August 7, 2014 @ 7:26 PM

When shopping for ice cream at the supermarket, you’ll probably see me shaking my head in sheer frustration as I return container after container back into the freezer after reading the long list of foreign ingredients. 

I know that ice cream isn’t considered healthy in the first place, but why do food manufacturers have to turn a not-so-bad treat once in a while (if sourced properly) into a chemical warfare of colorings, additives, fillers, thickeners, stabilizers and preservatives? 

Whatever the reasons, I refuse to eat it or feed it to my family if I have the choice.  And today, I’m giving you that choice too.

Just look at the ingredients in three of the most popular ice cream brands in the UAE to .........

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May 13, 2014 @ 7:17 AM

 

I don’t claim to be a Kombucha expert – far from, but my purpose here today is to give you a brief overview of what I’ve recently learned and my experience with making my first batch at home.

What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha (pronounced Kom-boo-cha) is basically a fermented beverage made from combining tea, sugar & SCOBY; an acronym that stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.  The fermentation process results in a naturally carbonated drink that has a sweet/sour taste. 

Every batch of Kombucha differs, but they all contain at least one benefical yeast, probiotic (good bacteria) to promote a healthy gut and digestion, several anti-bacterial compounds, an analgesic (pain reliever) compound, ......

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May 4, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Header image borrowed from: http://bit.ly/1nq34CG

 

The average person might not know what the term GMO means, but they are more than likely consuming it at every meal.  

Have you ever seen the ingredients maltodextrin, soy lecithin, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum, or triglycerides on a food label before and wondered what they were?

These are just a few of the many ingredients that are derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that make up 70 to 80% of the items found in our supermarkets today, and without proper labelling are unknowingly being consumed.

GMOs are the by-product of inserting genes from one species into the DNA of another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic – a process ......

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April 17, 2014 @ 6:10 PM

 

If you’re lying in bed, plopped on a couch, or sitting in a chair right now, you might have what is arguably the most common health problem worldwide – the sitting disease.  

In today’s fast paced, tech-driven society, a typical work day is ironically spent seated in a chair. 

We sit to commute to work and then sit between six to twelve hours hunched over a computer and in meetings before it is time to drive back home and unwind on the couch for the rest of the evening.  This prolonged, morning-to-bedtime type of sedentary behavior can spell bad news for our health.

Even those who meet the daily minimum amount of physical activity set forth by UK and US exercise guidelines are not immune from ......

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March 3, 2014 @ 8:34 AM

With the holiday festivities, year-end projects, exams and travels now behind us, you would expect to feel refreshed and recharged.  For many people though, as soon as the stress of the season is over and the pressure is off, they fall ill.

There could be a number of reasons for this such as increased travel and exposure to germs and bacteria, weather changes, seasonal allergies, and even what is known as “leisure sickness”, a phrase first coined by a psychologist in the Netherlands who attributes stress as the main cause.

Leisure sickness is a phenomenon that usually happens after high stress periods when the body was running high on adrenaline for some time.  Cortisol is a natural hormone that responds to stress,......

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December 23, 2013 @ 8:57 PM

 

Someone sent me the following message:

 

 With Xmas arriving, what do you do with all the treats around? Ok, I wouldn't buy them, but in the office, at every gathering, gifts, they are EVERYWHERE and in the end I know I will give in. Do you indulge sometimes? Or it is absolutely out of your diet? Are there any gracious ways to refuse and not upset someone offering you the home baked minced pie?  I do love the festive mood, and I actually also want to indulge, but I just think that the moment I start, I will never be able to control it any longer. 

 

Although there are probably many variations to these questions, I’m sure many people feel the same way. 

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September 28, 2013 @ 1:55 PM

Burger King's new Satisfries.  (Image source taken from Burger King)

 

Have you heard of Burger King’s latest publicity stunt?  They’ve recently introduced lower calorie crinkle cut fries called “Satisfries”.   

I get it.  They want to create a product that will boost sales and if that also happens to polish their image by offering a more “health-conscious” item on their menu, then why not - right? 

But do they really care about becoming more health-conscious and are these fries really better for you?

Let’s first compare the calorie-count shall we?

(Nutrtition facts taken from Burger King)

The difference is a mere 70 calories in the small fry and ...

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September 23, 2013 @ 10:36 AM

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, optimize your nutrition, or both, having a well-stocked kitchen is essential.  Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are essential for healthy living, but there are a few unpopular items that should be considered as staples in your kitchen as well.

#1 – Coconut Oil

Although saturated fats have had a bad rap for as long as I can remember, not all saturated fats are created equal and that certainly holds true for coconut oil and its numerous health benefits.

Coconut oil is a rich source of beneficial medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) particularly lauric acid, which is known for its antimicrobial properties. 1

The chemical make-up of this type of fat makes it more ...

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July 1, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

 

It's summer time and that urge to cool off with an icy treat is inevitable.  I'm always trying new recipes to replace store-bought sweets and snacks with healthier homemade alternatives and this orange creamsicle recipe is a real winner! 

Unlike store-bought popsicles and ice cream, these aren't empty calories loaded with processed sugars and artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.  Instead, the coconut milk, honey and fresh orange juice offer nutritional benefits... AND they taste really good.  A win-win situation. 

So go ahead and enjoy these guilt-free treats to keep you and your family cool this summer!

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June 26, 2013 @ 6:19 PM

 

Here’s a typical scenario.  You head to the supermarket to get your groceries with your list in hand.  You fill your cart, check-off most of the items and finally head to the cold section to get some eggs and milk.  When you get there, you’re faced with an isle of eggs of various colors, sizes and labels to choose from. 

You quickly scan through the different health claims, certification labels and compare prices trying to figure out the best option, and wonder when did buying eggs become so confusing?  Isn’t an egg just an egg?  Apparently not these days.

We have brown eggs, white eggs, and even eggs rich in omega-3.  Some are labeled “organic”, “all natural...

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