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The Hungry Table

The Hungry Table

By Fatima Saib
Welcome to The Hungry Table, where conversations about food, health and wellness flow freely & where you'll get to listen to and learn from some of the most trusted voices in these industries. It's no secret that food & health is the biggest connectors that we have & it's something that I can talk about for hours on end. Join me as I satisfy my hunger for knowledge and get to know some of the well known faces (and voices) who are changing the way we think about these important topics. Expect conversations about food, literature & living your best, holistic life. Hungry yet? Dig in!
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HEALTH - MELISSA DELPORT on PCOS, fertility and how to eat to beat diseases

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The power of manifestation with Octavia J Hendricks
Octavia is the life coach & healer of your dreams. You might recognise her from a previous episode where we spoke about self-love and now, she's back with even more information to share. This episode is all about the power of manifestation. How it works, why you should believe in it and how it can help you achieve the life you envision.  Connect with Octavia: or book to see her at Renascent Health +27 (73) 672-5463‬  Find here on Instagram
September 19, 2022
Get to know LORNA MASEKO
Chef, author and South Africa's culinary princess, Lorna Maseko is my beautiful guest today on The Hungry Table. Join us as we chat about her new BBC show, Homegrown Tastes South Africa and listen to her share some of her favourite food memories with me. Grab a cup of tea and listen in as we bond over food, travel and cooking! Lorna's show is launching on the 23rd March on DSTV but be sure to follow her on Instagram to keep up with her cooking and some more information on the show:
September 09, 2022
Conquer stress and find your flow with Nicky Rowbotham
Nicky Rowbotham is the kind of person that I wish everyone could meet. Author, intuitive wellness coach and all round wonder-woman, Nicky is on a mission to help everyone achieve a state of flow and balance in their lives. Her latest book, Embrace your Elegant Power is a continuation of the ever-popular 7 Steps to Finding Flow and Nicky delights and surprises readers even more than before.  In this episode, we chat about how stress affects your mental, physical and emotional well-being and share some simple tips on how to make the change you might need. She also offers incredible masterclasses to help you become your best possible self and I highly recommend getting in touch with her if you feel like you need some expert help and advice on conquering your anxiety or stress.  Links: Follow her here Visit her website here Purchase 7 Steps to Finding Flow here Purchase Embrace your Elegant Power here Work with Nicky here
August 18, 2022
WELLNESS - Living an Ayurvedic life with Dr Suresh Vassen
Dr Suresh Vassen has been my go-to Ayurvedic doctor for a few years now - and it's no surprise why. During the initial years of practising medicine, Dr Vassen experienced a lack of fulfilment and discontent when treating patients using conventional allopathic medicine, relieving symptoms only and not really improving the patient’s general well-being and quality of life. This led him to the exploration and study of Ayurvedic medicine, Acupuncture and Homeopathy. He found great enthusiasm, delight and satisfaction in integrating conventional medicine with these natural modalities of healing. In this podcast, we chat about how one can live a life in harmony with nature whilst making small changes and shifts to improve one's health and quality of life. It's filled with useful information that could be used for just about anyone!  Links: Find his tips on how to do a sesame oil massage here. Learn more about him here. Contact Details: Call: 082 772 2062 Email:
August 15, 2022
HEALTH - Dr Leila on the different types of energy, nurturing your body and living a more holistic life
Shaman, intuitive healer, aesthetic doctor and medical practitioner, Dr Leila Sadien is one of the most important people in my life.  With a life-long goal to bring holistic healthcare to all of her patients, Dr Leila has explored and studied a number of ancient healing modalities and is passionate about creating harmony and beauty in the world. In this episode, Dr Leila and I explore the various kinds of energy (masculine and feminine) and talk about how important it is to nurture and look after the body.  I have recommended her services to everyone I know and it's no surprise why! Follow her below:
July 18, 2022
HEALTH - The benefits of acupuncture for PCOS and overall wellness with Dr Prinisha Jugroop
Acupuncture is one of my favourite treatments for a myriad of illnesses and Dr Prinisha Jugroop is my go-to doctor when I need some Chinese Medicine Traditional healing. She's a Registered Chinese medicine and Acupuncture Practitioner based in Rylands, Cape Town and has successfully accomplished 2 degrees at the University of the Western Cape and has had the opportunity to work at various clinics over the course of 2 years in South Africa. Dr Jugroop is qualified in Diagnosing and Treating patients with the accord's to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture such as General Medicine, Paediatrics, Dermatology and Gynaecology. As well as treating conditions ranging from Musculoskeletal (Pain), Gastroenterology, Neurological and Psychological.  Her passion lies in: - Psychological Mental Health, paying close attention to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and sleep disorders;  lastly; - Gynaecology, including fertility, absent menstruation, irregular menstruation, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis. Dr Jugroop believes in the quality of care and creates individualized treatment plans according to your own body in means of getting to the root cause of your condition, and not only the symptoms presented from it.  Read more on and follow her on Instagram at
June 06, 2022
WELLNESS - Self-love, disciplining the mind & trusting yourself with OCTAVIA HENDRICKS
Octavia Hendricks is pure magic. A wellness coach, holistic healer, inspirational speaker and life coach, Octavia is the one person you're going to want in your corner. In this episode, we talk about disciplining the mind, why self-love is important and why the way you talk to yourself is game-changing. Octavia is the CEO of OSUN Rise and works as a life coach and healer at Renascent Health in Cape Town. For more than 15 years Octavia has been involved in the sphere of Personal Development, facilitating self-development and self-discovery workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa. These workshops are designed to provide tools for individuals to work personally on all important aspects of human existence. Octavia has been working under the tutelage of various international pioneers and international facilitators in energy and human consciousness, as a mechanism for creating meaning in the world. As a Healing Hands Therapist, Counsellor and Naturopath, she specialises in assisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies produce dis-ease. "Persistent thoughts become persistent behaviours, persistent behaviours become beliefs and beliefs shift us into having a persona" - Octavia  Connect with Octavia: or book to see her at Renascent Health +27 (73) 672-5463‬ Find here on Instagram 
May 23, 2022
HEALTH - Eat for fertility & heal your PCOS with AIMEE RAUP
Fertility expert, acupuncturist, and health coach, Aimee Raup is the fertility goddess you never knew you needed. With 4 best-selling books, an online coaching program, and an incredible team of herbalists, acupuncturists, and fertility specialists, Aimee has made it her life's mission to help thousands of women fall and stay pregnant naturally, cure their hormone issues and heal their bodies. She's a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Her work has been featured on a myriad of incredible sites like Martha Steward,  Goop, Allure, and The View.  Her latest book, The Egg Quality Diet has changed the lives of so many women and was definitely a huge help during my own fertility journey. Aimee believes in eating the right fats, eating lots of veggies and ensuring that you get enough protein into your diet (along with some lifestyle changes). Purchase her other books below: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant  Body Belief Chill out and get healthy Be sure to keep up with her on Instagram and visit her website to learn more about her work. 
May 09, 2022
HEALTH - MELISSA DELPORT on PCOS, fertility and how to eat to beat diseases
Listen to this podcast if you:  Have PCOS or any other fertility problem, want to eat healthily but don't know where to begin, struggle with stress and anxiety around food... Cookbook author, food stylist, and holistic health coach, Melissa Delport is the foodie BFF of my dreams. Melissa comes with a wealth of knowledge on how to live a holistic life and shares how she lost 25 kg's, and cured her PCOS and pre-diabetes through food and changing her lifestyle. We chat about adaptogens, stress, and our favourite food and beauty brands that can help you and your family live a healthier life.  Purchase Melissa's books here and follow her on IG @melissa__delport Alisa Vitti's books, "In the Flo" and "WomanCode" Eureka Mills, ABALOBI, Faithful-to-Nature, Esse, Skoon, L.A Farms, Ethical Meats, Frankie Fenner and a whole lot more... 
April 17, 2022
Woolworths Taste Food Editor and Eat Out Chief Judge, Abigail Donnelly shares her career journey and inspiration. I've looked up to Abigails work for more than 9 years and she's been a dream guest to have on this podcast for months, so imagine my delight at getting to share this with all of you today. Abigail chats about how she got started in food, shares some of her favourite food books and brings a wealth of knowledge about the food industry. Join us at we talk about good food, good writing and what she loves to buy at Woolworths This is one episode not to be missed.
April 07, 2022
FOOD - Getting to know QUEEN FINXA, the Queen of Sorghum.
With an impressive academic background and a thrill for leaning new things, Zandile Queen Finxa is the best kind of person to have in one's life. In this episode, we chat about her Sorghum Agenda, how she got into food and the importance of eating for nourishment. Queen is a chef, food scientist and studying to become a doula - making her a powerhouse of note! Follow her on Instagram @queen_finxa to keep up to date with what she's doing. The Hungry Table podcast is here to nourish you with great conversation all about food and wellness. We will be chatting to some of the biggest influences in food to learn more about their journey and the role that food plays in their lives. Be sure to follow @fatimasaib on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast.
February 04, 2022