Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker, bestselling author, speaker and founder of Changing Habits, a whole food company that believes everything begins and ends with food and that health food should actually be just that - healthy.
Cyndi graduated with a degree in Nutrition from Deakin University in 1984 where her special interest was ancestral foods. At the end of her degree she was so disillusioned by the nutritional guidelines that she paved her own path, steering clear of the low-fat diets of the day.
Her groundbreaking 1998 book ‘Changing Habits Changing Lives’ became an instant bestseller and from there she has grown a successful whole food company, developed a range of healthy eating programs and a certified online nutrition course. In 2016 Cyndi released the acclaimed documentary ‘What’s With Wheat?’ which received 150,000 downloads globally in the first week.
2020 brought LAB TO TABLE, the completely revised, updated and extended version of Cyndi’s bestseller, Changing Habits Changing Lives. Cyndi educates people so they are empowered to know better, eat better and live better - because educating people about whole food is the key to a rebellion and everyone deserves to know exactly what they are eating.
You can find out more about Cyndi and Changing Habits at changinghabits.com.au
- Cyndi's journey into Nutriton, whole food living, regenerative farming and knowing where your food comes from
- The story of wheat and why there is an increase in intolerances
- Glysphophate dangers when it comes to our health + where/how it gets into our food supply
- Knowing where your food comes from and why this is important
- How to get started with eating more of a wholefoods based diet
- So much more!
Our guest: Helen Marshall
Helen Marshall is the founder of Primal Alternative, a healthy baking and licensing business. She’s also a health coach and an advocate for living your best life!
Helen’s mission is to empower people to be accountable to their purpose with a new business model of freedom – the Primalista Licence.
The model was born from a desire to share a successful grain free food business model. As a health coach, Helen saw first hand how people ‘fell off the wagon’ as they missed comfort food staples like bread, pizza, pastries and cookies. So she created nourishing alternatives to the foods everyone loves and they literally sold like hot cakes.
Helen gets the struggles many face finding a vocation that aligns with their values. She packaged everything she’d learnt about creating a food business from home whilst on a healing journey, raising a family and designing a lifestyle around the things she loves.
The Primalista Licence meets the needs of many people in all areas of their lives: vocational, financial, mental, spiritual, social, physical & familial.
To date over 185 Primalistas have joined Primal Alternative in Australia, New Zealand, USA & UK.
She hosts the Primal Alternative Podcast on the Wellness Couch, Australia’s Number 1 health and wellness podcast station.
Before ditching the rat race, she was a Fitness Instructor and Personal trainer then a Business Manager for a leading recruitment company in the city. Helen has interviewed people all of her life listening to their desires around health, work and lifestyle and has combined those skills to bring her greatest contribution yet – the Primalista Licence.
Helen lives on 100 acres of wilderness in Albany, WA with her husband Mike and their children Sam & Milly. She likes pilates, massage, coffee with her bestie, sunbathing, meditation, walks in nature and champagne in the spa.
Find Helen below:
Website - www.primalalternative.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/primalalternative/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primalalternative
- Healing through a Primal lifestyle approach
- What a Primalista is and the story of Primal Alternative
- Finding community and connection through the work
- Turning your passion into profit and living a life you love
So much more!
About this episode:
There is this massive misconception out there that in order to meditate regularly (not just when life is jolly) that you're doing it "wrong" if your mind is busy or you catch yourself "thinking too much".
There is also a bit of a story people tell themselves about not having enough time. I am going to call a loving BS here and say - it's not a priority and that you absolutely have time if you are making time to scroll the gram + read my post (thank you - keep doing that).
In this episode I am joined by Janoah Van Kekem - speaker, meditation teacher and mindset facilitator for a juicy discussion on all things meditation, mindset and meaning.
This episode is for the skeptics, the start-stop meditators and for the self-labelled "bad meditators"...or perhaps it's for those of you who need a little injection of inspo to get back into your daily dose of Meditation.
You can find Jonoah and his offerings below:
Instagram - @janoahvankekem
Website & Courses - https://www.mindmaverick.com.au
In this episode we talk through 3 ways your thyroid might be messing with your hormones.
Heavy periods, painful periods, irregular periods, infertility, miscarriages, difficult perimenopause/menopause, hormonal acne, hair loss... these are all examples of SYMPTOMS of hormonal imbalances that may be driven by your thyroid.
We also chat through 3 ways you can turn your symptoms around + start to balance your hormones via nourishing your thyroid.
In this episode we are talking all things Thyroid Medication/Thyroid Hormonal Replacement.
I'll be busting some common myths when it comes to thyroid medication used to treat an underactive thyroid. PLUS I'll provide some insights into what else you can do to help reclaim your energy and optimise how you FEEL.
When it comes to optimising your health and feeling the best you can, many of us will have a few foods that we know just don't sit well with us. Yet it seems that any form of "restriction" "avoidance" or "cutting out" of certain foods gets automatically slapped with a disordered eating label.
So how can you tell if you have disordered eating or are simply intentional about your choices?
In this episode I explore this topic as it's one that is close to my heart.
In this episode I answer more of your questions about all things gut health, including:
- Where to start when it comes to healing your gut especially when there is SO much information out there
- Are gut issues important to correct before trying to conceive? - Should healing your gut be a priority over thyroid issues?
- Is it normal to feel nauseous before and after a period?
- The difference between a prebiotic and probiotic
- Why they call your gut the second brain
- Is psyllium husk a good addition to keep regular?
- Why am I bloated by everything I eat?
A reminder that if you're struggling with Gut Issues then our 8-week Gut Rescue Program could be just what you need to finally get to the bottom of your bloating, discomfort, constipation/loose stools, gas, or endless food intolerances.
You can find out more here → https://nataliekdouglas.com/gut-rescue/
Below are the GREAT questions you all asked in relation to gut health. Tune in to hear my answers:
Could the reason your weight loss efforts are falling short be driven by a gut issue?
Join me to learn more about the 4 key ways your gut impacts your weight.
Register for the FREE Masterclass - "Stop Bloating and Start Digesting with Ease - the Transformative 3-step Process For a Happy, Healthy Gut
Shannon Carlin - Oncology Naturopath joins me to share her Natural Medicine approaches to support patients with Breast Cancer.
A bit more about Shannon:
Shannon will listen to you, give you hope, and provide you with a research and evidence-based treatment, to facilitate your health. Shannon provides a plan for your health, not just your dis-ease.
She is a Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Herbalist who offers:
✓ Adjunctive integrative oncology support
✓ Incorporates research-informed interventions
✓ Extensive knowledge on food and nutrition
Shannon has also got many achievements under her belt including:
✓ Symposium presenter: 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine on Adjunctive Breast Cancer Care
✓ Emerging Naturopath of the Year 2016
You can find more about Shannon below:
https://www.thenaturopathicbalance.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/thenaturopathicbalance/ https://www.facebook.com/shannoncarlinnaturopath04/ Email: email@example.com
Join us to reflect on important lessons of 2020, what my personal intentions are for 2021 which you might resonate with too + some exciting ways to work together in 2021.
Join Gut Rescue Waitlist - https://nataliekdouglas.com/gut-rescue/
Join Thyroid Rescue Waitlist - https://nataliekdouglas.com/thyroid-rescue/
Brett O'Brien. Brett has practiced as a qualified Naturopath for almost twenty years and is still excited by the possibilities this career can offer. The constant that he is always most fascinated by is the human interaction. Brett has always embraced a desire to engage with others. The human capacity to communicate, connect and support each other can be extremely fulfilling work.
After graduating Brett soon found himself adrift with possibilities within the scope of naturopathy. For many years he went from one option to the next – working in integrative health in a fledgling menopause clinic using bio-identical hormones (one of the first in the country), selling probiotics to a pharmacy industry, worked in health food stores, pharmacies, nutritional sales, medical centres and finally to a concept clinic that aims to rediscover the art of naturopathy – to support the innate self.
Brett believes that the role of the naturopath is to provide a managed re-connection with this innate capacity. He says our role is really to identify and remove the roadblocks that inhibit the body from what it already knows. Our tools of the trade then provide a means of traction and momentum.
Trying to understanding the human experience is so very complex, but Brett believes he closer to understanding it through the philosophy of Naturopathy than any other health profession. He loves the fact that the body intrinsically understands what it feels like to be perfect, and its aim to return is based in hope, confidence, possibility and self-sustainability.
Brett established Core Naturopathics in 2010 with a focus on returning to the philosophy of the past, but with a very modern application. It is what he believes naturopathy can be as a modern, scientific and results based clinic that supports people’s capacity to heal and thrive. It also represents his vision to engage with others, experience the human condition and trail blaze through this new age of wellness.
Find Brett below: https://www.corenaturopathics.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/corenaturopathics/
In this episode we chat about the many benefits, applications and nuances of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Attention my active exercise lovers!
Ever wondered how the heck to eat to support your training, your hormones and your health as a female?
This episode was so much fun. I love this woman and she's arguably one of the most sought after speakers on naturopathic sports nutrition in our industry, and for good reason.
This episode is for you If you've ever wondered..
- If there is a difference between how women should fuel for training versus men
- How we should or can adapt our training and nutrition with our cycle and why
- If exercising on an empty stomach is good or bad
- If having coffee pre-workout is an ideal strategy or a no bueno - If you should be fuelling with carbs or fats in endurance training
- How soon after training you REALLY need to eat
- If intermittent fasting it a good idea for active females
Our guest: Kira Sutherland
Kira Sutherland is an Australian Naturopath and Sports Nutritionist with more than 20 years in clinical practice. She is the 2019 winner of the BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Award for Excellence in clinical practice (Nutrition/Dietetics) and is the current performance nutritionist for the Sydney Marathon and running festival.
Kira divides her time between clients, lecturing at the undergraduate level, and mentoring practitioners of complementary medicine in the application of holistic sports nutrition. As a lifelong athlete, participating in multiple endurance sports, Kira is able to provide an integrated understanding and approach using her firsthand practical sports experience and academic and clinical background.
Known for her vibrant, straight forward teaching style, Kira’s focus is to empower and educate at a level where information can become intrinsic knowledge.
You can find Kira at:
Our Guest: Dr. Tracy Chandler
BSc(HONS); MBChB; FRNZCGP; FNZSCM, PGDipSEM, Cert Dermoscopy, Cert Homeopathy, FACNEM, ACNEM, Fellowship Examiner, AIMA Member.
Tracy was born in Canada and grew up and trained in England. She is married to her soulmate Grant and they have seven children. Tracy completed a Biochemistry degree and then her primary medical training in England. This gave her a more in-depth knowledge of the human body than most Doctors are required to know. She then worked as a GP before doing further post-graduate training in Sports and Integrative (Wellness) Medicine and Nutrition. Her decision to specialise in Integrative Medicine partly evolved through her increasing awareness of the impact of nutrition and environment on her own personal and her patients health and well-being. Whilst working and raising her family she became unwell and experienced the frustration of conventional medicine not being able to provide a solution for her healing. It was then she discovered the power of Integrative (Functional) Medicine. This combines the best of conventional and complementary medicine and biochemistry to treat the root cause of poor health. With her own health experience and being a (recovering) ‘perfectionist’ Tracy takes your health very personally!
Find Tracy below:
Meet Dawn Whitten:
Dawn Whitten is a Naturopath and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is passionate about protecting and nurturing the microbiome of the next generation and has a broad-base of clinical experience with a focus on women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, and infant and toddler health. She has been in clinical practice for 17 years.
Dawn has a particular passion for improving practitioner knowledge in the area of lactation, maternal and infant health. She regularly presents at both National and International Conferences and Online Events. Many of her online lectures can be accessed from the Probiotic Advisor where she covers topics like Introducing Complementary Foods to Infants, The Breastmilk Microbiome and Glycobiome and Infantile “Colic” and “Reflux” Unpacked.
Dawn regularly publishes papers in the peer-reviewed literature and has contributed to clinical textbooks (Including the Breastfeeding chapter in the recently published Hechtman L Ed, 2020, Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine2020, Elsevier). She coordinates two units within the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Program in the College of Health & Medicine at the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia). She is also coordinates her clinic’s internship program and regularly mentors in her areas of expertise. She is part of the Probiotic Advisor Team - an online platform providing evidence based information about probiotics and microbiome-related topics.
Dawn has three daughters spanning 7yrs to 26yrs who continue to contribute to her learning.
Dawn practices at Goulds Natural Medicine in Hobart Tasmania a 130+ year old apothecary with associated clinic and herb farm.
Find Dawn below:
Topics on todays show include:
- Risks of introducing solid foods too early
- Common allergens like peanuts and when or how to introduce these
- Breastfeeding while introducing foods
- Common problems parents run into when introducing foods
- What to do if babies show signs of digestive upset or changes in bowel motions when introducing foods
- Thoughts on introducing dairy
- Baby led weaning
- Common myths busted
In this episode we're discussing all things Period pain. Including:
Dr Sarah Buckley is a New-Zealand trained GP, with training in GP obstetrics. She is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering and the scientific report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US) in 2015.
Sarah is also mother to four children, all naturally born and raised, now happy and healthy in their teens and twenties.
Sarah’s work supports parents to be well informed, and to listen to their hearts and instincts, and take their rightful place as the real experts in their bodies, babies, and families.
Sarah is currently combines mothering with her work as a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting, and is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
See www.sarahbuckley.com and her Hormonal Physiology report at http://transform.
Topics covered include:
- What happens hormonally through the birthing process and what the role of these hormones are
- What impacts oxytocin during labour or after birth
- What happens to our hormones after giving birth? and how this relate to how women FEEL
- What an ecstatic birth is
- The main ways women can achieve an empowered ecstatic birth
- Helpful resources for Mums to be
The what, why and how to test your iodine levels.
Iodine is an important mineral in thyroid, immune, and hormonal health. It can influence your weight, brain/mood, immune system, risk of certain Cancers, and your fertility.
It's something that is not tested enough in my opinion and today we are chatting all about why to get tested, and how to get tested.
In this episode Nat chats about the most common cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that she see's in clinic.
Moira Bradfield, the founder of Intimate Ecology clinical and education services, is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, and educator with over 19 years of clinical experience. She has a passion for helping people experience optimal health in sustainable and sensible ways.
Clinically she has a niche interest in recurrent vaginal infections, optimal vaginal and genitourinary health, hormones and the vaginal microbiome (the bacteria and microbes that reside in the vaginal cavity).
Moira holds a Bachelor of Naturopathy Southern Cross University, a Masters degree in Acupuncture from Southern Cross University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Griffith University, Australia: her clinical trial is focussing on an intervention to reduce the incidence of Recurrent Vulvovaginal Candidiasis.
In addition to her role as a Naturopath in private clinical practice, Moira has lectured in Naturopathy, biosciences, and nutrition both overseas and in Australia.
You can find out more about Moira and her services at
Clinical Trial Information: https://healthcheck.griffith.edu.au/seeking-participants-for-recurring-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-thrush-trial/
Jin is an osteopath & psychosomatic therapist based in Wanaka New Zealand. She is the founder of the MetaMed clinics in Wanaka and Queenstown- holistic and integrative osteopathy and chiropractic clinics.
Jin is obsessed with the mind-body connection and how your physical body is a manifestation of your emotional state. She believes that many people can return to or remain in a state of health, wellness and fulfillment when they learn to become more aware and listen to their bodies.
She also hosts The Art Of Listening To Your Body Podcasts. She loves to dig deep, speak about the unspoken , and help people process unresolved emotions that hold them back from living the life they truly want. Jin works with people with complex physical and emotional conditions in a 1:1 online setting as well as runs an online group training program for practitioners called Emotional Body Training- to help empower more practitioners with the knowledge of how to read the body and understand where emotions get stuck in the body, how to trigger emotional release, as well as learning to hold space for clients when the release happens.
She’s also a business coach to health and wellness practitioners that want to build sustainable and fulfilling businesses that truly make a difference to people’s lives.
Jin is mum to a 5 year old violet who was born at home by lotus birth, supported by her wonderful partner. She sees motherhood as an amazing transition time that can birth not only a baby but incredible ideas. In the early days of Violet’s life Jin created her business ideas, actioned them and created the life she dreamed of
Find Jin at: