Fathima Abdoola Eatsmart Dietetics Muslimahs in Business Food Mood Nutrition Diet Lady Boss

Food & Mood

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: 

  1. Add lentils/legumes to your next soup, salad or even your rice
  2. Choose to snack on a handful of mixed nuts at least once a day
  3. Aim to have 3-4 different types of vegetables with at least two meals in the day
  4. Add fruit to your breakfast cereal
  5. 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.muslimahsinbusiness.com – download your free copy now. 

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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.

Tarik Houchar Muslimahs in Business Interview Hijab House Rehana Bibi

Tarik Houchar: Business Start Up to Scale

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?

Tarik Houchar: The hijab industry is dynamic and fast changing. It’s probably also the most innovative industry in the fashion world – there is a lot going on ! Every day there are new ideas, new competitors, new products, even new needs! It’s changing at a rapid rate and this genuinely excites me and it makes me look forward to working on new things and seeing how well placed they would be in this ever-changing market ! I keep telling everybody that the hijab industry is a very lovely industry. It’s ethical and it’s filled with lots of lovely people with good intentions !

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.

READ THE rest of the interview in ISSUE #2 Muslimahs in Business Magazine
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The Personal Press feature

The Personal Press Product Review

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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3 Ways to Find Time for Your Family and Business

Jameela Ho
Being a wife and mother is busy enough. Your whole day and night is taken up by the demands of your spouse, your children and your house. By the end of the day you just want to flop into bed and sleep a long and deep sleep. But even this is not possible as your husband would probably want to talk with you all night!
And if you’ve got a business, your time is even less. Where do you find the time to work on your business not just in your business? If you just work in your business, creating things, coaching, teaching or whatever – the usual day to day running of your business, then how will you grow your business if you can’t find the time to work on your business such as planning and marketing?
Not only will you need one-on-one time with your family members and your business but you also need one-on-one time with yourself. This is so that you can take care of yourself. You don’t want to run on empty and go into burnout.
Sounds busy, right? What can you do?
There are three things that you can do right now and it will help you to gain that little bit of extra time. These are to delegate, keeping it simple and blocking off time.
1. Delegate AKA Chores
You need to know that children as young as three years of age can do housework. Let them help around the house and give them simple jobs first such as putting clothes in a hamper, picking up toys and putting them away (in a toy box or bin), dusting furniture, feeding pets, helping to set and clear the table and helping with laundry by sorting socks.
If your child is older then start assigning chores. You might want to make it fun by putting the chores to be done on a wheel and let your child spin the wheel. Whatever chore it lands on is your child’s chore for the week. Include yourself and your husband when spinning because it’s only fair that everyone does their chores.
Chores teach children about being a part of a team and about being responsible. If they don’t get it done then they’re letting the family team down. It also teaches life skills. Let your older children cook a meal once a week. Whatever comes onto the table you just eat it. It doesn’t have to be a masterchef’s work. This is how children learn and improve.
Not only delegating chores is helpful to children, it’s helpful for you too. When children do their chores it frees up time for you. Imagine what it means to not have to cook for one meal. That’s two hours you can work on your to-do list.
You just have to learn to not expect perfection in the outcomes of the chores especially if your children are new to it. Done is good enough. Some parents can’t delegate because of this. They fear that it won’t be done perfectly. Let. It. Go. And delegate!
2. Keep it Simple
If there are two routes, which would you choose? The long winding one or the straight path? The straight path is usually the simplest and quickest route. If you need to cook, then cook a simple meal. One pot meals are usually the easiest to make – just throw everything and let it cook – soups, stews and casseroles are the way to go. They’re easy to clean up too.
One meal salads are great too. Chop up the fresh salad ingredients, grill the meat, slice it up and toss onto the salad with dressing and you’ve got a quick meal. Start learning some one pot meals and salads or search and book mark YouTube now.
Do the minimum. Of course you have to vacuum the house but does it need to be done every day? Vacuum the whole house once a week. (Better yet, have your child do it.) Imagine not having to vacuum the whole house every day. That’s about one hour free a day to work on your to-do list.
Keep less things. The more you have, the more you have to tidy and clean. Go through your home and throw or donate the things that you’ve saved just in case you need it but never actually touch. Fill a garbage bag up and take them away. You’re never likely to use it so don’t think about keeping it. Clear some space. It’ll be easier to vacuum if you don’t have to work your way around it or you don’t have to dust it.
3. Block-off Sacred Times
You need a schedule. On that schedule, assign blocks of time for each child, your husband, your family as a group, yourself for self-care (half an hour each week?), your business working hours (working in your business) and your business management hours (working on your business). Also set aside time for weekly chores.
Hang this in your office. Make another copy and display it where the rest of the family can see it. Tell everyone that these times are sacred. Everyone has to follow it.
Once you block in your time, you’ll find that you’ll get more work done as you’re more focused in each block. You’ll probably have to adjust your schedule when you find that you’ll have more free time!
Author’s Bio
Jameela Ho is a mother and teacher.  She has a Master of Education and a Diploma of Counselling. Currently, she is researching on children’s brain health for optimal learning. She blogs on the subject of both education and parenting, each on two separate blogs. ILMA Education (www.ilmaeducation.com) is where she help parents nurture their child’s growing mind. Muslim Parenting (www.jameelaho.com) is where she helps anxious parents guide their children to better manners and attitude in line with Islamic principles.