Comfort food. Even the sound of it sounds comforting, doesn’t it?
Mel and I grew up in England and a staple for everyone there is Marmite. Marmite sandwiches, Marmite on toast and cheese and Marmite straws.
It’s the same in Australia with Vegemite.
Sadly, knowing what I know now, those products wouldn’t fit into my lifestyle as they have a few ingredients that don’t sit right with us.
So imagine how we felt when we discovered Everymite. Made from organic ingredients and extremely tasty.
We loved it and wanted to find out more about the person behind it, as everyone has a story.
So Cinnamon, first things first. Cool name! Where did that come from?
Thank you so much! My parents actually named me after a song that was out at the time called Cinnamon, and my hair was Cinnamon coloured. I hated my name as a child. Now it’s fine! My parents must have known I would be in the food industry at some stage!
So what was growing up like for you?
My parents were always health conscious. As children we did not have lollies, soft drinks, or any junk food. My Mother was (and still) is a very good cook and always provided us with good food so we were very lucky.
As a teenager when I was old enough to access my own foods I ate a lot of McDonalds, Coca Cola, and Meat Pies. Thank goodness this didn’t last long, as I had my first child at 19 years old, which of course then changed that all around.
I am thankful that I had a good healthy base with my parents as this has now served me well in Adulthood.
What are some of your favourite childhood memories?
We lived down south when I was a child. I recall my Mother raking all the autumn leaves on the grass and us playing in them.
We had a very close extended family so I was always around my cousins etc so that was very nice growing up also.
Did you grow up with wholefoods and cooking from scratch or is that a fairly new discovery for you?
Yes Mum always cooked from scratch. Her Mother was exactly the same.
Mum never cooked broths, krauts, and stuff like that. Our cooking now is similar- with fresh basic real food, however I tend to be creative around food as William has so many food intolerances. I also love to make broths, krauts, kefir, coconut yogurt, seed bread….Yum!
Which three people influenced you most and why?
I have had different people that have influenced my life. I can’t even name three off the top of my head, however I am inspired by people that are kind, thoughtful, and are successful in their own right.
Success for me however needs to be real and meaningful. I don’t mean someone that has made it big at all costs. It can be small success in business, or it can even be someone who has functional successful relationships, is able to work through challenges such as diet, addition, abuse and trauma.
How did life first take shape in adulthood?
I left school early and would work in my parents small retail business. I attended business seminars with my Dad and read business books. I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t really me.
I then decided that the business world was not for me and studied Social Work as an adult. I have worked as a social worker since I left Uni. I attended Uni for 8 years, and had 2 children to care for at the same time and a husband in the military who would go away for long periods of time. So it was challenging! But I am very passionate about people and this always kept me going.
What relaxes you and where’s your happy place?
What relaxes me? I rarely watch TV. I don’t really understand how to meditate.
We recently changed our pool over to Magnesium. In the weather in Brisbane it is so relaxing to spend time in there. We swim most days and the water is just beautiful.
My husband and I have 3 children. The two eldest live out of home as they are adults, so seeing them is also always relaxing as we get to catch up and enjoy each other’s company.
My happy place is home. We live on 5 acres. Its green, it’s peaceful. We are always with nature and it’s beautiful.
Favourite book and favourite movie.
My favourite book growing up was My Brother Jack by George Johnson. I have many favourite movies! However the most recent movie I saw was “I feel Pretty” and I thought it was just lovely and a great laugh.
I am a bit boring and tend to enjoy health related or cooking related books usually!
So what led a Queensland mum to invent a product like Everymite?
My third child was born with Down Syndrome and various food intolerances due to his digestive issues. He could not eat Vegemite or any of the alternatives on the market so I developed one for him.
It was important for me that he had safe alternatives to common foods such as Vegemite, bread, and crackers. EveryMite is only one of the many things I needed to make for William.
We eat organic and everything has to be nutrient dense and value adding to increase absorption. We also have genetic issues such as MTHFR so I needed a spread that was NOT fortified with synthetic folic acid.
Tell us what’s unique about it?
There is not a product quite like EveryMite on the market.
The only ingredients in EveryMite are Certified Organic Black Sesame Seeds, Certified Organic Coconut Amino Sauce, Himalayan Rock Salt and Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother”.
The Original and the Low Aussie Salt also contain less than 2 % of raw fermented garlic, onion and chilli however the Fodmap Friendly EveryMite does not have any at all.
This organic blend provides naturally occurring minerals, vitamins, amino acids, protein and fibre while the beneficial enzymes for friendly gut bacteria improve vitamin and mineral absorption.
EveryMite has NO yeast, gluten, soy, grains, nuts, dairy, added sugar, empty calories, bad fats, fillers, synthetic additives or unnatural preservatives
This means that practically everybody can eat EveryMite: Vegans, Vegetarians, Coeliacs, most Candida sufferers, MTHFR Gene Mutation carriers, people on the Paleo diet, people with a vitamin and mineral deficit, ferment lovers, and organic wholefood and healthy lifestyle lovers.
And where do you see Everymite in the future?
I am hoping to be able to expand my product base. I also hope that it expands further in Australia and at some time overseas.
My goal is for healthier alternatives to be the preference in society as people become more aware of what they eat, what it contains, and how it affects their health.
Why do you think we’ve been seeing a Westernised world health crisis and an obesity epidemic?
Too many people are eating the wrong things and living sedentary lifestyles. Most of the packaged food people eat has limited to no nutrition. People need to get back to eating like our ancestors did, eating real food, and being out with nature.
What advice would you give someone else out there who wants to make changes happen?
When I first discovered that my son was unable to eat so many foods because they were making him sick I was really overwhelmed. I think I had a massive panic attack and had no idea how I would manage changing our eating.
I also became aware of how you eat impacts growth, development, behaviour etc. Ensuring that our child had the best start in life to live well was the most important thing to us.
It took me many fails in cooking to get many things right for him. It also took a lot of reading and routine. A lot of going to different shops to see what safe food they had, and a lot of reading labels.
We don’t always get it right. We sometimes need some ‘naughty food’ such as hot chips on a cold day! However, we mostly get it right and are kind to ourselves through the process.
I can say that once you understand how to make the changes and can start to make them successfully it just falls into place from there. Eating ‘real food’ is not that hard, and the benefits are real! I would never recommend anything else.
Many brands like EveryMite are coming out to give people the healthy alternative, and you can buy most things now like kefir, broths, krauts. It is all becoming so readily available that you don’t need to be a great cook to eat well. You just need to know what you need to fuel your body correctly, and source those foods.
Now we ask everyone this question as we are hardcore Fremantle Dockers supporters….if you had to choose, Fremantle or West Coast?
Oh my god I have honestly no idea what you are talking about! I never watch sports I am a bit strange like that!!!! I can not even answer this I am sorry (embarrassed face!!.)
Ha ha! When you are next in Perth we will take you to a game.
Thanks so much for giving us your time today.
We’d like to wish you well for the future and hope to see people eating Everymite everywhere very soon!
For more details on where to buy this great product, go to www.Everymite.com.au