Hillcrest’s Catherine Clark was only 20 when she diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a diagnosis that kick-started a journey that helped her discover that the key to wellness was wholeness – a balance between what you eat, keeping your body fit, maintaining a sound mind and keeping your spirit on fire.
Frustrated that certain products she knew would be vital for shifting her health forward (additive-, gluten- and sugar-free) weren’t available locally, she founded The Harvest Table, a platform through which she could source top quality products, while educating and encouraging others on their journey to health and wholeness.
“It certainly hasn’t always been an easy road. There are financial pressures, juggling work and trying to get a new idea off the ground, staying positive in the clutches of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but I began to dream bigger and better. I believed in myself, my products, my own wellness, and I started to see the results.”
Now cancer-free, Catherine is passionate about helping people to reach their health goals.
“I think that dreaming is the easiest part of being an entrepreneur. I can spend all day dreaming about what the future could look like, and strategising how to get there!
In addition to offering amazing products that really work, Catherine is a firm believer that the reason people keep coming back is because it is an authentic brand that remains true to their values. “Building a business based on integrity and with a greater purpose than financial gain is a non-negotiable for me. Our vision is to not only create beautiful, pure, wholesome products that are packaged earth-consciously, but to shift the lives of our customers positively by educating them and helping them to make better food choices daily.”
As a momtrepreneur, she admits that she doesn’t always manage to keep a healthy work-life balance. “Juggling work, school and home can be tough, but my husband Sam and I made the decision to carve time out for our two children (Josh and Ella) by booking regular, device-free time away. In fact, our best memories have been made while caravanning and going away with friends.”
“And the best pick-me-up for me on my ‘down days’ is feedback about how my products have changed the lives of others. It makes everything worthwhile. Having wholeness is essential to survival, and my life lessons have taught me that wholeness cannot be achieved through just one thing. I thought for a season that what I ate was the only important part of achieving health, but I was wrong. True wholeness is only achieved by bringing your complete self into balance.”
Through daily mindfulness and discipline, Catherine says that wholeness can be achieved by adopting the following lifestyle changes.
- Eat a nutritionally dense diet which closely depicts what nature intended us to eat – vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and clean easy-to-digest protein like Bone Broth Powder and Collagen.
- Move your body daily to keep your systems running smoothly – even if it is just a walk around the block, exercise not only keeps you fit but allows your body to cleanse itself (by keeping your lymph moving) and releases all the happy hormones.
- Keep your mind clear of the clutter and negativity that is all around us by reminding yourself daily of your goals, and surrounding yourself with positive people. End each day by purposefully celebrating what you achieved, and by moving those tasks that weren’t completed onto tomorrow’s to-do list. This will allow you to go to sleep at night with a sense of satisfaction.
- And finally, don’t forget that it is your spirit that truly keeps it all together. I set time aside daily for prayer and to remind myself that I can’t achieve anything in my own strength.
You can follow Catherine on Instagram @whole_healthy_me, or to find out more about The Harvest Table products you can visit harvesttable.co.za
You can win one of two Kick Start Box Kits from The Harvest Table valued at R775 each. To enter, send your name, suburb and contact details to [email protected]
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