Nagina Abdullah: How Spices Can Kick Start Your Weight Loss - Ep. 165 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST

Nagina Abdullah: How Spices Can Kick Start Your Weight Loss – Ep. 165

Spice Up Your Life with New Recipes!


“I turned by health around by first focusing on food because that alone is 80% weight loss. Focusing on nutrition helped me to make the largest impact on my health.” – Nagina Abdullah


 From breakfast to dessert, send us your favorite healthy recipes in the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

We thought it would be a fun idea to gather all of our favorite recipes simply for the sake of sharing them with each other. We won’t be selling this book of recipes. Rather, we just want to compile a list of them to share with each other.

All you have to do is:

  • Choose your favorite recipes
  • Send it to us in the Facebook group and include:
    • The source where you found the recipe i.e. book, online, magazine
    • A couple of sentences about yourself.



Improve Your Health With 3 Simple Spices


“I realized that I needed to make a shift right away because the mom that I wanted to be was not the mom that I was that day with no energy, back pain, and feeling lethargic. I knew that my kids were going to need more energy from me.” – Nagina Abudllah on why she decided to change her life around.


In this episode, I had an awesome conversation with the mind behind Masala Body, Nagina Abdullah. We talked all about her health transformation as a busy mom and holding down a full-time career. How did she do it? By first focusing on following a nutritious diet and then hitting the gym to add strength training to her schedule.

The biggest takeaway that I took from our interview was the fact that spice can have such a positive impact on our overall health. We talked about three spices that I’m sure are already stored in your kitchen cabinet:

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin

Since she began her own health fitness journey, Nagina has seen drastic results and is now sharing her success with the world. Through Masala Body, she’s helping busy, ambitious women from all over to lose weight through the power of spices as well as meal planning.

At the beginning of this episode, Devon and I also shared some of our favorite foods and recipes for pre-workout and workout to give you an extra boost.

Bonus Gift from Nagina!!!

Visit to get special bonus from Nagina herself. To all of our Open Sky Fitness Podcast listeners, she’s providing us with a Sweet Spice Cheat Sheet and a Recipe E-Book with 7 Spicy Recipes to Spice Off 7 Pounds!


Weight Loss Hacks with Simple Spices


“Spices ease the process for eating healthy, losing weight, or gaining muscle. It just makes it easier.” – Nagina Abdullah


Cinnamon – The Sweet Spice

With cinnamon, you can cheat your way to skinny with this sweet spice.

According to Nagina, cinnamon is great for morning or afternoon slumps to give you some stabilized energy and reduce your blood sugar.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to smoothies or sprinkle some on top of coffee or tea. You don’t need a ton to experience its full effect.


Turmeric – The ancient, wonder spice

Not only has turmeric been around forever, but it’s also a great weight loss hack. You can reduce inflammation in the body by just adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon throughout the day to give yourself the full benefits.

It’s good to mix with black pepper because it dramatically increases the absorption of turmeric in the body by 2,000% and even more.

Consume it after a post workout because your muscles are sore and you need to relax your muscles. You can add it to eggs, smoothies, and protein shakes.


Cumin – Burn 3x as much fat

Cumin has been proven to help burn up to three times as much body weight in a person’s circumference. Better yet, cumin is tasty in so many different recipes. You can added it to any fish or meat dish to give it a great smoky taste.

Nagin’s favorite mix is combining cumin with sea salt, an pepper for a barbecue rub. Add some cayenne pepper for more spice. 

Cumin is also great to try in:

  • Hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Egg salad


Skinny Spice #1



Nagina’s Meal Prep Hacks

Nagina’s number one hack is to simplify your batch cooking.  You don’t have to eat the same thing every day. Mix and match between several different options.


1 – Save Sunday for dishes that take a lot of time

Use Sunday or whichever free day you have to make the dish that takes the longest amount of time. However, make sometime that’s also easy like 1-3 different side dishes such as a nutritious carb or something with protein.

Great side dishes can be:

  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Eggplant
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms

Roast the veggies in the oven with cumin, salt, pepper, and even cayenne if you wish. Use a slow cooker so that you can enjoy your day even more while the machine does all the work for you.


2 – Store Your Food in Glass Containers

Ditch the plastic and always store your meal prep foods in glass containers. That way your food will stay fresh for longer amounts of time.


3 – Cook easy protein during the week

If you want, marinate your protein meat (chicken, fish, pork, beef) on a Sunday so that you can cook it on a Monday.

Bake, saute, roast etc. all you want. This way, you don’t have to do all of your cooking on Sunday and you can break up the process.



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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:50 Check out last week’s episode – OSF 164 – 11 Ways to Create Structure For a Crazy Schedule

2:10  About today’s episode: The strategies you can use to get your health and fitness in order when you have a busy schedule

5:00  Send us your favorite healthy recipes in the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

7:25  What pre-workout nutrition is good for us? What about post-workout nutrition?

20:30  Introduction to Nagina Abdullah

21:00  What is Masala Body and how did the blog get its start?

23:30  Why Nagina decided to start her program, Spice Yourself Skinny, and how it changed her life around.

28:30  What Nagina’s daily life and energy was like before she focused on her health and fitness.

31:00  The logistics of how Nagina managed to cook, workout, have a full-time job, and care for her two children.

38:00  How can we properly add spices to our food?

40:50  How much protein does Nagina recommend for her clients?

42:00  The relationship between macro-nutrients and calories.

45:00  The top 3 spices to add to a diet and the benefits of each.

46:00 Cinnamon, the sweet spice

48:35  Turmeric, The ancient, wonder spice that’s also a weight loss hack.

52:30  Cumin, one that can burn 3x as much fat with this spice

55:35  3 Steps to Healthy Meal Planning

1:04:40  How to connect with Nagina

1:06:20  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:10:35 Open Sky Fitness Closing




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