Restaurant chef turned real estate agent turned personal chef, Nadia Aidi has a passion for food that started when she began cooking at a very young age. Years later when her doctor told her that she had symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, Nadia took her health into her own hands and discovered that her passion for cooking could heal her if she used the right ingredients for her body. Through passion, education and trial and error, Nadia eliminated the symptoms of fibromyalgia through whole foods! This motivated Nadia to share her passion for healthy cooking with others, which is the brand and business she is building today!
MG: How did you get into the world of wellness?
NA: I stumbled upon the world of wellness after taking the path of serial dieting. For many years I just dieted, without any thought really to healthy eating. My mind was mostly concerned about calories so I consumed artificial food-like products in attempts to keep my weight down, but my cravings and hunger satisfied. Somewhere along the line, I was overweight, constantly tired and in physical pain. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Something inside of me rejected that diagnosis, so I went for a second opinion, this time to a homeopathic doctor. He suggested I cut out gluten, and to make a very long story short, I googled what gluten was and cut it out. Within 6 months, I had lost weight and the pain/inflammation was gone. When I got retested by my first doctor, and the fibromyalgia magically disappeared I was intrigued. That was when I started researching food and diet as a means for health and wellbeing.
MG: What does the word “wellness” mean to you?
“Wellness to me is the present tense of feeling good and being on track. I am not talking about being on track with workouts or a specific diet, simply being on track with what gives you peace of mind, whatever that may be for you. I will forever pursue peace of mind.” – NA
MG: Describe a typical day in your life.
NA: I am usually woken up by a loud 2-year-old, we get up and I feed her breakfast. After she is done, I immediately turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse because it ensures I can drink my bulletproof coffee in peace. The light of my life (AKA my nanny!) knocks on the door around 10AM and that’s when it all begins. I am a real estate agent, so I catch up on work emails and calls. Following that, I head to the gym for an hour or so, come home, make a meal and photograph it. If I am meeting clients, I shower and run out the door, but I usually have home showings during the weekend otherwise I make myself some tea and catch up on school work for my holistic health coaching degree, which I am almost finished completing! My nanny leaves while my daughter is still napping, so I get to Instagram and work on my blog. My fiancée comes home and we eat dinner together as a family. He puts our daughter to bed, and then we catch up followed by more social media. Then bed!
MG: Whew! You pack a lot in a day! I am a bulletproof coffee addict as well. Why do you love it?
NA: First and foremost because it is YUM, and I love how it wakes me up, even if I do it with decaf. Keeps my brain on point!
MG: How would you describe your diet/nutrition philosophy?
NA: I no longer have labels. I believe in the concept of bio individuality, in that we all have different needs to function optimally. For me that means little to no sugar, high vegetable intake, moderate high-quality animal proteins (I have tried veganism and it didn’t work), moderate high-quality fats, low gluten and no grains. I can’t justify eating gluten or really processed foods almost at all, because the negative side effects outweigh the deliciousness of it. I listen to my body, some days I skip breakfast (I never skip my bulletproof coffee) because I am simply not hungry while other days I have all my 3 meals plus snacks. Read her full blog post on her wise philosophy here.
MG: What’s your workout routine look like right now?
NA: I am going to the gym 4-5 times per week. I follow my own written strength workouts 3 times per week and the other 2 days I do cardio like stair master or jogging.
MG: Can we see inside your fridge?
NA: Absolutely! Keep in mind, I share a fridge with a man who hasn’t yet been converted to healthy food, but for the sake of honesty, I did not stage my fridge.
MG: What is your must-buy grocery item that you can’t live without?
MG: What are you most passionate/excited about right now?
NA: Life. I am excited and passionate about the opportunities ahead, and the creative process of my personal brand that I am developing.
MG: What personal habit are you proudest of?
NA: Exercise. It is no longer a “must” go or “have to” go, instead, it is an “I get to go.”
MG: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
NA: The true concept of food freedom, it was more of a self-discovery but the more I peel the layers of the onion, the more it makes sense to me. In a nutshell, I believe food freedom is eating/not eating whatever you choose, freely. I feel like it gets a bit misconstrued, or in the very least, I had misconstrued the concept to mean that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of anything and wanting to restrict certain foods by choice or need was not equal to food freedom. Food freedom to me simply means that food is no longer an obsession, whether it is eating it or not eating it. Make sense?
MG: I totally understand what you mean! I love that! Do you use adaptogens in your diet? If so, which ones?
NA: I’m a huge fan of cordyceps because it seriously fires me up! It is the next best thing to preworkouts for me. I also love ashwaganda because it stimulates my (underactive) thyroid.
MG: What’s your favorite motivational quote or mantra?
NA: “In business as in life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate,” written by Chester Karrass.
MG: What’s your favorite meal to make for family and friends and why?
NA: I love making them seafood cioppino. It is healthy, hearty and I make a really good one. Plus, it is easy to serve family style.
MG: What brings out your bliss?
NA: A cloudy day in the low 70s or high 60s, walking outside with a good podcast or audiobook and a coffee in hand. It doesn’t hurt if I am in Chicago or San Diego, my 2 favorite cities ever.
More fun facts about the amazing Nadia:
- She lives in Tuscan, AZ with her two-year-old daughter and fiancée, soon-to-be husband round two!
- She is Mexican Syrian (50/50) and fully bilingual.
- Her second wedding to her ex-husband is this October! Her best friend is officiating and Nadia is crossing her fingers that her little one will cooperate as the flower girl ;0)
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