Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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A new directive from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council encourages all gym members to present a negative Covid-19 before entering their chosen establishment. “Kindly encourage your visitors to preferably download Al Hosn application and commit to all instructions and safety procedures mentioned to overpass COVID-19 pandemic, and for their own safety,” read the email, sent to update an earlier directive on July 9 that the tests were required. Gyms across Abu Dhabi were ordered to...

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The Movember movement was a big step forward for men’s health – but what about the rest of the year? There still remains a stigma attached to men seeking professional help for their health problems, whether physical or mental. A new generation is now trying to change that, encouraging men to take care of their bodies and minds all year round and teaching their sons to do the same. “There’s a bit of denial and fear,”...

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Some of Elena Kinane’s earliest childhood memories are of working in her Great Aunt Marie’s organic vegetable garden in Bavaria, Germany.  After moving to Dubai in 1996, she worked for the Government of Dubai before getting married and having two children. Although she had always followed a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, she originally got into small-scale organic farming so that she could have fresh produce for her family and friends. After the birth of her first...

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We here at livehealthy.ae are shying away from the term “clean” for several reasons: because we believe in moderation, because people are suffering from eating disorders in pursuit of an impossible notion and because we don’t see any food as “good” or “bad.” But the reality is, food intolerances are a growing issue these days and a lot of desserts are laden with dairy or gluten, which makes them off-limits for those who don’t want...

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Until this year, there was nothing that appealed to me about fasting or a diet that mimicked fasting. I’ve always been a three square meals, two snacks a day kind of person who gets hangry – fast. I once had to fast before an operation and dissolved into sobs by the end of the day. Even as the research about the benefits of intermittent fasting has been mounting – particularly the way it helps your...

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As the doors slammed on Liliosa Mercader‘s plans to run a Spartan race as part of Covid-19 isolation measures, the 39-year-old housemaid made a new plan. “I felt so sorry,” she says. “So I decided that on the same date I would do my own race.”  There is a 400m running track and a playground with monkey bars in her neighborhood, which would have been perfect for training. But then the playground closed.  So the mother-of-two from the...

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At times of crisis we need to take even greater care of our health and wellbeing, while keeping our costs to a minimum. Monica Braga, founder of Moni’s Healthy Choice cafes, shares her pantry list of ingredients needed to make a wide range of healthy and tasty recipes, all loaded with the nutrients our bodies need – no matter what is happening in the world. Beans and pulses Pulses are a relatively cheap, long-lasting and low...

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Update: A week later, Lee Ryan completed a 100-kilometer run in his backyard.  Lee Ryan is no stranger to long distances and tough challenges: after all, he’s a five-time Guinness World Record holder who has run 38 marathons.  The race he ran in Dubai on Thursday, however, was a little different. For a start, it took him 5.5 hours, almost double his personal best time. Then he had to stop in the middle to help his...

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The UAE is catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to podcasts and there are a number of offerings that will help you nurture your body and soul. Check out our list of the top 12 here, curated according to the following criteria: each podcast is current and produced regularly, with relevant interviews, experts and commentary.  B for Better Health Baraa El Sabbagh is a dietitian, sports nutritionist, personal trainer and...