Miyan Nutrition Facebook Support Group

Support Group

Join our free support group on Facebook

We are proud to introduce our free, Miyan Nutrition support group.

During lockdown we have all struggled to keep healthy, whether mentally or physically; and a key aspect of maintaining well-being is nutrition and lifestyle.

So we have set up a support group over on Facebook, for anyone to join, where we can share hints, tips and lifehacks, recipes and information, to help support each other through the Covid 19 pandemic, and to help us build a community of health conscious, supportive individuals who are all on their own health journey.

Sals will also be offering regular zoom meetings through this support group, for anyone to join, where we will discuss topics voted for by the group, and help keep everyone on track and up to date with the latest evidence.

Please do come and join us and see how our community can support you!

The 13th Annual McrMet PGR Conference 2021

I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to be the art director, co-marketing lead and brochure lead for the annual postgraduate conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University where I study. The conference is organised by a team of postgraduate students who have volunteered for the opportunity to gain some insight into the inner workings of a conference, as well as gain new skills in management, organisation and communication.

The theme for this years conference is “Diversity and Research in Critical Times: Power in Polyvocality”, and abstract submissions were open to any postgraduate students from any institution and studying under and disciplinary.

We are now less than two weeks away from this exciting event and I can’t wait! I’m very proud of myself and the whole team, for what we have achieved under such trying circumstances due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We not only have over 20 postgraduate students presenting through a range of novel platforms, but also have a huge catalogue of pre-recorded content including a series of podcasts featuring highly influential and current researchers, videos and supporting information in our brochure. We have also partnered with some amazing charity and small business partners, as well as have a full complementary programme of events which will run alongside our event day, providing a broad range of sessions for delegates; from wellbeing focussed meditation and yoga, to talks from charities and organisations.

There is still time to book your FREE ticket and join us on the 17th March 2021

The conference was AMAZING!

It’s now 2 weeks after the conference and I think all of us on the committee are still buzzing from the experience!

31 postgraduate presenters including me; 3 alternative sessions; 3 roundtable guests; 2 inspirational keynote speakers; podcast and poster submissions; LOADS of pre-recorded material including a podcast series, videos and 3 live brochures; Twitter & Instagram channels bursting with conversation…

Sad it’s over but I’m so incredibly proud of all the team!

I will be forever grateful for all of the experience, skills and new relationships which I have gained during the process of planning and running the PGR conference. Taking on a role which was outside of my comfort zone really gave me the opportunity to explore my creativity and work with individuals, software and online platforms which I would not have otherwise had the chance to work with. I can now, truly appreciate the amount of time, work and careful planning which goes into organising and running a large-scale event. Moreover, I have a greater appreciation for working as part of an amazing team, and for the friendships I now have with each of my fantastic fellow committee members!  

My favourite aspect of the conference has to be the range of presentations, especially our two fantastic keynote presentations; all of which were truly inspirational, informative and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from PGRs researching across a diverse range of disciplines, and particularly enjoyed hearing from Prof. Preziosi about his take on the positives which have been driven out of one of the most difficult periods in living history; the Covid 19 pandemic. I was genuinely touched and inspired by the passion which all of our presenters had for their research, especially with regards to how they had adapted and overcome the challenges which we have all experience during this restricting and highly stressful time. 

As well as the main event, I think this year the conference committee out-did themselves in providing a jam-packed alternative program, as well as a constant stream of pre-recorded content in the run up to the conference. We really wanted to focus on inclusivity and celebrate the diversity within the PGR community; including individual preference for communicating our own research, as well as for investigating other’s. I am so proud of everything element of the content which we were able to produce; from podcast interviews with experts in their field, to threads of conversation on social media. I hope that the conference has played some part in highlighting the importance of accommodating and appreciating the vast range of style, creativity and platform through which research can be communicated, and that we can encourage this diversity and inclusion in future events.  

Many thanks and tonnes of appreciation for my fellow committee members:
Anita Hashmi, Zarah Eve, Chloe Turnbull, Anton Roberts, Rebecca Wynne-Walsh, Dominic Barron-Carter, Fatima Habbi; and not least Cathy Combes from MMU Graduate School

About Sals

Hi, I’m Sals, founder of Miyan Nutrition. I’m a registered associate nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition and I have a BSc in Nutritional Sciences. I am also an active researcher and I am currently studying for a PhD in healthcare science, with a focus on the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disorders.

I have always been fascinated with nutrition.

I have always struggled with weight and several chronic conditions from a young age. As far back as I can remember, I have always been overweight, even as a kid. I remember being bullied in school and struggling to control my eating habits as a teenager. In high school, I suffered some serious injuries when I was involved in a car accident, and for about a year I had to use crutches and suffered a lot with my knees healing from the impact of the accident. As I grew older I became more and more in pain, not just with my knees, but over my whole body, but it wasn’t until my 30s that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, also knows as chronic fatigue syndrome of CFS. As well as this, I had always suffered with extremely heavy and painful menstrual cycles, and was also diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. All of these disorders are classed as chronic and, as you can imagine, are all pretty debilitating and limiting at times; and so exercise has always been difficult for me.

I am passionate about helping people to find healthy relationships with food and to learn more about the right nutrition to meet their individual body’s needs. I love to go on a journey of discovery with clients and explore how food has influenced them, and how they think and feel about food and nutrition; and how they can develop a new understanding and relationship with food for a healthy and fulfilled future.