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 bellies through slow tasting, sensory-filled cooking, and using meditation and mindfulness to better manage stress.
After many years of suffering from digestive and fatigue issues, I particularly want to help other people (hopefully you!) with tummy troubles.
I’ll happily confess to being a bit of a chocolate geek. This is why you’ll often find me bringing dark chocolate into what I do. That and because it’s a delicious way to bring sensory connection and awareness 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, especially if you’re generally feeling stressed and overwhelmed, can make it difficult to eat and live joyfully. 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. (Stress is a major trigger for digestive complaints like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) so it’s helpful to find ways to keep it in check.)
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 eating ethos to life in a tasty way – including through my Slow Chocolate range which is brand new in 2018.
And to be completely clear – I’m not a nutritionist or a medical professional; I will share my stories, experience and guidance as a cooking 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. For something a bit more personal and bespoke, I also have one-to-one support options available too.
What else should you know about me?
I care deeply about where my food comes from and eat pesticide-free where possible.
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.
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