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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    100 Reasons To Meditate

Still making excuses as to why you don’t have time in your schedule to meditate?

Just as we spend time strengthening and detoxifying the physical body through eating healthy, whole foods and engage in regular and intense physical exercise it is equally critical to develop a strong and detoxified energy body.
Our personal energy bodies consist of the electromagnetic field that surrounds us which communicates with the energies of all living things including people, the food we choose to eat and our environment. The electromagnetic field also communicates with the 72,000 energy channels throughout our body as well as the seven main energy centers, or chakras.
I could blab on about this all day but why do that when we can do this:
Physiological benefits:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).
Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity
Spiritual benefits:
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- helps learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93- Attain enlightenment
94- greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life
(list source: ineedmotivation.com, image: flickr)

    100 Reasons To Meditate

    Still making excuses as to why you don’t have time in your schedule to meditate?

    Just as we spend time strengthening and detoxifying the physical body through eating healthy, whole foods and engage in regular and intense physical exercise it is equally critical to develop a strong and detoxified energy body.

    Our personal energy bodies consist of the electromagnetic field that surrounds us which communicates with the energies of all living things including people, the food we choose to eat and our environment. The electromagnetic field also communicates with the 72,000 energy channels throughout our body as well as the seven main energy centers, or chakras.

    I could blab on about this all day but why do that when we can do this:

    Physiological benefits:

    1- It lowers oxygen consumption.

    2- It decreases respiratory rate.

    3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

    4- Increases exercise tolerance.

    5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

    6- Good for people with high blood pressure.

    7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

    8- Decreases muscle tension

    9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

    10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

    11- Helps in post-operative healing.

    12- Enhances the immune system.

    13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

    14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

    15- Helps with weight loss

    16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

    17- Higher skin resistance

    18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

    19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

    20- Decreases the aging process.

    21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

    22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases

    23- Makes you sweat less

    24- Cure headaches & migraines

    25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

    26- Reduced Need for Medical Care

    27- Less energy wasted

    28- More inclined to sports, activities

    29- Significant relief from asthma

    30- improved performance in athletic events

    31- Normalizes to your ideal weight

    32- harmonizes our endocrine system

    33- relaxes our nervous system

    34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

    35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

    Psychological benefits:

    36- Builds self-confidence.

    37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

    38- Resolve phobias & fears

    39- Helps control own thoughts

    40- Helps with focus & concentration

    41- Increase creativity

    42- Increased brain wave coherence.

    43- Improved learning ability and memory.

    44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

    45- Increased emotional stability.

    46- improved relationships

    47- Mind ages at slower rate

    48- Easier to remove bad habits

    49- Develops intuition

    50- Increased Productivity

    51- Improved relations at home & at work

    52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

    53- Helps ignore petty issues

    54- Increased ability to solve complex problems

    55- Purifies your character

    56- Develop will power

    57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

    58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

    59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance

    60- higher intelligence growth rate

    61- Increased job satisfaction

    62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

    63- decrease in potential mental illness

    64- Better, more sociable behaviour

    65- Less aggressiveness

    66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

    67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

    68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

    69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

    70- Increases sense of responsibility

    71- Reduces road rage

    72- Decrease in restless thinking

    73- Decreased tendency to worry

    74- Increases listening skills and empathy

    75- Helps make more accurate judgements

    76- Greater tolerance

    77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

    78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality

    79- Develops emotional maturity

    Spiritual benefits:

    80- Helps keep things in perspective

    81- Provides peace of mind, happiness

    82- Helps you discover your purpose

    83- Increased self-actualization.

    84- Increased compassion

    85- Growing wisdom

    86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others

    87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony

    88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

    89- Increased acceptance of oneself

    90- helps learn forgiveness

    91- Changes attitude toward life

    92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God

    93- Attain enlightenment

    94- greater inner-directedness

    95- Helps living in the present moment

    96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

    97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

    98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”

    99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”

    100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

    (list source: ineedmotivation.com, image: flickr)

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