Mak­ing health a fam­ily af­fair

Meet the mum help­ing fam­i­lies get in the kitchen

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE LOCAL LIFE - Jes­sica Bahr Jes­sica.Bahr@sc­news.com.au

GROW­ING up, Bek Mu­gridge was al­ways around food.

As a third gen­er­a­tion foodie with both a mother and grand­mother who worked as chefs, it was al­most in­evitable that she would grow up to have a passion for cook­ing and qual­ity food.

Her two daugh­ters, 11-yea-old Lily and 6-year-old Vi­o­let, are now do­ing the same.

The Nam­bour mother has be­come an on­line sen­sa­tion over the last few years thanks to her book the Pram Diet, in ad­di­tion to her on­line pres­ence through blog­ging, writ­ing and the ‘Healthy, Happy Mums’ move­ment on Face­book.

Af­ter pub­lish­ing The Pram Diet, Miss Mu­gridge was cat­a­pulted into the spot­light.

She then went on to make ap­pear­ances on a num­ber of tele­vi­sion pro­grams and talk shows as well as be­ing asked to create a se­ries of recipe cards for Maleny IGA and pre­sent­ing cook­ing demon­stra­tions.

Miss Mu­gridge said it was ex­cit­ing to watch her daugh­ters fol­low in her pas­sions.

“Cook­ing has al­ways been in the fam­ily...it has al­ways been a big part of our lives,” she said.

“My mum was a chef, and her mum was a chef and ran a restau­rant too, and the re­ally ex­cit­ing thing is Lily is old enough now to re­ally cook with me and she can get so much more in­volved.

“I grew up around food and al­ways had healthy lunches, but I had a lot of body is­sues when I was grow­ing up.

“Then when I had daugh­ters I didn’t want them to have those same is­sues, so I wanted them to get used to healthy food.

“You’re al­ways go­ing to eat and cook so I love work­ing with healthy food and fresh in­gre­di­ents, and I love putting recipes on (Face­book) to help fam­i­lies come up with ideas.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing recipes and a healthy life­style, Miss Mu­gridge is also pas­sion­ate about build­ing up other women and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

The sin­gle mother said she was in­spired to set a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple for her chil­dren.

“I read some­where once that be­ing a mother, you are the win­dow through which chil­dren first view the world, and my mum was such a go-get­ter and al­ways go­ing the ex­tra mile,” she said.

“I wanted my daugh­ters to grow up and achieve things, and hope­fully watch­ing me can help them, and I want to en­cour­age them to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity and sup­port lo­cal wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“I meet a lot of women who have lost a bit of spark, or have a great idea but don’t know how to pro­mote them­selves, so I have been help­ing out a bit with their Public Re­la­tions.

“Ev­ery­body is good at some­thing and some­times they need a bit of ex­tra sup­port to to it.

“It can be re­ally easy to for­get your own dreams or am­bi­tions when you’re a mum.”

To find out more in­clud­ing recipes, lunch ideas, and Bek’s full story, visit the Healthy Happy Mums with Bek Mu­gridge or Healthy Happy Lunch­boxes pages on Face­book.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

IN THE KITCHEN: Nam­bour’s Bek Mu­gridge has be­come on on­line cook­ing sen­sa­tion. Bek is pic­tured in her kitchen with her chil­dren Lily,11, Vi­o­let, 6, and her mother Valerie Maddin.

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