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Super Foods: Chia Seeds

Continuing the series on super foods, my second pick after White Tea is Chia seeds. The Best part about Chia seeds is that you can add them to anything you’re making.

These tiny things boast a ridiculously long list of nutrients, which includes,

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – vital in maintaining a healthy brain.

Fibre – Important for digestion.

Calcium – A good source of calcium for those who are allergic to dairy or fish.

Manganese – Good for bones.

Phosphorus – Helps in maintaining teeth and bones.

Protein – A good source of protein for vegetarians.

 

Other than that Chia Seeds help in slowing down digestion, which makes it an ideal natural remedy for Type 2 diabetes, and helps fight belly fat.

 

Now if you’re clueless about how to prepare a dish using chia seeds, have a look at some of these must try recipes!

Blueberry Chia Oatmeal

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Raw Chia Falafel

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Honey Almond Chia Granola

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Chia Meatballs with Marinara

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Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

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- 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.

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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

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.

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  • 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.

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For more information about the diet click here.

 

- Neha Prasad

Model Interview: Aisha Howard

We welcome international model Aisha from New York to the Wilhemina Dubai family. Aisha travels  all over the world not just for her exciting modelling career but takes care of herself on the inside learning and teaching yoga and meditation . She shares with us some of her insight, beauty tips and overall advice on how to stay beautiful inside and out.

 

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How did you get into yoga, and where are some of the best places you have practiced yoga in the world?

I began practicing yoga per chance after sustaining a career ending knee injury while playing basketball.  All my life, I had been an ardent basketball player with dreams of playing in the professional league.  However, due to a freak injury, I had to undergo three knee surgeries and became devastated as my basketball dreams came to an end. 

I went from being extremely active to basically having to learn to walk all over again and as an athlete, this was extremely difficult for me.    A doctor suggested that I incorporate yoga into my rehabilitation and workout regime.   To my surprise, I found that not only was I getting an intense workout physically but mentally things were beginning to shift as well.

After practicing yoga for about 5 years, my teacher encouraged me to become a certified instructor myself.  In doing this I have been able to train and teach in some of the most exotic locations around the world.  Last year, I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam and  Cambodia.  Earlier this year, I practiced yoga at base camps along the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu and prior to arriving in Dubai, I spent some time in India where I practiced with some of the most amazing teachers.

 

What is your weekly exercise routine like?

As we are all unique, I found that when it comes to an exercise routine, the most important thing is that you have to listen to your body.  Everything is not for everyone and therefore, what works for me, may not work for you.   Nonetheless, I definitely think a good cardio routine or exercise is paramount, as it strengthens both the heart and lungs.  

Therefore, I always start my workout with some form of cardio which I always tend to alternate.  It can be 20 minutes of jump rope, or 30minutes on the bike a 45minute jog.  Being a former athlete I also have become quite a fan of the bootcamp workouts.  These short yet very intense workouts of 30 minutes to an hour gives you a full body workout, incorporating cardio-conditioning, strength, agility and a great core (abdominal) workout all in one.

 

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What are some of your favorite beauty tips?

Our physically attractiveness is only one aspect of what makes a person “beautiful”  

When it comes to my beauty regime, I am a stern believer that beauty emanates from the inside out. It is our duty to ourselves to love and take care of ourselves.  Mentally, physically and spiritually.

I am quite fond Ayurvedic treatments and remedies.  Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help a person maintain health by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.   

My mother used to always tell me, you are what you eat.  Thus I try my best to avoid processed foods, eating most of my foods as natural as possible.  I have also recently incorporated juicing in my diet and normally start my day with a green juice.. and of course water is a must, It helps to keep the body hydrated and it also helps to flush toxins from the body. 

And lastly, I try to stick to the rule, if I can not eat it, I will not put it on my hair or skin.  I am not always able to abide by this but I am very mindful of the fact that whatever I put on my skin is ultimately absorbed into my body and blood stream.  

 

How often do you practice meditation?

Meditation for me, is on of the most powerful tool for balancing the mind and body. I find that when I dedicate an hour a day to doing some sort of mediative exercise, I am much more productive and no matter what is going on around me, I am at peace and better equipped to deal with whatever lies ahead.

I also make a point to do at least on mediative lock in a year.  During a meditative lock in I normally go into silence for 10 days.  Last year, I did a 10 day mediative lock in in Cambodia and next month I will be traveling to a monastery in Nepal where will do another meditative lock in while there.

 

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How much has yoga impacted your life?

When the majority of people think of yoga, images of extremely flexible people in even more extreme positions come to mind.  This however is only one aspect of yoga. or the asanas,the  physical practice.  Nonetheless, yoga entails so much more than this.  In actuality, Yoga is a way of life.   Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breathe/or spirit. I am definitely more grounded and I have found a sense of peace and security in being myself.  I have learned to love and accept myself just the way that I am. Yoga has allowed me to release negative attitudes I once harbored and I am learning to enjoy and appreciate every moment of my physical existence on earth.

 

Highlights of your modeling career so far?

I have been extremely blessed in my career. I have always dreamed of traversing  the physical planet and my career has afforded me that.  But there are two events thus far that I would have to say have been true highlights for me.

My first career highlight was the opportunity of working with the Lebanese designer Ellie Saab. It was one of my first jobs as a model and I  will never forget the day.  I arrived at the casting and was actually rudely turned away by the casting director.  As I was leaving the building, I bumped into Ellie Saab himself, he stopped me in my tracks, asked me who was I and how come he had never seen me before.  He then insisted that I turn around and go with him.  I walked back into the casting, he handed me two dresses to try on, turned to the same casting director who initially turned me away, and said “Do you see this girl,” she is amazing,  I want her to close my show. 

Another highlight for me was being invited to Ethiopia as a guest judge, host and model coach  for modeling competition for young girls.   I have been blessed abundantly, and one thing I promised myself is that I would do whatever it was in my power to do to help others to attain their dreams and to provide the same opportunities to others that were bestowed upon me.  Being a guest judge and model coach for those young girls allowed me to do just that.  And of all the places I have been and all of the things I have done as a model.  Nothing has been more rewarding than spending that time in Ethiopia with those girls. 

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

 

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

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Blueberry

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Chocolate and banana

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Strawberry

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- 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

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