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At 35, Tamanna Moolchandani was struggling to conceive. She knew it was related to her weight — doctors were clear on that. Her problems were compounded by Type 2 diabetes, which was also weight-related.  Moochandani knew she needed to make changes and  decided to consult a nutritionist. She joined a weight-loss programme, started exercising and eventually shed a whopping 40kg. It worked: she is now the mother of a five-year-old son. But even as the...

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Some of Elena Kinane’s earliest childhood memories are of working in her Great Aunt Marie’s organic vegetable garden in Bavaria, Germany.  After moving to Dubai in 1996, she worked for the Government of Dubai before getting married and having two children. Although she had always followed a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, she originally got into small-scale organic farming so that she could have fresh produce for her family and friends. After the birth of her first...

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Food allergies and intolerances are an increasing problem, sparking a renewed focus into what causes them as people seek prevention before cure. Dr Shefali Verma-Johnson, a general practitioner at the Institute for Biophysical Medicine in Dubai, is seeing how the medical profession is changing the way it treats patients with those conditions.  “When I trained, we learned to control the symptoms of diseases,” she says. “Nowadays we’re trying to look at what’s actually causing the...

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The words sustainable, organic and natural are used so often these days that they have become almost interchangeable. Then there are all those companies trying to cash in on the growing organic movement, adding words to packaging and making claims which have not been verified by a valid certification body – something Yazen Al Kodmani, operations manager at Emirates Bio Farm, is passionate about. “It doesn’t matter how many times you put the word ‘sustainable’ on...

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The food and beverage industry has faced huge challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While people’s health and wellbeing are currently the number one priority, it is now more important than ever to ask questions about the world and the environment we have created. At Cassette, our focus has always gone beyond just food. We wanted to create a business with sustainability and environmental awareness at its core. Going green is not a new concept. However,...

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Check out this Middle Eastern-inspired recipe from Chef Naima of Tagine Restaurant at Dubai’s One&Only Royal Mirage for the month of Ramadan. It is easy to prep and can be cooked in just under two hours, making it perfect for iftar.  Ingredients Batch one 2 kg whole chicken 30 g chopped garlic 800 g chopped onion 20 g dried coriander 20 g fresh chopped parsley 30 g ginger powder 20 g salt 20 g white pepper  40 g smen...

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Exercise and fasting can go together without causing any harm to the body. During the fasting period, exercise can help elevate energy levels, improve physical fitness, build muscle and joint strength and boost body composition. It also helps control weight and keeps the body healthy.  As well as various physical and health benefits, exercise also has many neurological advantages, including improved neurogenesis (increased brain cell production) and enhanced mental strength and toughness. More people around...

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Even if you’re enjoying iftar and late-night suhoor at home this Ramadan rather than going out, it’s still easy to let health and fitness routines lapse by eating more and training less.  That’s why Dr Nasr Al Jafari, functional medicine practitioner at DNA Health and Wellness Center in Dubai, and Hala Dakhil, co-founder of the Jeddah-based Pulse Studio KSA, give their top tips for how to have a healthy Holy Month.  Take catch-up naps With...

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When Mariam Hourani was growing up in Canada her family gave her an Arabic nickname that translates into “girl with appetite.” At university, where she studied marketing and human resources, she was the only one of her friends who would cook meals instead of ordering them in. She moved back to Dubai 13 years ago and when her brother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease two years ago, she started looking for organic, plant-based and...

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Rawkure may conjure up images of anti-inflammatory sweet treats like Sinless Cacao Donuts and superfood Kreamy Kupcakes. But there is a savory line too, including this recipe for Beetroot Risotto that Rawkure’s founder Mariam Hourani shares with livehealthy.ae readers. Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil 4 small beets, chopped and made into puree 1 cup white arborio rice 3 -4 cups homemade vegetable stock 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp black pepper ¼...

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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...