About the Author: Ashima Goyal Siraj

Ashima Goyal Siraj


Hello and Welcome!

I am Ashima. My name is an Indian name which means infinite. And I truly believe in infinity in so many ways.
Like our body! It has an infinite capacity to heal itself if we just give it the right food.

                                                                             Hippocrates said: “Let Food be Thy Medicine”

I don’t even remember when I started to learn about food as medicine. Maybe it was when my grandma told me to swallow some carom seeds for a stomach ache, or when my mom squeezed fresh aloe vera gel out of a leaf and applied it on my sister’s pimple or maybe much earlier when they were both massaging my infant body with coconut oil. Every culture and every family has its own home remedies that have been passed on from generation to generation. But somewhere our urban, fast-paced lifestyles have given priority to modern medicine than to traditional wisdom, often disregarded as folklore.

Last year, after a serious episode of sinusitis and vertigo, both me and my husband embarked on a journey of re-discovering food — food that is the medicine. After 35 years of modern medicines, we were done. The choice was either to take medicines for life long or reclaim our health through nature cures. And we chose nature. Just by natural remedies and changes in food habits we were able to reclaim our health and get rid of so many common ailments for good — like cold, fever, acidity, indigestion, constipation, sinusitis and obesity. It was almost like discovering a new person inside our bodies.

In our journey we came in contact with many who have done so and are now helping others through nature cures. Not only did I learn about food, I also learned so much about healthy cooking. Cooking is my passion and I believe we can all cook a simple healthy meal no matter how busy we are. I have been blogging about my cooking adventures since long at My Weekend Kitchen.

The tips and recipes that I share here, have been tried and tested. I believe the only way I can thank the people who have handed them down to me is by passing them forward. I really do hope that you find them helpful and if you need to connect with me, just drop me a message at my blog.

Wish you a happy healthy day!

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Online places where you can find me:

My Weekend Kitchen: My food blog for sharing simple recipes from India and around the world.
Indian Express: My weekly food column with a leading Indian daily.
Volunteer Weekly: My writings on volunteering experiences and resources on volunteer management.
The Alternative: Some research articles on the development sector in India.
Lime and Lemony: My online diary.

Ashima Goyal Siraj's Articles

Benefits of Soybean for Women

Posted on Oct 04, 2018 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

Soy has been an integral part of South East Asian (mainly Japanese) diets since time immemorial and their healthy long lives have been attributed to their diets along with an overall healthy lifestyle. In America and the West in general, Soy became popular as a meat and dairy alternative. As per the research, the popularity of soy amongst the health conscious people has been drastically increasin

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Posted in Women's Health & Wellness

A Guide to Detox Your Body

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

You get detox juices and smoothies in cafes and detox salads in restaurants. The internet is full of detox recipe. But does eating one detox salad or drinking a detox smoothie mean you are done?

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Posted in Healthy Eating

10 Simple Foot Care Practices for Healthy Feet

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

Just a little care for good foot health will help keeping away common foot problems like cracked heels, sores, infections and pains. While you must take time to pamper your feet once in a while most of these home foot care practices require very little time.

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Posted in Foot Care

Acid Reflux - Symptoms and Common causes

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

Heartburn. Just the word takes me back to the time when heartburn was almost a constant companion with me. If you have ever experienced a burning sensation crawling up from the stomach to your throat along with mild or severe chest pain then you know what I am talking about.

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Posted in Healthy Eating

5 Foods that Fight Cancer

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

Many researchers across the world continue to focus on better and more affordable treatments of cancer. But between 30-50% of current cancers can currently be prevented by simple lifestyle changes like following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise and quitting smoking and alcohol.

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Posted in Healthy Eating

5 Natural remedies to handle menopause symptoms

Posted on Aug 04, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

Menopause is usually a natural condition that all women experience as they come to the end of their reproductive period. The word Menopause is a combination of two Greek words: Mens meaning monthly and Pausis meaning cessation. While Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after the last menstrual cycle, symptoms of menopause often start when a women is in her 40s. This is called perimenopause.

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Effective Home Remedies To Tackle Menstrual Pains

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 by Ashima Goyal Siraj

During periods, most of us feel a little different from normal. Mostly accompanied by slight fatigue, pain, mood swings, nausea, etc, most females suffer from mild to severe menstrual pains (also called period pains or dysmenorrhoea).

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Posted in Wellness & Comfort