Does Fall have you craving comfort foods? There’s something so cozy about sitting down with a warming bowl of fragrant Fall flavours on a crispy day. And one pot dinners combine the best of both worlds: they’re healthy, comforting and require less dirty dishes to clean up.
Many of the (vegetarian) dinners below can even be cooked in 30 minutes or less on weekends, others are perfect for slow-cooked suppers. You can grab a glass of wine and set the table while your stew or roast simmers on the stove or in the oven.
So take a look at these 12 tasty one pot dinners to warm your heart as much as your stomach!
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
I had big dreams for 2018. After focusing mostly on my family last year, now was the time to grow this website, write another book and work on some important personal goals. Life, however, had other plans.
The cold and flu season has hit our home hard this winter. It’s never fun having to take care of sick kids and spouses, especially not for weeks on end. But add a history of chronic illness, serious sleep deprivation and other important responsibilities to the mix, and you have the recipe for a body crash in the making.
These past two months reminded me again how much I (have to) rely on energy-conserving strategies to get things done no matter how good or bad I feel. After all, there are only so much tasks you can drop, delegate or defer.
What is your best energy-saving life hack for getting things done with chronic illness? Which tricks do you use to do your job, run a household, raise a family, have a social life and/or pursue your passions despite of the pain, fatigue and symptoms you’re experiencing?
Help me make an ultimate guide of how to get things done with chronic illness by adding your tip(s) to the list!
Ronald Aartsen is a practitioner of Japanese acupuncture and other acupuncture styles with classic roots in Rotterdam & Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He also gives workshops teaching Breathing and Cold Exposure after finishing an instructors year in 2014 with Wim Hof, better known as The Ice Man.
1. What is Breathing & Cold Exposure training, based on the Wim Hof Method?
It’s a method that consists of 3 components: breathing techniques, cold exposure and mindset/focus.
2. Why would anyone voluntarily take an ice bath? What are the benefits of cold exposure?
Excellent question. If you would have told me before 2014 that I (being a big fan of tropical sun and climates) would be sitting in an ice bath, take outdoor swims in the winter or be hiking through snowy landscapes in shorts, I probably would have thought you lost your mind.
But as an acupuncturist and a meditation & qigong enthusiast I am very interested in our self healing abilities and our inner power. So I read about Wim Hof and the research that was going on and decided to step out of my comfort zone and registered for a workshop.
I loved the effect of the breathing techniques and the power I felt in and after the ice bath! Me as an Indo chilling in a tub filled with ice cubes. And I loved the simplicity of it all. You don’t have to train for years and years to be able to do this.
Let me be clear, the components are not new. The East has a long tradition of similar disciplines and people know the benefits for their health. Same goes for Russia and Northern Europe for example. Wim Hof just made it available to larger group and involved science to research the combination of these techniques.
After the one day workshop I immediately registered for the instructors year including a week of training in Poland and walking up a ski slope in shorts to name one element.
I will just name a few results here without getting into the scientific details. Research has shown that cold exposure can lead to a better functioning immune system (and how to voluntarily control it), increase in metabolism and an increase in brown fat. Combined with the breathing and focus techniques it can help to reduce pain, lead to better cirulation and boost your cardiovasclular system and energy. You can find a great overview on the research here.
The Cool Challenge was a project to measure the effects of cold showering. The report can be found here.
The mid-week slump. We’ve all been there. Some of us even experience the midday slump, every single day. Really, it’s exhausting. And when we find ourselves drained of energy, sugar is often the first thing we turn to for a boost. That, or caffeine. And caffeine, while it may appear to be your secret weapon sometimes, is not your friend.
So here are a few ways to stay awake during the day…without the caffeine buzz.
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2017 already. I’ve launched a book, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and celebrated many milestone moments for my family. Time for well-deserved break to relax and recharge for the second half of the year!
If you’re also looking to make the most of your summer holidays, check out these 19 surprising strategies from around the web to hack your health and happiness.
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