Lifestyle

Category

copyright by habibatunaumd.com

Social media & bloggers

I started a YouTube channel a few years ago as a fun outlet away from medicine.  I didn’t post much on the channel and eventually deleted most of the content. It was not until summer 2016 that I began uploading videos consistently because I wanted to document an important part of my life: closing our medical practice after 10 years and moving out of our country house to live somewhere new. Like most people I was already on Facebook and…

copyright by habibatunaumd.com

What’s wrong with dreaming?

As a little girl living in Nigeria, West Africa, I remember walking around our lush  garden admiring the bright tropical flowers like the hibiscus flowers with their red petals, yellow and orange marigold flowers or the  oversized green leaves of the elephant plant gently moving in the breeze. During the rainy season the garden seemed so vibrant and alive not only with color, but with little creatures like the lime green grasshoppers or the red velvety caterpillars. Then there were…

Delicious YUCCA!

Yuca or Yucca is something I remember eating as a child in Northern Nigeria  We simply called it Cassava and it was often served boiled with a stew.   In other parts of Nigeria and West Africa as a whole Yucca is very common and often sold pre-cooked in the form of a flour or flakes  called “gari” or “garri” which can be further cooked to make various dishes.  In secondary school I remember the Yoruba children eating it as a…

Advice on having Children during Medical School or Residency

Choosing to have children As a female medical doctor I get asked frequently, “When is the best time to get pregnant?”...“Should I finish my training first before I have kids?” … Let’s assume you are pursuing a medical career (although some of my advice might be relevant to any female professional) and let’s assume you already know that the most likely time to get pregnant is by having sex around the time of ovulation which is around 14 days after…

Moi moi nigerian black bean cake

Moi Moi: Delicious steamed Nigerian bean cakes

Sometimes you crave something hot, delicious & healthy - Well this is it! Moi Moi is a Nigerian dish, a sort of savory bean pudding served alone or as a side dish.   It has been over 20 years since I lived in Nigeria but I still remember how happy it made me to eat it! Little did I know back then how nutritious it was. It is made with Black eyed peas which are a great source of iron, which…

Education

How to Raise Smart Kids as an Immigrant

The other day my husband and I sat down to talk about raising smart kids for a requested You Tube video.  We really wanted to do the topic justice and provide as much relevant information as possible.  We are parents to three teenagers that by most standards have done well academically under the circumstances. As any parent knows, it is hard to raise a smart, moral, well rounded child, whether you are an immigrant  or not.  Certainly immigrant parents have…

Leveraging the Power of Choice

In the last blog I outlined 5 steps to reach your destiny. Short and to the point. The thing is your destiny is made up of choices. Now there’s a lot of things out of our control. Genetics being one of them or the kind of family we are born into. Some things are pretty universal like the crazy uncle or the messed up cousin. Natural disasters, the weather, taxes, death….the list goes on and on. The truth of the…

5 Steps You must do to reach your potential

As a father of three teenage children, the oldest preparing to go to college, I have been preoccupied with thoughts about the future. What kind of world will they be inheriting? Will they be happy and safe? How can they achieve their dreams? You might be thinking the same for yourself. In an uncertain world we are all feeling a little apprehensive about the future. Here are five steps to unlock your potential and reduce the uncertainty. Action Steps Engage…

copyright habibatunaumd.com

Pad Thai: Delicious Home Made recipe with Linguine

If you have ever been into a Thai restaurant then you have have certainly seen Pad Thai on the menu: a delicious blend of stir fried noodles, crunchy vegetables & peanuts. My family and I love this warm spicy dish.  It is wonderful by itself but I often top it off with peanut dressing and a salad….It is so good!  What I love about Thai food and many Asian dishes are the layered or complex flavors created using  a balance…

Destiny Blogs

Welcome To The Destiny Blogs

A subscriber suggested we write about destiny. At first, it was planned to be a single post. However, as with many things in life, it became apparent that we were scratching the surface of a greater universal question - Why are we here? To do justice to the subject and to our readers, we are launching a multi-post project in a journey of self discovery and personal growth. What is Your Life’s Destiny? To some it is a holy grail…