Spice Up You Health: 16 Fragrant Recipes | The Health Sessions

Spice Up Your Health: 16 Fragrant Recipes with Health-Boosting Powers

On crispy days, with the leaves falling from trees, there’s nothing cozier than warming up with fragrant Fall flavours. But seasonal favourites like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger are not just for seasoning, they spice up your health too.

Throughout history, spices have been used for their health-boosting powers. Garlic is known for its antibacterial benefits, while ginger reduces nausea and cinnamon lowers your blood sugar levels. One of the most widely studies spices, turmeric, has strong anti-inflammatory effects, which benefits your health in multiple ways. Other culinary staples with disease-fighting compounds are cayenne pepper, vanilla beans and cumin seeds.

So stock your spice kabinet and get creative! Make your own spice blends so you can easily whip up a warming curry, fajita or Asian flavored stir fry. Get cozy with a homemade pumpkin spice latte or anti-oxidant rich Chai tea. Or take inspiration from these 16 spice-packed recipes with flavours from all around the world. 

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13 Helpful Things to Do When You Can't Sleep at Night | The Health Sessions

13 Helpful Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep at Night

It’s the middle of the night and there you are, staring at the ceiling while the clock’s ticking away. You start getting anxious, because there are only a few hours of potential sleep left until a new day starts again. But as much as you toss and turn, you just can’t fall asleep.

If you suffer from insomnia, always check if you have your bedtime basics covered: a dark, slightly cool bedroom with a comfortable mattress, not too much caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. You could even try some more unconventional tips for getting plenty of shut-eye.

But some nights, even when you’ve done everything right, you find yourself wide awake at 2am.

So what do you do? It’s tempting to grab your phone, check your social media feeds or watch TV until you start getting sleepy. But that’s not a great choice for two reasons. The blue light coming from electronic devices actually inhibits the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin, making it even harder for you to fall asleep. What’s more, by doing something mentally stimulating, not only are you not sleeping, you’re not getting high-quality rest either.

There must be a better way right?

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Tried & Tested: How Aniko Jori-Molnar Created Her Own Action Plan for Recovery | The Health Sessions

Tried & Tested: How Aniko Created Her Own Action Plan for Recovery

This guest post is written by The Health Sessions reader Aniko Jori-Molnar, who shares her experiences with testing the strategies from ‘How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery‘.

 

Why do I need to recover?

An important part of my identity is a fearless warrior that can handle (or can look like one who handles) everything in life. Good and bad. So I’m letting you in on a huge secret right now: I’ve been struggling with a chronic illness for nine years, and I’ve been struggling to accept this struggle.

I have EGPA (Churg-Strauss Syndrome), a rare auto-immune disease that attacks first and foremost the lungs, causing intense asthma symptoms, but then gradually causes all kinds of other problems in the body.

Of the many medication options, I’ve tried a few, and they’ve worked just fine, until now. With a recent heart involvement, the medical team decided to proceed to a chemo kind of drug for a more effective treatment. I feared the treatment as well as the signs of degrading health state I am in.

 

Why I choose to read a book about recovery

I could only think it is another milestone down the unlucky road. I was back to the old, pessimistic mental state. I was still not over the fact I’m sick forever. And I still wanted my old life back, and I would go as far as to throw a tantrum over it like a child.

I also knew this was not OK and I needed somebody (or something) to have my back when reality strikes. I needed to change the perspective.

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15 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Resilience | The Health Sessions

15 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Resilience

“Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”

 

It’s one of the most vital skills in life, one that can be learned but not taught: resilience.

Resilience means adapting well to stressful situations and life-changing events, like losing your job, getting divorced or the death of a loved one.

Being able to bounce back from adversity becomes especially important when you’re living with chronic illness. Not only do you have to cope with painful symptoms and emotional stress, but there are also many obstacles to overcome every day. One of the biggest challenges of being chronically ill is learning how to deal with the constant ups and downs.

Many helpful articles have been written about how you can boost your resilience. But even the toughest cookies need a little motivation every now and then. Have a look at these 15 powerful quotes to inspire your resilience when life gets hard. 

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Digital Diet: The Doable Alternative to a Digital Detox | The Health Sessions

The Digital Diet: A Doable Alternative to a Digital Detox

“You have 263 unread messages.”

Did you come back from your Summer break only to find yourself flooded with work mail?

Smartphone stress is real. Countless of studies have been published about the downsides of the latest technology –  from stress and sleeping problems to anxiety, depression and disturbed body image.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with email or keeping up with social media, the common advice is to consider a digital detox – taking a (radical) break from checking Instagram, WhatsApp and news feeds. Hey, I dedicated a blog post to it myself.

But recently I read something interesting in the Dutch Psychologie Magazine. Do we really need to force ourselves offline to find peace or is there a way to get the benefits from smartphones whilst avoiding the pitfalls?

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