My name is Amani. I was raised in the great City of New Orleans. That city will always have a piece of my heart. You can always count on a good tasting meal in NOLA, unfortunately, it probably will not be good for your body at all. The typical breakfast in NO is eggs on french bread smothered with mayo and cheese. Lunch? Fried shrimp po’boy. Dinner? More fried foods or a Seafood Gumbo cooked with about 2 sticks of butter. That’s the typical diet in NOLA. And you better believe that many people there know little to nothing about health.
I remember working with a woman in NOLA who had never eaten a nectarine. She actually asked me, “How does it taste?”
Even though I haven’t lived in NOLA since Katrina, the love for good food has stuck with me. Unfortunately it hasn’t always been food that was good for me. Don’t get me wrong, I believe a good plate of fried shrimp can-and should-be enjoyed occasionally. But fried seafood should really not be the basis of your diet.
I have two kids. Like most women, each pregnancy added “a few extra pounds” until one day I realized I was classified as obese. I hate the sound of the word obese, it sounds way too much like deceased. In May 2008 I vowed to do something about my weight. I joined WW online, and I haven’t turned back since. Yes, I have had my bad days, but I didn’t allow the bad days to turn into bad weeks or bad months. I have lost over 50 lbs from my highest non-pregnant weight. I have since switched to Calorie Counting.
I also have a husband who has been nothing but supportive. I am a Graduate student, studying English Language and Literature. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the details of that.
I have blogged in the past, and it is truly amazing how cathartic a good blog can be. After Katrina, blogging helped me to come to terms with the immense loss. This blog is about another journey I am undertaking. This is about my odyssey towards living a healthier life
When I first became a mom, it was difficult for me to find time to exercise, but I now I realize that it’s a must, just like brushing my teeth or taking a shower. I also learned that cooking healthy meals on a budget and a time crunch is possibly with just a little planning. So that’s my mission. So this blog is a Muslim woman’s journal towards fitness, health and wellbeing. Would you like to join me?