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The Sugar Free Ramadan Challenge

May 27, 2017

This is my second year celebrating Ramadan in London, where the sun can shine for around 19 hours each day; this means no eating and drinking for that long as well! I was very nervous about it last year, so an older and religiously well-read relative gave me advice. He said, “It’s all about your mindset. If you believe that you can do it, then you will be able to do it”. I smiled and thought, “If a seventy year-old man can fast 19 hours, while gardening, cooking, and exercising, then I have no excuse to not try”. I also remembered an article I read about marathon runners who encourage themselves with pep talks, which helps them enforce the strength their mind has over their body. This pushed me to try it, since it must be easier to fast for 19 hours than to run a 42 km marathon!

 

So here it goes: another year of fasting. I’ve also decided to push myself even further, by making it a Sugar Free Ramadan Challenge.

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“It must be easier than running a marathon”

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Butterfly PlaySchool gets a dose of our Wellness @ School Program!

March 26, 2017

It is never too early to start building a positive relationship with healthy food and setting the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and we’re glad that Butterfly Playschool in Riyadh agrees!

 

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Big smiles from Nesreen, founder of Butterfly PlaySchool and Nadeen, Cofounder of Healthy Happy Us after a successful day!

 

It was definitely a highlight planning and implementing our Wellness @ School program in this beautiful little preschool lead by an amazing woman, Nesreen Tillo and her talented team of staff members.

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4 Lessons About Weight Loss I didn’t Learn in University

February 26, 2017

Weight loss and building healthy eating habits is a journey for everyone, including dietitians. There’s always that awkward moment when I meet people for the first time over a meal and I get asked “What do you do?” When I say “I’m a dietitian” there has to be a reaction and it’s usually this: They take a quick look at their plate (to remember what they are eating) then their eyes glance at my plate. This is either followed by an embarrassed “Oh, I better watch what I am eating. Heh.” or a judgmental “Oh so as a dietitian, you eat (insert name of food I am eating)?!”

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How I turned cooking from a chore to a passion

December 29, 2016

It was around two and half  years ago, on a sunny spring morning that I sat on my balcony in Beirut deshelling fresh fava beans. My mom calls me a perfectionist, and as much as I try to prove her wrong, that morning was a great example of my perfectionism getting the best of me. As a dietitian, and wife of one year, I was trying to do things right. Fresh and seasonal, full of nutrients, home-cooked with love – yes deshelling fava beans to make Riz B Fool ticked all the boxes. A slow hour later, a hungry husband waiting and hardly enough fava beans to make more than 2 portions, I realized how bad of an idea this was and thought: “Seriously, WHO HAS TIME?!” I always received and made sarcastic comments about my cooking and about being a great house wife (! أوف شو ست بيت شاطرة), and that day, I thought “rightfully so, it wasn’t a title I wanted anyway.”

[This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, Co-founder and dietitian at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.]

 

Cooking didn’t seem to be my “thing,” at that time, it was a chore – something I had to do because, as a dietitian, as a wife, as a future mom, it is the “right thing” to do.

 

As we count down the days to start 2017, I can’t help but think of the change of heart I’ve had about cooking. This December, my husband and I prepared around 150 meals and sold them for a charity event, and oh how much we loved it. Today, preparing a meal is an experience that engages all of my senses, each dish is an exploration, a marriage and a story. It a process of changing dull and sometimes even poisonous ingredients, to a wonderful, delicious and nutritious creation. It is as close as this world comes to magic.

 

 

Here are four lessons I learned about cooking in 2016 that helped me find my path to a more enjoyable cooking experience. I hope you find inspiration in them:

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Best Christmas Gifts in Lebanon for the Fitness/Nutrition lover!

November 30, 2016

We present to you the best Christmas gift in Lebanon this season for the yoga, fitness and nutrition lover.

As November ends, the festive season slowly unfolds itself with all the twinkle and glitter.  Christmas is getting nearer; and this means it is time to take out your Christmas tree and start thinking about getting your beloved ones a gift that they will cherish all year long.

 

Well think no longer.  With our fabulous range of gifts, you can not only wish your beloved ones a Merry Christmas, but also a Healthy Happy Christmas!

 

This year we have an expanded selection of gift ideas to cater to different tastes that you can check out below:

 

  1. Jawbone UP2/UP3/UPmove fitness and activity tracker

 

These latest fitness gadget/bracelet are as stylish and tech-savvy as trackers get.  Whether you’re on the run or sound asleep, these trackers will generate incredible insight on your activity to fulfill your fitness goals.

 

We currently have on stock different colors of UP2 + UP3 + UPmove and are selling a limited amount at a better price than many of our competitors.

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5 tips for a healthy Eid

July 04, 2016

Eid is arriving soon and with it comes the glorious traditions of family gatherings and the sharing of food with loved ones. Ramadan teaches us a lot about our body’s ability to resist temptation and the power within us that allows us to control the choices we make. After a month of fasting, our body adapts to a specific eating pattern that we can certainly take advantage of to build healthier eating habits. Here are 5 tips for a healthier happier Eid. This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, Nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

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Breastfeeding and Fasting – What does science tell us?

June 16, 2016

Every year, as Ramadan approaches and we prepare ourselves for a month of fasting from dawn to dusk, breastfeeding mothers face a difficult decision: To fast or not to fast?

A lot of questions are raised- Will fasting effect milk supply? Will it affect the quality of milk? What impact will it have on the health of mother and baby?

The answers to each of these questions is, as always, it depends. It depends on the mother’s diet, what she eats when she breaks her fast as well as many other factors. Here are 4 findings from research that will help mothers make a more informed decision about breastfeeding while fasting. This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

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Suhour: 4 things you should include to keep you energized

June 25, 2016

Having a balanced, nutritious suhour meal makes all the difference to our fasting experience. Especially in the last few days, after weeks of pushing our body to its limits. The key is to keep your blood sugar in control and to choose calories that are rich in nutrients and low in salt. The reason behind this is that when blood sugar drops, our body feels hungry and irritable – two things we can all do without in these long hot summer days. This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

Avoid the blood sugar roller coaster

Avoid the blood sugar roller coaster, especially in Ramadan

Also, each meal in Ramadan is an opportunity for you to meet your nutritional needs. Therefore, each must include a variety of vitamins and minerals that are essential to our body. Moreover, salt dehydrates our body and most of the salt we consume in our diet is hidden in processed foods and restaurant meals. In order to survive these long hot fasting days, we recommend that you skip the take out, keep the sugar and salt to the minimum and,

Make sure to include these elements in your suhour:

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Let’s Bring the Lunchbox Back into Adulthood!

April 03, 2016

Who doesn’t love the homey loving feeling that a lunchbox gives us? Even when I’ve packed it myself, I love opening it and thinking: I am actually taking the time to take care of myself. My body and I really deserve it! This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

Here are 4 reasons why we’re bringing lunchboxes back into adulthood:

  1. They help in weight management

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Whether your goal is to lose, gain or maintain weight, planning your meals ahead of time is key to success. Getting in the habit of preparing a lunchbox means shopping for healthy ingredients and doing a bit of prep on the weekend or the evening before. Making decisions outside work usually means that you can have more time, be less hungry and less stressed- three factors which have been proven to help you make wiser more nutritionally satisfying decisions. (more…)

5 Things to Do to Improve Your Skiing Performance

February 23, 2016

With a few weeks remaining for the ski or snowboard season in Lebanon and spending long hours on the slopes, we understand the need to ski at full capacity and be full of energy. Without proper nutrition you might encounter symptoms such as dizziness, cramps, fatigue and poor performance.

 

To avoid that, Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon has compiled 5 must do’s for your ski session to reach optimal performance:

 

1. Eat enough protein

Your muscles are working so hard while skiing, to benefit from this enjoyable session you have to make sure you’re taking enough protein to sustain the muscle building before and after. This includes meat, chicken, fish, dairy or even legumes (lentils, chickpeas etc).

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