The Food At Heart Story
Welcome to Food At Heart – I’m so glad you found me…
If you’ve made it to this page, I’m guessing you’d like to know a bit more about who I am and, most importantly, how I can help you.
Let me start by introducing myself…
I’m Meredith. I’m a mindful eating guide, meditation teacher and passionate lover of all things cacao. I support people in bringing calm to their minds and their bellies through the delicious combination of chocolate and meditation.
After many years of suffering from digestive and fatigue issues, I particularly want to help other people (hopefully you!) with tummy troubles.
I’m also a self-confessed a chocolate geek which is why you’ll often find dark chocolate in what I do. That and because it’s a tasty way to bring mindful living to life.
What’s the Food At Heart ethos?
Food At Heart is about small, delicious actions you can incorporate into a busy life. It’s about finding pleasure in the slow and simple, and not just in relation to food.
I know from personal experience that having digestive problems connected to Irritable Bowel Syndrome can make it difficult to eat and live joyfully, especially if you’re generally feeling stressed and overwhelmed. But stress can of course be a major issue even if you don’t have issues with your digestion.
Fortunately it doesn’t have to be this way. Making small changes that bring a little more slowness and connection into life can make a big difference.
This is why meditation has been an important tool in my own digestive and self-care management kit. In fact, it is so important that it led me to training as a meditation teacher with the British School of Meditation. I also work as a teaching assistant at the London school to train future meditation teachers.
Yes, you’ll see the ‘M’ words – meditation and mindfulness that is – in many places these days. But this is because they can be a really powerful way to bring more gentle awareness, calm and self-compassion into life – which is an important part of tackling tummy troubles.
Along with some short free taster meditations you can listen to via my site, I run in-person workshops if you’d like to try meditation out for yourself. I also weave chocolate making and tasting through my work to bring my slow living and eating ethos to life in a tasty way – including through my Calm Cocoa by Meredith Whitely hot chocolate range.
And to be completely clear – I’m not a nutritionist or a medical professional; I share my stories, experience and guidance as a cook, chocolatier and meditation teacher, but I won’t ever diagnose, prescribe or make medical recommendations. But I will aim to provide smiles and support.
If you’d like to find out what I have coming up, just check my events page for meditation workshops and slow tasting events. I also run bespoke team sessions if you’d like something a bit more personal.
What else should you know about me?
I care deeply about where my food comes from and eat pesticide-free where possible. Eating sustainably and in a way that’s kind to the planet is something that’s really important to me.
I like to eat foods that sing with the full flavour of the season they naturally grow in, mixed with interesting flavours and put together with a little love. I have recipes peppered across my website celebrating this.
Oh, and I prefer food to go in mouths rather than bins, so anything that reduces food waste is a big plus too!
Main image © James Champion