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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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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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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,...

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There’s nothing better than lashings of chocolate spread on a piece of hot toast or piled high on a stack of pancakes, and for many, that spread just has to be Nutella. With World Nutella Day back for the 14th year and mouthwatering photos everywhere, the cravings are real.  But you might have that little niggle in your head telling you that this particular chocolate spread isn’t exactly healthy – and you’d be right! With the...

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There are a lot of options among meal delivery plans in the UAE, including keto, paleo, calorie-reduced, Mediterranean and plant-based. But none of them are designed to trick your body into thinking it is fasting by providing maximum nutrition in the least amount of calories possible. While this may sound like the latest fad diet, the makers of ProLon say their Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) is the the exact opposite: a cell-cleaning, stem-cell regenerating program...

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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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People sure are interested in the Keto diet here in the UAE: Searches for ketogenic have shot up more than 1,000 percent in the UAE over the last three years, according to survey for the new year conducted by digital marketing suite SEMrush.. And while lots of people may be eating paleo, the same survey found searches for that way of eating have fallen by 19 percent in the same period. The ketogenic diet recommends...

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This article is part of #HOWSWEETITISN’T — a series in which livehealthy.ae takes a closer look at how sugar affects our health. When cutting down on refined sugar, it is natural to try to replace that sweet taste with what can be perceived as guilt-free substitutes.  In many ways sugars found in honey, maple syrup and other natural forms can be a healthier alternative, because they also contain nutrients not found in refined table sugar. But they...