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Published November 9th 2015
Put Your Heart Into It - Hands-On Approach To Getting Creative
When was the last time you went to have your eyebrows waxed and had a conversation with the therapist about wanting to learning to make sauerkraut? What's the chances that her next customer was a nutrition presenter who was teaching how to make sauerkraut that very night? When we arrived at the class we met Sarah who relayed this hard to believe, but true story to us. Sarah rang that day to find one spot available.... Spooky!
A delicious grazing table
I must have been the least knowledgeable about the subject of the workshop. I was curious about why the other attendees would choose this course. Even this was interesting! Simon's sister had booked him in as a surprise birthday present. He said it was like a Mystery flight ... destination good health. Another lady was there because of a parasite problem. She bought her friend along. Another tall gentleman thought the course might be about setting up a backyard brewery.
This probably says more about me and my lifestyle than anything else, but when we got there I expected to go straight in and get started. I was getting a little bit toey just sitting around on the veranda sipping water through a bamboo straw. Everyone else was probably enjoying the purposeful relaxed start.
About Put Your Heart Into It
They once said that Princess Diana made everyone feel important and valued. I wonder if Laura (the owner and organiser of Put your heart into it) is related. She is sincerely interested in and committed to people and sustainable practices and her behavior and enterprises clearly match her beliefs.
I'm going to try to resist writing too much about Laura. I could, but this article is meant to be about her classes and In particular the one that we attended on fermenting and gut health. Pardon the pun but she's one classy, gutsy lady and incredibly inspiring. Laura is an impressive, ethical young entrepreneur who believes that tiny changes can make a difference. For someone who looks so relaxed and happy she certainly has a lot going on. Laura teaches a sustainable styling subject at Event Management College, She plans and organizes grazing tables and sustainable weddings. She also organizes a creative business posy once a month (click here) where small business owners and creatives can get together, connect, network and enjoy great healthy food.
Put Your Heart Into It is a collaborative team hosting creative events and workshops in Melbourne and beyond. Their ethos is to create sustainable and eco-conscious experiences that promote a simpler, slower, community oriented lifestyle. Their workshops are designed to cater for all styles of learners. They are informative and hands-on. Some examples include: event styling, making terrariums, photography and natural dying. Check out their website by clicking here.
Workshops are held at the Big Bang Studios, 1/177 Beavers Rd, Northcote or at the Goodness Bureau 734 High St Thornbury.
Some people loved the feel of making the sauerkraut
About the Fermenting and Gut Health Course
Have you ever wondered why you're exhausted, bloated and gassy? Do you experience brain fog, mood swings, unable to lose weight or are unmotivated and depressed? Do you have reoccurring skin problems, yeast infections or UTI's?
•Learn how the state of your gut health influences all of these factors.
•Indulge in the best organic nibbles you have ever tasted.
•Make and take home a jar of your very own homemade sauerkraut (crucial for gut health).
Our precious product
About the Presenter
You guessed it …she's a tall, stunning young lady who looks like she stepped out of a Vogue magazine… I want to get more of what she's having! I can't believe her greatest passion is food… just like me really…. No, really!
All the way from America, Hannah Brantley (owner of Solstice) is a sought after holistic nutritionist, nutrition well-being counselor, food stylist and writer who loves to make others the best version of themselves. She believes in eating intuitively and mindfully.
Hannah has first hand experience of many health issues so she can relate to yours. She looks a picture of health who was candid about her history of illnesses which included food intolerances, allergies, bowel problems, UTI, fatigue and more. She has practically tried every traditional medicine and a range of techniques that have not worked. She now shares her expertise for those who are seeking more holistic treatments and solutions.
I must admit when Hannah said stress and antibiotics are a big issue, that you must eat slowly and turn your food into mush and eat more veggies I thought I was shot. Pay attention to how food makes you feel? I don't even notice it going down half the time! If you go to the workshop you will find out tips useful even for mothers who are up and down ten times during a meal.
Everything about this course is relaxing
There was a lot of information on the night but here's a snapshot (and I hope I got it right):
The four Rs of a healthy gut include:
Remove harmful foods including sugars
Vegetables are the fastest route to healing and raw is best. Fermented foods, nuts and seeds must go on the shopping list. A good rule of thumb is no bar code or packaging. The good news is you can eat more dark chocolate!
Don't spend all your wages on supplements because good food can do it but some suggestions include: turmeric (expensive but very powerful) and collagen hydrolysate (fountain of youth and good for cellulite).
A well kept secret for quick fix includes an enema. There's also a garlic treatment for women but you'll need to investigate this for yourself. These suggestions caused some discussion amongst participants but no great enthusiasm!
With the message of the night 'Fermented foods help all problems' we set about to make our own jar of sauerkraut to take home. This really is simple and you don't need a starter. This is normally expensive to buy but cheap and fun to make once you've learnt how. This would be a great family activity.
So in addition to everything else you will have produced your own sauerkraut and they will provide all the materials and food. I can tell you we were all carefully carrying out our sauerkraut jars home like highly anticipated first borns.
So what's your health worth? For just $85 you could improve your life significantly. My shopping basket now looks totally different. Pretty soon I'll be more sparky and glowing brighter than a firework display.
To book in or browse at the other great eco-friendly courses click here.
To contact Hannah
For more personalised diagnosis and advise contact Hannah Brantley