Hi, Nathalie, Can you briefly introduce yourself for our readers?
My name is Nathalie Haddad; I am Lebanese and have been living in Dubai since 2001. I completed my undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and then continued my training at McGill University, in Canada whereby I obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition. I moved to Dubai and started working as a clinical dietitian counseling individuals on a one-to-one basis for weight loss, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy and child nutrition. At that time, I also realized that people living in Dubai were struggling with healthy food options and Dubai was starting to become more and more a fast-paced city. With the increasing demand from my clients, I started providing healthy cooking classes to individuals in 2003 and from that in 2004; I launched Right Bite Nutrition and Catering Services.
Can you please tell us more about your business activity? Established in Dubai, in December 2004, Right Bite Nutrition & Catering Services is the pioneer in the field of healthy meal delivery/catering services within the UAE. We offer personalized lifestyle-enhancing programs that provide individuals with nutritious, well-balanced and gourmet meals of their choice delivered right to their doorstep every day. Our meals are prepared fresh daily using only natural, wholesome ingredients, free of additives &/or artificial sweeteners, under strict hygiene and quality control standards. Right Bite provides a great solution that is convenient, cost-effective, and most importantly, healthy.
When and why did you start? We started just about 10-years ago due to an increasing demand from clients who wanted to eat healthy yet there was a lack of convenient healthy meals available.
What is unique about your job? The personalized approach with each client and the changes that our service (from our nutritional consultations to our food delivery and customer service care) has on each and every individual. We believe to find this very rewarding on both a professional and personal level.
How does it work exactly? Prior to starting any of our programs, an initial nutrition consultation with one of our dietitians is required to ensure the meals we provide are individualized based on the client’s needs and dietary requirements. After the initial consultation, the first meal package can be delivered within 2-working days (48-hours) and regular follow-up sessions are scheduled with the dietitian to monitor progress, make any necessary changes to the meal plan and address any issues or concerns the client may have. All our food packages are delivered in refrigerated vans, in insulated cooler bags to ensure that the food is well maintained throughout the day. Our hot entrées can be heated for one to two minutes in a microwave or transferred to a regular dish and warmed in an oven to a desired temperature. The following day, a fresh and full cooler bag will be delivered to our clients and the empty cooler bag from the previous day should then be returned. Right Bite’s personalized meal delivery packages range from one meal a day to a full day’s intake (including breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner) to suit one’s needs and lifestyle. In addition, the duration/subscription to any program can vary from 7-days, 14-days, 20-days as well as 24-or 28-days.
What kind of advice can you provide for brides-to-be that want to lose weight before their Big Day?
#1 TIP: First and foremost, it is important to maintain regular eating patterns, so it’s best to consume 3 main meals with 1—2 healthy snacks throughout the day which will help boost the metabolism, curb one’s appetite and keep the energy levels up.
#2 TIP: Skipping meals in order to lose weight is not advisable.
#3 TIP: Be selective! Explore the dinner table & make smart food choices, whenever possible.
#4 TIP: Downsize your plate and practice portion control.
#5 TIP: Don’t drink all your calories! Avoid extra calories and quench your thirst wisely…making water your first choice! Try not to replace water with any other fluids such as juices, sodas, tea or coffee. Hydrate your body with plenty of water throughout the day. Aim for at least 1.5—2 liters per day unless otherwise indicated.
#6 TIP: Don’t just rely on the scales! Start your weight loss plan by trying on a pair of lovely old jeans. Fitting into them every week can be a big motivation and a great way to track your progress!
#7 TIP: Keeping a record of your food and beverage intake will help you stay on track when trying to lose weight &/or maintain a healthy lifestyle
#8 TIP: Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. It is important to set realistic and attainable goals. Always remember to stay positive and soon enough you will reach your targets!
#9 TIP: Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Enjoy different aerobic classes or participate in sports you enjoy such as football, dancing or swimming. Before starting any exercise program, always consult with your physician.
#10 TIP: Use a pedometer to track your daily steps; it is a small device that counts your steps. This tool will help you track your daily activity level and will motivate you to be more active. For healthy adults, the goal is to reach 10,000 steps a day.
Do you have a specific programme for mums-to-be? Yes we do. Our Balancedmom program is designed for women who are pregnant and want to ensure a healthy pregnancy by receiving the right nutrition as well as for moms that have just given birth and want to get back into shape whilst breastfeeding.