The Food At Heart Story

With just a little extra attention food becomes even more delicious…

Welcome to Food At Heart. I’m so glad you’ve found me!

And if you’ve made it to this page, I’m guessing you’d like to know a little more about who I am and what I do.

Let me introduce myself: I’m Meredith and I created Food At Heart for people, like me, who want to develop a more conscious way of eating – and living.

I help people (and hopefully you) bringing a little calm to minds and bellies. Food At Heart is all about slowing down, tasting a little more and getting connected with what you put in your tum.

 

What’s the Food At Heart ethos?

It’s all about eating well and eating with joy – and eating in a way that is kind to your digestion. The aim is to get your body and mind feeling good.

Cooking is a big part of this.

It’s really important to get hands-on with food and know what’s going into your mouth and body. This also means having a little fun with food too.  I LOVE getting in the kitchen and playing around with ingredients and flavours; it’s still one of my ultimate stress relievers.

It’s not just what you eat, it’s also how you eat – including taking the time to actually taste food. (Remember, it’s not a race to the fork finish line!). All the different senses affect our taste; understanding how they work together (and taking time to notice them) takes your eating and cooking to a whole new level. Your mouth and your digestion will thank you when you eat this way.

I know from personal experience that having digestive problems or generally feeling stressed and overwhelmed, can make it difficult to eat joyfully. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be this way.

This is why you’ll find meditation weaved into what I do. It’s one of the tools I use to manage my own temperamental digestion. In fact, it’s so important to me that I’m currently training as a meditation teacher.

You’ll also see one particular ingredient spattered (sometimes literally) across my website, workshops and meditations. And this is good quality dark chocolate. It brings the things I’ve mentioned above to life as it’s a beautiful ingredient to cook with, has hundreds of flavour molecules to appreciate when tasted slowly – and, to be honest, I’m just a bit of a chocolate geek!

 

What else?

My definition of eating joyfully also means eating whole foods that sing with the full flavour of the season they naturally grow in; it’s all about simple ingredients and interesting flavours put together with a little love.

I care about where my food comes from and eat pesticide-free where possible. Oh, and I prefer food to go in mouths rather than bins, so anything that reduces food waste is a big plus too!

 

What does joyful eating mean to you?

A little bit about me…

I’ve been sharing my love of food and flavour for over 2.5 years through reflective cooking and tasting workshops, private sessions and online programmes. As with many people working in food and wellbeing, my route into this area isn’t necessarily a traditional one and is inspired by some of my own experiences.

Looking back I can spot the seeds of Food At Heart in my very early years…

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

My working life spans market research, marketing, music and e-commerce. Yes, I’m interested in many things! I learned a lot about toothpaste and mentored, trained and coached quite a few peeps along the way.

What kept me going over the years in my ‘normal’ work was the release and pleasure I found in food and cooking. My spare time was filled with cooking classes, food events and – of course – a fair bit of time in the kitchen.

However, a few years’ ago some serious digestive issues caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), followed by a further diagnosis of fibromyalgia, made me realise I needed to press the pause button. I had to pay attention to my eating, my body and my life in a whole new way. This included rebuilding my love of eating. It was from this experience that Food At Heart was born.

I now spend my time:

– working with people on the sensory and mindful side of eating and tasting

– helping people use this knowledge to improve cooking and belly calm

– writing about food and more mindful ways of eating (and living)

– tasting and making chocolate (one of the key ingredients which helped develop my palate and make me truly appreciate the benefits of properly tasting food)

– generally spreading as much of the happiness that good food brings me as possible!

I’m also currently training to be a meditation teacher with the British School Of Meditation and am in the final stages of my training, so expect to see more meditation in this space…

 

If you have any questions, would like to know more, are interested in working with me or potential collaborations, drop me an email at meredith@foodatheart.co.uk.

 

Main image © James Champion

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

Ruth Reichl

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