evepostappleOnce upon a time, there was a woman named Eve, who, unable to resist the luring temptation of a fragrant orchard, took a bite of forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Perhaps Eve was bored. Perhaps she was ovulating and had a desperate craving for something sweet. Perhaps life in the little garden was becoming stressful or claustrophobic. Perhaps she felt out of control or lacked passion in her life and in order to numb her emotions or soothe herself from Adam's lack of attention or his ambivalence in starting a family, she chose to indulge. Perhaps Eve was an emotional eater. But as Eve soon discovered, neither the bite, nor the whole fruit fulfilled her as she had hoped. Not only did she realize she was naked but that she had contempt for the way she looked. Perhaps Eve suffered with body dismorphia. Eve tried to stop eating the forbidden fruit and eventually avoided eating altogether but that didn't work and she ended up eating until she could no longer breathe. The point of this is that Eve lost her intuitive ability to nourish herself. She no longer had balance in her life and was willing to do any and everything to get that back.

Maybe Eve didn't exist. Maybe the stories that were told are not as important as the stories we tell ourselves.

This blog is dedicated to creating new stories based on the philosophies of whole body nutrition, self-love, intuition, fitness and yoga.

In my journey I have sought to uncover the knowledge and balance which have brought me to a greater awareness of health and this is what I wish to share with you.

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I am a holistic nutritionist, certified yoga instructor, athlete, healthy living chef, and published writer. I have spent the last four years of my life rebuilding all aspects of myself after recovering from an eating disorder. Follow me as I continue to eat clean, train hard, and discover balance mind, body and spirit. zainsaraswatijamal.com

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    Oxygen’s Power-Packed Chocolate Muffins
I love this awesome recipe from Oxygen Magazine, especially when I am craving chocolate! Below are a few of my personal adaptations to this fabulous muffin recipe making it gluten free.
Ingredients:
Non-stick spray oil
Dry Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup whole grain oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (I use 1 cup amaranth flour)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use raw cacao)
2 tbsp whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Wet Ingredients:
1 large egg
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup low-fat milk + 1/2 tsp white vinegar) (i use almond milk + vinegar in the same proportions)
3 tbsp honey (i use 20-25 drops vanilla creme stevia)
2 tbsp olive oil (i use extra virgin coconut oil)
1/2 cup raisins (i use 1/2 cup of slivered almonds and 1/4 cup cacao nibs)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with oil and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients all at once, stirring just until all dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in raisins.
 Portion batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrients per serving (Makes 12 muffins): 
 Calories: 182, Total Fats: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 122 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 30 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 8 g, Iron 2 mg
By: Linda Melone; Photography by: Peter Chou

    Oxygen’s Power-Packed Chocolate Muffins

    I love this awesome recipe from Oxygen Magazine, especially when I am craving chocolate! Below are a few of my personal adaptations to this fabulous muffin recipe making it gluten free.

    Ingredients:

    • Non-stick spray oil

    Dry Ingredients:

    • 1 1/4 cup whole grain oats
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use 1 cup amaranth flour)
    • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use raw cacao)
    • 2 tbsp whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda

    Wet Ingredients:

    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup low-fat milk + 1/2 tsp white vinegar) (i use almond milk + vinegar in the same proportions)
    • 3 tbsp honey (i use 20-25 drops vanilla creme stevia)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil (i use extra virgin coconut oil)
    • 1/2 cup raisins (i use 1/2 cup of slivered almonds and 1/4 cup cacao nibs)

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with oil and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
    4. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
    5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients all at once, stirring just until all dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in raisins.
    6.  Portion batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.

    Nutrients per serving (Makes 12 muffins): 

     Calories: 182, Total Fats: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 122 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 30 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 8 g, Iron 2 mg

    By: Linda Melone; Photography by: Peter Chou

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