About this project
Real Food Less Fuss will change your life, transforming the way you feel and by making it incredibly easy to plan, shop, cook and eat well for the rest of your life.
I’m incredibly excited to get this beautiful full-colour, 200 page, professionally designed book into print and into your hands within the next 2 months.
This book is so much more than just another cook book. It’s my complete philosophy on how to eat well coupled with an incredibly down to earth, time saving guide making it easy to do so.
I would love you to support this book and make it a reality.
This book is also about giving back
A percentage of proceeds from every copy sold (both here on kickstarter and all future copies) will go to bellyful NZ. By supporting this campaign you are also supporting this amazing charity's work providing meals for families with newborn babies or families with children struggling with illness.
Why I wrote the book
Friends and clients often tell me they don’t have time to cook or to eat well. This book is about overcoming that challenge. It shows you a practical, achievable, simple system that boosts your nutrition and helps you feel amazing every day.
A common story I hear from the clients I’ve coached over the years is how in our 20s and 30s it was relatively easy to stay in shape but as life has gone on and our lives have gotten busier things have changed. Waistlines expand, clothes no longer fit and tiredness seems ever-present.
While you are highly successful in many areas of life and give out so much to others, you may feel like you’ve lost control of your own health. Life is so busy that you often rely on quick fixes like takeaways, processed ingredients and convenience food to get by. I know how busy life can get, how easy it can be to put yourself last and how quickly you can lose the person you once were.
The great news is that you can turn this around and this book shows you exactly how.
Who is this book for?
If you’d love to eat more nourishing food, but life is busy and perhaps you’re not sure where to start or quite how to find the time, this is for you!
Real Food Less Fuss reveals my unique meal planning system which saves you time and money while giving you several nights off cooking every single week.
Imagine no longer wondering “what’s for dinner tonight” or having that stressful rush to get it on the table! Picture easy dinner times serving up delicious meals, knowing that you’re looking after you and your family’s health.
This book will also help you overcome cravings and have a relaxed attitude to food so you can enjoy eating guilt free just like the French do.
Aged 18, I spent a year living in France. It was a great experience, but after six months, I had put on so much weight my clothes no longer fitted me, my skin was terrible, my health was deteriorating and I felt miserable.
Then one day I realised that everyone around me, while eating the same types of food, were eating them in a completely different way. I adopted the French attitude to food and learnt to eat mindfully and then effortlessly lost the weight and returned home lighter and brighter than when I had left.
Two years ago, pregnant with my third child I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (a story you can read about here.) I did a huge amount of research into nutrition, poring over scientific journals to discover the best way to eat for optimal health. I learnt how to create meals that help people maintain good energy levels and prevent them developing diabetes.
This book combines everything I learnt from living in France, my diabetes experience and my 16 years’ working in the health and wellbeing profession.
It's my opportunity to share this knowledge so that you too, can transform your health, without the struggle.
Why is this book unique?
The book explains exactly why to eat real food but best of all, it is packed full of practical ways to make that happen, even when you are busy - as a mother of three I know what it’s like!
It includes meal plans, shopping lists and all of my best tried and tested recipes, which are quick and simple to do using affordable ingredients you can easily source.
No other book on the market focuses on the planning side in the way that I do, taking the stress out of cooking by creating a library of meals in your freezer and showing you how to make 'instant' salads.
Very few books explain the French attitude to food or go into the psychology of eating which give you the keys to enjoy your food guilt-free.
This two pronged approach combining a practical system and a positive mindset is what will make a real difference in your life.
I’m using Kickstarter for two reasons:
First, I want to know if this is something that you want and I you want to be a part of the journey. I would love your input into the book so I can make it the best it can be.
More importantly, I want to create a movement that truly helps people.
When you back this project, you’ll not only get a copy of my book, you’ll be a part of a movement that helps more people learn to prepare and eat more real food with less fuss. The ‘less fuss’ part is the key to making this happen!
If I can help one person do that, I know it will transform their world because when you take care of your health and wellbeing everyone around you benefits.
As you change your habits you change your life and set an example for your loved ones.
I want this book to create a positive ripple in your world and in the world of those around you. If this happens, then together we’ve succeeded.
How far along is the book?
- The manuscript is written (that took that last 2 years).
- It has been edited several times and sent to reviewers.
- Photography is almost completed (it’s been such fun seeing this come together!)
- Interior design and layout is about to start.
- Final proofing and printing will take place in early August so we can have the books ready to ship by my birthday, the 22nd of August. (Rather than unwrapping presents I’ll be excitedly wrapping packages to send to you!)
- Throughout September and October I will do a book tour around New Zealand so that I can meet some of you amazing people! (You can drop me a line if you want to double check I’m coming to your town, it would be my honour if I can fit it into the schedule!)
Where will the money go?
I hope to raise $4,970, to fund the initial costs of this project:
- Copy editing, design & layout ($2,700)
- Photography & videography ($1,350)
- Website and online promotion ($450)
- Kickstarter fee ($470)
The first goal is to reach this $4,970 mark, which is the minimum we need to raise for this campaign to go ahead. (Kickstarter works on an all or nothing basis which means that I won’t get a cent unless the project hits that target.)
This budget does not cover the cost of printing which be at least an additional $8,000, nor postage, the costs of a book tour, or further distribution.
If you can help me get to a higher figure, this will allow me to:
- Cover the cost of a larger print run
- Extend the book tour to more towns and cities
- Show distributors that people want this book, ultimately helping it reach more people
- Show the world that this topic is important
So don't stop helping this project if we hit the minimum!
BONUS: If we go past the initial funding goal, for every $2000 over the goal I will make a video to send out to all backers.
The videos will cover topics including the keys to eating mindfully, maintaining life balance, easy time saving workout routines, how I encourage my children to eat well, tips to make meal times stress-free, how to manage stress and improve sleep quality and live Q and A sessions, just for backers.
I can’t wait to make these for you if we hit those targets!
When you support this campaign not only do you get the feel good factor of helping me bring this to life and knowing you are supporting the charity bellyful, you also get good stuff in return!
You’ll receive a special pre-release copy of the book before it is available to the public, signed with love and delivered to your door.
What could be better than that? Well – quite a few things actually, just check out the list of rewards over on the right hand side!
I sent the final manuscript to reviewers and here’s what they said…
Lauren is a Wellbeing Specialist with 16 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing profession. She is passionate about helping people truly boost their health and happiness.
Qualified as both a Personal Trainer and a Life Coach, Lauren was a senior lecturer at the New Zealand College of Fitness and has mentored hundreds of fitness professionals.
She is highly regarding within her profession, being recognised among the top 5 Group Personal Trainers in New Zealand and the winner of the Community Award, in the 2013 National Fitness Awards.
An army wife and mother of 3, Lauren is currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. She now focuses on writing, speaking, holding wellbeing retreats, offering her online programme Get Fit Feel Fabulous and helping businesses boost their health and happiness through workplace wellbeing programmes.
Her passion is making things simple, saving people time and always comes from a holistic approach to total wellbeing. Click through for more details and for a free copy of Lauren’s first eBook
Risks and challenges
I am absolutely confident this book will be printed, I have put so much time, effort and love into it, that it is just a happening thing!
The only risks really are possible delays due to unforeseen circumstances, but I’m working with highly-recommended professional designers and printers so I'm confident things will go well.
I’m asking for your help. To fund this book, to believe in it and to see it come to fruition. Any amount that you can pledge will be such a help.
Please share this with your friends so that together we can create a positive ripple.
Thank you so much for supporting me today.
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