I grew up in the South Island of NZ where life is simpler and people are often more connected to where their food comes from.
For as long as I can remember, my mum and dad have always had a glass house and a veggie garden, so home-grown fruit and veggies were the norm. It’s a shame I didn’t pay more attention at the time, otherwise I wouldn’t be learning how to grow veggies from scratch now!
My dad is a hunter and keen fisherman, so we would often have wild venison, pork or chamois on the table and occasionally goat, paua and trout. My mum always made sure our food and home products were “clean” so they were often organic and chemical-free. I am pretty open minded to natural therapies and remedies through exposure to my mum’s various holistic interests — yoga, mediation, herbals and homeopathy among others — and I think this has contributed to my interest in health and fitness.
I studied health sciences at Otago University and met my husband — Andrew — in Melbourne while on uni holidays. We have been living down on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula ever since.
The Peninsula is a semi-rural, bayside oasis of market gardens and boutique vineyards. We really love our lifestyle down here and try to make the most of the fantastic area where we live as it is an absolute foodie’s dream!
I have spent time working in a gym in Mornington, selling gym memberships and I am currently a medical representative calling on both GP and pharmacy customers.
One of the disease states I discuss with my GP customers is diabetes and the more I learn about it the more horrific it seems! I wouldn’t wish any chronic disease on my worst enemy let alone myself and my family.
So, in our bid to avoid metabolic derangement and various diseases of modern civilisation, Andrew and I have cleaned up our diet and have collectively lost over 50kgs in the last year. We have been eating to a Paleolithic template and have learnt a lot about ourselves in the process.
From a movement perspective, I worked out regularly in the gym for years and enjoyed kickboxing and other martial arts. More recently, I have been crossfitting for about a year and a half. But I am not your average crossfit athlete…actually from where I generally sit at the bottom of the board, average is something to aspire to! If nothing else this blog will make me more accountable for time spent in the box and kickstart my progress which has been stalled for the last 6–8 months.
He eats. He sleeps. He moves.
He wonders why he needs an ‘about me’.
In short, Andrew is very happy to once again look like his 2002 passport photo. Andrew is my mentor, editor and funny injector. He will veto all of the crap that might have made its way onto this blog and all of the stuff that is inappropriate to be shared with the world.
Lastly, my many thanks go to Andrew, he is unfailingly supportive of me in my endeavours…even when it means that his private life will be splashed all over the internet!