Something I’ve been hearing lately is, “I don’t know how you do it all?” or “You are really a super mum, such an inspiration that you get so much done”.
Well I’m here to set the record straight.
My come to Jesus moment.
Last night ended with me in the shower in tears.
It’s probably a combination of:
- post holiday blues
- arriving back to Saudi in the middle of not only Ramadan* but the hottest and most humid time of the year (meaning the kids and I are HOUSEbound pretty much 24/7 in the a/c – goodbye daily excursions to the beach/park/cousins house or just the mall like we were doing in Brisbane last month)
- dealing with our 3rd bout of family gastro (pre holiday, during and post!)
- my previously easy baby Chloé deciding that she ONLY likes me and wants to be held 24/7 and is waking 3 times per night
- not having the means to get to the supermarket to restock the house with fresh whole foods (Pat has been taking the car to work as his motorbike broke down and we cannot walk in this crazy heat!) nor have the time to prepare these delicious foods for my family due to various reasons
- losing our previous child care option after we returned from vacation
- ‘trying‘ to work part time on my business at the same time as attachment parenting while ‘trying’ to support my husband who is not only working full time but doing his final year in his Masters.
Phew! No wonder I feel depleted.
Add to this some other health issues that I am working on (only minor but I began treating when I was home in Brisbane with an acupuncturist/naturopath and I am going to cover those in another blog post) then you can probably tell I’m feeling less than my bubbly full of life self. Honestly I’ve been a CRANKY pants for a while!
A conversation I had with Pat this morning went something like this:
Me: “Babe, I’m going to have to put my biz on ice for a bit I think. I’m just feeling a bit defeated with trying to be it all and I’m only being mediocre at everything I am doing! I mean you asked me 6 months ago to sew that button on your work shirt and it’s still hanging in the to be done pile! That’s crap!”
Him: “Hey honey, no worries, your readers/clients will be there when you are ready to come back better than ever. You gotta do what is right for you!”
Me: “Like how can I be inspiring other women to be their best and healthy and happy when I am not walking my talk either. It’s just not authentic and it’s not how I feel right in this moment”
Besides, the kids will only be this small once, and I love being in a position to be at home with them right now (expat wives are not entitled to work here in Saudi anyway – I get around that rule by working for myself).
I feel this little break will give me the ability to get back to me, and my gorgeous little family that mean the world to me, get a massage or two, maybe finally get my legs waxed ha, and enjoy some quality time with my amazingly supportive not to mention HOT husband hehe – we’ve got a salsa convention lined up for the end of the month, our salsa has waned since having bubba’s and is important for our kids to see their mummy and daddy connecting like this. And NOT be attached to my iPhone 24/7!
It will also mean I’ll come rearing back to you with my NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE that is in design right now, incorporating the changes I mentioned in this newsletter, plus other exciting projects I’ve got lined up which focus on conscious living, nourishing yourself (outside/inside) and mindful parenting – all practices I am taking some time out to get in order in my own life right now.
What you can expect from me in the meantime:
I’ll still be posting now and then on Instagram and Facebook, but I’ll be unlikely to respond to any private questions or emails until I am back in business, I am sure you understand. I only really get on my iPhone when nursing (but am even trying to limit then too!) the other times I’ll be playing with the kids or getting back to my other love of playing in the kitchen to come up with some yummy recipes for both my family and YOU!
Regular blogging will halt temporarily (let’s face it, it’s been a while anyway haha) and I’ll be spending any office hours I devote entirely to my awesome new eCourse.
I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing what I know of raw food with more people worldwide than I can in my sellout live classes with my first ever ecourse with my first awesome group of newbies starting in August which will be the only way you’ll be able to work with me until further notice. We still have a couple more places left if you want to grab your spot here.
If you do have any customer/support concerns or queries, my amazing assistant Anne will definitely still be on board to get back to you within 48 hours – you can contact her here.
I’ve also re connected with my oracle cards (I have 4 packs) and felt guided to open up my Goddess cards for a little lift the other day and this is the one that I pulled:
“You know what to do. Trust your inner wisdom and take appropriate action without delay”
Stop procrastinating – stop giving your power away to others – trust your gut – don’t second guess yourself – you are correct – notice reoccurring ideas and take action on them
So it’s with this that I say how much I value you as a reader and follower, I’ve been doing this little blog a few years and I still love how many friends I’ve met both online and then in person through this little world. I really hope you do stick around to see the next phase of what’s in store as I continue to value the connections I make through this outlet I started as just a hobby while a bored little flight attendant new to the Middle East waiting for my next flight duty.
This is see you later, not goodbye, and I can’t wait to come back better than ever.
Love Robyn xxxx
*Ramadan is the month in which Muslims fast during daylight hours for spiritual enlightenment. In the Gulf region, it is required that everyone observes this in respect of their fellow Muslim friends and do not eat or drink in public. You can be severely punished if disobeyed. Can be challenging in such HEAT do not be able to drink water, so it’s best to stay indoors.
PS. For those of you waiting for news on the Raw Event in Brisbane later in the year, it’s been postponed till further notice
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After many years of my overseas readers asking for me to film my sellout Raw Food classes for availability online, I’ve finally put something together for you, so that wherever in the world you are, you can access my online extended version of my online classes at any time of the day or night in the comfort of your own home.
My first session of my raw food online eCourse Raw for Newbies, will commence on August 26th, 2013 and will run for 5 weeks, and includes: 50+ how to videos and supporting PDF’s, 1 Q&A call each week for the duration of the course, access to an exclusive Facebook group for further support.
To give you an idea of what to expect in the 5 week eCourse, here’s a sneak peek of one of the 1 of 5 Basic Sauces/Dressings that I teach in Week 3.
As I’ve never offered this course online before, I’m offering it at the low introductory rate of only $95USD for this round only. It will never be this low again, so if you’re keen to find out more, here’s more information and where you can sign up for the limited seats available for this first round.
I look forward to seeing you in ‘class’!
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If you are anything like me, you don’t have hours to spare, pouring over recipe books and the stove trying to come up with gourmet meals each day for you and your families!
This was something I really enjoyed when I had oodles of time to spare as a single flight attendant waiting for my next duty, especially when I didn’t have much else to do here in Saudi Arabia.
But now I am married with 2 under the age of 3, running a business, and a household, it’s just not viable to spend the same amount of time I used to on eating healthy. And I bet it’s not for you either?!
But that doesn’t mean OUR health has to go out the window!
I spend 1 day a week prepping family meals for the week ahead (more about that in a later post!) so that we only have 1 or 2 treat meals a week (usually on the weekend!) and so that I have more time to spend with my babies and work on my business too.
Of course sometimes as the mama, I get forgotten while looking after everyone else so lately I’ve gotten back on the green smoothie train.
Who can argue that eating more greens is a bad thing*?
Here’s 15 reasons why you should get on the Green Smoothie Train!
1. Great transition to raw/healthy foods!
2. You don’t have to make any other massive changes to you diet, but starting your day with a green smoothie can give you your daily allotment of fruit & veg.
3.. They’re the healthiest convenience food! I take my green smoothies out to run errands ALL the time!
4. They’re so dense and satisfying that they can be a meal replacer when you don’t have time to sit down and eat, potentially then ending up through drive though or grabbing a less desirable quick eat out of the cupboard (biscuits/cookies, crisps etc).
5. You can share them with your little ones and if you find the right recipe then they’ll ask for them all the time!!
6. So quick and easy to make. My green smoothie this morning took 5 mins max to make
7. You can make them sweet or savoury (blended salads/soups)
8. They give you soooo much energy and noooo guilt.
9. They last longer than juices, so you can pre make them and sip on them all day or take them to work in a flask
10. Clean up is E-A-S-Y!
11. Effortless weightloss and overall vitality
12. Are a complete food
13. reduce cravings for sugary and junk foods
14. Helps keep you regular as they are full of fibre, so will assist in eliminating toxins
15. if you diet is otherwise not the greatest, as least you know you have done something favourable for your health today.
If you’re still not convinced you’ll like sipping on something that looks a bit more like swamp juice, then here’s a great starter green smoothie recipe (that I’ve been sipping on for the last 3 days as we’ve been enjoying Badami mangoes from India.
2 mangoes, peeled
1 cup of pineapple (I use frozen but if you are using fresh then add 4 ice cubes)
half romaine/cos lettuce
1 cup of packed spinach
1 cup of water
Place all ingredients in blender until smooth. I prefer mine thick but you can add extra water as desired.
If mangoes aren’t in season where you are, then try this simple banana smoothie that was my first ever green smoothie!
Simple Green Smoothie
1 cup of packed baby spinach
1 cup of water
Place all ingredients in blender until smooth.
Chocolate Monkey Milkshake
can use carob powder instead of cacao (which is raw cocoa)
*unless you are using spinach, swiss chard and beet greens and have a thyroid issue as spinach has oxalic acid – you an use romaine/cos lettuce instead!
Newbies: I’m taking enrolments VERY soon for my upcoming Raw for Newbies eCourse that is a more detailed version of my LIVE class with support for getting you started on raw food or just taking that leap to eat a little healthier and you don’t know where to start. Make sure you are signed up to my newsletter here to ensure you get a chance to sign up at my heavily discounted introductory rate only available to subscribers! Announcing soon!Share on Facebook
How has your week started off? Hope you are having a delicious time, because eating well shouldn’t be about deprivation right? I always aim to have every meal something I really enjoy eating! And that’s why I love raw food.
Eating raw is so awesome because it is not an all or nothing state of being. It’s not like if you eat raw, that is all you should and can eat ONLY.
Contrary to what most people think, I DON’T EAT 100% raw and never have done (unless you count the time I was at culinary school and also last year at Spa Samui when I was pregnant and I couldn’t do the juice detox so I just ate raw for the week instead).
Eating 100% raw is unrealistic for 99% of the world’s population and you really don’t need to eat ONLY raw to achieve many positive health results.
Even just eating a diet of raw foods 51% and above will get you well on your way to losing weight, feeling more energetic, staving off colds/flus and even preventing other major illnesses and disease.
And guess what? That is easy to achieve.
You can eat raw till dinner:
Smoothie or Grawnola for breakfast
A huge salad o raw dish for lunch
And your usual cooked favourite for dinner BUT half the portion and eat a dense salad with or before you main meal.
If you need to snack throughout the day, smoothies and nutmilk based shakes are quick, easy and satisfying and so are pieces of fresh fruit or vegetable sticks.
You can of course get more creative but this just gives you an idea.
If you are 100% raw already, that’s fab, you must feel amazing, but for the majority of us with partners who don’t want to eat the way we do, having social lives and not having all the time in the world to prepare your food, means having to be flexibly. And our bodies are well designed to detox on an ongoing basis, we just need to do the right thing by it, MOST OF THE TIME
Any of my clients who have wanted to ONLY eat 100% raw I have advised strongly against, as they only wind up feeling disappointed and sometimes taking a major backstep in their journey when they regress back to highly processed convenience foods because eating 100% raw just isn’t sustainable long term.
Marc David, of the Institute of Pscyhology of Eating talks about the 3 levels of diets (Therapeutic, Maintainance & Experimental) and their effectiveness for different needs in your life.
For example eating a 100% raw diet for weight loss or to deal with an illness may show short-term positive results, however over time you may find you MAY show signs of deficiencies.
If you haven’t really started or added more raw into your diet, why not just start out slow with a yummy green smoothie each day, or adding a salad to your lunch or dinner meals. I promise you will feel the difference.
You don’t have to be 100% raw to start improving your health NOW.
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