistakes people make that can cause acne or make it worse and what to do about them
  • 1. Using harsh products or treatments, including those that contain benzyl peroxide (a lot of people present with a dry acne, not oily), fragrances, emulsifiers, clinical skin peels
  • 2. Getting on medication too early as a band aid (birth control pill and roaccutane)
  • 3. People trying to solve acne themselves without support
  • 4. Picking skin, it damages skin that is already inflamed and slow to heal and can cause longer term pigmentation
  • 5. Obsessing about skin, letting it take over your life and the negative self talk that goes with it
  • Recommendations for what to do when breaking out, topically and on the inside
  • Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your stress levels and your skin, you can’t buy sleep!
  • Eating to balance out blood sugar levels and get enough nutrients to the skin
  • 6-9 cups of veggies a day (rule of thumb – half of this as leafy green veggies and don’t skimp on starches), quality protein, bone broths
  • Not too much high intensity exercise, sweating is good for skin but if stressed going for more restorative exercise
  • Sugar and stimulants like coffee are not a good idea, especially if stressed
  • Drink lots of water

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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers
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TPS 51: How to Live a More Sustainable Paleo Life with Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers, the Sustainable Dish

Diana Rodgers, the Sustainable Dish

Crystal and Jo talk with the dynamic Diana Rodgers from Radiance Nutrition and the Sustainable Dish about food sustainability.

Diana Rodgers divides her time between her nutritional therapy practice, running an organic farm and vegetable CSA with her husband and 2 children, writing beautiful cookbooks, teaching cooking classes and educational programs and co-hosting the modern farm girls podcast.

We talk with Diana about:

  • What a typical day looks like juggling the kids and farm work with writing and her nutritional practice
  • What a CSA is (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Her journey before and after being diagnosed with coeliac disease in her mid-twenties
  • Finding Weston A Price and The Paleo Solution
  • Combining Paleo with sustainable living
  • Studying to become a board certified Dietitian
  • Becoming organic farmers
  • The difference between “being Paleo” and living in a sustainable Paleo way
  • The importance of sleeping well, getting out in nature and connecting with the community
  • The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook – a “how to” for homesteading and how to live a more sustainable Paleo life (whether you’re growing your own food or not)
  • What questions we can ask at the supermarket, farm gate or farmers markets
  • Food policy around sustainability and the assumptions made about plant-based diets and farming
  • Why Diana loves goats
  • Humane slaughter and respecting the whole animal
  • Making sustainability “sexier”
  • Diana’s topic for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Queenstown in October

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To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd” ~ Wendell Berry

 

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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
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TPS 50: Being an Unbreakable Human with Steph Gaudreau from ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’

Steph Gaudreau

Steph Gaudreau

In this episode we speak to the multi-talented and super human Steph Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo.

When Steph isn’t creating delicious & nutritious chow, she’s lifting heavy things, writing books and running her new podcast Harder to Kill Radio. Steph is also a one time science teacher and current holistic nutritionist, so I think we are in good hands here!

Steph and her husband Craig Zielinski will be heading to the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand!) to speak at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) international Symposium October.

We Chat About

  • Steph talks about her new online program (coming soon!)
  • Steph’s Primal Shift
  • How Steph developed a better relationship with her body through an ancestral lifestyle, and cross fit
  • Balancing personal fitness with business goals
  • The story behind ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’
  • How to face the fear when making big life or career changes
  • Steph’s advice for goal setting and changing habits
  • Why there is an absence of  sweet snack foods on Steph’s site
  • Taming the sugar beast
  • Modifying nutrition for athletic performance and endurance training
  • How do humans become ‘unbreakable’?
  • Why is Steph traveling to New Zealand for the AHSNZ Symposium in October?
  • What is Steph talking about at AHSNZ?
  • Moving beyond the obsession of aesthetics
  • Steph runs the ‘5 rapid fire’ gauntlet questions!

 

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

Steph lifting REALLY heavy!

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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden
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TPS 49: Repairing Periods and Hormones with Lara Briden

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Lara Briden

In this episode we chat with Lara Briden, the naturopathic Doctor who’s clocked up nearly 20 years experience in women’s health. Lara balances her time between Christchurch New Zealand, and Sydney Australia, where she runs a hormone clinic to treat PCOS, PMS, endometriosis and many other period related problems.

Lara has recently released her book ‘Period Repair Manual. Natural Treatment for better hormones and better Periods’ and will also be speaking on this topic at the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) Symposium in Queenstown October.

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We Chat About:

  • How does Lara balance her time between New Zealand and Australia
  • Why did Lara move to New Zealand?
  • Lara’s ‘Primal Shift’
  • The motivation and intention behind ‘The Period Repair Manual’
  • Why is there an epidemic of hormone dis-regulation with both men and women?
  • Male infertility; the hidden epidemic
  • The gut health / hormone link
  • Where to start with treatment options
  • Endometriosis as an autoimmune condition
  • It’s not normal to have period pain!
  • Red meat and endometriosis
  • The long term health implications of ‘the pill’
  • Progesterone vs progesterines
  • What to expect when coming off the pill
  • Alternative birth control methods
  • Does the copper IUD influence copper levels in the body?
  • Alcohol intake; is there a safe limit for women?
  • Why Lara supports AHSNZ
  • Lara’s latest passion project: ‘Menstruation Matters’

 

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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare
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TPS 48: Natural Skin Care with Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

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Crystal Fieldhouse from Ecology Skincare

Today’s episode is all about Natural Skincare, a topic that’s close to Crystal’s heart and of course close to her skin!

We both fully believe that when it comes to skincare, simple is good ….and less is more, so we’ll chat about how we can simplify our topical skin care regimes.

And we’ll also be going deeper than skin deep and chatting about how we can take a more holistic approach to caring for our skin by nurturing our skin from within with good food and practices that reduce stress and tension, so we can all round live a little happier in our own skin.

We chat about:

  • Jo’s skin challenges, starting with eczema and dermatitis as a youngster and cystic acne in her early 20’s
  • Being gentle with skin and choosing products designed for sensitive skin, plus other diet and lifestyle measures
  • How common skin issues are
  • Crystal’s skin challenges, acne and dermatitis as a teenager and through early 20’s, worsening after glandular fever and tonsillitis
  • Being on the pill and antibiotics to control acne
  • Natural salicylates and histamines in foods can be an issue for eczema sufferers
  • Coconut oil on skin can be problematic, it’s not for everyone!
  • Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean your skin will love it
  • Why tallow is good for your skin
  • Our skin becomes drier as we age
  • The Ecology Skincare ethos
  • The potential problems with an overcomplicated skincare regime
  • Natural options for facial cleansing, including the Ecology Facial Konjac Sponge
  • Fragrances in skincare
  • Essential oils can also be problematic for some people
  • What to look out for on skincare labels
  • Less is more when it comes to skincare
  • The impact of stress on our skin
  • Visualisation for skin healing
  • Sleep and epsom salt foot baths for detoxification
  • Primal Hit or Shit: Sunscreen
Choose skin care that's free of toxic chemicals, like Crystal's Ecology Skin Care

Ecology Skin Care, Tallow based moisturising cream

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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!
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TPS 47: Our Favourite Books, Podcasts & Apps – Recommendations from the Shifters!

IMG_8859In this episode we share some of our favourite books, podcasts and apps with listeners to provide some resources, and also give listeners an insight into the broader interests of the shifters. We like to expand our nerdy inclinations beyond food because, lets face it, there’s more to life than worrying about macro-nutrients!

We hope the list below is helpful to you, and please feel free to leave a comment with some of you own favourites!

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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics
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TPS 46: Cross Fit, Histamines and Living Strong with Craig Zielinski, from BAMF Athletics

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Craig Zielinski

In this episode we chat with the delightful Scottish born, highly certified Crossfit maniac, Craig Zelinksi from BAMF athletics.

When he’s not in the gym, behind the computer or out eating the weak, Craig is chowing down on stupidly easy, low histamine paleo meals with his gorgeous wife Steph Gadreau.

With his love of good fantasy like the epic “lord of the Rings” Craig is undoubtedly looking forward to his upcoming trip to middle earth for the AHS NZ Symposium 24th October in Queenstown NZ

We chat with Craig about:

  • Craig’s upcoming trip to New Zealand & visiting Middle Earth
  • Craig’s Primal Shift
  • Moving from Glasgow to San Diego
  • Discovering Cross Fit; a meeting of minds
  • Cross Fit for women
  • The ‘curse of strength’
  • The risk of over-training
  • What’s Craig’s definition of a strong body?
  • Craig’s histamine intolerance & how he deals with histamine ‘blow outs’
  • The dilemma of a paleo diet when trying to reduce high histamine foods
  • The histamine & stress link
  • Craig’s beef with paleo ‘treats’ and the moderation rule
  • Is eating healthy an eating disorder?
  • What is Craig going to talk about at the AHSNZ International Symposium in October?
  • Craig’s training essentials
  • A new website is on the way!

 

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Craig Zielinski – Eating the Weak

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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift
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TPS 45: The Primal Relax Shift

SDH_7044In previous episodes, we’ve shared our thoughts on taking a more primal approach to living in our modern world and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and live so it’s more in line with our basic biology…with what our genes expect of us.

And we’re getting down to the last (and in our opinion) the toughest shifts now.
In this episode, Crystal, Jo and Charby share their thoughts and practices around the Primal Shift of Relax.

Crystal believes it’s relatively easy to change what you’re eating and get into an exercise routine …and so much harder to learn to relax and to make it a part of your daily routine.

Especially when today’s society is geared around being goal driven and task focused, it becomes a badge of honour to be busy.
You ask people how they are and so often the standard response is “yeah, I’m good…busy” Right?

We Discuss

  • Jo’s been getting into Yoga for energy and relaxation, she finds it a great form of mindfulness and often feels much lighter and calmer by the end
  • Calming the monkey mind and moving the nervous system into “Rest & Digest” or “Calm and Connect” as Chris Kresser calls it
  • Charby will often do a weights session or sprint session, as he feels relaxed afterwards
  • Deep breathing in the moment, slowing everything down
  • The things that bring a smile to your face also bring pleasure and relaxation
  • Being in nature, walking or lying under trees
  • Mindful walking and becoming more focussed, aware and connected
  • Ticking more than one box at a time: epsom salt baths, relaxing while cooking
  • Nourishing the heart and mind and treating this as importantly as nourishing your body with good food
  • Enjoying time with family and friends and time sitting in the sun
  • Don’t write off a whole day as being stressful, steal back some moments of pleasure and enjoyment
  • Sharing your deep breathing and relaxed energy with others
  • Why we sometimes seek distractions and what these are
  • Turning off notifications
  • Starting with relaxation rather than feeling like you have to earn it, Charby watches a film early in the week to recharge and become productive
  • The “Fun” work day, no admin just creative pursuits
  • How to integrate relaxation into your day
  • Having a healtho as opposed to a smoko
  • Using crutches to help you with relaxation and activities that bring you pleasure

 

Crystal relaxing on the beach

Crystal relaxing on the beach

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Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

Meditating in the face of distractions (thanks Andrew!)

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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living
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TPS 44: Living off the Grid with Jo Smith from Primal Living

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Jo Smith

In this episode Jo & Crystal chat with good friend Jo Smith, from Primal Living, about her passion for real food and taking a natural approach to life. Jo actually ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to being self sufficient and living off the land.

Jo is a qualified nutritional coach, personal trainer, one time professional body sculpture and permaculture enthusiast.
Her passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food at its source, as well as building relationships with the farmer/ food producers. Jo wants us to re-connect back with nature, and to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrition.

Jo moved into the wellness space after 14 years in the pharmacy industry and was the organizer of the incredibly successful ‘Changing the Way We Eat Conference’ held in Tasmania August 2014 (check out ep 30 of TPS for highlights of this conference)

Jo shares her time between her 10 acre property on Bruny Island, Tasmania (with her two cheeky burmese cats!), and far flung Papua New Guinea where her partner is currently based.

We Discuss

  • What types of (and how many) animals does Jo currently have on Bruny Island with her?
  • Jo’s perspective on raising, killing and eating her own animals
  • Jo’s ‘Primal Shift’ experience: from ‘fixing people with medicine to fixing people with nutrition’
  • The impact of profession body building on Jo’s health
  • The reality of living off the land; challenges and rewards
  • The importance of staying connected with local communities
  • Future plans for the Bruny Island property
  • How everyone can live more simply and be connected to the food source
  • How Jo copes with moving between Tasmania and Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has been the cultural experience for her?
  • Food costs in PNG and how Jo supported local farmers
  • Reflecting on the ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ conference
  • Jo’s experience with low carb dieting, and her recommendations for anyone wanting to make dietary changes
  • Jo’s current passion projects: perma-culture and food security

 

Jo digging up her own taties on her Bruny Island property.

Jo digging up her own ‘taties on her Bruny Island property.

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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks
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TPS 43: Reflecting on Body Image Issues with Jen Richards & Meghann Birks

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Crystal & Jen Richards from Rumbles Paleo and author of Bumi and the Wokabug

In this episode, Crystal & Jo invite Meghann Birks (from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula and Bam Pow Paleo) and Jen Richards (from Rumbles Paleo) onto the show to discuss the very important topic of body image.
We’ve all had our own journeys with body image issues, so it was a really open and honest and interesting conversation.

Meghann, you will remember from TPS Episodes 6: Raising Primal Kids and 38: Chatting with Meghann and her husband Andrew.

And our good friend Jen Richards is the multi-talented, very smiley co-creator and owner of Rumbles Paleo. This lovely lady has a heart of pure gold, painted with sparkles and glitter and she divides her time between writing children’s books, making delicious Rumbles Paleo Snacks and being the ambassador for Eating Disorders Victoria.

We chat with Meghann & Jen about:

  • How Jen made her Primal Shift and went from running a coffee and cookie business to making Paleo-inspired treats
  • How our various body image issues and perceptions of ourselves have changed with time and age
  • Meghann remembers reading fashion magazines (like Teen Beat) and kept a journal from a young age, around 9 years old
  • Meghann’s weight creep as result of stress and uni life to the point of obesity and a family intervention and the various things she tried to loose weight
  • How Meghann’s current body image is linked with performance and what her body can do in the way of primal movements
  • Jen admires strong, active women who are happy, confident and have an “inner glow”, where she used to think the stick thin magazine models were attractive
  • Jen shares her 15 year experience with an eating disorder and how she now sees food as nourishment and focuses more on what she can do rather than what she can’t do
  • Self worth and feeling in charge by controlling what and when you eat
  • Jen’s commitment to help create thriving children with the positive messages in her children’s books
  • Becoming aware of your inner dialogue, thoughts and beliefs and fostering an “I can” attitude
  • The 3 major fears: the fear of not being loved (or being loveable), the fear of not being good enough and the fear of not belonging
  • How we compare ourselves to other people and the pressure that puts on us
  • Jo’s experience with being openly compared to her cousins at family gatherings and the factors that affected her weight and wellbeing
  • How physical exercise can also be something that gives you a feeling of control
  • How other peoples positive comments about our appearance can drive our behaviour
  • The challenge and benefits that Yoga brings in getting to know what your body is capable of
  • Feeling connected to your body vs being stuck in your head
  • Crystal remember’s being called a “surfboard” in her early teens and having an athletic rather than feminine build
  • Trust issues with a body that is hormonally out of whack and taking a self care approach
  • What a “Paleo” female should look like?
  • Body image expectations within the Paleo/Primal community and trolling
  • Body weight is not the only marker of health
  • Can we over hack our bodies and our health?
  • The pursuit of happiness and Jen’s hot tip
  • How to change the way we think and our attitude in small steps
  • Getting professional help if needed and surrounding yourself with supportive, accepting people
  • Learning about body compassion

 

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The post-podcast feast with Jen, Andrew, Jo, and Meghann & Andrew Birks

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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan
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TPS 42: Balancing Hormones Naturally with Kate Callaghan

Kate CIn this episode we have a fascinating chat with Kate Callaghan about female hormone health, hypothalamic amenorrhea, gut health and much more.

Kate is a Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach specialising in hormone healing. Kate has over 13 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She left her 8 pack abs behind for yoga headstands and high-jinks, and is now helping others achieve optimal wellness through nutrient-dense traditional whole-foods, adopting mindful and sustainable life practices, and moving in ways which rejuvenate rather than deteriorate the body. Kate’s goal is to educate, inspire and empower others to live life to the fullest each and every day….and she’s also in the process of growing a tiny human inside her!

 

We chat to Kate about:

  • Kate’s ‘primal shift’
  • Why Kate moved from a low carbohydrate to a moderate carbohydrate intake
  • What is hypothalamic amenorrhea, and how long did it take Kate to re-balance her hormones?
  • How to convince people to eat more (safe) carbohydrates
  • When is the ‘low carb approach’ appropriate and when is it not?
  • Why Kate got involved with The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand
  • How stress influences hormone dis-regulation
  • The calorie reduction – stress connection
  • Are males more suited to a ‘low carb’ approach?
  • What does a moderate carb intake really look like on a plate?
  • Kate’s latest e-book project revealed!
  • How to cope with the diet and body changes when healing hormones
  • How yoga helped Kate heal her hormones
  • Does yoga have a ‘body image’ problem?
  • How to provide positive role modelling for children in schools
  • There’s no such thing as an ideal body shape
  • What did the average ancestral woman really look like?
  • Is it healthy to participate in extreme body building / figure competitions?
  • Looking fit and being healthy aren’t necessarily the same thing
  • How  does gut function impact on our overall health?
  • Does ‘low carb’ dieting negatively impact beneficial gut bacteria?
  • The pros and cons of probiotic supplements (and which are the best ones to take)
  • How to feed good bacteria naturally through diet
  • The benefits of prebiotics
  • Why Kate moved to New Zealand, and how this helped her healing process?
  • The importance of social connection and ‘community’
  • What is Kate reading at the moment?
  • The important connection between female hormones and heart health

 

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

Kate taking in her beautiful new home in Wanaka New Zealand

 

Links:

The Holistic Nutritionist

The Ancestral Society of New Zealand

Yogaglo

The Motivational Manifesto

Ecology Skincare

TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health
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TPS 41: Ancestral Workplace Wellness with Brad Norris from Synergy Health

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Brad, Crystal & Jo recording the podcast around a stand-up desk at Synergy Health in Christchurch, NZ

On a recent roadtrip down the South Island of NZ, Jo and Crystal met fellow kiwi Brad Norris in his workplace, Synergy Health.

Brad has a masters in industrial and organizational psychology and a diploma in sports studies and he’s built his business, Synergy Health, from the ground up, over the last 15 years.

Brad and his team are very experienced at delivering corporate wellness programs with an ancestral bent to some very lucky workplaces throughout NZ and soon to be in breaking into Australia.

We chat with Brad about:

  • Why the Synergy Health workplace would be an awesome place to work!
  • The benefits of breaking out a bit of “4-Square” (a Kiwi school game) during the work-day
  • The lack of focus on health and wellbeing in the Organisational Psychology university curriculum
  • Starting up Synergy Health and maximising productivity in the workplace – wellness isn’t just all about health checks
  • Customised corporate wellness programs and challenges vs Tracksuit Inc, a 12 month templated wellness program
  • Taking an ancestral approach to corporate wellness
  • The 10 healthy habits: Move slowly lots, move fast once in awhile, reduce fake food, eat real food…
  • Gamifying the act of being healthy and incorporating a bit of “healthy competition” with leader boards, points, team play and prizes
  • How most people aren’t driven by the goal of health improvement and instead digging down into peoples personal values to bring about healthy outcomes as a by-product of promoting peoples personal values
  • The hardest Synergy Health daily challenge – “The department of no complaints” – a gratitude challenge
  • The biggest levers to when it comes to promoting personal values for behaviour change – recognition, success, teamwork, achievement
  • How giving people the chance to identify, understand and communicate their values leads to health improvement, in the workplace, home life and relationships
  • Ongoing reflection – Do you know what your personal values are? Do you organise your week to best promote and “live” your values?
  • Building resilience after the Christchurch earthquakes
  • What a “sneaker meeting” is
  • The challenges of incorporating a wellness program into the workplace
  • The tangible and intangible benefits of having a workplace wellness program in place and communicating these benefits, including some real life stories
  • For every $1 invested a $5 return on the investment
  • Working towards values vs working towards goals
  • How little things can build up when people aren’t feeling good or feeling satisfied and peeling back the “layers of the onion” or the issues to find the underlying value that isn’t being fulfilled
  • When you’re feeling frustrated, reflecting on which values have been compromised
  • Taking ownership and responsibility for your own level of engagement and satisfaction in the workplace and communicating this with your boss
  • Are health professionals too focused on health?
  • Tracksuit Inc making the leap into Australian workplaces

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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais
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TPS 40: Modern Living & Ancestral Health with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais

Crystal and Jo caught up with Jamie Scott and Dr Anastasia Boulais while road tripping through New Zealand in January.

Jamie and Anastasia moved back to Christchurch, New Zealand twelve months ago to set up the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHS NZ). Much has happened over those short twelve months so we got the low down on the progress of the Society and what’s instal for 2015!

We chat with Jamie and Anastasia about:

  • Moving back to New Zealand and Anastasia (almost) successful assimilation into Kiwi culture
  • The importance of regular ‘down time’, and how it enhances productivity/creativity
  • Challenges of setting up the Society and who has been involved
  • AHS NZ objectives are much broader than the ‘paleo movement’
  • Details of the Wellington Conference ‘Surviving the Urban Jungle’ 28th March
  • Cultural perspectives on public health, and why does the term ‘ancestors’ mean different things to different people?
  • The benefit of bringing together a diverse range of academics from various disciplines
  • Jamie talks about retiring his ‘That Paleo Guy’ blog
  • What are some of the concerns Jamie and Anastasia have with the current direction of the ‘paleo movement’
  • Re-evolutionary: the new blog for Jamie and Anastasia
  • Why did they pick Queenstown as the location for the inaugural AHS NZ Symposium?
  • Teaser Alert! Big name Symposium attendees from the US are revealed
  • Jamie and Anastasia discuss program details for the Symposium (it’s not all sitting!)
  • How to become an official supporter of the Society
  • A call for volunteers to assist with organising the Symposium in October
  • Ancestral Health Societies are spreading across the globe
  • What did Jamie and Anastasia have for breakfast this morning?
  • Anastasia favourite book right now and her cycling adventures
  • Jamie’s new interest in urban design
  • How Jamie and Anastasia reduce car usage and increase movement in their daily lives
Crystal and Jo enjoying the sunshine in Lyttleton with Jamie and Anastasia

Crystal and Jo enjoying the sunshine in Lyttleton with Jamie and Anastasia

 

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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick
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TPS 39: How to be an Urban Forager with Jad Patrick and Alistair Kirkpatrick

Jad (right) and Alistair

Jad (left) and Alistair

In this episode we talk all things edible weeds and bush foraging for the modern urban Australian with our favourite resident Naturopath and Social counsellor Jad Patrick from Jad Patrick Naturopathy and his good buddy Alistair owner of AKAS Landscape architecture.

Alastair has 16 years experience working in horticultural fields, is a lecturer at RMIT, has collaborated with urban commons in an exhibit for Melbourne Now and run workshops around Melbourne about urban productive growing….and he loves his edible weeds!

Disclaimer: If in doubt about a particular weed, DON’T EAT IT! All weed foraging should be supervised by a trained expert

We chat with the boys about:

  • How we define a ‘weed’, and why there are negative connotation with the word?
  • What chick-weed is
  • ‘Paterson’s Curse’ or ‘Salvation Jane’? …it’s in the eye of the beholder.
  • Can weeds have the ability to fuse together like some fruit trees?
  • Can foraging for weeds improve our gut health?
  • The natural ability of animals to select ‘safe weeds’ based on smell, texture, and taste.
  • A handful of weeds that are commonly found in the average garden
  • Weeds indigenous to Australia, and weeds that we introduced inadvertently
  • The healing properties of different weeds
  • Why not look into your local foraging group?
  • How plants interact with an urban surrounding
  • How super-mushrooms can burst through freshly paved paths
  • What an ‘urban disturber’ is
  • Fat-hens will be making their way on your brunch plate in no time… and we’re not talking about chicken.
  • Weeds that we must protect, and those that we need to get rid of whilst protecting our natural ecology.
  • Dishes to prepare with common domestic weeds
  • Seed banks

 

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

Alistair helping Crystal find all the hidden delights in her garden

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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula
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TPS 38: Meghann & Andrew Birks from Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula

 

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Meghann and Andrew Birks

Today we have with us good friends of the show, Meghann & Andrew Birks from the Paleo Cafe Mornington Peninsula.
Meghann is a freelance writer (you might have seen her articles in Paleo Magazine) and on her blog Bam Pow Paleo, she enjoys yoga and surfing, especially if they can be done together.

Andrew is a Pastry Chef turned Paleo chef who loves, stand up paddle boarding, slack lining and creative handyman stuff

And together this dynamic duo have been passionately welcoming and feeding people in their crazy popular Paleo cafe for a whole year now (happy Birthday guys) and they are winners of the recent National Best Community Involvement award with Paleo Café !

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

TPS crew hang with Meghann and Andrew after our recording

We chat with Meghann & Andrew about:

  • Meghan and Andrew share how they turned their health and lives around
  • How Crohn’s disease turned a pastry chef into a paleo chef
  • How the cafe is a gateway to conversation and interaction with the local community
  • It’s all about finding the right doctor for you; somebody who ‘gets’ your needs
  • What on earth a ‘Whole 30’ is and why would one choose to do one?
  • Let’s focus on our individual journey when it comes to food… regardless of Paleo
  • How diet, food, nutrition can help heal the body and mind
  • It starts with food, but sleep and stress management play a significant part in wellness
  • Finding support from friends… and dealing with those who decide to challenge your choices
  • Does the recent popularity of the paleo lifestyle help or hinder the movement?
  • Celebrity chefs jumping on the bandwagon
  • Meghan gives us her take on food in schools
  • How we need to empower kids to make their own food choices
  • Why it’s important not to judge other parents – no matter what!
  • Some tips to manage every day stress with a busy lifestyle
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Going strict paleo
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The Paleo Cafe, Mornington

 

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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman
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TPS 37: Move Your DNA! With Katy Bowman

Katy B imageJo caught up with bio mechanist and natural movement champion Katy Bowman about her latest book ‘Move Your DNA’.
Katy shares her (very well evidenced!) thoughts on how movement plays a bigger role than we realise in longevity and wellbeing.

Katy Bowman is a biomechanist by training and a problem solver at heart, Katy has the ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humour, earning her legions of followers.

Katy has gained an international reputation for educating the general public on alignment and load science, and as a result has helped thousands to reduce pain, increase bone density, improve metabolic health, and solve their pelvic floor mysteries. She is known for her radical counter culture health directives based on hard science that she has made her lifes work.

Katy is also the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute and has published three books that include, Every Woman’s Guide to Food Relief: The New Science of Health Feet, Alignment Matters and most recently Move Your DNA.

Jo chatted with Katy about:

  • Katy and the family do an early morning snow hike
  • Moving house and setting up a new movement friendly living environment
  • What a bio mechanist is
  • How we get nutrients in movement through loads
  • What ‘Move Your DNA’ is all about and Who it’s for
  • Body awareness and the mismatch between perceived personal health and actual health status
  • How we cast our bodies
  • The impact of all that sitting
  • What is tech culture doing to our eyes?
  • Casts for our ‘dangly bits’ and should we all aim for those washboard abs?
  • Natural movement vs ‘Natural Movements’
  • What is junk food movement?
  • How to incorporate more natural movement into your life
  • Convenience is not beneficial for us
  • We don’t need to exercise!
  • What about movement and weight loss?
  • The importance of placing loads on the body
  • Posture and alignment
  • Where should people start?
  • What happens to our stability and mobility as we age?
  • Breathing and movement

 

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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh
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TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh

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The TPS Crew with Dan Walsh and our traded Bacon

Today we’re talking to Dan Walsh. Dan doesn’t follow a Primal lifestyle, and he very likely has never even heard of the Paleo Diet (how refreshing!)

But like so many paleo/primal folks, Dan loves bacon!

So much so, that he makes his very own, in his own private smoke-house, in his spare time, outside of his 9-5 job.
What’s more, Dan doesn’t sell the stuff – he TRADES for it over at tradeitforbacon.com

We get the inside scoop from Dan on all the amazing products and services he’s been offered for his bacon (and there’s been a few!).
Dan also gives us an insight into the craft of makin’ bacon. Listeners who take their bacon seriously will enjoy learning about the process Dan goes through to produce delicious, original and high quality bacon.

 

We chat with Dan about:

  • What ‘Trade it for Bacon’ is and who is the man behind this quirky concept?
  • The weird and wonderful things have people traded for bacon
  • Dan records a song, ‘Trade it for Bacon’ with Lizard Punch
  • The strong community developing around bacon
  • We talk about the ‘gift-economy’… the old-school barter system. That’s Primal!
  • Keeping the offers coming; the quirkier, the better!
  • What some people have traded for bacon
  • “There is bacon, then there is BACON” – quality is everything!
  • The importance of raising pigs well… and curing well.
  • What the deal is with nitrates and nitrites
  • How people can start making their own bacon
  • We traded a Podcast episode for bacon – there’s a first for everything!
  • What The Primal Shifters would trade for bacon
  • What on earth is crocodile bacon?
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Can BACON be part of a balanced diet?

 

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

The Bearded Men. Dan Walsh from Trade it for Bacon and Andrew the TPS producer

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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore
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TPS 35: Keto Clarity with Jimmy Moore

KETO CLARITY front coverToday we have with us a special friend of the show, the man who is Livin’ La Vida Low Carb, Mr Jimmy Moore …Coming back for more.

We first met Jimmy while he was in the midst of his n=1 Keto experiment and watched in amazement every night when he ordered 3-4 bowls of butter at the restaurants “Saying bring me more butter than you’ve ever bought any one human in your life!”

We chat with Jimmy about:

  • The defibrillator!
  • Jimmy is on the way back to Oz (and first time to New Zealand!)
  • Jimmy’s new book Keto Clarity is a best seller in Australia right now! (Amazon)
  • Jimmy’s own N=1 experiment over the last 18 months
  • Brain health benefits of ketosis
  • What is ketosis?
  • Sugar burner vs fat burner
  • How excess protein can impact on ketosis (Gluconeogenesis!)
  • Difference between ketosis and low carb diets
  • Finding your carbohydrate tolerance level
  • Weight loss and fat intake
  • Is ketosis right for weight loss goals?
  • Weight loss beyond the diet approach
  • The use to ketosis to manage major health conditions
  • Ketosis to improve exercise performance
  • Ketosis and gut bacteria
  • Jimmy tries the Perfect Health retreat with Paul Jaminet
  • Artificially raising ketone levels with MCT oil, is Jimmy a fan?
  • How to safely transition to ketosis
  • Digesting higher levels of fat on a ketogenic diet
  • Expert support for ‘Keto Clarity’ (including a few Aussies!)
  • Who shouldn’t try a ketogenic diet?
  • Can we cycle in and out of ketogenic diets? (…and should we do it long term?)
  • Seasonality of ketosis
  • Are all carbohydrates created equal?
  • What’s Jimmy ‘cooking up’ next?

 

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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE
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TPS 34: How to THR1VE with Josh Sparks from THR1VE

JOSH-SPARKS-CEO-THR1VE-BWToday, we chat to the man taking the real food meassage, to real life Aussies with his answer to McDonald’s… Josh Sparks, CEO of Thr1ve.

Thr1ve cafes have been popping up right across the country… If you’ve been following the Primal, Paleo, or Ancestral movements in Australia, or you just love eating real whole nourishing food – this really is the episode for you.

 

We chat about:

  • How TH1VE is a good alternative to McDonalds in food court fare
  • How Josh made his ‘Primal Shift’
  • …and how he got to hang-out with the Godfather of the Primal movement, Mark Sisson
  • Josh takes a serious leap of faith; out of the corporate world, and into the world of clean-eating cafes.
  • $1.50 for a boiled egg on the run?! THAT’S AWESOME!
  • How can we keep ‘clean eating’ affordable as well as convenient?
  • What ‘Paleo-Inspired’ means
  • Food quality tends to live on a spectrum, rather than ‘black and white’
  • Food courts needn’t be associated with poor food choices – Josh gives us his tips!
  • How Thr1ve is reducing their food ‘wastage’
  • Josh’s unique attitude toward ‘moving well’ and exercise.
  • What ‘The Body by Science’ routine is
  • Josh drops the F-bomb. What a legend!
  • Let’s all have a ‘warm bath for our minds’ – Josh Sparks
  • Let’s play, ‘guess how many kids Josh has’
  • How does Josh address ‘clean eating’ with his kids?
  • Josh WAS a self-confessed ‘Primal Evangelist’
  • “Primal / Paleo is NOT a historical re-enactment”
  • Primal Hit vs Primal Shift… What will it be?
  • HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Thr1ve are bringing out Mark Sisson in March 2015.

 

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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding
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TPS 33: Clean ‘Naked’ Living with Luke Hines & Scott Gooding

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke and Scott with Charby at Thr1ve (Melbourne)

Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, also known as Luke and Scott, or ‘The Bondi Boys’ are really blitzing the suburbs to show Australia, not only how to ‘look great naked’, but also how to focus on health and wellness with lean, clean beach cuisine.

From where we’re standing though, it seems as though their TV appearance on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ was way more than just a flash in the pan!

It really was just the beginning… and they’re helping to bring the real food/paleo/primal message to such a broad audience.

We chat about:

  • How Luke stacked it on during the filming of My Kitchen Rules
  • How Luke and Scott reject the ‘celebrity’ tag and remain grounded
  • How Luke and Scott prepared to go on My Kitchen Rules
  • The guys tell us about their relationship with Chef Pete Evans
  • What the ‘Clean Living’ series all about
  • How the lads ‘switch off’
  • Even with everything Luke and Scott have achieved, they still love personal training
  • How exercise can look like meditation
  • How to make great food choices on the run… and on the road
  • Where is this Real Food / Primal / Paleo movement going?
  • Why making baby steps can be the best option in the real food transition
  • Paleo ‘treats’ are STILL TREATS
  • How do we talk to our kids when it comes to ‘eating clean’
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – ‘Looking good naked’

 

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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau
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TPS 32: That Sugar Film With Damon Gameau

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Damon Gameau and his partner Zoe

Today we have a film star in the mix…From the hit TV series Underbelly and feature films the Tracker, Thunderstuck and Razzle Dazzle we have locally grown Australian actor and director Damon Gameau…or is it Daman Gateau?

Now we all first met Damon when he was just wrapping up his ‘super size me’ style adventure and although at the time he was a bit tired and not at the top of his game, even staring down the barrel of a major detox, we were all struck by just how passionate this insightful man was about educating people, and especially school kids, about the dangers of sugar.

So committed in fact, that Damon has travelled the globe, speaking to researchers and experts all over the world, and volunteered to be a human pin cushion and experimental lab rat while eating the Australian average of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, every day for 60 days.
And all of the hyjinks that ensued were captured on film for his upcoming “that Sugar Film” feature length documentary.

We chat about:

  • Damon confesses that he overhauled his diet… to impress a girl!
  • What on earth is ‘That Sugar Film’ all about? Hint – SUGAR!
  • How much refined sugar are Aussies actually eating every day? …NOT including ‘junk-food’
  • Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig, and creates the ‘perfect storm’ for poor health, in the name of science
  • Is there a link to sadness, anxiety, and depression and the ‘sweet stuff’?
  • Damon tells us how quickly he became quite unwell… by following the Aussie Food Guidelines.
  • “Dear Sugar – It’s me, it’s YOU!”
  • Turns out sugar can even affect out sleep – WHAT?!
  • Is processed food really much cheaper than whole food in the long-run?
  • How are our purchasing choices being manipulated?
  • What do words like ‘vanishing caloric density’ and ‘moderation’ actually mean?
  • Food labelling can be a confusing maze for most – what does it all mean?
  • Is fatty liver disease always alcohol related? Hint – NO!
  • How do we get this message to the masses… to families… to kids?
  • Why schools should stop rewarding kids with junk-food
  • Damon tries to penetrate the ‘Quinoa Curtain’
  • This really is a modern day ‘Damon vs Goliath’
  • Cutting out refined sugar doesn’t have to be extreme or dogmatic
  • How is refined sugar affecting Aboriginal Australians?
  • Is there such a thing as a ‘good dad joke’… we’ve got you covered
  • Damon decides to give up sex… not really. He does get his ‘mojo’ back though.
  • The infamous ‘Primal Hit vs Primal Shit’ – Super-foods
The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

The Primal Shifters with Damon Gameau

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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne
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TPS 31: Highlights from The Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne

Facebook_timeline_photoThe Primal Shift Crew felt like kids in a candy store (umm… or should I say organic whole foods) recently when we attended the Low Carb Down Under seminar in Melbourne on the 30th of August.
When do you get the chance to talk one on one with the likes of Tim Noakes, Pete Evans and many more thought leaders in the field of science and nutrition!?

Unfortunately due to timing constraints, we didn’t get a chance to interview everyone who presented on the day. However, we’ll follow up with many of the presenters for in-depth interviews in due course.

We chatted with…

Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes: A well known South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of the running book Lore of Running. Over recent years he has written and spoken widely about LCHF. His latest book is “The Real Meal Revolution”

 

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Dr Grant Schofield

Dr Grant Schofield:  Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university’s Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. Research and teaching interests include wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Grant lives by the motto “be the best you can be” and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which he also does consulting work.

 

Pete Evans

Pete Evans

Chef Pete Evans: A well known celebrity chef who loves speaking about healthy eating. One of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and lifestyle, he loves to share his knowledge and educate and motivate parents, children and corporate audiences. Pete will launch his new free to air television show “The Paleo Way” on Channel Seven October 2014.

 

Jo Smith

Jo Smith

Jo Smith: A nutritional coach who’s passion is spreading the word on eating real food – improving the way we eat, connecting people back with food, where it comes from, how we eat it, how we waste it and building relationships with the farmer/producer.  Primal Living re-connects us back with nature, helping everyone to understand that the soil that grows our food, which supports our animals is the key in providing us essential nutrients.

 

S Lowe

Steph Lowe

specialise in long course fuelling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery. As an endurance athlete myself, I get it. Let me show you how – See more at: http://thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/about/#sthash.m8hOztI8.dpuf

Steph Lowe: A sports nutritionist and triathlete  who offers specilaised support in the areas of long course fueling, high performance weight loss and personalised nutrition for enhanced performance and recovery.
 
 
 
 

Professor Ken Sikaris

Professor Ken Sikaris

Associate Professor Ken Sikaris is a chemical pathologist at Melbourne Pathology. He is a Senior Fellow of St Vincent’s Clinical School and a Clinical Associate in Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
 

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley is an epidemiologist and Public Health Physician working at the University of Auckland. He has an interest in the effects of sugar and low carb lifestyles from a public health perspective.

 
 
 

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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania
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TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

In this episode we give you a taste of the amazing line up of speakers from the recent ‘Changing The Way We Eat’ conference held in Hobart (Tasmania).

This event was orgnised by the dynamic and super human that is Jo Smith from Primal Living Tasmania.

Charby and Jo had a quick chat to each of the speakers from the conference to get some ‘gold nuggets’ of wisdom to share with our listeners.

 

TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal's Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!)

TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal’s Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!) Left to Right: Charby, Jo Smith, Jo Fitton, Crystal & Andrew (our producer)

We spoke with:

David Gillespie:

David Gillespie is the best selling author of “Sweet Poison, “Big Fat Lies” and “Toxic Oil”.  He is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way.  He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed.  After doing some research on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet.  David immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off.  Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century.

Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love:

Rohan anderson is a true hunter and Gatherer.  Eating what the land provides is something that has fascinated Rohan since he was a runty kid growing up on a small Gippsland farm in Victoria.  As a boy Rohan would often catch eel, trout, and fresh water crayfish and cook them up with simple ingredients.  Rohans’s family farm got him started with the new adult obsession with growing his own food.  Inspired by his mum with her love of growing her own and living as self sufficient as possible, something Rohan now try’s to instil into his kids.  Converting an old school house in country Victoria, Rohan’s garden is a useful one, and is stuffed full of produce, some fruit tree’s, plemty of seasonal vegetables and mixed herbs.  He loves to cook and what you see on Rohan’s dinner plate is fairly rustic type meals, it’s peasant style cooking, nothing fancy.  To put it simply, Rohan loves to cook with food that he has grown, gathered, hunted, fished for or sourced locally.

Dr Zeeshan Arain from Dr Zee Easy Health:

Melbourne based General Practitioner, Dr Zee Arain is the current team doctor for the Melbourne Demons AFL team. He has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  His initial interest in nutrition and metabolism began several years ago when he was increasingly frustrated at being overweight despite eating a low fat diet and exercising regularly.  After losing close to 30kg and maintaing his weight loss, he has become a staunch advocator of low carb high fat nutrition in the prevention of disease, weight loss and optimum quality fo life.  His presentation will discuss the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance.

Gary Fettke from No Fructose:

M.B.B.S.(University NSW), F.R.A.C.S.(Orthopaedic Surgery), F.A.Orth.A. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer of the University of Tasmania actively practicing in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.  A significant part of Gary’s surgical practice is working with people suffering the complications of Diabetes and Obesity – both of which are out of control in society.  He has a major interest in the preventative aspects of health and particularly weight loss before operating on patients.  The last few years in particular have been dedicated to reconsidering the role of diet in the cause of Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.  Dr Gary Fettke is an author and his website and Facebook page presence is growing, as he is regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally.  He is the Medical Expert for the top selling author, Sarah Wilson ‘I Quit Sugar’ programme and 2014 saw Gary receive international notoriety for diagnosing Billy Connolly’s Parkinson disease in a hotel foyer in Los Angeles.

Alexx Stuart from Real Food and Low-Tox Living:

Alexx Stuart isn’t a qualified health professional.  She’s a concerned citizen.  Out of a host of personal health challenges and the discoveries she made of our food and medical systems while investigating things for her own healing, Alexx decided to become what she calls a ‘gentle actvist’.  Alexx has made it her mission to ensure that the journey into a health, conscious lifestyle is a welcome one, not a forced one.  “Drop the guilt, learn what you need to learn and move forward excited about what will change today – no matter how big or small each change is!” Passionate about contributing to the conscious living movement, particulary in the traditional foods and toxic free living spaces, she speaks, writes, conductsworkshops, to help everyday peole make every day choices that are going to benefit not only them and their families, but our beautiful planet!  Her best selling book, Real Treats, is available through Amazon.

Christine Cronou:

Christine is a Nutritionist, bestselling Author, and Speaker. After struggling with her own weight and health, Christine transformed her body and her health and spent over ten years researching the facts about food and fats. The results are evident in her engaging, ground-breaking books about dietary truths that have been ignored by conventional health authorities. Christine’s revolutionary work is captivating and easy to read; a fascinating look at how we have reached such a mistaken consensus about health.

Dr Rod Taylor:

Dr Rod Tayler is an Australian anaesthesiologist and anti-sugar activist with an interest in low carbohydrate diets to optimize our weights and our health.  Dr Tayler was one of the 250+ enthusiastic people who participated in the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise to be amongst like-minded people from around the world who are becoming more and more aware of the problems associated with not just sugar but literally refined and starchy carbohydrates.  Dr Tayler is doing his part to spread the word about healthy low – carb living as the principal investigator of the SWEET (Sugar and Weight Effect at Epworth Study). Making headlines in Australia, Dr Tayler suggested that fruit not fat may be in fact be part of the reason why we have an obesity epidemic.

Erin Smallbon:

Erin from ES Wellness is a Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Coach. Erin is the creator of the Nourished Nurse Program, providing nurses with the tools and support they need to get their wellness back on track, while working shift work.

 

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“Changing the Way We Eat”

We chat about:

  • How to get our appetite under control, kick sugar cravings in the butt, and get back to eating REAL FOOD
  • How we can get caught up in so-called ‘super-foods’… and dolphin tears
  • How lifestyle choices can quickly make us SICK… but just as quickly make us WELL
  • How can red-blooded Aussie blokes address their anxiety, depression, and sadness
  • Breaking the rules of ‘dietary dogma’
  • We talk to a modern day ‘Hunter – Gatherer’
  • How to teach our kids about the ‘cycle of life’
  • How eating FAT won’t necessarily make us fat
  • Sports nutrition, metabolic flexibility, and performance with REAL FOOD
  • How we can start burning FAT as our main source of fuel
  • What does REAL FOOD actually look like on a plate?
  • What are everyday Australians ‘presenting with’ in from a medical POV
  • The dangers of chronic inflammation
  • Let’s eat local, seasonal, and natural food
  • Why we should trade our margarine for BUTTER
  • We don’t ignore the big diabetic elephant in the room

Crystal on the Q&A panel

Crystal on the Q&A panel

 

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

 

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Crystal, Christine Cronou and conference organiser, Jo Smith at the Farmer’s Market

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The Primal Shifter’s taking a moment to soak up the Farmer’s Market atmosphere

 

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