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The Joy Of Eating

Discover the joy of eating in a more connected, mindful and delicious way

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The doors for The Joy Of Eating open again on Monday 26th June!

Only a limited number of VIP places are available if you're interested in additionalone-to-one support.

Are you ready to get your taste buds tingling with joy? Yes, it's time to find your kitchen happy!

Join me to explore mindful tasting and creative cooking practices - and enhance your eating pleasure one bite at a time.

We're so often rushing around and 'multi-tasking' that we forget to actually taste what we're eating.

It's time to slow down, cook and taste with ALL your senses, and explore the many layers of flavour that make food delicious.


 

Through The Joy Of Eating you’ll:


- discover the deliciousness of using all your senses to taste (rather than just eat!) food

- experience the pleasure of slowing down and adding a sprinkle of mindfulness

- build and flex your creative cooking muscles

- develop a greater awareness of food that helps you feel and do good

Understanding how the senses affect taste is a great foundation for creating delicious food - and slowing down gives you the chance to enjoy it!

Maybe you're stuck in a rut of same old, same old mid-week meals?

Or do you need some help to get you started on your creative cooking journey? You want to create healthy and tasty meals, but need a few tips.

Even if you're an experienced cook, there are whole new layers of flavour to discover and explore by pausing and paying attention a little more often.

 

Over the 10 weeks of The Joy Of Eating, you'll plot your own flavour adventure.

We'll start with the basics of taste and move through to how you can use this knowledge to invent your own delicious dishes - and eat them in a more connected way.

The Joy Of Eating contains small daily practices and lots of manageable cooking tips for busy people. And it may contain nuts! Oh, and a little spattering of dark chocolate. Actually, there is definitely chocolate involved...

At the centre of The Joy Of Eating are whole, unprocessed, seasonal everyday ingredients.

I won't tell you what you should and shouldn't eat, or provide nutritional advice (I'm a cook and chocolate maker, not a nutritionist!) - but I will give you a range of beautiful whole foods and tempting flavours to explore in a more conscious - and delicious - way.

This is a naturally healthy and joyful way of eating, focussing on real food, rather than a dietary plan framed in guilt, calories and restriction.

It's not about being 'perfect', but about the pleasure of paying just a little more attention and seeing what you discover. And having a little (or lots of!) fun while doing it.

Give yourself the gift of eating in a way that makes you feel good.

What's In Your Joyful Programme...

Week 1 - Take a breath

Sets foundations for the 10 weeks, including some short daily practices and reflections. There is particular focus on the importance and power of the breath.

Mini-meditation: A Comforting Cuppa


Week 2 - Taste & the senses

An overview of all the senses and why they are important to tasting and cooking.

Connected Challenge: One Sense Wonder

Expert Interview: Natasha Blok, Squiggle Of Senses


Week 3 - The joy of colour

Explore the importance of sight and colour, taking a playful approach to using it in the kitchen.

Creative Challenge: Build A Rainbowl


Week 4 - The joy of texture & aroma

Delve into the pleasure of touch and smell in food, and start to experiment with incorporating more of both in dishes. This is also where we'll get into the fun of flavour combinations.

Mini-meditation: A Taste Of Chocolate

Expert Interview: Dorothy and Stephanie, Fig & Bloom


Week 5 - Refresh yourself

A chance to pause and catch up on anything you've missed or would like to repeat from the first 4 weeks. This is also an opportunity to reflect on your progress so far.


Week 6 - The joy of taste

Go deeper into the basic tastes and explore how to use them in cooking and balancing dishes. I'll also give you my list of store cupboard essentials to ensure you always have a well stocked kitchen.

Mini-meditation: Compare The Carrot


Week 7 - The joy of being a curious cook

We'll start to get a little more experimental and I'll share some of my favourite flavour boosts. Now that you've got to grips with taste, it's your chance to try something new!

Creative Challenge: Something New


Week 8 - The joy of conscious eating

Our food choices have both a personal and wider impact. This week covers some different elements of more sustainable eating. Eating in a more connected way includes considering where your food comes from - and where it goes!

Mini-meditation: The Stirring Spoon

Expert Interview: Lorna Hall, Eat Myyy Thoughts


Week 9 - The connected meal

During our penultimate week, we'll explore the basics of a more mindful meal. This brings together elements from the earlier weeks and includes small actions you can incorporate in your everyday eating.

Connected Challenge: The Mindful Meal

BONUS The Joy Of Eating Mini-Cookery e-Book

Expert Interview: Stephanie Seege, Helpings


Week 10 - The joy of reflection

We'll finish with some reflection exercises so you can take stock of the last couple of months and see how far you've travelled. This is also an opportunity to set any post-programme goals. This is really the beginning of a lifelong journey - not the end!

Want a little taste of The Joy Of Eating? Check out the special preview of Week 2...

 

What's included?

  • 10 weeks of video training (1 x 10-15 minutes modules per week) to watch at your own pace, plus:
    • workbook with daily and weekly activities
    • recipe suggestions
    • equipment & ingredient lists
    • suggested reading lists
  • Mini-meditations
  • Creative and conscious challenge activities
  • Expert interviews

ADDITIONAL BONUSES...

  • Monthly live webinar/Q&A sessions - plus recordings if you can't make it live
  • Access to The Joy Of Eating Facebook group
  • A special The Joy Of Eating mini-cookbook collection
  • I'm also available to answer any questions you have at any point during the programme!


Want a bit more support? The VIP Option

  • If you'd like to explore one-to-one support, I have a limited number of places available to help you through the programme. This is a great way of boosting your accountability and helping you stay on course.
  • This package includes:
    • 1 x initial 30 minute chat to talk through your personal requirements and so we can get to know each other
    • 5 x 1 hour Skype/Google Hangout chats (once every 2 weeks) to talk through your progress and go into greater detail on any areas you'd like to explore further.
  • This is also an opportunity to pick my brains on flavours and suggestions for dishes that you might enjoy, and how you can stock your cupboards in a way that helps boost your kitchen happy.

Your Instructor


Meredith Whitely
Meredith Whitely

Hi, I'm Meredith and I'm a big food and flavour lover (especially if it involves dark chocolate). I help people connect to and through food.

I set up my business, Food At Heart, for people like me who love food, and enjoy experimenting with recipes and new flavours - but also want to pursue a more conscious way of living and eating.

Some of my earliest memories are of leaning over a mixing bowl with my mum. Since then, food and cooking has been such an important part of life. But it wasn’t all mixing bowls and cookery books. My career spans market research, marketing, music and e-commerce. And I learned a lot about selling toothpaste.

What kept me going over the years in my 'normal' work was my love of flavour and cooking; it was an important creative outlet and a way of relieving stress.

A couple of years ago, some digestive issues made me realise I needed to press the pause button. I had to pay attention to my eating and life in a whole new way.

An opportunity came to take a leap out of corporate life and from this, Food At Heart was born. I now run events and programmes that give people a little time out to taste with a bit more attention, and create delicious and nourishing food (including a healthy spattering of dark chocolate!).


Some lovely feedback on The Joy Of Eating...

"I love food, but had found myself in a rut and bored with my usual recipes. The Joy Of Eating was so much fun and has totally revitalised my approach to cooking and eating. Meredith has created an easy-to-follow and encouraging course that inspired me to experiment with flavour combinations without expensive shopping list or elaborate sessions in my kitchen.

Highlights included the expert interviews with great insights into staying well and conscious eating. The best part? Meredith's soothing mini-meditations which were easy to fit into my daily routine; one even required me to eat chocolate!"

Clare Barry, founder Urban Curiosity



Plus nice things people have said about my Food At Heart cooking workshops...


"You reminded me to pay more attention to the experience I was having, through being mindful.

It’s too easy to rush, and forget how much there is to enjoy from experiencing good food.”


“I loved it. It has made me feel inspired to cook (I don’t usually cook!!).

I found it to be a calming and very satisfying experience.”


“The evening really brought my team together in a whole new way.

It was a great combination of reflection and fun; we’ve even used some of the principles back in the office.”

This course is for you if:

- you're a busy person who needs manageable tips for eating in a more pleasurable and calm way

- you inhale your food without taking a breath and would like to start breaking a cycle of mindless eating

- you think creating delicious meals means buying faddy and expensive ingredients (it doesn’t need to!)

- you want to get more confident with how you can use everyday foods and interesting flavours to spice up your dishes and get you out of cooking humdrum

- you'd like to explore foods and flavours that you truly enjoy and make you feel good

- you’ve always dreamed of becoming a chocolate fairy – okay maybe this one is my secret dream, but all other wannabe chocolate fairies are welcome!

Frequently Asked Questions


I'm not much of a cook, so is the course okay for me?
That's not a problem! This course is about helping you explore taste and does involve some food preparation and cooking (as I think this is a really important way to get used to tasting and eating good food). However, it's designed so that you can make food at your level. There are opportunities to go a bit further if you want to, but I'm a huge fan of simple dishes made with lovely ingredients. This is very much aimed at home chefs rather than molecular gastronomists.
How much time is involved each day?
There are small daily practices throughout the 10 weeks that will take about 5-10 minutes a day. The weekly videos are 10-15 minutes long. There are also some weekly challenges and mini-meditations. These are all designed to fit in easily to your day and can be done at your own pace (and you can go back and repeat as many times as you'd like to!).
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you're unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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