Help a girl out…

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Dear readers…..

Welcome back to the Goodnite club! It was a long awaited day.

I’m afraid this post is going to be more for girls. Actually I was browsing the internet and was trying to look for some skincare products to use at night. Lately my skin has been breaking out (probably because of all the unhealthy foods I’ve been eating 🙂 ) and I don’t have any specific products that I use. What kind of products would you recommend?

That’s all I have for today, sorry for the short post! If you have anything else you would like to talk about then leave a comment below! 

Truly Raisa



Tomorrow’s Sun…

“Out of the universe, a million stars just passing by say that I’m nothing but I’m more than just a debris” – Suggi (Astroboy)

Dear readers of the Goodnite Club….


Welcome back. I hope you all had a good day, did you do anything special? Of course for everyone every day is looking the same but I think even if we weren’t in quarantine it would still look the same. It’s either work or school and then an evening at home. I guess there are a few people who can say their lives are extraordinary but it’s always how you make it.

You can either live in the present and do something different everyday, or complete the same routine day in and day out. For the sake of money we throw away a lot. I want to be one of those people, who can say their life is extraordinary, I just hope I get there soon. There are people who love routine and love to live an ordinary life and that’s okay because for them, that’s extraordinary.

What about you? Would you say your life is extraordinary? 

Truly Raisa


To the stars who listen….

“To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered” – Sarah J Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

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Dear readers of the GoodNite club…..


Everyone, how was your day? Did you do anything special today?

Because of the virus, every day looks the same for me. I wake up and do the same thing that I did yesterday. Isn’t that the same for everyone recently?

Recently I don’t like to wake up in the mornings. A new day, another day closer to my deadlines. Another day to stress about university assignments and realise that I’m only one more day closer to my deadline. It’s frustrating and boring at the same time.

This is why I like the night time a lot. It’s free time for me to do whatever I want! I end up watching a TV show with my friend first and then I come here and then maybe watch something else after? But it’s fun and stress-free and so I like it!

And then I dread the morning that comes after. It’s the same endless cycle.

Everyone, what do you do at home these days to keep yourself entertained?


Leave a comment below and I wish you all a good night! 

Truly Raisa




Tonight’s TMI….

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Dear readers….

Welcome back to the GoodNite club! I don’t think I explained properly why I chose the word “Good night”. I watched in a drama somewhere that if you can eat well and sleep well, then you have a good life.  But even though those people can’t sleep don’t they deserve a good night too? Maybe they like to write or draw or read a book, just something in the peace and quiet of the night?

So that’s the kind of concept I thought of when I came up with the name…

So my dear readers….tonight’s TMI is … I looked out of my window today. You’re probably going to think I’m stupid and yes I’ve always had a window to look out at but I’ve never had the time. To just stop and look. It’s a nice thing to do when you’re stuck in your home all the time.

” I really want to go outside but I can’t so I’ll watch it from here.”

How is quarantine going for everyone?


That’s all I have for tonight, if there’s anything you want to talk about (it can be totally anonymous you don’t have to give any names) then write in the comment section below. I’ll be waiting…

Truly Raisa

It’s a night to start something new…

“Good Night” is a saying used to say to someone who is about to sleep. But what about those who can’t sleep? Wouldn’t they have a good night too?
GoodNite Club is now open so come on in and let’s talk and enjoy this night with all it’s stars and wonders…

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Dear readers…

Welcome to the opening of GoodNite Club! For the longest time I couldn’t write any more blog posts because I felt like I had nothing else to say.  Actually these days I can’t sleep well, I end up staring at the ceiling either worrying about something in the present or worrying about tomorrow. And so I started to keep a diary.

But that didn’t work out well. I wanted to write but I wanted to interact with others in the same position as me. And so I decided to use my blog and take it into a new direction!

I want to interact with my readers more and so every night I will come here to the GoodNite Club and post something and let’s have a talk in the comment section. If there’s something worrying you or even if you wish someone to listen to you, I will lend you my ear.

So when you can’t sleep one night, let’s meet here and dream of the stars…


Is there anything you would like to talk about? Write a comment and let’s talk!

Truly Raisa

Getting back into routine after the holidays!

Hello everyone! I’m back with another post! As you all may know from my previous post I went on holiday for the month of December to Dubai and Pakistan and we all know getting back into routine after a holiday is the hardest thing to do. That’s what this week’s post is going to be about! Shall we begin? 

As you all may know from my long hiatus and from my previous post I went on holiday for the month of December. If you missed the post you can click on this link and read that first Dubai 2019! .  I missed all the days where I can just wake up and have no checklist or anything to do but do nothing.

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Me on Holiday


Work and student life can get stressful sometimes and a break away from it all sounds amazing sometimes. So then the long-awaited holiday comes and you’re living your best life and it all passes by pretty quickly and the dreaded journey home finally comes. Dreading going back to work and back into studying can be the worst. I was absolutely dreading it when I had to come back and I only had 6 days to revise for my exam! I spent 6 days cramming revision in when I wanted nothing more than to be back on holiday again. After my exam had ended it was the biggest sigh of relief but I still hadn’t got back into any routine. My diet was a mess and I so badly wanted to go back to my regular exercises but was too lazy to do so.

I slowly went back to work but only once or twice in the week where the rest of my days were spent either at university preparing for my dissertation or at home being the lazy ass I was. Image result for sailor moon lazy

I spent about two weeks being lazy and watching too many dramas with take-away twice or skipping dinner altogether. One thing I am happy is that I am reunited with my laptop and my blog! There is nothing I wanted more than to write a post as I am now!

I started getting back into routine last week and started running after work and applying for some work experience and jobs. This is my latest struggle. I am studying Nutrition in university and want to build on my work experience but haven’t been able to find a placement. If there is anyone in London who is a fellow Nutrition student or even a Nutritionist and has any advice about where to look for work experience please comment some advice below and help a sister out! 😦

I also kind of lost most of my appetite since I’ve been back, I’ve been skipping breakfast and lunch when I’m not at home and I’m quite used to it because back in Pakistan I used to skip breakfast and lunch too and just eat dinner at weddings or something. Now before any of you say that it’s not good to skip meals I know it’s not, but I can’t force myself to eat when I’m not hungry because that can easily turn into binge-eating for me so I need to find a healthy balance soon.

Now you can see my struggle of getting back into routine 😦  University will officially reopen next week and it will be back to the same old stresses about dissertations and assignments but, I plan to build a healthy routine and get a head start on my assignments soon so I won’t be stressing too much!

That’s all I had for this week! I’ll be back next week with another post, if you have any topics you want me to talk about let me know in the comments below! 


-Yours Truly Raisa 

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How to diet when you’re not dieting + Holiday 2019!

Hello everyone! Although I literally say this all the time, but it really has been a long time since I have blogged and I’ve missed it a lot 😦 There is just a certain type of creativity here that somehow always brings me back to this space. Moving on, the reason for my unannounced hiatus was because I went on holiday! This week’s post is all about my time off and some advice about dieting. Shall we begin? 

Dubai 2019!

The first part of the trip was our short stay in Dubai. We stayed there for 4 days and it honestly was amazing! It felt so good to step into hot weather after being in the cold London winter. On the first evening, we went out to this place called Global Village. Inside there were little marketplaces representing each country in the world and they sold famous things from that specific country. It was quite interesting to go into some of the marketplaces and see the specialities of different countries. I even tried Turkish ice-cream too! Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures from the Global Village that I can share publicly 😦

The second day was actually my favourite. We left early in the morning and took a drive to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and it was a sight to see. In all the mosques I have visited in my life so far this would have to be my favourite. It had this peaceful, serene vibe that made me not want to leave the place. Enjoy a few pictures of the mosque and it is a place that I recommend everyone to go to!

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Later that night we went to the Dubai Mall and we saw the water fountain show near the Burj Khalifa which was pretty amazing, considering it is my first water fountain show. There was an animated show that played on the Burj Khalifa first and was beautiful seeing the Burj Khalifa light up in different colours! This is a picture I took from the water fountain show.


On the next morning, we took a yacht ride around Dubai and the views were breathtaking. with the sun shining on the blue water as it was sparkling. This is a picture of the view from the yacht.



In the afternoon, we went sight seeing to Jumeirah Beach to take pictures near the Burj Al Arab. We didn’t spend very long as we were all tired so we took pictures and we had to go to the Safari desert for dinner. The Safari dinner started off actually really well with a very jumpy ride on the safari desert and to top it off there was dinner and entertainment such as traditional dances and more. The sunset on the safari was something of a painting and although my phone’s camera wasn’t so good I hope I managed to capture a good picture.



On the last day we just had lunch and headed to the airport to go home to Pakistan. Pakistan was just really busy and there was literally no room to breathe because there were so many weddings! I won’t share in detail what happened as it was a personal holiday and there was so much that happened that I’ll literally be ending up writing an essay! So that’s all for my holiday for 2019, I hope you enjoyed it and all the pictures, there is more on my highlights on my Instagram! The link should be on the Contact page so you can find that there!


How to diet when you’re not on a diet.

Now, if you have read my previous post about diet culture you’ll probably be questioning why I’m writing this post. But, while I can rant about how disgusting the diet culture is I can only offer advice to the people that still choose to diet regardless. If you are a person who likes to diet or even doesn’t like to diet but still wants to have some control over what you eat then be free to read on. I won’t be asking you to follow any of those celebrity-endorsed diets that helps you lose weight but works only for a period of time before you gain weight again. Hopefully, these tips will help you gain healthy eating habits.

  1. Cut down on portion sizes: The first step to any kind of diet you want to follow might be cutting down on portion sizes. If you have two slices of bread for breakfast and lunch maybe cutting it down to consuming bread only once in a day.
  2. More physical activity: 1 hour of exercise a week may not be enough, maybe completing 2 and a half hours of any kind of physical activity including house chores.
  3. More fruit and vegetables: Fruit and vegetable consumption is very low recently and more fruit and vegetables mean more nutrients and fibre in your diet.
  4. Eat a balanced diet: Try to balance what’s on your plate between protein, vegetables and some carbohydrate. An example of this could be some rice and chicken with asparagus on the side.
  5. Decrease snacking: One of the biggest culprits of gaining weight is snacking. Maybe trying to decrease the number of snacks consumed in a day or even to swap some unhealthy snacks with some healthy ones.

This is all the tips I have for now but starting off with these tips could really lead to a healthier diet.

This is all I had for this week but I hope you enjoyed my post and I can’t wait to see you guys next week! 


-Yours Truly Raisa


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Diet Culture.

Hey everyone! I’m back with another post! Recently, I’ve been watching the news and there’s talks about banning eating on public transport as a tactic to prevent childhood obesity. If you ask me, I think it’s worth an effort but it won’t be entirely effective because people can just eat the same regular sugary foods before or after their bus or train ride. So inspired about talking all things diet, I’ve decided to talk about diet culture. Shall we begin?

What is Diet Culture?

These days diets, clean eating and the fitness world are becoming a popular industry. There’s a million different diets out there, some of which are sponsered by celebrities and social media influencers but do these diets really work? Diet culture is literally the whole system of following different diets in the hopes that individuals can have that “perfect” body image in the media that is haunting innocent souls. Books, Apps, magazines and many other things are being bought by individuals in the public about different fad diets to try and the money companies are making brainwashing individuals that their diet actually works! I’m not going to lie, most of the diets actually work and people lose the weight, but what happens after they finally get that “perfect” body image? They’ll feel accomplished and then go back to eating all the foods they restricted from their diets for so long and eventually gain back all the weight they worked so hard to lose.

Fad Diets

Fad diets are usually diets we see in the media that are often really restricting and have claims of losing a large amount of weight in only a week! Fad diets could either be a diet that promises that one ingredient can make you lose weight without any effort, or how one food has this crazy effect that can help you lose weight and you should only consume that one food. I know drinking celery juice is a huge hype and while it has been proven not to have any harmful effects, there isnt any studies suggesting it can help any medical condition or weight loss problem you might have.

The only advice I would have when following a specific diet is to find a diet that promotes balanced eating of all nutrients including carbs and fats, and something that won’t promise that one special food or one special ingredient is the magic bean to all your weight problems. A diet that seems realistic, promotes eating healthy and eating a balanced diet while placing emphasis on physical activity and eating fruit and vegetables! Most of these fad diets do work, I’m not denying that they dont work, but they may not necesarily be good for your health so eating a balanced diet is the best with flaws and carbs and all.

My last piece of advice I would like to give to anyone who is trying to lose weight is to try and enjoy the food you eat and try to indulge in the good, the bad and the ugly. Don’t hate food and try not to overthink too much about “clean eating ” its okay to have a chocolate filled Krispy Kreme doughnut every once in a while. And definitely NO cheat days! You can have an unhealthy snack or a meal every once in a while don’t set a specific day to do this otherwise it might be hard to turn back into a habit of eating healthy. Just try not to have a bad relationship with your food and constantly obsess over your weight and your appearance and how you eat, it’s not healthy mentally or physically. You’re perfect just as you are!


Thank you all for being with me today! I hope you like this post and together we can overcome diet culture!


-Yours Truly, Raisa


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My Dissertation Topic: Herbs and the body.

Hello everyone! In just a week I will be starting my third year in university so I decided to talk about my dissertation topic! It’s all about herbs and the affects it can have on some of the systems of our body. Is it good for us? Should we stop eating herbs?
Shall we begin?

So, to explain in detail and in a simple way, herbs are known to have some effects on our body and in a good way. It has been experimented and there are a lot of studies on herbs and the effects it has on our body. My dissertation is focusing on two different things, the effects it has on glucose levels in the body and the antioxidants in the body and the two herbs I am focusing on are Rosemary and Sage.

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Glucose is a sugar component that can be found in food sources and is part of the carbohydrate family. Glucose is very important in our bodies and it can be digested and stored in our bodies for use when we are fasting and not eating. The process for glucose being stored and digested needs insulin which is a hormone that allows the process of glucose use in the body. I hope this is all making sense! In some bodies insulin stops being produced and the glucose levels in the body become irregular. This then leads to illnesses such as diabetes. Some foods help maintain and regulate glucose levels in the body, my dissertation is researching the effects of rosemary and sage and what happens to the glucose levels in our body after we have consumed these herbs.

Antioxidants are components that could be found in food sources and are very beneficial for health and reducing what is called ‘oxidative stress’ in the body. This oxidative stress can damage body cells and can lead to illnesses and diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. These antioxidants can be found in herbs that I am studying which is rosemary and sage. My dissertation will be focusing also on the antioxidant activity in these herbs.

So that’s basically what my dissertation is about, in a nutshell. It’s very lab-based and will be very interesting! I will keep you all updated about the progress of the project throughout the year and hopefully it all goes well!

That’s all I had for this week! If you have any requests or any topics you would like me to discuss than be sure to let me know! I actually have a blog post planned which is a little different from what I usually write about and it is more nutrition based.


-Yours Truly, Raisa

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Dinner ideas.

Hello everyone! I’m back with another blog post, and if you have seen in my previous posts I mostly discuss breakfast ideas or ideas for packed lunches but this week is going to be about dinner ideas. So if you’re planning a party or a dinner for family or friends then this is the post for you! Shall we begin?


So the first idea is dedicated to my undying love for prawns and shrimp! And this recipe is for shrimp pasta with creamy mozarella sauce! This is a fairly simple recipe that takes about 30 minutes to make, so if you are someone who tends to be fairly busy in the day, I would recommend this to you! I would definitely try this at some point! The link to the recipe is here: Shrimp pasta with creamy mozarella sauce!

Soup is usually a perfect starter for any dinner planned! I love my family’s famous chicken soups in the winter, so I found a recipe for a chicken soup that is similar! Italian Chicken Soup! This recipe is a little different than what we are used to making in our family as we like to add more spices and have a nice tingly flavour in the mouth as you’re eating your soup, however this is a really simple recipe that would bring a warm, cozy feeling on a cold winter’s night!

For me, I’ve always liked the idea of a rice bowl! It’s always a filling and healthy way of a dinner! So I have found the perfect recipe for Cajun chicken with coriander and Lime rice! It’s a 30 minute recipe which includes a lot of vegetables and nutrients such as vitamin C, A and protein! The link to this recipe is here: Cajun Chicken with Coriander and Lime Rice. 

If you don’t already know, I absolutely LOVE salad bowls! It makes a perfect side dish or even a main course! It’s very simple to put together some rice, vegetables and any other ingredients you may enjoy! So this next recipe is for a healthy quinoa summer salad which consists of quinoa, avocado, cucumber, spring onions, tomatoes and her s! The recipe for this delicious salad is here: Healthy Quinoa Summer Salad.

Burritos also make a very delicious dinner idea! This recipe I found is specially for anyone following a vegan diet! It is rich in fibre and protein and packed full of vegetables! I have personally never ate a burrito but after reading the recipe I would definitely try it out one day and when I do, I will upload it onto my instagram!  You can find the recipe here: The Ultimate Vegan Protein Burrito. This burrito is a very healthy alternative and is packed with nutrients and a LOT of protein!

The Ultimate Vegan Protein Burrito
This is the picture of the burrito from the website!


So that is all I had for now! Honestly there were so many recipes to choose from and my main problem is that I can’t seem to choose just one! If you have any recipe suggestions feel free to leave a comment or if you have anything you want me to write a post about you can always DM me on my instagram which can be found on my contacts page at the bottom!


-Yours Truly, Raisa

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