This post has been updated 23rd September 2016
In 2014, I enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine with the aim of becoming a qualified nutritionist. Unfortunately, circumstances meant I wasn't able to do it without the study damaging my health so I did the sensible thing and pulled out. As a 'consolation prize' I enrolled in the What To Eat program run by Georgia Lienemann from Stirring Change. I travelled to Sydney and sat in on the classes and learnt so much in a short pace of time. Trust me, it was no consolation prize, the course was amazing. I considered myself to be pretty well read on the subject of nutrition before I started and there was so much information for me to learn. It was money well spent. Once the course was over, I made some changes to the way I cooked, shopped and thought about food. My health was the better for it. As it happens, it's not September 2016 and I have just had a very few hectic months in my life and taking care of me wasn't a priority. I feel run down and I am very much in need of a shake up. This years course has come at the perfect time for me.
If you're in a dietary rut and don't know what step to take next .....
If you're confused about what's good for you and what isn't .....
If you love learning new things and being around people who inspire you .....
If you want to learn how to nourish your body and not deprive it .....
If you want shopping, cooking and eating to be a positive experience .....
...... then keep reading.
Georgia is a clinically trained nutritionist and wholefoods chef. She is a member of the ATMS and holds the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine that I so desperately wanted for myself. She is also a graduate from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City and the nutritionist for the NRL Parramatta Eels. Over the years she has used her own body as a guinea pig to trial many different dietary choices. The What To Eat program is the culmination of all of her training, education and experience.
In addition to all the qualifications, I found her to be a warm, kind and generous teacher, with some humour thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere generated from the course and the support and joy in the community forums is almost worth the enrolment fee alone. The whole experience for me was one of positivity and indulgence, not negativity and deprivation. This isn't a weight loss program or diet plan, it's a solid foundation in quality nutrition, learning how to shop and cook for maximum nourishment.
I have a HUGE amount of respect for Georgia and the way in which she explains nutrition, cultivates people's passion for preparing and cooking wholesome and nutritious food and the positive energy she puts in to every thing she does. Trust me, I don't say this kind of thing very often.
This year, you can do the program with me online
While What To Eat used to be run as a physical workshop, this year, it has expanded to be run as an online course, so those outside of Sydney can have access to it as well. I will be doing the course again and you can do it along side me and the hundreds of other graduates who attended the first courses. Originally the course was to start on 15th February, and it ran for 1 week, and then the precious little baby growing inside Georgia had other plans and the course was postponed. It is ready to run again starting Tuesday 4th October.
Each week, as each topic is released, you have access to written theory, recipe videos, engaging videos from both Georgia and a panel of experts. You will also have access to podcasts, fact sheets, guides and mini e-books each week with recipes, tasks and shopping lists. We had so much fun cooking and shopping last time around. Georgia even handed around some bugs, tongue and a few other things I had never eaten before. (I did chicken out on a couple of them).
With so much conflicting nutritional information out there, I was relieved to find out the truth from someone I respect. And you will too. I have enrolled in several online health courses for research. This is literally the ONLY one I feel comfortable recommending to people.
Who's on the expert panel?
Along with Georgia, she has the following experts involved with the course this year. Quite a few of them are new to me, so I'm pretty excited to get started.
- Costa Georgiadis, ABC’s Gardening Australia
- Indira Naidoo, Author – ‘The Edible Balcony’, ‘The Edible City’
- Simon Lawson – Agape Organic Restaurant & Food Trucks
- Nick Ritar – Milkwood Permaculture
- Glenn Morris – Figtrees Organic Farms
- Tammi Jonas – Jonai Farms / President, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
- Adam and Fiona Walmsley – Buena Vista Farm
- David Head – Shiralee Organic Meats
- Skye Blackburn – The Edible Bug Shop
- Kitsa Yanniotis – Kitsa’s Kitchen & Emporio Organico
- Gillian Kozicki – Cultured Artisans
- Nicole Bowman – Peach & Co. Sprouted Grains
I have purchased meat from David Head at Shiralee, and wow. Just wow. I didn't realise organic meat was supposed to taste like THAT! We are hoping (fingers and toes crossed) to be able to work with Shiralee for a local delivery / pick up service for our Central Coast customers in 2016. Kitsa Yanniotis is Australia's fermenting goddess. Her sauerkraut is like no other. She also founded Emporio Organico last year, a simply divine luxury eco store in Crows Nest. If you're in the area, drop in and say hi from us. She is also opening an allergy friendly cafe in 2016 in the same building which I am looking forward to checking out. Apparently my invite to the launch is in the mail :) If you want to touch and feel quality organic skin care and makeup in Sydney, this is the ONLY place to go. Kitsa has brands we don't have on our shelves, and while we stock plenty of organic skin care and natural makeup, we don't have the high end brands she does. If that's your thing, support a small local business that we LOVE. I have no doubt the rest of the experts are as divine as the two that I have spent with and purchased goods from.
Get access to free content to see if the course is right for you
Visit the WHAT TO EAT WEBSITE and click on the FREEBIES FOR YOU link in the top right hand section of the navigation for access to the following free content to check out the course:-
- The Butcher. The Farmer.The Chef video
- One free lesson
- 4 Meals from 1 bird eBook
- The Broth Bundle, learn how to make the perfect bone broth
- One off fee of $660
- 3 installments of $225
A portion of all ticket sales are being donated to small scale farmers, focusing on regenerating soil fertility. In these early stages of setting up sustainable farming, there's lots of expense and no revenue, so your enrolment in the course will help this too. The feel good vibes around this course and Georgia seriously never end. 100% of the commission that I earn from anyone who signs up using my affiliate link is being donated to the same cause. I am promoting this course because I believe in it, not because I'm being paid.
I have questions
Please feel free to contact me through the shop and ask me any questions you have about the course. I have done it myself, and will be doing it again this year. Anything I can't answer I can pass on to Georgia. You can always follow Stirring Change on Facebook and ask questions too.