Keep Eat Real Founders Maria Abi Hanna and Nadine Tayara chat through their brand mission and the biggest challenges they’ve faced to date with the a&e team over Morning Coffee.
Nadine Tayara and Maria Abi Hanna chat their brand mission over Morning Coffee
Putting their combined experience of 25 year’s experiences together, Maria Abi Hanna and Nadine Tayara came together to launch Keep Eat Real.
The UAE-based nutrition and food consultancy aim to help their customers with specializing in menu optimization, nutrition analysis, recipe development, corporate and group wellness. And in a world with extreme lifestyle choices and new fad diets every other day, the duo focus on striking the right balance for each individual customers.
But as Nadine and Maria reveal to the a&e team over Morning Coffee, it hasn’t always been easy as they’ve had to overcome many challenges along the way.
Watch the full interview with Maria and Nadine above, and find out what we discovered talking with them below.
Five Things We Learned Talking To The Keep Eat Real Founders Over Morning Coffee
Healthy eating can be flexible
Maria told us: “We wanted to tell people how to eat healthy in a flexible way and show them that eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be sitting at home, it doesn’t need to be about restriction. We wanted to show they how healthy eating is practical flexible and social… What is healthy for me is not healthy for you… the importance of personalised nutrition is really really important, I cannot stress more on that.”
Focusing energy can be a challenge
Juggling several projects at once, Nadine revealed that deciding where to focus your time and energy each day has been a challenge they’ve faced along the way. She said: “If I could pinpoint one or two challenges… we also had the opportunity to launch two startups at the same time. Which I think if you look back it was a bit crazy of us to do initially, but it was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss. the challenge there was time and focus and putting those in the right places with the right requirements that were needed.”
Everything happens for a reason
When discussing her personal motto, Maria said: “Everything happens for a reason and even if you don’t understand why this is happening, eventually you realise its probably for a good reason and things have a way of falling into place.”
Take more risks
Is the advice Nadine would give her younger self. The Co-Founder elaborated: “For me at least I think definitely to take more risks. I took risks a bit later in life, and a bit more calculated. So you have to just do it.”
Learning to say ‘no’
Nadine explained: “I’ve gotten better at saying no. A lot of it has to do with my energy or my gut feeling. If I really tune into my intuition, my gut, and it’s something really doesn’t feel right, I think I’ve learned to say no to a certain situation, energy or person. So I’ve learned to tap in a bit deeper to say no when I have to.”