Founder and Nutritionist
Not your typical nutritionist, Cyndi disagrees with low-fat, low-calorie diets, believes chocolate can be good for you and thinks cheating and eating yummy food is an important part of a well-balanced diet. Cyndi must be doing something right because she maintains a healthy weight and has never (in her whole life!) taken an antibiotic, pain-killer or any other form of medication. Cyndi is a passionate, determined and knowledgeable speaker on health issues and uses her education and experience to help others improve their quality of life so they too can enjoy greater health and longer lives.
Concerned by the state of our health system and the lack of educated consumers, Cyndi explores relevant and confronting issues such as cancer, diseases, diets, drugs and medication and asks people to make a choice about what they are willing to consume. She raises serious questions such as ‘Is margarine really the answer or is it a major contributor to obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease? Are artificial sweeteners the great low calorie alternative or deadly neurotoxins?’
Her unique, surprisingly simple and down-to-earth approach challenges and encourages 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 them to make long lasting changes with simple and achievable steps on how to create healthier habits.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Nutrition from Deakin University in Victoria and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Cyndi also undertook postgraduate studies from RMIT Victoria in human anatomy, pathology, physiology and diplomas in diagnosis and management of health issues.
A highly successful and award-winning businesswomen, Cyndi was named Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year in 2003. In every aspect of her life, she looks outside coventional thinking to find new ways of balancing her time with family, business and good health to create a wonderful, balanced lifestyle.
A lively and inspiring health expert and lifestyle coach, Cyndi O’Meara has regularly appeared on national talk-back radio to educate listeners on how to overcome health problems and lead a happy, healthy, high-energy lifestyle.
Since the success of her two bestselling books ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives’ and its accompaniment ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives Cookbook’, Cyndi is in high demand both nationally and internationally as a keynote speaker.
Thermomix – Makes eating healthy, easier
I’ve always advocated eating foods made with the best of ingredients. Most foods can be healthy, like chocolate cake, mayonnaise and café late if the ingredients are healthy. Modern day diets are so obsessed with the amount of food you should be eating that they have failed to address the quality of the food. What I mean by this is instead of eating diet foods containing hydrogenated vegetable food, eat foods made with cold pressed oils or eating foods made from white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Eat foods made with rapadura sugar or honey (natural sugars not refined). I harp on and on about this, but it is very important.
If you’re not prepared to make foods from scratch then finding foods made with the best of ingredients is the hardest part. When you finally find a food made with all the healthy ingredients, I advocate it can be slightly more expensive than normal or you can’t find it again. Many country markets have these wonderful homemade goodies but you only visit them infrequently. This is a dilemma faced by many healthy seeking food lovers.
Well, I’ve found a solution to this dilemma. In 2006 I had a lady contact me to tell me that she liked my books; Changing Habits Changing Lives and the cook book. She told me she had purchased a cooking machine that made my type of cooking a breeze. The machine did the work of 10 appliances I had in my cupboard and I was adamant I wasn’t buying anymore kitchen appliances. This wonderful lady came to the Sunshine Coast and demonstrated this wonderful machine and after 10 minutes of a 2 hour demonstration I knew it was the solution to making healthy cooking easy.
The machine is called a Thermomix. It cooks, stirs, grinds, grates, kneads, mixes, steams and the list is endless. If I want to make eggs benedict, it makes the hollandaise sauce in six minutes. All I have to do is add the butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar and sea salt, press three buttons (timer, heat setting and stir speed) and like magic in 6 minutes I have hollandaise sauce. It makes old fashion custard in 7 minutes and because the temperature is exact and it stirs itself, you can walk away and the result is perfect custard. Mashed potatoes have never tasted so good; all you do is add potatoes, butter and milk, press three buttons and 20 minutes later perfect mashed potato. I can knead bread in 3 minutes, make porridge from whole grains in 7 minutes, grind gains, grate 250gms of cheese in 4 seconds, make lasagna in two easy steps, prepare perfect lemon butter in 6 minutes, and create homemade lemonade in minutes.
One night my husband and I wanted to go out and the children wanted pasta. I made up the sauce in the Thermomix, added the fettuccini to the machine, it cooked in 7 minutes and I had perfect pasta with sauce in one bowl.
I’ve made homemade nutella, pizza bases, bread, cakes, bolognaise sauce, juice, jams, spreads, perfect rice, curry and the list is endless. In a couple of hours I can make all the condiments needed for the month. My biggest wish is that I’d had the Thermomix when I had small children. It would have been perfect for making easy, quick first meals for young babies beginning to eat.
If you are serious about eating healthy, then I recommend you look at this amazing machine. And if you’re worried about cleaning, it’s not a problem. It cleans itself. It has never burnt our food either as the temperature is regulated. There is only a lid and bowl to clean, rather then a dozen attachments.
I’ve had a Thermomix since 2006 and what it can do never ceases to amaze me. Every time a friend comes round and watches me cook, they end up ordering one. I’ve gotten rid of 90% of my kitchen appliances as it can do what most of them do.
I have to tell you that it is not cheap as you can imagine, but by selling all my old appliances I came up with half the cost of the machine, plus the amount I save in petrol not going to markets 50km away to buy produce or buying expensive organic natural condiments. I have worked out that it pays for itself, as well as the time it saves. I can put breakfast on in the morning, for example porridge and because it is timed, temperature regulated and stirs, I can walk away and have a shower and it’s ready when I get back. The same at dinner – I just walk away from it and do other things instead of being tied to the stove stirring and watching I don’t burn things.
You may think that this is a selling pitch…..what it really is, is me sharing with you the most amazing tool to make healthy eating a breeze. I only recommend products that I believe in and THIS MACHINE IS GREAT, FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLE!
I was talking to the Australian distributors not long after I purchased my first Thermomix and told them that there was one thing missing on the machine and that was a screen with the recipes on it…. and now the latest models do!
Seeing is believing!!!
The cost for the Thermomix is $2,089
For over 10 years, I have followed an amazing woman’s journey. From an acquaintance, Kim Morrison has become a very good friend and I am very proud of her achievements.
Kim Morrison is a health and lifestyle educator, environmental health coach, author, aromatherapist and founder of Twenty8 Essentials chemical-free skincare and essential oils. Kim developed her skills in aromatherapy alongside tactile therapies, homeobotanical therapy, fitness consulting and personal training.
With extensive research and dedication, she continues to create products that come under the ‘ethically natural’ category. She is passionate about affordable, natural, chemical-free products with high grade ingredients, that when combined – actually work!
The first time I saw Kim Morrison speak, she taught many things but the one thing that really stuck in my mind was her 2 minute daily body boost. This is something that from the first day I was showed, I have done myself every single day and found it a beautiful way to create a positive day, physically, mental and emotionally.
Kim uses aromatherapy on a daily basis to nourish the body, mind and spirit and because of her I now have made these essential oils a habit in my life. I use them in my hair, on my skin, when I travel, as a spritzer, on my bed, in my office, as perfume and much more.
I have tried to get rid of all chemicals in my diet and my life and finding these two girls and their passion for the skin and skin care and aromatherapy was another step to getting rid of more chemicals. The have also brought out their own skin care range that I have had the good fortune to be trialling for the past year and am absolutely besotted with the range.
So many people ask me what skin care should I use, what perfume, what this what that, so slowly but surely over the next year I’ll let you in on all the things that I use in order to eliminate chemicals out of our environment, even down to the paint we decorate our house with. You’ll be surprised what is out there and the amazing ethical people behind these wonderful products. I have made it my mission to know the people who are behind making this world a less chemical and hostile environment for our bodies and our children, so I know their ethics and I know they are making a product that will not harm you or the environment.
A special note for all you guys: these oils can be used for both males and females. My husband uses the oils as an after shave lotion on a regular basis.
Twenty8 Essentials offers the purest and most therapeutic organic essential oils available in the world today. Personally sourced from passionate and committed growers, this range contains the healing and restorative qualities that nature has offered for thousands of years. Each oil is then expertly blended into powerful 10ml synergies that address your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. The blends are perfect for your Daily Body Boost, in a vaporiser, bath, footbath, spritzer or on a tissue for instant effect.
Oil Free Skin Care – to compliment 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol
The Twenty8 oil free skin care range was developed to compliment the Changing Habits 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol. It is great to use with any HCG Diet and is also excellent for people looking for a lighter skin care regime. To find out more about this range, click here
Aromatherapy is an ancient healing modality that has been around for thousands of years, however it is only in the last century that it has become more scientifically validated. Aromatherapy, put simply, is a therapy using aromas. These aromas are called essential oils, which are extracted from herbs, grass, bark, flowers, resin, peel, roots or various other plant sources. Steam distillation is the most common method of extraction, which leaves two distinct liquids – floral water and the essential oil. Some companies will bottle and sell the floral waters as well as the essential oil. An essential oil is highly concentrated sometimes 70 times more than the plant is has come from. So the key point to remember with aromatherapy is less is best. Only a few drops are needed to make a difference.
Before you begin using essential oils it is important to understand that even though aromatherapy is a natural therapy it does not necessarily mean it is safe. It is imperative you read and understand all contra-indications as there are some oils to be used with caution like on sensitive skin, people prone to epilepsy or high blood pressure. Some oils should also be avoided during pregnancy or in direct sunlight. If you are unsure check with a qualified aromatherapist and have a good book as your reference or guide.
There are many fantastic ways to use essential oils including massage, vaporisation, bathing, compressing, inhalation, footbaths, spritzer and, in a few instances, directly
Here are 10 of our favourite essential oils and some of their properties.
Lavender is calming, nurturing, relaxing and comforting. It is the ‘mother hug’ of all the essential oils! A fantastic oil for first aid, burns, bites, stings and wounds. Lavender is also an excellent skin care oil. Add a drop to your moisturiser and enhance the cell regenerating qualities. Lavender is a great oil for children to help calm and relax. One drop on a tissue or on the pillow can help enhance a better sleep.
Orange is enlightening, uplifting, radiating and celebrating. One of those ‘happy’ oils that makes everyone feel good. Orange is excellent to use in a vaporiser when entertaining or with lavender to help sleep. Orange is also excellent if feeling a lack of energy, anxious or stressed. Children usually love the smell of orange.
Geranium is balancing, stabilising, comforting and regulating. It is excellent to help balance mood swings, relieve PMT and hormonal imbalances and helps revive congested and sluggish skin. If you feel life is like one big roller coaster with heaps of emotional extremes then this is the oil for you.
Frankincense is calming, regenerating, fortifying and comforting. One of the best oils to use in skin care as it is so regenerating for skin cells. One of the three gifts to Jesus Christ, Frankincense is renowned for its spiritual qualities. Excellent to inhale during meditation or prayer. Also a wonderful oil to use in a massage blend for respiratory conditions.
Clary Sage is regulating, euphoric, uplifting and harmonising. It leaves you feeling uplifted and happy as it is an excellent mood enhancer. Whilst Clary Sage should be avoided topically during pregnancy it is fantastic during labour to help ease contractions. A good oil for PMT, menopause, depression, fear and anxiety. Clary Sage is a good anti dandruff oil particularly as a hair rinse after cleaning.
Eucalyptus is cleansing, refreshing, energising and easing. An excellent oil for clearing coughs, colds and flu, especially with a hot water inhalation using a towel over the head for at least 5 minutes. Eucalyptus is also a great aid to help relieve muscle aches and pains and is an excellent immunity booster. Applying eucalyptus directly is a safe and effective way to remove stains in clothing.
Lime is refreshing, revitalising, activating and enlightening. It is a great ‘beam me up’ oil. It is excellent to help relieve mental fatigue, congested oily skin, lack of energy and anxiety or depression.
Tea Tree is energising, cleansing, purifying and healing. One of the most common oils used as an antiseptic for wounds, coughs, colds, rashes and acne. It is also helps treat fungal infections very effectively. Used in a spritzer bottle it makes an excellent air freshener and surface cleanser. It is a great oil to keep the body, skin and home clean!
Ylang Ylang is sensual, calming, tranquillising and relaxing. Known for its aphrodisiac qualities and ability to help enhance moods, Ylang Ylang is a wonderful oil for a romantic interlude! It is good for combination skin, PMT and irritability. Remember to use in moderation as too much may cause headaches.
Peppermint is refreshing, warming, cooling and activating. It is known as the digestive remedy as it can help relive indigestion, upset tummies and travel sickness. It is excellent for cold or tired feet and a great decongestant. Peppermint is fantastic as a skin tonic and helps relieve tired achey muscles.
When it comes to purchasing good quality essential oils and aromatherapy products we recommend a reputable supplier. To know an essential oil brand is of high quality check the price first. Essential oils vary in price from Lavender at around $15 for a 9ml bottle to pure Rose oil at around $450 AUD. The reason prices vary is because of the way they are extracted, where they are grown, their yield and the harvesting. Check the bottle has the words ‘pure essential oil’ on the front and ensure the botanical name is on the bottle so you can see the exact source.
I am often asked which is the best water filter to buy to get rid of the Fluoride in your water?
In order to get rid of the heavy metals, chloride and flouride you must get a reverse osmosis system. I’ve been looking for the best buy and best quality and have found it online at www.psifilters.com.au This model will fit under your sink, it stands 42cm has a width of 35cm and depth of 14cm. It comes with a small tank that will also fit under the sink. I asked my plumber what would be the average cost of installing it and he said around $100 to $150.
I’ve been talking with Peter (a very knowledgeable man on water and filters) from psifilters and he has offered Changing Habits a discount on his filters (follow the link and have a look at all the filters and decide what one you would like). For myself and my family I have purchased the Model 021-5RM with alkaliser and 9 litre tank. This was after an hour talking with Peter as to the best things for my needs.
Interviews with Cyndi
Cyndi is regularly interviewed about nutrition and health and is making these interviews available to you at no cost so you can learn more about the ‘changing habits’ message. To listen to an interview, click on the interview links below.
CH 7 Sunrise interview with Cyndi – To skip or not to skip breakfast
With over 30 years nutritional experience, Sunrise requested Cyndi to discuss some recent research about breakfast cereals. (20 August 2015). Just click on the following link to watch the 4min clip Sunrise TV interview – To skip or not to skip breakfast (31326 KB)
Conversation with Kerri Pottharst from One2One Conversations
Cyndi completed a conversation with Kerri Pottharst, from One2One Conversations. In Cyndi’s conversation she talks about the impact of cling wrap, about building a strong immune system for your child and many more insightful information about “changing habits, changing lives” To listen to this interview and download it as an MP3 click here.
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & Daniel Vitalis
Daniel Vitalis is a Leading Health, Nutrition, and Personal Development Strategist as well as a Nature Based Philosopher. Teaching that our invincible health is a product of living in alignment with our biological design and our role in the ecosystem, he incorporates the wisdom of indigenous peoples into our modern lives. His entertaining, motivational and magnetic delivery style has made him an in-demand public speaker in North America and abroad. He is the creator of www.findaspring.com, a resource helping the public find clean, fresh, wild water free of man made pollutants wherever they live. He can be found at www.danielvitalis.com
Daniel Vitalis and Cyndi OMeara (60767 KB)
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & Sally Fallon
Sally Fallon Morell is the author of the best-selling Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (with Mary Enig, PhD) and of Eat Fat Lost Fat (co-authored with Mary Enig, PhD). She serves as founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit nutrition education foundation. She is a frequent lecturer and radio guest and a tireless advocate for nutrient-dense traditional foods, especially for pregnant women and growing children. Interview with Sally Fallon & Cyndi O’Meara
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & Dr Michelle Nielsen
Dr. Michelle Nielsen, a Canadian, is an international citizen who presently lives in Barcelona, Spain. During the last 20 years Michelle’s passion has been studying methods to optimize human potential and healing. After 18 years of hands-on private practice as a chiropractor, Dr. Nielsen has taken to the stage in many different countries around the world helping thousands of people reach their true potential. Her unique approach, featured in her best-selling book, is called the “Master Manifestor Program”. This simple 10-step process teaches people how to achieve their goals using their body, mind and spirit. She also shares her empowering message and techniques with people around the globe through her books, workshops and popular blog posts. She is a co-author with Dr. Wayne Dyer in the best-selling book “IN SERVICE”, and has been a co-presenter in sold-out conferences with the likes of Dr. Joe Dispenza from the hit movie “What the Bleep do we know?!” Dr. Nielsen is a highly regarded author/presenter, and has coauthored several papers published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. Apart from being politically active in her profession, she was also instrumental in the planning and development of Barcelona’s first college of chiropractic: Barcelona College of Chiropractic. Michelle balances her professional life as a healer, entrepreneur and author with being a wife and having the privilege of raising two beautiful children, Tahlia and Matisse. For more information about Michelle and her work please visit: http://www.manifestingmatisse.com
Michelle Nielson and Cyndi Omeara Interview (54281 KB)
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & Dr Sherrill Sellman
Dr Sellman’s career has taken her around the world with a strong message for women. “Women must realize that their natural functions are being medicalized and pathologized for profit.” “Steroid hormones in the form of the pill and hormone replacement therapy are dangerous drugs with many risks and side-effects. It is time for women to take responsibility for their health, because their health is big business and no one else will do it for them!” Her books and lectures, have brought shocking facts to women. Globally, women are responding with applause and greatful appreciation. Through her own personal journey of reclaiming her health, she has been inspired to share with other women ways they too can reclaim their own health by gaining a deeper appreciation of their bodies natural cycles and their innate wisdom. After twelve years of in-depth research, Sherrill is bravely bringing into the open facts and figures that have been ignored, suppressed and buried for years. Over the past ten years, Sherrill has been lecturing worldwide about the seriousness of using synthetic hormones as well as the many myths and abuses regarding womens hormonal health. Her many prophetic warnings have now been proven true.
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & ABC Radio on the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol
Cyndi O’Meara learnt about a 60 year old program in July 2011 that could eliminate the third fat – stored fat, while keeping your structural fat in place. In other words, get rid of the fat that doesn’t make you look good and creates ill health and keep the fat that makes you look younger. Could such a thing be possible? Mary-Lou asked the lady who once ‘loved fats’ why the change?
4 Phase Fat Elimination Interview on ABC (30451 KB)
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & ABC Radio on Breakfast Cereals
Cyndi O’Meara speaking on breakfast cereals (13335 KB)