Six ways to get healthy this Ramadan

Whole fruits are preferred over fruit juices and other fatty sweets since they contain less calories. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Six ways to get healthy this Ramadan

  • Follow these quick tips to stay healthy — and possibly even lose weight — during the Holy Month
  • Don't worry, you can still enjoy iftar and maintain a healthy diet

JEDDAH: There are some of us who find ourselves piling on the pounds in Ramadan. Follow these quick tips by nutrition expert Myriam Sakr to stay healthy — and possibly even lose weight — during the Holy Month.
Drink water
With the long fasting hours this year, drinking eight cups of water a day (250 ml each) might seem hard. This quantity can be distributed throughout the night, however. Bear in mind that coffee and black tea are diuretics while juices are high in sugar and, therefore, not an adequate replacement for water. If you are craving something hot, try herbal teas, which are a great replacement for water as they help with digestion.
Snack on whole fruits
Whole fruits are preferred over fruit juices and other fatty sweets since they contain less calories and more fibers, which aid in digestion. Have a whole orange instead of orange juice, for example!
Cut the salt
During Ramadan, having high amounts of salt at night will increase your blood pressure, make you very thirsty the next day and will leave you bloated. It is best to avoid foods that are high in salts, such as ketchup, pickles, olives, packet soups and processed meats.
Have a balanced suhoor meal
You should have a balanced pre-dawn meal that contains whole carbohydrates and fat free proteins so that the glucose levels in your blood will remain regulated the next day and you will not feel dizzy.
Be careful at iftar
Again, a balanced meal is the key to maintaining or losing weight during Ramadan. Two dates, a glass of jallab, half-a-cup of lentil soup, two cups of salad and two cups of a homemade stew will leave you satisfied and ensure you remain healthy throughout the month.
Move it, move it
Try to exercise lightly during the day and keep in mind that the body burns more fat during the fasting period.


Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri to strike a pose at Dubai yoga fest

Updated 20 January 2019
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Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri to strike a pose at Dubai yoga fest

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri is set to host the opening session of the XYoga Dubai Festival on Feb. 1, so yoga fans can expect to bend, stretch and breathe with the glamorous star herself.
Fakhri has starred in Bollywood hits such as “Rockstar” and “Main Tera Hero” and also crossed over into Hollywood in 2015 film “Spy,” in which she appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law.

The actress is a self-declared fitness enthusiast and will lead a session at the weekend festival alongside yoga practitioner Deepika Mehta.
“Yoga has been a big part of my life for over a decade now — it helps me stay centered, focused and positive throughout the day,” Fakhri said in a statement.
“It is not just about flexibility and fitness but also about will-power, mental strength and finding common ground with others,” she added. “As a devoted practitioner and student, I am really looking forward to learning from Deepika, who is one of the most innovative and inspirational yoga trainers. I’m also looking forward to immersing myself in the practice with yogis in Dubai.”
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So grateful for life. For friends, for family, for my hubby, for my practice, for the nourishing food I eat, my body ... Today on the flight as I was coming to Mumbai, I tried out an exercise and I gave out positivity mentally to any body who caught my eye, and it was incredible, people sensed it and returned it with so much kindness, the air hostess was so kind, the guy sitting next to me on the flight helped me with the baggage, there was this sweet girl waiting outside the airport with a bunch of roses and she gave me the biggest smile back, the taxi guy was lovely .. (but it’s not like Im always this sweet angel or anything, sometimes I can be pretty sharp n cutting , trust me!!!) But the one thing the Universe taught me is that energy is tangible, if I give out good vibes, they are sent back to me. • The last few days I’ve been maintaining a journal of all the things that I’ve been grateful for in a day, it helps me focus on the good stuff, makes me more mindful and I take less for granted. • Maybe try out this exercise of writing down 10 things that you are grateful for tomorrow and see what magic manifests. • Love you guys, happy to be in my sweet city

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Mehta is a household name in India, where she hosts a TV show called “Yoga City,” was a trainer on “The Biggest Loser” weight loss show and is the personal trainer of a bevvy of celebrities.
The opening session that she will co-host signals the start of the free-to-attend two-day festival and, according to organizers, thousands of yoga enthusiasts are expected to converge on Dubai’s Kite Beach with the aim of achieving the “total synchronization of body, mind and soul.”
The third edition of XYoga Dubai festival will offer fitness lovers the chance to try out various forms of the ancient practice, including animal yoga, vinyasa flow and acro yoga.
The festival offers mixed classes, with ladies only sessions set to take place at the XDubai Studio.
Yoga practitioners from around the world are set to host sessions at the festival, including Iranian-Canadian musician Babak Torabi, who performs alongside yoga classes across the world, and Emilie Mikulla, who has taught people the art of movement in Thailand, South Africa, San Francisco and Dubai.
For more information, visit xyogadubai.com.