Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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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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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 daughters, Lily, 5 and Sophia, 3. And through it all, the comforts of...

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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...

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Swiftly becoming one of the world’s most interesting book festivals, the 12th edition of the Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature also has strong health, mindfulness, food and environmental strands. Among 185 writers from 37 countries are vegan chefs cooking up a storm on YouTube, Buddhist monks discussing happiness and a host of other appearances devoted to mind and body, too.  Delna Prakashan and Rachael Lynn Moving to a completely new country to live and work...

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The second episode of the new Netflix series The Goop Lab features a small group of people plunging into a freezing lake and overcoming various fears and anxieties in the process, encouraged all the way by a curious character named Wim Hof. Also known as The Iceman, the 60-year-old Dutch extreme athlete has become famous – and the subject of scientific study – for his ability to withstand extreme temperatures by using his mind to...

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I didn’t always crave sugar or feel shame when I ate it. When I was a toddler, my mother used to leave me a little pile of raisins or marshmallows on the kitchen table so I could grab a snack when I wanted. By all accounts I hate them sparingly and happily. When I was a little older, she’d hand me a little bag of soft banana candies from the corner store when we went...

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Today is the last day of the Livehealthy Festival. Below, you’ll find the full schedule of Saturday, January 25 sessions. (Make sure to scroll all the way down to today’s sked.) Our first-ever community event is at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. Sessions start at 10am, but you’re welcome to come early to sample food and drinks from participating vendors. There are panels, workshops, workouts, yoga, meditation and much, much more. (We’ll amuse your...

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There are just days to go until the first Livehealthy Festival, an event for the whole family that will be held this Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Check out our preliminary schedule here (we are still happily planning, so it is subject to change) and read on for more details. All workouts are free That’s right! Free. Our schedule begins at 10am on Friday and Saturday and ends at...