Health & Wellness Over 50s Lifestyle Vlogcast

When Life Knocks You Down – Finding Strength, Resilience & Courage

November 5, 2020
Yvonne McClaren

What would you do if you had just relocated to another country, life is good and then wham! it changes and you need to draw on all of your strength and courage? My guest today in conversation is Yvonne McClaren, Chief Forager at the Food Manifesto. Yvonne’s life was turned upside down in 2018 when she discovered that her sore throat was more than she thought. With courage and determination, Yvonne began an unexpected journey and she shares her inspirational story with us today.

So let’s go join the conversation.

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Meet Yvonne

The Food Manifesto – a manifesto is a public declaration of intention. I’m the food curator for Dysphagia and provide the culinary support between your dietitian and kitchen. The Food Manifesto is an online culinary support member based community, specialising in helping people with dysphagia transition from PEG back to oral eating. I am a non for profit specialist for member based organisations. I am also a cooking instructor, a recipe developer & soup savant. I have built member numbers, produced and run countless events, marketed product and services, and built long standing relationships along the way.

Previous business cards have read: State Manager, Member Services, Event Manager, Executive Director, Sponsorship Manager, Marketing & Career Development, Lecturer & Recruiter. I am more than that, I am an Entrepreneur, a Blogger, Social media strategist, an E- commerce developer, Travel advocate, Life explorer, Food forager and Eco educator.

I believe that people will join a tribe when that tribe has an offer they can believe in with their gut and a brand promise that resonates with their long-term thinking. People will buy when they have been understood and the provision of goods or services fixes a problem, they can learn from other tribe members and feel part of the power of like mindedness.

My passion is to teach people where and how to find their tribe, how to find product and services to meet their needs. Attracting tribe members so as to move them toward their core goals. 

  • Diploma Hospitality Business Management – Regency Institute TAFE 1986
  • Wine Making 1986
  • Wine and Food Philosophy 1986
  • Food and Beverage Service Certificate 1984
    Hotel and Catering Operations 1985
  • Certificate 4 Small Business Management – Nationally Recognised Training
  • Certificate 4 Small Business Management Importing / Exporting – WEA
  • Certificate 4TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2020


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  • Reply Donna Connolly November 5, 2020 at 11:07

    What an inspiring, story. Yvonne had me glued to every word.
    Thank you for sharing this, Sue.
    I absolutely LOVE this series and always look forward to it.

    • Reply Yvonne May 2, 2021 at 14:02

      Thanks Donna for your comments, I apologise I only just spotted it. I am using my story to build a world movement for helping others transition off their PEG tube. It will soon be available at

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 8, 2020 at 12:44

    I listened to this while driving the other day and thoroughly enjoyed hearing Yvonne’s story. What a harrowing time it’s been but her strength has been amazing. Another great interview, thanks sue and Yvonne.

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