27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing | The Health Sessions

27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing

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You know how you’re trying to cut down on sugar but suddenly find yourself reaching for the cookie jar on the coffee table? That’s because your living environment plays a bigger role in the choices you make every day than you probably realize.

If you live in a neighborhood with side walks, bike lanes and greenery, for example, you’re more likely to be physically active than people who don’t have easy access to these recreational facilities. And it’s no coincidence that supermarkets place big brands at grab-level and impulse buys at the counter – that’s all to seduce you to buy more.

It’s not just your ZIP code that affects your behaviour, mood, stress levels and overall health, but your home environment too. When you have a bowl of candy on your desk, chances are you’ll mindlessly eat much more than you’d planned. Thankfully the reverse is also true: putting a fruit bowl in the kitchen encourages you to get your vitamins in. That’s exactly why James Clear, best-selling author of Atomic Habits, advocates to design your environment to work for you, not against you.

By making a few changes at home, you can make it easier to create and stick to healthy habits, and break bad ones. Think of environment design like a subtle nudge in the right direction. Especially if chronic illness forces you to spend a lot of time at home, you might want to make some easy changes to your interior so you can effortlessly make better choices.

Here are 27 subtle ways you can optimize your surroundings to best support your health and happiness.

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12 Healthy Egg Dishes for Any Time of Day | The Health Sessions

12 Healthy Egg Dishes for Any Time of Day

They’re versatile, budget-friendly and suitable for many diets: eggs. Whether you follow a Paleo, keto vegetarian or gluten-free food pattern, eggs provide you with high-quality protein, healthy fats, vitamin D and minerals. Especially the egg yolk is a great source of nutrients, like the carotenoids that support your eye health.

Contrary to what we used to believe, eggs do no seem to raise the cholesterol levels in your blood. Unless you have diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease (like smoking), you can safely eat one egg per day.

And the best thing is: eggs are the ideal ingredient for both a hearty breakfast, satisfying lunch and a quick nourishing dinner. So try out these 12 healthy eggs dishes for any time of day!

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12 Flourishing Quotes to Help You Bloom Where You Are Planted | The Health Sessions

12 Flourishing Quotes to Help You Bloom Where You Are Planted

“There’s something infinitely healing in the related refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

Springtime reminds us, that even after the coldest, darkest winter, tiny seeds can grow into the most beautiful flowers. And just like the cherry blossom and budding plants, this is your season to bloom.

It probably won’t feel that way when you’re struggling with chronic illness, financial problems or troubled relationships. But like a dandelion that grows through the cracks in concrete or the lotus flower deeply rooted in the mud, you can flourish in the face of adversity. It surely won’t be easy, but you can still cultivate positive emotions, find new meaning or start over.

Take a look at 12 flourishing quotes to help you bloom where you are planted. 

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34 Ideas for a Healthy Morning Routine (That Can Be Done Under 10 Minutes) | The Health Sessions

34 Ideas for a Healthy Morning Routine (That Can Be Done Under 10 Minutes)

Maybe you’ve read it too: what you do after waking may be the key to a healthy and successful life.

There’s lots of anecdotal evidence that many influential people, from world leaders to CEO’s and movie stars, utilize the early morning hours to set themselves up for success and reach their goals. They’ll eat a hearty breakfast, get their exercise in and meditate before the rest of the world rises.

That sounds fantastic, but a healthy morning routine isn’t always easy to realize when you’ve had a bad night’s sleep and got to get your (uncooperative) kids ready for school.

That’s why lots of life coaches tell you to get up one hour earlier so you have time to perform your morning routine. “You have to make sacrifices and put your priorities first if you want to be successful”, they claim. And if they can do it, you can do it too, no excuses.

Well, I disagree.

After a decade of delayed sleep syndrome and painsomnia, followed by years of kids waking up multiple times every single night, sleeping is sacred to me. Even more so, I think that getting enough undisturbed, restful sleep is one of the most important things you can do to feel happy, energetic, productive and ‘successful’ – whatever that means to you. Especially if you suffer from persisting health problems.

So getting up at the crack of dawn to do yoga and sip green juice while the rest of the house is still asleep, is not necessarily my idea of a healthy start of the day. Surely there must be healthy habits you can do that fit more seamlessly into your existing morning routine?

Here are 34 ideas for a healthy morning routine that can be done in 10 minutes or less. 

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