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People sure are interested in the Keto diet here in the UAE: According to a survey conducted by the digital marketing suite SEMrush, searches for ketogenic shot up more than 1,000 percent in the UAE between 2017 and 2020. And while lots of people may be eating paleo, the same survey found searches for that way of eating have fallen by 19 percent in the same period. The ketogenic diet recommends heaps of fats, moderate protein...

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Brett Girven is no ordinary headteacher. Possessing degrees in Zoology and Environmental Studies, and a passion for sustainability, the New Zealander presides over one of Dubai’s most progressive and disruptive education institutions: The Arbor School. His aim is to place awareness of the environment at the heart of his students’ experience of education.  The British Curriculum school, which opened in 2019, has been an instant hit among staff, students and parents who have been won...

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President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has passed away at the age of 73. The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that the UAE will suspend work at all ministries, departments and federal, local and private entities for three days from Saturday, May 14 to Tuesday, May 17. That period will be followed by 40 days of official mourning, with the flag flown at half-mast.  forty-day national mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting today,...

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So many people talk about wanting to make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place for people with disabilities, but a select few are determined and passionate enough to actually do something about it. One example is Australian Paralympian and disability awareness advocate Jessica Smith. A successful public speaker and diversity consultant, she has also co-founded TOUCH Dubai, the inclusive talent agency. Now, after having three children and noticing the lack of disabled characters...

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Dana is a former gymnast who developed an eating disorder at age 13, which she says went hand-in-hand with overexercising.  “We would get weighed before competitions, so the older girls taught me how to throw up my dinner the night before a competition,” says the 41-year-old yoga teacher, who lives in Dubai. “But when vomiting became difficult, I figured I could purge the calories by running, climbing stairs or using the step machine instead. I would...

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By the looks of it, the global food supply chain hinges on just one country. Like other outdated systems of production currently breaking down as a result of years of pandemic and geopolitical recalibration, the way we produce and distribute food needs radical change. The centrality of Ukrainian wheat production is one particularly extreme demonstration of the weak links in the food system. Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus are major food producers that are facing a...

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The restrictions of the pandemic prompted a lot of different hobbies, and one that might be around to stay is cultivating a balcony garden. You can do it safely from the comfort of your own home, you can see the progress you’re making and it provides a real sense of  achievement. And with looming talk of food shortages, more people than ever are interested in taking empowering first steps to becoming more self-sustainable.  New research...

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We searched the Livehealthy archives for the best mental and physical advice for Ramadan: everything from what to eat, to when and how; when to workout and what to do; how to be more sustainable, more mindful and more meditative, and how to clean out your closets – and your mind. Go easy on high-intensity cardio One thing that can happen during Ramadan is that the body can enter a catabolic state. This is when the...

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For many of us, Ramadan extends beyond abstaining from pleasures like food and drink. It’s also a time of giving, a month aimed at mindful practices like Zakat, the Arabic word for purifying or cleansing, which is a top priority for Muslims during this time. What is Zakat? Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It requires Muslims to donate 2.5 percent of their wealth. This should be done once a year, and...

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The last time I saw my Uncle John, he had been suffering with dementia for some time. My sister and I visited him in his care home and he was quiet and a little confused; it was difficult to get through to him. My sister had the idea of playing some music, as we had shared so many musical memories with him. The YouTube clip of Starship’s 1980s power ballad Nothing’s Going To Stop Us...