Health and Wellness for All: Interview with Healthy Muslimah

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July 10, 2017 20 Comments

In this Sister Spotlight Interview, we talk with Kate Hepburn from Healthy Muslimah and learn all about the inspiration behind the Healthy Muslimah Summit.

Kate is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Holistic Massage Therapist, project manager and event organizer, teacher and entrepreneur but above all else, a revert Muslimah with a love of all things simple and natural trying to live a healthier life for the sake of Allah and passionate about trying to help others do the same. She believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness, and that food and nutrition is really just the tip of the iceberg. To live and thrive as women, we have to take care more than just the food we eat – we have to care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and about Healthy Muslimah.

I’m a certified nutrition consultant and the founder of Healthy Muslimah, a website that aims to simplify health and wellness and provide support for sisters wanting to make beautiful life changes, one simple step at a time.

Do you have a particular health/wellness philosophy that you live by? If so, what is it?

I think it would be that health and wellness is about far more than what we eat. It’s about all the elements that make us up as a whole: the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of our lives all working together to make up the ‘whole’. To thrive, we have to take care of all of these.

In terms of an overall philosophy I follow, I think the word ‘simplify’ sums it up in a nutshell. Simplify everything!!!

We deal with so much physical, mental and emotional clutter all the time that life can feel completely overwhelming. By simplifying our lives – what we eat, what we do, our homes, our to do lists, and cutting out what is unnecessary – it can reduce the stress and overwhelm and help us achieve greater balance.

Please tell us about your upcoming summit! It looks amazing, maa shaa Allah, and I’m so excited to not only speak at it but to benefit from it as well!

I’m excited too and so happy to have you as a speaker! I know sisters who struggle with hormonal issues are going to love your talk!

The Healthy Muslimah Summit is an 8-day online event, featuring 25+ incredible Muslimah speakers from across the globe who will be talking on all areas of health and wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual and way more. It’s about redefining our idea of ‘healthy’ and recognising that health is made up of more than just the food we eat.

The event will be running from the 29th July to the 5th August 2017 and registration is 100% FREE at www.healthymuslimahsummit.com. There are also gorgeous daily giveaways sponsored by Muslimah-run companies that promote health and wellness products!

What inspired the idea for the Healthy Muslimah Summit?

I think the Summit was a natural progression from the Healthy Muslimah website especially given my past event management experience. Deciding to do an online event seemed the logical thing to do as it’s the easiest way to get information out to sisters across the globe, alhamdullilah.

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Is this your first time hosting such a large-scale event? What is the toughest part about it?

Believe it or not, no. Before I converted to Islam in 2010, in a rather bizarre sequence of events, I ended up being the project and operations manager of a 6500sqm (70,000sqft), 3-day exhibition with over 70 large scale exhibitors. I didn’t have any event management experience at the time so it really was quite bizarre that I ended up being offered the position!

Alhamdullilah, and by the Grace of Allah, the event was a huge success for both the years I ran it even though event management was not my area of expertise. My mom is really organised and I think some of that rubbed off on me which helped! Alhamdullilah! When I finished up my contract, I swore I’d never work in events again because of the crazy deadlines and crazy stress, but, here I am, 7 years later doing it all over again, but this time, it’s for something I believe in and I’m loving it! I have to admit, I am so grateful for the experience and couldn’t be happier about putting the Healthy Muslimah Summit together!

Between that, my past business experience and qualifying as a nutrition consultant, I feel that Allah has been guiding me in this direction and has given me the exact set of skills I needed to create the Summit. SubhanAllah. It’s made me realise that absolutely nothing is random or wasted and that Allah always has a plan, even if we don’t see or understand it at the time.

Event management does have its challenges and I think the toughest part is usually coordinating and communicating with so many people (speakers and giveaway sponsors) simultaneously and ensuring everything is ready on time.

What is your favorite part about hosting this summit?

Oh gosh, there’s so much that I am loving. I think I would have to say, top of the list is benefitting from the talks myself. They are fantastic and I am so excited to share them with you.

The entire experience of setting up the summit, connecting with sisters, listening to the talks, right down to designing the website and marketing material has been incredible. It’s been a beautiful, inspirational journey and it’s so humbling to be a conduit through which all of these amazing sisters, each with their own experience and expertise, are sharing knowledge and wisdom with others. By working collectively, we are able to bring more value to others than any one of us could ever achieve alone! I love that and pray that Allah accepts out efforts. Ameen.

What is your biggest hope for the Healthy Muslimah Summit?

I think there is more need now than ever before for the Healthy Muslimah Summit and other similar initiatives. So many women are feeling tired, disconnected, overwhelmed, unsure of what to eat, how to feel better and they just don’t know how or where to start making changes.

I pray that the Healthy Muslimah Summit provides tools and stepping stones that empower women and help us get back to a state of balance, harmony and wellness, physically, emotionally and spiritually. That is has us waking up each morning energised, positive, taking care of ourselves and making sure we fill our cup first so that we can better serve others and better worship Allah, in shaa Allah.

About Kate:
Kate is the founder of www.healthymuslimah.com and the founder and organizer of the Healthy Muslimah Summit, a platform bringing expert sisters together from all over the world to share knowledge and wisdom on all areas of health and wellness. She also runs the annual Get Ready for Ramadan course for sisters and will be launching her Kickstart Program in September 2017 and Healthy Muslimah TV in December 2017, in shaa Allah. You can connect with Kate through her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Chelsea Lynn

Chelsea is the founder of Wellness Muslimah. She is a Blogger, Freelance Writer and Nutritionist specializing in Healthy Eating for Weight Loss. She is passionate about healthy, natural living and Islamic Medicine. She wishes to inspire other women to live more natural, healthy and mindful lives for the sake of Allah.

20 Comments

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    Christal Joan

    July 20, 2017

    I’m seriously slacking. I need to sign up for this NOW! All those speakers for free, masha Allah!!!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 21, 2017

      Ahh yes go sign up now!!! Maa shaa Allah you should contact her about doing a speaker next year as well, I think you’d be great, in shaa Allah

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    Janet Kozak - Content Strategist - JanetKozak.com

    July 20, 2017

    This sounds like an amazing free online event. Who isn’t looking for a way to improve their health and lifestyle for the better, especially amongst us overworked mompreneurs. I’m headed over to the event page to sign up right now. I wish you much success!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 21, 2017

      Jazak Allah khair Janet! You’re so right, that’s why this event is so amazing because there is such a huge need for it, alhamdulillah!

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    Munni

    July 20, 2017

    Awesome interview! Got to know more about the person behind this amazing work! Registering to the summit right now and really looking forward to it! Health is quite often taken for granted and you have definitely helped so many people (meee) around the world in changing their behaviour towards it in a fun and easy way…may Allah grant you nore success sis!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 21, 2017

      Aww ameen! Jazak Allah khair for your kind words sis =)

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    Lubna

    July 21, 2017

    Awesome job….Healthy Muslimah..Going through the interview, I can make out how delicately and passionately your doing your work. Keep the good work going….May Allah SWT bless you and keep you going….

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 21, 2017

      Yes she’s putting so much dedication and hard work into this. May Allah reward her immensely!

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    Nadia

    July 21, 2017

    Nice to get to know you better, sis. I’d never heard of the wellness summit,but thank you for bringing it to my attention. It sounds great!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 21, 2017

      Thanks Nadia. Yes, it does sound great, I’m super excited for it! I hope you are able to join and benefit from some of the amazing talks, in shaa Allah.

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    Fozia S

    July 22, 2017

    Masha’Allah the summit sounds amazing. Wishing her every success in sha Allah!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 24, 2017

      Ameen

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    Sainab

    July 25, 2017

    The Healthy Muslimah Summit sounds really exciting! I Kate has the most success with it! And congrats on becoming a speaker for it!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 26, 2017

      Ameen and thank you =)

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    Fatima

    July 25, 2017

    I’ve been following your blog since some time and it was again, great reading your post. My best wishes for all the success in the summit.

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 26, 2017

      Aww jazak Allah khair Fatima!

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    Anisah

    July 26, 2017

    This summit is going to be amazing inshallah! You can tell absolute love and dedication have been poured into this.

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      Chelsea Lynn

      July 26, 2017

      So true sis, maa shaa Allah!

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    fatyma

    August 2, 2017

    Salaams and Thank you!
    great efforts, May Allah SWT reward you in the best way. Ameen

    Modern world is getting complicated day by day, as muslim working women, we are under immense stress i would love to live in a place just with bare necessities
    Sometimes i feel overwhelmed with home/ work stresses of life! phew
    I feel like now I have ADHD and need some therapy ( learn to organise my place, time and soul)
    Alhamdolillah, remembrance of Allah and reminder emails from sisters like you help us in daily struggles

    Best wishes and lots of luv

    fatyma

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      Chelsea Lynn

      August 3, 2017

      Wa’alaikum assalam Fatyma. Awww I’m so happy to know my content is helping someone! I totally feel you, life can be overwhelming! I actually have an article on how to naturally manage ADHD. Hopefully it can help you to get a bit more organized, in shaa Allah.

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