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10 Must-Have Cookbooks for Healthy Food Lovers

10 Must-Have Cookbooks for Healthy Food Lovers | The Health Sessions

 

With long, dark winter evenings that have you craving comforting foods, a brand new year with healthy resolutions looming on the horizon and the holiday season in full swing, now is the perfect time to expend your healthy meal repertoire with one of these must-have cookbooks! Which one will you put on your wish list or buy as a present?

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Expecting… A Baby and A Book!

Expecting... A Baby & A Book! | The Health Sessions

In the world through which I travel, I’m endlessly creating myself.”

– Franz Fanon

 

I have some exciting news to share with you today!

If you hadn’t already guessed it from the title: a baby boy will be joining our family next Spring! I’m halfway through my pregnancy now and have been feeling relatively good so far. With a rapidly growing belly though, it’s becoming more and more of a challenge to keep up with a highly energetic toddler and all my daily demands. But hey, what matters most is that the little one and I are doing fine.

But that’s not the only creative project in store for 2017… 

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Why Acceptance Is Not The Same as Giving Up

Why Acceptance is Not the Same as Giving Up | The Health Sessions

 

“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” 

 

Being seriously ill or injured can turn your life upside down. More than anything, you just want to get better and resume your normal activities. But what if that’s not possible? What if you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness that has no cure?

When the painful symptoms are here to stay, you have little choice but to learn to accept your new reality. But how do you do that when every waking moment is a cruel reminder that your life is not what you thought it would be like? 

Over the last decade, there’s been a strong societal focus on “never giving up”, on keeping going no matter what, on fighting like hell for what you want. And sure, that can be a motivating mindset to deal with challenges like getting a hard-earned degree, training for a marathon or losing those last pounds.

But that mentality doesn’t necessarily help when someone’s faced with horrible circumstances they have little control over, like losing a loved one, surviving a traumatic experience or becoming chronically ill. No matter how much you don’t want it to be true or how badly you want to get better, willpower won’t help you change the situation you’re in.

 

Many people mistakenly believe that accepting a painful reality means you’re surrendering. That it’s a sign of weakness to stop fighting the truth; that you’re a quitter for no longer struggling every day to get your old life back. They’re wrong.

Acceptance is not the same as giving up. 

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10 Nutritious One-Tray Meals for Busy Days

10 Nutritious One-Tray Meals for Busy Days | The Health Sessions

 

It’s a common scenario in busy times or on flare-up days: dinner time rolls around and you’re too tired to cook.

Enter: the one-tray meal. 

A one-tray meal, also called sheet pan dinner, is a complete dinner baked on a single oven tray. It ticks all the boxes of the perfect weeknight meal: a nourishing dish that requires little effort make and is even easier to clean up – what’s not to love?

So if you’re looking for an easy way to put a healthy meal on the table, try one of these 10 well-balanced, one-tray oven dinners

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How to Boost Your Circulation Naturally

7 Natural Ways to Keep Your Blood and Lymph Flowing Freely | The Health Sessions

 

Are your hands and feet usually cold? Do you often experience tingling, numbness or aching in your arms and legs?

These could be tell-tale signs that you have poor blood circulation.

Your circulatory system transports oxygen-rich blood packed with nutrients throughout your body. For an optimal blood flow, you need a strong heart to pump oxygenated blood to your organs and limbs, a healthy blood pressure and clear, open arteries. At the same time, your lymphs carry waste products, bacteria and toxins away from your tissues to be removed or filtered.

But when you’re chronically ill, your blood and lymph flow might nog function optimally, due to your health issues, side-effects of medication or as a result of being bedridden. In healthy people, a sedentary lifestyle is often the biggest culprit of poor circulation.

As a result, you could experience symptoms like cold hand and feet, numbness, muscles cramps, exhaustion, varicose veins, a pale skin or brittle hair and nails.

So how can you improve your blood and lymph flow, even when you suffer from health problems? Have a look at these 7 natural ways to boost your circulation. 

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About me

I’m a psychologist living with chronic illness. I want to help you feel as energetic, symptom-free and happy as possible, by showing you how to create lasting health habits and by giving you advice on how to cope with (chronic) health problems.

Disclaimer

All lifestyle and health advice is provided for information only. The Health Sessions is not intended to replace a consultation with an appropriately qualified health professional. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any personal medical questions that you may have!