Talking Organic with Therese Kerr
Therese Kerr (yep, Miranda’s mum!) is on a mission to get more Aussies to go organic. As an Australian Organic ambassador, she’s part of a campaign to educate Australians about how to purchase 100% honest organic products, and what certified organic really means.
The simple mission of the One Logo Says It All campaign is to spread the message that when purchasing organic products, look for a certification logo before buying. There are over 14,000 products on our shelves today that are classified certified organic. However, thousands more claim to be organic yet have not passed any testing or auditing.
SheSaid chats with Therese Kerr to find out why organic is so important to her, a sneak peak into her new organic skin care range and how she keeps calm and stress-free at Christmas.
Why is certified organic important to you?
Our body consists of trillions of cells, all needing nutrients to function effectively. We live in a highly processed, highly refined, high sugar-content world, so the food we are consuming, for the most part, is incapable of sustaining our bodies. To add further insult, we subject our bodies consistently to chemical cocktails not only in the foods we consume, but also in our homes, personal, hair and skin care products. We consume genetically modified food, eat food that is gas or artificially ripened or hormone injected and we wonder why dis-ease in every sense of the word is so apparent.
Our bodies are continually bombarded with free radicals and to combat this we need to consume and apply foods and products rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Our body even produces its own free radicals and our liver, because of all of the toxins in our world, is so overloaded trying to perform its vital role of detoxification that it can’t perform other vital roles, e.g. breaking down fat.
In saying all of that, I believe our body has the ability to heal itself. Our body is incredible, but it can’t heal itself if it lacks the nutrients to do so. That is why I only eat and use certified organic food and personal care, skin and hair care items and only use natural cleaning products in my home.
Health happens by choice, not by accident. Good health won’t just fall into your lap, in fact the opposite will be true and the key to living a long and healthy life, is education. When we educate ourselves we have the ability to make informed choices for our health and for the health of our family.
What role does eating certified organic play in your overall health and wellbeing?
It plays a huge role in my everyday life. In 2001/2002 I developed tumors in my spleen, which resulted in my spleen being removed. This was a wake up call and the start of my journey to wellness and the journey of sharing of my journey through my world of wellness. My family and I have always been healthy, and growing up in the country provided us access to the freshest of produce.
Unfortunately, like most people, I wasn’t fully aware of the dangers of the chemicals found in our everyday foods and beauty, skin and hair care products. I unknowingly used to lather myself in copious amounts of highly fragranced body wash, body lotion and perfume. Most people don’t realize that in the cosmetic industry alone (beauty, skin, personal and hair care products), according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are over 10,500 chemicals found in our everyday products and only 13% of these over the last 30 years have been tested for safety. That’s alarming. My goal now is to educate people and I do this through my website. I have contributors from all natural modalities in health: Chiropractors, Kinesiologists, Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and many others contribute to my website – all intent on sharing the message of wellness.
I am intent on creating a world of wellness and in my world of wellness, I take a holistic approach to health: physical, mental , emotional, and spiritual. Ever since my health scare, I have been a sponge for learning new information on everything health. When we give the body the nutrients it needs it impacts every part of our life and I even have a Psychologist who specialises in the link between diet and the functioning of the brain coming on line in the new year to share her knowledge with anyone who wishes to learn about health.
My site is about providing information on health such that people can take from the site whatever it is that serves them, leave what doesn’t and in the process, hopefully, above all else, have the ability to make informed choices as to their health.
I was the CEO of KORA Organics for three years. KORA Organics is Miranda’s certified organic skincare line. I stepped down from that position in January 2013 to further develop a personal care range and to expand on my own personal wellness journey. Our goal as a family is to bring total certified organic goodness to the world and while Miranda wanted to keep KORA Organics as a certified organic skin care brand, it was my goal to share a range of truly beautiful certified organic products with the world and hence I am releasing, in February 2014 a range of certified organic personal care products, under the name of Divine By Therese Kerr namely: deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, mouth spray, hand wash and hand lotion and in April hair care products will also be released. These products will compliment the KORA Organics range and eventually I will also bring out a baby range.
I also offer podcasts through my website for anyone interested in living a healthy life and will be adding podcasts from professionals in their fields from mid-January next year.
What are your favourite organic brands and products?
KORA Organics of course, which is my daughter’s Certified Organic skin care range. I am also releasing a line of my own: Divine by Therese Kerr, which will have certified organic personal and hair care products. This range will compliment the KORA Organics range offering even more certified organic goodness to the world.
Who and what inspires you?
Making a difference and contributing to other people’s lives, especially to the lives of young people is what inspires me most. You see, we are all incredibly unique, gifted human beings and sometimes we lose sight of that. Reminding people of that is what I love to do. Sometimes, people lose sight of how amazing they are and all it takes is for someone else to see the greatness in them and remind them of just how incredible they are. They then get the opportunity to discover it or rediscover it for themselves.
My family also inspires me; my son Matt, my daughter Miranda and my husband John. The people I work with and who share my passion for making a real difference and the people who are genuinely out there wanting to share this message of wellness inspire me daily. The manufacturers and growers of certified organic ingredients and produce inspire me because they are at the ground roots of an industry impacting and bringing about change to so many people’s lives and all of the people in the certified organic industry, without exception are doing what they do, I believe, because of their genuine intent to make a difference not only to people’s lives but to our planet. The generations that follow will benefit greatly from these innovators and they all inspire me, without a doubt, to be the best person I can be.
Sharing the world of wellness and seeing light bulb moments occur during one of my presentations or public speaking engagements inspires me, as does connecting to gorgeous souls during my presentations and via my website and social media sites. I love seeing young people especially take up this message of wellness and adopt it totally into their lives. Healthy can be and is simple. Healthy is also tasty and it can be reasonably priced if you know where and what to buy. I have heaps of beautiful healthy recipes on my website for you to take and use and soon will be adding products to my site such that it will become a one-stop wellness shop for all.
What are your best tips for a calm and stress-free Christmas?
Christmas is a busy time of year, but it is also a very special time of year where families come together to celebrate and create life-long memories. We often forget that while rushing around trying to make everything perfect.
My best tip is to just take time to be in the moment, to be present to the beauty of life and to those who you are blessed to share life with. If things are getting hectic or a little too much, take 10 – 15 minutes time out for yourself and meditate. I personally mediate for at least 20 minutes every single day as it allows me to shut out the world and to go deep within. This 20 minutes of a morning sets me up for an event filled, productive day where my body is transported (for the day) into parasympathetic nervous system state where it rests and digests and performs at its optimum. Most of us operate in Sympathetic Nervous System State where we are in fight or flight and Christmas especially with us trying to be everything to everyone and be here, there and everywhere constantly find ourselves in this state. Sadly, when we are in this state (and most of us are consistently due to our hectic lifestyles) our bodies cannot digest food or burn fat and we wonder why we are feeling lethargic and worn out. Time to meditate, eat healthy certified organic and use only healthy certified organic personal, skin and hair care products.