Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, but maintaining it can be even more difficult if you make a few wrong decisions that were not advised by a professional. There are a lot of things we tend to do merely based by things we read on the internet or solely base them on someone else’s experiences. We sat with Faten Abu Hasna, a specialist in clinical and sportsmen nutrition in Amman, Jordan who set the record straight on topics regarding leading a healthy lifestyle.
Does going completely vegan mean you are missing out on all the protein?
When you think about protein, you automatically jump to the conclusion that the only sources of protein are meats of all kinds. Faten proves otherwise, and explains that veganism can in fact give your body all the nutrients it needs including protein without having to consume animal based foods. She states that it is completely healthy to opt for the vegan way of living so as long as you have good enough alternatives to the conventional sources of protein - like beans, quinoa, soy, legumes and certain seeds to make sure you are not protein deficient in anyway; a deficiency in protein can cause muscle loss and other healthy problems. She advises anyone who is adopting veganism as a lifestyle to consult with a dietician to guarantee complete safety in their consumption of the needed nutrients.
To maintain your weight, which is worse to re-introduce - sugar or carbs?
There are kinds of people, some are carb junkies and some have a sweet tooth that just does not seem to stop itching. As soon as some of us achieve our goals, we tend to go back to bad habits whether it is that piece of cake every morning or pasta galore. It is important to understand that both are equally bad in different ways. Faten shares that if you wish to stay on the right track, you should find healthier sugars and carbs as alternatives. She thinks that you can actually satisfy all your cravings with healthier alternatives, so as long as the sources of carbs and sugar are not the refined ones. If you’re a carb lover for example you can make it a point to regularly eat it in its pure form being brown carbs, and the same goes for sugar. Freekeh, brown rice and pasta and whole wheat can in fact do the trick without causing you to gain extra weight for they are great sources of fiber which helps maintain your metabolism. Honey and maple syrup are healthier options for your sugar cravings as well, and you can easily incorporate them in your diet.
What is really the healthiest way to balance physical activity and dieting?
It goes without say that exercising is an essential component in your life whether you want to lose weight or not, Faten believes. To maintain a healthy way of life, you should balance your calorie consumption with how much you’re burning. If you want to maintain the goals that you have achieved and still wish to be a foodie, then you should take on more exercise than you used to. Faten also encourages people to still pick healthier alternatives to eating alongside a healthy workout regime.
The buzz behind taking supplements, are they actually that big of a deal?
Every single time we hear about a certain type of supplement, we run to the nearest store and buy what we think we need. Supplements are actually only necessary if we lack a certain vitamin that we are not getting from our diet, for many reasons. Faten thinks that supplements are only essential if you’re an athlete losing a lot of essential vitamins due to intense workouts, so that they make up for those losses, and that they should only be taken under supervision of a health professional. Faten also states that the consumption of certain supplements can actually be dangerous for women, as they could tamper with hormones and cause health issues in the long run.
What is the truth behind taking certain superfoods? Do we really need them?
Superfoods come in all shapes and sizes, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all kind of concept. Faten identifies superfoods as foods that are richly condensed in vitamins and minerals essential for our bodies and we might actually already be consuming. The question becomes whether or not it is essential to take commercial superfoods on a regular basis, and that just depends on the person’s preference of certain foods, as a small dosage of a superfood can give you a large amount of essential nutrients. Faten explains that it is imperative to consult with a professional dietitian before the random selection of including superfoods in your diet.
Have you ever had that moment after a meal where you wondered to yourself: “Did I really just pay that much for a quinoa salad?
We all thought that this year we will be able to wholeheartedly say that the Ketogenic Diet is “so 2019”, but no it is still going and running on full force taking over our lifestyles, social media and conversations.
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Intermittent fasting is officially, totally a thing now. For some people maybe, it’s more like “Oh, you mean Ramadan?” Well, not technically there is actually a difference.
While culturally and especially in Amman, the Holy Month encompasses traditions of feasting rather than moderate eating, you can actually go above that and use it to your advantage to shed all this quarantine weight you might have helplessly put on. Here are a few tips to get back on track during Ramadan:
While the city of Amman is slowly going back to it’s livelihood amid the pandemic, it is without a doubt that gyms will not be open anytime soon, so it’s going to remain home workouts for now. Everywhere in the world people have proven that they can make a workout schedule work during quarantine, effectively and productively, but a lot of people are wondering whether or not it is healthy to workout while fasting or not. Well, the simple answer is that you can’t put the word workout and unhealthy in the same sentence, but there is a right way to do it that you can benefit from.
We’ve all taken the internet as our own personal dietitian and thought it was going to change our lives for the better; we hate to be the bearer of bad news but that’s not the case at all. The interwebs is full of insight on just about anything, but it is also filled with different opinions and theories. When you’re about to be more serious than ever about adopting a healthy lifestyle with long term goals...
It’s not news anymore that home workouts is all we’ve got for the time being, and at least for the next quarter of this year thanks to the coronavirus that’s taken the world by a storm. Jordan is doing well in comparison to the rest of the world, but it is safe to say the gyms in Amman won’t be open anytime soon for precautionary purposes. If you’re about the look-good-feel-good life, then listen up, because it does come with a bonus - it won’t cost you expensive exercise equipment, just good ol’ affordable resistance bands that go hand in hand with your weight loss, strength training and toning your entire body.
We are all familiar with dopamine when it is related to exercise, but not so much when it comes to food. If you were ever wondering how someone could possibly be addicted to going to the gym, it is because they’re keen on getting their daily dopamine fix. Dopamine is basically a happy hormone, that your body releases through utmost exhaustion while working out - and when you start feeling it regularly, there is no going back and you won’t ever imagine yourself without it! Good news ladies and gents, because that happy pill we give ourselves can be also done through eating certain foods, and we’re not talking about everybody’s favorite junk food therapy, there are healthy alternatives high in tyrosine which is the amino acid that aids in the production of dopamine. Here are 4 foods that can boost your dopamine and hence make you oh so happy:
Boxing has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years, and for good reason. Whether it is weight loss you’re after or muscle development, you can literally achieve anything you want off your body just from boxing. We’ve heard a lot of people adopting boxing as part of their lifestyles with most gyms in Amman offering it in many forms, and at many places where you can be learning professional boxing and nobody ever regrets it! Here is why we think you should be the next one talking about it:
What everybody knows about nuts is that they for one are delicious, but also extremely therapeutic to munch on. If you’re a nuts lover and on a healthy lifestyle, then this reading is for you. What you might not know about nuts is that they actually can help boost your metabolism which in return will help you burn fat and lose weight, especially in the belly area. While you’re here, grab a bowl of nuts because we’re about to break some truths on how nuts can help you get those body goals: