11 Healthy Frozen Treats for Summer | The Health Sessions

11 Frozen Yoghurts for a Healthy Treat

Looking for a cooling treat that doesn’t ruin your healthy diet? Then these frozen yogurt recipes are just what you need!

Whole-milk yogurt is a rich source of healthy protein, bone-strengthening calcium and vitamin B12. Mosts yogurts also contain probiotics; friendly bacteria that support good gut health and immunity.

To get the healthiest frozen yogurt, choose an unsweetened version with live, active cultures. Do you prefer dairy-free? Try substituting with coconut milk in popsicles for a creamy treat.

Now all that’s left to do is to naturally sweeten your yogurt with fruit, honey, cacao nibs or coconut flakes, put your mixture in the freezer, et voila! Let’s take a look at 11 frozen yogurt recipes for inspiration.

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Fighting for Your Health: What I Love & Hate About the 'Spoonie Warrior' Analogy | The Health Sessions

Fighting for Your Health: What I Love & Hate About the ‘Spoonie Warrior’ Analogy

Have you ever noticed how people talk about sickness and health in terms of combat and warrior analogies? We’re battling chronic illness, beating depression or losing the fight to cancer.

In a way, that makes complete sense. When you’re in pain and exhausted to the bone, everyday living can really seem like a quest from a Tolkien novel. Something as simple as grocery shopping suddenly feels like an expedition to Mount Doom.

For many many years, I turned to heroic stories to fuel my motivation, to strive for recovery, to keep reaching for my dreams. And it worked. With the ‘help’ from Buffy, Sydney Bristow and G.I.Jane (I’m clearly a nineties girl), I passed my high school exams against all odds, despite not being able to attend classes. Epic journeys like Lord of the Rings pushed me to get fit and mobile enough to explore the world, while survivor stories from Chris Ryan and Bear Grylls inspired me to keep going.

Thanks to the warrior analogy, I achieved many meaningful goals that made a big difference to my life.

But now that I’ve learned so much more about the impact of your mind on your body, and how your nervous system works, I’m not so sure any more that the ‘spoonie warrior’ analogy is always the best choice.

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10 Relaxation Quotes to Help You Rest and Recharge | The Health Sessions

10 Relaxation Quotes to Help You Rest and Recharge

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When you think of relaxation, do you imagine yourself lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink or curled up with a good book?

Aside from vacationing, most of us tend to underestimate the importance of rest. Sure, we love to chill on the couch or spend way too much time sick in bed, but that’s not necessarily the same as real rest. You may be sitting still, but are you actually relaxing your body and mind?

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19 Fun Ideas to Bring More Laughter in Your Life, Even When You're In Pain | The Health Sessions

19 Fun Ideas to Bring More Laughter in Your Life, Even When You’re In Pain

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You know how they say that laughter is the best medicine? As frivolous as that may sound, there actually is some truth in that.

Research confirms that having a strong sense of humor helps you live longer, even if you have poor health. That’s because laughter releases endorphins that boost your mood and counteract the negative effects of stress, like compromised immunity. Even better, these feel-good chemicals raise your ability to ignore pain, making genuine laughing a fun tool to manage chronic pain.

Laughing out loud also supports your heart health, by increasing your heart rate and the amount of oxygen in your blood as well a lowering your blood pressure. And let’s not forget how humor lightens your burden, strengthens your relationships and helps you deal with distressing emotions.

These benefits are no joke, so why aren’t we laughing and smiling more?

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15 x Healthier Fast Food for All Your Weekend Cravings | The Health Sessions

15 Healthier Fast Foods for All Your Weekend Cravings

Do you get in the mood for pizza and drinks as soon as the weekend rolls around?

It’s not because you follow a diet for health reasons, that you no longer get cravings. But burgers and fries, hot dogs and milkshakes have a bad rep for a reason.

Fast food is high in calories, salt and fat content (and not the good kind). The trans fats in fried foods raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol in your blood, putting you at double risk for heart disease. What’s more, highly processed foods that are low in vitamins and fibers cause harmful spikes in your blood sugar levels, which contributes to the development of diabetes.

The solution? Making healthier versions of your favourite fast food.

Ok, the recipes below are not as fast as throwing snacks in the deep-frier, and they definitely require more effort than ordering take-out. But you can enjoy healthified ‘fast’ food without getting stomach aches, bloating or worse chronic illness symptoms from ditching your diet. Plus, you can easily adapt them to suit your eating style, whether that’s vegetarian, gluten-free or keto.

No matter if you’re craving a good shawarma, fish and chips or a soft serve ice cream, check out these 15 healthier fast food recipes for all your weekend cravings! 

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