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, eating well – including eating good chocolate – 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 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 who I am; it was a creative outlet, a source of happiness and a way I managed stress from the time I was a student and into my working life.

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

Before setting up Food At Heart I spent over 17 years working in a 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 was working in a fairly constant state of low level chronic stress. My stomach had been sensitive for a while, but I was pretty good at ignoring its warning signs and ploughing on.

Then disaster struck…

A combination of bereavement, lots of travel, a tiring commute and a job that wasn’t quite giving me enough purpose, culminated in me waking up one Monday morning and not being able 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 diagnosed with IBS and then fibromyalgia. I knew I needed to make some major changes.

It was from this the need for change that Food At Heart was born. I initially ran reflective cooking workshops, often involving chocolate, and lead chocolate tours on the side. While doing this I trained as a meditation teacher and combined what I experienced in relation to mindfulness with my chocolate making. I now support people through meditation workshops, slow tasting events 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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