Truck driver, 32, loses 10 pounds in EIGHT weeks by preparing meals for work – and now she sells healthy meals online to help others do the same
- Natalie Richards, 32, worked as a truck driver in her native New Zealand
- The transport company in Auckland, prepared to manage its 70-hour working week
- Mrs. Richards turned her passion for healthy eating into a ready-made meal service
- She ate her own vegetable meals for eight weeks and lost no less than 10 kg
- Her one-year company Prep has tripled production and won a whole series of prizes
A former truck driver who launched a healthy ready-to-eat meal service lost 10 kg in eight weeks by eating her own dishes.
Natalie Richards, 32, from Auckland, New Zealand Prep – Vegetable meals a year ago after she gave up her job as a carrier to focus on her passion for healthy eating.
In a conversation with FEMAIL, Mrs. Richards revealed how a casual meeting in a yoga studio led her to follow her dream, and why her incredible weight loss means she & # 39; an ongoing advertisement & # 39; is for her award-winning company.
Former truck driver Natalie Richards (photo) sheds 10 kg in eight weeks by living from her vegetable-prepared meals and following F45 fitness classes
Dishes such as Wild Red Rice Superfood Salad (photo) made with broccoli, nuts, seeds, purple cabbage, carrots, spinach and lemon tahini dressing have made Prep immensely popular among health enthusiasts in New Zealand
Mrs. Richards prepared her daily meals to stay fit and healthy while driving articulated car transports through New Zealand for 70 hours a week.
& # 39; I started going to Bikram yoga, because after two and a half years of driving, I started to stress a bit, & # 39; she told FEMAIL.
& # 39; I showed the instructor a Facebook photo of me with my meal preparation prepared, and she asked if I would make packages for people on her course. & # 39;
Ms. Richards wanted to pursue her passion and chose a name for her vegetable-based meal service and created social media accounts for the company.
Mrs. Richards transferred her passion for healthy food to a ready-made vegetable-based meal service that proved so popular that she was forced to quit her job as a truck driver
With the help of a business coach, Richards set up a website for Prep and soon she was so overwhelmed with orders that she had to stop driving.
But it was only when she lived on her own meals that things really started to flourish.
& # 39; I bought a very expensive commercial kitchen in April, and also hired professional award-winning chef Dan Wilson to prepare our dishes, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It is such a competitive market and I knew I had to take advantage of the fitness industry, so I decided to try our meals myself. & # 39;
Mrs. Richards wanted to be prepared to bring fitness enthusiasts, tried the meals herself and achieved an impressive transformation
Mrs. Richards and chef Dan Wilson have recently added a vegetable version of Cowboy Caviar (left) to the new Prep menu; Prep's Thai Larb Salad (right) is a huge hit
Sticking to Prep's vegetable dishes, Richards lost an astounding 10 kg in just eight weeks.
She also participated in the F45 fitness challenge and attended regular Bikram yoga classes.
& # 39; It really got off the ground. We have many F45 trainers and participants who want to promote Prep, I can't believe it, "she said.
Mrs. Richards also took the F45 fitness challenge and the regular Bikram yoga classes to achieve her impressive results
Mrs. Richards won the People & # 39; s Choice Award for the best start-up in the Network New Zealand Business Awards
In the past year, Ms. Richards has won the People & # 39; s Choice Award for the best start-up in the Network New Zealand Business Awards.
She is also a finalist in the New Zealand Maori Business Women & # 39; s Awards, to be announced in October.
Mrs. Richards hopes to put Prep on the Australian market for the next three years.
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