Monday, July 29, 2013

Aquarium Zoo

     The Dubai Mall Aquarium is surely one of the most touristy attractions in Dubai and it sure is worth passing by. I mean, these people literally moved the ocean inside... How else would we check out sharks and sting-rays up close?

    I may be a bit childish, but I really enjoyed the colorful fish and the crabs and the jelly-fish. I kept smiling and excitedly taking snaps of everything!



Sunday, July 28, 2013

At the top of the world (Burj Khalifa)

     After lazying around the house in the early morning, my husband and I had to race against the clock to make our 11am appointment to go to the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

     We made it at the ticket counter at 11:01 and got all giddy about the whole experience!

      It is extraordinary and I have no words to describe what it means to be witness to such an amazing example of design, engineering and art, a union of many cultures and a life force of collective aspirations - to put it in the words of it's makers.

     Definitely worth a visit, but try to make online reservations for 125dhs/ticket, since the immediate admission will cost you about 400dhs.

     Here are my photos from the day (more to come), hope they help you imagine the feeling!

 ^ this is how Dubai Mall looks like from 452m high
 ^ this is one of their alien-ship-like train stations...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Success!!

     Ladies and Gentlemen... I have done it! I gave up all solid foods and most importantly, chocolate, for more than a week!!!



     I was intrigued with the prospect of detoxing and helping your body, while being a part of a community and a movement that strikes much higher than personal self.

     That's right! I am a total juice-convert and proud of it! :)

     I won't insist too much on the story, as anyone interested can do a little research, but the movie Hungry for Change really has been a bit of an eye-opener for me. I would recommend everyone to see it.

     It really contains a lot of information about nutrition and health, out of which not all applies to everyone. You need to filter trough it and really take in the things that resonate.

     What caught up with me the most, was the fact that all of those people 'speaking' on pretty much the same matters (Kris Carr, Jason Vale, Jon Gabriel, Jamie Oliver, David Wolfe, Evita Ramparte, Frank Ferrante and others) are people who have suffered because of the bad choices they have made, but managed to change their lives for the better, coming out as healthy successful individuals on the other side. They are not scientists or scammers, trying to sell you some fancy product.

     Of course they are all, by now, endorsing some brands or having various products of their own to sell, whether it is coaching, motivational speaking, bio-produce, rare super-food supplies, books, various guiding programs, etc (people got to make a living).  But, the thing they all focus on 'selling' it's actually for free. It is the advice of having a healthy-er lifestyle and making slow, steady changes that actually don't involve that much effort at all, but make a huge difference to the quality of our lives. Now, if that is not appealing, than I don't know what is!!

     Anyway, I have signed up (for free!!) for Jason Vale's big summer juice detox program and followed through religiously. I was kind of skeptical since I am not exactly the most ambitious person out there, but I totally did it! 


     Surely it helped that I happened to be alone at home, without temptations and didn't have much activity going on this week, but I stand proof that anyone can do it! I felt excellent from beginning to end,  very energized, didn't experience any withdrawal symptoms (headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc) from all the chemicals found in the sugary, processed foods (sign that I am on the right track with my diet), was never hungry (actually I barely could keep up with the 5 juices/day that were in the program, cos I was usually full), had no lust over chocolate or any other foods, felt really proud and inspired!
    
     As far as the scale goes, I only lost 1kg, but considering that I really made no physical effort, even that is pretty cool. Weight loss isn't the purpose of this detox anyway, but it sure is a welcomed side effect.

     I must insist on apologizing for my 'juicy' Instagram feed, as I used sharing over there as a cool motivator / documenting tool.  :)

     Now that my body is cleansed, I have slowly started to integrate normal foods, peaches with organic vanilla yoghurt, chia seeds and mixed nuts, salad, fish with steamed potatoes and broccoli... all the good stuff. Don't want to ruin all my hard work by having puff pastries and burgers. Not just yet anyway (hey, life is made to be enjoyed too), with limits!!!

     I will continue to put my juicer and blender to good use every morning, or whenever I need a great pick-me-up snack, but it seems that the big juice detox is recommended about twice a year, at least.

     Glad to see this goal checked off my list. Now it's off to getting fit with regular trips to the gym/pool/tennis court. I'll let you know how that goes!

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