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Growing up in a Mediterranean household no meal was complete without a large glug of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), be it drizzled on a salad or to lightly fry fish or meat. It’s how my parents and grandparents explained their youthful glow. But then, in the early 1990s British TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson seemingly started us believing that cooking with olive oil was dangerous. As such, along with most households, we made the...

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If you’ve got kids at home, it’s likely that at some point they’ve refused to eat what you’ve cooked for them. It can be extremely frustrating and add unnecessary stress — not to mention extra cooking time — to your already packed schedule, as you try to find dishes that will both please their palate and get them the vitamins and nutrients they need.  So how do you deal with a fussy eater? Nadiya Hussain,...

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November 1 is World Vegan Day and what better way to celebrate the joys of plant-based living than with a hearty green feast? Since 1994, plant-eaters have marked the day in honor of the UK Vegan Society and in recent years the festivities have spread faster than vegan nut butter on hot toast. In the UAE, vegans have their pick of fine-dining restaurants, brunches and cool cafes with everything from high tea to buckwheat meatballs...

‘Sustainable’ has shifted from a buzzword to a way of life for many people in the UAE, with many choices about where to travel, what to wear and where to shop made through an environmental lens — and increasingly that extends to restaurants, too.  While residents may have long sought to make sustainable food choices through grocery purchases, the options to dine out sustainably have noticeably widened in recent years. Check out these restaurants and...

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Luke Coutinho is a holistic lifestyle coach based in India who co-wrote the 2018 book The Dry Fasting Miracle with Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, also known as the Green Sheikh. During an appearance on The Livehealthy Podcast he spoke about the benefits of the practice, how to get started and what to watch out for. Why is dry fasting a miracle? Because a lot of us today are either drinking too much water or...

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My reasons for attempting a 72-hour water fast? An experiment to explore the power of the mind. It is not a weight-loss strategy.  There is an impressive body of evidence pointing to the health benefits of fasting, including improvements in metabolism, lowering the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and overall increased longevity. It’s recommended that you only do it for no longer than 72 hours; anything beyond that would typically require medical consent....

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On the surface, Florence Gillet, 39, looks like a happy-go-lucky mother of two beautiful kids. Naturally slim and a champion of feminism and body positivity, you’d never guess that she’s lived though more than a decade of disordered eating that stemmed from something as simple as increasing her intake of fruit and vegetables. What she didn’t know back then, as a 25-year-old whose plan was to lose a few pounds to “look better” in her...

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The region’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry is still somewhat suffering and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as prices of raw materials have increased along with price inflation, a major reason why we need to be more focused than ever on food security and sustainability. Most research studies have also pointed out that the major contributors to food security in the Middle East are related to climate, population growth, and overall dependence on importation.  When...

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Ahmed Al Balooshi, an Emirati living in Dubai, always drinks water when he works out, whether it’s cardio or weightlifting. But there’s one extra step he takes, to make sure his body is ready to receive that hydration and that it isn’t doing him any harm.  “I always insist on sitting down when I drink water whether I’m at home, at the gym or at work,” he says. “I learned this from my family, especially...

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The global food crisis spurred by fighting in Ukraine is affecting the Middle East in uneven ways. Countries like Lebanon and Yemen, struggling with economic instability and conflict before the war began, have been hit particularly hard. Egypt, which is deeply reliant on grain and wheat from Ukraine and Russia, has also struggled to manage the crisis and keep food supplies stable. The Gulf and Israel, on the other hand, have so far weathered this storm remarkably well. The approach to food security taken by these countries holds...