- Tell us a little about your blog Lishe.co.za (what is the inspiration behind it)
Lishe is a culmination of nutritional conversation I have had for the past five years, the people who have inspired the growth and became the reason I researched and continue to want to have conversations about how health issues are related to how we eat and whether we have active lives.
Lishe is a Swahili word meaning nutrition/nourishing/diet.
Lishe speaks to the importance of food not only addressing our desires (for all those foodies – no worries I’m one myself), but food being our fuel, and providing our bodies with growth and strength. Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well-being.
I wanted to continue these conversation with my readers making information about wellness and significance more accessible and easy to understand.
- How did you get into fitness?
My interest in wellness as a whole was through wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, influenced by both natural remedies and a healthy respect for western medications…My wellness journey started with research natural cures for my endometriosis, which brought me to the need to cure my family especially my mother –through living healthy.
Being active makes me feel alive, personal fitness is a personal thing that works according to your needs. My needs now are no longer weight loss but strength and health.
- What are your day to day routines like?
I wake up with a good glass of water, after getting ready for a day of work – I have a good bowl of whole grain sorghum porridge (t is whole grain, high in fibre and iron. It has a low and medium glycaemic index, depending on the cooking methods, and can therefore form part of a healthy diet.) I let it cool a little and mix it with Synerchi Organics’ GreenChi Protein powder which is blended with the finest organic super foods formulated into a high protein that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
At Lunch time – I have a something I made for dinner – bake tuna fishcakes (made with tuna, sweet potatoes, bread crumbs , a small onion , olive oil, parsley , black pepper and salt) on a whole wheat wrap with B-well gluten-free mayonnaise and butter lettuce, carrot slices and cucumber.
I usually get home round 4:30pm – put on my workout clothes , stretch and start my strength training focusing on the whole body workout – body weight squats, running stairs, walking lunges, planks and etc.
- What fitness apps do you use to track your progress?
I use the Samsung Health App.
- What is your favourite book/quote and how has it changed your life? My favourite book since I was 15 years old – My Life with Martine Luther King JR by Coretta Scott King
“Surprise reality until it changes” by a Rabbi priest in Israel – this quote for me spoke to not accepting the status quo and fighting for your very valid dream and the reality you would like to live in. And mostly showing up especially for yourself… It’s changed my life because I live for my purpose, I believe in servitude and I never take no for an answer…I believe in forgiving myself and starting again…daily….I show up for my life and my dreams.
- What challenges have you faced in your efforts at becoming healthier specifically as a black (petite) woman?
I have not always been petite, I’ve dealt with family comments about weight gain as a growing teen and being body shamed. As a petite woman today, I dealt with the idea that I have it easy…but with gastric issue I’ve had to change my diet and listen to what my body demands of me. Healthy living is about choosing yourself. Health to me is holistic – spiritually, mentally and physically it’s all valid elements to a complete and sound you…to me that is everything.
- What would you say a key elements to good nutrition? Always knowing what you are putting into your body, listening to your body, knowing your food and where it comes from and understanding good health is mostly about what you eat. “Eat to live, and not live to eat”
8.What tips would you give to someone wanting to get healthier: Don’t over think it – start by substituting unhealthy things like sugar in your tea for organic honey, switch sugary drinks for water, have more fibre for breakfast (oatmeal)… listen to your body – when you think you are thirsty, don’t reach for a soft drink rather have some water. More than that – Exercise more – this could be walking more, taking the stairs, running, etc. If you want to live well and longer – exercise is key! Get a good night’s sleep – sleep is very important – Lack of sleep causes weight gain, it can make you ill, feel inflamed, and imbalanced ; it can also lead to increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and stroke.
Eat more vegetables – aim for five servings of vegetables a day — raw, steamed, or stir-fried. In soups, smoothies… Try your best to get more vegetables into your diet.
Don’t skip meals! Think positively! Give yourself a break and Keep good company!
Drink your water!!!!!
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