Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations | The Health Sessions

Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations

This past year I’ve been having cravings – strong, insatiable cravings.

During my pregnancy, my stomach became a bottomless pit, constantly demanding energy to grow my baby. It only got worse after our son was born. I was burning so many calories from the nonstop nursing and sleep deprivation. With no time or energy to make a healthy snack, I just grabbed whatever I could get my hands on: cookies, granola bars, even pastry and desserts.

All that sugar only left me wanting more. Because unlike natural sugars in fruit, starchy vegetables and whole grains, refined sugar contains no vitamins, enzymes and fibres that help to release sugars more slowly into the bloodstream. Instead, it’s just ‘empty calories’ – pure energy that cause a spike in your metabolism, followed by a crash. This quick change in blood sugar levels leaves you feeling tired, cranky and craving more sweets to get another sugar ‘high’.

And we all know that too much sugar wreaks havoc on our health.

Of course I’ve been meaning to curb my cravings. But there always seemed to be a plausible reason to treat myself “just this once”, whether it was a birthday, special celebration or a get together with friends. I’ve gotten used to automatically (albeit enjoyably!) eating the temptations right in front of me again and simply ‘forgot’ about healthier options.

But I need every ounce of energy to keep up with my kids, work and home life, so it’s time to get control over my snacking habits again.

Do you want to curb your cravings and cut down on sugar too? Here’s the plan.

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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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Recovery-Boosting Recipes: 25 Meals That Support Your Healing Process | The Health Sessions

Recovery-Boosting Recipes: 25 Meals That Support Your Healing Process

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Hippocrates may have spoken these wise words over 2000 years ago, but they are still true today. Eating healthily can boost your immunity, energy levels and overall wellbeing. And when you’re sick, a balanced diet provides the building blocks your body needs to recover, fight off nasty bugs or battle more serious diseases.

The only trouble is: when you’re feeling miserable, slaving away in the kitchen to cook a MasterChef-worthy meal is probably the last thing on your mind. So how can you get the health-boosting perks without the pain?

Say hello to low-effort, nutritious staple meals.

There’s no such thing as a miracle diet for every illness, but nutrient-rich meals that are easy to prep when you’re sick, tired and in pain can be lifesavers in many ways. Have a look at these 25 recovery-boosting recipes to start rebuilding your health today.

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Healthy Party Food: 16 Savoury and Sweet Bites | The Health Sessions

Healthy Party Food: 16 Savoury and Sweet Bites

A good party usually involves good company and good food. A canapé in one hand, a glass of bubbly in the other and fun people almost guarantees a great night.

But as much as I love snacking on salted nuts, olives or chips and dips, there’s more finger food that’s nutritious and finger-licking good. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, hosting a classy cocktail party or entertaining friends at home, these 16 healthy and delicious bites will take any party to the next level. 

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7 Vibrant Veggie Platters for Summer Entertaining | The Health Sessions

7 Vibrant Veggie Platters for Summer Entertaining

Veggie platters can be found at many birthday parties, wine tastings and long evenings on the patio with friends. But no matter how healthy and crunchy they are, the standard carrot and celery sticks with store-bought hummus can get a little boring. After all, there are so many other vegetables that would add colour, texture and taste to your crudité platter. Not to mention the variety of healthy dips and spreads you could serve to jazz up your veggies.

Luckily, our favourite food bloggers have shared Instagram-worthy ways to star colourful crudités at your next party. So have a look at these 7 vibrant veggie platters you can snack on all summer. 

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