Category: Health Tips

Superfoods: White Tea

Move over Green Tea, we’ve got a new favourite health drink. White Tea is touted to be even better than Green Tea. It has the same antioxidants as Green Tea but more in terms of quantity. It also doesn’t have that grassy aftertaste that Green Tea has, but a more sweet taste and smoother.

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Health Benefits

- Helps in losing weight

- Contains a lot of antioxidants that help in keeping your body healthy

- Has antibacterial and antiviral properties

- Improves cardiovascular activities

- Lowers cholesterol

 

I’ve not always been a fan of tea mainly because of the bitter taste. But I’d definitely give White Tea a try considering the bitter taste isn’t an issue anymore. But I’ll always be more a coffee person.

 

Places to buy White Tea in Dubai

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- Neha Prasad

Why Juicing Is A Must

Everyone has probably heard of juicing. When I first heard of it, I was skeptical. Mostly because I really didn’t like the sound (and taste) of liquified veggies and fruits together. But the more I read about the benefits, I was getting really interested in giving it a try.

A few tips about juicing. Invest in a good juicer. Start off by juicing fruits and veggies you actually like eating whole. Juicing isn’t a full meal, you have to incorporate into your daily food intake.

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Juicing has a lot of benefits like,

- Weight Loss

- Improving overall health

- Increasing intake of vegetables/ fruits

- Consuming a wider variety of vegetables/ fruits

- Absorbing all the nutrients from the vegetables/ fruits

 

I started off by juicing green apples, carrots and mint leaves. It tasted quite good so I’ll be looking out for new recipes to try. Here are some recipes that caught my eye.

 

Morning Glory - It contains beetroot, carrot and orange. It helps in cleansing the liver and blood. It also helps in weight loss.

Heart Beet – It contains apple, beetroot, carrot, lemon and orange. It improves digestion and your complexion.

For more recipes, check out juicerecipes.com

 

- Neha Prasad

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

 

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

Organic Is The Way To Go

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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

Organic Products

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We got lots of feedback and comments on S.O’s post and advice on organic make up so here we are with more information.

Stefanie what ingredient one should look at while choosing an organic makeup product?

Personally, I suggest looking out for USDA organic-certified products and be aware of so called “natural” products, which only claim to be natural and they are in fact petroleum based and contain in fact only very little plant extracts and lots of artificial fragrances.

What are the advantages of using organic makeup products for long term use?

I believe that using organic makeup and skincare can definitely improve the condition of your skin but also help to limit the amount of toxins we are exposing ourselves to. By detoxing and absorbing less toxins, you start looking more beautiful and believe it or not begin to lose weight considering that you are following a healthy diet as well.

Which organic products do you recommend to keeping skin healthy and fresh?

I have begun washing with face with Manuka honey and using Organic Argan Oil as a night cream and organic Shea butter whipped with Argan Oil for Daytime. I also really love Dr. Hauschka products which I buy at the Organic Shop.

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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SPF Protection

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Even though its been “cold”  for Dubai standards, we still get a lot of sun here so our blog contributor Georgina Antakly decided to do a post on the importance of SPF. Little known facts you may or may not already know. Contrary to what many of you believe, wearing SPF does not translate into not getting a tan, plus do you really want to look like Snookie from the Jersey shore? Here are some secret pointers and the best options out there to keep your skin smooth, glowing and more importantly safe from the sun.
Did you know?

Research has found that the number one skin cancer spot on women is their calves, be sure to cover yourself from head to toe in SPF. Many people put SPF around the main spots on their face but forget important and sensitive areas such as the hairline and ears.

Sunscreens DO have an expiration date and the protecting ingredients can break down in the heat, so be sure to store them somewhere shady and check their expiration regularly.

Always be sure to reapply after taking a dip, sweating or in general after two hours just to be safe and not burn.

Some of my favorite products out there now-

For a good general SPF go with Supergoop a new brand that comes in all different styles, SPF for the face and body and after suncare. Cream not your thing ? go with an oil-based SPF such as L’oreal Sublime Sun 50+, For those of you that are more outdoorsy, try Neutrogena Ultimate Sport 100+. For those of you who spend a lot of time traveling, a good everyday one is Estee Lauder Daywear Spf 50. For those of you that want a good ole fashioned tropical smelling SPF, Hawaiian Tropic brings you a new line of ultra luxe products such as the Silk Hydration which starts at SPF 15 and up, you can also try their new Aloe Vera cream for a relaxing cooling sensation.

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Last but not least, you can always fake a sun-kissed body, Most brands are coming out with their own lines of self-tanners, my favorite ones are L’oreal Sublime Bronze that comes in an airbrush spray so you get a flawless, streakless look or you can get it in lotion form. For a pricier option, you can try the St. Tropez brand, which many of today’s celebrities swear by. Ladies at the end of the day, just remember that sexy glow does not always pay off at the end, be smart and SPF savvy and go enjoy those summer vacations you’ve worked so hard for.

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KC Makeup on Brown and Olive Skin Tone Beauty Secrets

We love our beauty contributor and celebrity make up artist Karuna Chani, and we are excited to share this special feature she did in particular for South East Asians with  brown and olive skin tones.

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Being South East Asian comes with an array of beautiful brown and olive skin tones. The problem is that we never seem to have the right products to cater to our skin, OR the right individuals that can show our community how to use the right products. But that’s no longer a problem for our community… Enter Karuna Chani of KC-Makeup. The TOP makeup artist for the South East Asian community, doing the make up for Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, and brides all over the world; she is the resident beauty expert for many top publications. Not only sharing the BEST products for brown skin women, but how to use them!

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer:
KC: When searching for the best foundation a quick rule of thumb is to do a test patch large enough to cover your cheekbone to jaw line, and then let sit for 30mins. Allowing the foundation to sit for 30 minutes is crucial because it tends to oxidize on olive skin tones and get darker, so you NEVER want to buy foundation on the spot!
Best Products:
Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation
Makeup Forever – HD foundation
NARS – Sheer Glow Foundation
Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer – 3 in 1 – moisturizer, color, SPF

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Eyeshadows:
KC: The key to eye shadows, is to look for shades that have warm undertones so that olive and brown skin doesn’t appear ashy, grey or dull. Also look for colors that are high pigment rather than high shimmer. To ensure lasting eye shadow, use the NARS smudge proof eye base before applying any eye shadow to the lid.

Best Products:
Urban Decay – NAKED Palette
Makeup Forever – Star Powders or custom palette
NARS – Duo Shadow

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Cheeks:

KC: To get a long lasting glow, try a cream blush first and then dab some powder blush on top to set and give your face that extra pop.

Best Products:
Laura Mercier
NARS
Stila – Convertible Color

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Lips:

KC: Women love glossy lips, and its always hard to find a good gloss that maintains its color. So for a real vibrant glossy look, check out Lancome—Fever Gloss collection.

Other Best Products:
Laura Mercier
NARS
Chanel

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Concealer:
#1 Most difficult product to find for South East Asian Women

KC: The most unattractive feature on a beautiful woman are exposed dark circles, so concealer is probably the MOST important product, but it can also be almost impossible when it comes to finding your perfect match. Keep in mind that orange/peach tones correct and neutralize blue/violet dark circles.

Best Products:
Giorgio Armani – Corrector #2
Cleau de Peau – Ochre
Laura Mercier – Corrector yellow/orange along with undercover pot
Bobbi Brown – Peach corrector and concealer set
Eve Pearl – Salmon concealer

Come in to S.O. for a makeover consultation today or book a workshop with us. Contact info@so-famous.com for more details