I've always been a lover of food and cooking, from my younger years cooking in the kitchen with mum to fending for myself in my late teens when I moved to the big city. For me, a large portion of my life revolves around cooking and celebrating food.
I grew up in a small country town in Gippsland, Victoria. Growing up in a farming region, I was aware of where our food came from, and the effort that went into putting food onto the table each night.
I began my career in Beauty Therapy, which I worked in for 7 years. During this period, it became clear to me how much people cared about their appearances and would do almost anything to keep their youthful looking skin. All the fancy creams, serums, laser lights, injections, fillers, you name it! I felt as though the industry grew away from me, it no longer fulfilled my passion.
I've always loved the simple life, dreaming of a cottage farm, with a garden big enough to fill my families bellies. I guess this was what led me to study at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Before I knew it, I was half way through my first semester sitting in a chemistry lecture learning the periodic table, krebs cycle, and the unforgettable methylation cycle (cringe!).
Post graduate me
During the three years of my degree, I went through phases of being concerned about every detail of my life, the food I was putting into my body, the toxins around me, and not to mention my paranoia about the global plastic use and wastage. Everything I was studying was telling me these things were bad for both my health and the planet. It was overwhelming. As time went on, I realised none of this was sustainable for the life I was living. Whilst trying to be perfect, I was struggling to be good. This has led me on my path to become a nutritionist that appreciates sustainable lifestyle changes or adaptions that fit YOU. Life is all about moderation, enjoying the small things and forever changing and growing.
Since completing my degree in Nutritional Medicine, I have also dipped my toes into permaculture and gardening courses to satisfy my need to be in amongst the soil, sunlight and mother earths vibrations. This is an area I am definitely still learning as I go, sometimes failing miserably but these failures make the success all so much sweeter.
I envision Eat Plant Grow to be a space for nutritious food, growing internally and externally and living a regenerative lifestyle allowing not only us but also our beautiful planet to grow and flourish.