Decolonise Your Diet (DYD) Complete series links

All episodes –

Episode 1

1.            “The Oldest, Most Nutritious Food on Earth” – interview with John Newton about his book “The Oldest Foods on Earth.

Episode 2

“The Biggest Estate On Earth” – interview with author of the book “The Biggest Estate On Earth, How Aboriginal People Made Australia”, Bill Gammage.

Episode 3

“Agriculture or Accident” – yarn with uncle Bruce Pasco, author of “Dark Emu, Agriculture Or Accident?”

Episode 4

“A National Snapshot of the health and wellbeing of First Nation People” – Professor Gregory Phillips. He is a medical anthropologist, has a PhD in psychology (Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education), a research master’s degree in medical science (Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, published as a book in 2003) and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).

Episode 5

“Amazing Results Eating Bushfoods” – We catch up with aunty Thelma ‘Bubsy’ Lander, who says trading a diet of western junk food and alcohol for the traditional Aboriginal cuisine of kangaroo tail and emu meat has helped her to lose 48 kilograms. Kaiyu looks at things like an index that measures wellbeing and the how this relates/affects First Nations people.

Episode 6

“Traditional Approaches To Health” –  Interview with Clint Bussy –  We discuss Historical Diet transition/ Health transition, Food security and health benefits of traditional foods.

Episode 7

“That Sugar Film” – Interview with Damon Gameau, Award winning Documentary Filmmaker.   While making the film he learned of the achievements that have been made through the work of community owned and directed organisations such as the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council, Nganampa Health Council and Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPY Women’s Council).

Episode 8

“The Results Are In” – Professor Kerrin O’Dae  In just seven weeks eating bushtucker, mob who returned to the bush from the city lost weight and all their health markers (insulin resistance, blood pressure, cholesterol levels) normalized.

Episode 9

“Question & Answers with Documentary makers Kaiyu Bayles and her son Tiga Bayles Jnr”.

Episode 10

“A Bushtucker Health Revolution” – Interview with Mike and Gayle Quarmby.  Mike and Gail planted over 500,000 bushfood plants on Aboriginal communities.

Decolonise Your Diet Episode 10 “A Bushtucker Health Revolution”

Interview with Mike and Gayle Quarmby who planted over 500,000 bushfood plants on Aboriginal communities.

The Outback Pride Project is promoting the Australian native food industry by developing a network of production sites within traditional Aboriginal communities.

The cultivation of Australian native food provides indigenous Australians with jobs and training in horticulture and the food industry. The project also acknowledges the intellectual property of the traditional uses of bush foods.

Mike and Gayle felt that their combined skills could provide a platform for a unique development in the bush food industry. The focus of the project is their vision of “Jobs and Training for Indigenous Australians”.  Mike Quarmby has had a lifetime of experience in the commercial horticultural industry. During that time he was particularly involved in the development of arid zone horticultural practices. Mike’s talent for innovation in species development, plant propagation, cultivation and new product development was always an integral part of this project.  Gayle’s family involvement with traditional communities goes back to 1932, when her father Rex Battarbee travelled in a model T Ford to the central Australian desert. While at Hermannsburg Rex met a young camel team worker called Albert Namatjira. They developed a strong friendship, which resulted in Rex training Albert as a landscape artist.

Mike and Gayle, saw that the bush food industry should be operated as a parallel to the aboriginal art industry. Both these industries have a unique cultural and commercial ownership by Indigenous Australians.  The journey, beginning in 2001, has taken Mike and Gayle on a complex and interesting path. Initially they spent time in the outback with aboriginal people researching the bush food species. While mapping the best types relative to their commercial potential, invaluable support was received from their good friend and botanist Peter Latz.  The next step was to create the systems of propagation and cultivation for up to 64 bush food species. This process continues to be ongoing and consumes a large amount of Mike’s time. The systems developed at this time were then put into practice on numerous trial sites in across South Australia and Northern Territory.

We hope you enjoyed this documentary series, brought to you by mother and son team Kaiyu and Tiga Bayles.  But the idea for the doco came from the late, great Tiga Bayles.  Spoken about with his daughter Kaiyu, before he passed away in April last year. It’s a great honour to pay tribute to one of the founders of this station and a pioneer in Black Media among many other achievements.

Decolonise Your Diet Episode 9 Question & Answers with Documentary makers

Interview with – Kaiyu Bayles and her son Tiga Bayles Jnr DYD Ep. 9

Kaiyu discusses the journey behind the scenes and how the experience shaped her life after her late father discussed the idea with her. This idea is what you have listened to and shared with Kaiyu and Tiga Bayles Jnr, her son and Tiga’s grandson, is the idea Tiga shared with Kaiyu Before his passing. A special episode, not to be missed.

– Over 70% of the foods we eat today did not exist before the industrial revolution. From an evolutionary perspective, there is simply no way for our bodies to know what to do with these “foods” (which, as we all know, aren’t real food at all).

– Broken down by nutrient ratios, what we feed cattle to “fatten them up” is almost identical to the government-sanctioned food pyramid for a “healthy” diet. Is it any wonder we are in the middle of an obesity epidemic?

Decolonise Your Diet Episode 8 “The Results Are In”

Kaiyu interviews Professor Kerrin O’Dae  – In just seven weeks eating bushtucker, mob who returned to the bush from the city lost weight and all their health markers (insulin resistance, blood pressure, cholesterol levels) normalised.

An Australian study was done with a group of First Nations people who had grown up in a traditional hunter gatherer environments, and then moved into urban environments where they adopted modern diets, lifestyles and (unsurprisingly) health concerns such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. They returned to the outback and their hunter gatherer ways for a seven week period.

In just seven weeks (!!), they lost weight and all their health markers (insulin resistance, blood pressure, cholesterol levels) normalized.

Interestingly, they were less active than in their urban environments, so exercise was NOT a factor.– Very simply, as Prof. Mike Richards, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology says, “What we are adapted to [evolutionarily] is not what we are living [or eating] right now.”I do wish the film spent a little more time diving into the issue of quality. Clearly our Paleolithic ancestors were eating exclusively wild game, and wild fruits and vegetables grown in nutrient-rich soil. There was no such thing as a feedlot or chemical pesticide.

Ultimately, what we choose to eat is a very personal decision. But what we are designed to eat is evolutionarily and genetically wired. I highly encourage you to take the time to watch the thought-provoking film “The Perfect Human Diet” that mentions this Australian study.

A little about page admin Kaiyu Moura (Bayles)

Now living in QLD raising her children on their traditional country, gathering food, learning the old art of building shelters, dance and the local language. For the past 20 years with her late Grandmother Maureen Watson and a dance group with 6 of her sisters Kaiyu travelled schools, festivals, events etc sharing the beauty of First Nations Culture through song and dance, stories, art, theatre, nursery rhymes, poetry etc and engaging all ages in different projects that inspire positive change. Also a poet, documentary maker, songwriter, artist, event organiser, media consultant, testing the waters of micro social enterprise by starting her own tshirt and sublimation printing business and with her own label, Kaiyu creates what she calls Freedom Threads.

After building their own home on Tribal Sovereign land, Kaiyu is now homeschooling and teaching the kids about making our own tinctures, learning about bushtucker and mushrooms, growing food, building with aircrete, setting up wind turbines, composting toilets and ram water pumps... Really learning what it truly means to thrive. This is our Group where we share alot of what we do

Kaiyu and the Tribe