Welcome to my website, I hope that you will find it informative and interesting enough to return back to, and consider it a great resource, where we can all learn from eachother.
It is said that “No man is an island” Meditation 17, 1624. Looking back on my life and learnings, am very glad that I have learned and studied from many great resources and many knowledgeable, wonderfully inspiring individuals, many of whom have imparted some life changing insight on to me. The more we help one another, the more we shall grow.
So who Am I?
My name is Janine Meyburgh (Maher), I am primarily a wife and a mom. I grew up in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Was educated at Collegiate School for Girls, in the 1980’s and then chose to study Human Resources Management, at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, now called the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Completely unrelated to food, yes, but there seems to be a common thread throughout everything which I do in my life and have come to the conclusion that I was placed on this Earth to help, to help others to grow, to help others to be better, to help others find solutions and to ultimately be happier and healthier. By saying this, I also don’t have all of the answers, but love imparting what I have learnt along the way and I hope that you will be willing to share your experiences with me too.
After completing my National Diploma in Human Resources Management, it was straight into the service industry of Car hire for me. About two years later, I was offered, what I believed to be, my dream job working for a recruitment agency, I thought that recruitment would be all about ‘helping’ others, but alas, I was so disillusioned by how the business worked – it was all about making loads of money and not much HELPING of applicants to be done, unless of course it resulted in making loads of money.
Call centre and Project Management was next on my horizon at an IT Company, it was fast paced and exciting, but there was something missing, something which didn’t make my soul happy.
My interest in the internet grew whilst working for the mype.co.za website, by helping local businesses become visible and known and thus boosting their sales by promoting targeted advertising – it most certainly has been a rewarding journey.
Throughout my school career, I was interested in medicine and natural healing. The idea of helping and healing really appealed to me, but alas, my school grades weren’t nearly sufficient enough to propel me into medicine. Then there was food – food fascinated me, one of my first reads was “Foods that Harm Foods that Heal” Readers Digest. Through eating various foods we are able to harm ourselves or we could heal ourselves by choosing to eat differently and we most certainly do have a choice in this matter, but sometimes it takes time to figure out what is truly agreeable and what isn’t to our bodies. I had a keen interest for Home Economics, loved the science of food, but didn’t quite believe that I could make a career out of something which was a hobby or an interest – that was then…
After my husband and I met, we followed a low fat, and what we believed to be, “healthy” diet. Our diet consisted of low fat everything, Low Gi bread and skim milk. This differed substantially to my childhood diet. My family loved animal fat, me on the other hand, wasn’t too partial to animal fat (organ meat and I were not friends) but I loved the full fat cheese, yogurt and butter. Full cream was always available, as were a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
My husband has a very muscular frame, but from his early 20’s struggled with belly fat, the natural choice was to follow a low fat diet, after all it was supported by the Heart Foundation. He had the weight to shed and I just followed suit, we believed that it was a healthy way of eating.
What never crossed our minds, was that this way of eating also contained large amounts of carbohydrates, which led to my husband and I having very different problems, even though we both remained ‘healthy’.
And so began a 15 year journey of weight struggles. I wish that I knew then, what I know now, but I believe that we learn in our pursuit of answers. My wish for you, is that you haven’t been struggling for too long and that with our story and by following our blog, you will soon have the answers that you will need, to lose / gain weight.
My pursuit for health, vitality and a lean, but not too lean, family, has led to Artisan Foods – a new way of thinking in pursuit of our family’s health, happiness and success.
It has been a year and a half since this photo was taken – follow our blog to see what happens next.