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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.


3 Steps to a Healthy Vacation

August 08, 2016

This article was originally written for by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.

Summer vacations, the best way to disconnect from work and responsibilities and recharge for the coming months in the year. Food is a joy and I believe a huge part of travelling and learning about a culture, is in fact by tasting their food. So yes, you do get to spoil yourself a little more than the usual, but here’s a mini guide on how enjoy a healthy vacation.


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:


Spirulina: A Rich Vegetarian Source of Protein

July 10, 2016

For all of you who are searching for a plant-based protein source, “Spirulina” is the answer!



A type of non-toxic microalgea called “Spirulina” has been consumed for centuries due to its remarkable nutritional value. It consists of high protein concentration in which protein makes up 65 to 71% of its dry weight. In addition, it is unique for its vegetarian, complete protein property necessary for health and contains a total of 18 amino acids. This post has been edited and updated by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and diet center in Lebanon.


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


How to Stay Healthy During Lent!

February 18, 2016

Lent is a wholly season where lots of people go about fasting from 12:00 AM till 12:00 PM and/or avoiding all meats and dairy products. Some people simply avoid the foods they like, like sweets, junk food or even coffee without practicing the above. Regardless, in terms of nutrition, there’s a lot we need to look out for during lent. You can watch the full TV interview in Arabic right here

If you’re fasting from 12:00 AM till 12:00 PM


Chestnuts: The Winter Snack

February 02, 2016

I came across an article around this time last year and  it was due to my interest in chestnuts: where do they come from and what are their benefits. To my pleasant surprise both answers were in the same article, and this same article, brought warmth to my heart, given I love chestnuts and winters in Lebanon. So I am here sharing this article with you too, hoping it also brings warmth to your heart!


For the full article you can click on this link Nutricycle. To find a summary of where chestnuts come from and what’re their benefits as presented by the author, read below, but I won’t let you miss out on the heartwarming bit either so you will also find that in here too. 




6 Lebanese Proverbs to say: Healthy Happy Independence Day!

November 22, 2015

As Lebanon celebrates its Independence today, we bring you some Healthy and Happy advice inspired by some deeply rooted Lebanese proverbs:


مجدرة ولبن، عافية على البدن   – Mjaddara with yogurt is good health to the body


Mjadara Healthy Happy Us

The quintessential Lebanese dish! Regardless of whether it is blended, made with bulgur or with rice, Mjaddara is a vegetarian dish with great nutritional value. It contains carbohydrates, proteins and with a side dish of yogurt, it really is “good health to the body.” Lentils provide a great source of fiber – 100g of Lentils provides the average adult with 122% of their need. This number is even higher if it is made with bulgur! Which brings me to the next proverb:


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:

  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.
    Mother. Website
  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