Meet Meredith

Growing up

A little bit about me

Hi there! I’m Meredith and I’m the chocolate lovin’ lady behind Food At Heart.

What can I tell you about myself?

Well first of all – as it probably apparent by the name of my business – I love food. Eating well is one of my great loves. It’s how I relax, connect and generally enjoy life. I’ve been sharing this love since 2015 through reflective cooking and tasting sessions, chocolate making and meditation workshops.

As with many people working in food and wellbeing, my route into this was inspired by my own experiences. Though the seeds of Food At Heart were actually planted in my very early years…

I grew up in a house of delicious dishes created by my mum, who is a very talented cook. Some of my first memories are of leaning over a mixing bowl with her. That’s me in the left of the picture above tasting some of the results!

Since I was little (actually I’m still not very tall), food has been an important part of life. I cooked from an early age and it has always been a big part of who I am; it was a creative outlet, a source of happiness and a way I managed stress.

But it hasn’t all been mixing bowls and cookery books. At one point my love of food was serious challenged by digestive issues…

In my previous working life I spent over 17 years in various big businesses, from the music industry and market research to e-commerce. Like so many people in the corporate world, I had many points of “almost burn out” and wasn’t great at getting on top of stress. My stomach had been sensitive for a while, but I was pretty good at ignoring the warning signs and ploughing on.

Then disaster struck…

A combination of bereavement, lots of travel, a tiring commute and job pressures all built up and one Monday morning I woke up, unable to get out of bed. This was the beginning of 12 months of investigations, medication and lifestyle challenges – including the real challenge of trying to find any food that didn’t seem to upset my stomach.

I was finally diagnosed with IBS and then fibromyalgia. I knew I needed to make some major changes and this was the thing that finally kick started a regular meditation practice.

It was also from this need for change that Food At Heart was born.

I initially ran reflective cooking workshops, often involving chocolate, did some freelance food writing, as well as guiding chocolate walking tours in London on the side. I trained as a meditation teacher and combined this with something that I’ve always felt brings many of the principles of mindfulness to life: chocolate making and tasting.

I now support people through meditation workshops, tasting events, occasional making sessions, and the mindful chocolate products I create. 

 

If you have any questions, would like to know more or are interested in potential collaborations, drop me an email at meredith@foodatheart.co.uk. I’d love to hear from you!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

Ruth Reichl

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