Saturday, June 3, 2023

Embracing Nature's Bounty: The Eco-Friendly Delight of Banana Leaves in Nava's Zen

At Nava's Zen, our commitment to sustainable development and environmental preservation runs deep. We understand the intrinsic connection between fitness and nature, and as both a fitness enthusiast and a gardener (Culivating Convenient Gardening), I am proud to cultivate this synergy. One aspect of our eco-friendliness is our profound appreciation for the produce we grow, incorporating it into our culinary practices. Among our cherished treasures is the versatile banana leaf. While modern alternatives like banana leaf plates exist, we remain loyal to our natural commitments, recognizing the multitude of benefits that banana leaves offer. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they also keep food warm and contribute to pollution reduction. Moreover, banana leaves enhance the visual appeal of food styling and presentation. Growing banana trees is an accessible endeavor, even in substantial-sized pots or smaller-sized varieties (Blossoming Passion: Gardening). At Nava's Zen, we wholeheartedly embrace eco-friendliness as our way of honoring and cherishing nature.

Friday, June 2, 2023

Personalized Diet Plans: Your Unique Weight Loss Journey

Losing weight and achieving your desired shape and size is a personal journey that requires careful consideration of various factors. While someone else's diet plan may have worked wonders for them, it's crucial to understand that one size does not fit all. We are unique individuals with different lifestyles, ages, professions, likes, and dislikes. This article aims to shed light on the importance of customized diet plans and the positive impact they can have on your weight loss journey.

Embrace Your Individuality

Every person's body is different, and what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. It's essential to recognize and appreciate your individuality when it comes to your diet and weight loss goals. Your lifestyle, preferences, and specific needs should all be taken into account.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Cultivating Convenient Gardening: Welcoming Nature's Splendor

Join me on a journey through my personal gardening experiences, filled with mistakes, failures, and invaluable lessons (
Blossoming Passion: A Journey Of Gardening). Let me reveal the honest truths about home gardening and captivate you with the wonders it holds.

Home gardening should be a convenient endeavour, where simplicity reigns supreme. It's about finding an approach that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. The essentials revolve around watering your plants according to their needs, providing fertilizers when necessary, and repotting those that have outgrown their containers. However, it's important to recognize that not all plants can be saved, and sometimes letting go is the only option. Consider replacing them with similar varieties or exploring new possibilities. Remember, the size of your garden matters. The larger it is, the more time you'll need to allocate for its care. Don't overlook the importance of keeping your surroundings clean, even if you're gardening in pots. Regular cleaning and sweeping will ensure a tidy and inviting atmosphere. The time you invest will depend on the number of plants you have.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Achieving Clear and Healthy Skin: My Daily Skincare Routine Revealed

Are you one of those people who are obsessed with their skin? Well, there's no shame in that. After all, our skin is the largest organ of our body and it deserves all the attention and care that we can give it (Embracing Eternal Youth With Yoga And Skincare Mantras). In this post, I want to focus specifically on the skin on our face because it is the most visible part of our body and it requires a different level of care than the rest of our skin. You might be wondering why I'm making a distinction between the skin on our face and the rest of our body. The reason is simple - the products that we use to take care of our skin are not all the same. For example, the lotion or cream that we use on our hands or legs might not be suitable for the delicate skin on our face. That's why it's important to use products that are specifically designed for the face.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Eurasian Pineapple Salted Fish Curry

As an adventurous home cook, I love exploring various cuisines, but my husband's heart belongs to Indian food. However, I occasionally entice him to embark on a culinary journey beyond his cultural roots. One such venture is into the realm of Eurasian cuisine (Chicken Vindaloo, Devil Curry & Pada Salt Fish Pickle) where I have experimented with a variety of dishes. And now, I proudly present to you the latest addition to my Eurasian repertoire: the tantalizing Eurasian Pineapple Salted Fish Curry.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Blossoming Passion: A Journey of Gardening, Learning, and Perseverance

Let me take you back 20 years ago when I first moved into my current house in Kota Kemuning. It was a quiet area with not much to offer in terms of an active lifestyle. With my husband frequently traveling for work, I found myself feeling bored and longing for something more. As a lecturer juggling home affairs, I decided to start a blog and experiment with new recipes. But whenever I looked at the empty plot of land outside my house, I couldn't help but yearn for a touch of greenery.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Vegetarian Szechuan Stir-Fried Long Beans

Vegetarian cuisine (Vegetarian Fried Bee Hoon & Stir Fried Oyster Mushroom) has come a long way, with more and more options available for those who prefer to eat plant-based meals. If you're looking for a tasty and healthy vegetarian dish, you'll love this Vegetarian Szechuan Stir-Fried Long Beans recipe. This dish is simple yet packed with flavor, featuring fresh long beans that are stir-fried with ginger, dried chillies and Szechuan peppercorns. The result is a dish that's both spicy and aromatic, with just the right amount of heat. It's the perfect side dish for any meal. 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Harmony and Rejuvenation: Embracing Eternal Youth with Yoga and Skincare Mantras

"Have I mentioned how yoga can work wonders for anti-aging? If I haven't, my apologies, because the benefits of yoga go far beyond just flexibility and relaxation (Unveiling The Truths of Yoga & Yoga Magic). Picture this: while striking those yoga poses and engaging in mindful breathing, you're actually giving your body a secret weapon against aging.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Celebrating Women's Curves: The Hypocrisy of Society

The internet is abuzz with talks of self-acceptance, body positivity, and living one's truth. But despite all the push for women to embrace their bodies and be comfortable in their skin, there's still a double standard when it comes to women's age, size, and self-expression. Take the case of a plus-size woman who proudly posts pictures of herself on social media in tight or loose clothing, flaunting her curves and proclaiming self-love and acceptance. People cheer her on and comment her bravery for being true to herself, regardless of society's expectations and beauty standards. And yet, the same cannot be said for a woman in her late fifties who shares photos of herself in yoga outfits (Unveiling the Truth of Yoga) showcasing her fit and toned physique.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Malaysian Wildboar Curry/Kattu Pandi Kulambu

As a Malaysian Indian, my love for wild boar has always been centered around its delicious curry (Drumstick Egg Masala Curry & Sun Dried Mango Curry). That's why I'm excited to share with you my recipe for Malaysian Wildboar Curry. To be honest, I'm not sure what else to do with wild boar in terms of cooking styles, but for now, I'll stick to what I know best (Malaysian Vegetarian Spaghetti)  As you can see in the pictures, this curry is fiery and spicy, a true revelation of spices and curry (Malaysian Sodhi, Malaysian Rasam & Nava's Dhal Curry). It's best served with rice and a side veggie dish, but don't let that stop you from dipping some toast into the curry and enjoying every bite. I mean, the wild boar curry literally soaks up the toast! Yum! If you're feeling adventurous, you can also pair the curry with chapati, tosai, and roti canai. So go ahead and choose how you'd like to enjoy every bit of this wild boar curry. I can't wait for you to try it and experience the deliciousness for yourself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Rotkohl (German Braised Red Cabbage)

As the founder of Nava's Zen, I've often been asked about sharing recipes on our blog. While some may question my qualifications to speak about food and nutrients, let me assure you that I've extensively studied eating for the mind and happiness. You can check out my credentials on my Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Now, let's talk about Rotkohl, also known as German Braised Red Cabbage. You might be wondering if this dish is healthy for you, and it certainly can be! Even if you're new to German cuisine, Rotkohl's deliciously complex flavors are sure to win you over. I've even tweeted my version of the recipe, which has become a household favorite. Pair it with pork sausages or grilled pork chops for an authentic German experience. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for taking this culinary trip to Germany right from your own kitchen!

Monday, May 8, 2023

"Unveiling the Truths of Yoga: How Ms.Nava is Revolutionizing the Practice"

If you're new to yoga, you may have some doubts and misconceptions about what to expect. Perhaps you've seen pictures of super-flexible yogis performing advanced poses and feel like you could never measure up. Or maybe you've had negative experiences with strict or unsympathetic instructors in the past. Whatever your concerns, it's important to know that yoga is for everyone, regardless of their body type, skill level, or knowledge of yoga.As someone who has been practicing yoga for the past 7 years and teaching at Nava's Zen (Yoga Magic - Ms.Nava's Journey To A New Lease Of Life & Ms.Nava's Menopause Journey), I understand the common concerns that people have before signing up for yoga sessions. That's why, at Nava's Zen, we have taken steps to ensure that our clients feel comfortable and supported throughout their yoga journey.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Yoga Magic - Ms. Nava's Journey To A New Lease Of Life

The power of yoga is undeniable. As a natural therapy for the breathe, body, mind, and soul, it has the potential to transform your life in ways you could never imagine. But, while yoga is a powerful tool, it is not a substitute for medical care. Doctors play a crucial role in our healthcare system, providing emergency care, managing chronic conditions, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care to patients. And while yoga can be a valuable addition to an overall healthcare plan, it should never be used as a substitute for medical care. 

Monday, May 1, 2023

Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry (Vegetarian)

Looking for a tasty and healthy vegetarian recipe that is easy to make? This Thai (Vegetarian Thai Style Eggplant) Basil Tofu Stir-Fry is the perfect dish for you! This recipe is inspired by the classic Thai dish of Basil Chicken, making it a perfect meal for vegetarians (Vegetarian Thai Tomato Soup) and non-vegetarians alike. The secret to this delicious stir-fry is the combination of fresh ingredients that come together to create a complex and savory flavor. The tofu, a great source of protein, takes on the flavors of the aromatic basil, making it a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Additionally, Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry is incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking, whether you prefer a spicier or milder flavor.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Ms. Nava's Menopause Journey: From Medical Frustration to Finding Healing in Yoga

Menopause, a topic that has long been shrouded in taboo, is finally getting the attention it deserves. And why shouldn't it? It's a natural biological process that every woman goes through. So, let's break the silence and talk about it openly. As an Indian woman myself, I know first-hand how uncomfortable it can be to broach this subject. But I refuse to remain silent any longer. I want to encourage all women out there to share their menopause stories. Your experiences can help others prepare for what's to come or add to their learning curve. No two women have the same journey, but we can all benefit from sharing our stories. So, let me share mine.

Embracing Nature's Bounty: The Eco-Friendly Delight of Banana Leaves in Nava's Zen

At Nava's Zen, our commitment to sustainable development and environmental preservation runs deep. We understand the intrinsic connectio...