How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet | The Health Sessions

How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet

Food is medicine.

More and more medical experts agree that what you eat has a significant impact on your health. After all, nutrients like protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are the building blocks or your body. And to function optimally, your body and brain require good fuel.

Unfortunately, Western diets high in refined sugars and trans fats cause insulin resistance and inflammation in the body, which contributes to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And it’s not just your physical health that’s affected by what you eat – the budding field of nutritional psychiatry also links the foods you consume to how you feel and behave.

It’s no wonder that a growing body of doctors are prescribing healthy foods as part of their treatment plan. What’s more, lots of chronically ill people themselves turn to wholesome diets to alleviate or manage their symptoms.

But with an overwhelming amount of information out there, where do you begin?

Take a look at these 10 psychological principles for starting any kind of medical diet.

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15 Kick-Ass Quotes to Inspire You to Reach Your Dreams | The Health Sessions

15 Kick-Ass Quotes to Inspire You to Reach Your Dreams

Do you secretly fantasize about all the amazing things you’d love to achieve one day?

The beginning of a new year feels like a blank page, waiting to be filled with wonderful adventures. Dreaming about the perfect job, a fantasy wedding or the trip of a lifetime may feel like a luxury, or something that only kids do. But having a vision about your ideal life has more power than you’d think. Dreams drive you and give you purpose. They give you the motivation you need to build healthy habits and overcome obstacles in your way. Dreams can also make you see the world from a new point of view, because what you focus on, grows.

Although countless of experts emphasize the importance of goal setting to actually achieve your dreams – and rightfully so – you shouldn’t underestimate the magic of dreaming itself. Because like John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Sometimes, having a fixed goal and tight strategy in mind can make you feel like a failure when things don’t go as planned. When you’re chronically ill, for example, it might be easier on the heart to be flexible about how and when you reach a (modified) version of your dreams.

No matter which hopes, desires and ambition you wish to fulfill, let these 15 kick-ass quotes inspire you to go after your dreams.

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5 Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Holiday Season | The Health Sessions

5 Self-Care Tips for the Holiday Season

This article is written by Maggie Scott. 

The holiday season is an exciting time filled with love, joy, and unfortunately, stress. While you may be eager to go above and beyond for the ones you love the most, it’s also important that you’re implementing self-care into your holiday plans as well.

Here are some tips to help you look after yourself as you’re getting in the holiday spirit.

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7 Exercises to Help Reduce Chronic Pain | The Health Sessions

7 Exercises You Should Do to Reduce Chronic Pain

This article is written by James from Elliptical Ninja

“Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”― Charles Duhigg, ‘The Power of Habit’

It is no surprise that exercise can bring about some drastic change in your life, provided you make it a habit rather than a part-time hobby.

Healthcare research worldwide has been implementing exercise into the daily routine of people suffering from various ailments for decades now.Researchers have proven that exercise facilitates better and faster improvement of health. However, what matters more is following the right exercise routine rather than what everyone around you is doing.

One question many ask is, how and why should you exercise when you are in pain?

Research consisting of 380+ case studies where over 38 thousand participants were observed and treated under various treatment options was conducted to understand how exercise improves chronic pain conditions.

Quality of life and movement agility is greatly improved when a specific exercise regime is implemented in the day to day life of the patient. Exercising improves bone strength and muscular flexibility. Besides the physical development, exercise increases the secretion of endorphins and dopamine. These feel-good hormones support good mental health and thus make you feel better emotionally.

So what kind of exercises can you do to reap these health benefits when you’re suffering from chronic pain? 

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6 Simple Practices to Restore Your Inner Balance | The Health Sessions

6 Simple Practices to Restore Your Inner Balance

This article is written by Stella Thompson Green.

When you are dealing with chronic illness, an unhealthy lifestyle can gradually erode your strength as well as overall wellbeing.

A poor diet, chronic stress, irregular sleeping patterns and inadequate exercise can lead to physical, mental and emotional difficulties over the course of time. Investing time and effort in changing your habits for the better is worth the trouble. A more balanced approach to living pays off in healing our bodies, balancing our minds and soothing our emotions.

Adopting healthy habits can make you feel more energetic and in balance with yourself. Follow the simple practices listed below in order to relieve stress and boost your mood.

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