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

Model Naza Jafarian On Going RAW

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Wilhelmina Dubai is excited to introduce the beautiful Naza Jafarian  to Dubai ( who happens to be a raw vegan). Originally from Iran, she moved to the UK when she was nine years old. She began modelling at 13 when she was scouted by a famous agent in London and continued her modelling career throughout University where she studied  Bioengineering and then Law.  She decided to focus on modelling in order to travel the world.

During her travels Naza began suffering from severe unexplained seizures and after seeing numerous neurologists and  trying different types of medications, she felt she was only getting worse.  She then went to see a neurologist in California who advised her on changing her diet to a completely raw vegan diet and so 6 months ago she went raw.
The changes you begin to see with your body, your health and skin occur frighteningly rapidly. I was no longer feeling bloated or too full, my complexion began to glow, I had a lot more energy, I felt happier and most importantly – my seizures stopped.

Favorite raw foods Naza?

Believe it or not there are tons of great recipes, but my favorite are raw falafels (they make the best ones at Cafe Gratitude in L.A. ) and Raw Almond Macaroons for dessert.

How challenging is it to maintain a raw diet when traveling?

It really is hard to eat raw whilst I am traveling as it is a time consuming process. But you can always find really good cafes and restaurants if you look for them. In Dubai, it has really been a challenge to stay raw and eat clean (as there is SOOOO much amazing food), but the easiest way that works for me – I buy raw protein powder and I make sure I juice everyday to make sure I am getting the nutrition that I need, alongside salads and heaps of green vegetables for other meals of the day.

For enquiries and bookings contact cynthia@wilhelminadubai.com

 

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.

S.O. Wellbeing Philosophy

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Here at S.O. as much as we appreciate beauty and fashion, part of our wellbeing philosophy is to give back, so philanthropy and getting involved in causes dear to our heart are very much part of our daily lives.

Our general manager Leila Antakly volunteered in Cambodia for a few months and is actively involved in raising funds for Aziza’s Place future sustainability and is also active in raising awareness to their cause by matching volunteers and mentors from all over the world.  ” Aziza’s Place is the most special place to me in the world .” says Leila who spent five months volunteering in the capital Phnom Penh. ” I have always been very interested in giving back and fighting for children’s protection and as much as I wanted to partake in fighting human trafficking, I was extremely honored to have the chance to become a part of Aziza’s which is made up of 23 students who did not have the access or resources to go to school and get an education. AP is a place that provides these children with a well rounded education that includes English, Khmer, Music, Karate, Art and guidance that teaches them to be productive and responsible citizens of the world. They’re one big happy family”. If you would like to find out more information on how to get involved or support Aziza’s Place, contact Leila@so-famous.com

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This Event Could Change Your Life

Is it possible to look and feel years younger? Yes.  Sometimes we just need to get the right advice and guidance from experts on different topics covering different lifestyle options. On November 3rd join us with New You Magazine and embark on this  journey towards optimal wellbeing.  Learn about the latest treatments on nutrition such as detox and food tolerances, chronic stress, aesthetics and sexuality from U.S. doctors considered experts in their field.

The wellbeing symposium will be held at the H Hotel in Dubai on November 3rd from 7 pm- 9.30 pm.

The tickets are Dhs 149 and include a gourmet gluten and dairy-free cocktail reception, goodie bags and tons of amazing prize giveaways.

Purchase tickets  online at:  http://new-you.me/shop/register-for-newyou-anti-ageing-symposium

 

 

Nike Fuel Band App

 Ever wondered if your daily activities were being recorded and you could actually sum up all the calorie count for the day? Look no further ’cause Nike’s all new and trendiest gadget has hit the market! Meet the Nike FuelBand!

Tied on the wrist, this little monster monitors all your daily activities including and not limited to your casual stroll at work, window shopping at your favourite mall, dancing the night away at a hip disco or walking back home on a moonlit night this gadget that actually works like a pedometer will have you on your toes if you haven’t achieved your daily goal of burning calories. The neon color flashes throughout the day and keeps you on track and what a motivation that it actually helps doubling the effort!

Built for precision through three axis accelerometer pedometer to detect motion and speed for counting every step you actually take. This smart devise comes with a wireless Bluetooth connectivity enabling you to connect with your Apple device by installing the free Apple app Nike+FuelBand.

You need not sit and calculate but glance over the wrist band or Nike’s all so-famous FuelBand to see your day’s hard-work paid off or you need to get on the treadmill for another thirty minutes to achieve your daily goal for a fit and healthier YOU.

Written by Sherri, Social Media Manager

S.O. Beauty Secrets

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Stefanie Ost always share her favorite beauty secrets with our team here at S.O. so we asked her to share some of those with you our lovely audience.

Stefanie what is one of your best kept beauty secrets?

I have plenty of beauty secrets but here are just a few of my favorite:

If you have a pimple and you know it’s gonna look really nasty, apply Manuka Honey on it before going to bed and the next day your complexion will be a lot more clear. Honey has been known as an antimicrobial and antibacterial properties since prehistoric times.  Manuka honey is honey produced from bees that eat only plants flower known as manuka or tea plants in several countries.

I take vitamin E oil which is fabulous for your skin, Chlorella tablets and Spirulina (a species of algae as seen in photo above) which is packed with minerals.  I love to add Chia Seeds to my foods as they are full of omega 3 fatty acids which are also good for your skin and apparently they help with metabolism.

Argan tree is one of the world’s oldest tree species. This tree grows only in southwest Morocco, between Essaouira and Agadir. Oil from the argan tree is known as an oil rich in antioxidants and vitamin E so that both are used in skin and hair. This oil is absorbed much more easily than the beauty oils in general.

Perhaps this is not a secret anymore as everyone has heard of the benefits of juicing, but  it is definitely one of my favorite beauty remedies.  Just don’t think that because your juicing that you wont be needing your daily intake of eating fruits and vegetables as well! Juicing will supercharge your nutrient intake by providing you with pure micronutrients, vitamins and enzymes so you can kick start your metabolism and give your body a break from all of the strange chemicals you’ve been challenging it to process until now.

Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready.

-Sherri Jafferi- Social Media Manager

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The Glowing Green Smoothie

Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie

Stephanie got inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s ‘Glowing Green Smoothie’ so here is the recipe for her own slightly ” sweeter” version to achieving smooth vibrant skin.

The recipe makes 2-3 glass servings:

1/2 cup of water (add more if you prefer a thinner consistency)

3-4 ice cubes

1 cup lettuce chopped

1 cup fresh spinach chopped

1 stalk celery ends trimmed

1/2 apple core removed

1/2 pear core removed

1/2 cup pineapple (add more if desired for more sweetness)

1 banana

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup of squeezed lemon

Add the spinach, lettuce, and water in the blender and blend for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and start to blend.

If desired, papaya, kiwi, berries or half an avocado can be added but avoid watermelon as it should not be mixed with other fruits.

Blend well and enjoy 🙂

The Hottest Workouts in Dubai

             5 of the hottest, current and SO-favorite workouts! We keep you up to date. 

Okay! So we have all heard when the going gets tough, the tough gets going! Oh yes! Tough, toned and fit are the prerequisites for a revolutionized youth of today’s day and age! And how could Dubai be behind when such is the youthful trendiness? Think no further but come along for a bird-eye tour to the top 5 distinguished locations in the workout eminence.

  1. Flywheel:

If you’re into spin classes this is the place to be in Dubai. Integrated with state of the art equipment and instructors to help and push you with the beat of music propelling you to fly the workout through. Flywheel studio keeps you going to burn those extra calories and more by maintaining an account with them tracking down your calories burnt and various other statistics through their website. Not to mention that the staff are some of the nicest and coolest people in town, always willing to motivate and keep you in shape! We at SO love flywheel and specially those competitive friday and saturday morning sessions!

 2. Model Boot Camp:

Designed to get you in the best shape ever, John Gianino’s boot camp at Jumeira Beach Residence and Safa Park gives you a real feel of how a boot camp is like! From running on the beach to lifting sand bags, this boot camp works on stamina building for burning maximum calories in just an hour long workout!

3. Physique 57:

For muscle sculpting Physique 57’s focus is to use your own bodyweight for resistance and interval training. Best for eliminating fatigue and improving muscle flexibility and making the core stronger Physique 57’s classes are very effective but we hear there can be a long waiting list if not booked in advance.

 4.Gold’s Gym:

An international chain of very famous gyms that helped make celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This gym is located in Al Barsha with a stunning view this place is equipped for a variety of group exercises.

 5. Beast Squad:

Boot camps and personalized workouts are offered by Jordan Branford. Workouts are mainly to push you to lift heavy weights and pumping the muscles for a toner and smarter you!

So what are we waiting for? Let us get up and visit the nearest to start unpacking those unwanted extra pounds or to kill the sedentary lifestyle once and for all! Have a great weekend!

Have You Heard of Coconut Oil Pulling?


Stefanie Ost recently read this article on MIND BODY GREEN and decided to try it at home. She has since become a fan of “oil pulling” and raves on the results.  The following excerpt comes from the article.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. It definitely has a mystical and exciting vibe around it, which made me eager to try. But what exactly is it? What does it do?

To oil pull, simply swish your choice of unrefined, high quality oil in your mouth; similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. My favorite is coconut oil. This can be done anywhere from five to 20 minutes. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. This sounds good, right? But how exactly do you do it?

Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil. The reason I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. A perfect exchange!

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!

Have fun with it, though! Hum a little song, or practice deep breathing through your nose. Allow this to be a sacred time. Enjoy the feeling of cleansing, the relaxation with the absence of talking. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with a mouth full of oil. Something about it just feels so right!

Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Why oil pull? A popular reason for oil pulling is to find relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat. It is unbelievable how quickly this happens! Immediately after rinsing, you will find yourself blowing your nose and clearing your throat. I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.

I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. My gums strengthened, and teeth became much whiter! It also proved to be beneficial to my skin, which cleared up dramatically, and became bright and almost glowing. Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.

Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but for a more thorough detox, its best to do this in the morning, before eating or drinking. If you are having a hard time fitting oil pulling into your routine, I’ve found a nice time to do this is while in the shower. This way, you aren’t counting the clock until the minutes are up; simply spit when your shower is done.