The Not-So-Picture-Perfect Road to Health and Happiness

The Not So Picture Perfect Road to Health and Happiness | The Health Sessions

 

Maybe you noticed that, unlike many other health blogs, you rarely see pictures of me sipping green juice or looking fabulous doing yoga on The Health Sessions or social media.

That’s mostly because I’m a pretty private person, who’s watched one too many episodes of CSI Cyber and Stalker. It’s also because I still have a sneaky suspicion that some yoga poses were invented by gurus with slightly sadistic tendencies. And most of the time, my healthy homemade meals don’t look that Instagram-worthy either. (As if eating my dinner when it’s still warm isn’t hard enough with a one-year old at the table without having to take photos.)

But another major reason for not broadcasting pretty pictures of how fun and glamourous a healthy lifestyle can be, is that I don’t want to come off as a hypocrite.

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10 Surprising Salads for Sunny Days

10 Surprising Salads for Sunny Days |The Health Sessions

 

Gone are the days when salads were mere side dishes made from iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Although there’s nothing wrong with a good, classic Greek salad, there are so many more and delicious ways to enjoy the abundance of spring and summer produce.

Making a satisfying salad can be as simple as tossing leafy greens in a bowl with a homemade dressing, (leftover) veggies and toppings such as roasted pine nuts, crumbled feta or turkey breast. But the food bloggers listed below show that you can also use more unexpected vegetables, herbs and other fresh ingredients in your summery salad.

Try one of these 10 surprising salads for a little sunshine on your plate! 

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Spring Clean Your Life: 12 Ideas to Freshen Up Your Mind, Body and Routines

Spring Clean Your Life: 11 Ideas to Freshen Up Your Mind, Body and Routines

Spring is my favourite time of year. The blossoming trees, birds chirping, feeling the sun on your face… Doesn’t that instantly put you in a better mood?

With nature reawakening from being dormant all winter, there’s a sense of hopefulness in the air, this lighthearted energy of change and new beginnings. That makes spring the perfect season not just for cleaning out your closets, but for clearing up your mind, re-energizing your body and freshening up your routines.

So have a look at these 11 ideas to spring clean your life!

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Spring Cleaning: How to Create a Healthy Home

Spring Clean Your Life: How to Create a Healthy Home

In an ideal world, your home should be a safe haven where you can relax and recharge after a busy day. It’s the place where you make happy memories laughing and playing, and share fresh meals with your loved ones.

A healthy home can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, there could also be hidden health hazards lurking around the house, from dangerous pollutants to dust-collecting clutter.

Spring is the traditional time to freshen up your living space after a long winter of being stuck indoors. And while you’re in the cleaning spirit, it’s also a perfect opportunity to create a healthier home for your family, with a few adjustments and some new routines.

Follow this short step-by-step guide to eliminate common household toxins, make your home sparkling clean and turn your brownstone into the cornerstone of a healthy life.

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Mindful Micro-Breaks: How to Recharge Yourself Within Minutes

Mindful Micro-Breaks: How to Recharge Yourself Within Minutes

Confession time.

Lately I’ve become the walking cliche of someone who’s glued to their smartphone.

Ever since my active, catnapping daughter was born, I’ve hardly had more than a few minutes to myself most days. Not knowing when those rare moments of peace would occur and how long they would last, I’d often mindlessly grab my phone to recharge by scanning social media, catching up on the news or reading interesting blog posts. Sure, it makes a nice change from changing diapers and singing nursery rhymes when other forms of relaxation are not really an option. But is staring at a screen honestly the best way to decompress and boost my energy?

Online entertainment has become a welcome distraction from our hectic schedules. With an endless supply of cat GIFS, Buzzfeed lists or inspirational TED – talks at our fingertips, no matter where we are of what we’re doing, we’ve started to fill in every small gap of time in our day with some kind of (online) activity.

For example, how often do you find yourself scrolling through your Twitter feed when your dinner partner has gone to the bathroom? Do you always put on your headphones as you’re walking down the street? Or do you instantly pull out your phone if you have to wait anywhere, even if it’s just for a few minutes?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom, inspiration and social connections that the Internet and mobile devices have brought us. But I do wonder: is using online entertainment to relax always the best choice? I mean, how much does checking Facebook really revitalize you?

What if you would spend those small pockets of spare time during your busy day doing something that truly recharges your body and mind?

Ok, it won’t feel the same as lying on a tropical beach or having a luxurious spa day, but you can bring a little peace to your frantic day with mindful micro-breaks.

Have a look at these 7 effective ways to recharge yourself within minutes.

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