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Did you know, the food you eat can greatly impact your mood! Our mental health is so important right now, with many of us around the country finding our lives turning upside down.
There are so many things we do not have control over anymore and the uncertainty has shaken even the strongest of us. Over the past five months, I myself have been “stuck” in Australia unable to safely return to my home in Zambia.
During this time, I have made a conscious effort to ensure my diet is loaded with fibre to feed those plant munching bugs in my gut.
Bugs in my gut?
Let me take a minute to explain the science behind it all. The connection between your gut and your brain is fascinating to say the least and it is this connection that allows the food you eat to greatly influence your mood and vice versa. Connecting your gut and your brain is a nerve called the “Vagus Nerve”- think of it as a busy motorway. There are trillions of microbes (bugs) in your gut sending messages to your brain as they digest your food. Most of these bugs live in your colon (end of your digestive tract) and so only the food that makes it all the way here can be digested by the microbes to who will in turn produce many beneficial compounds. One example is Serotonin (our happy hormone) that positively impact our mood.
The fibre contained in foods are the main food source for these bugs. So understandably a diet rich in fibre is the key to a great mood
Remember a happy gut equals a happy you!
A great goal is to aim for at least 30 different plant-based foods each week. Here are my top 5 tips on how to boost the fibre in your diet:
- Add lentils/legumes to your next soup, salad or even your rice
- Choose to snack on a handful of mixed nuts at least once a day
- Aim to have 3-4 different types of vegetables with at least two meals in the day
- Add fruit to your breakfast cereal
- Switch to wholegrains e.g. brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, wholegrain bread etc.
Check out Fathima’s Quinoa, Lentil & Feta Salad recipe on page 28 in Muslimahs in Business Magazine – http://www.
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*Fathima Abdoola is an Accredited practising Dietitian & Nutritionist based in Australia & Zambia. She has over 8 years experience in a wide range of nutrition positions. She has been successfully running her own private practice, works in hospitals setting up nutrition departments, lectures and is an active advocate of her profession.
It’s no secret where and how Hijab House started, but almost 10 years on, owner and founder Tarik Houchar is still passionate about the business and continuous to grow this popular hijab fashion brand.
Muslimahs in Business Magazine editor Rehana Bibi spoke to Tarik just before the re-opening of the Greenacre boutique that was heavily damaged after a vehicle drove into it earlier this year.
Tarik talked about Hijab House’s early days, the recent accident, working in the hijab industry and his future plans.
Rehana Bibi: We all know that business is hard work; it’s not just fashion shoots and product launches, tell us what continue to inspire you in the hijab industry, almost 10 years on?
Rehana Bibi: What do you think has been the key factors in Hijab House becoming an international hijab fashion brand?
Tarik Houchar: Being a pioneer in the industry helps. We hear about something called ‘first mover advantage’ or ‘pioneering advantage’: when you are the first to do something and it’s a good model – you are at an advantage for the duration of your business lifecycle. I think this really worked in our favour. We were the first to do so many things; the hijab walls, the introductions of shawls as hijabs. We were also the first to start the floral hijab trend and the online hijab business model. A lot of brands still don’t have this. Our online and retail shop were connected together. I think all these things really have kept the business sustainable and helped it to become the household name that it is today.
The team at Muslimah’s in Business are so thrilled to grab our hands on the amazing line of personalised products created by The Personal Press. I am writing this review as I wanted to share my experiences I had with the incredible service I got by the team. Located in Melbourne, The Personal Press offer a wide range of embossing services from keychains to phone cases to clutches.
They began in 2019 and were established by two best friends, who are passionate about their business and love seeing people enjoy their products. They always aim to create the perfect item that you design with their 100% saffino leather. The Personal Press monogram names and initials and ensure you get the best quality each time, better yet at the most affordable prices.
I was sent three items: A phone case, luggage tag and passport holder. They came in a gorgeous light grey colour with my initials NNA in gold.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a massive fan of personalised products and I have tried it out from a number of businesses such as Mimco and The Daily Edited. The Personal Press is not only more affordable but their quality is much better also.
My phone case received a number of compliments from co workers and friends. It is super stylish and durable. Extremely light but yet protected my phone well which is what you should always look for in a phone case.
The luggage tag is gorgeous and the buckle used to secure your tag onto your suitcase matches the colour of the colour monogram you select, so in my case it was gold. That small attention to detail just made even more special. Now when I go travelling I won’t have to use tags or strings to identify my suitcases as this is a much better alternative both for practical and styling reasons.
The passport holder has several compartments for easy use when travelling. I was able to pop in a few of my cards in there such as my license and debit card and there was room for you to store papers you need when travelling such as an itinerary or boarding pass. So you can be assured you will be organised when travelling. I also tested the strength of it by bending it and adding a lot of papers in and it never once went out of shape.
I also used it as a mini clutch when I went out to brunch. It’s extremely versatile so you can even use it when you aren’t travelling as it makes a great accessory. The team at the Personal Press helped me throughout the whole selection process and were so swift in their response to me. I will definitely be going back to them in the future.
My name is Nadine and I am a 24 year-old social media assistant, journalist and model from Sydney, Australia. I love fashion, reading, travelling and brunching. I also run a wedding blog and spend most of my time organising everyone’s events. I have written for a number of publications and am excited to be on board with Muslimah’s In Business.
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