Pickles

Pickling, a tradition that is good for your health!

I had no idea how good fermented foods are for gut health till I started looking into fixing my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Pickling has been in my family ever since I can remember. In fact it was somewhat of an event at my grandmother’s home. All the women in the family would gather and help. We would form an assembly line and each of us had a job. There was the rubbing gently of the vegetables to remove the moisture, my grandmother would be in charge of mixing the  spices since she was an expert. There was the meticulous cleaning and sanitizing of the canning jars before everything was brought together and bottled up.

Then there was the waiting patiently for the Achaar or pickle to marinate. This is important because if you want to get the maximum flavor and, as I now know, the health benefits, you must wait. Continue reading “Pickling, a tradition that is good for your health!”

What is a Health Coach?

So, with all my posts on Instagram, Facebook and even around here, you may no doubt be wondering….

what exactly is a Health coach?

Well, I thought it was time to define it for you and give you some insight into my chosen profession.

If I were to define it in a few words,  a health coach is a life coach but with a nutritional bend.

According to The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, my alma mater, “ A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.” Continue reading “What is a Health Coach?”

How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!

Greetings Friends!

How has your summer been? Busy? Mine sure has been. We kicked off the break by getting our spiritual high since Ramadan fell right at the start of summer this year. Then there was travel and spending time with family. We made a trip to Pakistan again this year. It was a lot of fun as always and it was tough for me to return home. I am always so sad to leave loved ones!

We are back home winding down summer and gearing up for the school year ahead! Whether you start the school year late August or early September, this post here is to help you pack lunch like an expert!

How prepared are you to send the kids off with healthy, nutritious lunch? If your answer is “NOT SO MUCH” don’t fret, I’ve got your back! Continue reading “How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!”

towards a healthier Ramadan

Towards A Healthier Ramadan

Ramadan is barely a month away and I am panicking. I have full plans of eating healthier this Ramadan and it really helped to demonstrate some healthier recipes to reenforce my resolve this past weekend. My dear friend Sameera hosted a talk and cooking demonstration in honor of the fast approaching month and I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of ladies on using this month as a means to jumpstart our road to a healthier lifestyle. After the talk we had fun making a couple of recipes. I offered these as alternatives to old, unhealthy favorites. Like Watermelon Juice in place of Rooh Afza and Granola Bites for sahoor.

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What is Kombucha And is it Halal?

What Is Kombucha and is it Halal?

Have you heard of Kombucha? It is only the latest health craze taking the world by storm!

Last Saturday, on one of our visits to the local farmer’s market, I came across the stall of a local business, The Kombucha Company. Having heard of this very popular elixir  and keen to try it out, I ventured over with my boys in tow. They had many different flavors for people to sample and we wasted no time in trying them all out. There was peach, blue berry, yerba mate and original. The winner though, was cherry. I wasn’t surprised, that was my sons’ choice in almost every thing, medicine, candy etc.

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The six things I did to Get Healthy

The Seven Things I Did To Get My Health Back And So Can You

If you have been around my website, you have more than likely read up on my journey to health. Hashimoto’s, H.Pylori, Vitamin D deficiency, I had it all. Read more about my story here . Friends have asked me in the past to write about the steps I took to get my health back.  Here goes!

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Simple Green Smoothies

Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner~ Book Review

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get my hands on this book! When I first started eating healthy I remember drinking one green smoothie or juice a day. Along with the other lifestyle changes I made I have no doubt that this manner of eating or rather drinking my fruits and vegetables aided in my recovery.

I first came across The Simple Green Smoothies duo, Jen and Jadah while listening to a podcast featuring their fascinating story. Intrigued, I started following them on  Instagram. When I learnt that they had a book out, I knew I had to have it. Continue reading “Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner~ Book Review”

To Ghee or Not To Ghee, That Is The Question.

Ghee has officially made a comeback. You see it being recommended by nutritionists and dietitians and lately it has made its way into coffee as well.  Ghee, as it is known in the South Asian Subcontinent, is clarified butter, which simply means that butter is boiled to separate the liquid fat from the milk solids.  The milk solids sink to the bottom and the liquid fat can be strained and stored in a cool dry place for later use. Continue reading “To Ghee or Not To Ghee, That Is The Question.”

Why You Need To Give Up Diet Soda Today

My relationship with diet soda began about sixteen years ago. It’s as old as my marriage. “Fresh off the boat” and straight into life in the good old U.S of A.where “diet” everything was  a sign of being fit. I don’t recall the diet variety being available back home and even if it was, it wasn’t very popular. Back in college days, I was always the one shunning regular soda because of it’s sugar content but this, this was different. I could have my cake and eat it too! Not once did it occur to me that it could be detrimental to my health. I even remember reading an article about it being as safe as water!

Articles such as these, aggressive marketing and the general lack of information as to the adverse affects of  the component in these drinks had a whole generation guzzling down diet pop without a care in the world. I, for one was hooked. I loved the stuff. When eating out I would nod every time the waiter asked if I wanted a refill, usually two or three and at home I would chug down at least one a day. Not as bad as some I guess but everybody’s tolerance level is different and it wasn’t long before my habit caught up with me. Continue reading “Why You Need To Give Up Diet Soda Today”

What’s Really in our Food – A Presentation by My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei

This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei. I’ll be honest, I was star struck! But her friendly and down to earth personality made it easy to talk to her. The expertise with which she swaps out the haram (prohibited) for the halal (permitted) in global cuisines is pretty commendable and one that has gained her much love and respect within the community and outside. Continue reading “What’s Really in our Food – A Presentation by My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei”