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Life is full of the unknown, full of wonder, full of mystery. Moving into the unknown is often where we find the healing. Life needs to be savoured and celebrated.
Our uniqueness is what gives us value and meaning. Yet in the telling of stories we also learn what makes us similar, what connects us all, what helps us transcend the isolation that separates us from each other and from ourselves.
Stories are the language of community.
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Ep 2. Lets walk wild in the forest with Sammi Zajko
Sammi Zajko is a wild and daring Fermentation Revivalist. She is a workshop facilitator, presenter, speaker, nutritional researcher, foodie, wild weed forager, mother and owner at Fermenting Australia.
Sammi has a background in nutrition and natural health. She is based on the Central Coast and runs fermenting workshops all over NSW and QLD, as well as in Sydney and in Melbourne. Her passion is to teach and share the wonderful and fascinating world of fermented food in a way that is accessible, easy and fun. Her workshops are energetic, informative and dynamic.
She has have been a guest presenter at a number of high-profile food, sustainability and health events around Australia.
Sammi is also one half of The Gut Warriors- a dynamic duo who travel around the country teaching sell-out Gut Health Seminars. Sammi teaches extensively about the human microbiome, food to support gut health and of course, fermented foods.
Sammi has recently completed her Diploma in Counselling, with the goal to work in a private holistic counselling practice from 2019.
Sammi is also a qualified and experienced doula (birth-support), Infant Massage Instructor, Swimming teacher, Dive Master, Reiki Practitioner and Shamanic Practitioner.
Sammi is a solo-mumma to her beautiful 8-year old boy, Jem. Jem’s favourite food is lacto-fermented pickles and he calls himself a “cheeky fermenter!” He is a potent reminder of the importance of fermented foods and high quality, nutrient-dense foods in the family diet for vibrant health. Jem is also her continued inspiration for living sustainably and treading softly on the Earth. She believes that we have borrowed this Earth from our children and her life and business reflects that philosophy.
Today's guest's books back cover he’s working-on reads…
Can we start over and be strangers again? Let me introduce myself...
We can laugh, and talk, and relearn what we already know. Come-up with inside jokes, create new memories, by giving things another go? Would you have the courage to go back and start yourself, over? Maybe it’s not about fixing something broken. Maybe it’s about a second chance, by creating something greater…
Born, bred, and living in Sydney, earlier this year I spoke with today's guest while waiting five hours for plane repairs on a flight back from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney.
At 53, Stuart Gough has spent the last seven years transforming his health (as you heard in his own words) “from broken to grateful”.
At age 46, Stuart figured out he’d developed osteoporosis and a bunch of other lifestyle diseases.
As a self-confessed workaholic, poor dietary and lifestyle choices first showed signs of disease with a torn knee meniscus needing surgery in 2008; then years of plantar fasciitis and multiple painful heel spurs requiring pain meds and crutches.
Needing more incentive to change his ways, a few years on, he ignored a thoracic spinal fracture that almost saw him paralysed in 2012.
In 2013, Stuart accepted the metabolic illnesses he’d given himself, had been his gift with a lesson and a choice attached to either do something about, or spend the rest of his life medicated living in a cared facility with many other lifestyle diseases, he’s now healed.
In 2016, Stuart became the first male graduate of The Functional Nutrition Academy; who he says their vitalistic philosophy “saved his life”.
Now 60kg lighter (did I mention that?) Stuart has fine-tuned a wealth of ‘simple approach’ knowledge that can apply to ‘any body’ starting a healing journey, or those lost and overwhelmed with the amount of information on offer.
And if we have time in today’s conversation, I’ll see if I can tug on his heartstring why so many people achieve poor results from their efforts, to share with us some missing jigsaw puzzle pieces he’s learnt from others we are better first focusing on, to help improve outcomes.