Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Make me thin and beautiful so that people can say, wow!

By Deepa Narwani

Recently, my Instagram feed was flooded with pictures of Kareena Kapoor Khan sizzling up the beaches in Phuket, Thailand, for a photo shoot for Vogue India. Bebo, as she is fondly called, wore glamorous dresses, swimwear as well as bikinis, and looked stunning! Although there was praise all around for the pictures, it was quickly followed with an outpouring of body shaming from trolls on Twitter.

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How Pakistan came around to yoga, despite its Indian origins

By Bina Shah

I first heard of yoga while I was growing up in Pakistan in the 1980s, with the arrival on the Karachi scene of a colourful personality called Professor Moiz Hussain. He had trained at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, then branched out into alternative stress-reduction and healing techniques like reiki from Japan, NLP (neurolinguistic programming) from California and qigong, with roots in China. Continue reading How Pakistan came around to yoga, despite its Indian origins

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