Meet Meredith

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, good food and eating well is my great love. Over the 3 years I’ve been sharing this love through reflective cooking and tasting sessions, chocolate making and now my meditation workshops.

As with many people working in food and wellbeing, my route into this area is inspired by some of my own experiences.

However the seeds of Food At Heart were planted in my very early years…

I grew up in a house of delicious dishes created by my mum who is a fantastic cook. Some of my first memories are of leaning over a mixing bowl with my mum. 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 my life; it was a creative outlet, a source of happiness and a way I managed stress from the time I was a student and through my working life.

But it hasn’t all been mixing bowls and cookery books.

Prior to setting up Food At Heart I worked in the music industry, market research, Government and e-commerce. And I mentored, trained and coached quite a few people along the way. Much of my spare time was spent in the kitchen, at food events or in cooking classes – while also fostering my love of good chocolate.

When I look back I can see many points of “almost burn out”, but I would make some changes and claw my way back without really dealing with some of the deeper underlying issues. Although my stomach had been sensitive for a while, I was pretty good at ignoring its warning signs and ploughing on.

Then disaster struck…

A combination of personal tragedy, lots of travel, a tiring commute and a job that wasn’t quite right culminated in waking up one Monday morning and not being able to get out of bed. This was the beginning of 12 months of investigation, medication and lifestyle challenges – and finding my love of food truly challenged.

I was diagnosed with IBS and then fibromyalgia. I knew I needed to make some major changes and it was from this that Food At Heart was born. I now support people through meditation workshops, slow tasting events, mindful cooking sessions – and, of course, chocolate making.

 

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