Why this Dubai expat began to ‘eat clean’, and wanting to be thin wasn’t why

By Sujata Assomull

My friends love to tease me about the fact that I like to eat clean. Everyone assumes it is connected to weight. I am, after all, a fashion journalist, and it makes sense that I would be size-conscious. And though I am guilty of this, I practice clean eating for different reasons. I suffer from fibromyalgia, a syndrome that can result in musculoskeletal pain and chronic fatigue. I love food too much to stick to a diet, but pain made me change. Continue reading Why this Dubai expat began to ‘eat clean’, and wanting to be thin wasn’t why

Progress: going from instant noodles to Greek yoghurt

By Purva Grover

Many weekends ago, my eight-year-old niece asked me if I could get her the Kid’s Meal from an outlet at the food court. When the server at the counter handed over the box to us, she told me she didn’t want the burger. She was there for only a specific toy. She mentioned a YouTube video — courtesy of which, she knew that junk was bad for her. “Also, mom makes yummier burgers at home!” she added. In the past too, I’d watched how she and her friends had been quick to say no to chocolates i.e. if they’d had their share for the day. Continue reading Progress: going from instant noodles to Greek yoghurt

With data on your mind, let’s dance to fitness

By Allan Jacob

When was the last time you dabbled in sport for the heck of it, like picking up a racquet and getting into the swing of things? When you took the field or court and didn’t bother to tabulate your calories and the metres or kilometres you have run? I don’t remember when I last did (and I won’t tell in a ‘healthy reputation economy’) but I remember the experience left me with a sore shoulder and a knee that felt like it needed to be replaced. Continue reading With data on your mind, let’s dance to fitness

If fitness is so simple, why raise the bar?

By Nivriti Butalia

In the days after a friend and his wife returned from climbing to Everest Base Camp, I read an article in the Alpinist magazine by the writer-mountaineer Nick Bullock, called ‘Threshold Shift’. It’s a beautiful piece. Everyone should read it. I started reading and stopped midway. It was long. I had things to do. I needed to come back to it. So I took a printout, stapled the A4s, jammed them into my bag and took it home. I started reading it again in the evening before bed time (and after I downloaded the Dubai Fitness Challenge app on my phone). This time, I read the article with a pen in hand, to mark some lines, and pay attention to the verbs. Continue reading If fitness is so simple, why raise the bar?