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Getting real

Honey, Bulk Whole Foods and The Farmer’s market to name a few, plus read comments from others who have the same goals. It gives you access to the complete peninsula food bowl. ‘We’ve been told that the food pyramid is the correct way to eat. Youarewhatyoueateats disputes this. We are tired of being told what to eat by big multi nationals who are making millions out of feeding people food that is only making them sick’, says Shae who has also coordinated the screening of worldwide released documentary Cereal Killers which follows Donal O’Neill for four weeks on a low carb, high fat diet (and comes up with some surprising results) at Mornington Cinema on Wednesday February 26th at 7.00pm – stay tuned for that story in April.

Shae Wheeler sees things differently. That is differently from last year. This young mum of two girls has transformed her life within such a short space of time that she is determined to give any-one else who will listen the same opportunity to feel great. So what’s changed? ‘I quit sugar! That was the first step’, says this fully qualified massage therapist who has worked in the remedial and sports therapy industries. ‘I’ve always been interested in health, but felt so exhausted and depressed after having my children. My mum had given up the sweet stuff so I thought what have I got to lose!’ - Only about eleven kilos – ‘but more importantly my tiredness, stress and irritability. I was finally able to stabilise my moods’. Shae’s mum gave her a copy of Christine Cronau’s book The Fat Revolution last year (which Shae is now a distributor of) whilst her aunty passed on Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar. This is when things really started to shift. ‘I quit processed foods, all grains (except pre-soaked organic brown rice occasionally) and soy. Within weeks I felt like a different person. All the health related issues I’d been experiencing – like digestive issues, joint pain and muscle aches disappeared’.

Enter Shae’s Facebook page you are what you eat eats launched in December 2013 promoting REAL food and supporting those businesses on the peninsula who advocate organic, home-grown and made, primal, raw and clean food. ‘The response has been amazing’, says Shae whose page already has 925 likes and is growing by the day. Here you’ll be able to connect with like-minded people who promote eating clean and local and also tap into tools (books, water filters, ice-cream makers, BPA free products) to live a healthier lifestyle. Plus there are competitions too. ‘ puts you in touch with local producers who care about pesticide free and fresh food’, says Shae. Connect with Flinders Island Meats, Peninsula Fresh Organics, Paleo Café, Pure Peninsula

‘I want to promote the growing and swapping of local produce. We need to trust what our bodies are telling us and know where our food is coming from’ she ends – but I think this is just the beginning…

by Liz Rogers

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