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This story by Mark Hertsgaard originally appeared in The Nation and is published here as part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit. As world leaders converged on New York City for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, they entered what may have be the most consequential week in...

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Whatever your reason for wanting to make your own natural, free-from-chemicals deodorant – whether it’s to save money, to reduce waste or to know exactly what you are putting on your body – Natalya Konforti’s workshops will show you how. (Of course, everything is made up of chemicals, even organic food, even the freshest air we might breathe. So by “chemical,” what I mean are the non-naturally derived, industrially produced varieties.) Konforti, who grew up between...

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When I was traveling around Canada over the summer, I liked to prod friends I hadn’t seen in a while with an announcement. “The thing you need to know about me now,” I’d say, “is that I make my own deodorant.” No one was excited by my joke, which was only told half in jest. I really had made my own during one of Natalya Konforti’s chemical-free deodorant-making workshops at Alserkal Avenue’s Kave in June and...

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As the temperatures (slowly) start to drop and the the city’s buzz heats back up, new fitness-inspired and workout styles are popping up daily. From big shoes to tight biker shorts, we’ve picked our favorite fashion from what’s trendy and hot right now – and tell you where you can get them in the UAE. Hot trend: Neon Local UAE brand Squat Wolf sells gym wear at affordable prices for both men and women. Gents...

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I’m a minimalist, which means I love doing something you probably loathe the very idea of: cleaning. Never did I have to be forced to clean my room as a child. I took to the task merrily, happily, purposefully. I make a mean bed – throws, pillows, configurations, tightly tucked sheets – and I do it upon waking. Likewise, hoovering is an exfoliation, removing the dead home cells to let the lively ones underneath come to surface...

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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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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 in the Middle East understand the importance of homegrown food, suitable agricultural food production and reducing food waste. “I believe there isn’t just...

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Some of the key ways of ageing well without cosmetic help are well-documented: avoid the sun, quit nicotine, cut back on alcohol and eat a well-balanced diet. But there is an even better way: a holistic health approach that goes far beyond the doctor’s office or surgery.  “Holistic health – I get asked a lot about its meaning by my patients,” says Dr Hoda Makkawi, a consultant in family medicine, integrative holistic medicine and an anti-ageing...

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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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When Renos Fountoulakis headed from Dubai to Zanzibar in 2016, he was hoping to unwind from his job in the financial services sector and enjoy the beauty of the beaches and resorts with his wife and brother.  Yet something the 36-year-old from Greece saw during a trip to the village of Kizimkazi, where families of eight lived in small houses made of mud and palm fronds, changed him forever. “I looked around and saw some...

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A visit to the plant souk at Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed, particularly in the depths of summer, can be like a breath of fresh air — believe or not. Sure, you have to shimmy through narrow alleys lined with giant bags of soil and assorted greenery. You have to step around watering hoses, navigate a street cat or two and even a mechanical butterfly. But at the end you are likely to come away with a...