Eat yourself happy

A balanced diet is a surefire way to keep you smiling and happy

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Eating a balanced, healthy diet is another essential part of feeling well overall. Comfort eating is an unpleasant cycle – consuming high volumes of fried, fatty or sugary foods can send your blood sugar levels soaring and then crashing, leaving you feeling even worse than when you started off. Chloe Moir, nutritionist at Dubai’s Scandinavian Health & Performance shares her tips on how to eat right for health and happiness.

1 Learn how to cope with the hustle and bustle of busy Dubai by ensuring you are eating all the right vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B and C are very effective anti-stress vitamins. Soak them up through meat, dark green leafy veggies, capsicums and citrus fruits. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale will also support your mineral levels by fuelling you up on magnesium, calcium and potassium. All these goodies will make sure your mind stays fresh.

2 Make sure your energy levels stay stable throughout the day and avoid sugary cravings. The carbohydrates you eat can take a serious toll on your energy levels. Chose low GI over high GI carbohydrate to keep blood sugar levels stable and stay energized all day. Swap the highly processed pasta at lunch for quinoa or sweet potato.

3 Fill your body with toxins and you will feel toxic! Chose clean, whole, organic food where possible. Your body is the only one you’ve got and you don’t want to fill it with trash. Avoid foods where you can’t recognize (or even pronounce) the ingredients.

4 Stay mentally alert at work with brain food. Include plenty of fatty fish in your diet or opt for an omega 3 fish oil supplement. Chose grass-fed organic beef and wild meat over grain fed to further boost your omega 3 levels.

5 Drink water and avoid headaches! It is important to stay well hydrated during the hotter months. Get into the habit of drinking the water bottle you should have with you at all times. Avoid drinks with a diuretic effect like coffee, which will dehydrate you in the long run. And oh yes we know how tempting that iced latte can be…

6 Hot Dubai means sweating. Sweat means salt loss. Ever had that craving for savoury snacks on a hot afternoon? That’s because your body needs salt. Load up on carrots, seafood, beetroot, meat and spinach – all of which will provide your body with valuable sodium.

To book a consultation with Chloe, email contact@shpdubai.com or call 04 368 7800.

Organic Foods & Café
This popular Dubai café and supermarket has three branches in Dubai (on Sheikh Zayed Road, in The Village, Jumeirah and The Greens) and also has an online store. As well as fresh organic vegetables, dairy, meat and bakery items, you can also pick up natural skincare products and grocery substitutes for a variety of food intolerances. In the cafés, expect to find a range of gluten and sugar-free options, alongside superfood salads and nutritionally balanced hot meals.
Various locations including Sheikh Zayed Road, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com (04 338 2911).

H.E.A.T. Café & Grill
A protein-centric café on Jumeirah Beach Road, this place finds itself popular among those who like to lift. Try low fat (and low carb, if you wish) burgers, salads, grilled kebabs, protein pancakes and more – and following feedback from customers, breakfast is now available all day, so you can have eggs any time you fancy.
Jumeirah Beach Road, www.facebook.com/heatcafe (04 338 8831).

Kauai
A South African chain bringing the flavours of Kauai in Hawaii to Dubai, along with a philosophy that includes no frying, no MSG, no wheat, no trans fats in favour of fresh, whole ingredients. The menu includes breakfasts with low GI toast, fresh wraps, salads and bowls featuring a grilled protein, fresh veggies and either brown rice or couscous.
Park Island, Dubai Marina, www.kauai.ae (800 52824).

Baker & Spice
Munch exciting, tasty salads, slurp fresh soups and try an ever-changing array of mains prepared using seasonal vegetables and fruits at this popular chain of cafés in Dubai. Of course, each branch also serves up an abundance of tempting treats, so make sure you choose wisely.
Various locations including Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.bakerandspiceme.com (04 425 2240).

Comptoir 102
With a dedication to sourcing local organic produce, the café in this store offers a variety of healthy dishes including those that meet raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free dietary requirements. There’s a daily menu for Dhs90, with a choice of two starters, two mains and two desserts that are based on what has been available that day.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, www.comptoir102.com (04 385 4555).

Turbo charge with a kick

Spikes at Al Badia Golf Club shares the ingredients for a tasty smoothie filled with nutrients and minerals to help oxygenate the body and enrich your bloodstream. Try it at the restaurant for Dhs30 at until August 31, or make it at home with the recipe below.

Ingredients (makes three litres)
8 apples (washed)
1 pineapple (peeled but with core)
2 packets baby spinach
1 lime (peeled but pith on)
2 stalks of celery (washed)
5 local cucumber (washed)
8cm fresh ginger root (washed)
1 avocado (ripe)
3 scoops cubed Ice

Method
Prepare all yellow items and juice together, then blend with avocado and ice until very smooth.Taste before serving
Spikes, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

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