TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

Jo and Rohan from Whole Larder Love

In this episode we give you a taste of the amazing line up of speakers from the recent ‘Changing The Way We Eat’ conference held in Hobart (Tasmania).

This event was orgnised by the dynamic and super human that is Jo Smith from Primal Living Tasmania.

Charby and Jo had a quick chat to each of the speakers from the conference to get some ‘gold nuggets’ of wisdom to share with our listeners.


TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal's Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!)

TPS team with Jo Smith at Crystal’s Ecology Skin Care Stand after a long and busy day (but still smiling!) Left to Right: Charby, Jo Smith, Jo Fitton, Crystal & Andrew (our producer)

We spoke with:

David Gillespie:

David Gillespie is the best selling author of “Sweet Poison, “Big Fat Lies” and “Toxic Oil”.  He is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way.  He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed.  After doing some research on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet.  David immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off.  Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century.

Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love:

Rohan anderson is a true hunter and Gatherer.  Eating what the land provides is something that has fascinated Rohan since he was a runty kid growing up on a small Gippsland farm in Victoria.  As a boy Rohan would often catch eel, trout, and fresh water crayfish and cook them up with simple ingredients.  Rohans’s family farm got him started with the new adult obsession with growing his own food.  Inspired by his mum with her love of growing her own and living as self sufficient as possible, something Rohan now try’s to instil into his kids.  Converting an old school house in country Victoria, Rohan’s garden is a useful one, and is stuffed full of produce, some fruit tree’s, plemty of seasonal vegetables and mixed herbs.  He loves to cook and what you see on Rohan’s dinner plate is fairly rustic type meals, it’s peasant style cooking, nothing fancy.  To put it simply, Rohan loves to cook with food that he has grown, gathered, hunted, fished for or sourced locally.

Dr Zeeshan Arain from Dr Zee Easy Health:

Melbourne based General Practitioner, Dr Zee Arain is the current team doctor for the Melbourne Demons AFL team. He has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  His initial interest in nutrition and metabolism began several years ago when he was increasingly frustrated at being overweight despite eating a low fat diet and exercising regularly.  After losing close to 30kg and maintaing his weight loss, he has become a staunch advocator of low carb high fat nutrition in the prevention of disease, weight loss and optimum quality fo life.  His presentation will discuss the role of nutrition in exercise and sports performance.

Gary Fettke from No Fructose:

M.B.B.S.(University NSW), F.R.A.C.S.(Orthopaedic Surgery), F.A.Orth.A. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer of the University of Tasmania actively practicing in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.  A significant part of Gary’s surgical practice is working with people suffering the complications of Diabetes and Obesity – both of which are out of control in society.  He has a major interest in the preventative aspects of health and particularly weight loss before operating on patients.  The last few years in particular have been dedicated to reconsidering the role of diet in the cause of Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.  Dr Gary Fettke is an author and his website and Facebook page presence is growing, as he is regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally.  He is the Medical Expert for the top selling author, Sarah Wilson ‘I Quit Sugar’ programme and 2014 saw Gary receive international notoriety for diagnosing Billy Connolly’s Parkinson disease in a hotel foyer in Los Angeles.

Alexx Stuart from Real Food and Low-Tox Living:

Alexx Stuart isn’t a qualified health professional.  She’s a concerned citizen.  Out of a host of personal health challenges and the discoveries she made of our food and medical systems while investigating things for her own healing, Alexx decided to become what she calls a ‘gentle actvist’.  Alexx has made it her mission to ensure that the journey into a health, conscious lifestyle is a welcome one, not a forced one.  “Drop the guilt, learn what you need to learn and move forward excited about what will change today – no matter how big or small each change is!” Passionate about contributing to the conscious living movement, particulary in the traditional foods and toxic free living spaces, she speaks, writes, conductsworkshops, to help everyday peole make every day choices that are going to benefit not only them and their families, but our beautiful planet!  Her best selling book, Real Treats, is available through Amazon.

Christine Cronou:

Christine is a Nutritionist, bestselling Author, and Speaker. After struggling with her own weight and health, Christine transformed her body and her health and spent over ten years researching the facts about food and fats. The results are evident in her engaging, ground-breaking books about dietary truths that have been ignored by conventional health authorities. Christine’s revolutionary work is captivating and easy to read; a fascinating look at how we have reached such a mistaken consensus about health.

Dr Rod Taylor:

Dr Rod Tayler is an Australian anaesthesiologist and anti-sugar activist with an interest in low carbohydrate diets to optimize our weights and our health.  Dr Tayler was one of the 250+ enthusiastic people who participated in the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise to be amongst like-minded people from around the world who are becoming more and more aware of the problems associated with not just sugar but literally refined and starchy carbohydrates.  Dr Tayler is doing his part to spread the word about healthy low – carb living as the principal investigator of the SWEET (Sugar and Weight Effect at Epworth Study). Making headlines in Australia, Dr Tayler suggested that fruit not fat may be in fact be part of the reason why we have an obesity epidemic.

Erin Smallbon:

Erin from ES Wellness is a Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Coach. Erin is the creator of the Nourished Nurse Program, providing nurses with the tools and support they need to get their wellness back on track, while working shift work.



“Changing the Way We Eat”

We chat about:

  • How to get our appetite under control, kick sugar cravings in the butt, and get back to eating REAL FOOD
  • How we can get caught up in so-called ‘super-foods’… and dolphin tears
  • How lifestyle choices can quickly make us SICK… but just as quickly make us WELL
  • How can red-blooded Aussie blokes address their anxiety, depression, and sadness
  • Breaking the rules of ‘dietary dogma’
  • We talk to a modern day ‘Hunter – Gatherer’
  • How to teach our kids about the ‘cycle of life’
  • How eating FAT won’t necessarily make us fat
  • Sports nutrition, metabolic flexibility, and performance with REAL FOOD
  • How we can start burning FAT as our main source of fuel
  • What does REAL FOOD actually look like on a plate?
  • What are everyday Australians ‘presenting with’ in from a medical POV
  • The dangers of chronic inflammation
  • Let’s eat local, seasonal, and natural food
  • Why we should trade our margarine for BUTTER
  • We don’t ignore the big diabetic elephant in the room

Crystal on the Q&A panel

Crystal on the Q&A panel


Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day

Jo Smith welcomes the 400 strong audience at the start of the day



Crystal, Christine Cronou and conference organiser, Jo Smith at the Farmer’s Market


The Primal Shifter’s taking a moment to soak up the Farmer’s Market atmosphere



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2 Responses to TPS 30: Highlights from ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ Conference in Tasmania

  1. Donna September 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Loved, loved, loved this podcast – learnt lots, and found lots of great links to extend my knowledge. Thanks so much!

    • Jo Fitton September 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Thanks Donna, we appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed this episode! :-) Jo

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