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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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Ramadan is a time for many things: to acknowledge the power and importance of fasting, to cultivate self-control, offer gratitude and practice compassion throughout, and much more. The offers are pouring in for everything from the best iftars to an array of gift packages. Here are a few we’ve selected that serve to capture the spirit of the Holy Month. Event: Ramadaniyyat New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) launches the inaugural edition of Ramadaniyyat, a week-long...

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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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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...

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Providing an invigorating burst of fresh air and beautiful views, running or walking the many gorgeous pedestrian-friendly routes of the UAE capital is therapeutic for both the body and soul. The weather has cooled and now our excuse that ‘it’s too hot to exercise outside’ doesn’t have a leg to stand on. So, get ready to skip the gym and check out these picturesque routes instead. Al Maryah Island Head down towards the water from...

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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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Trying to have a healthier Holy Month? We’ve got all the talks, homegrown gift ideas and ways to give back that can help you get there. Flow Talks The Dubai healthy eating hub Flow is back with another round of its Flow Talks Series – Ramadan Edition. The talks are held live every Tuesday at 4pm on Flow’s Instagram and feature experts from the worlds of art, fitness, nutrition and more. The panellists include chef...

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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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Your body goes through a number of changes during Ramadan when you’re fasting, owing to the adjustment in sleep patterns, fluid intake, modifications in what and when you eat, as well as altering the timings of your exercise schedule and indeed the type of exercise you can among to do. All of these changes can lead to a loss of lean muscle mass.  Maintaining and indeed increasing lean muscle requires following a careful diet and...