Hi! My name is Melissa Wakefield. I would love to introduce you to Kali Australia, a business that has evolved over the the last 10 years and touches the depths of my core. I have an absolute love of food and strive to have meaningful connections and relationships for myself, with my family and my greater community, extending out to our blessed country, Australia.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a household full of fresh food, and shopping at the local fruit and veggie shop was the norm. Connecting as a family, enjoying our evening meal at the dinner table was a daily absolute. This has followed me into my 16 years of parenting, and in this time I have observed and experienced many different attitudes towards how Australians create meaningful relationships and how food plays a big part in these connections. Birthday parties and celebrations, sporting activities, playdates, school canteens, school markets, kitchen gardens, the list goes on. To me, food and meaningful relationships are life force, one is just as important as the other to live a healthy, active, mentally well life.
I know this first hand, as although I have always been nourished with the best of food, impactfully there is a long line of mental illness that runs through my family. I personally do not have mental illness, but have been a carer of, an observer, a supporter, a learner, an advocate and I know this will always be my silent partner in life. I haven’t always been perfect in these roles, and there have been steep learning curves, frustrations, conflict, deep sadness and tragedy within our family including two of my baby cousins taking their own life.
What I have learnt is there is no quick fix, no cure and definitely not one size fits all that helps mental illness. Instead it’s the synergy of many lifestyle choices and actions by the individual and the family. Knowing mental illness manifests in many different ways. Recognising it is rhythmical, light to dark with many shades of grey in between. As the carer, you can feel quiet helpless and not sure if you really are giving the right help. What I have learnt is the little things that edge away at the darkness. Good clean food, holding space for the loved one who is not well, walks on the beach, sunshine and lots and lots of love. I have learnt nourishment from connection and food, although not a cure, can truely be so impactful.
What I do know when a person is in the depths of anxiety and/or depression, there is very little drive to want to nourish themselves. This is the very essence of why Kali exists. Watch Kali. while she unfolds to provide a platform where eating well for mental health is easy and affordable for all Australians by offering an wholesale health food store with an online support from the K. Crew Collaboration. This will include easy food preparation ideas, delicious recipes and current nutritional information on mental health. In turn 100% of profits from our Impact Membership will be donated to Australian projects promoting nutrition and mental wellness.
For every Australian impacted by mental illness
I want you to know always,
‘I see you, I hear you, allow us to help you nourish well to be well’
Love Melissa (Founder)