WHO IS KATH?
My name is Kathryn Fourie and I live on a smallholding in Curry's Post in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa.
I was born in 1982 and I grew up bouncing between Pietermaritzburg and Hilton. The KZN Midlands have always been my home, but I studied in the Eastern Cape and did a fair amount of travelling in my twenties.
My partner Mark and I have been together going on ten years. We are both people who like quiet and space and we found a small piece of property about 17km outside of Howick that we were fortunate enough to purchase. We live very simply and off-grid (Mark designed and installed our solar system and we have a spring on our land) with our four dogs - Frank, Cake, Pepper and Theodore.
"The kitchen is probably my happiest place"
We live a pretty active life - both Mark and I were heavily into mountain biking and competed in two Masters Downhill MTB World Champions and countless Enduro MTB races. Nowadays I prefer not to race, but we're kept pretty busy with trail running and riding, surfing, skateboarding, motorbikes and Mark can be found in the arms of his beloved paraglider more often than not. And of course, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen - which is probably my happiest place :)
I grew up in a family with 5 children, and I was number 4 in the queue. My parents worked hard and we lived in a loving and caring home. We were all super close and supportive of one another.
Tragically, in 2013 when my brother was 33 and I was 31, he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He passed away 4 months after he was diagnosed. Not too long after that my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was fortunate to have more time with her, and she passed away in 2017.
Most of my thirties were dominated with feelings of helplessness, heart-breaking grief and confusion. Living in state of anxiety became pretty normal for me and coupled with the pressure I placed on myself for my job, I was a bit of a ticking time-bomb in terms of my own health.
"I guess my logic was that the most consistent impact we're having on our bodies is through feeding and hydrating them"
Perhaps it was because of frequently asking "Why did this happen?" that my interest in plant-based eating intensified. I found myself going down a road of reading articles, listening to podcasts, signing up for countless newsletters to do with nutrition and trying to understand what food does to us.
I guess my logic was that the most consistent impact we're having on our bodies is through feeding and hydrating them since we are eating and drinking multiple times throughout every day. If anything was building up in your system to potentially trigger cancer and other ill effects - logically food would be a good place to start looking.
Eventually this interest became pretty serious, and in 2020 I left my full time job of six years in tourism project management and research - to put all my energy into FULLsome. I am currently studying towards my qualification in Health Coaching as I am super passionate about assisting people in making the behavioural and nutritional changes that they need to live full and balanced lives.