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Protection Against Smog

Healthy with Hanifa

July 24, 2023

So with some frequent smog from wildfires, here are tips on protecting your mucosal membranes from damage against smog:


Factors Influencing Mucosal Membranes

Your mucosal lining requires support if you regularly experience dry mouth, dry eyes, and are more prone to allergies.

Poor hydration, alcohol, caffeine, high-sugar foods/beverages, smoking/vaping, medications, germs, Aspirin, protein pump inhibitors, high fat diets, too much endurance exercise, gluten, and antibiotics can compromise mucosal integrity.


As first line protection, consider barriers

-N95 masks

-Air purifiers/Hepa filters

-nebulizers (breathing machines)


Support through Food and Supplements

-adequate water 6-8 oz., 6-8x per day, provides better cellular hydration and moisture balance for membranes

-vitamin A for regeneration and repair of mucosal barriers; also essential in maintaining moisture levels and mucous membranes for eyes & eyelids

-vitamin D manages tissue stress and protects underlying tissues against micro-organisms, dust, various chemicals

-omega 3 oils support saliva and tear production for eye lubrication

-amino acids & probiotics for mucosal repair: glutamine, arginine, glycine, proline, collagen peptides, Bifidobacterium

-please follow directions on supplement labels unless practitioners recommends otherwise


Consider:

-certain plants such areca palm, money plant, ivy, spider plant, and peace lilies, which have air-purifying properties


Lung Detox Exercise:

-simply inhale/exhale steam from a shower or a steaming pot of water. 

  

Lifestyle Tips for Preventing Breast Cancer

Healthy with Hanifa

July 3, 2023

Lifestyle factors can certainly contribute to the onset and prevent of breast cancer and inflammation. Chronic inflammation is damaging and may lead to lower immunity. To improve lifestyle, consider the following

-avoid smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.

-moderate exercise, especially rebounding

-make sure you get a good quality night’s rest


Toxins are stored in cells. Xenoestrogens from plastics and pesticides can lock onto cell receptors, disrupting function. To prevent this

-use glass instead of plastic containers

-eat organic produce and hormone-free meat when possible

-use all-natural cosmetics and household cleaning products

-cook with pots and pans like cast iron or stainless steel

- remove amalgam and mercury fillings in teeth (speak to holistic dentist for replacements)


  

Managing and Preventing Alzheimer's

Healthy with Hanifa

May 15, 2023

Mind your liver

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a healthy liver is the seat of a healthy mind

-eat liver-supportive foods such as beets, greens, berries, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale)

-water and fresh lemon juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning serves as a gentle liver cleanser

Mind your gut

Inflammation creates malabsorption in the intestinal tract, and the right nutrients do not go to the brain

-soy, dairy, and grains are often the worst culprit for the brain

-take a probiotic to crowd out bad bacteria; there is a microbiome in the brain that mimics the gut

Exercise

-regular cardiovascular exercise brings fresh blood to your brain. Aim for a cycle, walk, or swim that gets the heart pumping

-exercise your brain too with crosswords, sudoku, trivia, and memory games


A Few Extras

-Turmeric has been shown to decrease plaque in the brain

-Try intermittent fasting to give your digestion a break, repair your guts, and let your organs cleanse themselves to help you develop mental clarity

-Milk thistle is very supportive for the liver


  

Healthy to 100: 20 Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 13, 2022

1. Eat more wild-caught fish

2. Every once in a while, do a heavy metal detox or just a detox in general

3. Learn to forgive

4. Eat lots of vegetables

5. Drink lots of water

6. Mind your microbiome

7. Exercise regularly, but don't over do it

8. Pursue your passions

9. Be around great people

10.Avoid chemicals and hormones in your meat

11. Find the diet that works for your personal biochemistry

12. Sleep enough

13. Stay out of the hospital

14. Be kind to yourself

15. Eat more at home

16. Have a spiritual practice

17. Get some sunlight

18. Address vitamin and mineral deficiencies

19. Use natural detergents and cleaning agents

20. Have goals


  

Do You Really Want to Get Better?

Healthy with Hanifa

Dec. 17, 2020

I have met with clients who've had their gallbladders removed, multiple abdominal surgeries, a history of colon cancer that runs in their families, blood in their vomit, and ulcers on their intestinal lining.  They tell me that they've tried everything and are sick and tired of being sick and tired.


So I spend 8 hours putting together a program and give them all the cues--eat this, don't eat that, take this supplement, manage stress, but they still argue with me about keeping foods in that are not conducive to their condition.  


They would rather have stubborness along with illness, constant food allergies, a plethora of symptoms, or surgery rather than follow a program of health and the removal of certain foods.  Their entire lives will consist of hopping through things that do not work and never finding solutions because they won't simply grit their teeth and do what matters.    


I have always been someone that would do whatever it took to be healthy. Also, not surprisingly, the client who gets better is the one who simply follows advice without much complaint.  So the choice is yours: health or lifetime of trial and sickness?      



  

4 Keys to Health

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 21, 2020

Some quick notes here:


1. Keep the body toxin-free - cleaner water, less chemicals/pesticides in our foods, a balanced microbiome (pathogenic microbial gut overgrowth will cause self-intoxication), green cleaning products


2.  Nourish the body -- eat enough protein/carbs/fat,  nutritious foods with lots of color, water, supplement if and when necessary.


3. Oxygenate the body - get outside, spend time in nature, open a window.


4. Rest the body - stress management, repair and recovery during a good night's rest     


  

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Improving Innate Immunity

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 25, 2021


Nature gave us a wonderful immune system that can deal with viruses and variants. It's best that we support this process, but how to? Well, here are some quick, effective hints:


Deal with your allergies - allergies cause inflammation and overload your body. Whether you have food or airborne allergies, it's a good idea to avoid them so that your body's not burdened distracted.


Get enough sleep - this is the time the body repairs and cleanses itself. You release growth hormones and build muscle during sleep as well.


A diet rich in vegetables and fruit - the antioxidants in such foods protect your cells from attack and damage


Moderate social interaction - living in a bubble and over-sanitizing actually lowers immunity. If you want a more resilient immune system, you have to expose yourself to a variety of microbes.


Exercising regularly - this helps you to maintain your weight and keep circulation going. It also helps your lymph fluids (aka immune fluids) move throughout your body. 


  

Do You Really Want to Get Better?

Healthy with Hanifa

Dec. 17, 2020

I have met with clients who've had their gallbladders removed, multiple abdominal surgeries, a history of colon cancer that runs in their families, blood in their vomit, and ulcers on their intestinal lining.  They tell me that they've tried everything and are sick and tired of being sick and tired.


So I spend 8 hours putting together a program and give them all the cues--eat this, don't eat that, take this supplement, manage stress, but they still argue with me about keeping foods in that are not conducive to their condition.  


They would rather have stubborness along with illness, constant food allergies, a plethora of symptoms, or surgery rather than follow a program of health and the removal of certain foods.  Their entire lives will consist of hopping through things that do not work and never finding solutions because they won't simply grit their teeth and do what matters.    


I have always been someone that would do whatever it took to be healthy. Also, not surprisingly, the client who gets better is the one who simply follows advice without much complaint.  So the choice is yours: health or lifetime of trial and sickness?      



  

4 Keys to Health

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 21, 2020

Some quick notes here:


1. Keep the body toxin-free - cleaner water, less chemicals/pesticides in our foods, a balanced microbiome (pathogenic microbial gut overgrowth will cause self-intoxication), green cleaning products


2.  Nourish the body -- eat enough protein/carbs/fat,  nutritious foods with lots of color, water, supplement if and when necessary.


3. Oxygenate the body - get outside, spend time in nature, open a window.


4. Rest the body - stress management, repair and recovery during a good night's rest     


  

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Spend Less Time In Front of Your Computer

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 7, 2021

With there being lockdown after lockdown as well as work from home, you may find that you're spending more and more time in front of the computer. This can have a negative effect on your eyes, your posture, and even your musculature (you become tight and weak in certain areas).


That being said, what can be done about sitting in front of the computer all the time? How can you do less of it, but still be productive?


1. Set a timer - I'm trying a new habit. I set the timer for 50 minutes, and for 10 minutes, I do something that has nothing to do with a computer screen. You could head to the kitchen for a healthy snack or pet your cat.


2. Clean/Declutter - So when that timer goes off, it's a good idea to get some housework done. Declutter a drawer, do some mopping, maybe even give that bathroom a scrub.


3. Stretch - It may be a good idea to retract your shoulders or lift your arms overhead. Get off of your chair and do a standing runner's stretch. Turn your head to the right hold it for 30 sec. Turn your head to the left and hold for 30 sec.


4. Turn off your social media - So you go from staring at your laptop or computer to staring at your cell phone. Maybe it's a good idea to give social media, including your Facebook and Twitter, a total break.


5. Other pesky errands - it could be loading a new pile of laundry, taking the garbage out, or simply returning a phone call. Just whatever you do, stop staring at the computer screen so much--it's not good for you!    


  

Do You Really Want to Get Better?

Healthy with Hanifa

Dec. 17, 2020

I have met with clients who've had their gallbladders removed, multiple abdominal surgeries, a history of colon cancer that runs in their families, blood in their vomit, and ulcers on their intestinal lining.  They tell me that they've tried everything and are sick and tired of being sick and tired.


So I spend 8 hours putting together a program and give them all the cues--eat this, don't eat that, take this supplement, manage stress, but they still argue with me about keeping foods in that are not conducive to their condition.  


They would rather have stubborness along with illness, constant food allergies, a plethora of symptoms, or surgery rather than follow a program of health and the removal of certain foods.  Their entire lives will consist of hopping through things that do not work and never finding solutions because they won't simply grit their teeth and do what matters.    


I have always been someone that would do whatever it took to be healthy. Also, not surprisingly, the client who gets better is the one who simply follows advice without much complaint.  So the choice is yours: health or lifetime of trial and sickness?      



  

4 Keys to Health

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 21, 2020

Some quick notes here:


1. Keep the body toxin-free - cleaner water, less chemicals/pesticides in our foods, a balanced microbiome (pathogenic microbial gut overgrowth will cause self-intoxication), green cleaning products


2.  Nourish the body -- eat enough protein/carbs/fat,  nutritious foods with lots of color, water, supplement if and when necessary.


3. Oxygenate the body - get outside, spend time in nature, open a window.


4. Rest the body - stress management, repair and recovery during a good night's rest     


  

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

The Imperfect Fitness Instu7rctor

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

The fitness industry is that of vanity. As someone who has struggled with bloating and even putting on lean muscle in spite of concerted efforts, I can say that what we see on TV and social media is not true to reality. 


Not all of us look like fitness models, and in fact, most of us do not. That's in spite of consistent good eating habits or exercise. So much of appearance is genetics, which includes elements like metabolism, gut microbiome, and susceptibility to inflammation.


Because I've struggled myself, I don't judge when I see a normal-looking fitness instructor. She could have slightly flabby triceps or even a belly. What matters to me is her strength, her posture, her voice, her ability to relate and motivate.


There is definitely still a niche for body-beautiful trainers (and yes, many of them have a huge following). However, there's also a niche for the less-than-media-ideal instructors who can really teach and put together a great routine. Don't judge an instructor by appearance only, judge her by her strength and the quality of her teaching!


       

      

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  


Staying Independent, Part 2: Rehab those Injuries!

Healthy with Hanifa

Jun. 19, 2020

With there being recent focus on the old age homes, we know it’s best to stay out of them unless you have absolutely no choice . . .


In my grandparents’ generation, if you had a sore shoulder, you let it be. If you had a knee injury, you simply moved it less. As time wore on, this “letting in be” would result in additional stiffness and weakness.


If you want to stay independent, don’t just live with an injury, please see a physiotherapist. You want to restore as much range of motion as possible to a particular joint or muscle. Not only does a weakened joint affect mobility, it can affect posture and other areas too e.g. a knee issue could lead to a hip issue, and a hip issue may inhibit walking. 


It’s a hassle having to make appointments, check with your insurers, or even pay out of pocket, but physiotherapy is a necessity because injured yet neglected joints and muscles will further deteriorate. If you move less, you’ll also have less independence. 


If budgeting is an issue, simply pay for a few sessions and then do the exercises given on a regular basis. Speak to your doctor about getting a diagnosis along with referrals and alternatives. Could there be a rehab program somewhere in your city? Is there government subsidy for those over 65? You could probably conduct an online search for exercises to follow and exercises to avoid to help with a particular issue. Just remember this: nothing beats real-life physiotherapy.


Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  


Bred to be Stressed

Healthy with Hanifa

Jun. 5, 2020

I have presentation notes due on Monday, at least one business appointment daily, recert courses to complete, a second book to write, a whole house to clean inside and outside, meals to make from scratch, a dog to walk, and on and on . . . This gives me flashbacks from high school. 


It was one of those top-ranked high schools that was supposed to breed uber-successful young adults: scholarship winners, Ivy-League attendees, and future CEOs. I remember having a mix of 6 to 8 essays, projects, and oral presentations due on the same day. Feeling as if I was going to meltdown, I explained my situation and asked one of the teachers if I could please get an extension. His answer: "No, sorry. That's life."


As an adult, I can now see the foolishness of this logic. If you don't properly prioritize and pace yourself, you will be forced to quit. You'll get sick. If not physically, then you'll exhaust yourself mentally and emotionally. 


Next time you get too busy, ask yourself where this originates. Is it because you were bred to be this way by parents and mentors? Is it because you have something to prove? Whatever it is, it's much healthier for you to adjust expectations, and balance out your time more effectively. Nothing wrong with giving yourself an extension if you need one! 


Note: I understand this can't be done in some work environments, but this is a matter of choosing what you can control. For example, house cleaning can be delegated to a different day. 

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Stir-Crazy from CoVid 19 Isolation and Shut-down?

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 17, 2020


I find that in times like this the tough get going. Grocery stores are still open in my area, you can still take the dog out walking, the internet is running, which means there's a lot we can still do. 


May I give you some ideas?


1. Most essential stores like grocery stores are open - Time to make a healthy, gourmet meal and experiment with recipes.


2. Declutter - There are probably areas in your house you're afraid to touch. Maybe a good idea to tackle them a bit by bit.


3. Get online - movies, Ken Burns documentaries, Opera at The Met, Virtual museum tours.


4. Get spiritual - pray, meditate, read scriptures, listen to music.


       

      

Nine Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Healthy with Hanifa

Mar. 5, 2020

Here are 9 factors that you put you at higher risk for heart problems. See if you can reduce any of these:


1. Hypertension/high blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Diabetes

4. Smoking

5. Alcohol

6. Poor diet

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Excessive weight

9. Stress

- University of Ottawa, Heartwise Training Program

       

      

It's Okay to Take a Break

Healthy with Hanifa

January 20, 2020

This is a technique that I learnt from Esther Kane MSW, a licensed counselor:   


You could be experiencing a stressful, overwhelming period in your life.  Many people want to get rid of negative emotions, so they'll suppress them or feed an addiction, but problems are inevitable and so are the accompanying feelings.  


Have you considered sitting with your emotions and just letting them ride out?  I know it's not an easy task because you have to actually feel them, and sometimes it may take days or weeks, not a matter of hours to just "sit".  However, it's important to take a break and give yourself space.  You may even need to make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa and throw a blanket over your head, as you cry, obsess, and ruminate.   This has a much-needed cathartic effect.  After going through your stages, it will be a sunnier day and you will have actually moved on.         


      

The Art of Acceptance

Healthy with Hanifa

Oct. 31, 2019

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again:  we are all bio-chemically individual.  Nobody has the same goals, ancestry, genetics, stomach acid levels, and microbiome.   This is why a one-size-fits all approach does not work.  This is also why a conventional "fitness", high-protein, moderate to low-carb diet never worked for me.  I have low stomach acid, and for those with low stomach acid, it's much harder to digest meat.  As a result of not being able to digest meat, I have a harder time recovering from heavy weight-training workouts, and I am more susceptible to bloating.


In other words, it's taken me literally two decades to accept my individuality, and to adjust my training and dietary protocols.  I no longer lift heavy weights.  I have to find alternative sources of protein.  I can't do wild cheat days where I eat anything I want without it throwing off digestion and progress.  This is just my body.  It's taken a long time to accept it, but I've finally come to peace.   


Please don't make the same mistake!  Acknowledge that what you're doing isn't working and then make adjustments accordingly.  Rather than fighting your reality, you'll be more successful once you accept yourself and your uniqueness.       


Emotional Health: Only Spend Emotional Energy on People who are Aligned with Your Values

Healthy with Hanifa

Nov. 25​, 2019

I have a tendency to mull over bad behavior, especially if it's behavior I don't understand. Case in point: I dealt with a very rude young man in traffic about a month ago. Yes, I was irate with him, but I never crossed the legal line. He, on the other hand, began rolling down his window and gesturing at his door locks, and threatened to beat me up. I decided that he simply wanted to argue, and thus, ignored him. He still wanted to fight, so he honked, cut in front, and held his finger at me for the entire duration he drove in front of my car.


Even though I usually forget by the next day, I hung onto this incident for days afterwards. The questions I asked myself: "How could any man treat a woman with such disrespect?" "Why did the woman beside him not stop him?" and "Does he not feel any remorse?"


I realized then that I was trying to comprehend that which I could not. My values are different: I feel guilty after I treat someone badly, I don't like to keep arguing, and I examine my actions after a confrontation. I also realized that it was costing me energy and health points to even give someone who's not aligned with my values so much space in my head. 


Are you wasting emotional time and energy on people who are not your sort? Well, if you are, stop choosing them!

   


3 More Healthy Gut Tips

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 27, 2019

Why is there so much emphasis on the gut in complimentary medicine these days?  Because it really is the center of health!  Your gut is where the body absorbs nutrients, which gets distributed via blood to all your cells and major organs.  Imagine if your gut has an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria along with little holes that allow these toxins to escape into the bloodstream. 


If you want better skin, a flatter stomach, and prevention of both physical and mental illnesses, work on your gut health!  Here are 3 tips:


1. Go grain-free -- Grains are hard to digest for a compromised gut.  I had been dealing with chronic parasites, and I didn't come out ahead until I took out grains. 

    

2. Take L-Glutamine--This important supplement helps repair the lining of your gut wall and recover muscle.


3. Stress Less -- Stress affects digestions. If you want better digestion, eat slowly and consume whole foods that you enjoy.  You may even want to ensure your environment is stress-free, so maybe take your lunch out to the park.  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Cheating on Healthy Habits: What is Right About This?

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 20, 2019

I am going to take a page from the SCD diet guys, Jordan and Steve.  When it comes to deciding whether we should incorporate wine into our regular diet, take on another responsibility, or stay up later than we should, we're asking the wrong question.  Most people ask, "What is wrong about this?"  This question never works because it's human nature to deny or minimize challenges.  If we can't find something too wrong, we do it still.  What you should be asking instead is "What is right about this?"


So, let's say your gluten-free, and you really want a regular slice of cheesy wheat pizza.  The question to ask yourself is "What is right about this?"  Aside from satisfying your food lust, that cheesy pizza may give you the cramps and leave you foggy for an entire day.  Aha, not much too right about it, so don't eat it!


You want to stay up later to watch one more Netflix episode even though you have an early work obligation the next morning.  Ask yourself again: "What is right about this?"  You're going to feel groggy the next morning, and you can watch Netflix at any point.  Plus, you'll need additional time to brush your teeth before going to bed.  Netflix will be at your disposal at any point in the day, so go to bed instead and watch the extra episode tomorrow!


How about having a glass of wine with dinner every night?  What's right about that?  Yes, it's high in antioxidants, but you might find that wine makes you crave more sugar.  Any time you start drinking wine on a regular basis, you easily put on 3 to 5 lbs.  It also makes it hard for you to fall asleep after you've consumed it.  So you adjust and maybe have wine with dinner only twice a week!   


Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Dealing with Demons

Healthy with Hanifa

Sept. 3, 2019

Part of holistic health is looking at all realms, not just physical, but mental, spiritual, and psychological.

If you've had or have demons of any sort--an addiction, abusive parents, or trauma from a past relationship, you need to slay those demons. I recommend quality counselling, a good self-help book, journaling, and prayer. If you don't slay these demons, they will come for you while driving, when showering, at night . . .

They will affect you eating patterns, sleep patterns, adherence to exercise, and other self-care habits.

  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.


However, here's the problem--


I have been derailed.  Whether it's the lure of a more beauty, a leaner body, or greater mental focus, I have been switched off what I knew worked for me in hopes of finding something better.


And you know what?


I always return to what works best for me.  


This is a lesson for all of us: in spite of the newest die, the latest workout,  or the trendiest detox, there will always be something newer, shinier, and replete with promises.   The key is to reach deep within you.  You know deep down what works and what doesn't.  Don't be swayed, stick to it, and be true to yourself!    

  

Sleep Tight

Healthy with Hanifa

Jun. 18, 2019

-we'll start with the usual: you sleep easier when body temperature is cooler; ensure your bed is not cluttered; sleep in the dark; avoid sugar and alcohol.

-aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

-plan your night around the next day's activities. If you know you've got a big day coming up, go to bed earlier the day before.

-no more caffeine by early afternoon. Caffeine even 6 hours before sleep has an effect.

-workout earlier in the day if possible.

-ensure that you are on the right diet for you. Enough fats and protein if you're a protein type, enough carbs if you need carbs.

-turkey, oats, and cherries are wonderful for boosting serotonin.

-keep a worry journal. Leave your worries in it; don't take them with you to bed.  

  

Be True to Yourself

Healthy with Hanifa

Jan. 24, 2019

Having taught fitness for so long, I know the importance of image and having a fit appearance.  You can also say that I am a professional dieter.  I have been on every diet imaginable--raw vegan to paleo, from food pyramids to counting calories, from The Zone diet to a conventional bodybuilder's diet.  Having experimented, I can honestly say I know what works best for my body.