Primal Living is just one voice in a growing chorus of professionals arguing for wiser food and sustainable lifestyle choices. It is my passion to educate and inspire as many people as possible to choose healthy and sustainable food products, and to take action that adds health, happiness, love, peace and truth to their lives and the lives of others.
On 16th August I put on the first ancestral health and wellness conference for Tasmania called “Changing the Way We Eat”. With over 400 people attending, the day was a huge success and with one objective in mind “To change your life” I believe from the response I have had post conference this has happened.
Six months ago I set out on a mission to change lives on a greater scale; and with that in mind I focused on a few strong guidelines
- I believe we can all achieve optimal health by taking control of our own health and making informed choices about what we put inside our bodies
- I believe education and knowledge are the keys to debunking all those conventional myths and wisdom, and offering clear and simple no-nonsense, fad-free sustainable solutions.
- I believe following an ancestral approach is all backed-up and supported through a million years of human evolution.
With these three guidelines in mind “Changing the Way We Eat” was created
Is there only one way to eat for everyone?
I don’t believe so, I also don’t believe we need, or should be eating, poorly sourced, packaged and commercialized food that has been produced via intensive industrial farming practices or ‘made’ in a factory. I don’t believe we should be blindly following the recommendations of the Australian Dietary Guidelines or that we be influenced in our food choices because of a red tick on a food label. What I truly believe is that all of us reading this blog post can survive and in fact grow healthy and thrive by eating locally produced, sustainable and ethically raised food sources that matches our evolutionary body fuel requirements. I also strongly believe that we should be eating foods that we can:
Grow – Raise – Hunt and Gather
There is an enormous amount of confusing and conflicting information available about what and how we should be eating. The big food manufacturing companies, food marketers, big pharma and major food chain outlets constantly bombard us with advertising mixed with nutritional advice. If large food manufacturers say a food product is great, I think I can guarantee that the opposite is in fact true. In the media daily we here the words:
LOW FAT, PROCESSED, ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL, SUPERFOOD, CHOLESTEROL FREE, NO ADDED SUGAR and FAT IS BAD.
All these words are associated with health and food, and all of this information can be confusing and so damn overwhelming. Primal Living wanted to stop the confusion, and the conference – ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ was designed to give the attendees the information and tools to make the right choices.
What I hope the attendees are now doing is listening to their own bodies, to their own intuition and to the nature surrounding them. An open mind is a must when “Changing the Way You Eat” and after listening to the amazing presentations, I do hope you have put aside the old conventional nutritional wisdoms and embarked on a new journey of food discovery. I also hope you now have an understanding that if we follow in on the footsteps of our ancestral and cultural traditions, we can be free of the modern diseases and epidemics that we face in the world today
I brought together 10 amazing people who are highly regard in their professional areas of medicine, health, wellness, organic, sustainable and toxic free living. Together we set out on a mission to change the way you eat and think about food and what a fantastic mission it was.
For the Primal Living team the day started at 6am. We arrived at the Wrest Point Casino organising everyone’s goodie bags. By 7am the room began to feel exciting as all the exhibitors arrived and so did the speakers. The atmoshphere in the room was electric, everyone was so excited to be there and amongst lke minded people
We asked attendees to arrive at 8am to register and have enough time before the conference started to wonder around the trade tables. Well, by 7.30am we had people lined up at the door! It was awesome.
8am and the doors have opened. Standing at the entrance and saying hi to everyone was such an amazing feeling. What I loved most about it was people introducing themselves to me who follow us on our Primal Living Facebook page. I honestly felt like I was meeting all my friends and hanging out with them for the day
As everyone picked up their goodie bag and headed for the trade tables I began to get myself ready for the opening speech. For those of you who have done a lot of public speaking, please feel free to give me a call and help me out with a few tips! I love talking, however standing up talking to a large group makes me very nervous.
9am and the conference is officially opened. You could actually feel the excitement in the room. Everyone who was sitting in front of me were so keen to hunt and gather information on how they can achieve optimal health. It was such a brilliant feeling to be able to help you.
First up we had Dr Gary Fettke, Christine Cronau and Jenna Lovell speak – and wow! Talk about inspirational. I have heard Gary speak twice now and Christine three times and I never get sick of hearing them talk. Jenna was also amazing; To live with a medical condition which cannot be cured can be tough. However this young lady is so strong and determined to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle by eating real foods and living a toxic free lifestyle
After we heard from the first three presenters, it was time for morming tea. Now whilst morning tea was being set up, I sneaked in and had a look at all my hard work in organising the food for the conference. Holy smoak!! – it was the biggest and best real food conference I have ever seen. If you wanted to eat sugar, refined carbohydrates covered in toxic vegetable oils….I hate to dissapoint you because there was none of that toxic food around. What you did see what delicious bone broth made from Mount Gnomen farm free range pigs, free range charcuterie made from Utsi Cafe, delicious free range ham produced by Black ridge farm, grain free and sugar free pumpkin-nickel bread served with kale pesto and home made butter, raw nuts, jerly, fresh organic apples, Mount Gnomen free range sausages AND MORE…It was tuly a real food spread which I was very proud of. Thank you again to all our sponsors who made our morning tea the best ever.
With full and happy tummies, we headed back into the confernce to hear from Guy Lawrence, Rohan Anderson, Crystal Fieldhouse and Alexx Stuart. Rohan had us in fits, Guy was inspirational, we wanted to hear more of his amazing story, Crystal helped us realise that we also need to consider what we put on our skin and Alexx made us all feel like we wanted to run to our closest farmer and give him a big hug and say thank you…
Our first Q&A was up. We had all the morning speakers up on stage to answer the attendees questions. The questions came at us very quickly and we all did an amazing job at answering them.
Morning tea had just happened, but wait there’s more. If everyone thought morning tea was awesome, they were in for a much bigger surprise with lunch.
Our lunch was outstanding and I couldn’t wait to give Peter (head chef of Wrest Point Casino) a massive hug to say thank you. Peter and I worked extremely hard to ensure that your lunch (and morning tea) was completly free of all grains, dairy (apart from butter) legumes, sugar, refined carbohydrates and vegetable oils. Everyone enjoyed a lunch of fresh seasonal vegetables, local pastured raised animal protein (including offal) and delicious natural fats such as coconut oil, dripping and butter. At the end of lunch we also had some cute and delicious chia puddings thanks to Millie from The Wee Lemon Tree and raw chocolates thanks to Rawsome Chocolate. Lunch was worth waiting in line for.
Everyone was also lucky to have the guys from Optimoz serving up bulletproof coffee (coffee served with butter or ghee and coconut oil) and the Art of Tea serving up their delicious range of black and herbal teas, for morning tea and lunch
As the bell rang (Shane loved that job) for everyone to head back to their seats, the primal team got ready for the afternoon speakers. Next on the presenters list was David Gillespie, Gerard Crochan, Dr Zee Arain and Dr Rod Tayler. Could this day get any better!!!
Now I do have a video for sale in my shop for you to purchase and to always have a copy of the conference. It is a great resource to have in your health and wellness library. It’s also a great present to give to friends and family
Our second Q&A was at the end of the conference with Dr Gary Fettke, Christine Cronau, Dr Zee Arain, Dr Rod Tayler, David Gillespie and Gerard Crochan helping make the transition of a western diet to a real food diet easy for all our attendees.
It was now time to close the conference and as I stood up to present my closing statement I was presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers and a gorgeous speech from Jenna on behalf of all the speakers and everyone who had helped pull this conference together. I also was given a massive cheer from the audience. It was very overwhelming, a few tears were shed and I thank you with all my heart.
With tears in my eyes and a runny nose (I wish someone brought me a tissue) I closed the conference with a few last words. The Primal team launched our new sub brands of Primal Living; Primal Education and Primal Kids. You can read more here and here and check out the amazing slides below
Before I sign off I would like to leave you with this link to the photos of the conference. The Password to view the photos is primal2014. Our amazing photographer Jonathan Wherrett did an awesome job and if anyone needs a photgrapher for any event, Jonathan is the man.
Please if you’re going to share any of my photos, they are copyrighted and I would appreciate if you would credit Johnathan Wherrett
I am going to sign off with a few of my favourite quotes.
Changing the way we eat will change your life. What matters with food, as in most things it isn’t the quantity, but the quality.
- Implement the steps we have heard here today
- Minimise the separation from paddock to plate and know where your food comes from
- Avoid the supermarkets
- Go back to our ancestral heritage
- Choose simple and truly seasonal food
- Make ethical food choices
Real food is our friend; choose food that you can raise, hunt, gather and grow, and one day at a time you will be living a healthier and happier lifestyle
The feedback of this coference has all been extremely postive, so positive that we have decided to take it national. We can’t wait to head your way and help you “Change the Way you Eat”. Dates will be launched soon
Signing off Primal Jo