Functional Medicine Doctor

What a Dubai-Based Functional Medicine Doctor Eats in a Day

As a Naturopathic Physician practicing sustainable, functional, and anthroposophical medicine, food – to me – is all about high quality.

I am always trying to fuel my body with the most nutrient-dense food but also seeking options that are locally and sustainably grown. When available, I always go for biodynamic choices. Biodynamic farming practices are not just organic and sustainable, but go even a step further and include the importance of intention and the process of healing the Earth whilst growing food to put on the table.

Food can also be soul nourishment. We have an amazing vegetable garden at Sustainable City, and the food there is grown with such love and intention that I can taste it in every bite.

I also think that it is very important to bring mindfulness into food and mealtimes. Connecting with the Earth and the many humans that have helped in the process of bringing a meal to my table right from the seed to the plate brings reverence and, with it, an immense sense of gratitude.

Here’s what a day’s worth of meals looks like in my life.

6:30 a.m.: A green juice

For breakfast, I’m always on the go, trying to get my children to school on time and be in the clinic before the rush of traffic. The first thing I do in the morning is make a “kick-starter” green juice with anything I find in my fridge.

7:15 a.m.: Tea

I start my mornings in my clinic with a warming cup of Yogi tea, which always comes with an inspirational quote.

11 a.m.: Smoothie

By this time, I have back-to-back patients. To keep me going, I might have a quick smoothie with raw sprouted rice-based protein powder, collagen, berries, cacao nibs, coconut oil, and a dash of vitamin C powder.

2 p.m.: Buddha Bowl

If I am lucky enough to have a break or a cancellation, I will take a minute and eat some solid food that I bring to lunch with me. This is usually a nutrient-dense, raw Buddha bowl. It’s made with whatever I could find in my fridge that I can put in a container and eat together. My children think it’s amazing that I can eat so many vegetables in a day.

Today’s Buddha bowl contains spinach, rocket, avocado, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raw sprouted buckwheat, grilled fennel, and zucchini (left-overs from the night before). The rocket and spinach came from our garden.

4 p.m.: Fruit

If I have a snack, it’s usually a piece of fruit. I try to stick to fruits that are in season and organic or biodynamic.

7 p.m.: Nutrient-Dense Bowl and a Snack

For my last meal of the day, I usually have another nutrient-dense concoction that makes my teenagers go running! Tonight, it’s grilled beetroot, cauliflower rice, fennel, and grilled sweet potato on a bed of kale, rocket, spinach, and lettuce, topped with nuts and seeds.

If I have a post-dinner treat, it’s always high-quality, organic, single-source chocolate, which is either raw or at least 70 percent dark. I fancy myself as a bit of a chocolatier and can’t wait to start my own “bean to the bar” in my home one day.


Lanalle Dunn