Model Interview: Dominique

Wilhelmina Models Dubai has loved having international model Dominique from South Africa on board the past few weeks. Her professionalism and love of healthy living has rubbed off on our team and we  only hope to see her back in Dubai very soon. We asked her to share some of her healthy habits with you our lovely audience.

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1.     How often do you work out and for how long?

I’m a fitness freak, so I work out every day, although some days I can’t due to a grueling work and travel schedule… But majority of the time I work out every day, for an hour at least. I also prefer to work out in the morning. It gives me the  focus I need to prepare for the day ahead and honestly if you leave it until the end of the day, you’ll never end up doing it.

 

2.     Is your work out the same each time?

No, I mix it up. I’ll always start with cardio and then I’ll either focus on arms, legs or butt. I also make sure I do a form of abs with every work out. I also sometimes do Power Yoga which is in a heated room, but that depends on which city I am in.

 

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3.     How do you determine the best work out for you?

Everybody is different. We all need to see what works for our own specific body. Same goes with eating. So do a workout for a week and see if it gives you the results you want. If not, stop and try something else out.

 

4.     Some of your favourite tricks or tips for our audience to keep in mind when they go to the gym?

Always make sure you have good music… and mix it up! Working out doesn’t have to be repetitive or boring.

 

5.     Do you have a personal motto that inspires you?

Abs are made in the kitchen – it’s 70 % eating and 30 % working out. Also, the only bad workout is the one that you didn’t do! Get your butt to the gym and just do it.

 

6.     How would you describe your eating habits?

I adopt the 80/20 rule. 80 % healthy, 20 % unhealthy. It’s all about balance. We have to enjoy life and eat a cupcake every once in a while!  I eat a lot of nuts, and proteins. I don’t eat meat but I eat fish.

 

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7.     Any advice to motivate someone to make healthy lifestyle changes?

One step at a time. Start with something small. Make a new goal every week! Fad diets and silly detoxes might change your weight temporarily but a healthy lifestyle changes your mind AND your body permanently.

 

8.     Favourite beauty products?

I love Clarin’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It’s great for rehydrating skin. I use it every evening… Also, Chia seeds! I know they’re not a beauty product, but every morning I put two teaspoons of chia seeds in to my water bottle which I take to the gym. They are filled with omega 3 and antioxidants. Try it.

 

9.     Fashion icons in your opinion?

Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington Whitely.

 

10.  What you like most about Dubai?

The energy.  It’s full of opportunity and there is always something happening. I love Dubai!

 

Check out our Wilhelmina facebook page and Dominique’s Instagram to follow this lovely model on all her travel and modelling adventures.

 

Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health

When I first heard about superfoods, I was intrigued. These are foods that are packed with loads of nutrients and anti-aging properties. They have been labelled as such because they contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants among other things. Who wouldn’t want to get healthier with every bite!

 

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Berries

Berries have been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. They also help lower blood pressure and improves blood vessel functions. You can eat anything from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries to the more exotic acai berries. Also to try – noni berries and goji berries.

 

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Nuts

Consuming nuts decreases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It also helps in controlling your weight. Nuts are one of the healthy snacks to have in between meals if you are feeling a peckish. Opt for your favourite unsalted nuts and eat only a handful at a time.

 

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Seeds

Seeds also make for a yummy snack. You can add them in salads, any meat or fish dishes. They also reduce the risk of heart disease. Seeds contain contains good fatty acids that are essential for the body. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are easy to find. Opt for unsalted seeds.

 

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Beans

Beans provide the much needed protein in a vegetarian diet. They are low in fat and sodium and contain high levels of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre. Dried beans are a staple in the diets of vegetarians, as it is their only source of protein. Try eating – chick peas, kidney beans and dried peas.

 

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Lentils

Lentils when combined with beans provide a good source of proteins. Lentils can be prepared in many ways. You can add it in a soup, smash it up for a dip, put it in curries or salads.

 

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Cereals and greens

Try adding barley to your diet, it has a low glycemic index, which is very good for people who are suffering from diabetes as it doesn’t cause the blood sugar to suddenly increase. It is also helps the body metabolise fats and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

 

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Sprouts

Sprouts are when beans start growing. Sprouts are a good source of vitamin C and protein. Sprouts can be added to salads, soups and almost anything else. Sprouts to try – mung bean, alfalfa, onion sprouts.

Other superfoods are yoghurt, peppers and spices. They are nutrient rich and can be added to any dish needed.

 

– Neha Prasad

 

Favourite Workouts

Bored of the same old routine? Want to try something different? Here’s our picks for favourite workouts!

 

Flywheel

Flywheel takes indoor biking to the next level. Created by Ruth Zuckerman, the brains behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon, Flywheel is a intense workout. Usually lasting 45 to 60 minutes, you will be riding a bike which is customised for your body and can be adjusted to your comfort level. Add music to the mix and voila, the perfect workout.

 

FlyBarre

Interested in sculpting your body? FlyBarre is the answer. A combination of yoga, pilates, dance, circuit training and strength building with a bit of Flywheel included. This workout is meant to make you sweat! A complete body work out!

 

Bikram yoga at Rawr Yoga Studio

Boasting a studio space of 4100 sqft, situated in Dubai Media City, the interiors are sleek and clean. Its the perfect environment for a work out and there’s enough space for everyone! Bikram yoga is a intense 90 minute work out in a temperature of 40 degrees or more with 40% humidity. It helps you lose fat and improve circulation, among many other great benefits.

 

Yoga at The Mine

What do you get when you mix underground art culture and yoga? A pretty cool work out space. A chance to soak up all the art and culture. And a mean work out session. What’s not to love?

 

– Neha Prasad

Eating According to Your Body Type

Eating healthy and avoiding processed food is the first step towards a better you. But there are other things to consider as well. Ayurveda stresses on how important it is to eat according to your body type.

 

Ayurveda is an ancient medical practice that originates from India. According to ayurveda, there are 3 body types or “doshas” namely, Vatta, Pitta, Kapha.

Doshas

Vatta

People with slender/small build are considered to be vatta. They are very thin, find it difficult to gain weight and they always feel cold.

Vatta body types should avoid dry food, carbonated drinks and raw vegetables. They should eat more warm, cooked food, drink lots of milk and introduce clarified butter (Ghee) to their diets, to help them gain weight.

 

Pitta

These individuals have a medium build. They always feel warm and have a high level of energy.

Pitta body types should avoid spicy food, alcohol, vinegar, coffee and citrus/acidic foods. They should increase their intake of vegetables which have a high water content, like cucumbers and lettuce, and eat more fruits.

 

Kapha

The largest of all the body types.Their physical stamina is high. They also have wide hips and shoulders.

A person with this body type should reduce their intake of salts, sweets and fats. They should eat food that are cooked with spices and eat lots of vegetables and legumes.

 

According to the specific body type, there is a simple lists of foods you can eat and have to avoid. You can feel difference not only in your body but in your mind and well being as well.

 

If you’re not sure what body type you are, here’s a quiz you can take to find out.

For more information, Check out Doctor Oz

– Neha Prasad

Healthy Tidbits

Here are some healthy but yummy snacks to keep those naughty cravings at bay.

Protein bar

Peanut butter dip

  • Roasted Chickpeas – Eat them by the handful or add them to salads and soups instead of croutons.

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Dill dip

  • Kale Chips – Kale chips are all the rage. Make them plain, sweet or add spices. A versatile snack to suit everybody’s taste buds.

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– Neha Prasad

Organic Is The Way To Go

Organic Food

Diets help in losing weight, but you might compromise your health in order to achieve that goal weight. Opting for organic food keeps you healthy and your weight in check.

What does “organic” mean?

  • Food is only  labelled as organic if it is grown without the help of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

  • It also includes “organically” raised livestock, where animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones and animal by products.

 

The Benefits

  • Organic food contains more antioxidants.

  • It contains lesser chemicals and pesticides.

  • It is fresher due to the lack of preservatives.

  • Organic farming is also better for the environment.

Organic food, though expensive, is beneficial for the body. Conventional foods are exposed to all kind of pesticides and then preserved to be shipped to stores. Years of eating conventionally produced food can lead to an accumulation of pesticides in our bodies, which leads to a weaker immune system.

Places to buy organic food in Dubai

  • Down to Earth Organic Food – They provide various organic food products and they also support farmer livelihoods by buying directly from them. G11, Sheikh Hamdan Complex, Opposite the Union House, Jumeirah 1, (043863391)

  • Blue Planet Green People – The organic store stocks fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from local farmers. Al Seef 2, Cluster U, JLT, (04 369 5209).

  • Greenheart Organic Farm Shop – Open on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.  They sells organic fruit and vegetables grown by the company at its farms across the Emirates. The Light Building, Al Barsha 2 (056 640 7060).

  • Ripe Store – The shop sells seasonal, organic produce sourced from farms within the region. Al Manara, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 370 0441).

  • Organic Food & Cafe – A family run business, OFC is a organic supermarket and cafe found in Greens, Sheikh Zayed road and The Village in Jumeirah 1. (043382911)

  • Friday organic food market at Safa Park.  Open every Friday from 9am to 2pm until June 2014.

 

Want to know more about organic food and try out yummy new recipes?

 

Psst…check out this app called The Whole Pantry.

 

– Neha Prasad

Practicing Yoga At Home

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After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home  the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:

1) Create  your own space

Set aside a space in your room making sure  it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has  compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.

2) Prevent Injury

Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.

3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):

Hatha Yoga at Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAA-SZ05zSg

Weightloss Yoga with Tara Stiles

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4) Research!

The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice.  Itunes has many yoga podcasts and  I Yoga Life has many videos  for a variety of levels.

7) Meditate

Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.

Leila Antakly

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Losing Weight After the Holidays

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Yes tis the season to be jolly, and also worry about how one is going to lose the extra holiday pounds post January.  According to Forbes, “The traditional American Christmas dinner packs an average of 3000 calories. Considering that the recommended daily caloric intake for women ranges from 2000 (over age 25) to 1850 (over age 50).” We came up with 4 simple tips that can help you lose the weight you gained during the holidays without going through a strict diet.
1. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast
Skipping breakfast may induce you to overeat during the day. On the other hand, having a healthy meal in the morning would provide you with more energy and fulfill your appetite. The easiest meals to find and prepare are oatmeal, Greek yogurt, eggs, whole-wheat bread, as well as fruits like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.
2. Determine your exercise
Choose an exercise that suits you best. Make the best of the weather in Dubai and run, jog, or even ride your bike.
3. Increase your metabolism
The best way to do that is by drinking green tea as it has a great impact on losing weight. Another way that boosts your metabolism is by lifting weights. According to Brad King, author of a 2003 report published in Alive: Canadian Journal of Health and Nutrition, muscle is the most metabolically-active element of the body. Thus, muscle mass burns more calories during the day.
4. Want to catch up on some movies you have missed during the holidays, but you are afraid that you would gain more calories from eating popcorn? Try eating air-popped popcorn as it has only 30 calories per cup. Researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania stated, “Popcorn has more antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.”

-Farah Hammouri

Stefanie Ost on Staying in Shape

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Stefanie how often do you work out?

Fitness is extremely important to me and I usually work out 5 days a week before coming to the office.

How do you manage your workouts when you are on the go?

If I am on the go or travelling, I love using an app called “Sworkit”, which gives you a quick workout depending on how many minutes you have and you don’t need a gym or any equipment besides a mat. Otherwise, also Yoga or just a quick 20-30min Cardio are other options I sometimes go for if I don’t have a lot of time.

Any tips to staying fit with a quick workout?

The key for me is going in the morning before going to work as it also helps to get a clear mind and focus better at work. I fear I would be a hopeless case if I had to go after work as I usually just feel so tired by then.

What music do you listen to while working out?

House music puts me in the right work out mood and makes working out fun.
How many minutes do you usually spend on the treadmill? Do you like to switch to other cardio machines?

I have to confess I absolutely hate running on the treadmill these days I prefer the bike as I can answer emails, read a book or play games on my phone at the same time.  What my trainer usually does is incorporating then 2-5min high speed running with incline in between lifting weights to get my heart rate up. About once or twice a week I spend one hour of cardio only and during which I am switching from bike, to the treadmill to the cross trainer. Yet, overall, I prefer weight training as the muscles you build will be burning calories even if you are doing nothing at all (so that’s in my point of view the much smarter approach if you want to stay in shape than doing endless cardio).

Can you give us a weekly chart as to your workouts?

Overall, I like a bootcamp style of workout. Usually I start the week on Sunday with a good leg and butt workout which includes lots of squats (wide, close and split squats but also Bulgarian squats sometimes, launches, stiff leg dead as some other weight lifting for legs). As this is usually very exhausting, it is the best for me to wake up and start the week.

On Mondays I change then to some really heaving abs exercises including Burpees (which are really a killer). On Tuesdays I like to focus on my upper body including Shoulders, Chest and Arms.
On Wednesday I usually feel so sore that I am having a Cardio break or playing Tennis for a change, while Thursday I hit the gym again with some obliques and tie work out. Fridays I usually rest and Saturdays are usually Cardio or Yoga days.