30 Day Jumpstart

30 Day Jumpstart

I am so excited to finally share The Eat.Drink.Pure 30 Day Jumpstart  with you all and just in time for the new year too!

The premise is simple. Eat whole foods e.g. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Take out the bad (processed junk)  bring in the good (healing anti inflammatory foods, herbs and spices) and get moving at least 30 minutes a day. This can mean any physical activity. You can do yoga, running, walking, weight training etc. but do it you must, for 30 minutes every day. That’s it. 30 days of keeping to this lifestyle is bound to heal you of so many common issues.

Such as, but not limited to:

  • Joint aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Low energy
  • Skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema
  • Cravings

Plus, as a bi product of eating and living this way, you will shed any excess weight you may have. And don’t we all love to have that happen? Yes!

I started eating this way after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and I want to help guide and support you so that you experience the health and vitality I do. I created this jumpstart challenge  so that you can empower yourselves to live a healthier, happier life by creating healthy habits in a community of likeminded women who have the same goals as you do, to live a life free of joint aches and pains, clearer skin, more energy and less fatigue! I want to empower you with the knowledge to know which foods are good for you and how to make these choices on a daily basis.

let’s JUMPSTART your health!

Here’s what you will get:

  • A welcome guide 
  • A whole recipes ebook + one week meal plan
  • A food diary where you will log in daily all that you eat during the 30 days. This is a great way to learn how foods have a connection to mood. 
  • Weekly lessons sent to your inbox.
  • A private Facebook community of other like-minded women who have the same goals as you do. You’re not in this alone!
  • Direct access to me. You can private message me, email me or post in the group any questions you may have.

here’s what you’ll achieve

  • More energy
  • Understand and banish cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • The ability to tune into your body and decide what works for you.
  • The motivation to reach your goals through the private community and some new friends in the process!

So when do we start? The program launches Monday January 21, 2019. 

Four Ways You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Yourself and Your Kids

Gratitude is crucial when it comes to your health. A grateful heart reaps the benefit not only spiritually but physically too.

Studies show a person who is grateful tends to have fewer aches and pains and is in better health than one who is ungrateful. According to Robert Emmons, a leading expert on the scientific effects of gratitude, being grateful has a host of physical benefits, amongst which are:

  • a stronger immune system
  • lower blood pressure
  • better sleep patterns
  • and the ability to exercise and be more in control of ones health.

There is a whole community on Facebook dedicated to gratitude and it offers motivation and inspiration to those with chronic illnesses and has seen the positive outcome of this emotion on their members. Here’s what Lauren Blanchard Zalewski, the founder of the group, in a comment on this article had to say about it.

As the founder & admin of the only gratitude-based group on Facebook for people with chronic conditions, I can say that these studies are very factual based on my observations with those who begin a gratitude practice. I started “Attitude of Gratitude With Chronic Pain” in 2014 as a group where no complaining was allowed, and it has evolved into much more than that 3 1/2 years later.

We are now a group over 3,400 strong and you we state our gratitude every single day. We state daily intentions every morning. We have live chats, and we have members who say that after decades of suffering, incorporating gratitude and this way of live has been the biggest and most effective treatment EVER given to them….they are HAPPY. Many report that physical symptoms have lessened…that is certainly the case for me and I’ve lived with lupus & fibromyalgia for almost 20 years.

So we know how being grateful can help our health and well being. Want to learn how you can incorporate it into your day and even instill it in your kids? Read on…

1. Pray

Several studies suggest that there is a positive effect of prayer on a person’s level of gratitude. As such prayer seems to be an emerging tool used for therapy by clinicians. Seeing that prayer is the method used to thank God, it seems probable that praying more would be associated with higher levels of gratitude.

Teach your kids the relationship between the two when they’re young so that they can understand the connection and use this to help themselves as adults.

2. keep a gratitude journal

Putting our blessings down on paper has double the impact. When we ‘see’ the blessings put on paper we are bound to internalize the emotion even more. Find some time in your day and jot down what you are grateful for. You can do it first thing in the morning or just before going to bed. The exercise doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just get a small notebook and put down 3-5 things you are grateful for daily and be consistent.

You can make it a practice before bed to list a few blessings with your kids as a part of their night time routine. Vocalizing them will reenforce gratitude.

3. help the needy

There’s nothing like seeing those who are less fortunate than you to make you feel thankful for what you have. I recently volunteered at a food bank where we assembled lunch boxes for low income school aged children in after school programs. We were told that this is most likely the only decent meal the kids would be getting that day. To hear this brought a lot of things into perspective for me. We see a lot of poverty around the world and I know there are a lot of low income neighborhoods in First World American but this was very close to home.

I plan on taking my kids there soon in an effort to have them feel less like they are entitled and more to being of service to others.

4. thank those around you

Making it a habit to be grateful to those around you can cultivate gratitude too. This not only nurtures relationships between two people but motivates employees to perform better when employers show gratitude and recognition.

Gratitude is stressed upon in  and is the foundation of most all major world religions. Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism all promote gratitude to God and your fellow man. We always knew how it supported us spiritually but now we have proof that it is necessary for our physical well being too!

Do you have any tips you can add to this list? I’d love to know!

Read next: Gratitude~ Not Just at Thanksgiving

Coconut curry

Gluten Free Khao Suey

Ok so this recipe is a long time coming! I have been meaning to post it for a while since I make it often enough. I just never got around to it but a comment I made on Instagram about sharing Khao Suey with friends sparked so much interest that I decided it was time to share my recipe. My family has asked me to post it on the blog many times because it is a favorite and a regular in our dinner rotation. Continue reading “Gluten Free Khao Suey”

7 Healthy Snack Ideas for kids

I am often asked about healthy snack ideas for kids so I figured I’d do a post to tell you what my kids eat for snack either in school or after. Continue reading “7 Healthy Snack Ideas for kids”

Eid Cookies

Cardamom Cookies

It’s almost time for Eid! Have you started prepping for it? I am using cardamom to spice up my cookies!

For my non-Muslim readers, Eid al Fitr is a time that Muslims all over the world celebrate to commemorate the end of the month long fasting of Ramadan. Ramadan is the 9 th month of the lunar calendar. This is one of the two celebrations in the Islamic calendar. The other one being Eid al Adha which is celebrated after the annual Hajj pilgrimage to sanctify the Abrahamic tradition of sacrifice. Continue reading “Cardamom Cookies”

Chicken

One Pan Sumac Chicken

This recipe for chicken has been a long time coming! It is a favorite here in my home and I am almost certain it will be a hit in yours!

I know life can get busy and most week days we just want to be able to throw together dinner, feed our families, clean up and get on with other activities. Well, this is where easy recipes like this one come in. It’s a one pan wonder and ready in about an hour, prep and all.  Continue reading “One Pan Sumac Chicken”

Quinoa Bowl

Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

Have you tried quinoa yet? Or tried having quinoa in a bowl? Well I did, not that I haven’t had quinoa before but I am just loving eating everything in a bowl! This one was extremely delicious and totally hit the spot.

I was in Miami for a conference through my  school, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It was over the weekend and for lunch my friends and I decided to get some tacos a bunch of our other Health Coach friends had recommended. While traveling it is often hard to find  good, healthy, gluten free food but we did  at https://www.taquizatacos.com/menu.htm and it was super delicious too! Continue reading “Black Bean Quinoa Bowl”

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Ok so let me just start by saying that these chocolate muffins are just amazing! They have become a hot favorite in my home and I have two growing boys who can safely be described as chocoholics  so you know anything sub par will just not cut it! The beauty however is that I get to sneak in some zucchini without them having a clue. Continue reading “Chocolate Zucchini Muffins”

Life Lessons

A Purposeful Life~ Lessons Learnt

There’s nothing more powerful than the death of a loved one to get you to wake up and question the meaning of life. A life with purpose is after all, the sure way to set and crush ones goals.

It was the death of my mother almost nine years ago that had me question what my purpose in life is. A tragedy often throws one towards spirituality and I was no different. I enrolled myself into Quran studies, being Muslim I knew that my faith talks a lot about life and the transient nature of it. It talks of action rather than going through life heedlessly and hoping for the best later. Because there is a later, it’s called the After Life. Continue reading “A Purposeful Life~ Lessons Learnt”

Speaking To Middle Schoolers About Healthy Eating

Career Day 2018

Last week I spoke to the youth at my middle schooler’s career day. It was not easy preparing a presentation that would engage a room full of teenagers. Health and wellness is the last thing on their minds and anyone who comes in and tells them to take it seriously is not going to be a friend. Despite the fact that these were great kids from good families, I did have a couple of snarky comments fly about and it wasn’t until I shared my story that I got their full attention and some good questions!

The very next day, the elementary school my younger one goes to was hosting their very own career day which I figured would be a cake walk after the one with the eight graders! I may have been a tad over confident because as tech savvy as I thought I was, my presentation for the little ones didn’t work! I winged it of course, and survived to tell the story but here are a few lessons I learnt from speaking to the young: Continue reading “Career Day 2018”