Fast food is fast money! 

As I ordered my brown rice, broccoli, and tofu I was grateful for the option available to me and grateful that eating whole foods has become more common in the Arab world, but as I reach out for the bill, my wallet is very ungrateful for how light it gets every time (or most of the time ) I eat out or even just buy food. 

Then, I look around the fast food joints and see how crowded they are with customers and how they have conquered the food industry. The marketing, the kids meal and how they make the meals with a theme and how you have to come back and collect all happy meal toy figures. It’s all brilliant. I wish health food restaurants would put in the same effort, but most of them are too busy overpricing their foods or just surviving through this fast food epidemic

Then, I look at the price of their meals and its shocking how dirty cheap it is. I hadn’t eaten at a fast food restaurant in over 2 years, so I was kind of living in my own bubble for a while, but as I took a look inside again, it makes complete sense that people are fat, sick and nearly dead.

The food is so cheap and its easier and more convenient to feed a family of five, affordable FAST food. We are going through an epidemic here, and all we can do is vote with our coin.

Please let’s ask ourselves why is fast food so cheap?! How can meat be that affordable (hint: it’s not real meat) and why have we become sicker than ever. Just food for thought.

A  few simple tips to eating healthier whole foods would be to simply eat outside less, buy in bulks and invest your time learning how to cook simple healthy foods such as rice, corn, vegetables, wholewheat pasta etc. 

I urge you all again to vote with your coin, save yourselves and your loved ones from  diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and boycott the fast food mafia with all you’ve got.

Please leave below your comments and criticisms.  Happy and healthy reading 😀 

My Dubai marathon experience

SO here I am deciding to run the Dubai marathon. This marathon is like a curse to me, 2 years ago I wanted to run the marathon, I actually trained for it at the time and ended up getting injured( due to over training) . But this year I was fitter overall, just did the Bahrain challenge triathlon around a month ago and was feeling good, so decided to sign up for the race and do it without really much training at all. The longest run I did was the half marathon which was part of the triathlon and that was about it and then I injured my self doing the Bahrain half marathon, so I figured that I would wait till the marathon and see how I feel then, which was 2 weeks away ( Damn ITB)

So 2 weeks later, there I am and decided to just go ahead and do it. I bought a strap that was said to be very good-by a company called pro-tec, so I gave it a go.

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my lucky running socks

my lucky running socks

2 weeks later, there I am and the crowd were full of energy,  I made it just in time, so I arrived and just began running. Started off at a really good comfortable pace, the crowds there were fantastic, very encouraging and all.

At 7k my knee began to call for attention, but the pain was being held back by the strap which is what kept me going. I was fascinated by how a lot of the runners just responded to their call of nature ( just number 1) and watered the plants at any corner which made it comfortable for me if I had I was being called by nature to.So there I am running at a good pace and staying hydrated and sugared up.

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I just ignored my knee and at km 22, it just stiffs up and it becomes very difficult to run and I have never felt that kind of pain ever before, so I slow down and start walking and thinking what caused this?  Probably the combination of the knee paid and the lack of training so then I arrived at an ambulance and told them that I couldn’t move my left knee , so they iced it, sprayed it and told me to lay still for a while

As I laid there, I said to my self that’s it for me, there’s no point doing a marathon in this condition so I asked them how do I get back and they said the only way back is running/walking back or waiting 2 + hours for a bus to arrive and pick us up 0..O. I had no way out!! That was the biggest and maybe only to this marathon, a no return point. What’s that all about? Suddenly, some girl passed by asking if they had anything for her lower back and her knees, and she seemed to be in pretty bad shape. The nurse tells her to just wait for the bus to come by and she says “No way, I have to finish it’’ and she just continued her 42.2k journey. That, right there was motivation to get up and start limping, but as I continued I said to myself “screw it, I don’t have to go through this, I know I’m fit, I know I could finish a marathon in the right form”, so I started walking again and hopelessly thinking of an exit strategy.

As I was walking and I guess I looked kind of miserable too, a runner passed me and just whispered to me and pointed at her head saying” it’s all in the mind” and I don’t know what happened but I just started running again and ignoring the pain, and I was going fast!

But then the pain just hit me harder so it wasn’t really all in the head only. As I made it to the 30k mark there was finally a turn around point that read 40k on the other side. So I had 2 options, finish this or just take the short cut.

I took the short cut,I have nothing to prove by finishing a marathon in a crippled state, nor would it make me feel better.So, as I turn around to the other side, I just got faster and faster and ran with passion, still hurt but a lot of passion for the long-lost finish line, I had a runner next to me who I was actually pacing and a km away from the finish line she slows down and says I can’t and I tell her “oh no, you’re not, not here and not now, so we finish the race with a lot of intensity,I clocked 32.9k in 4 hours and  received a medal that I think I forgot in Dubai and ended up walking just as much as the marathon after that, to make the most of my last night in this beautiful city. My last painful night.

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oh! Me and my friend also missed our flight, we thought it would take off at 2pm but it took off at 2am. It could have been worse

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Moral of the story:

  1. You have to train for a marathon, you can’t just wing it. You could wing a 5k, 10k and even a half maybe, but not a full.
  2. Don’t ever race injured
  3. If you’re not a pro or race for money, just enjoy it
  4. It always good to chew more than you can bite every now and then and see where it takes you
  5. It’s not all just in the mind, you literally have to be physically prepared for some stuff out there
  6. Eat more fruits and vegetables J
  7. Be all natural, I used  ZERO stimulants in this race ( no caffeine or any sort of pain killers). Just so you can see what you’re actually capable of on your own, go a year or two without them and see what comes out the other side.

What is Veganism and who are vegans? ( A brief history too)

What is Veganism and who are vegans?

Most people in this day and age do have an understanding of who vegans are, but this post is for those of you who aren’t fully aware of the term. Be enlightened.
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Vegetarianism can be traced to Ancient India and Greece, but the English word vegetarian came into use in the 19th century to refer to those who avoided meat. The Oxford English Dictionary attributes its earliest known use to the English actress Fanny Kemble, writing in Georgia in the United States in 1839. Vegetarians who also avoided eggs and dairy products, or avoided using animals for any purpose, were referred to as strict or total vegetarians.
But the term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals. Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries, and several top athletes in endurance sports, such as theIronman triathlon and the ultramarathon, began to practise veganism and raw veganism.
Under the vegan umbrella today we have a lot of sectors and the most common ones are:
  1. raw vegan ( those who eat only raw fruits and vegetables with the occasional nuts and sees)
  2. High carb vegans : Those who consume a diet high in carbohydrates such as fruits, rice, pasta etc
  3. fruitarian : these vegans consume only fruits as their staple but some may say mostly fruits and some vegetables or fruits nuts and vegetables but fruit being the dominant food.
  4. Raw till 4:  this is where you eat raw foods till 4 or lunch time and then you can have a cooked meal.
  5. Ethical vegan: The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

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These are the main types of vegans out there today!! And I myself am an advocate of this life style and have really benifitted  from eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and I suggest you all give it a go and see how fantastic how you feel 🙂

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And there you have it! 🙂

Leave your comments down below

Happy reading.

What is Pesceterianism

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What is a pescetarianism and who’s a pescetarian?
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Pesceterian is a term that is derived from the Italian word meaning fish “pesce” with a blend of English “vegetarian” and thus we have pescetarian.
So a pesceterian is a person who eats fish and/or other seafood but not the flesh of other animals. One of the most commonly cited reasons is that of  , based on findings that red meat is detrimental to health in many cases due to non-lean red meats containing high amounts of saturated fats, choline and carnitine. Eating certain kinds of fish raises HDL levels, and some fish are a convenient source of omega-3 fatty acids, and have numerous health benefits in one food variety. A 1999 meta-analysis of five studies comparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian mortality rates in Western countries found that in comparison with regular meat-eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 34% lower in Pescetarians.
Now this may be a great way for someone to transition into a more plant-based diet. Eliminating read meats and other kinds of meats will really boost someones health and reduce the risk of heart disease and even obesity.
So, I suggest if someone’s is planning on getting healthier than this may be good diet lifestyle to lean into, incorporating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some seafood.
Try it and see the health benefits that you’ll experience.
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Let me know what you think.
Sources: Wikipedia

Using diet to be a super athlete

Today I write about a topic that a very important topic to all of us and especially athletes, and my topic is simple but yet vital : Food, which is Fuel!!

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Food for me is viewed as fuel and that’s the only way I view it and it has helped me in various ways, especially in sports. My recovery period has rapidly decreased and the longer I’ve been on this life style the faster i’ve been able to recover and to bring this theory to practicality, last month I did a 130k bike ride (  note: the longest I had ridden was 60k and not ever longer than 2 hours) which lasted 5 hours. I was broken to the ground and felt very tired and fatigued, but I woke up ready for a work the next day 🙂 ( How cool is that?!)
Do not underestimate the power of clean eating and sports nutrition which I think that most people do not take  it as serious as they should and think that it’s all about how hard you work out but on the contrary it’s about how smart you train and how well you rest.
Fruit is the best source of fuel for any body and not just athletes, especially sweet sugary fruits that are rich in calories. Your next best option are starches such as: rice,potatoes, quinoa, pasta etc.
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Options 1 is fruits

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Your second best option and those are starches.

For triathletes/runners : Carbohydrate-rich foods are the best fuel source for the endurance athlete. Maintaining a high carbohydrate diet during training is crucial for storing, preserving and replacing muscle glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrate and the body’s primary energy source during exercise. The body can store approximately 2000 calories in the form of glycogen. If you deplete your stores then be prepared to “hit the wall.” If stores run low (because of failure to eat a high enough carbohydrate diet to replenish stores during heavy weeks of training) the athlete will be unable to perform up to par, failing to attain the peak fitness level required for the athlete’s personal best during competition. This is termed “training muscle glycogen depletion.”

Emphasis should be placed on eating a diet high in complex carbs, “good carbs” such as  whole wheat breads and cereals, beans, whole wheat pasta and starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. Simple sugars such as in fruits, fruit juices, sugar and honey provide “quick energy” and are perfect for replenishing glycogen stores immediately after exercise. (Sugary drinks such as soda or fruit juice should NOT be consumed during exercise ( or ever) as they are far too concentrated and could result in GI problems. Stick with nature’s food)

Most of my calories come either from fruit ( breakfast, lunch and dinner sometimes ) and starches such as rice and pasta and I don’t train as much as I eat and rest. I’m not the fastest athlete out there but i’m pretty happy with the progress  I have made given the period of time.

Give it a try and let me know how you feel, and remember eat as much as you desire, this is a lifestyle of abundance and not restrictions. These good carbs are life’s fuel and will take you to places you didn’t know could reach. Avoid oils and processed foods as much as you possibly can and always keep it as natural as possible.

Now get those carbs in start living life to the fullest 😉

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What is Lethargy, and how to overcome it?

Lethargy is not a word we hear everyday here where I live but I think its time that we start using it since more people are showing symptoms.

So lethargy ( Aka fatigue) is where you are feeling weak, light-headed, constantly tired and weary, familiar? .
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Now feeling all this can be fine, but the problem is that more and more people are feeling this way at times where they should be most active, like in the morning at work or while driving etc.
Now did you ever stop and think why am I constantly tired? Have you tried something different? The solution to feeling lethargic could be easily treated or at least reduced drastically but we usually don’t pay attention to it and keep living our lives filled with lethargy and it’s no fun seeing your life pass right before you while you yawn all day.
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So let’s take a look at why we could be feeling lethargic, maybe we didn’t sleep well the night before (which has been going on for months/years) or maybe we haven’t been eating right, or maybe even we haven’t made time to get our bodies moving (read my previous post : Just do it! ) and maybe your’e overweight and that’s taking a toll on your body, and even maybe you’re dehydrated and your body is in need of some H20 ( but you reach out for some tea/coffee instead for a quick fix and you end up causing even more damage overall ) and maybe there’s been a weather change and your immune system is just not taking it, and those are the main maybe(s) that I have for you for now.
Now, how can we make ourselves feel better, more energetic, more aware, and more present (especially at work)?. Here are a few tips of mine and I really hope that you try them out because it has worked wonders for me:
  1. Drink water people!! Yes, water could be playing a key factor on how you feel everyday and you are simply ignoring that by having caffeine which causes you to dehydrate and leaves you lethargic in the long run. My advice would be ditch the coffee/tea, red bulls and all those other drugs and drink a liter of water upon waking up followed by a green smoothie, a fruit smoothie or even 100% natural pasteurized juice would be a better option than caffeine. Get high on nature’s juices.
  2. Move a little people: A little brisk walk could make the world of difference. We are always constantly sitting. At work, at home, in the car and when we finally decide to leave the house we go to a restaurant/coffee shop. That simply cannot be good for our bodies.
  3. Check your diet:. Are you eating clean, eating real foods or are you constantly eating out, snaking on biscuits and potato crisps? Switch your diet to a more natural diet and instead of the biscuits aim for dates, fruit juice, raisins, dry fig, nuts, apples and bananas( or any other fruit of that matter ). You will feel better, mentally and physically and you will start to have that raw energy.
  4. And last, but definitely not least ,get some sleep: Early nights will really help you feel better. Sleep early, so you have the energy to wake up early and maybe prepare a smoothie for work or even go for a walk. I know in this time and age it’s really difficult for people to do that, but I really suggest you consider it and just get your ego out of the way (which probably tells you to stay up watch some tv , meet friends, you’re not 60 or 6 years old, and maybe go through Instagram/Facebook for the 50th time today). I say shut it down, shut down your phone while you’re at it, tell your friends that you’ll all meet them for early morning for a walk instead 😉 win!
I have written a lot and don’t intend to bore you, my posts are usually short and up to the point but I feel like this was a topic that had to be brought up and all the things mentioned are simply habits that we all have to instill in us for it to be don long-term . So, I propose you challenge yourselves and do like a 30 day clean up which will extremely difficult at first but will be very rewarding and worth it at the end.
Wishing you all clarity, energy, wellness and RAW POWAH!!
Hope this post was helpful, share your thoughts down below.

The power of FRUITS

The power of fruits compel you, the power of fruits compel you, the power of fruits compel you…ok! just kidding, they don’t possess you 😉

Fruits! Wow, I can’t even begin to type, I’m all hyped up about it already. Well, I will obviously be posting a lot about fruit so let me start with a brief introduction to fruits.
Fruits are the super foods of nature, the candy of nature, the sugar to our veins, the apple of our eyes..can I get any more romantic!? The health benefits of fruits are endless, I will mention only a few out here..so why fruits?!

Fruits are nature’s wonderful gift to the mankind; indeed, medicines packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and many phyto-nutrients (Plant derived micronutrients). They are an absolute feast to our sight, not just because of their color and flavor but for their unique nutrition-profile that help the human body free of diseases and stay healthy!

  1. Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple sugars, fiber, and vitamins, which are essential for optimizing our health.
  2. Fruits provide plenty of soluble dietary fiber, which helps to ward of cholesterol and fats from the body and to get relief from constipation as well.
  3. Fruits contain many anti-oxidants such as poly-phenolic flavonoids, vitamin-C, and anthocyanins. These compounds, firstly, help human body protected from oxidant stress, diseases, and cancers, and secondly; help the body develop capacity to fight against these ailments by boosting our immunity level. Many fruits, when compared to vegetables and cereals, have very high anti-oxidant value, which is something measured by their

    “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity” or (ORAC).

  4. Anthocyanins are flavonoid category of poly-phenolic compounds found in some “blue-fruits” like blue-black grapes, mulberries, acai berry, chokeberry, blueberries, blackberries, and in many vegetables featuring blue or deep purple color. Eating fruits rich in blue pigments offers many health benefits. These compounds have potent anti-oxidant properties, remove free radicals from the body, and thus offer protection against cancers, aging, infections, etc. These pigments tend to concentrate just underneath the skin.
  5. Fruit’s health benefiting properties are because of their richness in vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, anti-oxidants, which helps the body prevent or at least prolong the natural changes of aging by protecting and rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs. Their overall benefits are manifold! Fruit nutrition benefits are infinite! You are protecting yourself from minor ailments like wrinkling of skin, hair-fall, and memory loss to major ailments like age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) of the retina in the eyes, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancers, weak bones (osteoporosis)…etc., and the list of fruit nutrition benefits simply never ends!

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    Not to bore you anymore with all this stuff I googled!! Fruits have simply changed my life, my energy, my stamina and the way I look at them.

    Have you ever had fruit for a meal?! and by a meal I mean a MEAL MEAL(Not one banana and 2 apples or a bunch of grapes..that is not a meal but a snack) the kind of meal that leaves you full. Not many people have experienced that, and it’s a magical experience. Have you tried a meal of 10-20 bananas, 5 papayas maybe?, 5 kilos of mangoes?. I know these numbers sound bizarre to you, but do you know since fruit are low in calories, that one meal i’m talking about maybe be less than a big mac meal?! So is a big mac bizarre!? Yes it is..Don’t go near one or any fast food meal for that matter.

    The next time you don’t know what to have for lunch/breakfast/dinner…Think fruits!!

    I’ll end this post with a question I’ve already asked. Have you ever had fruit for a meal?

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This was taken in Istanbul, they call them Vitamin shops there! I could’t agree more.

This is how my fridge looks like

This is how my fridge looks like

Was having watermelon as I sight see!! Stopped almost at every stall ^.^

Was having watermelon as I sight see!! Stopped almost at every stall ^.^

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