THRIVE: The course your children will thank you for one day. True Story.
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Does any of this sound like you?
✓ Enough already! Are you overwhelmed by all the health and nutrition information out there regarding your child? Not sure where to start?
✓ Erm, how/where/when do I start? Ready to get on board the positive nutrition train, but unsure on how to actually implement this lifestyle into your family's lives?
✓ Dinner time makes me want to scream… Do you feel frustrated with your fussy eaters? Is this an understatement? Are you nodding vigorously right now?
✓ Sick, again?? Surely not. Are your children constantly getting sick with coughs and colds?
✓ Is it just me, or…? Do you struggle with your child's behaviour? Are they restless, fidgety, impulsive, hyperactive, anxious or forgetful?
✓ Oh, to banish the brain fog…. Do your children struggle to concentrate at school or on activities or heck, even on dinner?
✓ Woopsie. The big social blow out… Are you doing your best to raise a healthy family at home but all your good work goes challenged, or comes completely undone at the never ending junk-laden social gatherings?
✓ Imagine cooking ONE meal for everyone at dinner…Impossible, yes? It doesn't have to be.
✓ Same, same…but so different. Do you want to give your kids the best start to life, and empower them with the knowledge and fun tools to live a vivacious and healthy life?
✓ Can food rules bend…? Absolutely (yes, really) - because who makes up 'food rules' anyway?! Not us, that's for sure. Find a relaxed balance between giving your children a healthy foundation, without giving them food anxiety or fear around non wholefoods.
Let's have a chat
Picture this: You're having a family dinner. It's been a long day. You're tired. You put the plate of food in front of your little one. You hope they aren't going to freak out about the 'green stuff' in it. And hey presto! They don't! And not only that, you're all enjoying this mealtime together - everyone is super relaxed and happy and having lovely chats and the odd giggle.
Why is this scenario all too rare in family households?
Glad you asked. We reckon it's because parents need far more support than they currently get. Kind of like a guardian angel sitting on their shoulder to steer them in the right direction when it comes to making healthy decisions for their family. In a totally fun way: not a 'you must eat this' restricted way. Urgh, the very thought of a strict food approach even makes us want to rebel.
You see, parents have it tough these days
As parents, we all know the ins and outs of a healthy lifestyle, yet it can be so easy to lose your way. Yep, we're talking about the supermarket checkout (they don't call it 'pester power' for nothing), the confusing food labels, the addictive powers of sugar, and the sheer lack of time when it comes to putting nutritious food on the table (let alone in the fridge as snacks).
We feel exhausted just reflecting on that list, so it's no wonder you may find this whole 'healthy food for the family' thing a bit hit and miss.
Get ready to smile
But…it's not all gloom and doom. No way josé. Things are about to get so positive and amazing it will make you want to do hi-fives and backflips. Or at least smile at the screen.
What if we told you that in 21 teeny-tiny days you could change the way your family eats, supercharge everyone's immune system, and even change food-related behavioral issues in your children (did someone say brain fog and hyperactivity again?)
Uh-huh. Now stop back-flipping for a second and listen up.
Real education starts here
All of this life changing stuff is squeezed, packaged and poured into THRIVE, a 21-day e-course that you can do in your PJs when the kids are asleep, or when they're at school. Or when they're playing quietly for hours on end (said no parent ever).
As well as getting the course content hand delivered to your inbox, there is a Facebook support group to join - filled with likeminded awesome parents (also rocking their after hours PJ attire).
And this course gets real results - otherwise what's the point, right?
The bigger picture around THRIVE
We don't want to be a downer, but the reality of our kid's health is bleak. Chronic disease amongst children has never been higher. Diabetes, auto-immune disease, and chronic infections are on the rise. Intellectual and behavioral development are also being impaired.
It's time to turn things around - because there is SO much we can do as parents. THRIVE definitely isn't about scaremongering or guilt trips. It's about saying to you, 'we can do this together'.
And that is just what we will do - if you will agree to give us an hour a day of 21 days of your life. Or, put another way, 0.2% of your entire year.
Let's look a little closer
Now, this course may not always be easy or fun, but for the sake of your family's health (and your own food confidence), 21-days of awesome food education is priceless, right?
You really can turn your family's eating habits around in 21-days and you're not doing this alone. We will support you every step of the way, and so will our non-judgmental community of some 1100+ 'Thrivers' - who were once in your shoes and have not looked back since. Meet some of them down below in the testimonials.
Last thing. It's an allergy-friendly zone
Real Food is the only 'food' recommended by THRIVE. While we can't adapt every single ingredient to all the various needs, you can adapt and swap out things based on preference and dietary need. Everything recommend is a whole food approach. No refined flours, sugars, additives, preservatives or artificial colours - but a guarantee of deliciousness.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO….
Supersize your child's brain, gut and immune system - the healthy kind of supersizing using the best food available.
Become a time-traveller - understand the role food plays in preventing and reversing disease.
Ban the fuss - get the low-down on top tips for handling even the fussiest of eaters.
Become THAT mum (you know the ones I'm talking about) - Effortlessly feed your family life-giving, nutritious food at every meal, including snacks!
Learn a new language - aka reading food labels. Kids love learning this stuff - who would have thought it, right?
Tame the trolls - navigate negativity from the outside world, as you make better food choices.
Ditch, pitch and enrich - learn the foods you need to ditch and the foods you need to enrich your family's pantry and fridge forever.
Get your time back - "I wish I had less time", said no mum ever! Learn how to save time and effort in the kitchen.
Halt the "Muummm, I'm hungry" howl in its tracks - stop 'bottomless pit syndrome' by turning the food your kids already love into a powerhouse of nutrient-dense goodness.
Become a triple-threat - achieve better physical, mental and emotional health for your family. BOOM!
Pull the wool from your eyes - learn the importance of avoiding food additives and preservatives, and the main offenders to look out for.
Spot the signs - recognise food allergies and sensitivities upfront.
Connect the dots - check out the common foods linked to Type 2 Diabetes, auto-immune diseases, skin issues and asthma.
Get off the sugar merry-go-round - Wean your kids off excessive simple carbohydrates and sugars. (Their bodies and minds will love you for it.)
WHAT YOU GET
Content? Check. Ten topics delivered over three weeks via email and our course portal
Relevance? Check. Information in all the modules can be applied to any stage of childhood, from baby right through to late teenage years.
Meal plans? Check. Weekly meal plans for each of the three weeks, containing our own family's best-loved, no-fuss recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. These hail from some of our favourite recipe creators, including ourselves! (Biased? Surely not.)
Pantry list? Check. A comprehensive pantry staple list with all our researched and recommended brands. Your life just got a whole lot easier.
Daily tasks? Check. Simple daily tasks to complete to help you implement positive and sustainable changes.
Expert interviews? Interviews with the best experts in their field focusing on specific topics we tackle during our course.
A supportive community? Check. Access to your private facebook group where you can connect with a likeminded and supportive community to discuss the topics as they roll out. This is also where you can openly share challenges, progress, wins and ideas.
Two crazy excited cheerleaders? Check. Yep, your personal cheerleading team is at the ready. We are your health coaches and we know you can do this. Our experts will also join the squad to give you the support you need via the private Facebook group.
Here's how it works:
Step 1. Email check-in. You will receive a new topic every Wednesday, Friday and Monday across three weeks with that day's learnings, additional resources, links, interview and tips for implementation - as well as goal setting. This will pop straight to your inbox via an email with a link to your member-only course site.
Step 2. Facebook love-in. Get full access to the support group throughout this three week period, and ongoing after the course. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Step 3. Catch up lie-in. All interviews from the three-week course will be available for 60 leisurely days, so there's zero stress if you have to be away for a week here or there. Relax, kick back and embrace a more laid back style of learning. Your pace. Your way.
Ready for kick off?
So are we!
Our life changing 21 day course THRIVE will help you
The course was created by 2 very passionate health coaches and real food advocates - that's us: Alexx Stuart and Brenda Janschek.
I'm Alexx Stuart. I'm a certified health coach, speaker author and relentless campaigner against 'weirdo packets of fakeness' - NOT against people who eat fake food, boy I've had my fair share don't you worry about that! More against the system that lands it in our laps in the first place. At the end of the day, I'm determined to hand the world down to all our beautiful little people in the best shape I can and raise my little guy as strong and healthy as he can be.
I do this through my Low Tox Life website hub - a place to help people connect the dots between their health, the planet's health, and the many delicious things we can do to care for the two together, while truly enjoying life.
I've been the guilty, shamed diet type while trying to figure things out for myself. I've been chronically unwell. I get it. There's no shame or guilt in my coaching. Your pace, your way and we must get excited about what we're changing today, however small the change may be, rather than feeling guilty about what we didn't know before. Oh, and I'm not about to stop you from having your cake, too!
And I'm Brenda Janschek. I too am a certified health coach, wellness blogger, recipe creator and passionate advocate for women's and children's health. Through my workshops/cooking displays, coaching, kids cooking classes, kitchen makeovers and e-courses, I endeavour to inspire and empower positive wellbeing in families across Australia and beyond.
I'm a busy mum of a teen and a tween and spend half my life as a taxi driver, ferrying them around to their extra curricular activities as well as cooking for their fast growing bodies! I'm a regular contributor for Fairfax publication Kidspot, tackling some of the trickiest topics we must navigate as parents, and it's such a joy to witness the lightbulb moments I see in my work.
Together we have created a course to help answer all of the questions you ask us each day in our own communities. THRIVE is bursting with information to help you promote robust health and vitality through all the stages of your children's life and will give you the tools to take your current situation up as many notches as you need and desire.
Fancy hearing from our alumni parents?
You don't need an ad to tell you how awesome your course is Alexx Stuart & Brenda Janschek but seriously - it's brilliant! 'All the colours of the rainbow' is a phrase that stuck with me and my kids. Thank you so much xx Sarah Chapman
This year has been a big learning journey & I had two very fussy eaters who were being dragged along for the ride. I'm happy to say that I no longer buy processed breakfast food & make all breakky from scratch. We have had no sick days this year & not one trip to the doctor. It's nice to sit here tonight & reflect on the year & realise how far we have come. Thanks again Brenda & Alexx. Jenny Jones
I have been meaning to say a big thank you to Alexx & Brenda for this amazingly informative course!! Such pearls of wisdom, so easy to implement & so rewarding!! I could never understand why my three year old boy would get so confronted by something new on his plate...after your course it makes sense & your life changing tip is such an easy way to solve the dramas. I get such joy from adding all the suggested nourishing extras & having the knowledge to know what can be added. Purple sprinkles are a hit Alexx!! Thank you so very much. xx Jules Roberts
I'm so happy I managed to pull together a healthy meal tonight with almost nothing left in fridge. Never would have thought to put all these things together before this course - wilted chard turned into chard version of kale chips, frozen peas steamed and tossed with butter, sweet potato steamed then sauteed in coconut oil, and salmon defrosted from fridge, dredged in eggs my little man broke open and whisked himself, then tossed in leftover spelt bread turned into crumbs with dulse flakes and lemon rind and fried in coconut oil. Little man went mad for the chard chips dipped in some yoghurt, not sure he had much of the peas or sweet potato, and only two pieces of salmon, but its much better than a month ago, and Daddy and I are laughing he just downed a previously loathed green veg! Can't thank you enough Alexx and Brenda. Nicole Redenbach
Make time for the body image interview it was AMAZING!! Running out of time i was going to skip it as my daughter is only 3 and i thought i could learn about it later... I was just so inspired and learned a lot to think about, even now as an adult. Very wise man David is, thanks for finding him girls!!! Kellie Jeffries
I just watched the video with Dr Gina Martins!! Aaaaaggghhh Thrive! Where were you 3 and a bit years ago when my first born would scream the house down for hours every night, and throw up most of the milk that I would lovingly and painfully spend hours feeding to her?? Thank you. Amazing. Emy Turner
I need to send a huge thank you and a hug to you all - Alexx, Brenda, Simone, and all of the other brilliant experts who contributed, and of course all of the Thrivers!! I seem to have a totally different child now and I am loving it. Kara Wilson
I am loving the support group for so many reasons, but one big one is that my Facebook newsfeed is so positive (but also so real, everyone's struggles are just as helpful as successes because we can learn from each other, and feel normal too!), filled with parents who are striving to give their kids the best nutrition. It inspires me to keep on keeping on! Thank you everyone and Brenda and Alexx. Natalie Blanch
A massive thank you Alexx Stuart and Brenda Janschek for your amazing course, your guidance & support, your words of comfort and wealth of knowledge. You two were amazing during this course and I can't thank you enough. xx Leigh Morgan-Walker
A huge thanks for this course. It red flagged some suspicions I had about both myself and our youngest daughter and now has us all eating even more healthily than we did. Kayscha Corcoran
Naturopath and mother of 2 speaks to us about gut health, immunity, probiotic foods and a few super interesting tangents
Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, BMed Sc and mum of 2, speaks to us about hidden common deficiencies, how to spot them and what foods to include to get back to balance.
DR GINA MARTINS
is a chiropractor with 20 years experience, writer, speaker and mother of 2. She will share her passion for helping families join the dots between structural, nutritional and emotional adjustments and how this helps us become more balanced, connected and thriving.
SIMONE EMERY/ PLAY WITH FOOD
Simone Emery is a food technologist and children's feeding expert with training in feeding therapy. She particularly focuses on fussy eating behaviours.
Sharing her own additive free journey to inspire change…because our children are worth it!
JENNY TSCHIESCHE/THE LUNCHBOX DOCTOR
Presenter and nutrition expert Jenny Tschiesche BSc Dip.M Dip.ION FdSc BANT is the founder of LunchboxDoctor.com
DR LEILA MASSON
Consultant Pediatrician and public health specialist focused on disease prevention through healthy nutrition and lifestyle.
David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, is a counselor, educator, speaker, author and attorney. He is an advocate for positive body image and provides interesting insights on how this affects our children.
DR DIERDRE RYAN
BSc. (Hons.), M.Litt (Psych), D.Psych.(Clinical)
Dr Deirdre Ryan holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, is an author and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Aruna Psychology. Deirdre currently works as a Clinical Psychologist at The Royal Children's Hospital and at Headspace, The National Youth Mental Health Organisation. As part of her special interest in Eating Disorder prevention Deirdre co-authored a children's book 'The Magnificent Toby Plum' which aims to enhance self-esteem and promote positive body image in children and a love for each other's differences.
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and Positive Body Image Advocate. Passionate about exploring the link between how we feel about our bodies and the decisions we make about food. Strives to help people have a healthy and peaceful relationship with food and their body.
Bonus Interviews for Thrive package and these are bonuses you won't want to miss!
Commonly known as Australia's 'queen of common-sense', Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. She is the author of seven books, mother of four wonderful sons and a very grateful grandmother. Maggie shares her wisdom on how to help our children make positive decisions around food, how to avoid creating fear around food, how to build resilience when our kid's food choices are different from others plus the importance of rituals and family meal time
DR RON EHRLICH
B.D.S (Syd Uni) FACNEM (Dent) Dr. Ron Ehrlich, or 'Dr. Ron' as he is affectionately known, is one of Australia's leading holistic health advocates, educators, a broadcaster and a holistic dentist. Over 30 years of practice Dr. Ron has developed his health model of how stress affects our health; breaking stress down to emotional, environmental, nutritional, structural and dental stressors. The model has shaped
Dr. Ron's keynotes, lectures and workshops both in locally and internationally. We discuss the vital role in healthy jaw formation in kids, how to get them breathing beautifully and how to maintain great oral and overall health.
Nutritionist and champion of Nose to Tail eating philosophy, put in practical terms, Georgia passionately crusades for us to experience the best health we can - She radiates it herself and shares with us critical information on getting those first couple of years of feeding babies and toddlers to be the best they can be.