YazTheSpaz shares her struggles with body image



“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”


Your body is like your house: The one true home that you will have forever, regardless of where you go, what you do, or who you’re with. It’s important for you to care for it, in whatever ways feel right




Dear Readers,


Women’s body confidence has become a ‘critical issue’ worldwide. According to Dove study of 2016, Women hate their body more than ever before, with image issues reaching a “critical level” on a global scale. Muslim women too are facing this challenge.  Body satisfaction is an important factor in women’s health. Please find below an article from Aquila Style where Yasmin, known as Yazthe Spaz Opens Up About Her Issues with Body Image. Yazthespaz has opened up about how the weight during her freshman year  left her struggling with her body image.  Yazthespaz is now a mother and a fashion blogger. I found her journey to embracing herself very inspiring. We hope you’ll find the article helpful.



About Yazthe Spaz: 


My name is Yasemin, better known as YazTheSpaz. I was born and raised in the US. My mother is Cuban and father is Turkish. Always had a passion for the arts, music, and pretty much anything were I was able to express myself in ways that only I could control.


I first started doing make-up many years ago, just by collecting as much makeup as I could but never really knowing how to use it. In the recent years is where I took the time to explore the colorful world of make-up from a different perspective. Many thanks go out to all who ever let me do their make-up or even their hijabs, because it was with those that I was able to learn with and grow. 


When it comes to hijab, I think it is very important to have a variety of styles we do as women. When we wear our hijabs, we must feel comfortable, beautiful, and CONFIDENT! <3


I also worked at a bakery decorating fondant cakes for 5 years. Imagination is something that NO ONE can take away from you and I feel that I have been able to explore my inner self fully with the support of family and friends, but mostly from My MOM. “She is my inspiration, my rock, my motivator, and my everything!” 


I’m a very artsy person, but I do have a studious side as well. I am a University graduate who majored in Biological Sciences.  At the moment, I am currently a business women running my own online store and managing the YazTheSpaz Networks- Yes i know, TOTAL OPPOSITES!


The most exciting news about my life at the moment is that I recently got married to my best friend and LOVE of my life HubbySpaz. He is of Egyptian background. Our wedding day was May 11, 2013 and I couldn’t be any happier Alhamdulillah! We are NOW proud parents of a precious baby BOY, Sulaiman aka BabySpaz who was born on June 2, 2016. 


“I hope I am able to inspire many girls and women to be beautiful both inside and out! Let us all grow together to better ourselves above all!” 


Remember….you are all BEAUTIFUL in your own ways! <3



Eat well, look great!



yaz the spaz



We call YazTheSpaz a “creative powerhouse” because of her countless creations in the realms of fashion, beauty, baked goods and art. Yet it is her bubbly personality and honesty that shine through the most, as they do here in the story of her weight loss journey.

If you had asked me two years ago how I felt about myself both physically and emotionally, I would have told you that I was satisfied. Back then I was at my heaviest, weighing in at 74.4kg. My friends and family never thought of me as plump or chubby. This was mostly due to my high level of self-esteem, which always radiated an energy that surpassed my looks and allowed everyone to see me for who I really was – a cute, outgoing and funny young gal!

I started putting on weight when I entered university at the age of 18. There’s a term here in the US that applies to first-year university students, also known as freshmen. “Freshman 15” refers to the tendency of students to gain 15lbs (6.8kg) in their first year of university. This weight gain can come from a lack of sleep, high levels of stress, medication, or even increased feelings of happiness! Lo and behold, by the age of 20 and in my second year of university, I had gained 9kg.

When we have gained weight, we tend to feel insecure and less energetic. We become more prone to depression and fatigue. And many of us get upset about not being able to fit into our clothes. Once I lost the weight I had gained, I looked – and felt – even better, both in my skin and clothing.


By this point perhaps you’re asking, “Okay Yaz, how much weight did you lose?” Well, the answer is: I lost 13kg. It may not seem like a lot to those wanting to lose even more, but for me, it made a huge difference.

Eat smart

By now, all you want to know is how, right? The main factor in any weight-loss programme is your diet. By simply changing what you put into your mouth, you can start to “lose” fat! For those who drink lots of soda, cutting it out of your diet will help to prevent tooth decay and osteoporosis (weakening of the bones). Reducing your intake of soda and other drinks high in sugar will also decrease your chances of getting diabetes, and help to lower your odds of becoming obese.

Processed sugars are also enemies of a balanced diet. These are found in almost every sweet or dessert, so try sticking to naturally sweet things like fruits and raw honey. Oatmeal with naturally sweetened blueberry jelly and cinnamon is a breakfast favourite of mine.

When it comes to your proteins, stick to lean meats like fish, chicken breast and egg whites. During my weight-loss spree, I might have overdosed on egg whites – not because they were fat-free, but mostly because I loved the taste of them! Also, make sure to stay away from refined salt. Too much refined salt makes your body retain liquid, which in turn causes you to gain weight and feel bloated.

Finally, you must be thinking: What about carbohydrates? Well, try to keep your carb intake at a minimum. Bad carbs are basically anything white, such as white bread, white rice and pasta. I like to eat good carbs such as brown rice, brown pasta, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and even starchy veggies – yes vegetables are considered carbs!

Of course, results will vary for each person. But I think that by simply starting to use these tips, you should see improvements in your health, weight and, ultimately, your energy levels. I hope that my experience can give you that extra push to start your own weight-loss journey, because as you can see, with dedication and might, anything is possible!



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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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