Cruciferous is King: 15 Wonderful Winter Cabbages Recipes | The Health Sessions

15 Wholesome Ways to Eat Winter Cabbages

Eating fresh, seasonal vegetables brings you all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need most that time of year. And during the cold months that means stocking up on winter cabbages.

The members of the brassica family pack a punch in the nutritional department. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin C, E and carotenoids, that have preventive effects on the development of degenerative diseases. What’s more, many winter cabbages contain high amounts of minerals like sulphur, folate, calcium and potassium.

Broccoli and cauliflower are staple foods in many kitchens, while kale and fermented sauerkraut have been making a comeback in recent years. But you may be less familiar cooking with red cabbage, bok choy, turnip, kohlrabi and collard greens. Or maybe you’ve been avoiding Brussels sprouts after some bad childhood memories.

But the recipes below will convince you you’re missing out. Take a look at these tasty ways to eat more members of the cabbage family this winter!

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How to Easily Get More Variation In Your Diet | The Health Sessions

7 Stress-Free Strategies to Get More Variation in Your Diet

It’s the first rule of healthy eating: eat a wide variety of foods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDA and DHHS, 1980) advises you to consume something from all 5 major food groups: fruits and vegetables, (whole) grains, meat, poultry, fish and legumes, dairy products, and fats and sweets. You should also try to vary with ingredients within each food group.

But did you know that on average, we only eat 25 different kinds of foods in 3 days? In contrast, research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors used to collect over 55 unique plants to secure food all year round. That’s a pretty big difference! But why should you want to bring more variation to your daily diet?

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4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit | The Health Sessions

4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

This article is written by Veronika William

You find yourself out of breath after climbing the stairs, again. “Enough is enough,” you declare. You march into your local fitness center and sign up for a membership. Perhaps a pal in the same boat joins you. After all, if you have a workout partner, your chances of sticking with the program drastically increase.

For the first few sessions, you’re unstoppable. A week later, one of you can’t make it. “No problem,” you insist. By the end of the month, you haven’t swiped your membership card in more days than you’re comfortable admitting. By the next month, your gym bag is dusty and you’re five pounds heavier.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. A healthy lifestyle cannot be achieved overnight. It takes some degree of effort to make it a routine. For most of us, starting a new workout regimen is easy. Sticking with it, however, often seems next to impossible. Good news: it’s not.

If you’ve repeatedly tried–and subsequently failed–to move your body on a regular basis, consider these 4 tips to turn exercise into a habit.

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19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning | The Health Sessions

19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning

It’s what we secretly love about a new year, the start of Spring or back-to-school season: the promise of a fresh start.

Of course there’s nothing special about those dates, nothing that makes them any different than your typical Monday – or any other morning for that matter. But still, those moments of transition feel like a new page, the perfect time to begin again.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the old you. You don’t have to jump on the ‘new year, new you’ bandwagon, always chasing ‘more’ or ‘better’ things.

But most of us have something they’d like to change, from building a healthy habit or an energizing morning routine to goals and dreams we’d love to achieve. Or maybe you long for closure from a particular chapter in your life. Letting go off limiting beliefs and toxic relationships could also really improve the quality of your life. Hey, even fully accepting yourself and your current situation as it is can be a resolution you make, something to work towards.

I don’t believe in making drastic lifestyle changes, and life is often much too messy for brand-new beginnings without any unfinished business. But to me, there’s hope and magic to be found in new beginnings.

If you feel inspired to turn the page, take a look at these 19 fresh start quotes to begin again. 

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Armchair Journey: 9 Travel Memoirs for a Mental Escape | The Health Sessions

Armchair Journey: 9 Travel Memoirs for a Mental Escape

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

Great stories transport you to a different world. They can take you back in time, through different regions or even to a fictional universe. Especially travel memoirs will introduce you to exotic cultures and customs. 

But a good travel memoir doesn’t just bring you on an imaginative trip around the world – it also reflects on how those experiences took the writer on transformative journey inwards. You won’t just get insights about tourist landmarks, foreign traditions and cuisines, but also about who you are and your place in this ever-changing world. 

If you loved reading Eat Pray Love or Into The Wild, which other books could offer a mental escape? Take a look at this mix of classic and recent travel memoirs to take you on an armchair journey. 

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