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People in the UAE like meat. But amid the region’s Arabic grill-loving, Aussie barbecuing, meat-sweat-brunch feasting culture is a growing movement toward all things vegan and vegetarian. Enter Beyond Meat. This US-based company has absolutely sizzled to stardom with its signature “bleeding” burger. With a flavor profile and texture similar to real meat, the Beyond Burger blows away limp, sad veggie patties of the past, all while maintaining a protein and calorie profile similar to actual...

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The ease of food delivery — particularly in the UAE — is a lure like no other. It was back in my Dubai infancy when, for matters of convenience, lack of crockery and an unfettered need to try everything, I summoned my breakfast, lunch and dinner with a swipe. Dangerous. You’d be hard pressed to not find someone who hasn’t at some point done the same.  According to Food for Thought, a UAE Food and...

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As a dietitian who has witnessed body shaming of children, and was also overweight as a child, I know it’s time to put an end to the kind of body shaming of children. A few months ago, one of my clients showed up for her 10-year-old child’s consultation with the sole purpose of reducing his weight.  The moment the boy stepped on the scale, his eyes filled with tears.  “Mommy, I gained weight,” he said...

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Majid Al Qassimi has a big ambition. What he wants is nothing less than to start a food revolution in the UAE and across the Middle East. Already an environmentalist, conservationist, entrepreneur, trained veterinarian and now adviser to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Al Qassimi’s goal is to help the population understand the importance of homegrown food, suitable agricultural food production and reducing food waste. “I believe there isn’t just one way to grow...

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Hailed as a health food with numerous benefits for the gut microbiome, kombucha has taken the global wellness world by storm. Yet it was never officially for sale in the UAE — largely due to concerns over whether or not it contains traces of alcohol — leaving fans to brew their own or get their fix elsewhere. But that issue appears to have been addressed, as in recent months kombucha has been turning up for...

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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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The phrase “cool as a cucumber”, written by the English poet and dramatist John Gay, is an idyllic Ayurvedic idiom. Cucumbers are a summer vegetable that can have an inner temperature up to 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. An accumulation of summer heat can heighten emotions, creating impatience, anger, and agitation. Physical manifestations of excess heat can cause imbalances of the liver, gallbladder, urinary bladder, blood, skin, and eyes. Luckily, the cooling and...

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Instagram-friendly and cute-as-a-button Tania’s Teahouse is so committed to wellness that the Jumeirah Beach Road cafe is having its first special dedicated-to-wellness week later this month. One of the events will be a workshop, personally hosted by owner Tania Lodi, all about DIY face masks.  The New Yorker, who moved with her family to Dubai in 2005, became obsessed with the power of tea and also mindfulness and positivity while learning how to overcome chronic...

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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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The list of great steakhouses in the UAE is long: Boa and Butcher & Still in Abu Dhabi; Prime 68 and The Rib Room in Dubai, to name a few. But sometimes you just want to kick back at home and prepare your own. We went to Chef Daniel Irvine at one of the capital’s top steakhouses, Ray’s Grill, which is located in Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, for some top tips.  It’s all...

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It takes more than losing weight to feel healthy, look healthy and stay healthy.  With information coming at us from all sides, we all have our pick of diets and lifestyle choices. Whether it suits us and how long we will stick to any given plan is another matter altogether. That’s why I like the paleo method, simply because it’s a sustainable lifestyle, not just a diet. I started experimenting with this way of eating...