The Maridadi Yoga Tour kicks off next Saturday at the Coffee Casa on 3rd Parklands Avenue,Doctor’s Park .
This Yoga + Brunch event will take place at a different venue each month till the month of November and participants will have a chance of experiencing something different and exciting at each of the participating restaurants/venues as well as enjoy the health benefits that come with practicing yoga.
Yoga improves your muscles strength,posture,flexibility,respiration and increases your energy levels.Would love to have your company as we kick off this exciting tour.
Pay for your tickets well in advance as we have limited slots available,just 15 for this month,looking forward to seeing you all on the 16th.
The year was full of surprises,heartbreaks,lessons,challenges overcome and above all miracles from unexpected places.Among the many things that happened over the course of the past 11 months I picked just a few that meant something to me and most seemed to have happened in the second half of the year .
Why the second half of the year had so many lessons in it for me may partly wholly be due to the realization that I learned to open my eyes to the miracle that life is and to let it surprise me.
She is the kind of woman I would want to have a long talk ,in a side walk coffee bar , large mirrors antique furniture with movie posters framed on their walls,we would watch people walk by both be wondering where they were all hurrying to .
And we would go back to talking about tolerance for people who do not look like is,talk like us or believe in the same things we do and we would have a blast because she does look like that kind of woman.
That she sports dreadlocks gives her instant street credentials to her being very attuned to the very complicated nature of human beings.
Why am I talking about Doria,who up until last week was virtually unknown?
Because she is soon going to be the mother in law to Prince Harry.
Her daughter Meghan Markle, stars in the hit TV series Suits as Rachael Zane , a part time summer associate in a law firm and is one of my favourite characters on Suits.
The engagement of Meghan to Prince Harry was announced two days ago and the internet went wild.
Prince Harry as you well know is brother to second in line to the British throne Prince William and being a royal watcher I was elated that my favourite character in suits was engaged to this particular member of the House of Widnsor.
Growing up I admired Princess Diana (Prince Harry’s mother) especially for her charity work and campaign against landmines in Africa especially in Angola where landmines had maimed and killed thousands.It was with shock and disbelief that I still remember going to buy the paper for my father and seeing the headline of the Sunday Nation on the morning of August 31,1997 that she had died in a car accident in Paris.
The engagement has to be one of my highlights for the year,I am among the millions looking forward to the May wedding .
And why it is the highlight of the year is because this marriage it will forever change how we view race especially In Europe and that is a good thing.s otherwise,the British press called the very idea of someone of color joining the royal family scandalous.Find out why.
Who would have thought this would happen when royalty purists made us believe otherwise .
Finally I got over my fear of speaking before crowds.
I always wondered how anyone could stand before a crowd and speak,now I know how it feels like .
Yes,I am shy and would literally break into a sweat at the thought of standing up before crowds to say anything.
But the year started with meeting Joyce Mwangi,getting placed in the same group as we studied the book of John heard me mention that I blog,she wanted to start like yesterday and I told her just write.
And write she did,published a devotional based entirely on the Kenyan National Anthem and she launched it and she gave me the terrifying honor of reading a speech.
It was a really humbling moment for me was to speak at book launch of the Kenya National Anthem Devotional,she writes at His Creation blog.She is doing some amazing work,head over to her blog and find out about what she has been doing and order the book from there,she will ship it to you wherever you are.
As a result of what I thought was a daunting challenge,I got to speak infront of a crowd,I did not stammer,sweat or faint.
It was not something I set out to do,it just happened and because I am always asking people ,especially women to tell their stories as it is through stories that we learn and experience life,there are 3 more women sharing about some truly amazing things -God’s love and marriages a God intended it to be.
It is my hope to have a blogging workshop early in 2018 and incase you are interested please fill in your details HERE and I will be in touch.
In the fast paced world we are living in right now where when you wake up everyday,there is a newer version of everything and every few hours or so you are updating the applications on your phone,it easy to lose sight of the fact that convenience sometimes makes us self absorbed.
This convenience has made us a little impatient with people and things that do not move at lightning speed,we have come intolerant to faults,imperfections and with each other.Modern technology is giving us convenience but is robbing us of what we need most as human beings-relationship with each other.
After finishing the Black and white photo challenge,that is when I learned that indeed I had taken so much for granted and had not really been taking time to see the beautiful things around me.Seems I have been living life at 120 km/hour and that I had not time to appreciate life as it is , makes me sad because it means that a lot of things were lost to me that I can never get back because I was busy.
You may want to try the challenge and see what changes after 7 days,its worth it.
5.The value of family and friends
God put us in a family and gave us friends that stretch our limits on love,patience,gratitude,kindness,peace,joy and a lot of other virtues.The relationships we have with our family and friends shape us,mold us,challenge us and make us better people(hopefully).
A family is the basic units from which all other social relationships are formed,it is the launching pad to all other relationships we will have in adult hood and the skills we learn in our families determine the quality of relationships we will have with friends and with our spouses eventually.
Can you imagine what a beautiful world we would have if we put families front and centro of government policies,development agendas locally and the global agenda?we might just be able to solve 50% of the conflict we have in the world today.
This year I have known what having a loving family and a group of friends is all about.To my family,my kids,husband,sisters,parents a big thank you for a wonderful year.
Of special mention are the girls from my chama that made my year special:Wambui,Flo,Jackie,Belinda,Mwari,Myl,Njeri,Pat,Sue,Kagendo thank you for teaching me the true value of friendship.May we live to celebrate many more years of friendship.
My friends from my Bible Study Fellowship who are like family to me now.
Kawi and Mukami for being sisters.
Maryanne Waweru Wanyama of Mummy Tales, you are always an inspiration keep telling the stories of the wonderful women you get to meet.
Looking forward to an amazing 2018.
What have been the highlights of your year so far,anything interesting happened to you that you would like to share,challenges overcome,goals achieved?
But let’s go back to the beginning shall we and allow me to tell you about myself.
In order to keep writing,even when I do not post a daily bog post I have to write,in my journal or on a slip of paper or somewhere.Whenever I have kept off writing I have seen my creativity take a slump and it becomes harder each day to write the more I keep off it.
Same thing applies to keeping and staying faithful to the decision to eat healthier as well as exercise,it is hard and it is a choice you have to make every day.
And everyday you wake up to that gap that exists between where you are and where you want to be.That GAP is not an easy thing to wake up to everyday but it is a reminder that there exists within it the opportunity to grow as well as challenge yourself.
Even if you have tried everything under the sun and you feel you are not there yet,do not give up.
That gap you see is a friend,an ally and a source of the energy as well as the motivation to keep going at it,towards your goal.
Now,you may be asking,since you know what your goal is,how do you start towards making this goal a reality,a reality you are aware of everyday and one that keeps you motivated enough to stay the course ?
1.Knowing how you got there.
Real change is achieved when we know where we are and how we got there.
When we understand where we are then we are better prepared to start the journey towards creating the kind of future we would like for ourselves.
Maybe we started having pizza for lunch as well as dinner once too often or it could be that we started neglecting a regular exercise regime or gave up on the second week of going to the gym when we thought we would die from the muscle aches(muscle aches are actually a good sign that your muscles are working as they should).
2.Know what is on your plate every day.
Keeping a food diary for a week of what you eat is a good way of tracking your eating habits.
A food diary will help you see what you are eating more or less off and what you should cut out altogether.You may just find that it is the 4 cups of coffee or tea with sugar that are contributing to all the extra calories your body is storing up as fat.
Maybe it is the extra glasses of wine every weekend that are making it hard to lose the weight .
A food diary is a good way of tracking whatever it is you eat and will give you an idea of how much you are consuming versus what your body really needs.
You will be surprised by what you see after keeping it for at least 2 weeks.
Sharing the details of your food diary with a nutritionist or dietitian will help them create a meal plan that will cater to the kind of lifestyle you are living.Each and every person is different and what diet works for one person may give very different results to someone else.
By having a diet personalized for you,then you are more likely to stick to it as it incorporates food you can actually eat and not gag over.
Any weight loss program will only be sustainable when you eat food that you enjoy.
3.Knowing what your body needs
In school children are taught the basics of good nutrition ,most people actually know how a good meal should look like. It just seems easier to ignore all the good advice that we know and just eat the food we feel like eating at that particular time.
Every individual is different and a construction worker will not require the same kind of food as someone sitting in the office the whole day.
A woman needs her food intake to meet some dietary requirements that a mans body does not require.
The body’s nutritional needs are determined by age, gender,genes,occupation and any medical conditions we may be having.
This is where I would like to challenge anyone reading this to know how your body works and what your body needs.
When you know how your body works,what it needs you will know what to give it as fuel in the form of the food you eat.
In case of any medical conditions you may be having with,please see a qualified medical doctor.
4.Know who to seek advice from
The nutrition sector in the country is pretty much unregulated and one should be careful about whom they take advice about weight loss,a change in diet and living healthy from.
Mot public and private hospitals do have resident nutritionists and there are nutritionists like myself who give counselling services to individuals.It is prudent to do some research as well as background checks of people who claim to give out advice on what you should and should not be eating.
And read up as much as you can before you make a visit to your nutritionist or any medical provider.
5.Remember the gap
This gap,this seemingly huge gap that we seem to see before us, that is between where we are and where we want to be is all a matter of perspective.
Always remember that.
That gap can either be the source of a lot of frustration or the starting point towards real change.
Be easy on yourself and celebrate each milestone,even those that seem little,like eating an extra serving of vegetables or fruit or spending an extra half an hour at the gym.
When you are grateful for how far you have come ,you are giving yourself the energy and push to keep on running towards the goal of where you want to be.
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Eating healthy is a form of self love,only you can give it to yourself.
When you make up your mind to start eating healthy,the most difficult hurdle you will have to get over everyday is the hurdle of staying motivated to eat healthy.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle decision that will not be solved by going on a diet.It has to be a conscious decision every day to be mindful about what ends up on your plate.
When I started writing and talking about nutrition I was excited to share my knowledge and experience in the kitchen with my readers and I had a lot of fun.But the very same reason I started writing ,started to wane off because somehow I got demotivated.
Suddenly everywhere I looked,everyone was dishing out nutrition advice based on nothing but what was trending in social media groups.Everyone was selling slimming teas,juicing,keeping off carbohydrates,eating only proteins and making a mess of the beautiful science of why and how food is used by our bodies.
Everyone was lapping up the myths as gospel truths and my interest in writing started to wane off.My only involvement in nutrition came when I took part in the medical camps organized by our church and I would give nutritional advice and counsel to the people i Met during those medical camps
It was interesting to see people quickly becoming health experts of sorts from reading just a few articles and without any formal training on what nutrition is, how various conditions would influence how food was absorbed in the body,they would start giving out nutritional advice.
More interesting was to find myself dishing out nutrition advice even without thinking about it and bursting a few myths that were being bandied around as means to weight loss and health .So why did I stop writing again…..
And so I found myself back where I started writing about nutrition because the information being being bandied about was that staying healthy was a 15 or 21 day affair of eating certain kinds of foods and avoiding others.
But is it …..really?
Staying healthy is a lifestyle choice,a reason most diets do not work is that they promise you quick results that do not last because somehow you fall off the diet wagon.And so you will find yourself trying every diet that promises to give you quick results when instead you should be using your energy to make healthier lifestyle choices.
And that is the reason I am back to nutrition ,I got tired of looking at food as if it was an enemy to be fought instead of something to be enjoyed.
Here is what I would like to do for you ,as a nutritionist I would like to disrupt the way you see and think about healthy eating.How can you make food your partner in living a healthier life and not see it as something you should be afraid of?
There are many places,people ,pills and teas that promise you quick results but do they really work at keeping you there..at making healthy eating a lifestyle choice?
I have spent years reading about what eating healthy is all about and how we can use food to manage as well as maybe avoid certain conditions.Those same years have been spent seeing how blessed we are as a country because we have such a wide variety of foods and fresh foods to choose from.
Is there a way I can help you live healthier,make wiser food choices,maybe a topic you would really like me to talk about or maybe write about that you think you need clarity on?
Write it in the comments section and let us see how we can start you on eating more healthy as well as keep you there.