Sights and Scenes:
[SO DELICIOUS: stewed black beans, brown rice, mixed veggies, grilled marinated tofu]
[mexican pizza on deep dish italian crust]
[wild rice waldorf salad, veg with humus, mixed nuts]
[pumpkin oats, banana with pb and nuts, yogurt with cocoa]
[chicken and rice salad, baked yam, avocado]
Reminders of Home:
[first pumpkin carving of the season…I know he’s a little ugly but that’s what makes him unique, right?]
[a sketch I did of Ella!]
[a little surprise bouquet of flowers in the mail from my parents! what a nice surprise!]
And a little seasonal advice….
As much as I hate to admit it…winter is coming.
The air gets a little chillier and the trees begin to look more and more barren. And with this (DREADFUL) season, comes an increase in colds, flu’s, and coughs! Not fun in my opinion…I HATE being sick! But luckily for all of us, a reader named Liz emailed me earlier this week to see if I would be interesting in posting her tips for getting healthy and staying healthy this cold and flu season. A lot of the tips are pretty well known, but I think it’s always important to be reminded of the basics sometimes! So here’s what she came up with:
No one wants to be ill, but colds and flu strike everyone at some point…especially in the Winter months. Although you cannot avoid getting ill sometimes, how you treat the illness can make a big difference. The right mix of remedies reduces stuffiness, aches and general malaise. Take a look at this site for some ways, many of which have stood the test of time, to make yourself feel better faster.
For some, this is not as easy as it sounds. We have a tremendous to-do list that does not care that we cannot stop coughing and feel like our head is filled with gelatin. Overexerting yourself, however, will only prolong the illness.
This means that all those tasks will have to wait even longer for completion. Make yourself comfortable. You do not have to be lying down – in fact, if your lungs are congested, sitting up is better and may ease your cough. The body needs to direct energy towards healing itself and not to doing chores or wandering around.
There is an exception to this rule. If your illness is minor, like a mild cold, then moderate exercise may actually help you. Exercise gives a temporary boost to the immune system.
Drink water, juice and broth to get your fluids. These fluids help thin and loosen congestion, which helps the body get rid of it easier. Warm water with lemon is excellent for this and additionally provides the antioxidant power of this fruit. Mix it with elderberry extract for an even more powerful remedy. Research has shown that elderberry has strong antiviral components.
Brandy and other alcoholic drinks have long been touted as a remedy for what ails you. Alcohol is very dehydrating, however, and is typically not advised. Nevertheless, warm brandy feels nice going down and acts as a mild sedative. Use it with caution and never give it to children.
It is a myth that you should starve a fever. The ill body needs nutrients and energy from food to heal itself. Eat soothing soups, and make sure one of them is chicken soup. Research has indicated that this old-time remedy indeed helps with colds and congestion.
(check out my recipe page for some of my favorite soup recipes!)
If your appetite increases and soup is no longer enough, do eat whatever you can handle. Stay away from dairy products, however, as these tend to thicken mucus.
Take Your Medicine
Use non-prescription pain relievers for aches and fever. Use a cough medicine or a combination medicine for your coughing and congestion. Check the labels to make sure you are not double dosing on the pain reliever – some multi-symptom medicines contain pain medicines.
Do you have any personal tips and tricks for getting rid of a cold…or even preventing it in the first place?!
I heard that swallowing a tablespoon of honey with chunks of raw garlic in it is an instant natural cure for the cold! Hmmm…I’m a but skeptical but I’ll have to try it next time I’m sick!
Have a great weekend friends!!
Today’s Healthy Help: Reminded a friend of her talents after she was feeling down about something she saw as a failure.