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"The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself"

It has been awhile folks, but I am back with an important topic; learning to love yourself + self confidence.  For years and years I would tell myself, and people around me that I was strong. I don't know if I did this because I thought I was, or because I was confusing the word strong for something else.  Maybe I was confused because for years I was strong; I was ripped, I had tree trunk muscles legs, and I had the pain tolerance of The Hulk.  I guess what I decided to believe is that when I was young (and I believe this to be the same for a lot of people) I was taught that being strong means you are strong.

Definition of strong - at the age of around 13-16:

  1. You can take on the world, defend yourself, and not be walked all over.
  2. Lift really heavy things, and carry your dad.
This is not a bad thing by any means, but it is a pretty one-sided way to interpret the word.  This word quickly began to shape the person I became, but in as many bad ways as good.  I started to neglect my feelings, and my thoughts, and although I did defend myself when I needed to I was going about it all the wrong way.  When I look back now I wish I would have focused more on healing myself, and then figuring out how to properly get my feelings out to the people that had hurt me.  
Hey everyone, and welcome! This is a new part of my blog that I have finally found time to work on, how exciting! You can expect loads of fitness related videos to be posted on here, and linked to my FoodbyMaria YouTube Channel.  Fitness is a huge part of my life, I do not go a day without hitting the gym, or being active. So before I go I will leave you with my fitness philosophy... and why I believe we should all try out best to be active, be well, and eat better!
tacos Avocados and refried beans are the highlight of this Taco dish!  Vegan Tacos are the perfect natural food recipes for your plant based diet, not to mention they certainly do not miss out on any flavour! It is so fabulous because it is a simple vegetable recipe that takes only around 10-20 minutes to prepare depending on what you have ready! In the recipe I recommend making homemade Guacamole, so here is my fave recipe, ever!
rootandbones Did someone say Ice Cream?!? Yep, I did! Made using natural food like cacao, fruit (banana) and maple syrup.  All you need to do in blend up all the gorgeous ingredients and you have yourself the most delicious and nutritious recipe, ever! This raw food recipe is a super simple raw food diet idea too - so add it to your favourites! Should I also mention that this recipe is extremely high in plant based protein (from the nut butters) and antioxidants (from the Reishi).
pizzahs2 What is this you see? Can you believe this a raw food recipe and not another potatoes or pasta dish? I can because this next Vegan Recipe is amazing and one of the simplest raw food recipes on the blog! The Chocolate Cherry Coconut Nice Cream is damn delicious, filled with fruit and super easy to make!
pizzahs1 This was Andrew's favourite Pizza I have made to date.  That is saying a lot guys because as you all know I make a lot of comfort food, using organic foods and natural foods, and you better believe Pizza is one of them.  The Mango Chilli Lime Pizza was exceptionally delicious to Andrew because that man has a thing for crunch and that is exactly what those Harvest Snaps brought to the Pizza game. Need I mention that there are hints of fresh fruit on this pizza? Thats right, those are mangoes!
EATYOURGREENS3 It taste just like Cheese! I am not kidding. This Cashew Cream triples as the best spread, sauce and dip ever! You can quite literally use this amazing stuff in your salads, for raw veggies on in your wraps.  It has the silky consistency of cream cheese but without all the bad additives. This recipe really makes being on a raw food diet (not me) and plant based diet really easy! Raw food recipes can sometimes seem a bit fat fetched but I promise you this one is amazing and can so easily be added to another one of your favourite vegetable recipes! Of course you may be a bit hesitant to try it as it is made from cashews after all and is extremely healthy, nourishing organic food and super easy to make. But hey, I will you be the judge!
SWEETPOTATO Curry has quickly become my households go to meal.  It is so easy to whip up, store away and take with you on the go! Filled with nutrients, carbs, healthy fats and flavour this meal will not disappoint. I am always on the go so there is really nothing better than a meal that you can take with you anywhere.  This dish is a true testament that eating healthy and smart does not have to be hard or a sacrifice of flavours.
harvestsnaps Hands down the most delicious Vegan Meat Balls I have ever made!  They are packed with flavour and have so much character! I had a friend of mine round yesterday and I asked her to try them and she said they were the bomb! You know what they best part is? They are GLUTEN FREE, good for you, and super easy to make (minus a few extra dirty dishes).