Hello and Welcome to Episode 101 of the podcast with a slightly NEW thumbnail and NEW intro/outro music which fills my heart with happiness!! (Never tell me if you don’t like it ;-) but I’d love to hear from you if you do!)
I figured we all could use some new music for the next 100 episodes and I wanted something hopeful and light and lovely - I hope you feel like you’re getting a cuddle from me whenever you listen to it, because to me, this is what it’s all about, journeying together with you all into brighter, healthier days.
So, episode 101… I must admit, there is something very satisfying about being able to say these words: ‘there are over one hundred vegan health transformation stories on this podcast’ to anyone who questions the merits of a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet in relation to weight loss or disease prevention and reversal.
Over one hundred...
For those of you who made it along to celebrate episode 100 with me at yesterday’s pot luck lunch here in the Dandenong Ranges - thank you so much for making the trip, accepting my forced hugs and making so much delicious and wholesome, plant-foods for me to try out and be inspired by. It was an absolute pleasure to be in the forest with you all, to share our favourite episodes of the podcast and to walk through the trees together. On that note, I’d love to hear YOUR favourite episodes in the comments here if you have a moment to share them.
Every single guest who has been on this show has inspired me in some way and I feel so grateful to have met them and been able to share their stories with you all.
Now, today we have Robyn Chuter from Empower Total Health on the show, you may remember Robyn from episode 26, if not check that episode out here: https://www.corinnenijjer.com/the-podcast/2018/3/25/episode-25-naturpath-robyn-chuter-shares-her-wisdom-tips-for-great-health
From Robyn’s About page:
I’m a university-qualified health practitioner, with a Bachelor of Health Science (and the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement) from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) with First Class Honours from Edith Cowan University (you can download my Honours thesis here), and a Diploma of Naturopathy from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies.
I'm also an Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner.
In addition, I hold a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Level 3 EFT Practitioner and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner accreditations.
I started my naturopathic practice in 1995, and quickly developed an interest in chronic, medically 'incurable' health problems such as IBS, CFS, migraine, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Helping people recover their health after years of suffering from illnesses such as these, is my second-greatest source of satisfaction (after my marriage and two beautiful children!)
But I soon realised that to be truly healthy, we need to be happy too. Since I had always been the kind of person other people come to when they have problems, I decided to train as a counsellor.
As part of my training, I undertook fieldwork placements in a residential rehabilitation facility for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and in a agency specialising in the needs of children who had lost a parent through death or divorce. I also undertook training as a Couple Communication Program instructor, in order to better help couples struggling with communication and conflict resolution.
I emerged from my training with a deep desire to alleviate the many forms of emotional suffering that afflict both adults and children. But after a few years using traditional 'talk therapy', I was feeling increasingly frustrated. I didn't just want to help people understand their problems and 'get it all off their chest' - I wanted to help them get over those problems for good, so they could be free to live up to their potential for happiness, career and relationship fulfilment, and success in whatever they wanted to achieve.
Then I discovered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). EFT is a simple yet profoundly effective technique that allows you to heal your emotional wounds and release unhelpful patterns from your past. I use EFT with you during consultations, and teach you how to use it yourself, to help you dissolve patterns of self-sabotage that hold you back from being your healthiest, happiest 'you'.
You won't get a laundry list of nutritional supplements or herbal medicines from me (although I do use these judiciously, when they're required).
Instead, you'll gain an in-depth knowledge of optimum nutrition, and you'll learn how to use the life-transforming power of EFT, to make developing healthy habits easy.
I am a member of ATMS, and recognised as a provider by all private health funds that offer rebates for nutrition and counselling consultations.
As you can see, Robyn has the skills to pay the bills and in this episode she doesn’t disappoint. I was a little nervous releasing this episode because talking about depression and mental illness can be triggering for many of us who have experienced mental illness (most of us out there statistically speaking), but if you read Robyn’s bio above, you’ll know she is more than qualified to speak on this topic and provides a wealth of scientific research to back up the points made throughout this interview which I will list below.
In this interview we are talking about a pretty broad range of topics and could have definitely gone into more depth on many of these (I’ll have to get her back on the show!).
Farts and high fibre diets
Low FODMAP diets
Gut Health & Depression/Mental Health
Now, that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I promise you - It’s A LOT.
My favourite quote from Robyn in this interview was:
“Eat Clean, live DIRTY”
Robyn’s Top 3 Tips for Improved Mental Health:
Don’t just stop taking your anti-depressants - Get Support
Crappy Food = Crappy Mood
Resources mentioned throughout this interview include:
Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser, MD
David Healy - Irish Psychiatrist
Peter Breggin, MD - Harvard Trained Psychiatrist
Robert Whittaker - Journallist
Peter Gotzsche - Master of Science & Physician
Thank you Robyn for a highly thought provoking interview and so many books to add to my already overloaded bedside table.
Thank you all for listening and sharing these interviews with your friends and family on social media.
If you have any questions for Robyn, leave a comment below and we will do our best to reply to your question asap.
I hope you enjoy this episode and I look forward to seeing you all next week for episode 102 where I interview the lovely Stephanie Magalis who will be sharing her incredible Multiple Sclerosis recovery story with us all.
See you then,