About Us

Andrea Brosnan 

As a child having grown up with a vegetable garden and backyard full of fruit trees the goodness of home grown wholefoods was the major source of nourishment in my life.  Meals were full of fresh seasonal produce with nothing wasted.  Just about every food item was home made from scratch, and there were always home-made jams, chutneys, sauces, stewed fruits, biscuits, cakes, slices – processed and packaged foods were a rarity.

Over the years many of my jobs involved working with food, starting off at a local bakery/cake shop then moving onto a chain restaurants, pub bistros and gourmet cafes.  As a result I gained a reputation amongst family, friends and peers as a ‘gourmet cook’.

When I became a mother in my early 20’s I found myself naturally replicating the eating habits from my childhood, a rarity in the early 90’s when most of my friends and peers tended to opt for pre-prepared, pre-packaged foods out of convenience for their families and children.  People used to look in amazement at my daughter eating a bowl of fruit salad (her choice) in a take-away food court and scowl at me thinking I was an unfair mother………

Then in my mid 30’s after living a mostly simple life I got caught up in what I term the ‘executive lifestyle’.  Money became more plentiful, and having felt I had ‘missed out’ in the past, eating out and purchasing convenience foods became more prevalent in my life. After 5 years of living like that I found myself unhappy, unhealthy, overweight, miserable and not the vital, vibrant person I once was – I had lost the essence of myself.  Then (thankfully) due to circumstances beyond my control I was forced to literally start my life over again – so mostly due to budgetary constraints it was back to basics and simplifying my life.

In that time I was introduced to Green Smoothies losing upwards of 20 kilos in 3 months, achieved by eliminating processed foods and getting back to eating wholesome freshly prepared foods.  After embracing smoothies the ‘raw food’ concept was presented to me which just made absolute sense. I have now lost in excess of 25-30 kilos, recovered from diet related anaemia (so severe my hair was falling out), and there is no evidence of the life-threatening clotting disorder I was diagnosed with in my mid 20’s.  And although my friends and family were initially horrified that I was no longer going to cook their favourite gourmet dishes, they love the fact that I can re-create them ‘in the raw’.

Encouraged by the consistent positive comments from others about my more youthful appearance, healthy, vital and energetic transformation, and lots of gratitude from supporting others to commence a similar journey, I decided that my experience was far too important not to share.  So taking one of the hugest risks ever, I quit a lifetime of professional employment and formed Really Awesome Wholefoods (RAW) in an effort to provide ‘Inspirational nourishment for your mind, body and soul …’ by offering educational workshops to empower participants to incorporate wholefoods into their lifestyles and through sales of a range of raw, organic Treats and Signature Chocolates.

Tim McNeilly 

Tim’s interest in health and nutrition started over 25 when he was given a copy of Fit For Life. This one book changed my life – ‘flicked a switch’ so to speak.

Shortly after that, as a compassionate being, I became a vegetarian for the health benefits.

Over the years I have delved deeper into finding out what makes our bodies work optimally and have come to the understanding that we require clean water, chemical-free food, fermented foods (as probiotics), enzymes, vitamins and minerals (some of which I have found in insufficient quantities in food).

I first began fermenting beer (which I think is fairly common amongst aussie guys). This lasted about a year before I was given some milk kefir grains and that’s where my real fermenting experience begun. Locating good quality milk back then was a lot harder than it is now.

About a decade ago, I attended a workshop with Donna Gates (Body Ecology Diet) and that inspired me to take this journey even further. I started making coconut kefir and made my first batch of sauerkraut.

More recently, I studied with Fred Bisci (Raw Food fanatic), who explained very clearly the importance of consuming a majority of our diets raw.

In 2010 I attended a raw food gathering in Vilcabamba, Ecuador which further expanded my knowledge and understanding of how our bodies utilise the nutrients we ingest. It was great to hang out with Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch and soak up as much info as I could.

Over the last 2-3 years, I have been trying all sorts of different ferments, and although I am not a master, I am still learning what works and doesn’t work. This has got me to where I am now – able to educate interested people in Functional Foods – foods that work for you and your families.

May the journey continue into the universe and beyond…..


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