This is why I LOVED IIN so much. It gave me the tools and knowledge I needed at that exact time in my life. I particularly loved the philosophy of bio-individuality — meaning, everyone is different and no one diet is going to work for everyone. It inspired me to explore all the different ways of eating and to really find out what works best for me and my body. It’s an amazing course for anyone — whether you’re a mama wanting to further her knowledge for herself and her family, or someone who wants to become a holistic health coach, or if you’re already in the health and wellness space (i.e. a personal trainer or life coach) and want to add another tool to your wellness tool kit. Basically: I loved it, it changed my life, and it put me on the path I am on today. PLUS they offer a free sample class too so you can try it out and get a feel for it before you enrol in the course.
Next, it was the work of Weston A Price, Sally Fallon and Nora Gedgaudas who had a huge impact on me. Before discovering these peeps, I was a vego with no period, I had eczema all over my body, I lacked energy, had adult acne, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, leaky gut, candida, SIBO, high levels of mercury, hives, depression, and loads of vitamin and mineral deficiencies just to name a few. After diving deep into their work, my eyes were opened and it all began to make sense. The puzzle pieces started to click into place. I first started introducing organic bone broth into my diet, and within a few weeks I got my period and my eczema and acne started to clear up. Not to mention, for the first time in my life, I actually had energy. It was truly amazing!
Years went by where I kept experimenting with different things to see what worked for me, which I still do to this day.
Then, more recently (like over the last 2 years) I discovered the work of Dr Chris Kresser and biohacker Dave Asprey. These dudes are seriously studied up. They know what they are talking about and have so many AMAZING resources you can sink your teeth into. They both also have epic podcasts and loads of resources for pre-, during and post-conception.
The Better Baby Book is actually from Lana Asprey — a medical doctor and also Dave’s wife. Back in 2006, Lana and Dave were ready to start a family and decided to combine their knowledge to figure out how to have the healthiest, brightest baby they could, while reducing the risk of autism as much as possible. Even if you’re not thinking of having a baby any time soon, this book is a MUST read for all women.
The Healthy Baby Code is another GREAT resource. It’s Dr Chris Kresser’s online program that combines traditional wisdom and modern science to help you cut through the confusion and hype. Again, it gives you all the tools for before, during and after pregnancy, but again this is not just for someone wanting to make a baby; this information is life changing and crucial for health and vitality.
Another goodie is Donna Gates and her book The Body Ecology Diet. It radically influenced me, especially when I had candida and SIBO. Donna's food combining principals saved my guts (literally!). A must read for everyone.
Alright, on to question two: Who do I NOW turn to for health and wellness information?
For up to date and relevant information, I turn to these four epic peeps. They are all very well researched and know their shiz when it comes to health.
I listen to his podcast. Use his products. Cook out of his cookbook, and refer back to his books all the time.
You may remember Daniel when I interviewed him for my blog. He is such an epic human being, I love him so much. I read his work, listen to his podcast religiously and buy his products.
Again, I listen to his podcast, read his books, and do his programs.
Soulla Chamberlain from Star Anise Organic Wholefoods
I am super grateful to have Soulla on speed dial, so whenever there is something I am not sure about or I want someone to totally geek out with, she’s my gal! Soulla and I hike for 4-5 hours every second Sunday with our kids, and honestly, we talk the entire way about health and wellness. My husband doesn’t understand how two people can talk nonstop for 4-5 hours straight. I think it’s a female thing.
The best part about all these peeps is that they are truly walking their talk. They are living examples of what they preach, and all of them glow from the inside out. I always think if you are going to take health and wellness advice from someone, they really should be the picture of health. After all, you wouldn’t take financial advice off someone who is in millions of dollars in debt, would you? And you certainly wouldn’t take relationship advice from someone who has never been in a relationship, right?! So be mindful where you are getting your knowledge from, and make sure you (and they!) are well researched.
Most of all though, always ALWAYS tune into yourself and do what feels right for YOU. (Remember: no one — no matter how great — is your guru.