Monthly Archives: أبريل 2010

What I Eat!

The most common question I get by far is “what do you eat?”

For some reason, people are interested to know what I eat.  They probably think I eat strange things, or they think that if they copy what I eat then all their health problems will go away!

Well, neither is true!

What I eat works for me, but it’s not the script that everyone should follow.  As you know, people are very individual.  We come in all shapes and sizes and what works for one person might not work for another.  Having said that, we could of course benefit from mirroring the eating and lifestyle habits of someone healthy, as long as we don’t get carried away with it.

Bust the myths

So, I’m going to give you a sneak peak into a typical couple of days for me.  It might help a few people.

But before I do that, I would like to bust some myths:

1)     Eating healthy does not make you superman. People who eat healthy can still get sick and they can also have ‘bad’ days.  I say that because many people gasp when I say that I’m not feeling well.  When they see the nutritionist sick, they start doubting that a healthy diet works.  What a healthy diet will give you is better recovery.  So hopefully, if you do get sick, you’ll be able to bounce back quicker and stronger than someone with an unhealthy diet.

2)     Eating healthy is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t eat healthy for a short duration.  You have to plan for it as if it’s a whole lifestyle change that will last throughout your life.  With that in mind, you have to allow for the occasional ‘treat’ if you feel that you are the type of person who needs it.  And yes, I do have ‘treats’ sometimes so don’t panic when you see me eating cake at a party.

3)     Eating healthy is actually very enjoyable! A lot of people think that when they’re eating healthy they have to “bear with it until it’s over”, but I beg to differ.  It’s true that you only live once, but if you’re eating healthy, what a great life that would be!  Nothing beats knowing what it’s like to spring out of bed and pursue your dreams, and have a body to help you with all that!

4)     Eating healthy is not only for weight loss. I get a lot of the “why do you need to be on a diet, you’re already slim” comment.  First of all, eating healthy is not like going on a diet.  It’s a decision to change your eating routine and your lifestyle to move towards optimum health.  But I know a lot of ‘slim’ people who are not healthy at all!  Health is not measured by our weight.  You could be at your ideal weight but still need to improve your health.  Look at your energy levels, your heart, your skin, your mood, your bowel movements.  These are all indications of health.

5)     Healthy food will not keep you hungry. A lot of people equate being on a healthy routine with being on a ‘diet’.  They think they have to starve to be healthy.  If you are eating the right foods that your body is happy with, it will be satisfied a lot sooner than usual. For example, when my eating was very unhealthy I remember being hungry all the time.  Having soup or salad for dinner was not an option because I thought I would starve.  But as I improved my diet and my body started getting the vitamins and minerals that it needed from food, I had less cravings and even my appetite got smaller.  If you’re constantly hungry, that means you’re not giving your body what it needs in terms of nutrients, that’s why it keeps telling you to eat more in the hope that you’ll finally eat something that will help that deficiency!

Sneak Peak

So, with all these myths behind us, I will give you a sneak peak into my eating routine.  As a general rule, I like to vary my meals so that I’m not repeating anything I eat.  This helps prevent any food sensitivities that people develop when they repeat a certain food too often.  Most people do that with breakfast; they eat the same thing every morning.  If you are guilty of doing that, start rotating your breakfast options.

I also avoid all dairy products for reasons that I’ve talked about many times before, and I rarely have typical desserts or chocolates.

Wanna see?

Here’s an example of what I ate the past couple of days.

Day 1 –

Breakfast

Large salad with chickpeas and dressing

Snack

Carrot and cucumber sticks

Lunch

Mixed beans cooked with onion and tomatoes with oven-baked fish and green salad

Snack

Home-made almond brownies (my super-easy recipe)

Dinner

Home-made mixed vegetable soup

Day 2 –

Breakfast

Red apple slices drizzled with organic tahina sauce and carob molasses

Snack

Celery and green pepper sticks

Lunch

Lentil burgers with roasted vegetables and green salad

Snack

A handful of raw almonds with a couple of dates

Dinner

Large salad with okra, quinoa, and black-eyed peas

Leave a ‘comment’ and let me know what you think!

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Iron Men of Bahrain!

I HAD to interview them… I just HAD to!

You see, they completed the IronMan 70.3 triathlon in Singapore last month! It is a grueling triathlon with a 1.5km swim, 90km bike ride, and a 21km run!  It took them over 6 hours to complete; most of us can’t even stay seated for that long, let alone do what they did!

Two young Bahraini men: Tariq Algosaibi (left in photo) and Sager Al-Khalifa (right).  It makes me so proud!

** Scroll all the way down to listen to the interview **

It’s such a big deal!

Seeing the two guys, you would immediately think “sure, they are muscular and young, why wouldn’t they be able to do it?”

But for me the news of their completion had a bigger effect.  Having been a runner myself, I know how much it takes to complete a race of this sort.  When I ran the 2001 London Marathon (9 years ago to the day almost – gasp!) I didn’t think anyone understood the hard work and training that goes behind an event of this sort.

IronMan triathletes have to have stamina in 3 different sports AND be able to conquer the ‘mind over matter’ obstacle that so many athletes fall short on.

Why the interview?

I have a lot of respect for those guys.  Respect for what they have achieved and for what they stand for.  They inspire me because when I see them I see passion for the sport and I see how perseverance can make you achieve anything you want.  Wouldn’t you like your kids to hang around people like that more often?

So, I thought I had to write about them…

Then, I realised that just writing a few paragraphs about them would not do them justice and would not make you see the ‘spark’ that I saw.  I wanted to get into their brains and find out how they think, how they got there, and where they want to go next.  I wanted them to have a voice to tell us about the experience and maybe even to inspire others who might still be in the dream stages.

What came up in the interview exceeded all my expectations!  You have to listen to it to believe me!

When I first planned the interview I thought we’d talk for a few minutes about the experience and that’s it.  BUT NO!  I couldn’t stop asking questions because their answers were so fascinating!  We ended up with ONE HOUR of fantastic material and insights.

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a triathlete while he’s swimming?

Wanna know how triathletes shave off precious seconds at transitions?

Would you like to know what it feels like to ‘hit the wall’ and choose between a stinging pain in the heart or finishing the last leg of the race?

Wanna know what these muscular guys eat?

I will say no more.  You listen for yourself and let me know what you think.  And please feel free to leave your comments for Tariq and Sager below, they’ll be reading them!

Listen to the interview here

CLICK HERE to hear the interview with the IRON MEN!


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Chewing on Poison!

When Sara* came to see me, she had frequent headaches, depression, low energy levels, and severe bloating. But her biggest concern at the time was her skin rashes that were getting worse by the day. They would appear mainly on her feet, preventing her from wearing shoes and walking comfortably. At times, the rashes would get so severe that they would ooze blood and pus. She tried many lotions and remedies, and even cortisone creams and antibiotics. But nothing worked.

“Why is this happening to me? I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I eat fairly well, and I lead a very laid-back lifestyle!” She exclaimed.

I told her I suspected she was poisoned. “By what?” she asked.

“By the mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth,” I said.

She thought it was a ridiculous idea. After all, what do headaches, skin rashes and fatigue have to do with our teeth?

Silver Amalgam fillings

Silver amalgam teeth fillings contain 50% mercury. Mercury is the second most toxic element in nature (more toxic than arsenic) and many of us are chewing on it on a daily basis. It can seep into your body through the vapour produced when you chew on it or when you have hot drinks; it can also get into your body if your fillings leak or chip off, which happens very often.

If it’s toxic, why are we putting it in our teeth? In the past, many experts believed that mercury is only toxic when it is in liquid form, but research over the past few decades proved that it is also toxic when solid in the teeth.

That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? After all, mercury is a well-known toxin that must be handled very carefully and even disposed of as toxic waste.

If you break a mercury thermometer, you must take very careful steps to avoid touching or inhaling it and you must dispose of it a certain way. In Norway, a recent law prohibits any dentist from using Mercury amalgam fillings. In some countries, there are even laws against cremating people who have mercury fillings because of the risk of toxic hazard.

Why are we chewing on it???

When I ask why it’s still used in this part of the world, the most common answer I get is that mercury lasts the longest in teeth, while white fillings fall out quicker. But is it a good thing that it lasts longer? Some adults have mercury fillings that date back to kindergarten; would you chew on toxic gum for that long?

The other common explanation is that it’s cheaper to use than any other teeth filling material. Why the dental industry is putting people’s lives in danger mainly for time and cost benefits is beyond me. But part of the blame also goes to the patients themselves. It’s time people took their health into their own hands and did their own research, especially when it involves inserting a foreign toxic substance into their mouth.

Is your mercury affecting you?

Mild mercury toxicity can cause fatigue, loss of concentration, depression, and headaches. But as mercury levels increase in the body, symptoms can grow to include menstrual irregularities, digestive problems, hair loss, and low immunity. It can affect the balance of minerals in the body, often showing up as white spots on the nails, which mark a deficiency in zinc.

A severe mercury toxicity can cause muscle aches and joint pains, memory loss, higher susceptibility to skin problems, severe depression and even insanity (as with the mad hatters disease). Mercury levels can even pass on from mother to child during pregnancy and cause learning delays such as attention deficit, speech problems, and even autism.

If you have mercury fillings in your teeth, you probably have mercury in your body.

The older the fillings, the higher the risk of toxicity due to the higher chance of leakage. But you can also get mercury from eating contaminated fish, such as tuna, or from taking mercury-preserved vaccines.

A hair test is a good way of measuring mercury levels in the body. It is a painless, non-invasive test that helps identify levels of toxic metals and mineral imbalances.

When Sara tested her hair for toxins, she discovered that her mercury levels were flying off the chart. So she rushed to her dentist. It turns out, she had nine fillings, many of which were put in when she was a little girl (she’s now in her 50s). In spite of that, her dentist told her that her fillings were ‘fine’ and that her health problems were ‘stress-related.’

Furious, I recommended a dentist in London who was more familiar with the effects of mercury and agreed to have them all replaced with white fillings. He tested her mercury levels and found them to be the highest he’s ever seen in his long career. Most of her fillings were leaking.

He even went a step further and sent her to a specialist who tested her toxins; they found that mercury levels in her body were so high that they were starting to affect the heart.

Sara agreed to replace all her fillings the same day. Her skin rashes started to recede almost immediately, and she was able to walk comfortably on her feet again.

Two weeks later, she reported feeling much happier, less bloated, and her headaches were a thing of the past. Today, her health continues to improve and she uses diet and supplements to boost her liver and detoxification system to speed up mercury removal from her body.

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Health Myth #3: No hormones in my food!


I had a lovely time last Thursday with all the ladies from HSBC Bahrain.  We talked about ‘The 5 Biggest Health Myths, Exposed!’

It was a lovely group.  The workshop was just over an hour long with plenty of great Q&A at the end.  And we had a lot of fun taking this picture too (it’s tough getting a big bunch of women to organise themselves for a decent photo!) 🙂

Myth #3

Of all the FIVE myths, I chose #3 to share with you because it’s just sooo important for you to know about today!

Myth #3 says: There are no hormones in my food.

You know how many times I hear that?  A LOT!

People are often unaware of the amount of hormones that are in our food.  They assume that food manufacturers and farmers have our best interest and health in mind. Don’t they?

Have a look at the short YouTube video that I linked here, and let me know what you think.

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Mother’s Day special :)

In Bahrain, we celebrate mother’s day on the 21st of March.

This year’s mother’s day was the best I ever had.  I truly felt special 🙂

My kids made me all kinds of glittery cards and drawings for the occasion, and their teachers were so sweet to help them create even funkier stuff to give out to their moms.

Since mother’s day this year was on a Sunday, we couldn’t really do much in terms of celebration because it was a school day, but what we decided to do was create a special dessert to celebrate as a family!

So we took over the kitchen (me, 2 kids, and a baby crawling around our feet).  We rolled up our sleeves and came out 20 minutes later with this delicious RAW dessert.

We called them ‘Almond Brownies’.  I must say, it was a mess but they were delicious!  We used cookie cutters for the shapes. Oh, and we stuck a candle that I blew out *blush*

Almond brownies are so simple to make, you’ll fall off your chair when see just how easy it is!

My Almond Brownies recipe:

  • 2 tbsp tahina sauce
  • 2.5 cups dry almonds
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 20 dates (pitted)
  • 1 tsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2tsp water
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Blend all the above ingredients in the food processor.  Spread over a square pyrex plate and press down firmly.  Cut into squares or any shape you like.  Sprinkle with dessicated coconut.  And it’s ready to eat!  (candle optional) 🙂

Bon appetit!

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