Zainab Mudallal

Zainab is a news writer for Elite Daily, focusing on her personal passions of health, fitness and wellness. She has formerly written for Quartz, The Atlantic and National Geographic Magazine. She graduated from the University of Maryland after growing up in the Middle East most of her life. She's a fluent speaker of Arabic and Spanish, and is obsessed with yogurt.

Recent Articles

There's A Real Reason Some People Get Sunburns And Others Don't

Now that summertime is here, the temperature is up. That means no more scarves, coats and sweaters. It’s time to break out the shorts, flip-flops and swimsuits in order to cool off and soak up the sun’s warm rays. But for some people, it means going …
By Zainab Mudallal

People Who Love The Beach Are Healthier And Know How To Chill Out

Most of my fondest memories as a child are of time spent at the beach. Growing up on the island of Abu Dhabi, I was always no more than 10 minutes away from the sun, sand and waves. I remember my dad teaching me how to swim, going fishing, catching a…
By Zainab Mudallal

Clumsy People, Rejoice! There’s A Scientific Reason You’re Such A Klutz

We all can all think of at least one friend who seems to stumble over everything and constantly injure him or herself. I’m not talking about the occasional tumble up the stars, but the constant struggle of people tripping over their own feet and walk…
By Zainab Mudallal

18 Delicious, Guilt-Free Smoothies To Replace Unhealthy Desserts

It's the time of year for soft-serve, popsicles, shaved ice and sorbet. But traditional frozen desserts, although perfect when paired with a hot, sunny day in the park, tend to come with an excess of fat, sugar and calories. Just as refreshing is a b…
By Zainab Mudallal

Do More: Two Business Executives Give Advice On How To Be A Leader (Video)

There are often many keys to being a successful leader -- no matter how old you are or what type of business you're part of. With young entrepreneurs on the rise, the CEO of Daily Mail, North America, Jon Steinberg, and Warby Parker cofounder Neil Bl…
By Zainab Mudallal

13 Ways To Fall Asleep When You Can't Stop Tossing And Turning

We’ve all been there. You’re tossing and turning in bed and counting sheep, but can’t seem to get any shuteye. You feel tired; your body is exhausted. But you can’t get it to fall asleep. You have to be up in five hours. What to do? In fact, Millenni…
By Zainab Mudallal

Save Your Tuition Money: College Might Not Be Worth It For Entrepreneurs

With student debt and the cost of higher education skyrocketing, more and more potential students and families are questioning the worth of a college degree. For entrepreneurs, the question is even harder to address -- the likes of Steve Jobs, Richar…
By Zainab Mudallal

Why Your Friday Night Would Be More Fulfilling If You Just Stayed In

Every now and then, I like to spend my Friday night at home. Call me a homebody, but spending my Friday night on my couch is extremely fulfilling. I’m serious. After a long week of work and not getting enough sleep, I leave the office and go straight…
By Zainab Mudallal

This Senator May Have Just Won Millennials With A Plan For Free College

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill in the Senate that has Millennials everywhere rejoicing. The independent senator and democratic presidential candidate introduced the College of All Act, legislation that would make undergraduate tuiti…
By Zainab Mudallal

The Key To A Lean Body Could Be As Simple As Chewing Your Food More

When I was a little girl, my parents would often yell at me for not chewing my food enough. I never understood why chewing was so important. My mission was to get my food in my belly; to quickly curb any hunger I was experiencing. That mission is sti…
By Zainab Mudallal

Columbia Student Brings Her Mattress To Graduation To Protest Rape Case

Today is graduation day for students at Columbia College, the oldest undergraduate college of Columbia University. Many students proudly marched across the stage, free of the final exams and burdens of college. But Emma Sulkowicz walked across the st…
By Zainab Mudallal

What It's Like When A Clean-Eating Obsession Turns Into An Eating Disorder

Dr. Steven Bratman's first career was as an organic farmer in the late 70s. While working on the farm, he slowly became very obsessed with healthy food and even pictured himself scrambling in the dirt for raw vegetables and herbs. He wouldn't eat any…
By Zainab Mudallal

There’s A Big Difference Between Working Out In The Morning And At Night

They say the early bird always gets the worm, but in the case of workouts, that isn’t necessarily true. We always try to pin down the answer to when the best time to work out is, whether it’s at the crack of dawn or after a long workday. But the answ…
By Zainab Mudallal

7 Things Besides Sex That Will Give You The Same Feeling As An Orgasm

An orgasm is often thought of as a sexual event, and rightfully so. But despite their sexual origins, orgasms don’t always have to result from sex, masturbation or whatever gets you off. In fact, there are other, more common actions that prove to pro…
By Zainab Mudallal

32 Realities International Students Experience While Studying In The US

Many international students, like myself, take the leap of faith and leave their hometowns in hopes of a great (yet pricey) education in The Land of the Free. It's a scary decision to leave our families behind and live in a foreign land where everyth…
By Zainab Mudallal

10 'Healthy' Foods That Aren't Actually As Good For You As You Think

Almost everything is marketed as “healthy,” “natural” and “organic” these days, so it’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t. While the FDA recently debunked the healthiness of KIND bars, their nutritional values are still up for debate. KIND bar …
By Zainab Mudallal

The Reason Your Allergies Are So Bad Has To Do With The Gender Of Trees

'Tis the season of blooming trees and sunshine, which also means the season of hacking, watery eyes, drowsiness and sneezing, thanks to pollen. [caption id="attachment_1027642" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Giphy[/caption] If you're among myself a…
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People Who Make Their Beds In The Morning Are Happier And More Productive

Making your bed is an easy task that often goes out the window when you are no longer being nagged by your parents to do it. Whether you're rushing to work, or too lazy to climb over your bed to secure the fitted sheet, it should come as no surprise …
By Zainab Mudallal

What $1,500 A Month In Rent Will Get You In Cities Around The World

Living in a city like New York or London comes with ups and downs. You're in a bustling, exciting city, but likely spending most (or all) of your money on a tiny apartment that barely has a full bathroom. Location has always been the reason a house o…
By Zainab Mudallal

There's A Good Chance The Universe Is Just One Big F*cking Hologram

We live in a world of Tupac and Stephen Hawking holograms. But has it ever crossed your mind that we might be living in a hologram? Before your mind is blown, "hologram" in scientific terms isn't as literal as you think. It means two-dimensional, bu…
By Zainab Mudallal