Monthly Archives: June 2018

skin deep | a talk with our naturopathic doctor

skin

Beauty comes from within… in more ways than one! The texture, tone and overall complexion of your skin tells others a lot about your general state of health. Did you know that only 20- 30% of the skin aging process is actually determined by genetics? The rest is in your control! 

It is commonly said amongst Naturopathic Doctors that the state of one’s skin reflects the health of the gastrointestinal tract or gut, as the building blocks to create and regenerate healthy cells actually start in the gut! So, what we put into our bodies, ultimately determines how well we age, and how inflamed our cells are – many skin complaints can be treated by eliminating irritating and chemically-laden foods and by incorporating a good skin-diet and powerful antioxidants into our diets. 

Join us at The Hundred Wellness Centre on Saturday June 23rd at 3pm sharp for a two-hour information packed talk in which you will learn more about: 

  • Theories on aging, and how you can push the clock back to enjoy a clearer, younger looking, more radiant complexion.  
  • The role of gut health, hormonal triggers, stress and how they contribute to “inflammaging”.  
  • The best nutrients for glowing complexion, and the treatments to keep it healthy. 

Leading this talk is Dr Faryal Luhar our in-house Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Faryal has successfully worked with many individuals suffering from various skin concerns such as acne, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines/wrinkles, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis.   

We truly believe that the products that you put on your skin, what you’re eating, and your personal nutrition and lifestyle choices are really integral to your health and your overall wellness. So we want to be able to offer support to anyone that feels that they need some more encouragement, and more guidance in adopting a healthier lifestyle. This talk is a fantastic opportunity and starting point for anyone who wants to take control of their skin naturally from a diet and overall wellness perspective. Sign up today as spots are limited! 

 Talk Details: 

When: June 23rd at 3pm-5pm sharp 

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre Café 

Fees: AED79 per person 

Facilitator: Dr Faryal Luhar 

Bonus: You’ll even leave with a delicious all-natural skin-care recipe to enjoy whenever your skin needs a little pampering. 

Space is limited so please contact us on +9714 344 7333 or via email us  to book your spot 


not milk… ‘nut mylk’

milk 

Many of us grew up with the idea that drinking milk “does a body good” and is essential to building strong bones and teeth.  However, we now know that high consumption of dairy does not actually protect us from fractures, in fact too much of it may actually weaken our bones and lead to a variety of other health problems! Countries in which milk is consumed the least are the ones with the lowest rates of Osteoporosis. We turned to Dr. Faryal Luhar our in-house Naturopathic Doctor for her thoughts on dairy milk and here’s what she had to say: “In my clinical experience, cow’s milk is a major allergenic substance which contributes to, and worsens many conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, eczema, arthritis, allergies and others. These conditions improve remarkably after the elimination of dairy from the diet.” Well, she has us convinced! 

Still got milk? Dairy has been touted for years as the best source of calcium – but contrary to popular belief, calcium needs can be adequately met by eating dark leafy green vegetables and nuts and seeds.  Magnesium and Vitamin D are actually more important for bone health.  Milk used to be called “nature’s perfect food”, but modern milk is far from it, as the actual production involves pasteurization and homogenization with the added use of hormones and antibiotics.  These processes have been found to contribute to immune dysfunction with inflammation in the gut, and also can lead to autoimmune conditions such as Diabetes, even in children.  Dairy milk also contains a molecule known as “Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1” which has been implicated in promoting cancers of the prostate, colon and ovaries.  Furthermore, many people are lactose intolerant and suffer from digestive discomfort and distress when consuming dairy.   

So, as you can see, dairy milk is NOT nature’s perfect health-promoting food—unless you are a baby cow,  in the same way that human milk is perfect for human babies! And as we all know, in nature neither species truly requires milk after the infancy stage.  

After reading all this you are probably thinking: “This all sounds great, but I could never live without -[insert dairy food you love here]-” Here’s what we say to that: So don’t! For most of your favorite foods there are some pretty outstanding dairy free alternatives. And the options available for dairy free milks include almond, rice, coconut, cashew, brazil nut and more!  And let’s not forget fermented yogurt and kefirs are also healthier options than their dairy counterparts. 

Now, if you can’t go cold-turkey on eliminating dairy and replacing it with non-dairy mylks, do what you can and gradually take milk out of your diet. Try it and trust us when we say that the benefits will speak for themselves, and you’ll be inspired to eliminate dairy completely!  

If you need help with this journey, please reach out to us and let us help you. Our team and café are the perfect support for this transition and we would love nothing more than to get you addicted to Nut Mylk! 


can your diet affect your mental health?

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When it comes to our physical health, we all know the importance of our food choices. However, when it comes to taking care of our mental health and minds, the part that food plays is somehow overlooked. Which is such a shame because having a healthy diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants has been clinically shown to significantly improve our moods, and general well-being. 

Having said this we are not disregarding that serious mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders require appropriate management by a doctor, but the positive impact that diet can have shouldn’t be neglected. In fact, making sure that we get all the vitamins and minerals we need can help our brain chemistry and make it easier for us to take charge of our mental health. 

If you’d like to take a few extra steps today that can help improve your mental well-being and make you feel better overall, here are a few diet changes that you can try out for a few weeks to see what happens and ultimately how you feel: 

Eliminate GMOs 

Genetically-modified foods (GMOs) are biological products that are laced and saturated with toxic herbicides, and because they are largely unstudied, we are only now beginning to understand how they do their damage, as well as the relevance of the gut to mental health. (GMOs in our books are THE WORST and should be avoided at every cost) Here’s what we do know: people almost ALWAYS report some degree of improvement once eliminating all GMO foods from their diet. So, start looking more closely at food labels when you at are the grocery store next time, and you will most probably be surprised to find in the small print that at least one of the ingredients has been genetically modified!  

Eliminate Gluten 

Gluten is often processed with genetically-modified oils and is just plain unhealthy.  The proteins in gluten are gut irritants: it’s as if they create little papercuts in the lining of your gut, causing an inflammatory response from the body, which is not good. Many people with mental health issues and well as ADHD and even Autism have seen marked improvement when removing gluten from their diets. 

Eliminate Sugar 

Often, this is the second or third ingredient on any package of food on grocery store shelf, and as humans we are simply were not built to manage the (at least) 22 teaspoons of sugar that many of us ingest daily! Clinically, sugar imbalance can look like depression, panic disorder, and even bipolar. Oh, and did we mention that its addictive?! The best way to avoid extra sugars? Stick to whole foods that you prepare yourself and stay away from fast foods and packaged ones as well. 

These are possibly the top three brain sabotagers, but unfortunately there are more where these came from. The biggest take-a-way here? Do not underestimate the power of your diet to influence your mental health.  

Mindfully supporting your body and mind through the times that you don’t feel your best offers you the opportunity to take a look at the symptoms and see how small changes to your diet and lifestyle can affect your overall wellbeing. We believe that when it comes to dealing with our bodies and minds, there is always a natural and gentler way to approach things. 

If you feel that this is something you would like to learn more about reach out to us and we will connect you with one of our team members that can guide you further to a more natural and healthy lifestyle. 


making a vegan cake with chef Hayley | a class for housekeepers

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Ever wished you could hand over the cooking to someone else– at least sometimes? Well, we can help! On Sunday May 20th, we are hosting a cooking class for your housekeepers and nannies so that you can have some extra help in the kitchen this Ramadan (and beyond)! Chef Hayley Mac, known as Dubai’s first and favorite plant-based chef, will be teaching a class that will give your nanny or housekeeper the skills needed to prepare a delicious Raw Vegan White Chocolate & Rose Cheese Cake that is free of dairy, gluten, and sugar..and then decorate it using all natural colouring!

The class is open to English and Tagalog speaking housekeepers. All participants will learn the steps to prepare this healthy dessert, and it will help to give them more confidence in the kitchen so that they can be encouraged to cook more nutritious, delicious meals for the whole family. 

Over here at The Hundred we are currently obsessed with this healthy dessert! And even though it looks and tastes a cheesecake, it doesn’t contain ANY of the usual unhealthy or processed ingredients that you would find in a regular cheesecake. Sign up today so you don’t miss out on registering your nanny for this class, because, well.. who doesn’t love a good cheesecake?!

Details: 

The day: Sunday May 20th

The time: 11am-12:30pm (sharp)

The participants: English and Tagalog speaking Nannies and Housekeepers

The dish: Raw+Vegan White Chocolate & Rose Cheese Cake

The fees: 160aed per person

The place: The Hundred Café

The chef: Chef Hayley Mac*

The bonus: Participants will leave with some goodies, the recipe and feeling ready to prepare some sweet treats! 

*Get to know Chef Hayley: 

No stranger to Dubai’s wellness, raw food and vegan scene, Chef Hayley is known as the UAE’s premier Plant Based Chef and is accredited with being the first person to bring superfoods to the region. With over 7 years of experience opening & running vegan restaurants in Dubai, Chef Hayley is now collaborating with The Hundred Wellness Centre founder Asma Lootah to open the much anticipated ‘The Hundred Café’

Spots are limited so book now by calling +9714 344 7333 or emailing us here. For updates on this class and much more follow us on Instagram.


Fasting your way to better health | a free talk

fasting

 

Are you ready for a total body re-set? Imagine being able to kick-start your metabolism, enhance your immunity, and extend your lifespan; all while losing excess fat and feeling more energized. Well, by fasting you can!  When you fast, you actually give your cells a chance to detox and recycle, so your body can slow down aging, and it even helps prevent age-related diseases. 

As the holy month of Ramadan is almost here, take the opportunity to learn how fasting can actually change the physiology of your body, cleansing and re-setting it to improve all of its functions. 

Some health benefits of fasting include: 

  • Healthy aging  
  • Improved insulin sensitivity 
  • Protects brain 
  • Sharper mental clarity and focus 
  • Better weight management 

Join us on Monday May 14th for a transformative discussion with Dr. Faryal our in-house Naturopathic doctor, on the many benefits of fasting. There’s no question that fasting is a powerful and therapeutic process, so whether your fast is practiced as part of a religious tradition, or a wellness regime, you will definitely benefit from attending this talk. 

When: Monday May 14th at 10am-11am followed by a Q&A session

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre 

Facilitator: Dr. Faryal Luhar, Naturopathic Doctor 

Space is limited so please contact us on+9714 344 7333 or via email us on info@thehundred.ae to book your spot and get Ramadan ready! 

 


[Love Lab Series] | a relationship workshop from the heart

relationship

An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.

-Patricia Fry 

 

Join Devika Singh-Mankani, Licensed Psychologist, in the first instalment of her insightful [Love Lab Series] to learn more about the science of love and relationship longevity. Devika helps individuals and couples to master their relationships with themselves and others. 

Join us for this eye-opening session, in which you will learn what the most important element is to the longevity of a relationship is, and how to strengthen your relationships by applying tried and tested research-based skills. The [Love Lab Series] is designed to provide you with tools and experiences to elevate and build strong and meaningful connections. 

Relationships are a profound means for personal growth and the deeper the love discovered, the more elevated our connection to life and our true selves becomes. In this session you will also gain skills that will help to dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationships and help you manage conflict in healthy, positive ways.

So, if you want to find and build that true relationship with yourself and others book your spot today, and bring your significant other with you too! 

Date: May 9th, 2018 

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm 

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre 

Cost: AED275 for single ticket or 500AED for a couple 

Spots are limited so please email us or call on +9714 344 7333 to secure your attendance.


Free Talk | Gut Instincts – you are what you eat 


Gut health is not just about digestion; gut health affects everything from our mood, brain function, sleep, weight, hormones, allergies and immune system.

Join us for an insightful discussion with Dr. Faryal Luhar about ‘Gut Intelligence’ and how your gut health is not just about digestion!

Digestive dysfunctions can lead to various imbalances on physical, emotional and mental levels. What you eat is just as important as how you eat and how well nutrients are absorbed. Indigestion, cramps, bloating, acid reflux and bloating are common GI complaints, but they are not the only symptoms associated with poor digestive health.

In this discussion Dr Luhar will also take a look at how diet plays a role in gene expression. Learn how your genes interact with your environment to reveal and manifest health or disease.

Join us to find out more about the fascinating relationship between our diet and the incredible world of our gut.

Spaces are limited, so please call us on +9714 344 7333 or email us on info@thehundred.ae to reserve your spot.

Details:

When: Monday April 30th   10am sharp

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Dr Faryal Luhar, Naturopathic Doctor


A big hundred welcome | Dr Faryal Luhar 

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Please join us and give a big Hundred welcome to the latest addition to our team, Dr. Faryal Luhar!

Dr. Faryal is a fully licensed naturopathic doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada. She has been in practice in Canada and South Africa for 15 years and is now based in Jumeirah at The Hundred Wellness Centre as our resident Naturopathic Doctor.  

With a passion for the body’s innate healing power and the integration of naturopathic medicines and therapies, Dr. Faryal offers patients comprehensive naturopathic medical care and education to optimize their health and wellbeing. Treatment plans are tailor-made to suit each individual’s specific needs and goals, while supporting the individual’s inherent capacity to self-heal.  

She has published several articles in leading wellness magazines and she aims to empower and educate her patients to take charge of their health by living a happy, balanced life full of vitality and possibilities. To get a sneak peek at one of her latest contributions on Diabetes click here  

While Dr. Faryal does have a focus on Women’s Health, she treats a wide range of conditions from pain syndromes such as migraines, to chronic diseases such as diabetes. Removing obstacles to health and restoring physiology and function facilitates healthy ageing, stronger immunity, sharper mental clarity, and enhanced emotional wellbeing. Prevention is at the heart of Naturopathic Medicine and as such she also promotes gene-based healthcare by offering patients a glance at their own genetic susceptibilities towards disease and empowers them to become the author of their own health journey. All of which matches perfectly with our ethos here at The Hundred! 

Some of the therapies and services that Dr Faryal provides and facilitates: 

  • Clinical Nutrition Therapy 
  • Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture/Cupping 
  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture 
  • Combination Homeopathic Remedies 
  • Lifestyle Counselling 
  • Stress Management 
  • Functional Laboratory Tests (Panels for hormones, neurotransmitters, food allergies/sensitivities, body composition analysis, adrenal function, oxidative stress, inflammation) 

 

Dr. Faryal has started seeing patients and looks forward to providing you with exceptional care. If you are interested in booking an appointment or for a consultation, please call the centre on +9714 344 7333 or email us    


Health – It’s a family affair | Free talk with Ryan Penny

family

Keeping your family healthy is not always easy. We all know that with the busy-ness of daily life paired with the challenges of preparing healthy meals and making time for exercise, living well can be challenging to say the least! 

The good news is that there are some great, practical, and convenient ways to overcome many of these challenges. And the even better news is that you are only one step away from receiving those valuable tools and tips that will help you learn some real solutions for some of the most common problems faced by families today! 

So, if you would like to learn some tips on how you can build the health of your whole family – join Ryan Penny at The Hundred as he shares his own family’s approach to living well in Dubai, and then learn how to make the Penny Family’s nutritious and delicious ‘Immune Boosting Breakfast Smoothie’ (known to be a hit with kids of all ages!) 

Join us and learn the steps to experiencing more active and truly healthy lives! 

Details: 

What: Join us for a discussion on family health and breakfast smoothie 

When: 15th April, Sunday 

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre 

Time: 10:00am sharp 

10:00am – 10:45am: General discussion on family health with a Q&A session.  

10:45am – 11:00am:  Learn from Ryan how he makes his ‘Immune Boosting Breakfast Smoothie’ and of course have a taste as well! 

Spots are limited. To reserve your seat email info@thehundred.ae or call us today on +971 4 344 7333 


selective eating | beyond fussy eating

selective eating

Something you don’t hear many parents talk about is an eating disorder referred to as ‘selective eating’. And while it is not fatal nor necessarily accompanied by other psychological difficulties, it does cause a lot of parental anguish and by extension, childhood distress. 

So, what is selective eating?  ‘SE’ is a condition in which a child eats only a very narrow range of foods and refuses all others and yet where the child’s growth is normal.  Such children do not respond to persuasion, bribes, punishments, gold stars (reward systems) and that age old tactic of being left at the table “until they finish their food” doesn’t help in the slightest.  Parents of selective eaters report regularly having tried all these things and more to no avail. These children would literally prefer to starve than eat food outside their range. 

And what a range it is! Cheetos, chocolate syrup in a particular kind of milk, smooth (hydrogenated) peanut butter, chicken nuggets from McDonald’s only, white breads, mostly starches and sugars and fats.  And to add insult to injury, rarely will this child eat just any old white bread or any old peanut butter—no, it has to be from a certain place and cannot be altered in any way.  Can you imagine how frustrating this is for the parents?  They see their paediatrician, they are told the child is normal and will grow out of it.   

Well…. normal, yes.  Grow out of it, unlikely, and they usually enter adulthood able to eat only a very narrow range, becoming that husband/wife who only eats ‘white things, plain and unembellished’—no green vegetables, only corn, no fruit, etc. They are otherwise fine children, perhaps they do have a fear of change and new things in general, but they are definitely not mentally ill. 

But the parents’ distress is real. Mothers in particular come under fire from well-meaning advice givers: “take away his iPad until he eats something good for him” or “just make her sit there, she’ll eat when she gets hungry enough”.  Oh no they won’t.  And this is not a failure of parenting nor a failure of caring… 

Luckily our friend Beryl Comar, Emotional Intelligence Development Specialist, former headteacher and university lecturer uses a range of techniques including NLP, EFT, Timelines and Parts Therapy and is no stranger to this disorder!  

Here is a story as narrated by Beryl of a former patient: 

 

When she arrived Amal was doubtful, her mother was cynical (even I was wondering what we could do in such a seemingly desperate case – what if nothing happened?!). 

14year old Amal was diagnosed with SEDs (Selective eating Disorder) and she ate only tomato soup, a specific type shell pasta, tomato sauce, French fries and one brand of chips (crisps in UK). She was hospitalized for 2 years with a feeding tube. Amal and her desperate mother needed help and fast! 

We went through the ‘Freaky Eaters Process’ of removing imprints and memories of food in Amal’s timeline, and we talked to the different parts of herself that make decisions as a result of previously held beliefs. She wanted to keep her eyes open, although on occasion, she closed her eyes through this process. 

And then it came to the food testing…Fruit salad, cheese, cottage pie, beef and dumplings, broccoli and sweet potato, all foods that Amal and her mother had chosen previously that she would want to eat if she actually could. She proceeded to taste each one calmly. Then, she actually had to be asked to stop eating the fruit salad so as to have a go at other things. Which she did one by one. Finally, she took the fruit salad again, and ate it on the way out.  

Over the past years Amal has had: daily group therapy, regular 1-1 therapy, family therapy and a food supporter during mealtimes. Now she is taking life one small baby step at a time, making very small changes every few days. And her parents are delighted to have their teenager back. 

 

Beryl Comar is here to help you and your children with difficult issues such as those above (although obviously not always as extreme or instantaneous to resolve), and she will be at The Hundred from April 2nd to May 8th and look forward to helping with you with any fears, phobias (such as social anxiety and public speaking), unwanted habits (nail-biting, eating issues, bedwetting) and also can help eliminate smoking, obsessive behaviours and limiting beliefs.  

All you have to do is take the first step and make an appointment via email or on 04 3447333 and spend 90 minutes with me to begin making the change – or even leave already having made the change you wish to make. 


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