Does Any of This Sound Like You?
- "I Don't Like It, Mummy" or "Why can't I eat maccas like a normal person" from your kids!?
- TIME: I am totally overwhelmed by meeting the family's food demands!
- Confused! Are you overwhelmed by all the health and nutrition information out there regarding your child? Not sure where to start and you crave simplicity and focus?
- Dinner time makes me want to scream… Do you feel frustrated with your fussy eaters? Making different meals just to get everyone fed SOMETHING? Bored of bland kid's food?
- Sick, again? Are your children constantly getting sick with coughs and colds?
- FOCUS! Do your children struggle to concentrate at school or on activities or heck, even on dinner?
- Can't get enough veggies in!!! My child eats potatoes - I wish they liked more veggies!
- I just want to cook ONE meal for the whole family! It's possible.
- We feel like social lepers eating the way we eat Find a relaxed balance between giving your children a healthy foundation, without giving them food anxiety or fear around non-whole foods when out and about or at the grandparent's house.
So…it’s not all gloom and doom. Whatever has become your normal at home, doesn't make it optimal, so let's create the optimal food dynamic for your family, shall we?
In just 3 weeks you could be cooking one meal for the whole family. Your kids could be done resisting your meals and snacks at every turn. You could have veggie eaters, inspiration in the kitchen to feel less like cooking is a chore, supercharge everyone’s immune system, and even change some of the food-related behavioural issues in your children (did someone say irritability, brain fog and hyperactivity?)
We cover these 10 topics in-depth, coach you each day in our private Facebook Group and support you with practitioner interviews, showing the science and sharing their invaluable clinical experience.
Let's improve your family food situation!
THE 10 TOPICS ARE...
- Pantry Staples, Produce Staples and breakfast - thinking outside the cereal box!
- Immune Function and gut health
- Fussy Eating and getting kids in the kitchen!
- Family mealtime - Why it is critical to your child's real food education and SO much more!
- Additives - how to become a great food detective AND get the kids involved
- Mindful Eating - a lifelong healthy habit
- Lunchboxes from preschool to HSC / A Levels
- Nutrient Density - What it is, what it can do for you and your kids, HOW to pack those nutrients in!
- Body Image - We're never too young to develop a love for our bodies
- How to do real food 'out there' when socializing or having to gently approach a disagreement with a canteen situation or accommodate a food intolerance or allergy for your child out and about.
Then if you choose the Lifetime access option, you'll receive also, 4 x interviews on children's dental health and sleep, toddler nutrition, eczema and allergies and raising kids who aren't neurotic (and being a parent who isn't!) around food. All such valuable additions!
The bigger picture around THRIVE
It’s time to turn things around for children's health and attitude towards food. There is SO much we can do as parents. What's the THRIVE vibe? We are definitely NOT about striving for perfection, scaremongering or guilt trips. It's about saying to you, 'we can do this together' and inching forward from wherever you are - some days there'll be a leap, others there'll be an inch. It's all progress and progress is way smarter a strategy than perfection.
And that is just what we will do – if you will agree to give us 1.5 hours, 3 days a week for 3 weeks of your life. Or, put another way, just 0.2% of your year to change the food dynamic in your home.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE OUT OF MY DAY?
That's just 1.5 hours for each topic to watch the video, read all the materials, watch the interview and have a chat or ask questions in the private chat group. Imagine 1.5 hours x 10 topics and then a lifetime of food confidence, less-to-no fussy eating, kids with allergies not feeling sad for everything they 'can't' have, better immune function, gut health, less kitchen overwhelm? Yes, that's what the return on investment is. It might sound too good to be true, but having worked with thousands of parents over the years since we began the course in 2015, we promise you it's possible!
Shall we dream a little for a second?
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 kids. You hope they aren't going to freak out about the 'green stuff' in it. And, 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. You light a candle, you play music and you think "Wow. We did it!"
THIS is what we are going to coach you towards, regardless of the challenges you're experiencing right now. Thanks to neuroplasticity, 'un-habiting' and some great scripts that work, you CAN do this and we will support you all month in getting there!
Why is a "child happily eating anything" the exception today?
There's a lot to unpack here, which we do in the course, but there are a few key contributors.
- What we say and the tone we use
- What we allow / boundaries we haven't realised we need to set
- What our culture has normalised
- Social influence from the outside (so annoying but a huge opportunity for them to lead instead of follow!)
- Advertising and the obsession with brand/celebrity and its influence on food, junk and as kids get older, body image too!
- Advertising and the constant message that wholefoods are yucky and uncool
- The birth of the kid's menu a century ago - when kid's food started to be treat-ised and dumbed down.
Now, this course may not always be easy, because learning new things, setting boundaries, taking the time to explain these boundaries to our kids can be a challenge. Sure. But what it WILL be is absolutely worth this time taken. A short amount of time for a big life-long return on investment.
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 during the THRIVE program. 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 for many of the recipes and just don't use the recipes you don't need. The meal plans aren't for you to follow to the letter each day, three times a day, but more of a value add if you're looking for inspiration as you incorporate more whole foods into the mix. Everything recommended is a whole food approach. No refined flours, sugars, additives, preservatives or artificial colours – but a guarantee of deliciousness. If you have a specific food preference, religious belief or allergy just use the recipes that work for you and don't use the rest. Simple.
Let's look a little closer
You will learn how to...
- Nourish your child's brain and support their gut health and immune system
- Understand the role food plays in preventing and reversing disease.
- 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 feeding 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.
- 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 and end the '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 - recognize food allergies and intolerance upfront and know what next steps to take.
- 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 and wean your kids off excessive simple carbohydrates and sugars. (Their bodies and minds will love you for it.)
What you'll get...
Ten topics delivered over three weeks via email and our course portal
Information in all the modules can be applied to any stage of childhood, from baby right through to late teenage years.
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? CHECK.
Interviews with the best experts in their field focusing on specific topics we tackle during our course. So much gold for the commute to work, the laundry folding or dinner cooking to listen in the background. Enjoy!
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! Take what works for your family, you don't have to use them all
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 EXCITED CHEERLEADERS? CHECK.
Yep, your personal cheerleading team is at the ready. We are your health coaches and we know you can do this. We can't wait to coach and support you over the coming weeks.
How it works...
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. This will pop straight to your inbox via an email with your log in details.
FACEBOOK LOVE-IN. Get full access to the support group throughout this three week period, and ongoing after the course when you choose the life time option. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
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. Feel that 60 days still doesn't give you the time you need? Go for the Lifetime access option that we now have for you!
READY FOR KICK OFF? SO ARE WE!
Our life changing 21-Day Course Thrive will help you and we start June 17th!
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 of the book "Low Tox Life" and relentless campaigner against 'weirdo packets of fakeness'. And to be clear I'm not against anyone who eats junk or additives, but more against the system that lands it in our laps in the first place because it's not our fault and we have everything in our culture pitted towards us eating PRODUCTS not PRODUCE. 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! I love cake!
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 both in the articles I write and the courses I run, as well as in my online community.
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
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Naturopath, the grandmother of 1 and mother of 2, Shalani speaks to us about gut health, immunity, probiotic foods and more.
Naturopath and mum to 2 speaking about hidden common deficiencies and how to ensure our kids are getting what they need.
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 mother of 1 and 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!
David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, is a counsellor, 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.
And our bonus interviews for lifetime access thrivers... MAGGIE DENT
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.
Jess is a Naturopath who specialises in kid's gut health, allergies and intolerance, helping us navigate these too-common occurrences in our kids today.