4 things that I tell my clients as health coach.


After spending years not being at peace with my body, I was done feeling the discomfort that came with not being good to myself, from the inside out. As I started to learn more about the body through my trainings and experiences, I found out the following:

1. When your body speaks listen.

Whether I am teaching this in yoga or on a one-on-one with my clients that I health-coach, I am a firm-believer in listening to your body. Like Iyanla Vanzant says, ‘Pain is an acronym for pay attention inward now!’ We spend so much time running away from pain that we don’t take the time to listen to what the pain says until it is too late. If your neck hurts, it could mean that you are straining it. If you have a headache, it could mean that you are dehydrated. If you have stomach pain, it could mean that you are eating too many acidic foods. Don’t cover up your pain, learn listen to it and heal what it is asking you to.

2. Do your own research, too!
There is a lot of information about health out there. Especially with the new wave of holistic care out there, you need to double or triple check facts before you believe them. As a health coach, people come up to me with a lot of crazy claims like, ‘Juicing cures cancer’ or ‘Eating meat causes cancer’. While there is evidence to support these claims, there is evidence to also debunk this. As with any other industry, health claims can be funded by corporations and can lead to false information being put out there to fund a product. That is why it is important for you to do your research and not trust anything you read on Google or see in a documentary.

3. Everything in moderation.
In The West, we have a tendency to take everything to the extreme. A lot of people that I have treated have been afraid to eat certain foods because they are afraid of being fat or being perceived as unhealthy. Truthfully, life is about balance. If you deprive yourself of certain things, it is most likely that you will end up bingeing on what you have been depriving yourself of, which can lead to a plethora of negative emotions that follow. Be realistic with yourself and set aside a day or two where you can eat that chocolate cake you have been craving, drink that wine you want to drink or eat that cheeseburger you have been salivating over. Life is not about punishment or deprivation, it is about acceptance and moderation.

4. Be happy and stress free

According to The Harvard Gazette, happiness plays a key in your health. The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health’, says Robert Waldinger, a professor of Harvard Medical School. In addition, in Ayurveda (ancient medicinal system rooted in India) , there is a direct correlation between stress and disease. With many Ayurvedic practitioners claiming that stress is the number cause of disease. To relieve stress and stay happy, I recommend meditation,  not overloading or overworking yourself and letting go of situations and people that are not worth getting involved in.


*For a health-coaching consultation, e-mail halitst@icloud.com

What I wish I’d known before I became vegan.


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For some of you who are wondering if I am vegan, the answer is no. However, I was vegan for a few months and am often asked why, as a health professional, I am not.

The truth is when I went vegan, I (like many other people) didn’t know the full truth about what being vegan meant.

Here are some truths I have found out, through experience and research, about being vegan:

1. Some people are not meant to be vegan.

When I was vegan, I thought that everyone was meant to be vegan. But, I quickly found out that that was not the case. Veganism can be great for many; however, it wasn’t great for me. After a few months, I had fainting spells, lost a ton of weight and felt weak. I went to a regular and Ayurvedic doctor and was warned that I could potentially not be able to have kids, develop cancer or lose my life due to my anaemia.

2. Being vegan is a way of life.

Truthfully, a part of me was vegan to lose weight; however, I quickly learnt that that was not the way to approach it and started eating the calories that I needed to get through my busy and active day. In my professional and personal experience, being a vegan requires listening to your body and eating healthily- there is no other way about it.

3. I can’t tell others to be vegan.

When I became vegan, I became righteous. A part of me was so in love with the idea of being ‘A good person’ that it became extreme. I would tell people why they should be vegan too and convince them to steer clear of meat. When I started to have health problems, I proved myself wrong. I was not practicing what I preached and, as a health professional, now I know to work each person’s bodies and not push people into health problems for the sake be labelled ‘good’.

4. Health has no label.

The biggest problem that we have with dieting and nutrition nowadays is that we expect a label like, ‘Vegan’ or ‘Paleo’ to suddenly make us healthy. However, health is a choice that you have to make for the rest of your life. If you want to be vegan, be vegan! But please, ask yourself if it is the healthiest decision for you at this time in your life.

A vegan quinoa soup



Although I am no longer vegan, I am a huge fan of eating mostly vegetables where I can in my diet. Knowing all of you, I’m sure that you know and understand why.


Lately, I’ve been obsessed with this soup because it fits into my busy schedule, is delicious and healthy.


What you will need:

(All organic ingredients)

• Three cups of Ginger Miso broth

• a cup and a half of cooked quinoa

• a pinch of salt

• a pinch of ground turmeric

• a pinch of black pepper.

• a bunch of dark leafy greens ( I love kale)


How to:

• Bring Ginger Miso broth to boil in a pot.

• Add quinoa and seasoning.

• Mix all together

• Then add greens.



Serves 2-3 people.

Fun Avocado toast.

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There’s nothing like an easy snack that you can whip up in less than 5 minutes.


Which is why I want to share my latest quick recipe with you:


Fun Avocado toast w/goat cheese.


You will need:

•A saucepan

• A knife

• A toaster



Ingredients (all organic): 

• 2 pieces of hezekiel bread.

• Half a large avocado.

• A pinch of salt.

• 1/2 a cup of goat cheese.

• A pinch of mesquite barbecue.


How to:

• Place slices of bread in toaster.

• Once bread is toasted, lather on avocado.

• Add salt, goat cheese and mesquite barbecue as toppings.

• Enjoy!


Serves one person.

Why is Matcha tea so popular?


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I’m sure you’ve noticed the green substance in many people’s ‘coffees’ these days? Well, it’s Matcha: a powdered green tea from Japan.


So, why and how has it become so popular? Because of it’s acclaimed benefits:


• Improves cholesterol.

•Rich in antioxidants.

•Boosts concentration.

• Increases stamina.

• Increases metabolic rate.

• Detoxifies the body with chlorophyll agent.

• Proven to help fight cancerous cells.

• Said to help cure cardiovascular disease.

• Can help with weight loss.

• Protects against free radicals.


*Please remember that Matcha is a green tea. And, these benefits can be found in green tea too.

Pourquoi Matcha est si populaire? 

Je suis sûr que vous avez remarqué la substance verte dans les «cafés» de beaucoup de gens ces jours-ci? Eh bien, c'est Matcha: un thé vert en poudre du Japon. Alors, pourquoi et comment est-il devenu si populaire? En raison de ses avantages acclamés:

• Améliore le cholestérol.

• Riche en antioxydants.

• Augmente la concentration.

• Augmente l'endurance.

• Augmente le taux métabolique.

• Détoxifie le corps avec l'agent de chlorophylle.

• Prouvé pour aider à combattre les cellules cancéreuses.

• A déclaré aider à guérir les maladies cardiovasculaires.

• Peut aider à perdre du poids.

• Protège contre les radicaux libres.

* S'il vous plaît rappelez-vous que Matcha est un thé vert. Et, ces avantages peuvent être trouvés dans le thé vert aussi.


Por qué es Matcha tan popular?

Estoy seguro de que has notado las cosas verdes en los "cafés" de muchas personas estos días? Bueno, es Matcha: un té verde en polvo de Japón. Entonces, ¿por qué y cómo se volvió tan popular? Debido a sus aclamados beneficios:

• Mejora el colesterol.

• Rico en antioxidantes.

• Aumenta la concentración.

• Aumenta la resistencia.

• Aumenta la tasa metabólica.

• Desintoxica el cuerpo con el agente de clorofila.

• Probado para ayudar a combatir las células cancerosas.

• Dicho para ayudar a sanar enfermedades cardiovasculares.

• Puede ayudar a perder peso.

• Protege contra los radicales libres.

* Recuerda que Matcha es un té verde. Y, estos beneficios se pueden encontrar también en el té verde.

Mediterranean-inspired baked fish


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Sometimes eating food in a conventional way can get tiring. So, I was very pleased when I came across this recipe. It’s easy, fun and healthy. What could be better?


Here you go! You’re welcome.

 You will need( most ingredients organic but fish):

1 large halibut or whitefish (3 to 4 pounds)

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large onions, chopped and sautéed in olive oil

2 to 2 and 1/2 cups of tahini sauce


How to:

* Preheat oven to 400 degrees F*

*Wash fish and dry thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice.

* Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain fish. Brush with oil and place in baking pan.

* Cover with sautéed onions and tahini sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake until fish is easily flaked with a fork (30 to 40 minutes)

* Serve the fish on a platter and garnish with parsely and lemon wedges.


*Serves 6 to 8 people

4 party tricks for your Thanksgiving dinner to prevent you from over-indulging.


There is nothing worse than over-eating or over-drinking and then waking up feeling as though all the steps that you have taken to be a healthy person have gone to waste.


I have over-indulged many times and have therefore learnt a few tricks that have helped my clients and students.


Here are 4 of them:


1. Have a vegetable broth before you leave the house or while cooking.


I love vegetable broths. They are easy to make, light, refreshing and will slightly fill you up. I recommend having a broth as opposed to a soup because soups, particularly those that contain starch, can be heavy. You don’t want to be too full to enjoy the festivities. So, have a vegetable broth if you are cooking for others or have before you leave the house.


2. Have two glasses of water before each drink .


The feeling that hangovers create the day after drinking is usually dehydration. Great news! You may be able to avoid those hangover symptoms by drinking two glasses of water with each drink. This will also cause you to drink less.


3. Meditate before you see your family and friends.


We all know that meditation reduces stress and seeing many friends and family can be stressful. Which, might lead to emotional drinking or eating. Take control over your possible anxiety and emotional fluctuations by meditating beforehand.


4. Engage with others during, before and after dinner.


It is a note-worthy fact that when you talk, you can’t eat/drink at the same time. So, keep the conversation flowing. Conversing also allows you to enjoy the festivities of Thanksgiving in a joyous way. Don’t be the one caught in the corner with a bottle of wine or cake all to themselves, drink and eat with others.

A smoothie filled with antioxidants and love


Smoothies can be a great way to supplement your diet, not a meal replacement.


Especially as it becomes colder in The Northern Hemisphere, they can be a great way to amp up your immune system and keep you cold- free throughout the Winter.


I drink this every time that I start to feel ill. And, I truly believe that this and my healthy lifestyle are the reason why I haven’t been sick in years.


You will need (all organic ingredients):


• an inch-piece of ginger

• a tablespoon of black cumin oil

• a teaspoon of organic greens in powder form.

• a cup and a half of almond milk

• a spoon of rice protein.

• a pinch of nutmeg.

• a banana

• a handful of blackberries.

• handful of ice cubes.


How to:


• Blend all ingredients together!




*Serves up to 2 people.

The perfect soup for after your menstrual cycle

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During our menstrual, the body can feel alien-like. Which is understandable as our bodies are doing so much. Personally speaking, I’ve noticed that I tend to lose iron and feel weak as a result.


However, some of my clients have mentioned that they lose B12 and Zinc during this time.



During our menstrual, the body can feel alien-like. Which is understandable as our bodies are doing so much. Personally speaking, I’ve noticed that I tend to lose iron and feel weak as a result.


However, some of my clients have mentioned that they lose B12 and Zinc during this time.


That is why  I created a soup that is packed with a lot nutrients that are lost when we lose a lot of blood. Healthy and nutrient-rich blood is important for circulation of oxygen and revitalization of the bodies’ cells.


You will need (all ingredients organic)


• 2 cups of lentils.

• 2 and 1/2 cups of water.

• a cup of chicken bone broth.

• 1/2 a green bell pepper, diced.

• a pinch of fenugreek powder.

• a spoon of vegan butter.

• 1/2 a spoon of nutritional yeast.

• choice of herbs, I recommend oregano, basil, a bay leaf and thyme.

• 1/2 an avocado .

• a tablespoon and a half of sea salt. 

How to:

• Place lentils into a bowl, rinse and add water.

• Bring lentils to for 30 minutes or more, depending on how soft you want the lentils.

• Bring lentils to simmer.

• add bone broth, fenugreek and diced green bell pepper.

• add nutritional yeast and herbs.

•add sliced avocado and a pinch of salt. 

• Enjoy!!!!


* Serves 2-3 people.

You will need (all ingredients organic)


• 2 cups of lentils.

• 2 and 1/2 cups of water.

• a cup of chicken bone broth.

• 1/2 a green bell pepper, diced.

• a pinch of fenugreek powder.

• a spoon of vegan butter.

• 1/2 a spoon of nutritional yeast.

• choice of herbs, I recommend oregano, basil, a bay leaf and thyme.


How to:

• Place lentils into a bowl, rinse and add water.

• Bring lentils to for 30 minutes or more, depending on how soft you want the lentils.

• Bring lentils to simmer.

• add bone broth, fenugreek and diced green bell pepper.

• add nutritional yeast and herbs.

• Enjoy!!!!


* Serves 2-3 people.

3 supplements that can help you on a cleanse

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image by Getty Images, Plum creative

If you didn’t know by now, I am a huge fan of supplements. Especially since I have anemia and need iron supplements to maintain a healthy body.


There is; however, a common misconception that supplements mean that you don’t have to eat well too. This is incorrect. Our bodies absorb roughly seventy to eighty percent of nutrients from food and only twenty to fourty percent from supplements.


So, eating healthy food is important too. As I start my 7-day cleanse today, I wanted to share with you what supplements will be hitting my tongue throughout the days.


1. Milk thistle


This supplement is extracted from a plant. It is dehydrated and then put in capsule form. It’s usually extracted in concentrated form, meaning that the most powerful part of the plant goes in the capsule. Milk thistle is great for cleansing the liver, a few studies have shown that it rebuilds the livers cell while cleansing the liver. Meaning that it can reverse what alcohol and sugar does to our livers. It also has other benefits like helps to lower cholesterol and ward off cancerous cells. It is recommended to be drank in the morning as it is easier to cleanse the liver at this time.


2. Oregano


This is a plant in the basil family with a pungent smell and taste. Oregano is made into oil form by compressing the plant leaves to release the botanical oils, it can be put into capsule form too. I recommend The pure oil. Placing a drop or two under your tongue can prevent you from developing infections and certain viruses. If also cleanses the digestive tract.


3. Green powder


I love my greens; however, sometimes I don’t want to eat them with my meals, particularly breakfast. So, I start off the morning by placing a scoop of organic green powder (wheatgrass, barley, chlorella and spirulina) into a glass of water and downing it. Greens are loaded with nutrients and are a natural internal deodorant. They restore the blood and oxygenate cells in the body.

Sign up for our 7-day cleanse today! And, you will notice a difference in how you feel.


*Please seek a professional’s advice before starting any new cleanse or detox.

A midnight snack that takes longer to eat than to make.


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Midnight in a bowl


This recipe is how I curb my sweet craving late night when I have come from  a busy day.


It's so quick to make, full of protein and fiber.


You will need:


• a cup of goat milk yoghurt.

•a cup of organic granola

• 3 teaspoons of agave.


How to:

• Place yoghurt in a bowl.

• Then place granola and drizzle agave over.

• Feel free to add organic fruit to the mix.  


Then, enjoy!

Why 3 celebrities went vegan and why they won't go back.


It seems that more and more people are becoming vegan, even some people you would've never thought would be.


A vegan is someone who does not eat or use animal products.


Many people's reasoning for becoming vegan differs, here are the reason why these celebrities went vegan:


1. Bill Clinton


President Clinton says. 'Going vegan saved my life.' He had heart issues that were related to his diet and had a few operations done until a doctor recommended a plant-based diet. Since then he boasts of advantages of more energy, fewer stomache issues and a peak in his overall health. Clinton went vegan seven years ago and also says that his longevity is due to his lifestyle change from the traditional Southern diet of red meat and carbohydrates, with little vegetables to a plant-based one.




2. Jessica Chastain


'I used to think about dieting but now I'm vegan.' Chastain implies that she bordered an eating disorder but now focuses on being healthy, which is important to her. The actress attributes her health to this diet, claiming that her high-cholesterol lowered as a result of going vegan. She was a pescatarian for fifteen years and her consumption of shellfish was increasing her cholesterol. She, too, boasts of more energy and says that her skin cleared with the help of her plant-based diet.



3. Russell Simmons


Simmons has been a proud vegan for almost seventeen years. The hip hop mogul also released a book, The Happy Vegan. Which features recipes and the changes that came with being vegan. He mentions that he lost 20 pounds and has never put the pounds back on. He raves about the plant-based way of life and says that he will never go back to his old ways.


*If you are going to vegan, please do so with caution. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamins, protein and mostly plants in your diet.