Meet Siffat Haider, lifestyle blogger and host of the “Dream bigger podcast”. She talks to us about a typical day in the life of an influencer and how a meeting with a Naturopathic doctor changed her life from curbing anxiety to balancing hormones…
When did you first realise you needed to see a Naturopathic doctor?
I started reading a lot of books by naturopathic doctors and holistic medicine practitioners at the beginning of the year. Seeing the changes that proper nutrition and eliminating certain foods floored me. I first saw an ND in May because I felt consistently low on energy and wanted to know what was causing it.
How did this encounter change your life?
Oh gosh, how did it not encounter change?! The books I read helped me clear my skin, and made me feel better than I ever had in my life. When I met my ND, she prescribed specific supplements which increased my energy levels (like the right brand of iron, which is absorbable and non-constipating), helped my anxiety, and balanced my hormones.
Do you think it’s weird that Brits don’t have them on speed-dial?
I think the only people who have NDs on speed-dial is Californians. I’m Canadian, and most people I know don’t have an ND, but my goal is to educate people on why its important to turn to more holistic healing modalities for everyday problems, instead of running to the doctor and getting prescription drugs. I think the world needs to do better when it comes to the way they treat their bodies, and we all need to have a trusted naturopathic doctor. Sure, if you have an acute problem, go to an allopathic doctor, but otherwise, naturopathy is the way to go.
What are some of your favourite things about London?
I love so many things about London. The city has such an incredible energy to it, and as a creative, I feel like the opportunities are endless. It’s one of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to food and fashion. And I love the history. I think I must have been a Londoner in another lifetime.
Tell us about your “Dream bigger podcast”
The Dream Bigger Podcast had been quietly gestating for about a year before I decided to pursue it. I wanted a new way to connect with my audience and bring in experts in wellness, beauty, fitness, and business, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do so than through a podcast. I love chatting with people, hearing their stories, and sharing that with my audience, in hopes of adding value to their lives.
Can you describe a typical day in the life of a travel, lifestyle and fashion blogger…
No two days are the same. Everyday I’m up at 6am, and after my morning routine, I dive into emails at around 7. After that, I spend an hour on Pinterest, responding to DMs and comments on Instagram, and figuring out my to-do list for the rest of the day. I usually take calls before noon, and then I head to my workout by 10/11am. If I have meetings, I schedule them after my workout so I can be as efficient with my time as possible.
Afterwards, I come home and either write, shoot, or edit. I usually have podcast interviews about 2 times a week as well. Usually I wrap everything up by 7 and either have downtime or head to an event.
What do you hope to achieve from your platform…
Honestly, my biggest goal has always been to inspire and cultivate a community of positive, like-minded people. I want my platform to be a space that inspires people to live their best lives and follow their dreams, while also very candidly speaking about challenges. It seeks to inform and inspire.
Who would be your favourite person to interview and why?
Gwyneth Paltrow, without a doubt. I think she’s the most incredible businesswoman, and a true trailblazer in the wellness field. I admire her for having the courage to talk about things that others don’t talk about.
Toronto or LA?
New York – hah! I love LA, but I don’t know how to drive, so I couldn’t live there. Also, I just love to walk! I think New York is a nice in-between. It has a robust wellness scene (which is important to me), while still having the fast-paced lifestyle which I love. I’m an East Coast girl, I don’t have it in me to be as chill as Californians.
If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.