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


    Zain’s Pick: My Favourite Clean Cocktails!

    Ring in the new year without the extra calories, sugar and junk. Check out these Clean Cocktail recipes!

    Tomorrow marks one of the biggest celebrations around the world, New Year’s Eve, which means cocktails and alcohol will be flowing. Whether you’re throwing a party or having a quiet evening at home, ‘cheers-ing’ to 2012 and toasting to the year ahead with some classic and delicious cocktails doesn’t need to cause guilt or a headache the next day — especially with clean, sugar-free ingredients!

    (sources: pinterest, shape magazine)

    Sage Margarita

    Sage will not only improve one’s memory, but it also relieves sore throats, aids in digestion, and calms allergies. To prepare this wellness elixir, mix 2 oz. of Don Julio Blanco tequila, 1 oz. of Cointreau, 2 oz. of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 oz. of Simple Syrup, and 3 fresh sage leaves.

    Combine all ingredients in a tumbler, shake, and pour into traditional margarita glass.

    Pear Champagne

    Muddle 1/2 pear, 1 tbsp pear liqueur then pour champagne or sparkling wine and a splash of sparkling water over it, stir and serve

    The Skimlet

    Voli Lyte Vodka (a brand-new, reduced-calorie brand of vodka), pineapple juice (known for its detoxifying properties), lime juice, honey and fresh tarragon (which aids in digestion and contains more 70 phytonutrients).

    Combine all ingredients in a tumbler, shake and serve.

    Using a juicer, blend one cucumber, two celery stalks, one head of romaine lettuce, one lemon, one small piece of fresh ginger, and two green apples. Then, add vodka to taste.
    RANDARITA Cotton Candy
    One shot of Vanilla Bacardi with one sachet of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade.
    Shake in tumbler and serve.

    For one serving, you’ll need: three or four mint leaves, a lime wedge, 1 oz. white rum, diet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite Zero, Diet Sierra Mist, or Diet 7-Up), ice.

    Muddle mint and lime.  Add all other ingredients shake in tumbler and serve.

    Spiced White Sangria

    Choose a white wine that is dry and fresh with good acidity, such as a Chenin Blanc, to build your drink mix. Because the wine already has some tropical fruit flavors, work with them and use fruits that will complement its taste.

    For each bottle of wine, you’ll need:

    1 medium orange, washed, halved and thinly sliced

    1 medium peach or even better a nectarine, washed, pitted and diced

    1/2 cup pomegranate or cranberry

    1 tbsp star anise

    1-2 Cardamom Pods

    2 cinnamon sticks

    Combine the wine and fruit in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic -– no metal) and blend well. Put the sangria in the fridge and let it sit overnight.

    Taste the sangria just before serving and add maple syrup if you want more sweetness. 

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