You are a Magnet – Be A Positive One!

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Assalamualikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu! 

Yes, its been a long time I was away, lots of other things were happening which were important too. Today as I was free, So I thought of writing something on the topic which was in my mind for so long. As I was not blogging regularly so excuse me for my first few blogs, I know they will be amateur but they will be getting loads better I hope because all good things take time right? ūüėČ

Before I proceed, I have a question for you?

Tell me … Are you a Positive Magnet or a Negative Magnet?

Wait, I tell you what am I talking about …

In this day and age when stress is inevitable, we all know its part and parcel of the modern-day lifestyle. But you know what, even in this busy and stressful lives of ours, everyone deserves to have everything he loves and desires. Everyone is meant to have a stress free life and feel good about himself and others. And it is possible only if you have a relaxed and positive state of mind. Yes, your mind is everything.

From my experience, I have realised that whatever you wanna do or achieve in your life (either it be your big goals in life or doing nothing … even if its a daily plan, a small household chore or a big project, even if its an act of Ibadah/doing good deeds or even ploting an evil plan for someone) it is all dependant on your mind; your every action and every word is an end product of your mind. With the power of your mind you can make it happen. A positive state of mind can bring you all the goodness in your life and vice versa. Yes, you guessed me right … I am talking about Law of Attraction. Whatever you give out in life, must return to you. It’s the Law of Universe. And If you wanna read more about this subject, I will recommend you read this book named as “The Power” by Rhonda Byrne and her worldwide best seller ¬†“The Secret”.

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From my experience I have learnt that we can’t change other peoples way of thinking and way of doing things, it’s impossible but what we can do is to change ourselves and the most importing thing to change in ourselves is our way of thinking. We can change our circumstances with our thinking. This is the first and most important thing because our mind is so powerful, and we can create our life with our positive and negative thoughts. Give positive thoughts and feelings and you will change your entire life.¬†Its a simple formula for a happy and peaceful life.¬†For instance; If you just think and feel that “life is really good to me”, “I am really blessed”, “I have so many blessings around”, “Allah has given me so much to be thankful for” … trust me by doing so you will attract back all the people, circumstances, and events that will make life really good for you. Just¬†by changing our way of thinking we can attract the things which are positive. You are a Magnet, if you become a positive magnet then you will start attracting all those positive things in your life and if you give out negative thoughts and feelings and you will magnetise negative circumstances, people and events. Let me give you another example; ¬†give help and support a friend who is in need of your time, talk, a hug maybe, whatever, and most surely that help and support will return to you whenever you need it. On the contrary, if you give anger to someone who let you down and that anger will also return to you or if you hurt someone that pain will also return to you, clothed in the circumstances of your life. You see most people always talk about negative situations, about the things what they don’t have and things they don’t love, in this way they attract more negativity than love. Many people who have great happy lives think and talk about what they love more than what they don’t love. By doing so, they gain unlimited access to ¬†all the good in life.

If you think negative about others, about your life and circumstances then Ask Allah to give you a positive mind, a mind that thinks positive about people, about His creation, about life and everything in the universe. Declutter your mind from all the negative thoughts and ask for a thankful heart and mind if you really wanna do something good, something productive in your life. Let’s say if you wanna achieve a particular goal, just give positive thoughts and feelings “Yes I can do it” or say “Yes, I will do it” ¬†plan and execute, work hard for it and you will get all the circumstances and people leading you towards that goal, believe you me all the powers which Allah has provided to the universe will help you all the way. Same is the case with your relationships, If you are not comfortable in somebody’s presence or you have some ill feelings towards someone then try to change your thoughts, start thinking good about that person and you will attract the positive energy or behaviour from that person. Trust me this is not a bookish knowledge that I am sharing, its an experience of my life.

Point Of Action For this MONTH:

Please start FOCUSING on all the positive things, people, circumstances you have around you and ignore all the negative feelings and thoughts.¬†So let’s try to be a positive Magnet to have a happy, stress free and healthy life.

Try this for at least one week, you yourself will see the difference. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you tried and share your experience. ūüôā

Spread Positive Vibes!

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Portion Control & Weight Loss!

Hey friends! How are you? I am sure you all will be in the best of your health and fitness. Okay! So in the beginning let me discuss little bit about ”the stress around food” that many people have these days. Well, this is not my topic today so please bear with me while I share my thoughts on this. I see these days women have developed a very complicated relationship with food – they have this fear of eating even the healthiest foods because they will put on weight or they wanna look good, they wanna attend this wedding, or wanna fit into their old skinny jeans or wanna achieve that ‘Zero figure’ which only exists in the photos and movies (all the photoshop stuff you know) – all this agony and misery what for? To show the world how beautiful your body is? For a selfie or to take group photos and post them on social media so you can get good compliments and many likes. (I know it’s not the case with everybody but I am sure many will fall under this category) Wow! Seriously! Is it worth it? Do we really need to do this? I mean really? Losing weight and looking good should be a permanent lifestyle change to eat healthier. It should be with a purpose of achieving good health or remaining healthy or in order to improve our productivity not for some specific event or to impress somebody.

This food and stress relationship is very prevalent in our society – I don’t understand why there is so much guilt and anxiety around food when food is there to nourish our body so that we can feel satisfied, energised and be productive. All this makes me really sad and compels me to write about how we can eat mindfully and still loose weight.¬†If you ask me then I would say being a Nutritionist my theory around food is very clear. I am a foodie, I love food, I don’t believe in diets and I don’t believe in depriving myself from food which is there for us to eat and enjoy.¬†I believe we are meant to have a good relationship with food not the other way around. I really believe in eating small amounts of any food really. It has to be healthy food on most of the days but I have my cheat days as well and they are guilt free. Yes!!! Here comes the art of mindful eating and how we can enjoy all kinds of food by controlling our portion sizes. If we control the portion sizes of our meals and be consistent in our exercise regimen (even if its 15-20 minutes a day) then believe you me we can eat everything and still loose weight.

_57You can eat whatever you want to eat but don’t overdo it. Moderation is the key! As we all know eating excessively causes harm to our systems and it also makes the heart heedless. (Muslim readers you know what I am talking about here). It has been said that: “Stomach is the home of ill health” and many ailments are related to uncontrolled eating habits such as diabetes, vascular diseases and heart disease. Our religion (Islam) teaches us to eat moderately.¬†I am sure you all have heard of this Hadith¬†(Hadith – means the actions and sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, reported by his companions and collected by scholars who came after them in books) a ton of times which is:

“No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs ‘no more than a few morsels of food to keep his back straight’. If you must fill it, then one third for food, one third for drink and one third for air”.

Ibn Maajah

This is the teaching of our beloved Prophet PBUH. He only ate enough food so that he didn’t feel weak. So he ate enough food to keep his back straight. We should try to follow his footsteps and never eat more than our need. We should try to listen to our body, our body will tell us how much is our need. Every body has different requirements when it comes to portion control and a best way to judge how much you need is right infront of your hand. Yes a ”serving size is in your hand” ! Isn’t it cool? Take a look at your hand and use this as a measurement for portion control. This is¬†an awesome graphic for people who say that they struggle with portion sizes. I think this can be a helpful tool. It is not, of course, a hard-and-fast rule to live by. Having said that, I think it can be of some use, therefore it’s worth explaining …

Your palm: is gonna be equal to 3 ounces. This is the ideal portion you’ll need when it comes to fish, chicken and meat.

Thumb tip: This is equal to about 1 teaspoon. You wanna use this portion size for things like peanut butter, mayonnaise and oils etc

Your Thumb: This is about a tablespoon. You wanna use this for things like cheese, sour cream etc.

A handful: is equal to 1 to 2 ounce of snack food. This portion is good for snacks like nuts, dried fruits.

A fist or a cupped hand: This is equal to 1 cup. It should be used for measuring out things like cereal, rice, pasta.

1 tennis ball is equal to 1/2 cup of fruits and vegetables, although you could definitely do more on the veggies and fruit side.

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The Plate Method: You can also use ‘The Plate Method’ for your main meals. In this method, you fill 1/2 of the plate with 2 servings of non-starchy vegetables, fill 1/4 of the plate with lean meat (3 ounces cooked) or other high-protein food, fill 1/4 of the plate with a starchy vegetable or whole grain serving (amount varies depending on food selected). This figure below is the best example of a healthy Plate Method.

Note: Pork is forbidden for Muslims of course!

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Lastly, I’m going to share some very useful tips for staying on track with portion control that will lead to weight loss.¬†Here are the tips you need to know:

  • Be mindful when you eat, chew slowly and take smaller bites so you feel fuller more quickly.
  • Use a smaller plate when dishing your food. This way you won’t be able to put too much on the plate therefore reducing your portion size and of course your waistline. ūüėČ
  • Eating smaller more frequent meals will increase your metabolism throughout the day, help your body more energised and in turn, burn more calories.
  • Include leafy greens, colourful vegetables, low GI (Glycemic Index)/complex carbohydrates and lean protein at every main meal.
  • Fill up on meals that are nutrient dense such as steamed vegetables, home made salads and soups.
  • Follow the plate method as explained above. What you do is you start eating veggie side of your plate first, this fills your stomach because of the high fibre content in veggies, you already feel full therefore you eat less of the other stuff in your plate.
  • Drink plenty of water and natural herbal teas to keep you satisfied and to help curb hunger throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before your meals.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Make sure you get at least 6 to 7 hours good quality sleep to curb hunger and to reduce cravings for simple sugars.
  • Keep a food diary. This will help keep your eating on track and allow you to monitor exactly what is going into your mouth therefore keep you accountable of your daily food intake.

Just remember this, staying consistent is the key to portion control and weight loss. One bad meal or over indulgence won’t set you off track. You are allowed to have a cheat day once a week. Yaaayyyy! ūüėČ But be consistent with your portion control, it takes approximately 30 days to make or break a habit. Don’t give up, be persistent and you will see results that will last a lifetime, In’sha’Allah (If God wills)!

”BPA Free” Products – Are they really safe?

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In this day and age when plastic seems to be impossible to remove from our lives. Pantry items come in plastic, milk comes in plastic, even storage container and water bottles are mostly plastic. But did you know that plastic containers have been shown to have destructive effects on the human body. The chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), in particular, has been called out for a host of negative health consequences. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from plastic containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, reproductive development in foetuses, infants and children, an early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancer.

 

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In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sales of baby bottles containing BPA. Since that ban, companies began advertising ”BPA-free” plastics for children & adults. And as a result it’s not hard to find¬†products labeled ”BPA free”. I recently looked around my local grocery stores and found out that there is good range of BPA free products in the market. But the news is unfortunately, it turns out the chemicals used to replace BPA, a chemical called ‘bisphenol BPS’ may have nearly the exact impact on the human body – hormone disruption – as BPA, according to a new study (link here) in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives. According to a 2013 study, even in concentrations of less than one part per trillion BPS has the potential to lead to cancer, birth defects, asthma, obesity and diabetes.

So to sum it up, ¬†manufacturers are telling the truth by labelling their products as ”BPA Free”, but they are not telling you that the BPS they use instead of BPA could be just as bad for you.

 

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What’s the Solution?

The solution¬†of course is to avoid using plastics at all. Unfortunately, it’s harder but not impossible to avoid buying products in plastic from the grocery store. It does take some commitment and creativity. Make small gradual changes.¬†I will share some ideas that will help in reducing or eliminating the need for plastic in your kitchen.

  • Choose condiments that come in glass jars when possible
  • Milk can be purchased in cartons
  • Yogurt can be made at home with a very simple yogurt maker
  • Instead of buying water in plastic bottles or gallon jugs, install a water filter at your kitchen sink. Keep a glass water dispenser for home use.
  • Use glass drink bottles for drinking water on the go. If you are concerned about the glass breaking, just keep the bottle inside of a neoprene water bottle cover. You can buy this from eBay here. Metal, stainless steel water bottles and mugs are available too.
  • Invest in glass storage containers.
  • Buy paper cups to replace plastic cups, especially if you have a small child at home who is still using a sippy cup. A stainless steel cup with a screw-on lid and a straw works just as well for young children.
  • Switch to stainless steel drinking straws over plastic straws. Keep them clean with pipe cleaners.

Always remember, good health requires a little sacrifice, discipline, leaving certain things, but it will be worth it. I hope these tips will work for you!

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Neoprene Bottle Sleeve

 

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Sample pic of stainless steel bottle

 

Below are the sources to read about it in detail:

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