About Us

Sven and Karen TonissonSven and Karen Tonisson currently live in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia. They have been on their journey of learning and living the message of whole, natural health for close to 40 years.

They conducted inspirational and practically-oriented classes between 1989 and 2000 on natural, whole foods preparation, the principles of macrobiotics and empowered, healthy living. They founded and operated Gaia Wholefoods (8 years), Brisbane’s first “Slow Foods” take-away and natural foods store.

More recently, over a period of six years, Sven and Karen developed a unique line of popular, gluten-free cookies and snack foods (free of refined sugars, dairy and artificial preservatives or chemical additives) which were distributed to specialized stores in four states. That business continues to operate successfully today under new owners.

This blog is a further venture into the fertile soils of a new environment, the internet. They draw upon the experiences of their own life journey and quest for answers on the healing path to assist others in the practical day-to-day application of principles that support health, healing and happiness.

Their strong points are their wealth of first-hand, practical, hands-on experience and a sensitive knack for combining sound, nutritious food preparation principles with a flair for good taste and presentation. Their classes and articles also emphasize the importance of remembering the “big picture” as well as the value of the more subtle energies of life.

Throughout their life journey they committed to a raw food regime for 5 years while residents in a small, self-reliant community in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. They incorporated Macrobiotic Principles into their food choices and lifestyle in a very focused way for another 14 years after that. A primarily vegan diet was adhered to throughout these years.

More recently their longterm, personal choice of a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle has relaxed dramatically as health issues once again surfaced amidst stressful surroundings and as new knowledge became available. The influence of authors and researchers such as

Sally Fallon www.westonaprice.org,
Dr. Mercola www.mercola.com,
Bruce Lipton, PhD www.brucelipton.com,
Mary Enig PhD, www.enig.com/trans,
Bruce Fife, ND. www.coconutresearchcenter.org

coupled with their own personal experiences, has brought forth a continuing unfoldment of their perspective and understanding of health and healing.

Where once they chased that “one diet for all mankind” model, they now realize that each person is a unique, beautiful and perfect creation with his/her own needs, wants and desires to experience. They see that tradition, culture, ancestry and respective habits and beliefs shape how we interact with the world and choose our foods.

“Foods” are seen as anything that nourishes us at any level, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. How we each choose to nourish ourselves at each of these levels is an individual thing and one that also plays a large part in setting the stage for the quality of the life experience.

They hold the view that we are all intimately connected with each other and all life and, to the degree there is mutual respect, then peace and love reside there also. We all live in one BIG ecosystem. It behooves us to seek to understand and take care of it.

Probably one of the most important bits of advice that Karen and Sven have to offer is to “stay open, question, keep learning and be willing to change”.


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