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GM, Paleo, South Beach, Blood type, Keto or any other. What diet are you on? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by so many diet routines making the rounds? And even more overwhelmed and confused by the different opinions about these diets. Some swear by these routines and some call them a fad. Being totally honest with you, through my 35 kilos of weight loss journey, I was never able to follow any of these diets for more than 2 days. Early on in my 12 years fitness journey I realized that there is no formula for fitness that works for everyone. Mostly, I worked with simple goals guided by my body intuitions and eating preferences. I always created a nutrition regime around my preferred foods, habits, schedule and requirements. However, I do bilieve in some logical nutrition concepts like “right protein intake”. Unfortunately, in early years of my weight loss…

The Ramadan month is a very exceptional time in Dubai, exhibiting great character and respect for the religious ethos in this region. This is also a special month for food lovers in the city, as all restaurants serve a special Iftar menu every evening. Iftar evenings feel quite celebratory on Dubai’s food scene with some grand feasts being hosted by the big hospitality names. It beautifully brings together the fasting and the non-fasting people, being able to understand each other’s culture and enjoy the spirit of local cuisine. As the sunsets each Ramadan day, all the fasting Muslims devote their evening prayer and take the Iftar meal to break their day’s fast. Mostly they break their fast with a date or something light. I hold great respect for the people who demonstrate fasting perseverance the entire day, in the increasing summer heat, with a positive mind. For me Iftar signifies…

Ok hand on my heart. I have a sweet tooth! But the problem of my life is not that ; ) It is that if I have a single sweet tooth, my husband has at least 5..… and the problem gets bigger when we make a baby together who probably has a whole denture full of sweet tooth. Well by now we have acknowledged that we have this sweet problem in the family. So instead of blaming dental genetics let’s do something about it. How about having sweets but in a healthy version? No compromise made on the taste and easy to make for mommy! Sounds fair & workable. So let’s make some Smart Sweets! Thinking what’s that? Smart Sweets = (Healthy ingredients + alternate sugars) * Measured portions  Here is my smart sweet recipe called the “Hi-5 Ladoo” This is made of 5 super nutritious ingredients, shaped into round balls or…

Rice kheer is true Indian tradition India is all about festivities and food! Let me tell you, no Indian feast is reckoned celebratory without a desert delicacy. The one that is most popular on festivals is a rice kheer. Kheer is a milk based dessert recipe, where milk, rice and nuts are cooked together for prolonged hours. Essentially, the longer you cook the tastier it gets. You may also find many versions of rice kheer in different cultures like “Sheer” in Persian cultures, “Payesh” in Bengal region of India or “Firni” in Middle east, Pakistan and North India. My memories of Diwali festival & Rice Kheer….. In my home it’s customary to prepare rice kheer on Diwali. For me it’s a childhood memory when every Diwali morning my mom would set me and my brother up for decorating the house. In the kitchen, she would start preparing for the grand…