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In the Livehealthy series called “My work”, we delve into how people in the UAE deal with their job stress. We do this anonymously so people can be totally honest about their experiences without fear of reprisal. For this piece, we spoke to a 30-year-old barista who works at a coffee shop in Dubai. You need a lot of self-control in order to not lose your cool in pressure-cooker situations, because they happen all the...

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Normally, the onset of Ramadan excites me. I look forward to a slower, calmer pace that allows us to reconnect with our spirituality, spend more quality time with our friends and families and create memories in our children that will sustain them through a lifetime of Ramadans. These are the days when I am usually busy decorating our home, planning meals, stocking the pantry and preparing Ramadan treat bags for the children in our neighborhood who...

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Rachael Sacerdoti, founder of the 12-week fitness and nutrition program It’s SO Simple, knows this time of year can bring its share of confusing weight-loss myths and messages.  “The key with everything, and in particular during Ramadan, is to pay attention to what your body is telling you,” she says.  To keep things, well, simple, she has two easy-to-follow messages of her own.  Leave tough workouts for later Although working out before eating can be...

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Obesity not only creates social anxiety in your child but it leads to a number of long-term health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  That’s why it’s advisable to deal with the problem at an early age. But how? Watching your child struggle with being overweight can make any parent feel overwhelmed and helpless. It is important to note that restrictive and crash diets are harmful for children but there is a lot you...

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If you’re thinking of trying a fast, Ramadan is a very good time to do it. But what are the rules? How many hours should you be abstaining from food? Are you still allowed tea and coffee? Should you try intermittent fasting or a fasting mimicking diet or something like the 5:2? Or should you dive straight in with a prolonged fast? Which one best suits your goals? Are you looking for weight loss, better skin,...

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For most people the daily fast of Ramadan is tough, but for those with eating disorders (EDs) this time of year can have a more sinister allure. “One of the common misconceptions in the Middle East is that EDs are a ‘Western problem’,” says Dina Zalami, a counseling psychologist from Thrive Wellbeing Centre. “While diagnosable eating disorders may have been more present in the West in the past, globalization and social media have given rise...

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Why not build on the health opportunities that Ramadan provides, and use the Holy Month to build habits that will last the whole year through? Fasting in Ramadan is similar to a consistent practice of intermittent fasting, in which food is consumed within a smaller window of time. During the Holy Month, fasting is done between the Fair and Magrib prayer – roughly 12 hours between dawn and dusk. Fasting is considered to be a natural...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Here’s how I managed to lose weight and build muscle last Ramadan.  Step 1: Decide Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones)...