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With my previously disordered relationship with food, I shouldn’t be attempting a 72-hour water fast. This experiment however, is focused on the power of the mind. It is not a weight loss strategy. And I trust myself enough to know there are no ulterior motives. It’s been long enough since that complex relationship with my body and food was put to rest.  Several studies have linked water fasting with some impressive health benefits, including a...

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For reversing the epidemic of chronic disease and healing the environment, food is the most powerful tool we have. What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistline, but for the planet, for society and the global economy. With the emergence of Covid-19, we have all had to adapt physically and mentally. Nutrition is without doubt one of the quintessential pillars of wellness and if we didn’t give it much thought before, the...

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Whether you follow The Warrior Diet, Alternate Day Fasting, Eat-Stop-Eat, the 5:2 or 16:8 pattern, tea can support you in getting all the benefits of this healthy lifestyle. Try to drink at least 3 to 4 cups each day to boost the benefits of fasting. Here’s why:  It’s calorie-free: tea contains no fat and no sugar; you can drink as much as you like. Drink it hot, drink it cold, it will keep you hydrated all day,...

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After weeks of confinement to our homes, a tour around a farm, surrounded by greenery – even if only virtually – sounds especially appealing. And that is exactly what you will get if you tune in on Wednesday, May 6, for the first of a special online series of live talks from Flow Dubai, the healthy eating hub. Kicking off the special-for-Ramadan series is Hemant Julka, co-founder and head of operations at VeggiTech, a start-up...

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Observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, Ramadan is known to offer many spiritual rewards – and some physical benefits, too. The concept of fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times various fasting diets have become a popular mechanism for weight loss. There are some key differences between...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Step 1: Decide Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones) but also gathering to celebrate with loved ones. As it’s a time...

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I am an occupational therapist, CrossFit coach and a personal trainer from Australia based in Abu Dhabi.  My goal as a coach here in the UAE is to inspire people to start exercising for the first time and to live a healthier lifestyle through farming good daily habits in nutrition, sleep and stress management. I used to compete in weight-lifting and experienced some pretty brutal weight cuts so nutrition is a huge passion for me. ...

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This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story. It’s been less than five years since vertical farming first launched in the UAE but it is already emerging as a viable food security solution for a country that imports most of its fruits and...

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With Covid-19, going out to eat in a restaurant or meeting up with friends at a café are definitely off the menu. Ordering food to take home or having it delivered is now the only way to “eat out.”  But how safe is it? Doctors seem to agree that it’s not the food we should be worried about, but the packaging. There is no evidence indicating the virus lives in food but it can live...

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At livehealthy.ae, we like to know what’s in our food, especially the sugar content. That’s why we are telling you what’s in some of the most common items we eat and drink – and the news might surprise you. That protein bar? Five teaspoons. A Spanish latte? Eight. We are all good at rationalizing what we eat, as evidenced by a recent article in The Independent in which readers were shocked to learn that their favorite...