A Revitalizing Reading Guide: 12 Health Articles to Put a Spiring in Your Step | The Health Sessions

Revitalizing Reading Guide: 12 Health Articles to Put a Spring in Your Step

Ah, spring, my favourite time of year! Make the most of this season of renewal and rejuvenation with these wellness tips from around the web.

 

Blossom: The Season for Growth

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Pizza Party: 10 Healthy Crusts & Toppings

Pizza Party: 10 Healthy Crusts & Toppings

 

It’s my all-time favourite food — a crispy thin crust layered with bright tomato sauce, veggies, herbs, deli meats and stringy mozzarella on top. There’s an embarrassing amount of childhood pictures of me eating pizza – my sister made me a food-themed photo book for my 30th birthday to prove that point.

But the latest pizzas populating our Instagram and Pinterest feeds are not your standard Pepperoni pizzas. They’re actually made with healthy ingredients: crusts from wholegrain flours or even veggies; topped with more veggies, (dairy-free) cheese and health-boosting herbs.

So let’s have a guilt-free pizza party with these 10 good-for-you crusts and toppings from around the web!

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The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique: How to Deeply Relax Your Body and Mind | The Health Sessions

The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique: How to Deeply Relax Your Body and Mind

This is an excerpt from my ebook How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery, a step-by step guide on rebuilding your health after illness or injury. 

 

If I had to limit my advice on healthy living to just one tip,

it would be to learn to breathe correctly.”

Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

You can survive roughly 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water, but after less than 3 minutes without breathing your heart will stop beating and your cells will die off.

Oxygen is your most critical source of energy. You take between 17,000 and 30,000 breaths each day. And yet, how often do you pay attention to your breathing and how it affects your body and mind?

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Recipe for Recovery: Warm Winter Porridge with Raspberry Sauce by Zonder Zooi | The Health Sessions

Recipes for Recovery: Warm Winter Porridge with Raspberry Sauce

This is a guest post by food coach Dali from Zonder Zooi

This breakfast reminds me to a dessert my mum made for us when we were young. She loved to make semolina pudding with warm raspberry sauce. Now, many years later I tought about it and had to make it again. Of course I changed the semolina for oats, because I’m a diehard oats fan. Really, I should start an oats fan club. This oatmeal porridge is great for those cold days that you don’t want to go outside. After you’ve eaten this your body is warmed up again and you can brave the cold.

Oats are full of fibre, B-vitamines and they’re a great source of slow carbs. These kind of carbs are important for your body as they make sure you’re satisfied for a long time. By adding pecans you’ll get your daily dose of healthy fats in, which is necessary for your brain. The raspberry sauce is bursting of vitamins and gives this breakfast a little dessert touch. Because we all want to have dessert for breakfast, right?

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How to Start Doing Yoga from Bed When Your Have ME/CFS | The Health Sessions

How to Start Doing Yoga in Bed When You Have M.E./CFS

 

This is a guest post by Donna Owens, a long-standing M.E. warrior, qualified yoga practitioner and author of “Yoga, My Bed & M.E.” on how you can gently improve your physical condition when you’re chronically ill. 

How Can You Start Doing Yoga in Bed 

When You Have M.E./CFS?

 

1. Listen to your body

We all get excited when we find something new to embark on, especially if it is towards helping us feel better. We tend to dive right in on the first go, only to be rewarded with payback and M.E. flare for days or weeks and we end up giving up.

Start with small steps and slowly climb the yoga ladder over weeks or months. Start with just one or two poses at first, maybe one pose as you wake up in the morning to open the body and ease stiffness and a pose before you sleep to help your mind and body relax to help you drift off to a peaceful state. Take your time and hold the pose(s) or repeat the pose(s) to suit your body and M.E. each day – and we all feel different day to day – so don’t feel as though you have failed if some days you can do more than other days.

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