What’s my story?
Recently, on one of my mother and daughter cooking workshops, a mother asked me what my background is – Am I a nutritionist or did I have a health scare that lead me down this path?
And although I used to wish I had a great ‘story’ to tell about something that happened when I was younger, I realise that I actually don’t need one.
But I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself and actually how Wicked Wellbeing was came about.
I grew up on a farm just out of Dannevirke, Southern Hawkes Bay and we’re not quite sure where it came from but I just loved to cook. I used to sell muffins in the district and our neighbour was my first and always regular customer (pumpkin and chocolate chip were their fav, looking back, they’re not exactly healthy but they were made with so much love!). Also, a friend and I used to sell muffins at the local tennis tournaments (in between being on the court, either versing each other in a gruelling final or as a doubles team!) so it’s always been in my blood.
When I left school, I didn’t know I could do anything in food so I trained as an Early Childhood Teacher which I did for a couple of years and then headed overseas.
After I returned, I retrained as a graphic designer which I use every day in my business but again, it wasn’t necessarily my passion – I loved the learning, I loved the creativity and it’s the absolute best skill you can have when you’re running your own business but not something I wanted to do solely as a career.
It wasn’t until I’d had my three children that I realised the importance of nutritious food and what I took for granted, other parents struggled with. From then on, I knew I really wanted to inspire healthy eating, but I was like, no one knows who I am so how am I going to get the word out there?
It started with a Facebook page where I posted about what I ate and cooked for my family and it got some traction. Then I thought, oh, I know, I’ll offer a free lunchbox programme, which from that, I became the lunchbox girl and it’s just evolved from there.
Last week, I reached 10K on my Facebook page, which is quite a milestone! Thank you if you’re one of my incredible and supportive followers. Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway coming up very soon!
I now have two healthy lunchbox cookbooks (my first one won the Gourmand Best Food & Family cookbook in NZ and I’m about to enter Healthy Lunchbox Love into the 2018 awards). I also have an absolute passion of showing parents and children how to cook healthy food through live cooking workshops (including Mother and Daughter and Mother and Son workshops, with so many other topics on the cards as well – click HERE to find out what’s coming up).
I’ve actually always been healthy and my mission now is to help you achieve that for you and your family. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know I have suffered from depression growing up, which definitely has its challenges, but I’m now on top of it and discovering the amazing world of raw, nutrient dense food has definitely helped that recovery.
So my motto is ‘Healthy Eating Made Easy’ just for you! I don’t follow any fad diets, I just keep it really simple using everyday ingredients from the supermarket – I know you’re short of time so I just want to help you create healthy meals in little time.
I recently received this email from one of my lovely mothers …
Thank you for your awesome book, Healthy Lunchbox Love. I have cooked just about every recipe and keep coming back to make repeats. After trying so many different recipes in the hunt to give my kids healthier alternatives, I have finally managed to do this thanks to your awesome recipes. My kids are fussy and they haven’t complained once, which is just huge in our household. Thank you for providing me with a ‘wicked’ toolbox to pull out some delicious baking for our family.”
Kind regards, Vicki
This is part of my story, to impact families lives like this.
I also want you to know, I’m in the trenches with you, with my family, which doesn’t always go smoothly – I don’t want you to think that we don’t have our challenges as we certainly do! That’s why I’m an open book about sharing my journey with you, what works, what doesn’t and if I find a product I love, I’ll shout it from the roof tops because I know it’s going to impact your health too (as it has done mine).
Thank you so much for reading and supporting me, I hope that in some ways it inspires you to make homemade wholesome goodness for your family.
If you’d be interested in having a 1-1 session to find out how we can make some simple changes for you and your family that are achievable and sustainable, please CLICK HERE to send me an email and I’ll send you more information.