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.

About Me

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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    Shock Your Body: Definition Abs Workout

    Looking for lean and sexy abs lines?  This deep core strengthening workout with unique exercises will do just that.  What I love about this workout is that it includes exercises that we don’t normally do so they will shock the body to perform in different ways.

    Do this workout 3 days per week for 6 weeks in addition to your regular training and clean eating program.  In order to burn fat all over your body, it is important to include HIIT training into your program.

    **Note, try this workout for the first time without using resistance then once you are comfortable with the moves, introduce resistance and increase weekly wherever possible.

    Clamp

    Targets back, abs, obliques, inner thighs, and outer thighs

    • Lie faceup on floor with arms and legs extended upward; lift head, neck, and shoulders off floor.
    • Simultaneously lower arms out to sides and open legs 45 degrees, keeping shoulders and chest lifted throughout.
    • Return to start, squeezing palms together and legs together.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps.

    Wiper Plank

    Targets back, abs, obliques, butt, and legs

    • Start on floor in plank position, balancing on forearms and toes, elbows directly under shoulders. Clasp hands together.
    • Lift right leg behind you as high as you can, then lower it without touching toes to floor and bring it out to right side.
    • Return right leg to center, then repeat without touching toes to floor.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps. Switch legs and repeat.

    Sprinkler

    Targets back, abs, and obliques

    • Sit on floor with legs extended, thighs together and feet flexed; tilt torso back 45 degrees and extend arms out to sides, palms facing forward.
    • Rotate torso to right, sweeping left arm across body to tap left palm to right palm.
    • Return to start, then repeat to left to complete 1 rep.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps.

    Twister

    Targets shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and hamstrings

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent out to sides and hands touching behind head; keeping back flat, hinge forward from hips so that upper body is parallel to floor.
    • Rotate torso to face right. Pause, return to center, pause again, then rotate to left to complete 1 rep.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps.

    Skinny Dip

    Targets back, abs, obliques, and butt

    • Lie on floor on left side, propped up on left forearm, knees bent 90 degrees and toes pointed behind you; extend right arm overhead.
    • Lift hips off floor, then raise bent right leg a few feet. MAKE IT EASIER: Keep knees together.
    • Keeping right leg lifted, dip hip to floor.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps. Switch sides and repeat.

    Jackknife

    Targets shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended overhead; lift right leg about a foot off floor, toes pointed.
    • Hinge forward from hips and reach hands to toes.
    • Keeping right foot lifted and back flat throughout, straighten up to standing start position as you lift arms overhead, then place right foot on floor.
    • Switch sides and repeat. Do 10 to 12 reps, alternating sides.

    (source: fitnessmagazine.com)

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