Most nutritional business wants you to buy their products rather than their information, which is often lacking because the people selling to you are not qualified nutritionist.

A qualified nutritionist will teach you, show you and give you information, when applied, will empower you to make conscious choices when she is not around.

 When you are ready to invest in yourself, I would love to hear from you.

Until such time…

 The dairy industry, especially in the USA, needs to find an outlet for dairy produce, as people are moving away from drinking milk to healthy alternatives like nut milks, they need to find somewhere to channel diary as it’s an invested commodity stock.

Too many of these  so called health weight loss or training drink contain powdered whey protein, this is just another processed form of milk. Not good for you in the long run. Or worst than that, some protein shakes actually contain some sort of dried beef meat.

Whey From Cow's Milk
Whey From Cow’s Milk

According to the Mayo clinic “ Whey protein may cause abnormal heart rhythms, changes in cholesterol levels, headache, increased diabetes risk, increased fracture or osteoporosis risk, kidney dysfunction, liver damage, stomach or intestine symptoms (acid reflux, bloating, constipation, cramps, gas, increased bowel movements, movement problems, nausea, reduced appetite, swelling of limbs, and upset stomach), and thirst. Whey protein may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in people with diabetes or low blood sugar, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood sugar levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may increase the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in people with bleeding disorders or in those taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver’s “cytochrome P450” enzyme system.

Whey protein may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in people with low blood pressure or in those taking drugs or herbs and supplements that lower blood pressure.

Drowsiness or sedation may occur. Use caution if driving or operating heavy machinery.

Use cautiously in people who take medications, including agents that affect the immune system and agents that lower cholesterol.

Use cautiously in people with stomach or intestine disorders.

Avoid in people with known allergy or sensitivity to milk or milk products, including cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, and mare’s milk.

Avoid in people who are avoiding the use of dairy products.

Avoid using whey protein long-term and in excessive amounts.

Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of whey protein during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas. Allergic reactions have been reported with exposure to whey protein, including diarrhea, failure to thrive, infant colic, and rash.”

If you want quick unhealthy results, this powders that you mix with water twice a day are the answer.

If you truly wan to make conscious choices about want you eat, what you put into your body investing in a personal nutritionist who will show you, teach you over a short space of time, what you can do to help yourself where ever you may find yourself.

Who’s in it for the long game?








Karimah’s Lifestyle Design
It’s just started to get a little chilly at the morning and people love porridge. The spices are optional but are healthly ,wise ,beneficial , mainly anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic. Fantastic food to eat after training, home made spicy porridge made with cashew milk. It’s packed with L-Arginine, which is a necessary amino-acid for converting protein. It’s also good for the heart, blood vessels and immune system. It is important to remember when we get our nutrients from whole foods as opposed to tablets and processed training formulas, that there are hundreds if not thousands of un-identified components in the wholefoods that enhance absorption and well being.

Perfect Porridge
Perfect Porridge

We like to pre-soak the oats as it makes for quicker cooking time and optimum nutrition and digestion.
Here’s an extract from Nourishing Traditions which explains the reason why oats need to be soaked better than I could –
All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.

INGREDIENTS for single portion
• 50- 100g porridge oats (pre-soaked) depends on your size and if you are training.
• ½ -1 tsp cinnamon powder
• ½- 1 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
• ½- 1 tsp ginger powder
• 1 banana
• 234ml milk nut milk like almond or cashew for cooking
• 125 milk for serving
• Fresh or cooked fruit and/or clear honey, to serve


1. Soak the oats in water for at least 8 hours , allowing them to ferment
2. Then drain liquid off through colander and place in a small saucepan,
3. pour in the milk
4. Add spices and stir
5. Add banana

6. .Bring to the boil while stirring then turn down very low with lid on for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
7. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
8. It will be really hot , so add more cold milk and add fruit and./or honey and stir in
9. Enjoy
Karimah’s Lifestyle Design, here to empower you

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Anti-Depression Smoothie

Yesterday , in the throws of my depression and tears, a friend called, you know one of those friends you travelled with, you would trust your debit, cash and bank details with, one of those freinds who has your back in a crisis.Randomly in the conversation she said” have you got a banana?” I laughed becasue she is Somali, she told me that bananas have something in them that helps when you are feeling down and she was right maashallah.

Anti-depression Smoothie
Anti-depression Smoothie

Anti-depression Smoothie
1 banana
½ avocado
7 dates
500ml coconut water, it’s like shower for your insides as professor aris says 
1 tsp turmeric haldi
1 tsp cinnamon,
1 tsp makka powder
Pinch of saffron
Blend till smooth

Bananas are mentioned in the Quran.One banana contains a massive 5mg of vitamin B6 and although I regulary take a vitamin B6 supplement, nothing beats the real thing,Vitamin B6 is wonderful to strengthen nerves, stabalise mental health, decrease sensitivity to monosodium glucamate which Im not sure if that is good really, decreases PMT symptoms, alleviates motrning sickness and boost the immune system and that only Vitamin B6. Bananas are also good for ulcerated stomach.

One medium banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. One serving of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.2

Bananas provide a variety of vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
  • Manganese – .3 mg
  • Vitamin C – 9 mg
  • Potassium – 450 mg
  • Dietary Fiber – 3g
  • Protein – 1 g
  • Magnesium – 34 mg
  • Folate – 25.0 mcg
  • Riboflavin – .1 mg
  • Niacin – .8 mg
  • Vitamin A – 81 IU
  • Iron – .3 mg

The recommended intake of potassium for adults is 4700 milligrams per day.

Saffron is also in the Smoothie

Medicinal uses

  • The active components present in saffron have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines since long time as anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic.
  • Research studies have shown that, safranal, a volatile oil found in the spice, has antioxidant, cytotoxic effect on cancer cells, anticonvulsant and antidepressant properties.
  • Αlfa-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives the spice its characteristic golden-yellow hue, has beenfound to have anti-oxidant, anti-depressant, and anti-cancer properties. (Medical disclaimer).




These lovely pancakes can be used as your bread, starchy carbohydrate substitute, ideally eaten before 2pm so you can burn them off unless you are playing football or looking forward to a night of passion with your spouse 🙂

They can be eaten  with sweet thing like dates or fruits or with savoury foods like veggie or dhaal dishes.


Wheat Free Pancakes
Wheat Free Pancakes

1 cup rice flour(not ground rice) you could use barley flour, millet,corn, oats, quinoa, teff flour
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 – 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 1/2 cups soya milk/ water mix
1 egg or egg replacement powder
sunflower oil for frying
15ml of Manuka honey and juice 1/2 lemon


• blend together ingredients together in order
• heat small non stick frying pan on medium high heat
• add 1-3 drop of organic sunflower oil and brush around pan
• add 1/2 cup of batter and tilt pan so that batter is not too thick
• as pancake babbles it is cooking underneath,
• use metal or wooden spatula to lift sides up and then turn over or for the wild at heart-flip the script – and flip it over
• cook other side
• make two pancakes and pile on top of each other, slice with pizza wheel and spread 15 ml of manuka honey between the sides, pour lemon juice over and eat straight away, let the colour bring some sunshine in your life this blessed day alhamdulilair