Healthier Holiday Baking: 15 Sweet Recipes to Enjoy This Season | The Health Sessions

Healthier Holiday Baking: 15 Sweet Recipes to Enjoy This Season

Admit it: Part of the holiday season fun is eating all the good food. But good food doesn’t automatically mean sugar-laden sweets and desserts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in ‘guilt-free’ treats, because there’s nothing wrong with having cookies on Christmas Eve and you should enjoy that. For some of us, however, eating pecan pie or candy cane causes harmful blood sugar spikes, abdominal pain, allergic reactions or worsening of our chronic illness symptoms.

Thankfully, you don’t have to settle for boring unsweetened, gluten-free banana bread during Thanksgiving or Christmas family gatherings. These 15 better-for-you cookies, cakes and puddings prove that healthier holiday baking looks and tastes deliciously!

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9 Tips & Tools for Healthy Cooking with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

9 Tips and Tools for Healthy Cooking with Chronic Illness

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You hear it all the time: food is medicine.

And it’s true, good nutrition can support your health in many ways. Eating a wide variety of unprocessed foods will provide you with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body and mind need to function well. What’s more, herbs, spices and adaptogens are used all over the world to reduce or manage symptoms better. And of course, you’ll lower your chances of further health problems when you limit your intake of alcohol, sugar and trans fats.

But putting a healthy meal on the table is easier said than done when you live with chronic illness. Fatigue and pain can stop you from being able to cook, while opening cans with rheumatoid arthritis or standing behind the stove when you have POTS may be a mission impossible.

Of course you don’t always have to spend much time in the kitchen for a nourishing dinner. Maybe your partner or housemates enjoy cooking, or you could use meal delivery services. But if you don’t have a family and big budget, or you follow a specific medical diet, then making your own meals can be key for your health.

So what can you do to make healthy cooking easier when you’re tired, in pain or dealing with symptoms?

Take a look at these 9 tips and tools for healthy cooking with chronic illness.

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Your Guide To A Happier Winter Season | The Health Sessions

Your Guide To A Happier Winter Season 

This article is written by Kevin S. 

With the transition from fall to winter comes many beautiful changes, from the first snowfall to the start of the holiday season. However, with the good comes the bad, or more like the SAD: seasonal affective disorder. The transition from fall to winter can be a changeling one for many as you spend hours indoors, and the feeling of sadness and fatigue takes over.

If you’re in need of advice to help beat your soon-be winter blues, then read on for helpful tips to turn your smile upside down!

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Herbal Teas | The Health Sessions

12 Homemade Herbal Tea Blends to Support Your Health

Do you love cozying up with a hot and healing drink on a cold, dark day? Then herbal tea is exactly what you need this season.

Unlike the name suggests, herbal tea often doesn’t contain any actual tea leaves. Often, it’s more an aromatic infusion of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits.

What’s more, these caffeine-free drinks have been used all throughout history to support health and alleviate mild symptoms. Modern research confirms that hot water helps to extract water-soluble phytochemicals from plants, making hot herbal infusions an ideal way to get more antioxidants and other disease-fighting nutrients in.

Depending on the specific blend, herbal tea blends can improve your digestion, boost your immunity or help you fall asleep faster. Drinking hibiscus tea, for example, is known to lower your blood pressure, while ginger tea helps against nausea and vomiting.

Of course, these herbal home remedies should be considered as a helpful tool to ease mild symptoms, not as an official cure. And ‘natural’ does not automatically mean it’s right for you, so always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely use therapeutic teas for your condition, without unwanted drug interactions.

You can buy a seasonal selection of high-quality herbal tea blends, or you can create your own. Whatever you like, get inspired by these 12 homemade herbal tea blends to support your health and happiness.

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25 Exciting Ways to Get More Daily Steps In | The Health Sessions

25 Exciting Ways to Get More Daily Steps In

Walking is probably the easiest, cheapest and most accessible kind of exercise. And yet, going for a 30 minute walk every day will improve your heart health, boost your brainpower, ease joint pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. Not to mention that you often get the added benefits of being outdoors, like fresh air, vitamin-D producing sunshine and better immunity.

When you’re living with chronic illness, walk training is also an effective way to increase your mobility. And, as a result of being able to go places again, your quality of life may improve.

But compared to dancing, gym classes or playing team sports, walking can seem a little boring. Especially in the early days of your recovery journey, when you have to drag yourself outside and don’t have the energy to wander far from home, your usual walk around the block can becomes monotonous.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to make your walk training more fun. Of course, a lot depends on your current fitness levels and the area you live in, but most of these tips can be adapted to fit your needs. So take a look at 25 exciting ways to get more daily steps in!

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