Soy is everywhere. In our burgers and bread, mayonnaise and macaroni; it’s hard to escape. For years, we ate soy religiously and cried blasphemy when critics said it would mess up our hormones because we didn’t see any untoward effect. We loved the taste and found it to be a convenient and delicious alternative to … Continue reading What Happened When I Quit Soy
Since returning home to Oman from summer break, everyone has been asking “How was London?” Though I technically was in London for an entire week, most of my time was spent at The Big Reconnect Sleepover (TBRS) in the countryside. We were geographically in London but spiritually elsewhere. The sisterhood we developed in less than five … Continue reading Reflecting on The Big Reconnect Sleepover
On long-haul flights I catch up on a year’s worth of cinema. When Z was little, we packed an arsenal of activities and books to avoid screen time, but now we just succumb. For a household that doesn’t own a television, we’re resigned to the fact that a few hours of non-stop, in-flight entertainment won’t … Continue reading Why Every Mom Needs a “Tully”
Since my kids were born, I've never spent a day without them. A few hours, at most, but never a night nor a day without my little ones. For all of Z's seven and a half of years of life and Moulay's three, we've been together--living, traveling, unschooling, playing. You get the picture. But next week for … Continue reading Leaving My Kids for the Very First Time!
Belated Blessed Eid, dear friends! The month of fasting has passed, along with the subsequent celebration of breaking the fast. We scooted up to Abu Dhabi for our five-day weekend and delightfully ended our last day of Ramadan with very dear friends we know from the U.S. but didn’t fully bond with until sharing the … Continue reading RAWmadan in Review
I might be going on a limb saying this, but I’m pretty sure we just made history. On Thursday evening at Lokanta Restaurant, a table of 17 (including Z and Moulay) sat for an entirely vegan iftar meal. Omani and expat, female and male, young and not-so-young had a totally plant-based, four-course, Turkish dinner. Our … Continue reading Muscat’s First Vegan Iftar (Fast-Breaking Meal)
Back when we lived in Turkey, I had a writing assignment at The LifeCo Antalya-- an amazing detox retreat center on the southern coast. After three days of my own cleansing, one of the workers bade me farewell and said to me, "Ramadan is our detox, isn't it? Fasting cleanses our bodies and the daily … Continue reading Raw Suhoor (Pre-Fasting) Meals
Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, is on a 16-city tour that started in Dubai and ends in Nancy. Can you believe that one of those 16 stops was Muscat?!? Hosted by ub-cool, a locally-based adventure and tour group, we met last week at UFC Gym in Seeb for an hour-long lecture by Ms. … Continue reading Can a Zero Waste Life Work in Oman?
Life in the desert gets hot—really hot. We’ve had this conversation before but after welcoming my mom for her recent visit to Muscat, Urbndervish and I reflected on how in spite of the intense heat, life in Oman has helped actualize many goals and ideals that we could only talk about while living in the United States. … Continue reading Low-Impact Living in Muscat
When I first heard of a Vitamix blender, I was in disbelief that so many seemingly-friendly and helpful vegan and raw food bloggers were trying to convince others that they absolutely needed to buy one. Spending near $500 on a single appliance seemed preposterous to me until I got out of college debt and started … Continue reading Why I Couldn’t Afford NOT to Buy a High-Speed Blender