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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6 Steps to a Healthy Ramadan

June 11, 2016

Fasting in Ramadan, is it healthy or not? Well, it depends on what you put in your body! Even though Ramadan is a spiritual month, it is a great opportunity to  also benefit your body. Fasting, if done correctly, can decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes, boost your mental health and help you break addictions. 

This post is written by Rola Ghaddar, US registered Dietitian and Nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

  

 

How to do it right? It is very simple, follow these 6 steps to help you stay healthy and happy this Ramadan. 

 

Step 1- Stay well hydrated 

It is very crucial to avoid dehydration during Ramadan. It will make you feel tired and dizzy, it can also lead to constipation, headache and dry skin.  And trust me, you don’t want that in Ramadan. Make sure you drink at least 8-10 cups between iftar and suhoor.

8-10 cups of water are crucial in Ramadan

8-10 cups of water are crucial in Ramadan

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On World Diabetes Day, we ask: How is Lebanon Doing?

November 14, 2015

Saturday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. We’ve gathered the 5 facts you should know about this disease:

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  1. There are 3 types of Diabetes:
    Type 1, common in children.
    Type 2, the most common type and is associated with being overweight or obese and usually occurs in adults. The rates of type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise.
    Gestational, specific to pregnant women and puts them at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes in the future.
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  2. Diabetes Mellitus is 4th of Lebanon’s top causes of death and research shows it’s on the rise! YOU or someone YOU LOVE may be at risk!

    WHO Publish Date: May 2014

    WHO Publish Date: May 2014

  3. A study in Lebanon showed a strong association between a diet high in refined grains (pasta, deserts, white bread, breakfast cereals & desserts) and fast food and type 2 diabetes.

  4. The same study showed that people who follow a traditional Lebanese diet high in olives and olive oil, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, traditional Lebanese dishes and whole wheat bread are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

  5. The most common symptoms of diabetes type 1 and type 2 are:
    • Urinating more often than usual, particularly at night
    • Feeling very thirsty
    • Feeling very tired
    • Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
    • Blurred vision caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry

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