I first met Anita Rossiter a few weeks back at The Business Of Wellness Coaching workshop. It was amazing to be in a room full of like minded wellness advocates, including Dr Brett Hill, but I also soon discovered how this mother of 3 was such a kind hearted soul.
Anita is wellness coach who has been on an incredible healing journey, both for herself and daughters. Her health journey brought a tear to my eye and I believe she is nothing short of an inspiration!
Tell us a little about yourself…
I am a mother of three beautiful little girls and wife to the most patient husband! I think I am best described as a professional student! I first studied my Bachelor of Science followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) where I then moved into the world of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography. I have worked in Melbourne, London and in Burnie Tasmania over the past 14 years however the past 10 years I have been focused on my babies! I am now studying my Masters of Human Nutrition and a Health Coach Training Program through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
I grew up in Melbourne and after graduating as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist I moved to London where my husband and I worked for 3 years before returning to Australia and settling in Burnie, North West Tasmania.
Have you always been healthy and happy? Share your journey, which has landed you in the health industry…
Despite a few allergic reactions, ear infections and other minor illnesses, my childhood was “major” illness free and very happy. A turning point was early on in my first University course. I had been working for a major fast food company, enjoying my introduction to the fast pace of life after school and my eating and drinking pattern had changed dramatically. I had a few little heart irregularities and fainting episodes which were the first signs that something wasn’t quite right.
After a salmonella exposure, my health declined. This occurred at the same time my children came into our lives. In pregnancy I faced multiple health issues including tachycardia, gestational diabetes, depression and chronic infections. After children I gained a lot of weight as they developed health issues. I became depressed, tired, obese, then insulin resistant, then type 2 diabetic. Metabolic syndrome was then diagnosed. While my health was declining, my daughter suffered multiple ear infections; she received over 70 courses of antibiotics by the time she was 3 ½. Enough was enough and my husband and I started looking beyond our current advice.
We changed to a gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free way of eating. Packets went in the bin and were replaced with single ingredients in the cupboard. This was a life change, not a trial diet. To begin it was just my daughter and I who were gluten and dairy free. Over time the rest of the family came on board and we have undoubtedly changed the course of our life as a family.
As a family we are all now living in a beautiful world eating real fresh whole foods and benefiting from great health. My diagnoses have been reversed and I am over 30 kg lighter. I have a different child today to 18 months ago – anxiety, behavior, appetite, sleep patterns and sensory issues (she is autistic) are all markedly different and weekly trips to specialists for infection are a thing of the past. My other daughters are glowing with health and are bounding with energy and my husband keeps complaining his clothes no longer fit!
The role of food in our diet I feel is critical in our health. It was when I started questioning my dietary advice (I counted calories, ate low fat and exercised and still got fatter and sicker) and researching that I realised my own health would today be dramatically different had I not changed and I feel our conventional dietary advice has the potential to cause harm in others in similar metabolic dysregulation.
We have a long road of healing ahead. I made many connections between food and the health of myself and my family. So I went back to university! This is how I found my passion – helping others heal through food.
Tell us about how you contribute to the health and happiness of others and/ or our environment?
I am passionate about using my knowledge and life experience to inspire others to turn their backs on illness. I don’t want others to suffer unnecessarily in the hands of current dietary advice causing them financial burden, emotional and physical stress that we have experienced. My goal is to reach many people and public talking, a book, my business Eat and 3 Veg and my page will make this possible. I have 7 months of study remaining until my business is fully up and running so in the meantime I am giving public talks with like-minded health professionals to share this message.
What do you believe is most important to nourish the body for optimal health and happiness?
Without nourishing foods I feel it is almost impossible to be truly healthy or happy! An individually tailored whole food diet is important (I thrive on a primal diet with lots of good fats, tonnes of fresh vegetables, fermented foods, minimal grains) with a focus on nourishing our gut flora which are unfortunately abused in our modern world. In addition to a nourishing eating pattern, regular self-care, relaxation, surrounding yourself with positive supportive people, sleep, following your dreams with determination and gratitude are all equally important for optimal health and happiness.
What food, drinks and other important regimens make up your typical day?
I feel gut nurturing is an essential part of my healing journey. Each day I drink kombucha, eat fermented foods and eat bone broth off the spoon! I have a large drink of water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in the morning and drink plenty of water and green tea throughout the day. I try to always keep a slow cooked chicken and a roast beef in the fridge along with plenty of chopped veggies. Organ meats sneak their way into meals. I eat intuitively now; I listen to my body and it tells me when I need to eat and what I need to eat and how much I need to eat. I make sure I have healthy fats with every meal.
Each morning I practice gratitude; I write down three things I am grateful for which I feel is so important in remaining positive.
Do you routinely supplement your diet? If so, what?
I supplement every day with bone broth, kombucha, sauerkraut and coconut water kefir and fish oil. Additionally I take glutamine, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C. I love incorporating lots of herbs and spices into my cooking.
What was your latest inspiring health read?
Hmm which one!!! Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger was my most recent read. It should be on the reading list of every nutritional education program.
Share with us a favourite health and happiness quote…
The individual who says it’s not possible should move out of the way of those doing it. Tricia Cunningham
You can follow Wellness Coach Anita Rossiter on facebook and instagram as ‘Eatand3Veg’, or visit her website here. If you are in Tassie, head on over to find out about upcoming health talks Anita will be a part of.
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