This weekend, I had the pleasure of joining 600 people from all over Australia (and even some from NZ), who were all keen to learn about how they could bring more wellness into their lives.
The Wellness Summit was a huge event!
10 hours of informative presentations from some really dynamic and entertaining presenters…I was in wellness heaven.
It wasn’t all just sitting and listening though, in the breaks there was ample opportunity to visit all of the complimentary stands, nibble on Thermomix-ed treats, sip at Bulletproof coffee and chat with the presenters.
And, I think it was probably that last one that would have really made the experience for attendees (It certainly did for me!)
Everyone who got up on stage went out of their way to be open and assessable in the breaks, for anyone who wanted to ask questions or just have a chat!
As Laurence (I think it was Laurence) said, at a massive event like this we will probably only remember about 10% of what was said.
So in typical Crystal fashion, I spent a lot of time madly writing notes
As part of my retention process, I reviewed my notes this morning and thought I would share some of the highlights with you.
Laurence Tham: Chiropractor, Entrepreneur & Dermally Gifted
All progress begins by telling the truth”
~ Laurence Tham
Wellness Guy, Laurence was one of the most inspiring presenters:
- If you want to achieve a goal, you have to know where you are starting from. Be honest with yourself.
- We all have a comfort zone and a safety zone. As we grow and learn our safety zone expands, but our comfort zone doesn’t. It’s only when we step outside of our comfort zone, that we can start pushing towards achieving our goals.
- If you want to make a difference, you have to lead by example. Walk the talk and talk from experience.
- Your vision has to be greater than you, but it has to start with you.
- Surround yourself with greatness, build your team of mentors and be a mentor for others. Just make sure you’re not the smartest person on your team, or you’re in trouble!
- Be brave, fear holds us back. Know the rules and lead yourself first, others will follow.
Before you can lead others, you have to learn to lead yourself”
~ Laurence Tham
Brett Hill: Chiropractor, Barefooter & 100% Paleo
The movement of the spine is like the windmill that generates the power for your brain… and exercise is like the breeze that pushes the windmill”
~ Brett Hill
Wellness Guy, Brett was one of the most down to earth presenters, with a simple, do-able message:
- We should all be trying to get some stretching and some functional, primal movement into our day. Doing this will give us better results in less time.
- Squat. Cavemen had to squat every single day…they didn’t have bathrooms with toilets at a convenient height.
- Primal movements to include in our routine: twisting, pulling, lifting and running (Brett’s home gym is a pull-up bar, a kettlebell and resistance bands)
- Doing this reduces stress, increases our energy, efficiency and productivity.
- Go Barefoot. We evolved this way, otherwise we would have evolved with some kind of shoe-like things on our feet.
- Going barefoot helps with posture, proprioception and reducing stress (google: earthing)
- Take it step by step, don’t bite off more than you can chew, start with something so easy you can’t fail.
Exercise is an investment, not an expense”
~ Brett Hill
Cyndi O’Meara: Naturopath, Up for a Chatter, Changing Habits
- We are designed to eat, function and live with the seasons. We used to put on weight in summer to help us have fun and make babies, now we eat the same foods all year round and put on weight in winter. We are all back to front!
- There are 100′s of known autoimmune conditions, look to food intolerances if you have niggly symptoms and go on an elimination diet.
- Eliminate wheat.
- If you figure it all out and are starting to feel good, then go back to your old ways, then it’s possible that you don’t love, respect or value yourself enough. Address this.
David Gillespie: Lawyer, Author, Kicked the Sweet Poison
Every other animal on the planet controls it’s weight the way it controls it’s height, or it’s eye colour” [...it's not with willpower!]
~ David Gillespie
I have heard David speak a couple of times now and I love the journey he takes you on every time!
- In the 1830′s people were consuming around 1 and 1/3 teaspoons of sugar a day, now we consume around 30-40 teaspoons of sugar a day!
- It’s not just the fat from fructose metabolism that makes us fat, it’s the effect of fructose on our appetite regulation.
- Fructose bypasses our appetite control, so we get hungrier and eat more. Then, everything else in our diet that we overeat contributes to our weight gain.
- Sugar is addictive and can depress our immunity, doctors see the most kids with a cold on the couple of days after Easter.
- The reason why cancer cells like sugar, is because a by-product of fructose metabolism is rNA products (helpful for proliferate cell replication!)
- Our bodies are oxidation machines, the less highly oxidisable foods we put in them (like omega-6 seed oils) the better we will be.
Nicole Bijlsma: Naturopath, Building Biologist, Healthy Home-maker
Almost 80% of the 10,000 ingredients in household products have not been tested for their impact on human health”
~ Nicole Bijlsma
This was the presentation that totally blew my mind, so much so that I went out in the break and bought Nicole’s book, “Healthy Home, Healthy Family”
- France banned WiFi in schools in March this year.
- The World Health Organisation has classified the electromagnetic radiation (such as that from WiFi) as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
- We should be replacing our mattresses every 10 years and airing them regularly (monthly?) in full sunlight to allow the UV to kill any microbes that hide out in them.
- We should be replacing our pillows every 18 months and airing them every week in full sun for at least 10 minutes.
- If we take our shoes off at the door, we reduce the amount of dust and allergens we tread into the home by 50%
- We should have a radius of 1.5-2 metres around our beds that is electronic gadget free.
- Don’t buy $40 probiotics and wash them down with chlorinated water. Chlorine kills microbes …light bulb moment for me!
Ron Ehrlich: Holistic Dentist, Good Doctor, Mouth Breather
There is not a single health issue that isn’t improved by a good sleep”
~ Ron Ehrlich
I loved Ron’s presentation, he was engaging, entertaining and made me ask myself a lot of questions about my sleep habits!
- Our diet has driven evolutionary changes to the structure of our faces, mouths and nasal passages. Narrowing them.
- There are 5 filtration systems in the nose, noses are for breathing. A lot of people (I suspect me included) breath through our mouths when we sleep.
- We need to be getting our deepest sleep between the hours of 11pm and 3am to get the best benefits of the restorative, growth-hormone-promoting, stage 3 & 4 sleep.
- When we breath through our mouths we have a disrupted sleep, poor posture and it can be indicative of other health issues.
- A simple piece of tape across the mouth while sleeping encourages breathing through the nose.
Carren Smith: Soul Survivor, Up for a Chatter
Nothing changes if nothing changes”
~ Carren Smith
Carren was definitely one of the most energetic and vivacious presenters.
Unfortunately, I was out of the room for a lot of Carren’s talk.
But I did happen to be standing at the back of the room when everyone blew up their balloons and put them under their bums to pop them…it was hilarious to watch a sea of bobbing, bouncing heads amidst a cacophony of noise that sounded much like bombs going off!
You can hear Carren’s amazing story here: Up for a Chat, Episode 2
Damian Kristof: Wellness Guy, Forager & my Chiropractor
Wellness Guy, Damian gave an awesome, rockstar-worthy performance.
He certainly sparked a few questions about stress for me:
- Only 5% of the population have genetic defects, so why do we get so many chronic diseases? Environmental stress.
- Zebra’s don’t sit around wondering what would have happened if the tiger had got them, or start comparing battle scars with the other zebra’s …they just reset back to baseline and move on. We don’t.
- When it comes to stress, it is not just the type or magnitude of the stress, it’s our perception of the stress that is important.
- Conventional food (and our bodies response to food) contributes to 80% of the stress load on our bodies.
- Human’s are the only animals that have a gene for zonulin, a protein in the gut that regulates how accessible our body is to food and microbes.
Some foods put stress on our gut’s tight junctions.
- Other stressors include: Chemical Stress (drugs and toxins), Emotional Stress (relationships, the shock of the alarm clock, cancer) and Physical Stress (birth and sickness)
- If you’re looking at food labels, you’re looking at the wrong food.
Apples and avocado’s don’t have labels.
Kim Morrison: Chocolate lover, Up for a Chatter, Definitely not a tart
I loved Kim’s presentation, she spoke from the heart and had the whole room hanging off of her words.
Kim managed to get 600+ people moved and organised into 4 different quadrants of the room in just over 2 minutes, no mean feat!
Because of this though, I didn’t end up taking any notes (I left my notebook back in the ‘talker’ quadrant.)
In a nut shell, we had to chose which personality type we identified with the most and move to that quadrant of the room.
These were the 4 types:
- Talker: Enthusiastic, Funny, Talker
- Doer: Loves to lead, Decisive, Strong-willed
- Thinker: Thoughtful, Fact based, Persistent
- Watcher: Balanced, Diplomatic, Patient
Then she entertained us with how each of the different types think, communicate, control, and our needs, expectations and challenges.
I learnt that as a ‘Watcher’ I like it when things (like exercise regimes and diets) are simple and easy, I prefer to conserve my energy and I exert my control over situations through procrastination…interesting…
I have come away tired but inspired and motivated by my epic day of wellness.
Laurence encouraged us all to make a list of our 3 major takeaways that we will action after the summit.
This is my list:
- I am going to become a detox detective, starting with my bedroom and radiating out to the rest of the house. I will start removing electrical devices from around the bed, replace pillows and air out my mattress.
- I noticed that I woke up this morning with a dry mouth (maybe this is the way other mornings too), so I am going to give a strip of tape across the mouth a whirl while sleeping and see if that makes a difference to my quality of sleep.
(I scored a 12 on Ron’s Epworth Sleepiness Score test, not good!)
- I’m currently working on a Sugar Detox program for my local Crossfit Box.
I took my fasting blood glucose this morning and it came back with a 5.5 (not good), so I will be leading by example and going through a sugar detox myself over the coming weeks. Then I will reverse engineer the program from my own experience…should be interesting!
We might only remember 10% of the content of the presentations, but I can tell you, people don’t quickly forget how they feel after attending an event like this!
Thanks guys, I’m already looking forward to next year!
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