11 Gluten-Free Lunch Box Ideas | The Health Sessions

11 Gluten-Free Lunch Box Ideas to Bring with You

Over the past decade, more and more people have been eating gluten-free for a variety of reasons.

Not just because they suffer from celiac disease – a serious autoimmune disease in which the digestion of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine – but also because they follow a Paleo lifestyle or a low-carb diet.

Personally, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free foods as part of the Autoimmune Protocol. But there’s one meal I struggle with: lunch time.

You see, I’m from the Netherlands, and a typical Dutch lunch consists of a whole wheat sandwich with cheese or deli meats. We love our bread, so much so that we pack our work lunch boxes with ‘boterhammen’, bring bread rolls on a day out and eat toasties in lunchrooms.

Now when I’m at home, I don’t mind whipping up a veggie-packed omelet or heating up leftovers from last night’s dinner. But on days when I’m off to the playground with my kids, I really miss simply putting sandwiches in my bag and heading out the door. Carrying a thermos of soup around on my bicycle feels like a recipe for disaster, so what other portable, no-heat, gluten-free lunch options are out there?

Before we dive in, let me get one thing straight: gluten are not necessarily your food enemy. Not everyone has to avoid the protein found in grains like wheat barley and rye. But if you do want to go gluten-free, check out these 11 ideas for a gluten-free lunch box.

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How to Deal with Brain Fog When Your Mind's Clouded | The Health Sessions

How to Deal with Brain Fog When Your Mind’s Clouded

It may not be an official medical term, but most of us with chronic illness are all-too-familiar with the concept: brain fog.

Brain fog refers to the inability to think clearly. Your conscious feels clouded, you can’t concentrate and you find it difficult to remember the simplest things. As a result, you may feel confused, disorientated or detached from reality – like you’re walking with your head in the clouds.

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16 Inner Strength Quotes That'll Unleash the Power Within You | The Health Sessions

16 Inner Strength Quotes to Unleash the Power Within You

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

Tough times can put you to the test. It’s during these moments that you need to dig deep down and tap into your inner strength to pull through.

Your inner strength is a source of endurance that helps you overcome whatever life throws at you. Even under the best circumstances, we’ve all had to find the courage to stand up for ourselves, try something scary and to keep going against the odds.

But when you’ve been struggling with chronic illness, relationship troubles or financial problems for a long long time, some days you may feel like there’s no strength left inside.

If that’s you, don’t loose heart. You can make yourself strong again, even it’s hard right now. 

Lay the foundation for inner strength by taking good care of yourself, physically and emotionally. It’s not easy to feel determined and fierce when you’re dehydrated, sleep deprived and surrounded by toxic friends.

Then, focus on the desired outcome instead of obstacles on your way. Having a goal and plan will motivate you and push your worries aside. And don’t forget the bigger picture. Take a step back from your current situation and think about your values, core beliefs and purpose. Let your ‘why’ fuel you.

Also look back on your previous experiences. How have you handled challenges in the past? What can you learn from that? Remind yourself of all the times that you made it through tough times. You could also create a coping box with comforting items, mementos or motivational quotes that lift your spirit when you’ve run out of inner strength.

Finally, cultivate an empowering mindset. The way you talk to yourself matters much more than you might think. So give your inner dialogue an upgrade with positive affirmations or these inner strength quotes, and unleash the power within you! 

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7 Inspiring Reads about Living with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

7 Inspiring Reads about Living with Chronic Illness

This article is written by Katherine Rundell. 

Being diagnosed with a chronic condition is a huge challenge, often in unpredictable ways. As your life changes, it can be hard to know how to respond, and your loved ones often struggle how to help as well.

These books offer a wide range of perspectives into living with chronic illness. So whether you’re dealing with chronic illness yourself or someone you love, get reading, get learning and get empowered.

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How to Find the Right Wheelchair for You | The Health Sessions

How to Find the Right Wheelchair for You

This article is written by Kian Jonas. 

Wheelchairs offer unbeatable support and freedom for those who may find it difficult to walk on their own two feet. It is for this reason that so many of us decide to purchase one at some point in our lives. There are a number of wheelchair hire services out there, but like many things in life, it’s nice to have one for yourself. A wheelchair which is suited to your needs, one which is designed to keep you comfortable regardless where life takes you. 

That is the exact reason we have decided to create this blog post. We want to help you find the perfect wheelchair. We have put together some great tips to make the selection process that little bit easier. 

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