Browsing All posts tagged under »food for thought«

Ramadan is for life …

August 2, 2011


not just for Ramadan. I picked up a copy of Time Out this week and there was an article titled ‘How to fast healthily this Ramadan.’ The article started off by saying that a vital part of completing a Ramadan fast is to know how to break it properly. Reading on however, I noticed the […]

Shakin’ it up

July 31, 2011


The lovely Guillaume at Ignite fitness & wellness came across a genius invention a while back called the Smart Shake … and thankfully, for you and me, he didn’t just buy one for himself, he’s bought the distribution rights for the entire region and is now making a shake and stir as everyone tries to […]

Sweet elete

July 20, 2011


Anyone who hasn’t escaped Dubai’s summer meltdown is currently spending their days in 45c+ temperatures.  As soon as the sun emerges every morning, the air heats up like an industrial-strength fan-assisted oven and even late into the night, there is little respite. What to do then if you train outdoors … especially if you, like […]

milk & HONEY = chic & unique

July 14, 2011


milk & HONEY, as many in Dubai will already know, is a fabulous gourmet grocer and nothing short of frightfully chic and utterly unique. Nestled on the Palm and quietly taking Dubai by storm with its divine collection of the world’s best loved organic products, the pristine shelves are weighed down with rows and rows […]


July 13, 2011


n. 4. Slang a. A state of pleasant euphoria, as from produce from Dubai Garden Centre Food Market b. A state of stimulation, as from produce from Dubai Garden Centre Food Market c. Excited interest or attention: “The biggest buzz when it comes to top quality produce is all down to Dubai Garden Centre Food […]

I’ve been NAB’ed

July 10, 2011


I have to confess that I am terrible at drinking water. I need to force myself to stay hydrated, even now during Dubai’s hot summer. This, combined with my going cold turkey on fizzy drinks, means that I’m always on the lookout for alternative great tasting fruit drinks.  There is certainly no shortage on the […]

Cha cha chia

June 15, 2011


One of the superfoods in the classic Born to Run book are chia seeds. I remember listening with interest and making a mental note to check them out and since then, my friend Anja and her hubbie Allan have recommended them, as have countless health and nutrition views and reviews. So off I went a […]


June 11, 2011


I just finished Daphne Miller’s book, The Jungle Effect and suggest anyone who takes an interest in nutrition, diet and wellness should read it. Here’s a sneak preview: Daphne is a US-based doctor who after years of seeing countless cases of chronic illness and weight gain decided to try to get to the dietary root […]

Diet secrets …

June 1, 2011


from the UAE’s Fittest Girls …. check out this months issue of Shape!

100 tip top tips

June 1, 2011


Check out my contribution in this month’s Viva feature … 100 Greatest Weight Loss Tips … Ever!      


May 18, 2011


I read some lovely words recently and today want to share them with you. They were: Start your day with L.I.F.E LAUGH – Do something that makes you feel positive INTENTIONS – Set a focus for the day and give it direction FUEL – Get a healthy nutritious meal in your body to give you […]

Burn off the Bunnies

May 8, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE OK LOVESTYLE divas, Easter is now a distant memory which means it’s time to polish off the final chocolate egg if you haven’t already done so. And whilst chocolate in small quantities, especially dark chocolate, is full of disease fighting antioxidants, it still takes its toll on the size of your […]

Lessons from letters

May 2, 2011


Last week, in response to my article in Aquarius a few months back – 9 STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, I received this email from a girl called Hafsa: ‘I started eating healthy, and started using the treadmill which my mom gifted to me 2 years back but I never used it. Now it’s been 3 […]

Get a grip

April 24, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE  This week’s post is dedicated to losing your love handles … as whilst something to hold on to is always desirable … we are LOVESTYLE divas after all; strong, sexy and healthy … too much to hold on to and you end up with a stubborn muffin-top which ain’t a good […]

Getting Naked in Dubai

April 14, 2011


With the huge selection of brands and their origins to be found in the supermarkets here, it can sometimes take a PhD to understand the food labeling … or, as is often the case, a vivid imagination due to the distinct lack of! And needless to say, if we can’t make smart nutritional choices based […]

Snooze and lose …

April 3, 2011


As published in LOVESTYLE LOVESTYLE divas love any excuse for a party and in Dubai, we are spoilt for choice with fabulous events night after night.  This weekend, of course, was the annual World Cup, so countless belles were dressed up in their foxiest heels and fabulous fascinators to enjoy Meydan in all it’s glory. […]

Going nuts

March 30, 2011


Nuts are in and out of the news all the time … and whilst it seems only yesterday that we couldn’t get enough of almonds, now we’re told that walnuts are taking pole position. Wonderful yet wonky walnuts. A new study by the American Chemical Study, released earlier this week, reported that when compared to […]

The skinny on cocktails

March 25, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE Spring is well and truly upon us and Summer is just around the corner. What this means for us LOVESTYLE divas is that no sooner have we got into the habit of taking out a chic wrap to keep ourselves warm, do we need to pull out our favourite bikinis and […]

Mile-high meals

March 16, 2011


I arrived at the airport last night, excited and prepared (or so I thought) for a fairly smooth sailing journey to Budapest via Vienna with 12 or so hours of uninterrupted bliss to read, chill and listen to some good tunes. The purpose of my journey is to run the 200km Balaton Supermarathon that starts […]

Magic herbs & their special effects

March 10, 2011


Typing this blog title brought a wicked smile to my face as it brought back vivid reminders of the magic herbs scattered in abundance on the pizzas at Happy Pizza in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hilarious memories spring to mind of the antics that result from ordering an ‘Extravagently Happy’ pizza mid-morning then spending the best […]

I like it RAW

March 9, 2011


At the Taste Food Festival last weekend, post a few delish samples and pre a cheeky vino or two, I fancied a coffee. And there, in front of me was the RAW stand. Perfect. Now I love coffee … and am no stranger to my regular fix. But in terms of fitness, I am also […]

Fuel for marathons (running AND retail)

March 6, 2011


First published on LOVESTYLE There might not be huge numbers of LOVESTYLE divas that run marathons but there are no prizes for guessing that all LOVESTYLE divas love marathon shopping sessions so whichever camp you fall into (in my case both!) take note. A healthy balanced diet and a regular exercise routine are vital to […]

Make time to date

February 23, 2011


I sent an email yesterday to Roger and Richard, two of my KTM-based running partners, asking them if they wanted me to bring anything over tomorrow. Kathmandu, after all, is not quite the shopping mecca that we’re spoilt with here, unless of course you want to stock up on thankas, lentils or fabulous fashion in […]

How to look fabulous forever …

February 19, 2011


AND / OR how to bag a cute Glaswegian for 8 whole weeks! Six months ago a rugged yet charming Glaswegian called Andrew Picken arrived on our shores. Formerly part of the Kellogg’s team in the UK, a qualified nutritionist and an expert in food law, Andrew now works as the Nutritionist at Dubai Physiotherapy […]

CNY tori-style

February 2, 2011


Celebrating Chinese New Year need not give you a body like Buddha! The year of the rabbit begins tomorrow which means time to enjoy delicious Chinese food with friends and family … as a result, pretty much every Chinese restaurant in Dubai, no make that the world, will be tantalising your taste buds with extravagant […]

The skinny on the show

January 29, 2011


This post is a short and sweet observation following my visit to the Weightloss Show with Guillaume yesterday. It seemed like a good event … albeit most visitors tended to be from the industry instead of target clients. My one little observation was just the ongoing trend in ‘alternative’ weightloss methods; skinny coffee, slimming healing, […]

Be shaped by SHAPE

January 22, 2011


Today was SHAPE Middle East Detox Day … and it was a fab from start to finish. Taking place on the lush lawns at the Royal Meridien, 100 or so gorgeous girls arrived at 10am to be spoilt with freshly-pressed juice, hot coffee and breakfast nibbles. We then had an outdoor bikram yoga sesh, courtesy […]

Season’s Eatings

January 3, 2011


A little late to be posting now but here’s my column for SME Advisor – Dec 2010

The Karl Lagerfeld Diet? What the f***?!?

December 5, 2010


I was rendered speechless this morning when I came across an article about the Karl Lagerfeld diet.  Really? THE Karl Lagerfeld?  The fashion guru?  What next, I asked myself? As for how it came about, unbeknownst to many, Karl has had a problem with his weight for years. (I say that like I know him […]

Small steps, great journey

November 22, 2010


During this mornings Run & Reflect session, we talked (incessantly for 90 minutes and amongst a million other things!) about goals; the importance of them yet our aversion to the very word. I for one am a very goal-driven person.  I set goals for the short, medium and long-term and have them set in stone […]

Tori’s Seasonal Survival Guide

November 15, 2010


Christmas is just around the corner … well, not far off anyway.  Admittedly, I missed out last year as I was half way up Aconcagua so I’m maybe a little over-excited and premature this year.  But, my brief for my column in SME Advisor this month was Christmas bingeing so here’s the copy. Christmas is […]

Open an account at the Calorie Bank!

November 15, 2010


A great way I have decided to think of your daily food intake is by thinking in terms of a Calorie Bank. You can use plenty of websites to work out your calorie needs per day or how many calories you need to cut in order to lose a couple pounds a week. Approximately however, […]