Ugh, it’s that time again when we all get SICK. If I hear one more sniff, cough, or sneeze, I’m going to lose my mind.
Even though let’s be real, 70% of the time I’m doing all those myself right now *sigh*
I’m on the brink of a full-blown cold—which is actually strange because I don’t get sick very much and when I do it’s in December or January, so I’m early this year! But when I get sick in the heat of winter (irony?) it’s either the flu or strep throat… like, it’s no joke. So I’m thankful for just a head cold at the moment.
Speaking of the flu, I’ve only had it maybe once or twice in my adult life? And last December it hit me out of nowhere and I was down and out for a solid 7 days. I remember eating ice cream to ease a sore throat and who doesn’t want ice cream ever? So it was either ice cream or I wasn’t eating at all. My dad called to check on me and I told him about my incredible all-ice cream or nothing diet, and he asked me, “do you really think you’re going to get well by eating junk?”
“Do you really think you’re going to get well by eating junk?” – dad
I was like yeah dad… you’re totally right. My body needed the antioxidants and nutrients of whole foods to heal itself! And from that moment on I ate nutritious foods to get healthy again.
Now that’s it’s sicky season again, I wanted to share with you my go-to remedies to get over a cold/flu/any sickness we’re all going to encounter at some point in the next few months:
- Berries—strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are PACKED with antioxidants that keep your immune system strong. I am known for forcing (or “strongly encouraging”) my fiance to eat berries all the time so he doesn’t get sick haha.
- Salad—I’m munching on a mixed field green salad with strawberries, pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing from the local French restaurant as I write this post. I choose salad when I’m sick for more vitamins and nutrients the greens and berries provide.
- Fruit smoothie—this is the better alternative for ice cream! To get the thick, cold texture but without the dairy, sugar, fat—make your smoothie at home with a nutribullet or blender, OR go to a smoothie cafe where you are certain they use fresh fruit and not simple syrups that are “fruit flavored” (that defeats the purpose of a fruit smoothie).
- Hot tea—I drink the Daily Support herbal wellness tea by Lipton while I’m sick as it contains green tea, vitamin C, turmeric, echinacea, and ginger—which are all super powerful for healing and kicking colds straight to the curb. Instead of coffee, have a cup of this tea in the morning and another cup at night before bed.
- Soup—chicken noodle soup, Asian hot soup, vegetable soup… ALL THE SOUPS. Exactly what the body needs. Broth does wonders. And it might be the only food you can handle right now.
- Apple cider vinegar—one of my best friends and my fiance drink shots of apple cider vinegar to fight colds and the flu. I personally think it tastes terrible and stinks (which, it does, honestly), however, people do swear by it!
- Turmeric milk aka Golden Milk—turmeric is a spice known for it’s healing and is used all over the world to fight colds. Check out this recipe to make some of your own.
And as always, treat your self with an Epsom salt bath, a movie, and a face mask for even more cold and flu care, because rest and relaxation will heal you, too!
What are some of your favorite cold & flu remedies??
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