It all started because...
I have suffered depression all my life, a lot of it centred around a crippling lack of self-confidence and a distorted body image. It’s funny (well perhaps not laugh out loud funny, more a slow knowing smile) I thought depression was behind me, I thought that I had put a line under it and that was that. Easy. Well as I found out at the end of 2015 it’s actually not that simple it can creep up on you and boom you are in the middle of the darkest cloud and you can’t function. It’s scary. The thing is I knew that I was slowly going down the rabbit hole, I was working really hard, I wasn’t allowing myself time to look after myself properly, not exercising, not eating well and slowly but surely I was disconnecting from my sense of self. After a prolonged period of stress I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth) and dysbiosis of the gut. This lead me to search for the connection between mental health and gut health and how supporting our digestion can have a profound effect on how we feel.
My personal experience with mental health and my relationship with food gave me the nudge to create a business that has an ethos and culture that represents all the things that I hold to close to my heart. Kitchen & Soul was born.
So what is Kitchen & Soul about? It is about trying to find a place where you feel happy inside and out and it is about having purpose. My passion is bringing people together as I believe there is something magical about being united over shared passions and values. Having a cause, feeling a sense of community and helping others to feel good about themselves is what it is all about. It is a Kitchen with Soul.
I am a graduate of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, a qualified Nutritional Advisor registered with the Naturophathic Nutrition Association (NNA) and am currently studying Ayurveda.