The Joy Of Eating

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

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Are you ready to get your taste buds tingling with joy?

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

Taste with all your senses, explore flavours that make you feel good, and discover the delight of creating and eating nourishing food made with everyday ingredients.

We're so often rushing around and 'multi-tasking' that we forget to actually taste when we're eating - or get stuck in a rut of same old, same old dishes. Somewhere along the line lots of us have lost our intuition for eating in a way that tastes and makes us feel good!

The Joy Of Eating contains small, manageable daily practices for busy people like you that will help maximise your tasting pleasure (it may also contain nuts! Oh, and a little dark chocolate...).

Over the 4 week programme, you'll plot your own flavour adventure, starting with the basics of tasting all the way through to creating your own delicious dishes, and eating these in a more aware way.

This is not about telling what you should and shouldn't eat, or a strict dietary plan, but about exploring a range of foods and flavours in a more conscious - and delicious - way. It's not about being 'perfect', but about the pleasure of paying just a little more attention.



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

- build your own repertoire of mindful moments to help you enjoy eating even more

- discover foods & flavours that taste and make you feel good - plus tips for including them in your daily dishes

What will I discover in The Joy Of Eating?

Week 1: Start where you are – and re-introduce yourself to your senses

You'll start with setting your own personal goals and some daily practices to help you focus. During the first week I'll also introduce you to the basics of engaging the senses in tasting (and why it's worth doing!).

Module 1: Setting the foundation

Module 2: Engaging the senses

Expert Interview: Taste - a multi-sensory experience

Week 2: Learning to taste again – with a little cooking along the way

Start to deepen your connection with the senses, exploring the importance of texture and the uplifting power of aroma. You'll also get creative with putting together your own coloured-filled dishes.

Module 1: Exploring texture & aroma

Module 2: Eating the rainbow

Expert Interview: Creating a vibrant plate

Week 3: Look & taste again – the delight of everyday ingredients & uplifting flavours

You don't need expensive ingredients to create delicious food: celebrate store cupboard and seasonal essentials, and get creative combining tastes & flavours (including ways to use flavours to get you out of a cooking humdrum).

Module 1: Discover the delight of the everyday

Module 2: Try something new

Expert Interview: The joy of vegetables

Week 4: Building consciousness & connectedness - the mindful meal

Define your own sense of 'conscious eating': eat in a way that makes you feel good and experience the delight of a fully mindful meal.

Module 1: What is conscious eating

Module 2: A fully mindful meal

Expert Interview: Trust your gut

The expert interviewees include a wonderful range of women with some fascinating perspectives on food and eating:
- the delicious, nutritious ladies at Fig & Bloom
- multi-sensory adventurer Natasha Blok
- the delightful Stephanie of This Is Helpings (your go-to lady for a dose of Finnish wellbeing)
- bubbly vegetable lover and part-time nurse, Lorna of Eat Myyy Thoughts

For a little sneak preview of Week 1 check out the below!


What's included?

  • 4 weeks of video training (2 x 10-15 minutes modules per week) to watch at your own pace, plus:
    • workbook with daily and weekly activities
    • mini-meditations
    • recipe suggestions
    • equipment & ingredient lists
    • suggested reading list
  • Weekly challenge activities
  • Weekly expert interviews
  • 2 live webinar Q&A sessions, plus recordings

BONUS CONTENT - in this future will be part of a VIP package, but for the launch of The Joy Of Eating the below is included for everyone

  • 1 live cook along - also recorded (worth £15)
  • 45 minute 121 session after the course (worth £75)
  • Ticket to London event in April - live streaming if you can’t make it in person (worth £20)
  • Lifetime access (priceless!)

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 set up my business, Food At Heart, for people like me who 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. This included a fair chunk of time managing training & development, designing events and running workshops.

What kept me going over the years in my 'normal' work was a 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. From this leap, Food At Heart was born. I now run cooking and tasting events that give people a little time out to taste with more attention, and create delicious and nourishing food (from salad to dark chocolate!).

Some 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 being 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 a bit of 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 4 weeks that will take about 5-10 minutes a day. The twice-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!).
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on the evening of March 6th 2017 and finishes on April 3rd 2017. But you have lifetime access so you can complete the sessions at your own pace - and repeat them as many times as you like!
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.

This course is not open for enrollment.

Class Curriculum

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