By Nazima Qureshi
My name is Nazima Qureshi and I am a Registered Dietitian, devoted wife, and mom to two girls. I became a Dietitian and mom at the same time - about 3 years ago. In fact, I was 9 months pregnant when I walked the stage to graduate from my Masters of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics. While I was adjusting to mom life, I started blogging about nutrition and food and surprisingly started getting positive feedback from friends, family, and even people I didn’t know. Although I always dreamed of having my own nutrition business, I thought I had to get a 9-5 job first. However, by the time my daughter turned a year old, I announced to my husband that I was going to end my job hunt and start working towards my dream. I realized how much I enjoyed staying home with my daughter. Since then, I have built a business that focuses on helping Muslim women live healthier and happier lives. I noticed there was a gap when it comes to nutrition information - it all kind of looks the same and doesn’t take into account cultural and religious factors. I wanted to address this gap by creating nutrition content relevant to the Muslim population. The most exciting part is that it is a business that I have built on my own terms that allows me to spend time with my two girls without compromising my values. I like to simplify complex nutrition messaging through a variety of ways, whether it is 1 on 1 e-counselling, workshops, partnership opportunities, written communication, or recipe development.
Becoming a mom has taught me how easy it is to forget about yourself as a woman juggling so many responsibilities. One of my passions is to help women prioritize themselves to ultimately be healthier and happier.
I use a non-diet approach (that always includes dessert) so that people realize that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, bland, and complicated. Healthy eating isn’t about what you can’t eat but rather focusing on what can be included to enhance your energy, balance, and overall lifestyle.