Nutritionist, Film Maker, Author, Speaker, Educator and Founder of Changing Habits
Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker – ‘What’s With Wheat?’, best-selling author, international 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 ground breaking book Changing Habits Changing Lives (1998) became an instant best seller and from there she has grown a successful organic food company, certified online education program and ground breaking 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 them 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.
You can find out more about Cyndi and Changing Habits at changinghabits.com.au
Interviews with Cyndi
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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 tabs/links below.
CH 7 Sunrise interview with Cyndi – To skip or not to skip breakfast
20 August 2015
With over 30 years nutritional experience, Sunrise requested Cyndi to discuss some recent research about breakfast cereals. Just click on the following link to watch the 4min clip:
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & ABC Radio on the 4 Phase Fat Loss 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?
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & ABC Radio on Obesity
Interview with Cyndi O’Meara & ABC Radio on Antibiotics
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
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
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.
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.
- Twenty8 Organic Essential Oils
- Kultured Wellness
- The Wellness Couch
- Up For A Chat Podcasts
- Water Filters
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.
Yoghurt and Kefir Starters
Kultured Wellness Yoghurt and Kefir Starters offer a simple way to make delicious fermented foods that are deeply nourishing for your gut microbiome.
They are vegan-friendly, do not contain any additives, preservatives or fillers, and one starter can be used to make approximately 10 litres of Kefir or yoghurt.
Due to serious health issues with her family, Kirsty Wirth developed the Kultured Wellness yoghurt and kefir starters out of pure necessity and desperation, as she sought to provide her children with the high-dose probiotic nourishment that they needed to heal in a way that they could afford, and that her family could tolerate.
These products are now nourishing hundreds of people, and literally changing their lives, as they regain control of their health. This is something that Kirsty is extremely proud of.
Cyndi met Kirsty at the 2015 Wellness Summit and after their discussion there, she interviewed Kirsty so that she could share her story with the Changing Habits community. This interview is available to read as a blog here ‘From Autism to wellness – a mum’s story’ and is also available as an audio file here.
Kirsty’s philosophy is simple: we need to accept the cards we have been dealt and then take responsibility for our own health and that of the next generation. It’s about making sure that we don’t continue to hand down these health issues that could be stopped now.
Kirsty’s mission is to reach more people and families in our community, and be able to spread the word about how fermenting can be an easy and powerful way to nourish the gut microbiome for good health. This is not a fad diet or a quick fix, it’s a commitment to the adventure of healing, and a true desire for a better life.
Unlike traditional kefir grains and powdered starters, Kultured Wellness cultures are shipped in liquid form and there is no soaking or temperature monitoring required. Delicious bubbling kefir and creamy yoghurt are achieved through a one-step fermenting process, where the culture is added to either coconut water or coconut cream and is left on a bench top to work its magic.
Fruit can be added at the beginning of the fermenting process, allowing you to obtain the vitamins and minerals without having to metabolise the sugar. The Kefir starter can also be used as a whey alternative for fermenting fruit and vegetables. Both these methods are excellent for people who can’t tolerate sugar, but still want to incorporate these nutrient-rich foods into their diets.
Benefits of Kultured Wellness Cultures
- Have an extremely high potency CFU count. This yoghurt contains 41 billion CFU per cup and kefir 27 billion cfu per cup
- Are suitable for those on GAPS, Body Ecology, FODMAP, low sugar, LFHC, gluten free, casein free, vegan, vegetarian, ketogenic diets
- Have the potential to benefit those who may react to traditional fermented foods and who suffer from conditions such as histamine intolerance, SIBO, high inflammation, autoimmune conditions, food sensitivities, Autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS and PANDAS
- Are D-Lactate free
- Is exceptionally high in Bifidobacterium, which are crucial for healing leaky gut, immune regulation and aid in digesting plant matter
- Are great for replenishing the gut with beneficial microbes after antibiotic use and diarrhoea
- They fight against candida, crowd out viruses, assist with weight management and obesity, and aids in regulating histamine imbalances and reduces inflammation
- Are beneficial for those that experiences health ailments such as allergies, eczema and psoriasis.
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus gasseri
- Lactobacillus planetarium
- Lactobacillus salivarius
- Bifidobacterium infantis
- Saccharomyces boulardii
“To say I am thankful to have discovered these cultures is an absolute understatement. To be able to use the finest array of probiotic strains to create foods that are sugar free, delicious and beyond healing to the digestive system makes a phenomenal combination. The beauty of these cultures is that they are tolerated by most, being low histamine and free of particular strains that may affect those with compromised gut flora. I personally have witnessed many of my clients improve drastically when they use these cultures alongside their healing regime and dietary alterations. Many of my clients cannot tolerate sugar for a period of time, and therefore using these cultures to eat up the sugars found in many natural and beautiful foods and turn them into nutritional powerhouses excites me, and my clients so much. I personally have used these cultures to turn difficult to digest foods into simple to digest superfoods, such as cashews, beetroots, ginger, garlic, mangoes and the list goes on! It is so exciting, and my fridge would now be way too boring without them.”
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
The Wellness Couch is the brainchild of the hosts of Australia’s #1 health podcast show The Wellness Guys – a weekly show composed of chiropractors Dr Laurence Tham, Dr Damian Kristof and Dr Brett Hill – that has consistently ranked at the top of iTunes since their debut in mid 2011.
Discovering an ever-increasing demand in the marketplace for more up-to-date information on health, wellness, exercise, eating and lifestyle, the Wellness Guys decided to recruit more national and international experts in taking their wellness message to the world.
The Wellness Couch currently has over 20 shows and is adding new shows all the time to meet the demands from an ever increasing audience and every single week you will find most of these shows in the top 10 for health on iTunes in Australia.
“Listeners kept asking for our show to be longer, or even to be offered daily – a need we can’t meet by ourselves – so we’ve brought all types of wellness topics on to the Couch so that everyone’s different tastes can be satiated,” says Dr Brett Hill.
Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall when three international speakers, best-selling authors and celebrated business women get together and have a chat discussing issues on health, wellbeing, relationships and mindset?
Kim Morrison (Twenty8 Essential Oils), Cyndi O’Meara (Changing Habits) and Carren Smith (International speaker/author/mentor/executive trainer) are about challenging the norm and challenging traditions. They believe tapping into one’s innate intelligence and using a common sense approach is what makes positive change. They are your professional reminders teaching new truths about health, discussing issues you have thought about – even issues you may not have thought about.
Up For A Chat is not just facts, figures and status quo this podcast series is about thinking outside the square, doing things differently so that you can make a difference in your life, in your families life, and not become a sickness statistic mentally, emotionally and physically. And most importantly this trio of girls are a reminder that learning can be fun!!
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.