Women & Wellness Webinar Series: Nutrition & Neurodivergence with Barb Cook
Women & Wellness Webinar Series
Nutrition & Neurodivergence
Friday 19th August 2022
10am – 2pm (AEST – Brisbane Queensland Australia)
Barb Cook Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach
We all need energy. How we obtain it however can come from a variety of sources. We can get energy from food which gives us calories to burn, sleep which restores our mental and physical wellbeing so we have energy to do things throughout the day, and from doing things we enjoy.
Looking at all the different ways to obtain energy has me thinking about the necessity of food. Food provides our bodies with fuel as well as sustaining life. Over the past few decades, we have seen an enormous increase in food choices, but a decline in health as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer rise in increasing numbers. With the increased food availability and choices, surely, we should be getting healthier, not sicker?
This webinar will explore the many aspects of food and nutrition and how it can impact or improve our mental well-being, make us feel sluggish or energetic, and to sift through the enormous amount of literature on what is good or not so good for us to eat. Barb will also explore the impacts of food choices and diet on the autistic and ADHD person and mind, along with the challenges of restricted food choices that can occur from textural and taste sensitivities. Plus, the additional concerns of related conditions that can occur, ranging from gut issues, food intolerances and sensitivities, allergies, brain fog, yeast overgrowth, and age-related concerns of peri/menopause, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and neurological decline.
Read description below for information on the presenter.
This workshop is not to be missed.
Presentation slides and handouts will be provided prior to the event.
This workshop may be claimed under the NDIS for self and plan managed participants. Please check with your NDIS LAC / Plan Manager prior to purchasing your ticket.
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A copy of the recording of the event will be available for you to watch for 30 days.
About the Presenter
Barb Cook, M.Aut.(Ed), Dip.HSc.(Nut)
Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach
Barb Cook is a highly committed autistic advocate, writer, editor, and highly sought-after international speaker. She has made appearances on Australian radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and in the SBS television documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism.
Barb is a registered Developmental Educator and Integrative Nutritionist, who is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and quality of life for women and neurodivergence. Barb identifies a neurodivergent after being diagnosed mid-life (40) and after significant burnout in 2009 with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
Barb brings over 35 years of experience in health and wellbeing, environment and sustainability, horticulture, and permaculture, with a unique and highly research-informed approach to wellness, both from personal experience and professional practice. Furthermore, Barb brings her 25 years of experience in marketing and graphic design to give an insider’s view of how we are “coerced and persuaded” through advertising and social media in making food and wellness choices.
Barb is internationally recognised for her bestselling book on autism in women, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism with Dr Michelle Garnett, filling the gap in literature between lived experience of autistic women and the clinical knowledge. Barb’s recently released and second best-selling book co-authored with Yenn Purkis, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook: Developing Skills to Determine Your Own Future, is an essential guidebook that gives you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation, developing your skills in standing up for yourself, your needs and wishes.
Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and is a prolific writer on autism, ADHD and neurodivergence.
Barb is founder of the Neurodiversity Hub in Gympie Queensland, a space providing allied health services for neurodivergent people, including one-on-one support, therapeutic groups, workshops and presentations and an informal space to meet.
Barb is a highly sought-after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to women, autism, ADHD and Neurodiversity. Barb spoke at the World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston Texas and 2019, and was invited by the United States government to keynote a special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.
Barb is a passionate motorcyclist, and enjoys riding the love of her life, Ron Strom Burgundy, a Suzuki VStrom DL1000, who assists her with good self-care and an effective anxiety reducing and depression busting practice.