Marg Bridgeford – Eat… Think… Heal.


When we look at Marg we see a Barefooter… living a Barefoot Lifestyle – health, vocation, making the world a better place and surrounding herself with people she loves. She is a picture of health and has an amazing zest for life. We wanted Marg to share with us how she manages to stay healthy whilst training for rowing, writing a book, travelling the world and spending time with her family. 


Hey Marg, earlier this year you competed in the Nationals Championships for rowing. Tell us about your training/fitness regime and what you had to go through to get selected for this team.

This was a whole new experience for me. I have been a Masters rower for six years and decided that it was time to try to reach a new level of skill and fitness. I had not been an athlete in my earlier life, so it was a lot for me to commit to this as a goal. Each state chooses four rowers to compete in the State Quad Event at the National Championships every year. The selection process for this event includes ergo times, plus a single scull race over 1,000 metres, as well as age and skill level. I followed a strict training program for three months leading up to selections which included targeted ergos and specific on-water rowing activity in my single scull.

When I was selected, I felt as though the three months training made me ready for the challenge. Then I realised that the 8 weeks training that we had together as a new crew was going to be at another level of skill than I had previously experienced. Thankfully I was fit enough, so I could concentrate on my skill level. But it also showed me that I could have been stronger… the other women in the boat were definitely stronger than me. So I learnt a lot in that five months, and really loved it. I haven’t ever been that strong or fit before and it was a fabulous feeling.

marg rowing

I didn’t suffer any downtime or illness in the whole five months, despite a much increased physical workload. I put this down to eating foods that strengthen my body and my immune system, including bone broths for joint health, grass fed meat and eggs and organic produce whenever possible. As part of my fitness regime, I included regular visits to Cherelle who kept a close eye on my flexibility and gave me a range of stretching and release exercises to do every day. She also issued me with my trusty white ball, which I use continuously to release tight spots, and also take in my suitcase when I go away. 

You have recently returned from a trip to South America and we heard you were hiking across the Andes! What are your top tips for travelling?

Our trip was fabulous. We visited our son who was travelling in South America at the time. The Andes was a highlight for me. There were only 10 of us and the only people we saw for the three days were local villagers with their animal herds. It was very beautiful and incredibly peaceful, despite the 4,500 m altitude, which had its challenges! We took small suitcases with light, mix and match clothing, kept our fluid levels up and my trusty white ball came in handy at different times to loosen up some tight spots from our physical activities.

marg hiking

 Later this month you are launching your book – Congratulations! What is it called and what/who inspired you to write it. 

This has been a project that has taken quite a while to hatch! My book is called Eat … Think … Heal: One Family’s Story of Discovering the Healing Powers of Food and Thought.

The story chronicles our realisation that our own ill-health mirrored the ill-health of our farming land as we grew food ‘to feed the world’. As well as coming to understand our unwitting contribution to how and why our modern food has lost its nutrition, I also touch on how we also found ourselves exploring new levels of well-being through alternative vibrational sources of energy.

eat think healIt’s been a labour of love. I am hopeful that our story will contribute to an improved level of understanding of the importance of our food system and the other options for health that are available to us when we allow nature to be our guide.

The launch is at Avid Reader Bookstore at West End on Friday, August 28th. Sal and Cherelle will be going along.   If you would like to join us reservations are essential. CLICK ON THIS and it will take you to the Avid Reader page.

Mmmmm lemony goodness!

RawLemonTarts Hey everybody,

In light of Inner Health Week at Barefoot last week, I wanted to post a couple of recipes to help stress the importance of nutrition on a healthy mind. Eating healthy not only helps the body feel better but can also have a huge impact on your mental well-being and attitude.

Lemon has always been something I have loved to cook with (although I do have to give credit for finding these recipes to my partner Kristen)…they are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants which can aid in the recovery of many common illnesses. Adding in spices like turmeric and ginger (to the lemonade) just increase the health benefits of these recipes, making them good for the body and consequently the mind.

See below for the recipe of ginger and turmeric lemonade (Pictures here are from our home experiments of these recipes) and CLICK ON THIS for the link to the recipe for Raw Lemon Tart on the Every Healthy Day website. Both tried and tested and given the thumbs up (At least by me!).

Ginger and turmeric lemonade – from website: The Whole Journey

Prep and cook time:  20 minutes       Serves 4

4 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or a 3-inch strip fresh turmeric root, peeled)
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or a 4-inch strip fresh ginger root, peeled)
honey or dark-liquid stevia, to taste
lemon slices, or the juice of a full lemon (to taste)

Put water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Make sure that the water has come to a full boil. Add turmeric and ginger to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. This will extract the beneficial compounds from the turmeric and ginger. Remove the pot from the stove. Strain the tea into a cup through a fine-mesh strainer to filter out the particles of turmeric and ginger. Add sweetener and lemon to taste.




Let’s talk!

Barefoot Physiotherapy

It’s Inner Health Week at Barefoot – so we’re talking communication and appreciation.

So while we may all speak the same language… sometimes we’re just not ‘speaking the same language’. At Barefoot we have as part of our Code of Honour to use effective communication styles for each Barefoot team member and all clients. We ensure this by checking in to make sure what you communicated was understood in the way you intended it to be.
What makes this interesting is the fact that we all communicate differently naturally so I believe it is our responsibility to learn more about the communication styles of the people around us.

This can be seen quite obviously when communicating appreciation – it is a common understanding there are 5 main ways of communicating appreciation

1 – Words of Affirmation

2- Acts of Service

3 – Receiving Gifts

4 – Quality Time

5 – Physical Touch 

We all use all the ways of communicating appreciation but some will ‘hit home’ much more effectively than others. Now in the workplace obviously there are only 4 ways (Physical Touch is excluded) and we make sure we know these for each of us here at Barefoot. For example I score highly on Acts of Service so ways I will naturally show someone they’re appreciated is to do things for them, and I will notice straight away when others have done things to help me. Comparatively I score very low (zero in fact) on Words of Affirmation so need to make an effort to communicate to people around me that they are appreciated verbally as I will forget to otherwise (this is especially important if Words of Affirmation is their Primary Language).

If you’d like to take the standard test CLICK ON THIS – I think it’s interesting to learn about yourself and the people around you.

The picture below is insights into the 5 different languages

5 love langauage