For starters, we talk a lot about poo. We also talk a lot about colons, vegetables, enzymes, eating and cleansing- which really all has to do with poo.
I spent the past weekend at the Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference that was held in Toronto at the Ontario Science Centre and it was great fun. There is something really cool about being a part of the holistic nutrition community at this point in time as all around us there is a huge paradigm shift happening as 'traditional' or 'alternative' healing therapies move in to the main stream consciousness. The field of holistic or natural nutrition is growing rapidly, but still fairly small. This means that in my relatively short time working in this field, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the holistic nutrition pioneers.
Last year at the conference I met Sally Fallon author of Nourishing Traditions and Chair of The Weston A. Price Foundation. At some of this year's health shows I had my books signed by Gabriel Cousens (leading people health through ta raw life), and got to listen to Brian Clemente (who heads up the Hippocraties Health Institute), patronize a woman who asked about feeding her daughter milk.
At this year's conference I met a couple true rock stars in this field. Michael Schmidt, the raw milk farmer who was arrested for providing raw milk to consumers (more on him and raw milk later in the week) and my personal favourite, Elson Haas, a nutrition celebrity. I have referenced him in nearly every protocol I have done, I have had teachers who quotes him and his books line my book shelves. He spoke about allergies and intolerances, provided some great cleansing tips, was very funny and very realistic in his advice, not to mention that he is a total silver fox.
There are many things I loved about this conference. Working in isolation, in my home, can be tough sometimes, especially when I have people going up against the work that I am doing. Being with like-minded people that for the most part share my philosophy, makes it a bit easier for me to continue forging ahead. I feel a part of something that is making a difference in the lives of individuals and their families, but also in the greater scheme of things, the health of our population and our planet.
Where else but at a nutrition conference would you be walking in to the gala dinner and have one of the exhibitors call out to you to ask if you want a couple enzymes for the dinner? Yes, Biotics Research, I would like some enzymes for the dinner.
Where else but at a holistic nutrition conference do you sit around a table with people who are equally excited about both the beauty and nutrition of a salad such as this?
Where else but at a holistic nutrition conference do you come home with this unbelievably useful and valuable loot bag full of awesome products, foods and literature on awesome products and foods?
Where else but at a holistic nutrition conference do you win a Tony Hornick sprouter and get a photo with this 80-year old dynamo? You have never met a man more excited about sprouts in your life (though stand back- he gets a bit excited when he talk and the spit was flying)
Another highlight for me was meeting Ricki of Diets, Desserts and Dogs. We have been blog comrades for a little while now and just last week I reviewed her brand new book. It was great to meet her in person. She was delightful and sweet enough to give me the hard copy to stain and spill stuff on as I cook up her delicious, health focussed sweet treats. What's a cook book without stains and spills?
The event was amazingly well organized. The speakers were fantastic, the exhbitors generous, and the food... well I heard the food was okay but since everything was covered in black pepper (which I might deem a flaw in the menu) I didn't get to try too much of it, due to my black pepper allergy.
I can't stress enough how important it is to support organizations and events that support what you do- whether it is health related or otherwise. It is so much more effective and efficient to make a difference when we stand up together.
From Michael Schmidt to Elson Haas to Josh and I talking about trying coffee after having not had coffee in a very long time... it always came back to poo. I am certainly not the only Bowel Betty out there.