I recently came across this cereal product while browsing through the aisles trying to find a cereal I could have while staying away.
The nutritional panel looked good, the ingredient list looked good (I am always keen to know what is in my products, and if I don't recognise an ingredient, the product goes back on the shelve), but then I read "Kate's Story" and I was impacted.
Table of Plenty Muesli - have you seen or tried the cereal (or the other products they create, like dukkah and muesli bars?)
I went to the Table Of Plenty website and read more about Kate's story.
Kate is mum to Amy, who was born with a rare genetic disability that took 5 years to diagnose.
"When Amy was 8 months old I had to return to my job in a US based IT firm, managing a sales team for Australia and NZ. It was a full on job and required my full focus and long hours to do it justice. After a while it became crystal clear to me that I could not do the job well and be the Mother that I wanted to be and that Amy needed. Our life was becoming more and more isolated as Amy’s difficulties grew. Everyday activities that we took for granted were not so simple any more. Going shopping or spending time with friends who had kids was difficult as Amy would get into trouble with inappropriate behavior and although people were nice about it, apart from the very few, it was clear that they were uncomfortable. In the end I felt I was squeezed out of the job and found myself at home full time with Amy.
All my plans for the future, the illusion of a predictable life came crashing down. This was my lowest point and I fell into a depression. There have been times when I have stared at the same spot on the wall for hours with not a thought in my head and numb to my surroundings. I felt paralyzed and I didn’t recognize myself – where was that unstoppable, optimistic girl I knew? I had to find from deep inside the courage to claim my life back and to find a way to rekindle and re-find my passion".
Table of Plenty became Kate's Life Line. Kate developed a business as a way of
1) Reconnecting her to her passion for life through her love of food and nutrition
2) Financially sustaining Amy throughout her life
3) Building a business that would support organizations that help people with disabilities
Kate's Business Vision is "to lead the way to healthy eating in Australia, to create food products that will help other women like me to navigate their busy lives and be able to put a decent meal on the table".
The table of plenty muesli - I have tried a couple! Fig and Plum; Berry Basket and Crunchy Chia which is gluten free. I have enjoyed with my chobani natural and stewed rhubarb/or fresh berries.
On Kate's Website (www.tableofplenty.com.au) she has a range of cooking video clips to educate us on how to use her spices in cooking. Below is a 2 minute clip on how to create a quick chicken dinner for the family.
As a sister to Paul, who has born mentally and physically disable, I appreciate the projects Kate is doing through her business to help people with disabilities and their families (to read more: http://www.tableofplenty.com.au/kates-story.asp).
Disclaimer - Kate Weiss agreed to me sending this email. I gained no financial benefit by doing so.