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Welcome and thank you so much for dropping by! My name is Michelle and I’ve been blogging about my weight loss journey since 2009. While my blog has had a huge focus on weight loss, these days I’m all about sharing my journey of discovering balance and my real food philosophy, I also blog about all things that inspire me such as fashion and interiors.

I am married to my childhood sweetheart of 16 years and we have an ewok as a pet, she thinks she’s a dog!  Since buying our first home over 2 years ago we’ve been renovating and I’ve just loved the whole process, well not the dust…but it’s been worth it.

I love small homes with moody feels, luxe cosy spaces, maximalism, and a little glam boho in my interiors.  We live in a small City called New Plymouth on the west coast of New Zealand. It’s a very beautiful place to live, a five minute walk from the ocean and when the swell is big I fall asleep to the sound of waves, it’s bliss!

I’ve always known I had an eye for design but I didn’t always have the confidence to do the kinds of things I’ve done since painting our whole house and transforming furniture, reupholstering, up cycling etc…learning to be savy about it because we’ve been on a tight budget since having a new mortgage, I’m sure many of you understand that!

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Pepper in our hallway!

I run my own business doing clothing alterations and repairs which is my day job and I love it!   I love all things girly but I’m your typical kiwi gal who can change a car tyre and get messy in the outdoors! I’m certainly not afraid of hard work! I started blogging because of weight loss at first and I found it such a therapeutic outlet to express myself.

I have always enjoyed creating beautiful dishes and beautiful clothing and moving my rooms around a gazillion times since I was a kid! My mum used to say to my siblings that watching was helping and they would just sit there and watch, until I came along and spoke up that watching was doing nothing! Suffice to say that I was in that kitchen helping from quite a young age! I take great joy in the kitchen, it is my therapy and a perfect Sunday for me is cooking hubby a nice big breakfast and then pottering around my house cooking and doing some DIY project followed by a spontaneous dinner with friends at ours. I love to spend time with my family and friends and to fill my home with laughter and love.

I who grew up loving all the typical Kiwi comfort foods like milky milos, peanut butter on toast, Macaroni Cheese and Potato Bakes, I still have some of my favourites in moderation, I have finally learnt how to eat in moderation, it hasn’t been easy but overtime it gets easier! I am a total foodist and love all things related to food and now I have a love affair with now growing my own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Life wasn’t alway so peachy, I’ve have a long history with health issues, both physically and mental health, I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager and although the majority of them are gone or minimised they sometimes rear their ugly head when I make less than stellar food choices which is why a Real Food approach is how I choose to eat the majority of the time.

I’ve dieted in some form since the age of 16 which was weight watchers, since then I have tried every diet under the sun and struggled with my weight since I can remember, I always remember being self conscious of my curves at primary school. At 28 I discovered Primal and I believe that the secret to keeping my weight off has been consistency of eating much of the same foods everyday.  I don’t like to label myself in particular but I think if I could sum myself up it would be a “flexatarian” (Dr Libby term), I eat a lot of whole foods, loads of leafy greens, veges, starchy veges, fruits, some grains like sourdough, quinoa and rice, nuts & seeds and good quality eggs, seafood and pasture raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb, and good fats, yes that includes heart healthy saturated fats from natural sources such as butter, coconut oil and lard!  I minimise the processed foods but I do eat them, I like having an 80/20 balance, it keeps me sane.
Instead of getting into the nitty gritty of what balance of macros constitutes as “healthy” I instead focus on micronutrients these days, getting enough vegetables overall is hugely important and I think that’s the one thing we can all agree on. Most people will benefit from giving up most of the fake foods and highly palatable foods that nature could never compete with. While calories do count they aren’t the entire picture and when we focus on calories alone we aren’t nourishing ourselves.  Everyday I notice how food has such an impact on how I feel, food is our most powerful medicine or slowest form of poison and I truly believe that. After learning to grow my own food I have a whole new appreciation for the ecosystem.
While my relationship with food and my body has been very disordered over the years, I was either on a diet or off a diet and with each one I would just gain it all back with interest. These days my weight is relatively stable (although I threw my scale out!) and I am learning that in order to be free from the handcuffs of disordered eating I need to love myself for who I am and let go of the control! Not always easy for us women but it’s very empowering.   My change in attitude about weight and food didn’t just change over night, it has evolved over time and for the first time in my life I am feeling far more connected to my body, mind and spirit and that feels so good.This blog is my filter free happy place where I feel comfortable to share my crazy, my favourite design ideas, recipes and food discoveries. My hope is that when you leave my blog you feel encouraged and inspired to live your best life.