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RMP 26: Cyndi O’Meara on Reconnecting to Health through Nutrition, Vitalism and Traditional Wisdom
11, Oct, 2017
This week's episode makes me so excited as my guest is someone who I have looked up to and been following the work of for many years now... one of my favourite Nutritionists, Cyndi O'Meara from Changing Habits. I first heard an interview with Cyndi on the Wellness Guys podcast about 5 years ago. Cyndi caught my attention with the depth of her health and nutrition knowledge, her passion, down-to-earth nature and common-sense approach. As I listened in, I heard her provide information that went against everything I thought I knew to be true, but made so much sense at the same time! Cyndi is one of the people who initially helped open my eyes to what has been happening in the health and food space for a while now, and has really inspired me to question everything…. which I still do today.
It has become incredibly important to have a big picture view of nutrition and health, as we see so many things taking us further and further away from our nature, our health and who we are. In this episode we zoom out and discuss:
- The philosophy of vitalism
- The historical perspective of food
- What we can learn from looking at traditional cultures, their traditional wisdom and ways of living when it comes to our health
- The change in our environment and our gut microbiome
- What's with Wheat
- Plenty more!
Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, filmmaker – ‘What’s With Wheat?’, best-selling author, international and TEDx speaker and founder of Changing Habits.
Cyndi graduated with a BSc majoring in Nutrition from Deakin University in 1984, 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 and stayed clear of the low-fat diets of the day, and not without controversy.
Her groundbreaking book Changing Habits Changing Lives (1998) became an instant bestseller and from there she has grown a successful organic food company, certified online education program and groundbreaking documentary.
Cyndi is about educating, her greatest love is to teach people, in order for them to make better choices in their life, so they too can enjoy greater health throughout their life. Her unique, surprisingly simple and down-to-earth approach challenges and encourage others to eliminate unhealthy habits and has inspired thousands to make smarter choices about the food they choose to put into their body.
By educating people on how to read food labels, why diets don’t work, and how drugs can affect your total well-being and vitality, Cyndi confronts her audiences with new truths and empowers to make long-lasting changes with simple and achievable steps on how to create healthier habits.
Cyndi has been included in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016, 2016 Australian Organic Retailer of the Year Finalist and within Queensland, Australia received the Sunshine Coast Sustainable Business Woman of the Year 2016 and Finalist for the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.
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Lucy Lichtenstein has interesting conversations with beautiful people. We discuss everything from nutrition, nature, community and movement, to philosophy, rewilding, knowing the Self and many other aspects of conscious living.