Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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When car sharing services started turning up all over Abu Dhabi I was intrigued. But all I could think about was the potential hassle: trying to get in a car I’d booked, for example, or not being able to find the car I’d booked and getting frustrated in the heat. Or, for that matter, having to take a taxi to find the car, which seems like a hassle too far.  That’s why I jumped at...

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Healthy eating takes time and effort and can sometimes be overwhelming. Even though I edit livehealthy.ae and read about this stuff all day long, I struggle as much as the next person to make the best, most balanced choices for my health. I also have to accommodate increasingly common food intolerances to sugar, diary and wheat. And like anyone else, I find it harder to make healthy choices in the face of stress. And then...

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When it comes to running, Caroline Labouchere may like to race, but she is not in any kind of hurry. It wasn’t always that way for the 55-year-old mother of two grown children, who lives in Dubai with her husband David and two dogs and travels frequently for a bustling new career as an international grey model.   She used to do 100 mile-plus bike races, but gave that up after a fall. (“Also, you have...

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We’ve been diving deep into all the podcasts coming out of the UAE — keep up, it’s a fast-growing field — in search of savvy new offerings and established all-stars. Our criteria? Each podcast must be current, produced regularly and provide valuable tips for improving the health of your mind and body. Here’s what we found. Enlightened Abroad Derek Straat is an American ESL teacher who has lived in six countries and travelled through 50 since...

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Derek Straat was still sound testing when he realized that the guest he was interviewing for an episode of his new podcast, Enlightened Abroad, was “pure gold.”  Devanshu Wiersma is a practitioner of Tibetan “pulsing,” a therapy that combines eye reading for spiritual and emotional healing. Among other things, Wiersma got on the topic of meeting the Indian spiritual leader Osho and the controversy surrounding his death.  “He starts talking about all of these secrets and...

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The months ahead are going to involve a massive marketing push for vaping products of all kinds, after the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology lifted its sales ban earlier this year. And while for many people vaping provides a valid way to quit smoking, it still involves the highly addictive stimulant nicotine. There are issues with some of the other ingredients too: for example the impact of ingesting sugar for flavor-loving vapers and the possibility...

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At just 28, Nawal El Masri has managed to figure something out about her own mental health that it can take others decades to discover — if indeed they ever do. “Honestly, it’s been a long journey,” she tells livehealthy.ae. “But the more I used to go to doctors, the more I understood that it’s either you strengthen your brain or you take the medication.” The 28-year-old Palestinian-Canadian (born and raised in Montreal and later...