I told y’all it was going to be an all the things kind of blogging going down this year. 😛 You can’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 I’ve discovered something about myself lately, I might have a problem when it comes to giving unsolicited advice. Oh and talking to much. Yes that might be me. Keyword here, MIGHT. Yep that’s right. You don’t even have to ask for it and I’ll tell you all about my newest recipe, how to extend your child’s nap time, and which book to buy the next time you’re at Target. The poor people in my sphere are probably running for cover when they see me coming. Ha!! To save their sanity I felt like my blog just might be the best place to air out all the things.
Today’s segment includes me talking about germs and colds. See I told you. All kinds of unsolicited advice offered here!
I went to work earlier in the week for one of my nurse shifts in the beautiful world of moms and babes. It was when I got home after my shift that the symptoms started. You probably know what I am talking about. A little nose burning, mild sneezing, just feeling not right and run down. Ugh, I had a feeling a cold was around the corner. By the next morning the symptoms were full on and there was no escaping this dreadful cold. But I was determined to jump back to normal as soon as possible. I think there are a few things we can do to make a comeback as soon as possible, and since they helped me do just that I wanted to share them here.
There are a few things that need to be part of your lifestyle so that when you do catch a virus the duration is short. Unhealthy guts, immune systems, and lack of exercise, means that our bodies aren’t as well equipped to fight a virus. A person who takes care of themselves will usually be able to jump back pretty quickly.
Here are a few tips that I use to keep my immunity in check.
(please note: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Please consult a physician before starting an exercise, vitamin, and nutrition regimen)
1. Take your vitamins.
An all around multivitamin is essential because you want to make sure you are filling in the gaps of your nutrition. I love this Prenatal once daily from Trader Joe’s. Because of my age I like to take a prenatal because I know it is helping me fill in gaps for the stage of life that I am in. Please don’t use this post to spread rumors and give my husband a heart attack. There is nothing prenatal about me other than my vitamin. Please and thank you. 😉 I also take Vitamin D. This is a powerful vitamin and most of us are deficient. We aren’t outside near as much as our ancestors. Seriously though. Get ya some D! My fish oil keeps my heart healthy, and my cholesterol is the lowest it has ever been. Boomshakalaka! I also take Vitamin B6 for an awesome energy level, ain’t no momma got time for no energy. I had to take one just to write this post, no but really. Oh and two magnesium before bed because I need awesome sleep, and 7 hours won’t always cut it. Mr. Ronnie survives on 6, and I often wish that was me. But it just isn’t, and for this to be a happy home momma needs 7-8. So get you some Magnesium and make sure your sleeping. Powerhouse immunity right there.
2. When you feel cold symptoms begin eat an orange, and one everyday after that.
I did this on Sunday night. And then I made sure to eat one everyday of my cold! Usually as desert after lunch 😛 Any excuse to eat fruit!! I love any and all of it! My daily vitamin has the dose for my daily needs but your body can’t absorb the vitamin near as well as it can absorb whole foods. So I wanted to make sure that I was meeting my Vitamin C requirements through a whole food source for the duration of the cold. Vitamin C’s primary purpose is to fight infection and increase your metabolism. So through your cold make sure you are eating either a red pepper or an orange everyday. Yes I love a raw red pepper especially as a side veggie to my lunch. Try one, they are so healthy and packed with a Vitamin C punch!!
3. Use a nasal saline wash.
This was my dad’s advice, and I do believe he was instructed by my mother. 😉 He told me to use my saline and to wash through my nasal passages at least twice a day and I did. Today is day four since I started symptoms, my sneezing is gone, and I have no nasal congestion. The cold virus left as quickly as it had arrived. I do feel like the saline wash helped keep my nasal passages clear and keep infection at bay. I grabbed this kit at CVS but I am pretty sure you can grab one at any drug store. And Amazon of course!
4. Make exercise a part of your lifestyle. And rest when you need to during the cold/ virus. Everyone starts somewhere so just start, and don’t compare your beginning to the chapter you just walked in on. 🙂 Comparison is poison, teamwork is joy/ freedom!
So a two day cold?! Compared to the three week cold that turns into a sinus infection? I’ll take the first any day! Even if it means I have to be intentional about my health. It isn’t always easy but it’s worth it!
To round out this cold, I finished it with a nice bowl of healthy chili! FOOD y’all! Ha!
Here’s what you will need:
2 pounds of lean ground turkey
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of fiesta ranch seasoning
2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 8 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of kidney beans
You can also add a can of corn, I left it out this time.
Ground your turkey and throw it all in the crock pot on low for 6 hours! So delicious! Low glycemic and filling.
One last thing and I promise I’m done, for this post anyway!
Ronnie and I went for a run to the beach this morning and we came up with a really random thought! 😛 We are working towards some 5k training for this year. We thought it would be fun to invite a few of our friends along! You can live anywhere and participate with us!! We will post training guides, recipes, tips, and some fun challenges to keep us motivated and inspired! All you have to do is join our group on Facebook, we will provide all the info and training there! We would love to have a running tour with a group of friends where we all meet at different places for fun 5ks!! Whether you have never participated in a race before or you are an avid runner we would love for you to join us!!
Join the group here:
I know we have one in May and June we want to do! And the Christmas Tree 5k in the mountains is always fun in December! We would love for you to help us plan a tour for the group!!
Thanks for reading all the randomness friends! Maybe an easy to read story next time!! HAHA!