All products and programs I recommend on this page are either used personally by me or offerings that I sincerely believe in, support and are in line with my philosophy. These are also tools that promote health and wellbeing.
It is important to me to be completely honest, authentic and transparent. So, full disclosure, some of these links are affiliate links. What does that mean? If you decide to go and make a purchase through a link on this page, I receive a commission. None of this costs you any extra, and usually there is also a discount code to use with these links that saves you money off your total order.
Running this website and my podcast with free content, plus working behind the scenes does involve a fair amount of cost that comes out of pocket. Therefore, supporting and promoting products and services that I love and believe can be helpful for many people, is a way for me to be able to continue to do the things I do, to keep the lights on and bring you the best content and value possible.
If you’d like to support me in this endeavour at no extra cost to you, feel free to use these links at your discretion if you find something that would benefit you. Your support is deeply appreciated and I gratefully thank you in advance.
Why am I an affiliate for two companies that appear to be similar/competition?
Well it’s simple. I have been using their mushroom products for years and both companies are incredibly ethical, transparent and trustworthy, sourcing the best quality possible. This speaks for itself when you try them. I believe there is room for both these companies to offer their unique flavour to this space, and besides, the more awareness and accessibility there is for these amazing medicinal foods, the better for all.
In addition, they do offer some different products. For example, Four Sigmatic have mushroom herb elixirs, mushroom coffee and cacao blends. Superfeast have tonic herbs such as Schizandra, Deer Antler Velvet and He Shou Wu. They are located in Australia and Four Sigmatic are in the US. Some people may resonate with one over the other, whether geographically or just in general. For me, I resonate with and love to support and use both company’s products interchangeably. I know that many people also do this and I hope you will too.
If you are interested in learning more about their medicinal mushrooms and other herbal products, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can go through the following links:
- Superfeast – Use this link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but the difference is it will help me out a little. You can also click on the photo above.
- Four Sigmatic – Use this link with the discount code reconnected to receive 10% off your order. You can also click on the photo above.
Primal Play – 30 Day Animal Moves Program
Darryl Edwards, the creator of the movement method Primal Play, is one of my go-to movement masters. Darryl is also a nutritionist, coach, speaker and author of the books, Paleo Fitness and Paleo From A-Z which you can check out here. I had Darryl on my podcast which you can listen to here.
Over the past few years I have been to several of Darryl’s Primal Play sessions, both here in Sydney and in the US. I am currently doing this program myself, so stay tuned for a blog series and a podcast about my experience. It is a great program, very fun and surprisingly challenging. Something for everyone.
You can read the first part of my blog series about what we can learn from looking at the way animals move here.
If you are interested in learning more about the Primal Play 30 day Animal Moves Challenge, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, there are two links you can use.
- For the full program including a “Playbook” to track your progress, access to the private Animal Moves Program Facebook page and a bonus pdf: The Importance of Play, head to this link to receive 15% off the total price of the program. You can also click on the picture above. (Recommended version, as you get the full experience, comprehensive tracking and support).
- For the full program only (solo version), go here to receive 15% off the total price as well.
Changing Habits Functional Nutrition Academy
I have been following Cyndi O’Meara’s work for about 6 years and I support what she stands for, her philosophy and her ethics. Cyndi is the founder of Changing Habits and the Functional Nutrition Academy. I am currently doing the Functional Nutrition Course and will be writing about my experience in an upcoming blog post.
For now I will say that it is an incredible course that looks through the lens of a vitalism philosophy and really dives into what and how humans were designed to eat and live, and how to approach this in a modern context. The Microbiome is also an area of study in this course. I highly recommend it. It teaches you to think critically, independently and out of the box, it’s cutting edge, current and up to date with modern science and it really helps you to understand the why’s around everything. I also plan to have Cyndi on my podcast in the near future so stay tuned.
If you are interested in learning more about the Functional Nutrition course, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can use this link or you can click on the picture above. The next intake is July 2017, so do some research and find out if this course is for you.
Life-Changing Food Cookbook by Jo Whitton and Fouad Kassab from Quirky Cooking
This book has been a long time coming and happens to be co-authored by one of my dear friends, Fouad Kassab, who is a wholefoods chef and writer, and a wonderful human. Teaming up with the incredibly lovely Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking, a food blogger, super Mum, author, recipe developer and so much more, this team is truly a match made in heaven.
Combining their shared experience of healing through whole foods, this masterpiece of a book contains over 100 gluten-free wholefood recipes, including GAPS and paleo recipes, for both the Thermomix or conventional methods of cooking, focuses on gut healing foods and even has other allergy-friendly variations such as nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc, where possible. To top it off, the photography is absolutely stunning, which takes this book to the next level. In all honesty, this may possibly be the last cookbook I will ever need… you may find this too! 🙂
If you are interested in learning more or ordering the cookbook, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can use this link or you can click on the picture above.
I’ve had both Jo and Fouad on thr podcast and both are incredibly valuable conversations to hear.
You can listen in to my conversation with Jo here.
Listen to my conversation with both Jo and Fouad here.
Quirky Cooking for Gut Health Program
Several thousands of years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine stated that “all disease begins in the gut”. This very notion was far ahead of its time and today we are only just beginning to understand how true and relevant this statement is. Modern science is now showing just how important gut health is for overall health, and many highly credible health professionals are educating us about this and looking at people’s gut health in clinical practice.There are many ways to support gut health. One way is with proper nutrition through the foods you eat with a wholefoods diet that includes such things as gut healing foods like gelatin, collagen, bone broth, fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yoghurt.
Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking has had an amazing health journey with her family of healing through food with the GAPS gut healing food protocol. At the time there weren’t many practical resources that Jo could find to help navigate through the program, so she created her own resource… The Quirky Cooking for Gut Health program. This is the ultimate practical resource to help you through the GAPS protocol. It includes plenty of recipes, meal plans, “how-to” cooking videos, tips to save time and money, a sneak peak into Jo’s kitchen and more.
If you are interested in learning more about the Quirky Cooking for Gut Health Program, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can use this link. Use the discount code special10 to receive 10% off the total price of the program.
Swanwick Sleep “Swannies” Blue Blocking Glasses
As you will find out on the blog and my podcast, I am a sleep geek and I have gone through quite a journey when it comes to sleep challenges and healing my sleep. Feel free to check out my blog series about sleep here.
I have been using blue blockers for years and have tried out several different pairs and styles. These Swannies are by far the best, and they are not only much better looking than my original construction worker, Star Trek pair, and my other ones that look like sunnies, I also trust this company and the quality of these glasses. Here is why I recommend getting yourself a pair of these as an investment in your sleep and your health.
From an ancestral perspective, historically humans would have gone to sleep just after dark and woken with the sun. That is an example of living in alignment with the cycles of nature. Our bodies evolved with and respond to the light and dark cycles of the sun and moon, and are also influenced by different colour spectrums of light. Our circadian rhythms (internal body clocks) are aligned with these cycles and colour spectrums. We evolved with natural blue and orange light from the sun, from fire, candlelight, moon and star light.
During the day, the sky is blue, and that’s what our bodies are designed to be exposed to in daylight hours. This signals our bodies to perform particular daytime physiological functions. In the evening when the sun is beginning to set, the sky is an orange, red or yellow colour. This is not necessarily the sky turning these colours. What you are witnessing is the removal of the blue frequency of light, which we don’t want to be exposed to at night time. The sky acts as a filter and what we are left with is a frequency of light that we were designed to be exposed to at night time without interruption to our sleep. This is also when our bodies start to produce our sleep well hormone, melatonin. This is an example of the intelligence of nature helping us prepare for sleep.
The problem today is we are living in opposition to what we were naturally designed for. Many of us are indoors most of the day, missing out on good amounts of natural light exposure. In the evening when we need darkness, we have created an artificial daytime with electronic devices such as smartphones, TV, computers, laptops and artificial light sources like LED bulbs.
These devices emit the blue frequency of light… “daytime” light. This light is detected through our eyes, all the way to a part of the brain known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This is where our circadian rhythms are regulated, and this blue light exposure, not only throws our circadian rhythms out of balance, it also suppresses production of melatonin and increases cortisol, which promotes wakefulness. There are some people who can still fall asleep after looking at devices before bed, but this still suppresses melatonin production and won’t be the optimal, deep, restorative sleep.
All of this completely changes the conditions of our natural sleep cycles and interferes with regular biological functions, leaving our bodies confused whether it is night or day. It’s worth noting that melatonin is one of the most potent antioxidants and cancer-defending hormones produced by the human body. This is a huge motivation to prioritise sleep and minimise exposure to artificial light and technology especially after dark, so that you can give your body the best opportunity to produce consistent amounts of melatonin, to help you sleep well and to protect you from disease.
One such way to protect artificial light from entering your eyes and telling your brain that it’s daytime is to wear a pair of these Swannies. Many people find that wearing these glasses as darkness emerges and until you go to bed, is a game changer for improving and optimising your sleep quality. Plus, it won’t be long until it will be weird if you’re not someone who wears these glasses at night, so you may as well do yourself a favour and get in early.
If you would like to learn more about the Swanwick Sleep blue blockers, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can use this link or you can click on the picture above.
There are so many incredible people who have been great influences and teachers to me over the years, and here is where I am sharing some of them with you. Many of those listed have podcasts of their own or have been featured on other people’s podcasts… which happens to be one of my favourite mediums of education.
Although I will say, it is definitely great to have teachers and mentors along the way, but at some point, at least for me, I realised that no teacher or mentor can tell me about my own innate state of being and true nature. They are merely guides that have helped to point me in the direction of what I’ve known deep inside all along, I just forgot and needed a helping hand to realise. Still, I have so much gratitude for it all and wouldn’t change a thing as it has all lead me here….
- Daniel Vitalis – Rewild Yourself
- Katy Bowman – Nutritious Movement
- Shawn Stevenson – The Shawn Stevenson Model
- Mark Sisson – Mark’s Daily Apple/Primal Blueprint
- Erwan Le Corre – MovNat
- Dr Jack Kruse
- Nora Gedgaudas – Primal Body, Primal Mind
- Darryl Edwards – The Fitness Explorer/Primal Play
- Chris Kresser – Revolution Health Radio
- Cyndi O’Meara – Changing Habits