A conversation with Nadia Sehweil, co-founder of Bodytree & co-owner of Nectar and Suzan Terzian, Certified Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Consultant
Nutrition is an ever evolving science and we know that for years people have been bombarded with confusing and contradictory information telling you to avoid fats, that they are bad for your health and lead to many negative health consequences. Meanwhile, the low-fat and non-fat food industry grew and became the norm, while levels of heart disease, obesity and blood cholesterol increased.
So while everyone was eating less fat in an effort to get healthy, the result was the opposite due to the high carbohydrate content of these low fat products. Today we would like to end this fear associated with eating fat. Eating less fat has not led to better health, so let’s change this perspective and reconcile our relationship with fat that seems to have taken a wrong turn in the midst of all the false information out there. So let’s have an honest conversation about GOOD FATS!
with Michelle Alistoun, Yoga Teacher at Bodytree
Today begins just as any other day. My husband disappears from his family and husbandly duties and retreats into the office bathroom, not to be seen for the next hour. It is in this bathroom that he will meditate and he has been doing this longer than when I first met him eight years ago. This is where he sits daily in order to prepare for the daily challenges that lie ahead for him in the office and with life in general. I’m not sure what he does in there exactly, but what I do know is that he is undoubtedly the most mindful husband and father that our family could hope for and in eight years, I’ve never seen his cage rattled – so I won’t disturb him (and the kids also know to do likewise). Later in the evening he will take to his asana practice, but his primary priority is to first take care of his mind.
with Vearle Avni, IBCLC Lactation Consultant & Midwife
Dr Jack Newman, Paediatrician and the world’s much loved breastfeeding guru says …”Breastfeeding is a relationship over and above a feeding method. Breastfeeding should never be expendable. Only under extraordinary circumstances should breastfeeding be interrupted. It is too important to the physical and mental health of the child and the mother for them to give it up the way one might give up ice cream.”
So considering what is healthy for moms, breastfeeding has many immediate and longterm benefits for mom’s health too, such as helping prevent postpartum hemorrhage and help the uterus remain contracted after delivery promoting uterus involution. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteporosis, while helping you lose weight gained during pregnancy. Breastfeeding provides positive psychological benefits too for both you and your baby. So let’s look at the nutritional requirements for breastfeeding moms to successfully breastfeed and enjoy this peace of mind.
with Huda Osman, Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor at Bodytree
Amazing posture is more than just looking incredible and increasing your confidence. A good posture can have health benefits such as; decreased back pain, less headaches, increased basic mobility and flexibility, increased lung capacity and blood circulation. Proper alignment in your body will also will give you balance and coordination in workouts, so you can be active while staying safe and getting the most out of all your hard work.
By Cecilia Rubio
I have been studying a lot about functional medicine lately and one of the things I learned and wanted to share with you is the benefits of bone broth. There are 4 very important reasons you should be drinking bone broth every day.
By Joelle Beyrouthy
If you are among the many thousands of people striving to lose weight and lead healthier lifestyle; who every year set resolutions to exercise and eat well, you may feel encouraged to learn that something else might also help and may be the secret ingredient to a healthier lifestyle: mindfulness.
By Dr Koyes Ahmed, Family Medicine Consultant, Intercare Health Center
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition of the digestive system, and describes a wide variety of symptoms which can vary from one person to another. IBS affects up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives, being twice as common in women as in men, and usually first developing when a person is between 20 and 30 years of age.
With Lynne Whelehan Sheehan, Food and Lifestyle Blogger
Recently, I was researching almond flour recipes and came across a recipe for Blondies. A Blondie is essentially a Blonde Brownie. The recipe I had found online called for ½ cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of sugar. According to myfitnesspal.com a ½ cup coconut = 960 calories and 1 cup of sugar = 720 calories. I challenged myself to re-create the recipe omitting the above and decreasing the overall calorie content whilst keeping the delicious gooey Blondie consistency and texture. Baking with almond flour creates a dense, moreish Blondie, as you can see from the image. Allow them to cool before cutting into bite size pieces, this allows the mixture to set and easier to cut.
With Dr Koyes Ahmed, Medical Director of Intercare Health Center and Family Medicine Consultant
Fever is defined as a temperature of 37.5c (99.5F) and above, and can be caused by a number of different things. When your child has a fever, it can be an anxious and worrying time, however it is very common and, in many cases, clears up itself without any specific treatment.
With Dina Ghandour, Dubai-based certified Jivamukti teacher
Jivamukti is a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (nonviolence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation).
This integrated yoga method that brings back many of the traditional facets of yoga that have been stripped away in our modern practice. Here are three facts you didn’t know about Jivamukti…
With Laura-Helene Kopinski, Kids and Pre Natal Yoga Instructor at Bodytree
SO MUCH TO DO AND SO LITTLE TIME!
It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year and especially for the little ones! We all know how exciting and chaotic it can get. But It’s time for everyone to take a break and enjoy the upcoming festive holidays.
Who knew that the day would come where parents would schedule YOGA dates for their children? As we are living in the busiest and most stressful time in history, it only means that our children are getting also affected by this energy. If you ask me, YOGA is the best activity you can offer your kids. Had I known about yoga when I was younger and the positive effect it has, it would have helped me manage my expectation, thinking and emotions in many ways.
Yoga in the great outdoors…
Bodytree is proud to provide a weekly community yoga class at Ripe Market Abu Dhabi. Join us in Umm al Emarat Park from 4:30 – 5:30pm every Saturday afternoon for a 60 minute, all levels, Vinyasa flow for women and men. Please bring your own mat!
We love this new initiative from Intercare Health Center! A new ‘Wellbaby’ clinic starts this Thursday 13th October and runs every week.
To celebrate the launch this month, every session in October (for the next three Thursdays – 13th, 20th and 27th of October) will be absolutely FREE for anyone who attends for the first time. This will include a baby/young child (up to 4 years old) having their height/length measured, as well as their weight, and all of this will be plotted on a WHO Growth Chart. In addition to this, for all three of these sessions, their very experienced and senior midwife Vearle will be on hand to answer any questions and have a chat, also FREE of charge. The doctors, as well as members of the therapy team, will be around too, in case there are any further questions or assessments required.
With Justine Rowan, Visiting Yoga Instructor at Bodytree Studio
Remember: You can’t be bad at yoga! It is not about being flexible or super fit. It is about exploring and working with your own body’s current needs, challenges and potential and developing mind-body awareness through the medium of movement and breath focus.
Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced student one thing to bear in mind is the importance of respecting your limits. Learn how to protect yourself in any class to help prevent injury and maximise the power of your practice.
with Lindsey, Pilates and Xtend Barre Instructor at Bodytree Studio
Recent research has shown that gentle exercise like Pilates can be a vital part of recovery for breast cancer patients. Not only does Pilates help to relieve pain and restore energy, joint mobility, tissue integrity, and overall strength during and after treatment but also help to increase self-confidence and improve the overall quality of ones life.
Here are 5 easy exercises to try at any stage of recovery. Think of completing the exercises in two phases: first on their own then progressing with light resistance (i.e. weights or flex band). Keep repetitions low (5-8) and only go within a range of motion that feels comfortable for your body. If there is any pain then stop the movement.
With Jade Lucas Read, Qualified Womens Health Physiotherapist
Do you ever think how awesome it is how much your body has changed after pregnancy and childbirth?!
As a Women’s & Pelvic Health specialist Physiotherapist I have come across many issues that arise due to childbirth and how tough women can be on themselves to put their bodies back together after birth.
Realistically, it takes at least a year before most new mums start to feel like they are a fraction of their former physical self. Unfortunatly, post partum & pelvic rehabilitation care often go neglected. It is so important for all mothers (regardless of how many childbirths they have had) to be well educated on what to expect and more importantly what is safe to do post partum.
with Jen Adinolfi, Yoga and Reformer Pilates Instructor at Bodytree
Fascia is a connective tissue that lines and covers all muscles, cells, tissues and organs. It is three-dimensional and is continuous throughout the entire body. It is responsible for your overall mobility and biological design, as it supports your physical structure and every single movement that your body makes.
Fascia is increasingly viewed as an independent, regulatory body system whose malfunction is a major cause of pain and disability. Understanding the fascia and how it affects and is affected by movement is essential to facilitate pain free living and healthy aging, says Tom Myers.
with Mira, co-owner of Nectar, Bodytree’s in house juice bar
September is around the corner and its time to get back into a routine, gently returning to your workouts and regular eating habits.
Try to eliminate high trigger allergens like dairy and gluten for a ten-day cycle and see how your body feels. Try to ease your digestion and start your day with warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. For breakfast, whiz up a healthy smoothie to gently ease your digestion and boost your metabolism into gear.
Okay, admittedly it’s still far too hot to stand outside for long enough to even think about lighting a BBQ or grill, but it won’t be long before lots of us are doing just that and until then plenty of us are still enjoying grilled meats at brunches and restaurants.
Eating outside with friends is a fun, social pastime and not one I’m prepared to stop completely, but in recent years growing research has told us that cooking meat over a flame or frying at high temperatures increases our exposure to chemicals which can damage the DNA in our genes, possibly leading to certain cancers such as skin, liver and stomach cancer. The main culprits? Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs are created when high heat reacts with and changes the proteins in meat. PAHs are caused as juices and fat drips from meat into flames and the smoke caused rises and sticks to the meat; which we then eat. Adding certain spices and marinades can also change the chemical reactions that occur when meat is grilled.
With Ramadan fast approaching I’m being asked by clients how they can avoid falling into the trap of eating the wrong foods, as well as some of the associated problems such as headaches, constipation, low blood sugar levels and weight gain. Here are my top tips to having a healthy holiday!
- When you break your fast, drink water first! You will feel less hungry as your body’s fluids are replaced. Try to drink 8-10 cups before you sleep.
- Avoid sugary drinks; consider coconut water or water with lemon, honey and a pinch of salt to stay hydrated.
- Despite being hungry eat slowly and chew food well. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full – put small portions on your plate first. Overeating can cause highs and lows in your blood sugar and dehydration.