Fueling Life’s Moments: In Noureen and Navaz’s Kitchen
By: Noureen Habib
For our first-wedding anniversary, the gift we gave to ourselves was health. In our first year of marriage, I had put on 30 pounds – that is 3 sacks of potatoes. Navaz – well you all know his story. We are pre-disposed, due to our genetics and ethnicities, to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and the rest of it. However, in that moment, we decided that we would not assume that medications would solve our health conditions for us. We decided that we were going to control our “pre-dispositions.”
When my dad’s younger brother passed away six months ago from a heart attack (he was 48), as we were all grieving, we as a family made a commitment to live in the moment. When we are sick, are on a cocktail of medications, are worried about the hills of acne on our faces, have packets of Kleenex stuffed in every pocket, constantly feel a knot or ache in our bellies, suffer from migraines that feel like nails were hammered into our skulls; we aren’t really living in the moment – are we?
I really believe, and if you observe people carefully, you will too – that often, people have no idea how good their bodies are designed to feel and they forget to live in that moment. Let yourself feel amazing, fuel your body correctly and let it take you to success – career, business, family, relationship, health, anything you want; it is all co-related. Work to fuel your body with the best foods possible and let it show you what it was made to do.
I committed to starting this recipe blog because I truly believe that eating and living well can be incorporated into the insanely busy world we live in. Hopefully, this blog will inspire you to still enjoy food, yet show you that it is really easy to manage and treat our “pre-disposed” diseases through our diets. We all have our commitments, most of mine have me leave the house in the morning at around 7am and home around 11pm. If I can make time, so can you!
To all those who let me know that their mouths were salivating with the pictures Navaz posted, thank you for sharing your love of food with me! Now you can enjoy eating the food, just as much as we do :-).
We are all on this journey called life together, let’s commit to fueling our bodies properly so that we can achieve our personal goals while always living in the moment!
Lunches for the Week
I find when I have lunches ready to go, I do not have to make a decision of what I will have for lunch. No decision, no drain on my willpower reservoir! This week, we were craving some slow-cooked beef! Chipotle’s barbacoa is amazing, shredded beef on top of veggies load with guac – can you go wrong? This recipe took about 10 minutes to put together – time will not be your excuse for this one!