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Food: Friend or Enemy?

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Food. It's both my friend and my enemy.  All of my life, I've had an on and off relationship with food. Lately I've been really examining why this is. Why do I turn to food in both good times...
“The key to happiness is low expectations.  Lower.  Nope, even lower.  There you go.”  ~Ramblin' Mama I came across this quote online.  I read it and it was a light bulb moment, people.  This Type A mama needed to lower her...

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