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Proper nutrition and physical activity are the foundation to a healthy body. But that’s a hard formula to teach our young ones. Junk food is everywhere and resisting temptation is difficult, especially for children. Whether it’s a celebration or a simple night at home, cakes, cupcakes, pizza and sodas seem to be a regular part of the fun.  As a physical education teacher and a health promoter I see my students come to class in...

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On the surface, Florence Gillet, 39, looks like a happy-go-lucky mother of two beautiful kids. Naturally slim and a champion of feminism and body positivity, you’d never guess that she’s lived though more than a decade of disordered eating that stemmed from something as simple as increasing her intake of fruit and vegetables. What she didn’t know back then, as a 25-year-old whose plan was to lose a few pounds to “look better” in her...

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Ma’an, The Authority of Social Contribution, will host a new space called the The Exchange at Yas Mall through to March 7.   The Exchange will serve as a platform to offer inspiration, free workshops and the chance to meet like-minded people who are passionate about helping others. Visitors can also learn more about Ma’an’s mission, discover volunteering opportunities and take steps toward fostering their own social enterprises. “Abu Dhabi is full of potential budding...

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Many young children grow up dreaming of playing professional sports, of emulating their heroes – the Messis, Serenas and LeBrons. For most, the dream simply remains that, as we slowly ease into normal society and watch our heroes from afar. Some of us, however, carry a few more “what if’s” into adulthood. I really did have the chance to become a professional football athlete. Unfortunately, several major injuries and an inability to deal with physical issues...

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Delna Prakashan is the Dubai-born Indian author of Whip It!, a cookbook that takes a no-fuss, joyful approach to cooking. This twist on a Japanese meat dumpling, which is traditionally steamed then pan-fried and wrapped with a thin dough, was born when she was doing the keto diet. “My mom tested a ‘keto-version’ of a gyoza made with cabbage leaves,” she writes. “Now, whenever I have some leftover minced meat, cabbage gyozas it is. Though...

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Delna Prakashan, who recently launched her debut cookbook Whip It!, takes a Nigella-esque approach to food.  The Dubai-born Indian cook sees her approach as a joyful rebuttal to all the earnest Deliciously Ellas imploring followers to steer clear of gluten, dairy, meat, eggs and more, “or terrible things will happen to us.” “While we’re all busy trying to change the world, self-care can take a back seat,” says Prakashan. “Being able to cook for yourself...

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With a flexible, light-hearted philosophy that is the very opposite of earnest, Delna Prakashan is always looking for ways to sneak greens into her favorite dishes.  “I’m always on a search for ways I can sneakily add in my greens to some of my favorite recipes like this one,” she says. “All I do is take a handful of baby spinach and blend it along with the crepes batter,” says the Dubai-born Indian author of...

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The path from mechanical engineer to kitesurfing instructor is not a particularly well-trodden one. But in 2014, Amer El Dandachli set off down that road and it ended, as most do, at the ocean. Lebanese-born El Dandachli quit his 9-5 life and eventually set up Kite N Surf Dubai in 2016. Now, his days are spent on the waves.  Kite N Surf operates across the UAE, teaching kitesurfing at Kite Beach (of course) and at...

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Wearing wet socks to bed is like magic when it comes to treating colds and flu, especially for children.  This may sound crazy, but wet socks are one of the best tools that naturopaths have for strengthening the immune system and helping loved ones bounce back quickly from a cold or flu. Mothers have been doing this for years, too.  Wet socks are a simple hydrotherapy technique which is especially effective for relieving nasal congestion,...

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You may have noticed the grab-n-go options at Costa Coffee UAE have become a lot healthier. That is due to the launch of the company’s 4u range. Developed by Costa Coffee executive chef Peter Reffell with Dubai-based clinical dietitian Mitun De Sarkar, who has more than a decade of experience in the field, the selection of more than 20 new sandwiches, salads, snacks and smoothies are tapping into the ever-growing demand from customers for healthy,...