Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fighting the Crud

I've been wanting to do this post for awhile.  Over the past year (knock on wood) we haven't had much sickness around here.  When my throat does start to feel scratchy or when we've been around someone sick I start doing these things.  Tis' the season for sickness.  I'm hoping maybe you can incorporate one or more of these things into your life this winter.

1- Bump up the Vitamin C

We don't start chugging gallons of orange juice but I do try to incorporate more vitamin c into our diet.

2- Bring out the weird stuff

Immune support tea, elderberry syrup, tumeric milk, and kombucha.  Anything that will give our immune systems an extra boost.

3- Increase vegetable consumption

I really pay attention to how many vegetables we are getting and add a few extra if I can.

4- Use a doTERRA flu bomb and diffuse OnGuard

We used this on our trip from California to North Carolina and back.  I put it on the bottoms our feet before we went to bed each night.  Even with the flu running rampant we didn't get a sniffle.  I also diffuse OnGuard at home.  Buy doTERRA oils here.

5- Drink bone broth and lots of water

Bone broth heals and is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Tell me how you beat a cold.


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance said...

On top of the whole citrus (I'll eat multiple oranges a day!) and lemon water, a couple of weeks ago when I was feeling like crud, I roasted a bulb of garlic. I would eat a few cloves with lunch and dinner. I can't tell you for sure if it helped, but it sure tasted good! :) Hope you're feeling better soon!

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

I got the lemon water from you Michelle! I'll have to try the garlic.

Tiffany Campiotti said...

Garlic! If you can do it: mince it, pour hot water on it (just 2oz or so), let it sit and then down it. Nasty, but it does the trick. Also saline nose spray. Another helpful tip is to mix lemon & honey in a cup of hot water and add a dash cayenne.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Oh no... Garlic tea?!

The Primalist said...

I stay away from fruit (sugar) and do massive amounts of Vitamin C instead (like 10,000 mg a day - but if you're not used to taking Vitamin C, it's something you probably have to work your way up to). Also, the closest thing to a cure all for me is homemade stock/broth - beef or chicken, whatever I have on hand. Other than that, I try to get tons of sleep and stay away from all sugar and alcohol.

Hope you feel better soon!

M.Love said...

Looks good :) how was the chicken? And what's your soup recipe?

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

I need to make a recipe for it. I always just eyeball everything. I'm terrible at making recipes! Tonight I just did a medium butternut squash roasted and then scooped out. I put it in a blender and added a few cups of chicken stock, salt, sautéed onion and garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sage. It's worth a recipe. I make it all the time and it freezes wonderfully!

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

I love chicken that way. Seasoned with salt and pepper with bacon on it. 400 degrees uncovered for about an hour.

Tiffany Campiotti said...

@Kristen @ Change of Pace
I know, the garlic "tea" "shot", whatever you want to call it, is gross. It does the trick every time though. I'm the only one in my house who can do it though cause it's intense lol

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl said...

Feel better ASAP!! Hydrate and get plenty of rest :).

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness said...

Feel better! I don't have tips other than rest but take it easy and I know you'll feel better soon :)

Carol Z said...

Hope you're feeling better. Just said how much I enjoy your blog in today's post.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

You are so sweet Carol! Thank you :)

Miranda @ Biting Life said...

It's gotta be germs from your kids' school! My mom is a teacher and she's constantly complaining about the germs. Even if they wash their hands a lot, it's not like you can safeguard against other people's germs from coming home with them :(

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