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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    The Down Low on Shopping Organic


Aside from looking for the ‘organic’ label on foods, here are some other things you should look for…
Lettuce & Greens
When in the produce aisle, it’s okay to buy normal lettuce and greens and not organic, as most lettuces are pretty clean. Always be sure to wash greens and lettuces.


When looking for greens, go for darker and more bitter greens, like escarole, mustard greens, and dandelion. Their bitterness is actually a defense against insects and creates wonderful anti-oxidants that help in cell repair and anti-aging.





Fruit
When buying fruit, remember that produce with “skin” will be dirtier (higher amounts of pesticides) and should be bought organic. The Environmental Working Group, a public health and environmental organization itemized a list of the most- and least-contaminated fruits and veggies.



Meat & Poultry
Whatever animals eat will be passed into your body, so to avoid ingesting growth hormones and antibiotics, it is better to buy organic meat and poultry. Also, be aware of what the animals eat. Beef and pork fed on grass (“pastured”) tend be healthier and they’re tastier as they’re eating a more natural diet. And don’t shy away from lard, says Planck, as it has the same mono-unsaturated fats as olive oil.





Dairy
When choosing dairy, look for hormone-free milk. Milk from cows with hormones has been linked to breast cancer. 





Eggs
Eggs from chickens who have been “pastured” or grass-fed have been found to have more omega-3 vitamins and beta carotene, so go organic.





Cheese
When buying cheeses, go for cheese made from grass-fed, hormone-free cows. Not only is it healthier, but the cheese will have a more complex flavor. Go for raw milk cheeses, which are unpasteurized. “Raw milk cheeses have living enzymes that are good for immunities and digestion,” she says.





Yogurt

Buy organic yogurt, made from grass-fed, hormone-free cows.
Bread
Buy bread made from wheat not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, which may be cancer-causing.

(source: everydayhealth.com)

    The Down Low on Shopping Organic

    Aside from looking for the ‘organic’ label on foods, here are some other things you should look for…

    Lettuce & Greens

    When in the produce aisle, it’s okay to buy normal lettuce and greens and not organic, as most lettuces are pretty clean. Always be sure to wash greens and lettuces.
    When looking for greens, go for darker and more bitter greens, like escarole, mustard greens, and dandelion. Their bitterness is actually a defense against insects and creates wonderful anti-oxidants that help in cell repair and anti-aging.



    Fruit

    When buying fruit, remember that produce with “skin” will be dirtier (higher amounts of pesticides) and should be bought organic. The Environmental Working Group, a public health and environmental organization itemized a list of the most- and least-contaminated fruits and veggies.

    Meat & Poultry

    Whatever animals eat will be passed into your body, so to avoid ingesting growth hormones and antibiotics, it is better to buy organic meat and poultry. Also, be aware of what the animals eat. Beef and pork fed on grass (“pastured”) tend be healthier and they’re tastier as they’re eating a more natural diet. And don’t shy away from lard, says Planck, as it has the same mono-unsaturated fats as olive oil.



    Dairy

    When choosing dairy, look for hormone-free milk. Milk from cows with hormones has been linked to breast cancer

    Eggs

    Eggs from chickens who have been “pastured” or grass-fed have been found to have more omega-3 vitamins and beta carotene, so go organic.

    Cheese

    When buying cheeses, go for cheese made from grass-fed, hormone-free cows. Not only is it healthier, but the cheese will have a more complex flavor. Go for raw milk cheeses, which are unpasteurized. “Raw milk cheeses have living enzymes that are good for immunities and digestion,” she says.



    Yogurt

    Buy organic yogurt, made from grass-fed, hormone-free cows.

    Bread

    Buy bread made from wheat not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, which may be cancer-causing.
    (source: everydayhealth.com)
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