Almost 11 months ago, I gave birth to my 2nd daughter. There are a lot of changes that take place after giving birth, from emotional to hormonal and of course the obvious physical changes. About 2 years ago, I shared How I Lost (ALL) My Baby Weight without Dieting when I was around 1 year postpartum after giving birth to my eldest daughter.
I still remember struggling to write that post because I didn’t want it to come across as another “weight loss” journey. Here I am again, the second time around, still struggling with how to share my post-partum journey in a way that reflects that it isn’t just about the weight.
See, the internet is filled with messaging that focuses on whipping back into shape after giving birth and losing weight FAST. As if that is the main priority after having a baby. As much as moms would love to go back to their old bodies, it just doesn’t happen very easily because life changes a LOT after a baby.
I thought having one baby was tough. Was I wrong!!! The second ti...
This post is in partnership with Salam Sudduf. As always, all opinions are my own.
As soon as Sudduf announced deets about the Ramadan Market, I knew I wanted to attend (even if it meant lining up to get in)! I was super excited to be one of the bloggers to cover the event. Initially, the plan was that I would be heading to the Ramadan Market on my own while my husband watched the kids. Last minute plans changed, my husband had work, and I had to take my almost 3 year old toddler AND by 6.5 month with me! Needless to say, I was a little worried about how I would do this on my own but I was determined. Regardless of a few obstacles that come with juggling 2 kiddos, I was still able to enjoy the Ramadan Market and glad I was able to bring my toddler to be a part of the Ramadan Market.
Photo Courtesy of Asma Rahman (me, Asma)
Here are 3 things I LOVED about the Ramadan Market:
1. The Mothers’ Room Sponsored by Asma from This Ruh
It must be no surprise that the first stop I made was the Mothers...
Today on the blog I am super excited to introduce a Guest Blogger, Sarah UmmYusuf from Nature's Nurture. I've always wanted to have more "cleaner" cleaning products in the house but always felt overwhelmed to start. I reached out to Sarah so she can share her tips to switching to non-toxic cleaning products without the overwhelm.
Sarah UmmYusuf is a non-toxic living mentor and teacher who loves helping people take charge of their family’s health. She created Nature’s Nurture in 2011 to document her journey to a non-toxic home, and to give others the confidence and peace of mind they need to protect their families from harmful chemicals. When she’s not busy reading product labels or making her own cleaning products, you can find her chasing after her 3 kiddos and drinking lots and lots of coffee.
Without further ado, let's dive in:
When you think of a healthy kitchen, I’ll bet you’re conjuring up images of organic foods lining your fridge shelves, whole grains in your pantry, and possibly...
Ramadan is fast approaching with less than 2 months to go! However before you start preparing, it's important to ensure that you have tried to make up the fasts you’ve missed from the previous year. Many women have around 5-8 days to make up and as the year goes by and gets busy, the time flies by! It can be easily forgotten but it is an excellent habit to make up these missed fasts before starting a new Ramadan.
One of the main reasons why a lot of people wait a longer period of time before making up fasts is because fasting outside of Ramadan is a very different experience. That amazing sense of community and feeling of oneness with our fellow Muslims is lacking, and it can feel quite isolating and tiring fasting when it’s not Ramadan. On top of that, many people choose to take time off work/school (if possible) as much as they can during Ramadan in order to focus on worship and spending time with family.
As our lives remain busy and active, and as we feel alone in our f...
As mentioned in Part One of the Diabetes Series, Type 2 diabetes affects 90% of the population of diabetics making it the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle factors that include diet and exercise, however genetics also play a role in your risk of developing it. Type 2 Diabetes develops slowly and although is more common in adults, it can also affect children.
What Happens in the Body?
With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin that the body needs, or the insulin is not working effectively enough to get the sugar out of the blood and into the cells. As a result, the sugar stays in the blood and the body cannot make enough of the energy that it needs.
Someone with high blood sugar in the short-term may experience feeling:
Whether you come from a Middle-Eastern background or not, you may be familiar with hookah. A hookah (also known as a waterpipe, shisha, narghile or goza) is a piece of equipment used to smoke various types of flavoured tobacco (1).
From 2006 to 2010, there was an increase in the use of hookah among youth by 6% (2). Hookah/shisha smoking is becoming more common among youth and is an emerging epidemic that requires attention. In order to understand hookah use among youth, it is important to understand why young people participate in hookah smoking:
Cultural Influences: Hookah use is known to be a culturally-influenced practice of Middle Eastern cultures and countries and it is common way of introducing hookah use to youth (3). Many individuals have been introduced to hookah use by visiting Middle Eastern countries or through links with Middle Eastern cultures (3). Among Arab Canadians, hookah use was a means of expressing Arabic heritage with those of the same background (3).
I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Alana's Bananas from Asmaa Hussein, owner of Ruqaya's Bookshelf. I was always a fan of her children's books because they were more than just a story, they always have a lesson. However, since my daughter is only 23 months, I wasn't sure if she would be able to catch on to the full meaning of the book.
Alana's Bananas is a story about a girl, Alana, that loves bananas a little too much.
I decided to sit down with my daughter and read Alana's Bananas to her. As soon as we started reading, my daughter insisted that she eat a banana while I read to her (that's a win!). It is a lot longer than most books she is used to and she absolutely LOVED that! She loves being read to so she liked that the story wasn't done so quickly and had a longer narrative.
The images are very vibrant and my daughter enjoyed pointing out different elements, such as "nananas" for bananas.
It has been a week since I received Alana's Bananas and my daughter makes sure I read it...
Note: I received a free Ajman scarf from Sadaf Scarves in exchange for writing a review. As always, all opinions are my own.
My exercise routine has change a lot over the past 2 years. Over 2 years ago, I would go to the gym regularly and lift heavy weights. When I found out I was pregnant, I cancelled my gym membership and started prenatal yoga at a local yoga studio. Since I was still finishing up my Masters during my pregnancy, I would try and find different ways to stay active that would fit into my busy schedule. Sometimes that would mean a 15 minute at home workout with weights. On days I knew I would be too tired to come home and exercise, I would not get on the connecting bus that dropped me off right in front of my house. Instead, in the middle of winter, I would do a 20 minute walk to get home.
I thought staying active during my pregnancy was a challenge. Then I had my daughter and realized nothing can compare to a mommy schedule! In the past 16 months, I have had t...
Note: I received a complementary copy of the book #AlhumdulilahForSeries, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
Ever since I became a mother last June, my whole life changed. Most people would think, well duh you had a child, of course your life will change! However, no one truly understands how much your life changes until you experience motherhood firsthand. Motherhood is the most rewarding, overwhelming, joyful, exhausting, would-do-it-all-over-again experience of your life. It is literally all of those things combined, if not more. And if you are wondering, it is all those emotions at the same time on any given day.
When you have a child depending on you 24 hours out of the day, it changes you in ways you could have never imagined. The cliche thing to say is that it has made me a better person but the truth is that it has also brought me to all-time lows as well.
During my first year as a mother and a budding entrepreneur, the one thing that has gotten me thro...
Before you start reading this, I want you to know that this isn't a typical mommy-motivational weight loss blog post. Let's face it, after XX months of taking care of your baby, sleepless nights, and endless diaper changes, going from fad diet to fad diet with none to little success can be frustrating.
This blogpost is not about me putting you on a diet to lose your baby weight. You know why? Because I didn't do it. And I would never recommend any of my clients to go on a strict diet. So yes, it is possible to lose ALL your baby weight after giving birth and NO you do not have to feel miserable doing it.
I re-wrote this post one too many times and wasn't even sure if I wanted to share it. The reason I decided to share my story is because I have had so many people ask me how I lost all my weight. Most people assume I went on some crazy diet or I just naturally lost all the weight. Neither is true. It's not even like I was one of those women that only gained a few pounds durin...