Carole is a mother of two boys aged 8 (Jack) ad 6 (Sean). She’s currently a full-time mother but has worked in the food industry for many years before starting her family. In fact, Carole worked as a food broker for 11 years. Throughout the course of her career, she spent the majority of her time reading and learning about nutrition and very passionate about sharing the benefits of eating healthy and including whole food nutrition. Since leaving her job as a food broker Carole has been educating and sharing the benefits of whole food nutrition. And through this she noticed a very strong need for educating children too. Her belief is that children suffer from chronic disease and low immunities and it all can be prevented or treated through nutrition. Carole sees Veggiecation as a tool to change children’s lives and to help them make healthier choices and think about what they are putting into their bodies.
Before we get too far into Carole’s story, let’s me paint a picture of what St Augustine is like. The town is a family town with tons of rich history. There are beautiful beaches, a quaint downtown area, and even pirates! On top of that, there are tons of great restaurants that offer meals made with local produce and farm raised meats. St Augustine also offers lots of Farmers markets & local produce
stands, which fits the theme of Veggiecation perfectly!
Carole’s journey with Veggiecation started while she was residing in NJ when Lisa first started the program. She had been familiar with the program for two years prior to taking the training and partnered with a friend to do a program at our school on reading labels. Together, they spent two weeks in the school teaching the kids the importance of reading food labels and what ingredients to watch out for! The program was a huge success and Carole trained as a Veggiecator Educator to bring more to the school.
(Cooking with kids at the YMCA Kids Day!)
Her inspiration came from realizing just how badly children are eating at school and witnessing what kids are bringing to school as a lunch and what the cafeteria offers a lunch. When she thought about it, it came to her that we are no longer taught nutrition unless you decide to study it. And if parents aren’t learning proper eating habits, they are more likely to pass it down to their children.
A surprising study (UK) that is the source of Carole’s motivation says that 90 % of children are not eating their 5 servings of fruit a day and 1 out of 5 wasn’t eating any fruit! Carole, like us and every other healthy eating advocate, believes that something needs to be done!
In addition to her work as a Veggiecator Educator, Carole promotes whole food nutrition supplements called Neolife.
What has been the best thing about your Veggiecation training? and VEN
- Lisa and Nina always very helpful in answering questions.
What's your favorite anecdote about an especially cute or picky child?
- My neighbor’s child is picky but he will try the food I make and will try new things at my home. He has loved the Veggiecation classes and always tries the food when we make it together but he won’t eat it at home.
What are your favorite recipes to use?
- I love the pestos! The kids really enjoy making them because of the blender. But I also love the cauliflower popcorn! It is such a delicious snack and so easy for the kids to make at home on their own...And you can’t stop eating