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Nutritional therapist Alia Almoayed's helpful aid to raising healthy children has gone down a storm with parents in India and her book I Want Healthy Kids is flying off the shelves. The GulfWeekly columnist, who runs a busy nutrition consultancy in the kingdom, has just returned from a whistle-stop series of TV interviews, signings, launches and lectures in Mumbai and Delhi. The 36-year-old mother-of-three, from Hamala, said: "It's been a very exciting few days. Childhood health issues are everywhere now and India is not very different from Bahrain in terms of the kind many families are facing." According to health experts who've read I Want Healthy Kids, it is a book, and Alia is an author, 'whose time has come'. The suggestions and recipes inside it help parents choose and prepare the healthiest foods for their children and this specially-adapted version ensures everything needed to adopt a healthy approach for children exists in the local Indian markets. Shonali Sabherwal, a certified macrobiotic counsellor, chef and instructor, said: "Alia's book is a storehouse of information and education for raising healthy children. "Once you start your kids on a healthy diet, you will see them visibly transform in front of your eyes. You will notice changes in their moods, energy levels and see them not only feel, but also act, healthier. "I am so happy for parents in India that someone has come up with such an amazing book. It is a 'must read' for anyone who interacts with children on any level. It will be an inspiration and guide to help their kids take steps towards laying the foundation of good health." Life Positive, Alia's Indian publisher, spotted the book -- which has been a best-seller in Bahrain -- last year and requested to publish it in the country. The Indian version of the book is an A5-size black and white paperback featuring no photographs and is being snapped up for 295 rupees, around BD2. "We made a few changes to it to suit the Indian market and it took off," explained Alia. "My book launch tour started in Mumbai, where I gave a lecture at the Taj Palace Hotel and then did a book launch and book signing event at Crosswords bookstore at Kemps Corner, followed by a panel discussion. "Then I flew to Delhi where I did the Delhi book launch at the Habitat Centre, followed by another book signing and panel discussion. Both panel discussion sessions included prominent nutritionists and health advocates from each city. "I also did a TV interview in Delhi with Doordarshan TV channel, one of India's biggest networks. "The book is in English as that seems to be the language that sells best in India but it has been modified to fit the Indian culture and readers. For example, we added a few Indian recipes, a foreword by a prominent Indian nutritionist, we removed the section about Ramadan and fasting, and we also had to remove all mentions of beef and replace them with lamb." As well as writing a weekly column for this newspaper, Alia runs TV and radio programmes on health and nutrition, holds lectures and seminars on the subject, leads annual health retreats and heads a number of weight loss projects. Alia is also the author of The Dream Body Eating Plan, a weight loss guide, and I Want a Healthy Pregnancy, a book on how to enjoy natural pregnancy and childbirth; she is also co-author of 101 Ways To Improve Your Health. She hosts Dare to be Healthy, an English internet health show, and is the founder and host of the award-winning Arabic TV show Shrayha Alia on The original version of I Want Healthy Kids is still available in Bahrain at Jashanmal and the Organic Cafe. It is also sold on Amazon in print and electronically for the Kindle. The local version of the book is very different to the Indian offering. It is a coffee table offering with colours and photographs and sells in Bahrain for BD9.500. l See also Health Weekly: Page 10

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Date:May 28, 2014
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