STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GAME!
Hello, desi~licious mamma!
I’m delighted you stopped by because we have a lot in common! We both have a mission and are striving to be the best that we can be – at home, at work and in our communities! We are driven and not just ambitious; we have the determination and resolve to make things happen. We push through boundaries and persist in the face of challenges. We are ‘go getters!’
This can be tough, trust me I get it! With so many hats that we wear, I know we are pressed for time and healthy living habits can lax. We want to make and eat the best food possible, feel great and look fabulous! And we want the same for our family. I think it can be easy. All it takes is a few tried and tested recipes, a willingness to get your hands dirty and a bit of motivation.
I can show you how.
My approach to healthy living is simple! It is about self-love, celebrating our cultural cuisine, and living a conscious life.
I believe, eating well and caring for yourself is crucial to be successful in your mission, and stay on top of your game! If you are a desi~licious mom, are struggling to find simple ways to keep yourself and your family healthy, you’ve come to the right place!
Hi, I’m Shahzadi, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and someone who cares about your health.
Welcome to my site; where I blog, cook desi cuisine (well, mostly), take pictures (my new found hobby) and share my passion for nutrition and wellness. My love of food and cooking pretty much started at a young age. Mum still shares stories of me as a 6-year-old, hauling from place to place my oversized bag of kitchen goodies. Throwing dinner parties for anyone I could drag into my game was my thing!
Raised in England, with roots in Chitral and Hyderabad, Pakistan; I grew up in a household where traditional foods like korma, parathas and biryanis was a “regular” treat! Yes, you heard right…I did say regular. I spent some of the best times of my life in the kitchen with my beloved mum and grandmother; cooking mouth-watering and hearty desi dishes. Life was good!
Today, I live those memories and that passion through my 3 cheeky monkeys. We cook up a storm in the kitchen together! I feel blessed to have a fabulous family whose support and love keep me rooted and inspired. Full of beaming ideas and excitement for our next project; they truly are my partners in crime!
Curious to learn more?
Here are 10 facts about me:
- I am a living “Risotto,” 50% Desi, 30% English and 20% Canadian
- Right after high school, I earned extra cash by working as a “Tea Lady” in a nursing home
- I’m a HuffPost blogger and love to write
- I met my hubby (my hero) whilst climbing Helvellyn – The third highest mountain in England
- I go through virtuous spurts of attempting to live without chocolate, but every year when the kids’ grandmother arrives with a suitcase full, I’m done for!
- I get severe goosebumps when reading inspirational quotes and stories. I read them over and over again (hello, have you read the quotes from Rumi)
- My three cheeky monkeys know how to bring out the clown in me (oh, the fun and games never stop)
- I’m all about giving back and dedicate about 50% of my time to voluntary work
- I’m a yoga fanatic! As a desi on the hunt for bargains, this is all in one – me time, meditation and physical activity! LOL
- A day is not complete without a cup of masala chai!
Meet My Family – My Partners In Crime!
Here’s The Scoop On My Professional Life
Shahzadi believes that healthy living is a way of life. Over the years, she has received extensive experience in coaching and health promotion in diverse settings in Canada and the UK. Her experience encompasses both the private and public sectors, as she has worked with communities and public health programs while also improving health and wellness in corporate settings. Shahzadi has applied her strong coaching skills, along with her commitment to evidence-based medicine, to support patients and organizations as they strive to achieve their goals.
Shahzadi’s commitment to motivational coaching and a client-focused approach earned her a faculty member position for the Institute of Health Communication for the Central West Local Health Integration Network. She also served as a peer leader for both the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program.
Shahzadi holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition (global health); her postgraduate studies were in nutrition and clinical dietetics. Passionate about community service, Shahzadi has served in various capacities in the Ismaili Community; she currently serves as the Chair of The Ismaili Nutrition Centre. Recognized for her community activist work, Shahzadi was named 2016 Dietitians of Canada award recipient for leadership.