About the Blog

In September 2008, my husband Kevin and I set off with a cat and a couple of boxes to Mumbai, India. My original blog, The Robertsons of Mumbai, was created to serve as an informative report to our families, and changed into a healthy living expat chronicle as we were transferred to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand a year and a half later. Six more years of raw food, stomach bugs and arachnids posed an ever-lingering threat, and plenty of Thai mispronunciations ensured that our journey was often-tragic but always-comical. In January 2016 we moved to Dubai, U.A.E., where we continue to reside. We hope you will benefit from these posts if you are a traveller, mother, household manager, health food fanatic, or lover of cultural adventures. Click on a category that interests you and settle in with a nice cup of vegan chai, lemongrass tea, or Arabic coffee!


Turmeric Smoothie

Tumeric Smoothie

Although turmeric drinks are all the rage lately, ‘turmeric milk’ might not be appealing to everyone (especially to young children), and the summer heat is not very conducive to sipping away at a hot turmeric tea. A cold turmeric smoothie, on the other hand, is something refreshing you can enjoy while still reaping the reported anti-inflammatory benefits of this…


How I Beat Anxiety Naturally – Part 2

Two weeks ago I posted about my journey to anxiety (How I Beat Anxiety Naturally  – Part 1) and today I am excited to share with you my journey away from it (for the most part, anyway)! Disclaimer #1: I am in no way putting down anyone who chooses to take prescription medication for either short term or…


How I Beat Anxiety Naturally – Part 1

After much deliberation, I decided that I wanted to share my story and journey with anxiety – more specifically, how I beat anxiety naturally – which started last spring. It has almost been a year since I was at my worst, and what a long way I have come! When I initially shared my experiences on my…


Healthy Asian Food in Dubai

Until recently, I had a fear of Asian food here in our new home of Dubai. I avoided it like the plague. Why, you might be wondering? The main reason is that I’m hyper-sensitive to MSG. I get a terrible (terrible!) headache, heart palpitations, and generally feel like I want to jump out of my…


Which is Better: IHerb or Vitacost

iherb or vitacost

For health-food addicts living outside of their home country, it is often difficult (or completely impossible) to find things you might be accustomed to, such as pantry staples, special dietary items, decent quality vitamins and supplements, favorite ‘natural’ toiletries and preferred cleaning products. I’m all for trying out and supporting local products when living abroad,…