Weekly Summary & Smiles

What a week it has been! This week the country went into lockdown and the seriousness of the pandemic is feeling more and more real. Today marks day 14 of self isolation for myself and kids.

It has been a crazy 2 weeks, I have been very busy, and quite overwhelmed at times, but I am doing my best to keep bringing myself back to feeling centred and believing that we will get through this time.

I am so proud of our customers who have been so strong to stay on plan and focus on their health and wellbeing at this crazy time in the world. Our 5 day mini focus challenge was a great success, with many people starting and building momentum to continue their new you journey.

My heart is full of gratitude and appreciation for everyone right now. I have so much love for this world. The team at new you, our customers, the health workers, everyone in the front line, and for all the world leaders who are doing their best to manage this global crisis.

To lighten the mood & maintain our sense of humour during this time; Here are a selection of the meme’s that gave me some light relief this week…

I hope you had a giggle looking through these! Make sure you send me any of your favourites this week.If you want to be part of our lovely online community

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Acceptance And Kindness Amidst A Global Pandemic | Desi~licious RD

Personal tips to help manage anxiety during the outbreak of a pandemic.

Wellbeing Coach, Middle Aged Woman Practicing Mindful Acceptance Meditation. Positive Mindset Concept

I woke up and tried remembering what day it was. According to my phone, it was a Tuesday. It felt funny to be in bed at 7:30 am – not rushing about the house, getting the kids ready for school. Days and nights seem to mesh into one another.

I went downstairs and put the kettle on. It’s normal to see parents piling kids into cars for school at this hour. Dog-walkers and runners are usually out for exercise. However, these days it’s different. 

Lone cherry blossom trees stand tall amidst late winter snow. Spring has arrived. Toronto’s nippy air isn’t bone-chilling anymore. It is still cold, yes. But it’s spring cold, when birds start singing and trees come to life. 

Yet, there is no sign of human life on my street. People have stopped socializing for the time being. Governments around the world have named it “social distancing”. Our planet is going through a health crisis, a global pandemic. There is a rare disease called COVID-19: the new coronavirus. It has spread around the world like wildfire. Scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals are still trying to decipher what it actually is. There is no vaccine and no cure. It multiplies and doubles through infectious droplets in coughing, sneezing and overall human contact. Therefore, all of us must stop socializing for some time. Every person in the world. We are to stay home. 

Sounds like a film, doesn’t it? It reminds me of A Quiet Place. The plot revolves around a family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing. They attack people who utter any sound. Only in the real world, said creatures are the new coronavirus. Close human contact might put us at the risk of catching it. 

Those who can work from home have stopped going to their offices, and educational institutes from around the world have switched to online classes. Events, travel plans and workshops are indefinitely cancelled until further notice. Shops, businesses, restaurants and cafes have shut down, the world over. 

It is a strange and apocalyptic time. Never in my life did I imagine the new decade would start on such an unusual note! However, in such unprecedented circumstances with routines falling apart, holding onto our mental health (alongside immunity) has never felt more important. 

Like many people across the globe, I also experienced the anxiety and panic this virus has brought with itself. With no work routine, no school for the kids and no gym, I felt quite stressed and helpless. How do I motivate myself to change out of pyjamas every morning? I can’t go to the gym – do I let my workout regime falter? What about work? How do I manage my anxiety? A lack of routine can often cause our fitness, nutrition goals, mental health and other wellness-related ambitions to suffer.

And that is understandable. Likewise, you must also be overwhelmed with the inordinate amount of information everywhere. It can be demotivating and cause anxiety. Maybe you’ve lost that sense of purpose that comes with a structured wellness routine. You might also be angry at how long it took you to establish a healthy regime consisting of exercise, hobbies, activities and self-care. All of that might seem in vain now. I understand because I felt the same. However, I changed my mindset. It didn’t happen overnight, but I managed to guide myself into a more positive direction.

Tips to help manage anxiety

Start with acceptance

I started with acceptance. Yes, corona is currently on a world tour and we must accept that for a while, it’s here to stay. Acceptance brings a sense of clarity. And clarity makes space for kindness. Kindness towards ourselves and other people. It is okay to let the unknown cloud our judgement for a bit. We are allowed to feel vulnerable. What’s not okay is dwelling on it for too long.

Count your blessings

Women's hands are holding a lot of small pebbles of different shapes and sizes

Slowly, I started counting my blessings. At least in this situation, I have a loving family, a roof over my head, food in the kitchen, and Wi-Fi to stay connected with the outside world. A good internet connection guarantees a plethora of content for both mental and physical well-being. All these extra hours will also allow me to spend more free time with my family. All I needed was a structure that’ll fit around these new limitations. 

Establish a family routine & tag-team

two adults and a child making funny facing posing for the camera

Like any parent, my husband and I wanted to have some semblance of a routine for our three kids first. We encouraged them to find creative ways to stay physically fit and mentally agile. We molded our work schedules around their routines and vice versa, in order to accommodate all family members.

My husband and I decided to take turns in going to the basement for online meetings and work calls. This allows us free time to spend with our children in turns. My eldest, Miss R (16) is now my workout buddy. Not only do we have fun exercising with dumbbells and bands, it’s also a great way for us to have some quality mother-daughter bonding time. 

Our youngest, Master IZ (6) has a lovely little schedule that allows him to read, play in the garden, watch a film and do school work. Our middle one, Master IK (14) is great at keeping himself and his baby brother fit through football. If it’s not snowing, they also head out to the back garden to play. Together with my husband, my kids and I now also enjoy making meals together. In fact, Master IZ is definitely my little sous chef! 

four images showing a little boy baking cookies

Let go of perfection and be kind

Delicious red velvet cupcakes decorated with hearts on rusty old metal background.

It’s understandable that some of us might be struggling with binge-eating of less-nutritious foods. It is almost predictable to indulge in a few treats with so much ongoing stress. It’s is okay to enjoy a few extra sweet treats. Your body doesn’t change overnight. And, as long as we enjoy such food items as treats, it is perfectly acceptable to cut ourselves some slack. Kindness has to start with ourselves first. Let’s shift the focus off of body weight, to the power of positive perspective.

Find the silver lining

There is a silver lining to the most adverse of situations. Times like these test our patience and resilience. This global pandemic has affected thousands across the globe. It is perfectly okay to feel on edge. However, even when we’re trapped inside four walls for our own safety, we can find ways to feel emotionally and physically relaxed. 

The collective mentality of all or nothing isn’t the kindest approach to dealing with unexpected situations. Life is not perfect, and unprecedented circumstances such as the coronavirus are beyond our control. We must graciously accept that the entire world is fighting the same battle, and have a more optimistic outlook towards life. As Rumi infamously said, “the moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.” And I have accepted that now is the time to step back and adjust, in order to leap forward again.

A door opening to the view of the sea with a quote of Rumi

How are you doing during this uncertain time? What have you found to be helpful to manage anxiety? Share your tips in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this blog post, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, or share a photo and hashtag #desiliciousrd on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 

Desi~liciously Yours,
Shahzadi

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How to Create a Non-Toxic Home to Support Your Wellbeing

We spend so much of our time indoors and in our home, which is why creating a non-toxic home and practicing non-toxic living is an important part of caring for your health and wellbeing. 

The Environmental Protection Agency says that indoor air quality can be five times worse than outdoor air quality, with one major contributor to that being to the increased use of synthetic furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.

In addition to these types of toxins that can get into our air, there are others that may leach into our food or drinking water and others that contribute to noise and light pollution in our homes — all of which can affect our wellbeing in the short- and long-term.

What to Look for When Transitioning to a Non-Toxic Home

Over the majority of my adult life, and especially in the past few years, I’ve been very mindful about what we purchase and use in our home. 

You absolutely don’t need to go out and completely transform your home overnight, but as you’re replacing items, upgrading, etc. you can be mindful to make healthier choices for your home (and often the environment too!) 

These are some of the swaps I’ve made in our home and what you can do as well to remove these toxins from your home overtime! 

Opt for Organic Materials for Your Mattress, Linens, and Furniture 

You may not have realized this, but the textiles and materials that makeup things like your sheets, mattress,

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How Are You Going To Emerge from Lockdown?

Life has totally changed for us all over the last couple of weeks. I hope you are feeling ok, keeping yourself busy, and focused on what is inside your control.

I also hope that you are feeling in control of your eating and not comfort or boredom eating too much. From what I can see on Social Media, even the slim people are worried about gaining weight during this time in quarantine. I am seeing meme’s like this everywhere on social media! (look out for my meme party blog post tomorrow!)

I was watching the news today and a reporter asked the government are they worried about the mental health and obesity problems that could arise from everyone being in lockdown… everyone knows that it could be a big problem.

It is so important that we get healthy routines in place and have a positive focus at this time.

I feel so energised and inspired by our customers in secret slimmers who are really making great progress with their total food replacement journeys.

We can think that we are “stuck at home” or we can think that we are “safe at home” – one simple word, changes everything.

Keep your perspective positive.

Get healthy routines in place.

Get your mind focused on what you can control.

And use this time to get to your healthy ideal weight.

Imagine 12 weeks from now, life is getting back to normal and you are 3 stone lighter. What are you looking forward to doing? How

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The Best Diet for Cancer Remission

Overcoming cancer is one of the most beloved blessings from above. To ensure your long-term health and ability to enjoy many years ahead, it’s important to pay close attention to your diet so you can return to good health. Following healthier lifestyle habits, such as exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, limiting your stress and avoiding alcohol and tobacco products are some of the easiest ways to regain your health, but consuming wholesome, quality foods is the most important. A diet that consists of processed products, refined sugars, fatty meats and other saturated substances is the quickest way to spiral downward, back to failing health.

Following a Plant-Based Diet
Eating well should be a top priority for anyone, but it’s especially important for cancer survivors. In fact, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network swears by a plant-based diet, stating that research shows an eating regimen like the Hallelujah Diet has proven to lessen overall cancer risk. Reducing meat and animal fat consumption and eating more fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce chances of developing cancers like lung, breast colon and stomach.

Fresh vegetables are key in a remission diet.

According to the NCCN, the phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains – foods that are staples in the Hallelujah Diet – act as a defense system against carcinogens, substances that are known to cause cancer. Ultimately, consuming plant-based ingredients will boost the phytochemicals in your system and may aid cells in blocking cancer!

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Coronavirus Risk: BMI Over 40

I have hesitated to write this blog post because I did not want to panic or upset anyone. The more I thought about it the more I felt that as a diet company we would be doing a disservice to our customers for not addressing this issue at this crucial time.

Our job is to help people to lose weight and get healthy and right now we have to support our customers who have a BMI of over 40.

The most important thing to do is to stay calm and stay focused on what is inside your control. All our battles can be won, one day at a time.

The virus will be beaten as a community one day in isolation at a time, and our weight loss battle will be won with our own determination, one day and one meal at a time.

We can do this, and we will do this!

All of us are now social distancing or in lockdown because of the Coronavirus. This is good, because as long as we stay home, we stay safe and stay healthy.

On 21st March the NHS published an official letter that lists out who has increased risk from Coronavirus. You can click here to read it.

On the list it states…

being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)

You can find out what you BMI is on the table below or use this BMI calculator on the NHS website.

BMI 40+

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Breaking down the raw food ratio

An all-natural and raw, biblical plant-based diet is the cornerstone of the Hallelujah Diet. It is based fully on what has been since the very beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and then people, in His image and likeness. It was at that very time that God established how humans would fuel and nourish their bodies. As it was proclaimed in Genesis 1:29:

“And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food].'”

In the beginning
It is this exact biblical passage that serves as the foundation the Hallelujah Diet, as Rev. Malkmus wrote in his book, “And the pattern was set in Genesis 1:29 for sustaining that life – transferred from one life to another by the consumption of living foods.” According to Rev. Malkmus, living food is essential and proper fuel for the body and its living cells. Consuming a diet rich in raw, plant-based living foods can help maintain and promote optimal health.

The raw food ratio
The daily break down of nutrition for this diet is 85:15, or 85 percent living foods and 15 percent vegan cooked foods, according to “The Hallelujah Diet.” It’s important to note that the intake of living foods need not be limited to 85 percent; these foods can certainly take up more of your daily consumption if you

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