Yesterday I went to Nourishing Australia’s “Food & Health as Evolution Intended” seminar. The seminar was held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and featured five lectures by Nora Gedgaudas, and lectures by Bruce Ward on naturally grazing animals and Costa Georgiadis on the importance of where food comes from.
I’d heard Nora Gedgaudas speak at the Ancestral Health Symposium in August and really enjoyed her talk – it was just 45 minutes though, so the opportunity to hear her talk for a whole day, in my own city, was too good to miss.
I was so pleased to see such a full lecture theatre yesterday. The audience was a very varied mix of medical professionals, nutritionists, as well as people who had only recently heard about Paleo. There were also a few familiar faces from the Sydney Paleo meet-up group.
As much as I enjoyed the AHS in August, food wasn’t included, and being on the UCLA campus good Paleo food wasn’t on hand. At yesterdays seminar however, the event was catered and the food was fantastic. Agape Organic Restaurant provided all of the beautiful food yesterday. Whilst the food was organic and sourced locally, it wasn’t Paleo as it included a bit of dairy, quinoa, corn chips (!) and some sweetened dressings. It was fairly easy to avoid these elements though and the good sized portion of beef and chicken at lunch was very satiating.
The seminar started with an overview of where we have come from and the food we evolved eating. The other topics covered included fats and carbohydrates; grains, the link between nutrition & mental health & primal fitness. The key messages I got from the conference concerned insulin and blood sugar. Reducing the insulin requirements – by controlling blood sugar appears to be crucial in so many aspects of our health and longevity. Gluten was also spoken about frequently – and I’m now going to be a lot more cautious to ensure I completely avoid it, especially when I’m eating out.
I really enjoy listening to Nora Gedgaudas, as she is a great speaker who has the ability to put across complex science and theories in a very accessible way.
If you’re in Australia and missed the Sydney seminar, they are going to be in Armidale on the 16th November and the Gold Coast on the 19th November; so it’s not too late to book!