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Finding Faith for Me (Part 2): 2003

Finding Faith for Me Fear had its slender, manipulative fingers curled tightly around my throat. There was no air. Where was the air? WHERE WAS MY AIR? I gasped, clutching strings for breath to enter my body. But the more I tried to grasp it, the further and further it escaped from me. The electricity…

Finding Faith for Me (Part 1): 1997

Finding Faith for Me “ Whooo-ooo-ooo do ya think you are!” I belted out into my invisible microphone, as I skipped between the playground benches, showing off my brand new shiny, electric blue platform sneakers. I was obviously Scary Spice – it had been decided silently yet unanimously amongst my friends; I was the one…

Mauritian Kidney Bean and Potato Daube

When I first started following Dina this was about 2 years after winning MasterChef and I noticed that she always spoke about wanting to learn how to cook. Anyway I decided to send her copies of my book and in one of her vlogs she actually went to Tesco's and bought all the ingredients and…

White Chocolate, Apricot and Almond Loaf

Since having a baby (mine is now 20 months old) I realise that EVERY minute alone is CRUCIAL. I run my own restaurant (@lakazmaman) as well as involved in other projects it means that when I get home the time I have is precious. I don't want to labour over complicated recipes but I don't…

Healthy Habits: Simple Changes for a Stress-free Life

Giving in to stress will just lead to an endless vicious cycle of anxiety, negativity and unhappiness. Instead of living with constant panic, learning to manage your stress can reap dozens of benefits for your mental and physical health. As discussed before, stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol, which can be harmful…

Too Fat For space

TOO FAT FOR SPACE Disclaimer: I will use the term ‘fat’ freely throughout this post. I am reclaiming a word that for centuries has been used to degrade women, in an attempt to eradicate its negative connotations. It’s time we started being comfortable with fat. space /speɪs/ noun 1. a continuous area or expanse which…

Food For Thought: How What You Eat Can Affect Your Mental Health

Struggling to concentrate on that important assignment? Breaking up with your bed in the morning feeling more tasking than ever? Ever thought what you choose to eat can have an impact on mood, cognition and energy? Nutritional choices, amongst other lifestyle habits, can dramatically influence mental capacity, cognitive performance, energy and emotional processing. Although many…

PanicMode: Stress, Anxiety, and Everything in Between

It’s Sunday evening. As you glance at the time, the to-do list flashes in your mind yet again. Having only accomplished the tip of the iceberg over the weekend, you start to panic. From sorting out your bills to finishing up that dreaded assignment and promising to catch up with a friend, it all begins…

Too Fat For Love

Fat girls are not meant to find love. Romance is for skinny, pretty (usually white) girls. Look at any ‘chick flick’ or romcom since the beginning of time and it is always the conventionally beautiful, popular girl who manages to secure ‘the one’. Fat girls are either the best friend or the loser (often times…

Too Fat for Exercise

Something monumental has happened in my life. I just joined the gym. This may not seem like a monumental life goal, but as someone who has an extremely difficult relationship with exercise, this is a big deal. Since about the age of 18, I’ve made a string of attempts to be committed to exercise, and…

Too Fat For Fashion

TOO FAT FOR FASHION?   The women’s plus size market is estimated to be worth £4.7 billion (Channel 5). There was a time when curve brands were seen as frumpy and uncool, and it would be taboo to admit you shopped at one. Times have changed in the wake of a growing body positive movement,…

Prick Advisor: The Trip Advisor for the Dating World

I recently came across a meme on Instagram about the existence of a girls-only Facebook group, dedicated to warning other girls about "pricks" in their area and online.  It appeared as though someone had finally realised that we needed a review system in place for human beings, especially in the world of online dating where…

Being Black And Muslim

A poem by Hodan Khalif @sprinklesofblack Being black and muslim, Is more than the media labeling my brother a thug for his skin, And my sister a terrorist for the scarf around her head, It is more than my mother’s prayer every time we leave home and the relief that flashes in her eyes when…

The Domestic Abuse Diaries – The Refuge

I open my eyes, and instead of seeing trees outside my bedroom window, I'm faced with the grey steel of the upper bunk bed. My 3-year-old has crept into bed with me after falling out of his own. I guess I'm not the only one having a hard time getting used to sleeping in a bunk…

The Domestic Abuse Diaries – The Pregnancy

Finally, some clothes that fit.  I was in that awkward 5-month stage of pregnancy, where your regular clothes no longer fit comfortably.  I choose what to wear from my new maternity wardrobe, and spend the weekend at the park with my husband and son. He's been better recently. Having my parents involved seems to have…

The Domestic Abuse Diaries – The Playdate

"Dad, it's Ptissem....I'm sorry but we're not going to make it to lunch today." I hated lying to my parents...especially when I could tell my dad didn't believe me. He knew something was up. I'd never leave it this late to cancel lunch, not after all the trouble my mum had gone to.  But there…

The Domestic Abuse Diaries – The Baby Food

2 peppers, 1 courgette, a red onion and a large aubergine… Finally, something more interesting to make besides pureed carrots and sweet potato. Today was batch cooking day. My son was napping and I planned to use this time wisely. I had my Annabel Karmel book open on the counter, and three trays full of sliced…

The Domestic Abuse Diaries – The Super-Market

Carrot cake or Victoria sponge... God, I don't know...maybe she'd prefer some good old Mr Kipling. What kind of cakes do 80-year olds like anyway? And then what do I get mum...we’re going to hers afterwards and I hate walking in empty handed, especially with a husband who eats for two, sometimes three... OK, I'm getting…

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