We probably walk 2-3 miles a day. But of equal importance is the time I take for meditation and spiritual work.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Introduce us to a day in the life of “Dr. Dahlia Wasfi”?
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi: I am extraordinarily fortunate to live the life I do today as I work from home writing my first book. (It has been such a challenge to write that sometimes I swear it will be my last book, too!) On a typical day, the first order of business is breakfast for me and my great friend, Thunder, my thirteen year old Dachshund mix. For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Afterwards, we go for our first walk of the day. When the walk is done, I take a few minutes for meditation to focus my thoughts. Then I’m at my computer to read news articles, research for the book, and write. It’s a lot of time sitting at a desk in front of a screen, but Thunder and I break it up with several more walks and/or time in the garden. These work intermissions in nature really help me to relax and focus.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine that you do to stay fit?
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi: When I was in college, like many girls and young women, I became obsessed with physical appearance and fitness in an unhealthy way. Today, I see the value not only of being fit in body but in mind and spirit as well. My main physical exercise is walking with Thunder. He’s older, but he can still put the miles in! We probably walk 2-3 miles a day. But of equal importance is the time I take for meditation and spiritual work.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi: I am striving for a vegan diet. Vegan advocates have really opened my eyes to the injustices existing in the US food industry. For the benefit of other sentient beings on the planet we share, and for my own physical and spiritual health, I am making changes in my eating habits to reduce my intake of meat, fish, poultry, and dairy. I also try to eat as much organic food as possible (though this can get expensive) and purchase fair trade foods. And I drink water throughout the day to cleanse my system and keep well-hydrated.
I also have quite a sweet tooth and love to have chocolate in one form or another for my lunch dessert.
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.