Get back on track post holidays

I unbuttoned my shorts while Dave and I were out to lunch the other day.

I was gorging myself on a burger and chips and washing it down with an icy cold beer. I wasn’t even hungry to be honest. I’d spent the morning stuffing myself silly with Tim Tam brownies.

The burger, beer and chips chaser was a ‘we’re-on-holidays’ treat.

When you’re on holidays you deserve to spoil yourself, don’t you? We’ve worked hard all year, we’ve been good all year – mostly. It’s okay to indulge a little.

Well, that’s what I’ve been telling myself for weeks and now I have a jiggly joggly jelly belly that rivals Santa’s.

The daily diet of cheese, chocolate and beer is all fun and games until someone has to unbutton their shorts. If that’s not incentive enough to get back on track, I don’t know what is.

I’m over feeling guilty and disappointed in myself and quite simply I don’t like the way I look or feel.

Worst of all, I feel like a fraud.

My posts on quitting sugar are among the most popular on this blog. People look to me for inspiration, yet I have fallen off the wagon big time and am battling to get back on.

It’s time to call in the big guns.

Fortunately, one of the big guns is my dear friend, Simone.

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Simone is the founder and owner of The Wellness Warung where she practices as an holistic health and lifestyle coach focused on helping women feel happy, healthy AND sexy. Bring that on, y’all! Oh and she’s a raw food chef extraordinaire, too.

Because I’m in a generous mood, I’m going to share my darling friend with you today.

Hi Simone! Thanks so much for sharing some of your healthy living secrets with us. Can you tell us a little about what you do?

Thanks for having me here Renee to share with your readers! I love to work with busy women who are sick and tired of feeling, well, sick and tired. I help them to get off the endless diet train and to instead focus on their diet and lifestyle holistically to help them to get more energy, to lose weight and to feel amazing in their bodies.

Have you always been committed to a healthy lifestyle?

I haven’t always. I used to eat whatever I wanted, but would then get guilty and start a crazy diet so that my weight always yo-yoed and I was never really happy with how I looked. I was also very much a party-girl who cared more about having a good time than how I looked after myself. I went through a huge transition period back in 2010 and that is when I started focusing more on my health and diet. I became a health coach and raw food chef and that changed everything for me as I finally figured out how to eat well and live abundantly, so that my weight now is stable and I understand how to eat for my unique body.

We are desperate to stop our unhealthy food and lifestyle cycle. What are your top three tips to help us get back on track?

Great question!

First of all, you need to be really clear with what I call your Big Motivating Factor (or MOFA for short). This is different to a goal, where you say, ‘yeah, I really want to lose 5kg by March’. With your Big MOFA, you go deeper than that. You need to do some inner inquiry. Why do you want to lose 5kg? Why is that important to you? What will losing weight do for you?

Once you have your BIG MOFA really clear in your mind, write it down and keep it somewhere that you can see every day. This will help to anchor your desired state to your everyday actions and stop you from falling off the wagon. I like to put my BIG MOFA on my computer screen saver, set it as a reminder a few times a day in my phone, on post-it notes in my day planner and by my dresser mirror, so that it remains front and centre of my mind.

My third tip is to then make sure that you set yourself up for success. If you know that having Tim Tams in the cupboard is just going to make sabotaging your efforts inevitable, then give them away and replace them with something that will bring you one step closer to your MOFA rather than further away. Make the time and space in your day necessary to do the things which will bring you closer to your desired state – that might mean asking your husband to come home earlier two nights a week to mind the kids so you can go to a yoga class or the gym, or scheduling a block of time over the weekend to prepare some healthy meals for during the week when it is busy and easy for you to get way-laid, for example. I believe strongly in setting yourself up for inevitable success by clearing potential blocks so that they don’t happen in the first place.

Do you ever fall off the wagon and if you do how do you get back on?

Of course I do, but it is nowhere near as often as I used to, basically because now it is easier to respect my body and my life and how I treat myself. I do the things that I have suggested above, reminding myself of why I want to feel amazing and radiant and how good that will feel when I am. I’m also not too hard on myself, I know that if I indulge in something while on holidays for example that it is only temporary and I trust in myself enough to know that I can get back on track again pretty quickly. I have just been away travelling in a pretty remote place and the only option for breakfast that I could have every day was a banana pancake. This is a far cry from what I would normally eat for breakfast (usually a green smoothie!) but I went with the flow, and really enjoyed every mouthful of those pancakes every day so I felt satisfied and not guilty. I really couldn’t wait to get back into my regular routine again when back from hols and that daily pancake experience made me really appreciate how great it is to be able to eat nourishing and clean, healthy food every day.

How do you treat yourself without feeling guilty?

It is no secret that I love chocolate. I will enjoy a few squares of organic, raw dark chocolate most days, and I also love to make chia puddings which feel so decadent but they are really very healthy. You can try making one yourself by adding 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/2 cup lite coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of cacao powder and some frozen berries into a mason jar, giving it a little stir and letting it sit for about 30 mins. Sooo good!

Is there are secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

What I believe to be the secret is to make sure you nourish what I call your Soul Foods. These are: Loving Relationships, Passion & Purpose, Movement, Spirituality and Self Care. When you actively engage in your Soul Foods, and when they are in balance, then you feel good. When you feel good, you look after yourself properly and without difficulty. So often we turn to food (usually junk food and sugary food) when we are out of alignment, flow and balance, which is usually what happens when one or more of our Soul Foods hasn’t been nourished or has been completely neglected. We fill the void with food, or use food as a reward system (I have worked so hard today, I deserve this chocolate cake/glass of wine/piece of pizza) which then gets us off track. But when we are feeling satisfied and fulfilled we magically don’t desire the crap and instead really want to focus on feeling good and looking after ourselves. It isn’t easy to keep these Soul Foods in check all the time, but if you are feeling really unhealthy I do encourage you to think about which area of your life is lacking right now and try to put more energy into that to see how you start to feel energetically.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Simone. You can visit Simone at The Wellness Warung and follow her on Facebook.

Were you a little naughty over the holiday period? Have you been able to get on track or are you battling a little like me?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

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51 comments on Get back on track post holidays

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    January 20, 2015 at 5:43 am (3 years ago)

    Everyone falls in the holidays – that’s part of what makes holidays so good. Just get back on when you’re done…that’s my saying anyway….

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      I think that’s a pretty good saying, Lydia πŸ™‚

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  2. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    January 20, 2015 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

    Darn sugar! Darn it! I have been trying to kick some foodie habits. I think if I read a post like this several times a day I might just stand a chance too!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

      Yep that darn sugar strikes again. I hope you have some luck kicking some of your bad habits.

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  3. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    January 20, 2015 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

    Great interview. I have just come back from a morning workout and feeling great while eating my muesli and yoghurt. But what I forgot to mention was that I shared 2 bottles of wine last night with hubby. I am feeling the same Renee, I keep telling myself it is a holiday treat so I keep doing it. My poor body doesn’t know what is happening.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh Natalie. It’s so hard isn’t it. I try to have everything in moderation, but the wine does win out a bit lately πŸ™‚

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  4. Bec @ The Plumbette
    January 20, 2015 at 6:42 am (3 years ago)

    I needed to read this today because I am wanting to lose weight but haven’t found the motivation to do so being busy with the kids, but I do want to feel lighter and I know my eating habits could be so much healthier. All great tips here Simone. And I’ve been meaning to try a chia seed pudding. These would be great for Breakfast. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:14 am (3 years ago)

      They sound really yummy don’t they. As you know, I’ve been doing Simone’s detox. I think it will be a great way to kickstart some healthy eating habits. I’m sure Simone will be running more of these down the track if you’re interested. Keep an eye out for them, lovely x

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      • Simone
        February 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

        Yep! I will run the Lighten Up detox again in April (post Easter and chocolate binges!)

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    • Simone
      February 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Do the chia puddings! They are so yum!

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  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    January 20, 2015 at 6:54 am (3 years ago)

    I think I kind of know what my MOFA is. I’m really wanting to run the 8km at the Mother’s Day Classic this year. Last year I did the 4.5 and I’d really like to step it up this year. So lovely to ‘meet’ Simone x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

      Good for you, Lauren. That will be an amazing achievement and I know you can do it! x

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  6. Deb @inner compass designs
    January 20, 2015 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

    I am in the same boat and now at my highest weight in 20 years (and back then it was due to drinking and traveling). This is the best piece I have read on food and wellness in years. I was already planning to start Sunday batch cooking and prep as I hate cooking and that is a big part this summer in getting takeaway or eating crappy foods. With the heat and humidity I have not been running either- saw one of those pay by the week gyms this week and it hit me I could do that for the rest of the summer and at least run on a treadmill and use their equipment. Wish I had thought of it 6 weeks ago!!!!

    I am going to write up my MOFA today. Thank you so much. I only bought a few new things to get me through the popping button stage (bathing suit, few shorts) as I am committed to not staying this size! Xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      Good for you, Deb! I’m so glad you found this helpful. Good luck with your MOFA and with getting back on track x

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  7. Kathy
    January 20, 2015 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    I love Simone’s take on soul foods and balance (of course) because it is a wellness journey we are on and what we put in our mouths is just part of it. We all just enjoy the holidays and don’t worry about it and I reckon you’d be crazy not to. I’m doing a cleanse now – a re-set for my system and a chance to lose the 5kg that will bring me back to where I want to be. I’ve been losing weight slowly with my lifestyle, including yoga, but really wanted to get myself disciplined to start the year – and I’m proud of myself so far.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Kathy. You really have achieved so much with the yoga and healthy lifestyle. I’m doing a detox at the moment too. We should both be jumping out of our skin at the end of it! πŸ™‚

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  8. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 20, 2015 at 8:53 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh I think I have a girl crush on Simone. I love the message that she gets across and particularly love her words around Soul Foods! I’m on a mission to pay more attention to my body and to nourish it with better foods this year. My MOFA is basically to just “feel better” and if I feel better than I will want to “do more” which will allow me to “be more”. Loved this post Renee – thankyou! πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Min. I’m glad you found it helpful! Yep, Simone is pretty talented at her work and sure knows her stuff. It’s a real passion of hers. I’m glad you could find your MOFA. Best of luck with your healthy living x

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  9. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    January 20, 2015 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to know where she was traveling that the only option for breakfast was pancakes? And can I please move there? πŸ™‚ Some great advice here. I’m a bit of a “everything in moderation” type person myself. But I think we are all different in the way our minds and bodies work – both together and as separate entities and what works for one may not work for another. I’m sure you’ll get back on track now that it’s back to reality! πŸ™‚ haha x Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:19 am (3 years ago)

      Haha yep. No choice but to Aroha! I want pancakes for breakfast every morning too πŸ™‚ I have always tried everything in moderation, but in moments of busyness or high stress I go craaazy with the food πŸ™‚ xx

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  10. EssentiallyJess
    January 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks Renee. I’m trying to do a complete overhaul of the way I eat (and look!). I know my two weaknesses and that they are the soul factors in my jiggly belly, so I’m just cutting them out slowly. I tried doing it cold turkey but that didn’t work, so now I allow treats a couple of times a week, and I feel good about it. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:21 am (3 years ago)

      That’s great, Jess! Cold turkey has never been a great idea for me either. I’m glad you’re making progress x

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  11. Maxabella
    January 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely needed to read this and what a lovely woman your friend Simone appears to be. Her advice is gentle and kind rather than the usual rah-rah-rah that turns me right off the entire fitness industry. πŸ™‚ Aside from making better choices every single time, I really need to work on defining my big MOFA – I honestly don’t know what motivates me. Sad, huh!? x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:22 am (3 years ago)

      You will work it out, Bron. It’s just not as obvious to some of us as to others. Yes, Simone is very gentle in her process. She gets women and their needs πŸ™‚ Good luck! x

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    • Simone
      February 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Knowing your MOFA is key to success. One way to dig deep and really ask yourself what would your ideal life look like? If you could wave a magic wand and look and feel your best in your life, what would that be like? That will help you to know what really matters to you πŸ™‚

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  12. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm (3 years ago)

    For the first time EVER I was able to stay on track thanks to my NINJA TURTLE! lol.
    I actually lost a kg over the holiday period because I was so good. Still ate out, still drank champagne every night for 3 weeks, but was just very careful what I ate. I ordered burgers for example, but removed the buns. I am a bit proud of myself.
    L

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:23 am (3 years ago)

      Awesome, Leanne!! I was just telling my husband about your Ninja last night πŸ™‚ You’re doing so well. Keep it up!

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  13. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    January 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m pregnant! I’m always off the bandwagon! It’s so easy to do. Eating can become a habit rather than a necessity and yes, I fall into that eating just ‘cos mode too frequently.
    I love the sound of this soul food concept x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:24 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, exactly. I eat as a habit too. It’s hard to break that habit. When you’re preggers though I say go for gold πŸ™‚ x

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  14. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    January 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I really need to stop eating McDonalds. Our problem is when we dont have anything organised for dinner its easier to grab takeaway. I really need to get back into meal planning.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, it’s hard when you are so busy and you need something quick and simple. I’ve never been good at meal planning, but it’s time I put some effort into it πŸ™‚

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  15. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    January 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so great, and perfect timing. I always overindulge at Christmas time and then it is the low slow haul back on to the right track again. I love the idea of having a MOFO, so much more motivating! Thank you for sharing your dear friend and her advice.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Malinda. I’m glad you have found it helpful. Good luck with getting back on track πŸ™‚

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  16. Tegan
    January 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Simone’s advice about respecting our bodies in regards to the food we eat. I am on a lifestyle overhaul at the moment and over the weekend I went a bit kilter. However the difference this time is that I just dusted myself off and kept going. Sure I ate pizza, but there is no use beating myself up about it, all I can do is make sure that I learn from it and prepare myself better.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

      GREAT attitude, Tegan. There is no point in punishing ourselves for a little slip. Sounds like you’ve been making great progress. Good on you. Be kind to you πŸ™‚

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  17. Marnie
    January 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I have also been dragging out the “I’m on holiday and just treating myself” too far. I have also discovered the joy of an icy cold Cider and the culture behind it. But, I’m getting distracted.

    Simone has some great advice and heading over to her site to stop my arse from having its own postcode
    xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

      LOL Marnie! You just cracked me up. Yep, she’s a wise woman. She can definitely help you get back on track. Good luck x

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  18. Lisa
    January 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Guilty as charged, my muffin top was looking like a keg for a while there, but I now exercise with my friend who is a qualified fitness instructor. A group of us meet 2-3 times a week (with the kids) and do circuit training. I am slowly growing to like (not love) exercise. I found out that I am motivated by other people so it makes sense to train like that rather than struggle by myself.
    PS. Judging by your #everydaystyle you have nothing to worry about πŸ™‚

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  19. mummywifeme
    mummywifeme
    January 21, 2015 at 6:29 am (3 years ago)

    Lisa how lucky are you to have a friend who is a fitness instructor! I’m totes jealous. I’m glad to hear you’re making progress. Ps. The everydaystyle photos are deceiving. I just know the right way to stand πŸ™‚

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  20. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    January 21, 2015 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    Awesome advice Simone, and delivered beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous friend with us Renee. Yes I went silly over the holidays, but I didn’t feel guilty, because I knew that in the new year I would really focus on healthy eating. And I’m happy to say that I have. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Lisa. I wish I was as disciplined as you x

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  21. Hugzilla
    January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Hooooooooo boooooy, I’ve fallen big time. Christmas, my birthday, New Years, two week holiday in the Gold Coast and my son’s birthday yesterday. A month long feast of falling off the wagon. Tomorrow, the last of the garbage gets thrown from my fridge and the new regime begins!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      That is some serious festivities, Zilla. Good luck with the new regime!

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  22. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    January 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm (3 years ago)

    These are such great tips! I’ve certainly fallen off the bandwagon these last few weeks! And yep.. I know the unbuttoning feeling very well!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad I’m not the only one, Lucy :/

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  23. Druime@SnippetsandSpirits
    January 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Too hard on yourself Renee. I would say we all over-indulged over Christmas. As you say we like to treat ourselves after a hard year. You have done it before and you will do it again and how lucky you are to have Simone’s wisdom and support to get you there. I have cut back on sugar also as my jelly belly is hanging out wanting to party but no more parties for this jelly . Good luck πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol! Good luck to you too, Druime! It’s a hard road πŸ™‚

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  24. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    January 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I have beyond fallen… I have been SO bad. I am however keen to get on the raw food wagon for a while and give that try as nearly every recipe I have seen looks so darn good! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep, they have some pretty darn tasty recipes out there! x

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  25. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    January 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    greatpost. i know, it’s so hard after a long time of eating “holiday style” to get back on track

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      February 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure can be, Caralyn. Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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