Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Aisha Al-Zabin. I am a stayat- home mom of three wonderful kids. I first started this journey of healthy eating about a year ago. I suffered from many ailments including anemia, hypoglycemia, malnutrition as well as anxiety and depression.
Being the housewife I was trying to take care of everybody, but I wasn’t really taking care of myself. I was on many medications. My diet consisted of chips, chocolate and soda. I was not drinking any water. My body was shutting down. I remember lying in bed one night, and my heart was beating out of my chest. I literally thought I was going to die.
The next morning I decided to do something about it. So I woke up and threw out all processed food and junk food. I went out and bought fresh fruit and vegetables, and proceeded to start detoxing my body. The first three days were hell. Like a drug addict going through withdrawal symptoms. I quit coffee, salt, sugar and fried food. I had a killer migraine from not having my caffeine, I was cranky and jittery, but I pushed through.
After those three days something miraculous happened. I literally jumped out of bed bursting with energy. My skin was glowing, my eyes were clearer and for the first time I felt so happy. Within a week I lost all cravings for junk food, I started craving fresh fruit and salads, I was drinking plenty of water. I didn’t need my medications anymore.
After a few months of doing this I decided to open an Instagram account called @holistic.curekw where I would educate the people in my community about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. I had to get the word out there and show people how easy it is to prepare healthy, delicious, simple meals.
Let me give you a quick example: Imagine a plant or a goldfish. What would you give it to grow? Water, right? Nutritious food. What would happen to it if you poured soda over it, or gave the goldfish a cheeseburger? It would die! So let me ask you this: Why are we poisoning our bodies with soda and junk food and not giving them the proper nutrition they deserve?
Trust me I know how hectic life can be and I know there’s not enough time in the day to be preparing and cooking three square meals a day, but you will find that it’s just a matter of developing a new habit that will be part of your normal routine. Instead of reaching for convenience food like microwavable meals or take-out or frying up some chicken nuggets and fries for your kids, make a wholewheat veggie filled quesadilla, or a cauliflower mac and cheese. Both of which will not take more than 15 minutes of your time. Think about it.
I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to share my recipes with Kuwait Times readers. This is a new platform for me to spread the word on holistic nutrition and I hope to gain your approval and support.
Acai berry bowl
This is one of my favorite things to make because it’s so easy. It’s cool and refreshing for breakfast on a hot summer day, a nice change from my usual hot cereal. Acai is a berry that is grown in Brazil. It’s full of antioxidants which fight cancer causing free radicals in the body. It also has anti-aging properties! Who doesn’t want younger glowing skin? You can find pure acai in powdered form everywhere these days. Health food stores and large chain supermarkets usually carry them. All you need is some frozen fruit and whichever toppings you like. Treat it as you would frozen yogurt! Just be sure to freeze your berries ahead of time in ziplock bags
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tbsp acai powder
• In a food processor, add you frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, milk, honey, acai powder and vanilla.
• Pulse a few times to break up the fruit.
• Once the fruit is broken up into small pieces, blend the mixture until smooth.
• Spoon your mixture into a bowl and top it with the fruit, seeds and granola.
By Aisha Al Zabin