Monday, 12 June 2017


Hello peeps, hope you are having a great day :).

My apologies for the gimmicky and click bait-ey title....well is it click bait-ey if is it true? Well, you will need to get to the end of the post to find out :).

Anyhoo, I met up for coffee with a friend recently and she said how hard she was finding it to lose her baby weight especially after baby number 2, my sister had a second baby about 11 months ago and she said for the first time in her life she is struggling to drop the weight and all her attempts to diet and exercise is not yielding the result she was expecting.

My troubleshooting mind made it my life's goal to investigate this problem because I know so many women struggle with this and are constantly frustrated and eventually give up.

In the course of my research and investigation, I found 2 major culprits and I will be sharing some quick, easy and cheap solutions to the problem cos 'I got you'!. (Don't worry, I will not try to sell you anything in this post). 

I really hate it well writers fill articles will fluff instead of just spilling the deets and I just realised I am doing just that. So without much ado, let's get to it.

  1. The major reason is your Hormones! Pregnancy does a lot to your hormones and even after birth a lot of pregnancy hormones stays in your body and causes your body to hold on the extra fat, water and weight to support your baby. Your body naturally flushes out excess hormones naturally but the older you are or the more babies you have had, makes your body hold on to these pesky hormones. That is why very young mothers find it easy to snap back post baby, what about celebrities in their 40ies how do they do it? Well a lot of them resort to surgery but the main trick/secret is they do a CLEANSE. Yes, this is so simple and many people try to over complicate things and sell you pills/herbs you don't need. Basically, by going on a mini cleanse post-baby, you help your body flush out the excess hormones floating around and with those hormones gone, you can see the necessary results. 
So how do you cleanse your body of these excess pesky and frustration hormones? There are a plethora of ways to cleanse your body. A lot of celebrities do a part juice cleanse in the first few weeks post baby(hey victoria secret models/alien). But if you are walking around in your lingerie in front of the world it is absolutely unnecessary. The normal human approach is to
  1.  Fill your diet with a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and as little fat as possible.
  2. Drink a lot of water- No long explanation needed here- drink up
  3. Sleep- This is a lot harder because you are caring for a baby or a few toddlers with makes sleep a luxury- Sleep is essential for regulating the hunger hormones and carb craving and lack of sufficient sleep will make you hungrier. The trick is taking as many naps as possible when you can, so when the baby sleeps try taking a nap. If you have to choose between sleep and chores, choose sleep and you will be in a better frame of mind to tackle the chores.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Hello everyone, hope you had a wonderful Easter.

It has been a while since I made a tutorial you see, I go through seasons with my sewing machine, sometimes I am very excited about making clothes and other times I experiment in the kitchen.
 My business mentor Marie Forleo regularly encourages people to take advantage/ride the wave of creativity when it comes and set up foundations that can easily be built upon when the creativity wave settles. The point of this jibber jabber is that I started an Instructables page, Its kinda like facebook for DIYers and the best bits are the prizes, laptops, IPads and any type of gadget you can imagine awesome stuff right?!??
So far all my Instructables have been featured which is amazing and encouraging. Today tutorial is a perfect summer essential and is a must-have for every wardrobe. All you need is around a meter of your favourite colour of print fabric and about 30mins to an hour of your time.
Enjoy the video tutorial here

Hope you like this and let me know how you get on.

Nemi xx

Saturday, 5 March 2016


 Hello friends, hope you are all doing well and having a great week.

 Today's blog title might seem a bit controversial but I need a little favour from you- please don't judge me until the end of the article. 

My mother came to visit about a month ago and  it was great to have her around but sometimes our differences were glaring. I have a pretty good relationship with my mother that came from a place of fearless honesty- sometimes I am amazed at how well she takes some of my frank comments.

Anyhoo I was reading Proverbs the other day and I saw this "don’t despise your mother when she is old" and I thought to myself, do mothers get more despicable with age? For many years I did not have a relationship with my mother whether good or bad, we are extremely different in every way from the way we look to the way we view life. Over the years especially after my father's passing, we somehow grew closer.

 I remember reading a Ka-bashian article(article bashing the Kadashians) and in the midst of all the negativity someone wrote a comment  about how she admires Kim for the way she honours her mother and as a result she will be the most successful amongst her siblings. After rolling my eyes at the comment thinking Kim's beauty, butt and Sex-tape with Ray J surely had something to do with her success, I remembered she is not the only beautiful woman in LA with a Sex-tape in-fact there are a dime a dozen. The part about honouring her mother stuck with me and I recalled the numerous verses in the Bible about honouring our mothers but I also remembered how some mothers including mine could be difficult sometimes.

While hanging out with my mother recently I told her about the verse in Proverb 23:22 and asked her why the writer used the word 'despise' and if Mothers grew more despicable as they got older(I clothed the entire conversation in jokes as I still have an African Mother!) Her answer and reaction shocked me, first of all she laughed(phew! {insert your mother's dramatic reaction}) and said she recently had a similar conversation with God about my grandmother and he gave her a revelation that changed the way she saw her mother. 

Like me, my mother and grandmother are polar opposites with nothing in common, they barely look like they are from the same country and their personalities couldn't be more different. My grandmother moved in with my mother a couple of years ago and their personalities rubbed each other off the wrong way.  My mother took this to God and He told her to be grateful that her mother is still alive, her mother is not living with a terminal disease and is not a financial and physical burden on her, she has the ability and strength to take care of her mother and bless her. My mother said this changed her perspective and attitude towards her mother greatly.

Now back to the subject, do mothers get despicable as they get older? Or should the question be, does your perspective towards your mother change as you get older?  The way I see it is, the more you know someone the more visible and magnified their flaws will be and being in close proximity makes it seem worse. I learnt from my mother that whether you feel mother is despicable, annoying or overbearing if your change your perspective and appreciate her being in your life. Loving and honouring her will be a lot easier and by doing that you will be sowing good seed for your self cos you too will be a despicable mother some day!



Nemi x

Saturday, 16 January 2016



This recipe is a simple dinner you can make in less that 10mins, it is delicious and by swapping the regular pasta for some zoodles and draining the mince you are reducing the calories by over 75% (according to my calorie counter). And if you are like me this means there is room for dessert :).
 This is a child's serving btw ;)

  • 2 large courgettes, cut into strips with a julienne peeler (you can buy one here)
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red or green pepper, chopped
  • 100g of minced beef (the fat percentage does not matter for now)
  • 1 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • ½  can of chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of brown sugar (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ½  a stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine or balsamic vinegar

The Bolognese Sauce

  1. Brown the mince and drain excess oil- I use a sieve and some paper towel
  2. Fry the onion and garlic gently in a teaspoon of olive oil
  3. Add the mince to the onion and garlic and lightly fry
  4. Then add the tomato puree,stock cube and pepper and stir fry the spices into the mince
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, the pinch of sugar and the vinegar, stir and simmer for about 10 mins.

The Courgetti

  1. Wash the courgettes and shred using a julienne slicer or a spiralizer
  2. Dry fry the shredded courgettes in a greased pan for 45-90 seconds. This is enough to cook it a little without making it soggy.
Et voila, dinner is ready!

Thursday, 14 January 2016


 Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying 2016 and you haven't given up on your New Year  resolutions/goal. The most common goal is to lose weight and for many years my sister and I made the same weight loss resolution and forget we even made it in two weeks times after failing on another fad diet. Over the years the weight finally came off after we discovered what worked for our bodies and today we've achieved our weight loss goals after taking different paths.

From the first day of a new year TV, radios, magazines and every mainstream media outlet are out there trying to sell you the 'answer' to your weightloss goal, from diet books to gym members or supplements that promise to help you lose the weight for good. The truth about weight loss that no one wants to tell you because there is no money to be made is that CALORIES IN must be less than CALORIES OUT - eat more than your body needs and you will gain weight, eat less than your body needs and you will lose weight.

All diets and exercise programs try to achieve this directly or indirectly. For instance Atkins diets  works by putting you in Ketosis which eventually reduces your appetite and depletes your glycogen stores so you eat less and hold less water. 5:2 diet works by creating a caloric deficit on your fasting days which leads to weight loss. All diets do this by some form of food elimination and it all leads to eating less calories at the end of the day.

So what is the best way to lose weight? 

The best way is unique to every individual and it has to do with discovering the most sustainable and enjoyable way to exercise and eat at a caloric deficit long term. If you don't see yourself being on the diet in 6 months time and after you've reached your goal weight then it is not for you. If you love fatty salty foods like bacon and chicken wings, a lower carb diet might be for you, if you can't live without your carbs then maybe a vegetarian and low fat diet might work better for you. The key is to be in tune with your body and do what your body responds to the most without driving you insane. 

However the most important thing you need to do to lose the weight for good is to - IDENTIFY the habits that caused you to gain weight. I've had friends that say they don't eat much but gain weight and the truth is that is impossible and oxygen does not turn into fat in your body.  Some common habits that cause weight gain are;

  1. Binge Eating/ Overeating
  2. Lack of portion control
  3. Mindless Snacking
  4. Eating out a lot
  5. Nutritional ignorance
  6. Emotional eating

If you discover what caused the weight gain and you break it, weight loss will happen naturally without any fad diets and metabolic damage as a results over dieting. I hope this helps you and takes you a step further towards your weight loss goals.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


Hello friends hope you are enjoying the first few days of 2016.  This year I'm kicking diets the curb and trying to focus more on being healthier, I've also recently discovered my inner hippie and I'm currently enjoying learning about a lot about natural remedies and how it improves your health.

Here are some a of my favourite remedies.

8 oz Glass of Fresh Orange Juice

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
One glass every two hours (for six hours) to break fever. Remove certain flu symptoms. This is pretty nice tasting but if you do not like cayenne pepper you can substitute it with some freshly grated ginger.

1 litre filtered Water

1⁄2 cup Lemon Juice

1⁄2 cup Maple Syrup

Cayenne Pepper
The is perfect for a post Christmas detox as it aids in restoring health to body by stimulating the liver, kidney and getting rid of water retention. It is also a refreshing beverage.

1 medium Carrot

3 sticks of Celery

1 medium Beet

1/4 of a small Cabbage

1 Cucumber

2 handfuls of Spinach

a pinch Parsley

Juice ingredients with Juicer combine and drink. 

This smoothie is a great blood builder, cell booster as it an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids from the spinach), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. The beets contain nitrates is good for lowering high blood pressure.

1⁄4 Fresh Grapefruit (with peeling)

1⁄2 Fresh Orange (with peeling)

1⁄2 Fresh Lemon (with peeling)

1⁄4 Large Onion

2 cloves of Garlic

1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Wash all fruit thoroughly. Blend all ingredients (with rinds) in a little distilled water. Mixture will have consistency of paste. Take 1Tbs, Chew well – eat every hour or as needed. 

Honesty time- this works well and will have you feeling better in no time but the taste is baaad! You can fix that though by adding some honey to the concoction.

4 medium-sized beetroot
4 Carrots
½ Lemon or 1 lime
Beetroot is one of the foods that are rich in iron, and carrots make the iron absorption easier. Wash and cut the beetroots, carrots and lemon. Run them through your juicer.  Once they are juiced, add the brewer’s yeast. Mix and drink. Drink this before breakfast to give you an iron boost all day long.

1 large grapefruit

2 oranges

1/4 lime

1/2 inch ginger root piece

Ok a drink promising to erase cellulite sounds like utter BS right??? I agree a drink can't erase cellulite but I promise you it improves the appearance of cellulite-lifting weights also works wonders just in case you were wondering.

Grapefruit juice is one of the best fat-burning foods and this drink works more efficiently when you also eat a healthy diet by eliminating processed and deep-fried foods, flour and sugar products, gravies and coffee. Drink first think in the morning and don’t drink if taking medication as grapefruit interferes with some medication.

1 cup of fresh grapefruit juice or 100% pineapple juice

2 Tbsp of lemon juice

3 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp raw honey

1 teaspoon of grated ginger(optional)

Another BS name but I like it. This works thanks to the apple cider vinegar, grapefruit and lemon juice by helping reduce the insulin spike after a high carb meal and increases satiety.(check out this link for the full gist) You can keep it up to 2 days in the fridge - drink 2  times a day before a meal.

Hope this helps :)

Love Nemi x

Friday, 1 January 2016


Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.  I had a wonderful Christmas celebrating my mother and father in-law's 40th anniversary with family and a pretty chilled New Year with some curry and Netflix (currently on Scorpion just in case you are wondering).

Last year was pretty eventful with a few health challenges, hence the inconsistency with the blogging. Fret not! I have been busy, working on many exciting projects you will love, guaranteed; and I am looking forward to sharing them with you this year.

I just want to encourage you to keep dreaming and making little, teeny-weeny steps towards your goals, because it is the little steps that matter in the long run. Many people start the New Year making big resolutions and crash by week 2; I want to challenge you this year to ditch the big resolutions - instead consider the bigger picture and make one small change towards your goal. Say you are looking to lose 20 pounds this year, instead of going on a fad diet, detox or crazy fitness regime, try making a small change like drinking one more glass of water a day or sleeping one more hour a night. Little steps like these are easier to stick to and will have you completing your goal by this time next year. 

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best this year

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Hello lovelies hope you are enjoying the summer. I am starting a new series on the blog where I will be attempting to healthify some naughty and calorific foods to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle all year summer long. 

Healthify is a term I coined to describe the process of tweaking unhealthy foods to tastier and healthier alternatives. I super excited and looking forward to sharing some yummy and healthified recipes with you in the coming weeks.

Today's recipe is PIZZA, a thin crust 14" pizza contains 1718 calories and Pizzas are one of those cravings you get when trying to eat healthier and yielding to it can undo up to 3 days worth of gym/workout time #notworthit. My healthified version takes 5 MINUTES to make, it has 200 CALORIES per pizza, it is healthy and full of flavour, spice and tastes just like its fattier brother. Most importantly it will satisfy every pizza craving from the pit of hell that wants to derail from your healthy lifestyle #abgoals.

Here is what you will need
  1.  Weight watchers Tortilla wrap (any Tortilla wrap with under 120 cals is fine)
  2.  1 tbs Tomato puree
  3.  Basil leaves
  4.  Sliced Chorizo
  5.  Low fat mozzarella


Stir a pinch of chopped basil and sea salt in the tomato puree, then spread the mixture on the tortilla wrap.


Add the   sliced chorizo and mozzarella

 Grill in the oven at 200c for 3 minutes and voila! 

 Quick, easy and delicious.

Here are some nutritional facts per pizza. The serving size is one pizza as a snack or 2 or 3 as a meal enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 200
Calories from Fat 74
Total Fat 8.2g13%
Saturated Fat 3.7g18%
Sodium 327mg14%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 19.0g6%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g14%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 5.4g
Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 20% · Iron 8%

Did you enjoy this recipe and would you like me to "healthify" your favourites foods,  I love a good challenge and would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Love Nemi x

Monday, 15 June 2015


Hello friends how was your weekend? Mine was super relaxing and I am energised for this week, hope yours was fun and relaxing. 

I have pretty cool post for you guys, I have been studying a lot about hormones lately and wanted to share some of my findings as I believe it will really help someone. Enjoy!

Do you struggle with arm fat, batwings, bingo wings or what Nigerians call ‘christian mother’ (that’s just harsh)? Have you tried everything you know and have lost weight all over but still struggling to shift that under arm blubber? This may surprise you but it is probably not your fault.

I have a friend that struggled with this, she tried every diet known to man and lost a significant amount of weight everywhere but under her arms. It is true that it is impossible to spot reduce, but do you know that most stubborn fat deposits are hormonal and treating the hormonal imbalance can make huge difference? I suggested she calls her doctor and ask for a blood test to check her hormone levels and as I suspected her testosterone levels were below normal. Have you noticed men hardly have underarm fat? It is the testosterone!

Testosterone is an important hormone in both men and women and is needed in varying amounts. It is important in women in small amounts as it helps you stay lean, have stronger bones, increases sex drive and even improves your mood. Low testosterone in women can cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, low libido and osteoporosis. Some common causes of lower-than-normal testosterone levels in women are are; stress, low protein intake, lack of quality sleep and excessive oestrogen in the body by eating hormone-laden meat and dairy, drinking out of plastic water bottles, medications like birth control pills, and using cosmetics that contain parabens (common preservatives).

So how do you balance your hormones and increase testosterone naturally to the normal level and get rid of that arm fat?


Eating whole unprocessed foods are not only healthy and good for you, it can help you get rid of stubborn fat by balancing your hormones. Testosterone and related fat burning hormones are made out of cholesterol therefore eating a diet rich in protein and good fats like eggs, avocados, coconut oil, salmon, mackerel etc help stimulate the production of healthy balanced hormones in your body. 

These foods contain numerous chemicals and processed fats your body cannot metabolise efficiently there by slowing down your metabolism, increasing your insulin and  creating stubborn hard-to-lose fat accumulations in your body.

3. CONSIDER SUPPLEMENTING WITH HERBS- There are some herbs and supplements that have been shown to improve hormonal balance in the body and lead to weight loss but please speak to your doctor and do your research before taking any drug or supplements. Ginseng available in teas or capsules have been shown to act as an adaptogen by naturally balancing out sex hormones in the body through stimulation of the hypothalamus gland. 
Other herbs like Vitex or tribulus are regularly used in alternative medicine to balance hormones. Female bikini competitors use supplements likeCLA(Conjugated linoleic acid) a natural fatty acid found in cheese and meats in small amounts, to lose fat in stubborn areas like under arm and thighs with good results.

Zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 are three powerful vitamins and minerals that promote testosterone production and increase your immune system response, muscle building capacity and mental alertness.

4. LIFT WEIGHTS WITH INTENSITY- Lifting heavy weights or high intensity training are effective at raising testosterone level. A simple way to do this would be to do some 30 seconds sprints and 15sec rests in between your exercises.

5. SLEEP- Is very important when it come to balancing hormones, sleep disturbances can decrease the release of testosterone by almost half, so make sure you get your nightly zzz.

Here is an infographic of how sleep affects you

Hope you found this article helpful, and you win the battle against stubborn fat. Is there any thing that has helped you shed stubborn fat in the past? Please share as sharing is caring :).

Have a great week guys
Nemi x