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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.



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.



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.



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

Practicing Yoga At Home

christy turlington yoga

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

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown1

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

yoga at home

Losing Weight After the Holidays

xmas holiday dinner

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

naza jafarian

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

Stefanie Ost fitness

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.

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

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!

Stefanie Ost’s Tips on Looking and Feeling Your Ultimate Best!

Stefanie Ost

Stefanie Ost,  Founder of Wilhelmina Models Dubai and SO,  was a former fashion model who has graced the covers and appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire all over the world. She’s  walked the runway for Cavalli and Dior until she decided to settle in Dubai and had the opportunity to turn her modeling experience into a business helping women and men look and feel their best while also assisting the region’s aspiring young models achieve their dreams. In 2011, Stefanie entered The Big Start, a student entrepreneur competition run by Al Tamimi Investments, and her winning business idea scooped the top prize.

Every Wednesday Stefanie will feature her personal favorite beauty tips and advice on looking and feeling better. Today we ask Stefanie about “ juicing” and the benefits and disadvantages of this fad that is taking Dubai by storm.

What do you think about “ juicing” and how do you do it?

I absolutely love juicing! Every day I have at least 1 or 2 fresh veggie juices that keep me revitalized and glowing. Once in a while I might do a few days of a juice fast which can become addictive as you feel just fabulous afterwards. I do however feel that it is important  not to live on juices only (which is the side effect of this new trend that many young women stop eating solid food completely and just live off their juices). Personally, I consider juices as a great detox tool and as an easily digestible “supplement” to a balanced diet.

As a model did you ever juice to prepare for a show?

I was always quite lucky and never really had to diet much. Yet, if I had a big show coming up now and I had to lose some excess weight, I would do a 3-5 day juice fasting cleanse, which would not only help me to get back in shape, but will also leave me with a beautifully glowing skin. I want to add that one of the benefits of juicing is that it makes you aware of what you eat so once you start eating solid food again you are much more careful with what you put in your mouth and more often than not you become healthier.

What’s your best nutrition advice?

Its all about balance. I don’t think one should count calories and become obsessed with diets, its important to eat as much fresh vegetables and fruits as possible and definitely avoid sugar and sodas.A great sugar alternative is Stevia (it’s natural and has almost no calories). Artificial sweeteners such as Sweet and Low are the worst, the ingredients actually make you even fatter. Also, it is advisable to stay away from white flour (such as white bread, regular pasta, white rice) and instead opt for  healthy grains such as brown rice and whole grain). Finally try to stay away from dairy and too much animal protein – it’s  really not good for your beauty.

Stefanie Ost is trained under The Finishing Academy UK and conducts corporate and private social and business etiquette courses. Contact info@so-famous.com for more information.


Stay Trim On Vacation


Follow these two simple strategies when planning your next holiday-

1. Work out early


Studies have shown that morning exercisers are most likely to stick with their fitness routine. The same rule may apply for exercising on vacation. And don’t worry if you can’t slot in time for your regular-length exercise; a shorter workout, even just 10 or 20 minutes, is better than nothing, especially on vacation, where your main goal is to stave off weight gain.


2. Be Active

Even if you can’t fit in a formal workout, you can still toast some calories on active excursions. Go hiking with a pack (to burn about 490 calories in an hour), cycling (to burn about 420 calories) or rock climbing (to burn about 563 calories).  Or locate a tour operator that offers running (or biking) tours of your destination, so you can sweat off vacation goodies while learning about the area.