Episode 31 Transcript
[00:00:00] Welcome to The Be About Being Better podcast, where we help people make evidence based sustainable. Small changes for their health that compounded the huge shifts towards a better, more vibrant life. I'm your host Abbie Stasior, a health and life coach, future registered dietician, a master's graduate from Columbia University, and a certified intuitive eating counselor.
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[00:00:00] Hello. Hello y'all. Welcome back to the Be About Being Better podcast. Today I'm bringing on one of our Be About Being Better Academy graduates, Yasmine, to talk about a religious fasts and how you approach those with a non diet mindset and non diet behaviors because these can very much be a slippery slope and you can go into a religious fast with the purest of intentions.
But living in our society, diet culture can definitely creep up. I think religious fast can be very triggering for people that have a history of disordered eating or eating disorders. And in my experience, what I've seen is that some people use religious fast as an excuse to hide their eating or to give themselves permission to start a new diet or whatever it is.
So this is very timely because Ramadan is coming up again. What you will hear is a recording of an Instagram live interview that I did with min last year for Ramadan, and everything that she said is very much still relevant, and I'm excited to bring this interview. To y'all who haven't heard it, and even if you heard it last year on Instagram Live, like all of these things are, are very relevant and can help you get away from dieting and approach, you know, just your, your daily life.
And especially when it comes to practicing your religion with a non diet mindset while still honoring your faith, whatever your faith may be. And I think that this is important. I mean, yeah, Yasmine celebrates Ramadan. Ramadan's going on right now. So that's why I wanted to loop this episode back in these concept backs at this time.
Uh, but we've coached so many clients that are of varying religions and have different faiths. We've had a lot of Jewish clients and they have to fast, sort . Days outta the year, certain days of the week, certain hours. Um, we've had Christian clients that have to fast. , A lot of you heard of my Instagram story back in January that I participated in prayer and fasting at my church here in Nashville, which is a really popular thing to do.
I don't know if that's just like a Nashville thing where like all the Christian churches are like doing prayer and fasting at the same time. Um, but I was listening to some of the girls from my church speak at my small group about their experience. , with prayer and fasting back in January and a lot of them were saying, oh yeah, like I started the whole 30 and I'm not really doing like a water fast or a juice fast.
Although some people were doing a water fast or juice fast for three weeks. I'm like, literally how that just does not seem healthy at all. Um, but because it was at the start of the year, a lot of people that I was surrounded by were using. The religious fasting as an excuse to start a new diet, and it wasn't really focused on increasing your faith, building a relationship with God or doing any of the other things that these religious fasts are supposed to be about, which Yasmine talks about in her interview.
It was. Like starting a new diet and I was like, I just feel like this is just diet culture creeping its way back into our lives and we gotta be breaking away from this. So I'm really excited for y'all to hear this interview. And even though I participated in prayer and fasting at my church, I did more of the prayer part and I fasted from things that weren't food related.
Um, and I know a lot of people at my church took like social media breaks or, um, they took breaks from spending excessively or buying new clothes or home decor, things like that, that aren't food related. So you can still fast and. , you know, build discipline around something without it triggering disordered eating or an eating disorder.
And I don't think that that gets talked about enough. So just know that those options are available for you. And that's typically what I do because I don't wanna restrict myself when it comes to food. Um, and though there are so many other ways to increase your faith and still honor your faith, whatever your religion is, without having.
To have your relationship with foods suffer or have that be a consequence. So I'm really excited to dive into Yasmine's episode in this interview. And Joy, I apologize in advance for the change in quality and the decrease in audio quality. This was an Instagram live, um, so that's why it sounds a little different.
But thank you all for listening, and I will see y'all in the interview.
Abbie: Hello. Hello y'all. Today we . Are going live to talk about how to approach religious fasts with a non diet mindset. Super excited about this. I'm gonna be joined by our current academy client, Yazmin. Here's here she is all for hopping on.
Oh, it's so great. Amazing for joining us today. All the way from Dubai. How's it going?
Yasmine: My absolute pleasure. It's going really well. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to do this with you.
Abbie: Oh, me too, me too. So y'all, a little bit of background. Yasmine is crushing it in r b about being Better Academy.
She's in her last month. Um, she's just such a great client to work with a amazing energy, even better energy now that we've optimized it with healthy habits. but we just get along so great and just spent the last 30 days observing Ramadan and Yasmine will definitely explain what goes into.
But it's, it can be really intense and we have clients of all different religion backgrounds and things like that. And so this isn't the only religious clients have done, but you know, this 30, it's slippery, slow, quickly. I, you know, Conversations about them, like, I need to bring this God. But a lot of people approach these types of religion task with, with a guide maybe as an excuse, or whatever, like the whole 30.
Like that's not the point of these . So how do you approach things when you really need to fast or, and you want, you know, something of your, how do you do this? Avoiding diet, non diet mindset. So Yasmine, I will, you know, have you open it up if you wouldn't mind explaining for those who don't know what, what and what kind of, what are the quote unquote guidelines if you want to and be fully in it.
Yasmine: Absolutely my pleasure. So to explain to Ramadan is part of the Islamic religion and it is, um, so if you're Muslim, usually you would practice Ramadan and it's a month that happens once a year and it is a 30 day month, like you've said, where we essentially fast from dusk till dawn or vice versa, uh, from Don till dust.
And essentially what happens during this time is that you absolutely abstain from all types of food. So it's a dry, fast all the way as soon as the sun rises, until the sun sets, no food, no water, and no drink whatsoever. So it's an absolutely dry fast, and that's essentially from a food and water point of view, but also in addition to that, It is a period when you are meant to abstain as well from all things that are, let's say, not so wholesome for the spirit.
So things like alcohol or drugs, or even pertaining to negative behaviors such as, um, gossiping, for example, to, um, behaving in a negative way or treating people a certain way. So abstaining from anger, abstaining from profanities, and things like that. These are essentially the ways that you. Fasting. Um, it is not so much just that you don't eat and that's it.
It's also a moment to sort of go inwards and kind of abstain from the standard day-to-day distractions and almost abstaining from life in general. And kind of going back to basics and going inwards and trying to reconnect with source, um, whatever source may be for you. Um, and trying to understand that when you are sourcing from something, than life in general and something other than from the day to day.
So where can you get your energies when you don't have your coffee in the morning, and where can you get energy when you can't outbursts like you usually do or, or you can't vent or you can't gossip or whatever it may be. Yeah. And trying to get back inside. Yeah.
Abbie: Yeah. Oh my goodness. I, you know, I think when it's a religion bass that it's just, I can't eat love.
Mention the, Activity, arguing, just kinda the bad vibes. Um, and that's, Cause that doesn't get talked about at all. Um, and I think that's something if you have, you know, dietary things or if you're not able to follow that partly, it's like, could you be fully connecting some of these other things? Or could we, that's a way to approach this with non diet mindset is not just honing so much in on the food aspect, but expanding your definition of what it means to fast and following in all these other aspects.
Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. So kind of walk us through what has been your experience with previous years when it comes to Ramadan? What was your mindset going in in years? All
Yasmine: right. So it's, uh, for me this Ramadan has been absolutely very different to all the other years that have passed for many different reasons.
But the biggest, biggest, um, change for me was the, in. . So intention really is the make or break for how you. how you approach anything that's as drastic as something like this. Essentially it's how you go in with your intention. Um, so going in with a different intention was what changed it. So before, a lot of the times, because I, um, I was an avids dieter and I've had a lot of, uh, food disorders and eating disorders, et cetera.
So I would approach Ramadan as, that's it. These are 30 days where I'm gonna drop a ton of weight and have that bikini body right. Of the 30 days, and that was the objective of fasting for me anyway, which is absolutely not what it's here for. It is, it is not here for you to use it as a moment to diet.
Of course, you can see a change in your body 30 days later for sure. Your, your food habits are changing and the way, if you're working out, et cetera, for sure, you'll see something happen at the end, but that is not the reason that you go in. Definitely not. So for me, that was the biggest change. And before I would either, of course, either lose the weight or sometimes I'd actually put on more weights because I've approached it in a completely, um, wrong way, I guess you could say.
Um, approaching it for an a completely, um, and not a self-fulfilling, uh, objective, but rather self-deprecating, kind of, um, struggling and suffering versus that is absolutely not what it's here to do
Abbie: for. . Mm-hmm. . Exactly, exactly. So in previous years, you really have been okay, how , like how can I get Exactly.
Or whatever it is. But this year you went in with new pension, so yeah. What was your new
Yasmine: this year? . Um, so this year the intention for me was to kind of show my body and spirit that, um, there are other ways that I can fill my cup than my, the usual ways that I would do so, so by obsessing over food or trying to make sure that I eat at the right time or drink at the, and kind of.
Stopping and pausing all of that, um, talk in my mind and finding a real calm and beginning the month or getting into the month with an intention to move slowly and to kind of slow everything down. And that means the way I eat. That means the way I work out, the way I approach my day to day. And the thing here, the blessing of fasting Ramadan in an Arab country in particular, is because we get shorter.
So we get at work, we get shorter hours. So your day is shorter at the office if you're fasting, but technically you are expected to deliver the same amount of work in a lot less time. So that's a different kind of pressure. So knowing that, and I thought, okay, this, that's hard to do cuz A, you don't have your fuel that you usually do and you have a lot less.
How do you do that calmly?
Abbie: do you slow down? Exactly. . How do you slow down and how do you not stress yourself out to burnout? Like the whole point is to relax and it's like Exactly. I still am still expected to do the same amount of work last time, . Exactly. Exactly.
Yasmine: And as well as here, it's, it's like, think of it this way.
It's the same vibe of let's say Thanksgiving or Christmas when there's a lot of social expectations, a lot of invites. Okay. A lot of outings. It's the same thing. , which is also a little bit, not the point of the month, but it happens anyway, cuz everybody gets really excited and they wanna break fast together and they wanna invite, et cetera.
So that then becomes, again, there's a lot of chaos happening. So how do you anchor to your original intention is great discipline for 30 days. It's an incredible way to, every week you practice again. So first week. You couldn't do it. You have another three weeks to go, so on and so forth. And every day was an opportunity to improve with just going back to what was the goal right at the beginning or what was the intention going in, and that it's such a nice way to kind of recycle every day.
It's, it's a beautiful feeling.
Abbie: Yeah. Yeah. Oh, that's so great. So much connectedness. Like if you can almost get away from the thoughts or reframe the thoughts, like, oh my, I gotta hang out with my family tonight. Like, I'm so stressed out, I have so much work to do. Like this isn't the point of Ramadan. Like I need to be turned inward.
Almost reframe that to be like, no, I'm gonna find a way to be more productive, get more done, and less time really use assessment. Disciplined when it's worked so that I can unplug and you know, time with family, that as a gift and an opportunity to connect and just foster this sense of belonging and probably even have aha moment for yourself, even with having comfort.
So if you can reframe that, like that is such a better focus and I would say healthier focus for Ramadan than just focusing. The food that you can't have. I think people when are really dieting and we're approaching the diet mindset, you're focusing on the lack. You're focusing on what you can't have.
Mm-hmm. . And that makes you wanna more focus on what we can't have. So if you can focus on what you're gaining from this, what can I even not what you, what's less in your life? What can you act life
Yasmine: exactly. And lead into hundred percent
Abbie: more positive experie.
Yasmine: Definitely, it's, uh, it's such a, when they say it's, it's the moment to reflect, but really what are you reflecting on?
So if you're reflecting on what you're going to eat later and ooh, what are you craving all day? Then you're not really reflecting what you should be reflecting. But obviously everybody fastened their own way, and I, I don't mean to judge at all, but essentially you reflect on, like you're saying, rather than.
Of no food, no water, no usual, um, entertainment. Let's say that we have. Mm, and rather focusing on what else can I do with the time that I have? Because you then realize that you have a little bit more time than you usually do, but also there's a calm that you get and there's less distractions. So now that you have less distractions, what are you gonna do with all this time and all this kind of clarity, let's say, usually there's clarity at the end of the, of the fasts
Yeah. Yeah. So I have kind of two, two questions to ask you. First we'll start with, you know, cause I think people are curious like what, what could break the fast? What did you eat? It's not for 30 days that she ate nothing, she really wouldn't be alive. So , especially for a dry, I would love to hear what did you have, you know, before the sun rose and then what the sun started going down, what have those two points and then we can dive into what did you do as far as lifestyle?
I definitely wanna talk with you about the work productivity. Let's start with Nutri first. What did, what did you eat to try and get nutrient dense thing in? Sure. Uh, when you could,
Yasmine: so, um, before the sun rises, so this is pre dawn, usually, um, it's recommended to have, uh, food that is not calorie dense, but rather energy dense.
So, for example, having dates or making a smoothie that has, uh, at least in my point of view, I would have smoothies that. Chocolate block with as much vegetables as I could. So I'll fill it with like spinach and kale and, uh, apples and, uh, cucumbers and, and things that it will hydrate me. So for the day, basically that will amp up my hydration.
So whether I'd add a little bit of electrolytes, thanks to your tip, or I'd add, um, CELs and cucumbers and stuff so that the, the hydration levels are really. But then I'd also add in, for example, a date or add or two or three, whichever, uh, was available. And that would kind of give the right, um, energy for me to handle the rest of the full day without having that, the food and the
Abbie: water.Yeah, I love that. Love that. Because there is, I, you do get a lot of water from your food. Um, so I love that you foods that do have more water in the content and that you were focusing on the vitamins and minerals versus just trying to get calories. And I'm sure in those smoothies, I mean, you can pack a lot of calories into your smoothies.
Um, so I think it's good that you did that because eating differently for 30 days, you can develop a lot of nutrition. Mm-hmm. , if you're not thinking about, if you're just thinking about the calories, but not thinking about the nutri. Exactly. I love that. And the electrolytes will help to absorb any water that you're getting.
Definitely. For sure. Yeah. And then what you have when you broke your fast. So, uh,
Yasmine: when, when I broke my fast, so I chose to keep it in a way where I understood that my system is kind of detoxifying all day. And it's kind of almost in an, um, I wanna say, I can never pronounce this word, but I wanna say i can't pronounce it anyway, and that, that was okay. Yeah. So when you're in that state, I want to, I don't wanna shock it by having immediately a large meal. So I would slowly work my way towards the meal. So I'll start off with a hot water, with, um, a squeeze of lemon and maybe some, um, uh, pink Himalayan salt or honey or whatever.
Then I'd move into my celery. and then I'll have my main, my main and my main will always be vegetables first. So raw, like a salad or, um, something really raw, nutritious. And then I go into my mains, which is everything. I'd have, uh, fish and rice, or I'd have sweet potatoes or I'd have chicken or I'd have meat. I'd have literally, everything was open to me, but I'd just structured it in a way where I'm not shocking my system with a, with a huge meal right at the beginning. And I'm kind of like warming up my stomach and kind of. be ready and the sort of the microbiome to be ready to, to digest whatever it is that I'm about to eat, which is the mains
Abbie: so smart because it actually kept you shock your system. Mm-hmm. , it's something feeding. So yeah. You have to have to be careful to it. So intuitively sounds like you were, you know, doing that already or just from your, um, wonderful, wonderful. I think that's great. Then, um, you know, I'd love to hear as you were. You know, you couldn't eat during the day. Had to get more work done, less time. How did you deal with the work scenario?
Yasmine: So, I work in a pretty, um, high intense space at Ramadan is a huge moment for us. Just as, for example, cyber month or Black Friday, it's the same. , uh, energy and the same expectations and the same sort of pressure. No change at all. So working through that obviously was very, uh, at the beginning, I'm not gonna lie, it was a little, uh, overwhelming where I would notice that the, the work was kind of eating up all my energy of the day, whatever was, and I'd sort of put all my eggs in. The basket of that is just work. And then by the end of it, I'm drained and I can't do what I wanna do, which is the inwards work and the meditation and the reflection, et cetera. I can't because. Focused everything at work, even though it's a shorter time, it's much more intense. So, um, I then got told about thanks to you about the app called Tide and that kind of encouraged me to take breaks, but it took me a week to get accustomed to taking breaks because I, I don't take breaks when I work usually, and when you have so many calls and working remotely, et cetera, it gets a little tough to kind of take your breaks cuz it's crunch time. So I wanna slot in everything but it, even five minute breaks.
I was like, this feels weird. I don't feel like I deserve this break and I feel like I should probably do three hours before I take a break, et cetera. . But then thankfully I kind of pushed through that resistance. And in taking those breaks, I flew through work because every break allowed me to kind of step back, come back in, and then I would do it in sprints versus this extended marathon of like the whole day plus how many more of the week., and then crashing, , at the weekend, instead of with those little breaks, it allowed me to kind of build momentum. And then by the end of the day I was like, Now I can do some other internal work. Real, the real work. Let's
Abbie: say you had do that, which is, which is like you said in the evening, you all family.
So it's like when having time for yourself to actually have the breakthroughs and get the, the ring of the Ramadan on your own and love that. So it's like you actually had the energy to do that even though you were getting energy from food because it was limited. I love it and yeah. Yeah. Asman and I had this conversation on one of our coaching calls, like, you know, my hours, but I have the same responsibilities.
What, and I, you know, I think people's gut reacts when they're busy and they have a lot of on their plate and they don't have a lot of, is to just play. People think I don't have time to take a break. So totally flipped that I was. The way to solve this is to take more fruit. Exactly what, I dunno. I'm like, yes.
That is the key. Actually doing less, taking more free. And these are short breaks. It's not like we're taking two hour, we're not taking two hour lunch. Like you're taking a five, five to 10 minutes and then you're diving back in because imagine, but you're working also for shorter sprints of time, so you're constantly refreshing your energy.
And one thing that you. Calls because, and I'm happy that you were honest. It's not natural as a high achiever, people pleaser, we don't think we deserve free. But the more that you lean to it, the more comfortable you got, which is great. And um, I loved, uh, what did you sound for? One of our coaching calls? Um, oh, you were like, I felt like I had an honest day's work when I started breaks, and I remember exactly what I did for work. People watching this. have done work. They worked all day, like they did nothing or they don't even know what they did. Mm-hmm. , they were the zombie plowing through exactly. Every time you finished a task.you would take a break then jump back in for the next time. We're able to be much more intentional about the work you were doing and you were refreshing your memory, your energy, you had better short term memory and just better cognitive functioning. Clarity, definitely amazing. So App is the app that I use for productivity. I love the focus sound called. and um, is that the one that you use too?
Yasmine: Yeah, so I, so I use mute or sometimes I use the one where it gives me like forest sounds and the beach sounds and stuff, and I plug it in and with my headphones so that I don't, don't hear anything else. And I just. Dive in.
Abbie: I love that so much.I love that. It's so good. It's
Yasmine: so good. I will say one more thing that really helped with work in particular, and I, and obviously this is a huge privilege and I hope that other people have that too, which is the buddy system. So I had, , a dear, dear, , friend slash colleague such. Amazing person working with me who was also fasting, and we would do little check-ins with each other throughout the day, right at the beginning of the day.
Like, what time are you signing off? Remember, we have shorter hours and kind of, um, to anchor each other to and remind each other that, by the way, there's two hours left. Crunch, which you need to crunch, but sign off when you need to sign off, and that was a big, big help. Having a support system like that at work, who's doing the same work as you? Yes. So you have the forever imposter syndrome or the guilt that sets in kind of quiets down because that person's kind of reflecting what you would want for yourself, which was. So big shouts to having a a some, a buddy system essentially. That was a huge help for me too.
Abbie: Amazing. Amazing. Yes. And you know, another privilege too, to have a coach and be in our with the Be About Being Better Academy.
You have me and Coach Jamie up with you on all these Yeah. And helping to optimize your nutrition. Like what really are the, are these best when you can eat electrolytes? We talked about, and we also talked about workouts because you said you wanted to approach this ram. Can get more move than you had in the past, but not overdo it.
And we talked about that. You know, it, it's better to do things like yoga, go for walks, light workouts, because if you're looking to build muscle and you know your body will, if you're not, if you're not getting enough fuel, your body will take those protein. Turn them into glucose and sugar to lose this energy.
So if you're trying to build muscle, but you're eating enough to support workouts, you're counteracting the workout. Cause your body's gonna pull from this muscle. Exactly. So it ends up the strength training and not being very fruitful and your time, but you found other ways to move your body you were still staying at without
Yasmine: overdoing. Definitely. So, and to start off the month though, I will be honest, I went in like, nothing's gonna change , I'm gonna join and nothing's gonna change. My workouts will remain as intense and as frequent as they have been before. Obviously one week in and it hit me like , a train. And I was like, okay. It took me actually two weeks to realize and I would go to the gym and I would sit there and I. I sometimes I just didn't have the energy for it, and it just, it took me a lot longer to understand that it, it's okay that I do other things and it's okay that I go for the walk and I run and I do yoga, for example, instead of, um, When I say run, I mean like a 10 to 20 minute run. I'm not doing anything intense. Um, but, and that was sort of enough for me and, and then having that kindness with myself that it's okay to do this and that I found myself. Then being able to go to the gym and being able to do, let's say I go in and I'll say, I'll do half the workout, or maybe I'll just do one session, whatever it may be. And then I find myself finishing it because I'm already there and I'm kind of doing it with the kindness and gently approaching it versus like, you didn't go for three times this week and all you've been doing is walking and everybody else is working out, and kind of just tuning that out. Wow. And just doing it at my pace. But again, some people by the way, are able to work out absolutely fine whilst fasting some people. So it's doable. It's, I just mean for every
Abbie: Absolutely. Structure. What's best for your body. , it's like expected of you. And I love you said you were able to be more , more of the work done. Mm-hmm. with the mindset and I'm just gonna move my body and feels good where I am, um, not gonna push it. And you ended up getting more done.
Yasmine: Exactly. Especially when I stopped fighting it and stopped being like, you have to go to the gym. Like when I stopped that fight and kind of be like, you're. Like there's something bigger happening.It's okay if you're not at the gym. It's something much bigger than you. It's fine. Exactly. And that's, that's
Abbie: diet. That's diet talk. Yeah. Oh, you need to be perfect exercise. So when you're approaching, especially, but also if you're just trying to non diet mind, you can make something that Yasmine did. Stop saying exercise and start saying movement.
How. My body in different ways. Your mind all these different ways that your body can move, whether that's walking, uh, lighter workouts, things like that. Running. Love it. Exactly. Exactly. Yes. Okay, great. Now what are some things that. Either mindset shifts or healthy habits that you're gonna continue ramada over, things that you wanna keep up with.
Yasmine: The biggest thing that I'm gonna, hopefully, that I'm gonna keep up with is the, the slowing down that not everything needs to be in a voltage of a thousand, and it's not always zero to 100. Yeah. And getting things done slow. actually gets, uh, for me, gets me to get more stuff done. Wow. Than if it's just constantly on, like at a speed.
That is just ridiculous. So for me, if I can keep that slowing down and kind of taking a moment, moments in the day through those breaks where I can do those check-ins and kind of do as much as, of course we do a lot of internal work in general, but it's different when you self-reflect and go. What am I feeling right now in this small break that I have?
Am I overwhelmed? Am I a little irritated by somebody? Sure. Am I ready to like pull out my claw on my next email? Or do I just wanna take a second and I think taking a second is what I'm gonna take with me. For, for from here onwards. And also, um, waking up in the morning, for example, and slowly introducing food in slow.
Everything, kind of slow it down, you know, how giving myself enough time, giving myself enough space so that I could do everything in a slower pace. I think slow, slow would be the theme for the rest of the year. , I think. Yeah, absolutely.
Abbie: Oh, I love it. So keeping up with those breaks and checking in with yourself, how, how am I feeling? How am I doing? Um, I love that you're. Doing things more and that's more sustainable. Doing things intuitively based on how you feel is cultivating a non mindset and non diet approach. When you focus on external things need to hit this, these metrics I need to lose to see this number on the scale. That's diet culture.
In diet culture. Yeah, for sure. Oh, husband, I am so proud of you. I'm so thank, proud of you, and I'm so proud that you approached this with a non-AI mindset. You're improving from last year. Amazing. And you, like you said, not everything was perfect. It took you a while to get sticky. It took you a while to figure out to do with workouts.
Um, but you're learning as you go and you're, you're not taking anything into failure. You're taking it all as far. Of course correcting. Um, I love that. And you're deepening your faith by approaching Ramadan with a non-diet mindset, you allowed yourself to get more out religious experience.
Yasmine: For sure.Definitely a lot more spiritual than just approaching it with like a woo , what am I not eating and what am I drinking? Definitely, for sure. Definitely put value to your life. It really, that's right. , that's what life is about.
Abbie: You know, connecting with yourself with a higher power, spiritually, connecting with family feeling and fostering sense of belonging.Like that's what makes life meaningful and that's what moves the needle in your life more than the number on the scale will, you know?
Yasmine: Definitely. For sure. For sure. Definitely. And as well as the, um, the beauty of the month is that although it's a month and it's 30 days, every day counts. So every day is a new opportunity.So I usually people say that, and you, you hear it, but really this month you, you, I felt it personally, where the day before, I didn't like whatever it is and I didn't achieve whatever it is that I wanted to achieve, whatever it may be. the next day. It felt like a fresh start then every, cuz anything you do would count to something from those 30 days.So, um, I'll definitely be taking that with me, which is that every day is, I can choose to be a different person than the next minute if I want to. And that's okay. You know, so.
Abbie: Yeah. I love that so much. Well, Yara, thank you for sharing Your pleasure. Being so candid and transparent. I love coaching you and about being Better Academy your all.And I always, I think people go through the program when it's the best time for them and you know, I don't know part of you that was like, oh darn, I'm not able to get the most as I have Ramadan. No, you got so much support. And one thing that I do, Ramadan's gonna come up every single year. And so if we can figure out.
Have you feel good about, you're actually looking forward to it and you're approaching it with a non diet mindset. Like each year you're gonna have spiritual experience and you're gonna know what to do to take care of yourself. Um, and, and that's such a gift. So I think people really go through at the best time for them, even if on the surface it doesn't seem convenient.
Mm-hmm. , because it's a lifestyle program, we help you definitely healthy no matter what's. in your life.
Yasmine: Absolutely. It's a, it's, it's very much so a lifestyle, which is something that is evergreen and it's not just like peaks of the year and like right before your big moments, but rather it's something that you take on with you.
And, and our weekly check-ins have been so, so helpful. And it's ev even though. Maybe you feel like you're really hard on yourself during that week. And then we have a check-in and it's, uh, Hey, actually you're doing a great job. And, you know, so it's very encouraging and it's, uh, it's really, it's reassuring, but also it's a great system.
It's an incredible system and it's very sustainable, which is why I love it personally. Yeah.
Abbie: Oh, good. , love coaching you. Thank you so much for being last today, and I'm sure this is going to impact so many people and have people feel better about going into. Fast and maybe even excited about it, not because of any physique of the experience that they can get out of it spiritually and the other things that you can focus on.
So thank you so much. I, I, absolute pleasure. That's inquiring, watching this, inquiring about the support that Yam is getting program that she's, I mean, we coach internationally, so coaching, yes, not a problem. We coach across five different continents so far. Um, incredible. Just go to my bio, take my quiz. F r b Above Better Academy is for you.
it could be next . Jasmine, thank you so much. Have great, thank you.
Yasmine: Thank you so much for having me.
Have an awesome day. Bye bye.
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