From the Dutch pepernoten at Sinterklaas and oliebollen for New Year’s Eve to sipping champagne, munching on gingerbread cookies or anything chocolate, temptations are e-ve-ry-where.
But just because you choose to eat healthy for your wellbeing doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. Just have a look at these 12 irresistible Christmas treats with better-for-you ingredients to work up your appetite!
December, the month of celebrations. From the Dutch Sinterklaas, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Eve , it’s the time for culturally-rooted festivities all around the globe.
But it’s little different celebrating when you’re chronically ill.
Pain, fatigue and other horrible symptoms can definitely mess up your plans and traditions. Depending on your personal health situation, enjoying things like shopping for presents, cooking an elaborate Christmas dinner, attending parties or even staying up on New Year’s Eve may not be an option – or one you pay a high price for with days or weeks of recovery time.
The trembling legs, relentless nausea or breathlessness won’t go away for a day just because today is a holiday and you want to celebrate. You still feel as good, bad or awful as you do every day, and it’s hard to keep smiling, enjoy the feast at the table and focus on sparkling conversations around jou when you experience throbbing pain or ’embarrassing’ stomach troubles at the same time.
So how can you make the most of the holiday season even when you’re chronically ill?
With long, dark winter evenings that have you craving comforting foods, a brand new year with healthy resolutions looming on the horizon and the holiday season in full swing, now is the perfect time to expend your healthy meal repertoire with one of these must-have cookbooks! Which one will you put on your wish list or buy as a present?
“In the world through which I travel, I’m endlessly creating myself.”
– Franz Fanon
I have some exciting news to share with you today!
If you hadn’t already guessed it from the title: a baby boy will be joining our family next Spring! I’m halfway through my pregnancy now and have been feeling relatively good so far. With a rapidly growing belly though, it’s becoming more and more of a challenge to keep up with a highly energetic toddler and all my daily demands. But hey, what matters most is that the little one and I are doing fine.
But that’s not the only creative project in store for 2017…
“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.”
Being seriously ill or injured can turn your life upside down. More than anything, you just want to get better and resume your normal activities. But what if that’s not possible? What if you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness that has no cure?
When the painful symptoms are here to stay, you have little choice but to learn to accept your new reality. But how do you do that when every waking moment is a cruel reminder that your life is not what you thought it would be like?
Over the last decade, there’s been a strong societal focus on “never giving up”, on keeping going no matter what, on fighting like hell for what you want. And sure, that can be a motivating mindset to deal with challenges like getting a hard-earned degree, training for a marathon or losing those last pounds.
But that mentality doesn’t necessarily help when someone’s faced with horrible circumstances they have little control over, like losing a loved one, surviving a traumatic experience or becoming chronically ill. No matter how much you don’t want it to be true or how badly you want to get better, willpower won’t help you change the situation you’re in.
Many people mistakenly believe that accepting a painful reality means you’re surrendering. That it’s a sign of weakness to stop fighting the truth; that you’re a quitter for no longer struggling every day to get your old life back. They’re wrong.
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