By Team FoodeMag: We are proud to launch our new wellness category ‘Balance’ with a very special campaign #BringBackBalance in collaboration with Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and Bupa Global. Do join us in our journey to see what we have planned for you and what have we been gearing up for ourselves!
Balance – that’s a tough word.
By Ishita B Saha: Hope you have settled well into 2017! For me, the year has already started in the fast forward mode. This year I have promised myself that I am only moving forward and I am going to ‘work’ on making myself happy. Yes, that has become a work too!
We are very excited to launch our new Wellness category called ‘Balance’ with a special campaign called #BringBackBalance in collaboration with Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and Bupa Global. A series of bespoke events follow at various venues for the next few months, the first one kick starting at Tesoro, Taj Dubai. We are also very happy to have Verve Marketing & Communications on board as our PR & Marketing Partner for this campaign.
Why Balance? I feel that we are ignoring the simple basics that used to bring us happiness. What makes me happy? When I cook for my family, when I listen to my girls’ non-stop chatter, when I plan our family holidays with my husband and the girls, when I sit up cozy with my close friends over drinks and good food, when I see the sun rise and set every day, when I blog and… when I dance! Yet, I am not making time for all of these as much as I should because… in my mind there is too much happening – both in my work and personal life. And not being able to do what makes ME happy, have added up to my guilt, disrupting my happiness even more.
STRESS. Yes, it’s the factor called STRESS that has probably gotten into me just like many of you. We feel we have too many things on our plates. What we really want is for you focus more on yourself, your mind and the surroundings that we live in and happiness shall follow. Come, join us in our gentle crusade on STRESS, a not so gentle issue that’s slowly afflicting our lives, whether we recognise it or not. Let us lend our voices to each other and let’s #BringBackBalance!
What makes you happy? If you have been able to figure that out already, your life’s really sorted then!
Coffee, Cakes & Confessions!
By Debbie Rogers: Happy New Year! Well, it’s our first issue since December so it’s never too late to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are delighted to launch this issue with Balance, our new Wellness section.
Why Balance? Ishita and I debated this long and hard, and in the end, concluded that what makes us healthy and happy is all about getting balance in our life. We’re not talking about the scales so much as balancing the good times with the bad times, the healthy eats with the indulgent treats. Finding time for family, for friends and for our self. It’s about not seeing everything as extremes, but more about finding the way that balances needs, wants, dreams and desires, essentials and nice-to-haves as well as ‘must do’s. It’s about finding the right balance to allow us ways to live and enjoy life in ever changing times.
You won’t’ find us advocating one particular way of anything, after all who are we to do that? Instead we want to provide you with information and content based on our experiences, and from some of our carefully selected featured experts. Providing enough information to peak an interest, or to leave you to find out more, but without preaching that ‘xyz’ is the only way, the best way etc – at the end of the day, balance is about everyone finding the right level of balance that works for them which is an art in itself.
Read more about what I’m doing to work towards balance later.
Trying to get a balance for food has always been an issue for me. I have a sweet tooth, it runs in the family, but my body is beginning not to like sugar and actually that’s not such a bad thing. Eating out is about ordering what I feel like and being a bit indulgent, eating at home is more about cooking from scratch and trying to make healthy swops when possible.
Ishita brings back balance
I have been obsessing over my social media feeds with gorgeous images of gravity defying yogis and extreme crossfit practitioners looking calm and composed, and wondering about terms like Hygge and Mindfulness – how can we obsess and bring about calm? How can we create pin boards where we pin images of healthy eating and decadent chocolate at the same breath? How can we miss wishing our close friends on their birthdays – because we have too much on our plates and yet feel calm and arrive at zen? Happiness is within – yet we are subscribing to endless channels from life coaches and gurus on YouTube channels to enlighten ourselves to seek that happiness that has always been within. Debbie and I are two different personalities – while she loves a bit of an adrenaline, I accept that I believe in the powers of the full moon. However, I haven’t been able to meditate harnessing the powers of it, not yet. We are seeking Balance into our lives. And we believe that many of you out there are like us. And for all of us we have to believe in #BringBackBalance!
Debbie brings back balance
When Ishita and I committed to launch the Balance part of the magazine, we also made a personal commitment to each other, and now to you our readers, to share more about us in the magazine. Each of us will write this section unedited by the other, and it’s our place to share with you what we are doing to personally work towards our own balance goals. We are both very different and so our approaches will be different. We want to experiment and try new things, and to share those things with you. I’m sure a few things will be done together, but equally our personalities and preferred ways are very different and so some things will be done alone. We want to challenge ourselves, to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and to experience new and different things. We hope our posts reach you as an individual and you can share our journey too. Perhaps this column will provide ‘food for thought’, possibly it might provoke you, for some it might inspire you to do some research or make a change. If nothing else we might give you a good giggle as I’m sure we’re in for a few surprises and unplanned ‘faux pas’ too!
Confessions of a food blogger!
Debbie: Trying to get a balance for food has always been an issue for me. I have a sweet tooth, it runs in the family, but my body is beginning not to like sugar and actually that’s not such a bad thing. Eating out is about ordering what I feel like and being a bit indulgent, eating at home is more about cooking from scratch and trying to make healthy swops when possible.
Ishita: I start my day with a lot of motivation but by the end of the day, I am almost dragging myself to stay firm to my diet plans. I crave for sweets – you know the sticky toffee pudding and the caramel kinds? Being Hypothyroid and with a borderline case of Type 2 Diabetes and the fact that Diabetes runs in the family puts a lot of strain on my mental wellbeing. We are mostly cooking at home and conscious of what goes into our food, but I really look forward to indulging while eating out!
[We are very excited to launch our new Wellness category called ‘Balance’ with a special campaign called #BringBackBalance in collaboration with Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and Bupa Global. A series of bespoke events follow at various venues for the next few months, the first one kick starting at Tesoro, Taj Dubai. We are also very happy to have Verve Marketing & Communications on board as our PR & Marketing Partner for this campaign.]