About Me

Hi I'm Mands

The first thing you need to know about me is I am really passionate about what I do. Talk to me for 30 seconds on and you will see that for yourself! You can’t shut me up! 

The second thing is I really love people. And I love that food brings people together! 

But I’m going to be honest, eating good food has nothing to do with the actual food for me. I love what it means for your life! And it’s pretty simple – when you eat good, you feel good.. and then you get more out of life!!

So whether that involves being able to run after the kids all afternoon, go on a hike and feel full of energy, look in the mirror and feel happy with what you see or just to feel excited and inspired about food again!  


This is why I do what I do. 

My personal journey to eating and living a healthy life started around my mid to late 20s. I thought I was fairly healthy but when I started learning more and more about nutrition I realised a lot of what I thought I knew was wrong thanks to all the misinformation out there. 

So I went about improving my nutrition and no guesses as to what happened next.. I started to feel amazing for the first time since I could remember!

But I am a huge food lover so whilst I love how the healthy food was making me feel, I wasn’t willing to give up all the foods I already knew and loved. Plus I simply refuse to eat bland, boring meals each day. This is where I developed a love for creating and discovering inspiring wholefood dishes that are not only delicious, but also fill my body with nutrients that it thrives off!!

Now you know where the name Thrive For Life comes from!  

Fast forward to 2020 (the infamous year) and I launched my business and online programs. An idea and passion that had been burning inside me for years! A year later in 2021 I launched my in person Cooking Experiences. These classes are called experiences because they are just that – they are not your average cooking class, we cook in a beautiful setting, all classes are small groups, they are about collaboration and you will learn heaps – but most importantly you will enjoy yourself and eat delicious food! 

My aim is to inspire people and communities to eat and live healthier lives, to realise it is MUCH easier than you think and to do so by feeling inspired by what you eat every day, having a high amount of energy and feeling amazing from the inside out.