My Mission- To help people work towards optimal health and wellness through deliciously good food
My food journey began when I was 13 after reading a book that made my impulsive teenage self decide to become vegetarian. My mum having gone through cancer recently was happy to indulge me (luckily). For the next 9 years I stuck steadfastly to this choice.
Unfortunately for me being vegetarian wasn’t synonymous with good health. I lived a rather indulgent and unhealthy life style from the time I left home at 17 and became overweight, unwell and very unhappy both inside and out.
A week before my 20th birthday I was diagnosed with cancer. This was my wake up call, and so began my journey with nourishing whole food eating. After my diagnosis I attended the Gawler Foundation in Australia where I was educated about life affirming foods and complete ways to regain health. This course focused on all the possible modalities both eastern and western that could be used to fight cancer and general ill health.
My absolute love of food flourished from here, I worked in Emergency trauma care for a number of years as well as in the outdoor and Antarctic all the time gathering my food and health knowledge.
In 2013 I completed a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition at Cornell University and started blogging my recipes. I believe that food should be nourishing and a total joy. I also understand how overwhelming it can be, especially when you or a love one have been advised to ‘eat healthily’ or are recovering from diet related illness. More recently I completed Raw Chef Certification.
I want to provide the link between being told what to do and creating that sustainable easy lifestyle change. It doesn’t mean giving up all foods you love, but incorporating more health promoting, unprocessed, unrefined foods into your diet.
I now work as a wholefood coach and I am currently writing my first cookbook. My food creations are animal product free and often have gluten free options. They can all be easily changed to meet special dietary requirements (or still have your favourite bit of cheese). I live in Nelson New Zealand and my spare time is spent practicing yoga and adventuring in the great outdoors.
Please look through the services I offer if you are interested in your own journey to wholefood health.