Julie Stafford Julie Stafford Julie Stafford is best known for changing a generation's eating habits through the 80’s and 90’s with her 'Taste of Life' healthy-eating cookbooks. Her life-changing direction from art teacher to healthy-eating guru began after husband Bruce, age 30, was diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Julie researched the link between diet and disease and how diet could rebuild Bruce's immune system. Her research became Australia's biggest and fastest-selling cookbook. Her first cookbook, 'Taste of Life', sold a record 1.2 million copies in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. Over the next 18 years, Julie wrote 22 more cookbooks (all best-sellers). Best of all, a little over a year after diagnosis, Bruce beat his cancer odds, living unaffected by his brush with life-threatening cancer for more than 22 years. Julie became a much sought after presenter at national food and lifestyle exhibitions; and was a regular television presenter, teaching healthy eating. She also pioneered, with food and appliance manufacturers, new food products and kitchen appliances for a new health conscious audience. Easily stepping from cookbook writing to motivation, Julie's best-selling motivational title, 'Stepping Out' put her on the lucrative speaker's circuit where she fast earned a reputation for challenging audiences to embrace change, pursue passions, and to not let a life be defined by circumstance. A respected communicator, her audiences have been as large as 5000 and as intimate as 5. In 2006, the unimaginable happened. Bruce lost his battle from a second, totally unrelated cancer to his first. This time it was mesothelioma (asbestos cancer). To heal from her great loss, Julie chose to embrace the challenges of travel, travelling thousands of kilometres across several continents to explore who she could become, in a solo woman capacity, in the next chapter of her life. For thirty years she had lived an extraordinary love story. Her wounded heart begged her not to let her life become anything less extraordinary. Her travels have allowed her to observe the beauty of vast lands, taste new cultures, and discover conversations with strangers hold priceless lessons. She has lingered on spectacular sunsets and sunrises, discovered there is no language barrier in laughter, and concludes it is happiness that heals and unites us. She has fallen in love with the sound a zipper makes on her suitcase. The click of a camera has become her new music. Not wanting to stagnate in mind, body or spirit Julie is rarely still. She reads departure and arrivals boards at airports like most read the daily news. Today, more than a decade on from that first journey, and travelling for up to 5 months each year, internationally, Julie can't imagine not being inspired and empowered by the diversities of civilizations thousands-of-years-old. Over four visits to Morocco, traveling more than 12,500km, covering the wild and rugged Atlantic Coast with its ancient white-walled cities on the sea, Julie has touched the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains and been delivered into the heart of a scorching Sahara. In Morocco's 4 Imperial Cities of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat Julie has tasted some of Morocco’s most intimate secrets. For Julie, Morocco is a magical and exotic destination, oozing the romance of a fascinating, distant world, where modern and charming luxuries are unrivalled and unexpected. Along the way, Julie journaled her experiences, and recently released a fictionalised account of her autobiography. Titled, ‘Seagulls on the Ganges’, many are calling Julie’s new novel, “The Alchemist for a new-age, awakening woman.” Self-publishing her book with a rising, self-publishing house in India, Notion Press, Julie is proactively seeking a traditional publisher to expand her readership, hoping for several translations, so as many women as possible get to feel the inspiration of her journey. In 2017-2018 Julie produced the screenplay adaption of ‘Seagulls on the Ganges’ along with a Hollywood screenplay writer and producer. The movie has been budgeted at US$18,000,000 and Julie is actively seeking investors for seed capital to get the movie to its next stages, so it might one day hit the big screen. Julie recently travelled to Varanasi, India, to sit with the seagulls on the famous Ganges. What she discovered there was the storyline for the sequel to her ‘Seagulls on the Ganges’. She hopes the sequel will be completed and ready to present to publishers by the end of 2019. When she is not traveling, writing, cooking, or behind the lens of her camera, Julie is painting, having recently returned to her artist roots, focusing predominantly on seagulls that convey the message of her ‘Seagulls on the Ganges’ and her travels. Her mediums are dramatic photography and acrylic on large canvases. Already, Julie has achieved two successful exhibitions and she is currently working on a third for late 2019, early 2020. Passionate about cancer research, more than a decade of Julie's fundraising and Board contribution has supported the development of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, in regional Australia, where a cancer laboratory is dedicated in Bruce’s name. In 2013, Julie was awarded Governor of the Institute for her services to cancer research. A major community contributor, holding several board positions (Board Director Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute/Board Director Asbestos Diseases Society Victoria Inc/Board Director Committee for Ballarat/Chair Ballarat Advantage Inc/Chair Ballarat Tourism Advisory Board), Julie is also an Australian Businesswomen Hall of Fame inductee and was Avon Spirit of Achievement Business Award Winner 1998 (a most prestigious award for women recognizing individuals of outstanding skills and contributions) and Victorian Telstra Business Woman's Awards finalist in the category of Business Owner 1998, Julie is also a successful property developer holding 9 residential properties and 3 commercial properties in her property portfolio. Julie Stafford is Director & CEO TASTE OF LIFE PTY LTD
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