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For as long as we can remember, our parents have always told us to finish off our plates before leaving the table. Every crumb, every dollop of sauce, and the last piece of pasta must be chowed down. Yet not everyone in the Kingdom has lived this way, clearly. As of 2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has estimated that food waste costs the Kingdom US$10.6 billion annually. A nationwide field study...

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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, improved...

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Fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times a variety of fasting diets have been touted not only as a popular mechanism for weight loss, but a route to overall better health, too. There are some key differences between fasting during Ramadan and intermittent fasting, however. Ramadan fasting periods are specified by the sun...

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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.  Dedication  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) but also...

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Ramadan can be a difficult time for those with mental health difficulties, but for those who have an eating disorder, it can trigger difficult thoughts and feelings. The period of fasting and feelings of fullness at Iftar or Suhoor, the increase in number of social gatherings centered around food and feelings of hunger can be difficult triggers and may cause significant deterioration in physical health or disrupt recovery in those with an eating disorder. That...

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Chef Nishant Choubey, consultant chef at global rice exporter India Gate, is sharing some carefully crafted recipes that are both easy to prepare and packed with goodness for Ramadan. As he shows, traditional basmati rice-based recipes can be easily swapped with healthier options to cut down on calories for Iftar or Suhoor without compromising on taste. Flax Seed Ladoos Ingredients: India Gate Flax Seeds – 500gm Buckwheat Flour – 250gm Jaggery – 250 gm Ghee...

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A new fitness destination has opened in Abu Dhabi, which is combining state-of-the-art gym technology with cutting-edge treatments, environmentally friendly products, and thought-provoking workshops to deliver the ultimate wellbeing experience. The Bridge, which is situated near the capital’s National Aquarium in Al Qana, consists of seven different areas, which the location calls ‘tracks’. These tracks combine to make a holistic hub which aims to transform its members with treatments and classes that are backed by...

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“Ramadan and fasting is a great time to hit the ‘reset’ button and give our bodies a fighting chance to have a stronger immune system, reduce inflammation, and introduce new eating habits”, says Amna Al Haddad. We chat with her and other fitness enthusiasts about the changes they plan to make during the holy month.   Amna Al Haddad  Amna Al Haddad is a weightlifting athlete. She is best known for breaking barriers as the...

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For many years, Emirati Meera Eisa Al-Naqbi didn’t think a career as a chef would be an option. While she loved cooking and was told she had natural flair, it always seemed it would be a pastime rather than a profession. But suddenly that dream is within the 26-year-old Emirati’s grasp after winning the inaugural Gulfood Youth X competition at Dubai World Trade Centre. Meera wowed judges with her modern take on Emirati and Arabic classics and her...

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During Ramadan, it is common for nutrition to go slightly out of the window due to eating larger meals less frequently. However it is important to remember that in times like these, we need to nurture our bodies with essential nutrients during the time we have from sunset to dawn. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of fasting include strengthening the digestive system and improving its efficiency, helping adjust fat and sugar levels in the...