Food journeys are the hardest

Post by Laurainne Marshall for the Kind Kindred series.

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Last year I was told that I was Insulin Resistance and a borderline diabetic. Let me put in here that my Dad was a severe Diabetic, in fact it was heart disease caused by the diabetes that took him in the end.

As you can well imagine I was devastated.

You see I love my food and I love my champagne.

The hardest part for me was that I was an advocate “women of all shapes and sizes,” but what I should have adopted was “It’s about health not size.”

So I embarked on a different lifestyle and that was what it was – a lifestyle change. I am still on it; some days I have terrible days and some days are good. But everyday is filled with choices and I am learning to make better choices.

I cut out a lot of carbs and started embracing new types of sugars, ones that were not as processed: rice malt syrup, Agave and coconut sugars.

I drank less, alcohol that is, and learned that water was my friend.

I found a free app on my phone and made sure I walked even around my classroom (I am a teacher by day and muso by night.)

At gigs I made sure I moved more – danced more on stage.

What I did find was that people supported me; people I didn’t talk to very often bolstered me on social media.

I blogged all my stages on FB. It kept things real and held me accountable.

Now I want to embrace nature more – get out and walk. With the seasons changing here in Australia I am looking forward to my walks.

But I as I write this in the past tense, I realize that this is ongoing for me. I want to be here for my kids. I want to be with my gorgeous hubby and retire and travel on adventures.

More than that – I am worth it.

Namaste Lovelies, till next time



Laurainne Marshall (AKA LO) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie and her soul mate of nearly 25 years Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Labradoodle named Amber. Laurainne has many roles, Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto in life “Grab life and run”. She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.


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