I’m Megs the dark messy haired girl!
I spend most of my time these days in a squash court surrounded by 4 walls chasing a little black ball and swinging my racket around like someone chasing a fly with a fly swat ha-ha. If you can’t find me on the squash court I will probably be found in my kitchen creating something amazing or disastrous.
I was born and bred in Marlborough (the best place in NZ). I grew up at pine dale motor camp which is just out of Marlborough, where my parents ran and owned the campsite and farm land. I spent most of my time outside running between cows legs and riding on the back of the 4 wheel motor bike with dad.
We moved to town when my brother came along and so I could go to school in town. I went through all my schools years just wanting to do P.E all day long until I got to college where I found food tech and then it changed to wanting to do half P.E and half food tech J
I took up squash when I was about 11 and won my first national title when I was 14. I remember walking on to the court for those nationals final and many times before that with a terrible stomach ache I’d look down at my tummy and it was all tight and looked like I had a balloon stuffed up my shirt. I remember telling my mum we need to go shopping for a top that is loose fitting so it doesn’t press on my sore tummies. I would get these pretty frequently but we never really thought much of it – dad probably told me to “harden up” haha and I would have dried Papaya to help my sore tummy.
All these years went by of just putting up with it until I really got into health/ whole foods and wanting to know more about what I was putting into my body. So I got tested and sure enough I was gluten intolerant. I must say I did have a massive bread addiction especially fresh out of the bread maker and brumbies sweet chilli loaf J I could also almost eat the whole box of cereal in one sitting so I always wonder whether this contributed to me being so intolerant to gluten now.
Well I am a different person without gluten in my life I have far more energy, no bloated stomachs (unless I’m naughty/ I didn’t check a label properly or I’m in Asian countries and no one can understand me trying to explain that I don’t want gluten in my food ha-ha), I just feel 100 times better and it is far easier to be Gluten free these days than it would have been back in the old days.
I currently train full time for squash and play professionally on the world tour. I am currently ranked 43 in the world and 2 in NZ. In July I travelled to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This had been a dream of mine since I was a kid so it was an unbelievable experience to actually be there and be competing. When we arrived home I had New Zealand Nationals a couple of weeks later and became the NZ national champ.
When I’m not away overseas I coach people back home and also do some personal training which I love J The rest of my time I usually spend in the kitchen either creating something or eating everything! I love doing ‘Megs and Soph’ and am so glad I had lunch with Soph at the beginning of the year because that is really how it all began and we love sharing our whole foods journey with everyone. We have plenty of exciting ideas popping up in the near future so we hope you enjoy these as much as we do.