Category: wellbeing

Work Out Victoria’s Secret Style!


The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show is watched by millions of people and usually leaves us ladies feeling a tiny bit envious of the models on the VS runway. This time the fashion show will be in London on December 2nd.

So how do they do it? Well other than being really lucky to be blessed with amazing genes, a lot of their physique comes from eating healthy and working out.

Here’s a quick ten minute video that will have you fit in no time!

This routine will work your entire body and you don’t need any equipment!

Other than doing no equipment full body workouts, models like Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls usually do yoga, pilates and boxing.


- Neha Prasad

Super Foods: Acai Berry

Berries are full of nutrients. Strawberries have Vitamin C, Magnesium and Potassium. Blueberries also have calcium. The best part about berries is that they have less calories! A cup of cranberries has 44 calories only.

They are packed with nutrients and are low in calories, what’s not to love?




Acai berry is called a super food (or should I say super berry?) because along with the benefits of berries mentioned above, it is well known for it’s antioxidants.

More benefits about Acai berries include:

- Improves heart health

- Promotes mental function

- Keeps Skin healthy

- Anti ageing properties


So other than popping them in your mouth to eat, you can check out these yummy recipes!

Acai Energy Bowl



Acai Berry Jam



Acai Sorbet



Acai Fudge




- Neha Prasad

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.


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


- 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.


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


- Neha Prasad

The GM Diet: Does It Really Work?

What is a GM diet you ask? Well it’s a weight loss program created by the General Motors Corporation to keep their employees healthy. It has similarities to Atkins and South beach diets, where specific foods are consumed in the given week.

The GM diet is a 7 day “weight loss” plan which has a vegetarian option as well. While everyone does lose weight during once the diet is completed, some tend to gain it back due to the fact that they go back to unhealthy habits of eating.

The idea behind the GM diet was to create a plan where people didn’t have to starve themselves to lose weight and along with weight loss, your body gets detoxified too. Here’s what the food intake during the 7 days looks like: -

  • Day 1. Only fruits. Just like in the regular GM diet, only fruits are allowed to be consumed on the first day. All fruits can be consumed in generous quantities except for bananas, as they are high in carbohydrates and potassium. Water intake should also be observed at 10-12 glasses during the whole day.


  • Day 2. The second day involves potato and vegetables. A cup of baked potato would serve as the body’s main energy source for the day, and then it can be followed up with vegetable dishes during lunch and dinner. Vegetable soup is highly powerful during this day, as it provides all the energy the body would need.
  • Day 3. Fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables may be served the whole day, from breakfast to dinner, including midday snacks. Fruit juice can also be taken aside from water, although no bananas or potatoes are allowed.

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  • Day 4. Bananas and milk. Banana and milk combos may be consumed all day, with vegetable soup servings during lunch and dinner. Banana and milk may be taken in the form of shakes, during breakfast and midday snacks.
  • Day 5. Brown rice and tomatoes. Or beef and tomatoes. One cup of rice is good to last for the day together with tomatoes in order to induce cleansing.
  • Day 6. Brown rice and vegetables. Or beef and vegetables. On this day mixed vegetables may be consumed all day, together with one cup of rice.
  • Day 7. Up to two cups of brown rice may be consumed, together with fruit and vegetable servings.



For more information about the diet click here.


- 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.



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.




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!




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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


How to Keep Your Skin Blemish Free




Here are a couple tips to keep your skin blemish free and beautiful all year long!

  • Water is your best friend. Add lemon or mint to flavour your water.
  • Always wear sunscreen. SPF 30 is a minimum if you live in UAE.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers as much as you can.
  • Exfoliate! Removing the layer of dead cells will lighten blemishes.
  • using lemon juice also lightens/ bleaches the blemishes and helps in achieving an even skin tone.
  • Cleanse, tone, moisturise. This is the golden mantra.
  • Regularly wash your pillowcase. Any surface that your face comes into contact with needs to be clean.

- Neha Prasad

Keep Cool, Stay Trim

I love smoothies. There’s no better way of keeping cool during the harsh Dubai summers. They keep you cool and don’t have a lot of calories. That’s a win-win situation for me! Here are some of my favourites.


Acai berry and Banana






Chocolate and banana






Fresh Basil






- Neha Prasad

Favourite Workouts

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



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.



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