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Zach Holz

Zach Holz

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There is a growing movement in the UAE toward food that is locally-made and locally-grown where at all possible. All very commendable – and all very challenging when you live in a desert country like the UAE, which relies heavily on imports. But that hasn’t stopped these enterprising foodies from striving to make “Made in the UAE” a byword for “delicious.”  Former economic analyst Justine Corrado launched Basiligo, her food delivery business, in 2014 because...

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It is a sad fact that as we age, we grow stiffer in the joints, flabbier in the muscles and thicker around the waist. Keeping fit gets harder over 50 — or does it? Captain Jean-Marc de Montrichard and Kimberley Dittrich would beg to differ. Jean-Marc, a pilot, trainer and examiner for Etihad, was in his late 40s when he became an instructor for Body Combat, Body Pump and RPM and 50 when he opened...

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I am still a relative newcomer to meditation but I get the impression that there are a lot of people out there who are curious about it but can’t quite work out how to get started, or they don’t know what to expect. This is for you.  Also, it’s for me. It is still early in my practice and I will never be quite this new at it again, but I’m starting to see some...

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I am a baby when it comes to meditation. I’m not a guru, I haven’t been to an ashram and I’m not a member of a contemplative Eastern religion.  What I am is a person who has struggled with sleep for well over a decade and didn’t even really know why until I started regularly doing guided meditations.   By day, I’m a teacher. I teach middle school English and my day starts ferociously early.  I’m...

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When it comes to making decisions, we like to think that our rational, logical mind is in control of what we do.  Unfortunately, for most of us, our rational mind is rather like a man sitting on top of an elephant. The elephant is emotion. The little man, the logical chunk of our brain, can tug and pull on the ears of the elephant of emotion, but that elephant is vastly stronger than the little...

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Is there anything more manly than a vast char-grilled steak fresh off the grill with a pat of butter melting on top? Maybe bacon. How about barreling down the road at breakneck speed in a big, loud, shiny car? I constantly feel pressured by society, advertisements and the media (social or otherwise) to behave in this way, which is not only destructive but wasteful too – and particularly so when it comes to food, leisure...

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I have a dear friend who is a musician. He comes alive on stage and has loved it for nearly his whole life. But being a professional musician, for the vast majority, is a tough gig. There are far more talented people than there are jobs for them that pay a living wage. (For the record, I am also a musician, but love teaching full time and make time to play in a band on the...

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A year ago, I set myself a challenge: Go the whole month without ordering food or going out to eat more than once a week. I was able to complete this challenge, but I did not like it. I felt constrained, anxious and antisocial. And I was sick of doing dishes.  But the important thing is that I made it and I realized I could mentally cope with producing all my own food. However when...

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Veganism, exercise, sobriety. They all seem like the negation of experience, the rejection of pleasure. No more can you have gooey cheeses and fat-dripping meats or lie about all day in indolence and decadence with numbing chemicals carrying you away from the pressures of life. All of that is cast aside in favor of clean. Clean food, clean actions, clean chemicals, clean living. I’ve come a long way on this journey, from where I was...

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Have you ever heard the expression “live simply, so others may simply live”?   For the stereotypical UAE resident, that idea may be quite far from the reality of their luxury lifestyle. However, as we learn through almost daily apocalyptic headlines about the impact of climate change, if we don’t change the way we live to be more environmentally friendly, we might not have any chance of living at all in a few decades.   Fortunately, living...