I’ve been off an on the dieting bandwagon for as long as I
can remember, and rarely have I succeeded at sustainable results.
The buzzword ‘Keto’ caught my fancy quite a few months ago,
and I could see the radically positive change it was having on quite a few
people in my circle. I was intrigued, yet all the jargon around macros had me
A casual chat over a work lunch with my colleague Rasha got
us started. We are both Keto newbies and decided to start this journey together.
There has been a whole lot of controversy in the recent past about the role of dairy foods in our diet. The orthodox vegan clan will tell you to give up cow’s milk altogether, and switch to plant-derived drinks. But, in my opinion, just because a drink has a milky appearance, it can never take over the place of actual milk. Take for example the whole controversy on soya milk; it has even been linked to many forms of cancer!
As a mother, I want the best for my child and stick to what we’ve been having for generations. But are all the cow’s milk on the market shelves alike? A week ago, two large cartons of Koita Organic Milk arrived at our doorstep, and we haven’t looked at another brand ever since.
From time immemorial, diamonds have been the most coveted gemstone of all. Ancient sages proclaimed the gemstone has healing powers, and enriches the life of its wearer with health, wealth and an abundance of love.
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It’s sheer brilliance has made it a symbol for purity, and now you can actually illuminate your health and well-being by sipping on water enriched with real diamonds. Diamond Water is the most precious water ever bottled.
“Diamond energy is regarded as the highest spiritual vibration. It brings balance to your soul, while uniting the body and mind, just like our water.” – Diamond Water website.
This may sound like a brand new marketing gimmick, but Diamond Water really does more for your health than your ordinary glass of water. Read on for more.
For Non-Muslims, the notion of fasting from dawn to dusk sans any liquids can sound very daunting. As a practicing Muslim, I get asked about this all the time. The truth is our bodies are the most amazing, adaptable machines and ask any fasting muslim, it really does get easier by Day 2 itself.
Why do we do it? It is ordained by the Almighty for a number of reasons. It gives our bodies a much needed break (the idea of intermittent fasting is only just gaining popularity in mainstream media, but we have been doing it all along!), it helps us develop the virtue of patience and brotherhood, and brings the community together.
In the recent past, the evidence showcasing the endless benefits of fasting has been gaining momentum, and that would be a topic that would stretch across a number of blog posts. One of the lesser known benefits of Islamic fasting is the positive effect it has on fertility. Today’s guest post is by the very articulate Dr. Monikaa Chawla, a Reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist at Fakih IVF Abu Dhabi, who has been practicing the subspecialty for more than 16 years. Dr. Monikaa is not a Muslim and this is what makes her unbiased, scientifically backed reasonings behind the positive link of Islamic fasting and fertility a very interesting one! Read on for more.
It has all the makings of sci-fi fantasy. Walk into the chamber, and come out a rejuvenated, younger you! Back in the day they got the beauty world addicted to the concept of tanning beds. Fastforward to today, and the Dr. Müller brand continues to lead the race by introducing the industry to the concept of Beauty Light Therapy.
Kcal, the ‘healthy fastfood’ concept that offers customized monthly meal plans, now has an upscale dine-in version. Joining hands with one of Dubai’s most popular five-star establishments, Gourmet by Kcal is a marriage of delicious ideas between the original Kcal and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi.
This unique concept is a godsend for the health-conscious. Every single dish served at Gourmet by Kcal is gluten-free, and all the ingredients used are fresh, locally sourced organic produce that is mainly bought from the Ripe Market. If you are counting calories, you will also be happy to see that the menu features a breakdown on the nutritional information of each and every dish.
I got e-introduced to Sue Flamm by my yoga-loving friend Nouf. Based in Spain, Sue has been practicing yoga for over four decades, and launched the Puja Yoga initiative which offers yoga teacher training, retreats, workshops and classes at an international level.
Sue has worked as a yoga practitioner in Dublin, Belgium, Holland, the United states and Valencia Spain and will be going to spread more on Puja Yoga in Dublin and Barcelona this fall.
Given the popularity of yoga in the UAE, I’m sure it won’t be long before Sue has a fan following in our region as well!
Sue is a full-time yoga practitioner, and author to a yoga manual entitled ‘Restorative Yoga with Assists‘ (available on Amazon). Although Sue is her official name, she likes to go by her yoga alias, Puja 🙂 Read on for more details on Puja Yoga from Puja herself!
The past few months have been strenuously taxing on my system. It’s been a roller-coaster ride of bloat, over-eating, travel, time differences and jet-lag. With minimal time to unwind and detox, the idea of a teatox sounded very inviting. Just swap my regular cuppa with a Bootea if you please!
For those who need an introduction, the Bootea 14 Day Teatox has been getting a great deal of social media hype lately. Essentially a set of day and night tea-bags that you sip morning and night, Bootea promises to cleanse and detox the system in 2 weeks flat. A sucker for pretty packaging, I fell in love with the gorgeous pastel pack, and the adorably cute pyramid-shaped teabags.
Balanced Guru is a brand new beauty brand to the UAE market, and has only just launched here this month.
When I heard ‘Balanced Guru’, the name conjured up zen images of beautifully organic products wrapped up in pretty recyclable packaging. I must be psychic because this is essentially the brand’s philosophy!