There are no little secrets, only little pleasures

It’s funny, this blog has turned all food and not much me. If I look up in the address bar that’s my name. Contrary to how it may seem I do contemplate things other than gastronomic delights.

Lately the contemplating to doing ratio has shifted a little too far to the left. Maybe it’s the weather here in Adelaide because Magda posted something very similar the other day.

I’ve spent years, literally, contemplating rather than doing. Thinking that the answers are outside of me.  Convinced that life actually has little secrets that need unlocking. After all, there are millions of books and websites out there telling us so, whether they be diet or self-help. Lots of people making money by telling us there’s something wrong with us.

The last few days I’ve come down with a slight cold and have also being worrying about a change in my work situation. Panic stations! There’s something wrong with me! Do I need more carbs, less cardio, should I take this job? Will I totally fall apart? Three whole days of this.

How in the world did I manage to live like this for YEARS? Stop! Enough’s enough. So I got out of bed took myself for a gentle walk. Looked around at the vineyards and my ever changing always amazing hills. As I allowed myself more time in the present it all came back to me. Everything I need is right there, hidden from me in plain view. No little secrets, Just little pleasures being ignored.

Right at this moment, my little pleasure is having no socks or shoes on. I can wiggle my toes. I can feel the autumn chill and the carpet and the ground beneath it. It makes me fortunate for so much.

What’s your pleasure?

About Michelle

Michelle is passionate about showing people how easy it is to prepare food that is healthy and packed full of flavour. She has just completed her first recipe book, Healthy Helpings: fast food for fit physiques. She began sharing her love of food in 2007, when she produced two series of the online cooking show ‘Healthy Helpings TV’, making fast food healthy and healthy food fast. In 2008 she competed in bodybuilding as a novice figure shaping competitor and she remains passionate about physique sports. She was a 2009 Australian Masterchef semi-finalist, and contributes articles to Oxygen Magazine Australia. Michelle lives with her husband on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where she loves to search out new ingredients and food ideas from local farmers markets, health food shops and ethnic grocers, and take her two dogs on long rambles through the vineyards. Find out more about Michelle's book