Syeda Iqra Faiyaz – The Unconventional Nutritionist
Coming from an educated and broad minded family, Syeda Iqra Faiyaz was always encouraged to spread her wings, and leave no stone unturned to turn even the most impossible-sounding of her dreams into reality. She was taught early on that being a girl, and not a boy, made absolutely no difference and that she could work as hard as any boy to achieve her goals and aspirations. After completing her O’ levels and A ‘levels, she pursued her B.Sc. (Hons) in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition from Kinnaird College for Women. Iqra then moved on to do her M.Sc. (Hons) in Human Nutrition, specializing in Public Health, from University of Glasgow, UK. Iqra is presently working as a consultant nutritionist at Fitness & Herbs, lecturer at University of South Asia, spokesperson on Global Public Health and a motivational speaker. All this may sound like an awful lot, but Iqra’s dreams know no bounds, and she will continue to follow as far as they take her.
Iqra has been working on an international and national level for the last 7 years. She served as a student advisor and counsellor for international students to the UK, and also possesses work experience with both public and private companies, such as Tetra Pak, Abbott Nutrition, and Nestle etc. Currently, she is a lecturer at University of South Asia and is also running and marketing her clinic, where she gives weight management and counseling tips using her nutrition product, ‘Herbal Water’.
‘At first, I wanted to be a doctor, but I am also relatively business minded, so I decided to incorporate all my passions into one. I absolutely love what I do!’
Through the various aspects of work, Iqra tries her best to at least crack the stereotypes that seem to have engulfed our society. She not only trains her young, aspiring nutrition students to be equipped with knowledge, but also helps them built distinctive personalities that will, in the long run, aid them in their future endeavors.
‘In my clinic, I don’t sell a ‘zero-figure image’, in fact I encourage my clients to aim for an emotionally and physically healthy self. Seeing my clients happy and content gives me a sense of satisfaction that can’t be described in words.’
Iqra is extremely bothered by the seemingly general opinion that women are emotionally weak, and can’t handle a lot of stress. She believes that we need to stop limiting women and let them be what they can do.
‘I prove it every day by working and meeting the demands of an organization and also by successfully running my clinic. It is hard, but not impossible.’
Iqra firmly believes that in the society that we live in, it is essential that we stick to our straight line, avoid shortcuts and let our work speak for itself.
‘Work hard party harder! Give yourself a treat now and then, so that you can shine and be your best.’