We're pretty lucky to be blessed with such a diverse and passionate team here at 180 Nutrition. Co-founders Guy Lawrence and Stu Cooke do their best to steer the ship and are driven to help people become the best versions of themselves - and they love a challenge. This task is only made easier by the support and guidance of the trusted 180 team.
Guy likes to think of himself as a bit of a resource where health and nutrition is concerned - and rightly so. He has a long career as a health and fitness coach and is also partial to a bit of public speaking (some say he loves the sound of his own voice). He loves to talk about ice baths, meditation, mindset and CrossFit and will happily engage in a conversation about food, just don’t broach the subject of sugar!
As the unofficial ‘better half’ of 180, Stuart is as busy at home as he is at the office. As a father of three young daughters he is deeply aware of the importance of nutritional education from an early age. Outside of the office he’ll be found in his wetsuit surfing at the Pass in Byron Bay. (Some say escaping the madhouse at home). Jokes aside, the team are constantly evolving 180 Nutrition in the hope of improving the overall health, wellbeing and awareness of their customers.
Angela’s journey in food and nutrition began while trying to find effective treatments for her own allergies and IBS symptoms. After falling in love with naturopathic nutrition and the philosophies of treating the whole person and food as medicine she studied nutritional medicine at Nature Care College in Sydney. She loves applying her knowledge to her family. When she’s not working you will mostly find her on adventures with her two little boys, head deep in nutrition articles or at the gym.
Christine Therese Ponse
Christine feels like supporting 180 is more pleasure than work, because she finds joy in being a part of a company that’s about health and wellness which she strongly believes everyone should never take for granted. She believes that everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy and meaningful life, and the vital factors to be in that state is to never stop learning something new, have a purpose, and always find ways to stay in good shape.
Our Story (or at least Guy's story)...
Rewind eight years ago…
Not sure about you but I found this whole health and wellness thing very confusing. How did eating ever get so complicated?
Here I was, a fully qualified fitness trainer working in a state of the art fitness centre at the UTS (University of Technology, Sydney), and the nutritional advice I had been taught was simply not adding up. I had come to the conclusion that the infamous food pyramid sucked, and wanted to get to the bottom of it all and find out what it takes for amazing health.
Whilst on my search for the truth I stumbled across a small charity that had been helping people with chronic disease (mainly cancer). A team of health professional ‘renegades’ had decided to get together and use nutrition and exercise (mainly resistance training) as their prescribed therapy. The results I saw were staggering and it quickly highlighted how powerful food and exercise can be if prescribed correctly.
It also highlighted how appalling the food industry is with packaged foods, processed cereals/ grains recommended as our staple diet. On top of that, trying to provide a protein supplement to help with recovery after exercise was near impossible because of all the chemicals, artificial flavourings, sweeteners etc. Misinformation was endless and quality food products I could trust were sparse. Something had to change!
With the concept of a superfood protein blend in place, I met Stu on a surf patrol at Coogee Beach in Sydney. With an equal passion for true health and fitness and 20 years of graphic design experience, we teamed up together and 180 Nutrition was born in March 2010.
Fast forward to today…
From day one we made it our mission to provide a range of natural superfood products that are genuinely beneficial to your health, family friendly products you can actually trust. Furthermore we’ve created an amazing resource and a vibrant community of like minded individuals. It’s here where we challenge conventional thinking, engage with thought leaders around the globe, have a lot of fun and share our discoveries along the way.
So please, stick around, explore and enjoy what we have to offer as we’ve one goal in mind, to help you get fitter and healthier every day!
Co-Founder & Resident Thinker