October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and I wanted to go beyond the pink ribbons and charity walks. Prevention is what I promote and so key when it comes to vibrant health and longevity. Every disease has a root cause. Research shows that inflammation is at the root of most chronic illnesses. Cancer is a chronic illness just like…
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!
I am so excited to finally share The Eat.Drink.Pure 30 Day Jumpstart with you all!
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.
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.
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.
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:
So let’s talk about exercise shall we? How much of it do you get in a week? Is it something you prioritize or is it a once in a while activity?
I personally had always looked at exercise as a means to lose weight and get in shape. We are such visual beings right? It had always been for vanity’s sake rather than to better my health. One workout here, another there. It was never something I committed to. Until….I entered my FOURTIES!
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.”