No Time for a Cold – Busy Professionals Series

What is a busy professional to do when they feel a cold coming on?

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I woke up Friday with a scratchy, tickley, irritated feeling in the back of my throat. That tell tale sign that a cold is sneaking up on you.  A few times during the day I got that swimmy feeling in my head, I needed to sit down and regroup. I was CERTAIN I was catching whatever it is that’s been going around.  and I developed a runny nose as the day progressed…

Here is what I did.

Feed the body what it needs.
Friday night, (I should have started Friday at noon.) I mixed up a batch of “vitamin water” mix.  I will share the recipe at the end of this post. I began feeding my body what it needs to boost my immune system and kick this stuff to the curb.

Don’t add stress.
I followed the instructions I was given for the drink mix (see below) and I rested on Saturday. I held off on a 10 mile training walk to prevent that stress from combining with the stress of fighting off a cold.

My grandmother always said that the sun is good for a cold. (Research says so too, here, here, and here.)  So when my husband wanted to go out on the boat I agreed to go. I didn’t do any of the work to prepare and I simply sat in the sun and enjoyed the beauty around me. I watch as they skied and fished.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
It is easy to forget to hydrate while sitting miserably with a swimmy head, stuffy nose, etc. However, hydration is what helps wash things out of our bodies that we don’t want there. When we become dehydrated it can cause a myriad of issues, and if you are feeling thirsty – you are already in the beginning stages of dehydration.

I fight dehydration by consuming room temperature water, warm performance hydration beverage, and hot herbal teas, as well as the hot vitamin water I mentioned above.2015-09-21 15.49.49

REST.
The body is already working overtime to fight the bug. Your body is creating white blood cells to fight off the infection and heal your body. (That is how it is designed to work.) When we allow the body to rest it can use that extra energy to fight off the invaders that are causing your symptoms.

I opted to stay home when my husband went out to visit with friends Friday and Saturday night. I relaxed at home, watched a movie, and SLEPT both nights to allow my body to use that energy fighting off the cold.

Gargle with hot/warm salt water
This is such an easy way to kill off any germs in your throat, as well as using a Neti-pot or a Sinu-rinse.  Super easy and VERY effective.

These are the exact tools I employ when I begin to feel a cold coming on. They have worked time and again for us.

Please note, I am NOT saying that any of these supplements cured my cold, I AM saying this is the protocol I followed, personally, and have for years to keep a cold from lasting more than a day or so.

Recipe
The amounts and supplements I mention here are all a brand I specifically trust for purity, potency, and safety.

Get Well Tea
4 Defend & Resist                   6 Alfalfa
6 Chewable C                         2 Zinc
3 Sustained Release Vita-C    4 Garlic
6 Nutriferon                             4 Herb lax
3 Tbsp Performance Mix         4 Stomach Soothing Complex

Add all to a grinder/blender cup and grind to a powder. Then add 1 rounded tsp. to 1 cup of hot water & a little honey to taste. Stir to dissolve.

Drink another within one 1/2 hour, and then one every hour for as long as it takes to begin feeling better.

This is how I supported my immune system and body. I ALSO sucked on a zinc and about 5 chewable C’s on Saturday morning to help my sore throat go away, and added some Vitalized Immunity in hot water a couple of times as well.

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Quick Tip – Rollerskating

There are many activities we do with our children, that with a bit of effort can increase the effectiveness, calories burned, and muscle strength.

Today, I went rollerskating with my daughter, a favorite activity of ours.  My goal is to get my heart rate elevated for a prolonged period of time, sweat a bit, burn some of those calories and even build some muscle.

If you hold your arms out to the side, up in the air, for a second, its easy, same thing when you squat down. BUT, if you keep your arms there for an extended period of time, you will begin to feel the burn as gravity does its work and the muscles begin to work as you are holding them there.  Same thing, with the squat.  So what I do is keep my feet moving and work my thighs by squatting down into the moves and using my thigh muscles to push my feet out and pull them back in, all while maintaining that squat.

Keep moving until you feel the burn, then hold it a bit longer to make it worth it.  I use the burst mentality to make the most of my time.

3-5 minutes of warm up.
3 minutes of stretching muscles.
20 second bursts of movement in the squatted stance with 10 second intervals of relaxed gliding between. (3 minutes 30 seconds total at a time)
3 minutes of cool down.

Today, we were only at the rink for a couple of hours. (1 hour of it that I could skate) So, I did several reps of the above workout.

New Year’s Time Saver – Chili & Refried Beans

As a busy mom, I frequently look for ways to accomplish more in less time.  Cooking is an area where I can easily do this.  I like to make the most of my time in the kitchen, so last night, I prepped some beans for the crock pot today.

It doesn’t take any additional time soak twice as many beans, so I soak enough to make more than one bulk dish.  Last night, I soaked 1 pound of small reds, 1 pound of black, 1 pound of light red kidney beans in my larger crock pot.

This morning, I’ve got both Chili and Refried beans in dueling crock pots.  You don’t have 4 crock pots in your possession? (Yes, I may have an issue with crock pots.) Not a problem.  Make chili today and cook those refried beans tomorrow. Just put that helping of soaked beans in the fridge and cook ’em tomorrow. 🙂

(Looking to kick the nutrition of your refried beans up a notch?  Grab some Moringa leaves from a tree and throw them in right before you put in the fresh beans.)

Looking for a tasty veggie chili?

Dueling Crock Pots

My crock pot fetish. The crock on the left was my grandmothers, then my aunts, and now mine. It is an original crock pot and still works wonderfully. The crock on the right is my trusty favorite. Its frequently on my counter. I use it as a prepper – in most cases we don’t like our veggies cooked to mush (pulls out and destroys the nutrition) but is wonderful at cooking down stocks from left over carcasses (chicken bones) and cooking tomato dishes and beans.) We eat lots of beans here. 🙂

8 Tips to Avoid a Blue, Blue Christmas

As the holidays rapidly approach and the hustle and bustle that is the Christmas season rock into full speed craziness it is easy to become overwhelmed.

Things don’t always go the way we intend, people aren’t there to spend it with us, money may get tight, things seem out of control and our moods drop and sadness can take over. 

Here are a few tips to fight those blues and keep your mood more golden and happy.

Add Vitamin D: Go out and get some sun!  Vitamin D levels have been shown to affect our moods.  Mayo Clinic & Vitamin D Get out and absorb some D from the sun or look for a quality supplement to assist you in this task.

Get Moving: Harvard Health tells us in its compilation of previous studies that moving. It is easy to get trapped in that spiral of depression and sluggishness.  I fight this on a regular basis.  Feeling a bit low, so you lay on the couch, then after a while you begin hurting from a lack of exercise so you don’t want to move, then you feel even more bad about yourself because you’ve been a slug and haven’t moved.  Just get up and go for a walk.  (I continue to struggle with this one issue. It is a daily choice to find ways to move and stay active.)

Add Vitamin B Complex: The B Complex vitamins are ESSENTIAL for our mental well being.  When the levels get low (which is easy since we don’t store it or make it) our moods can follow.  Studies show that low levels of these essential vitamins can have a marked effect on our well being.

Don’t Over-Imbibe: When we drink alcohol it uses up the B Complex in our system as well as any Vitamin C.  So A) don’t drink so much and B) replace the vitamins you know are being depleted by your actions.

Be Conscious of your Sugar Intake: I KNOW you don’t want to hear this during the holiday season, BUT…  According to World of Psychology, “People who suffer from depression are especially vulnerable to sugar’s evil power.” Eat 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies a day, the fiber will help to counteract some of the damage being done by those sugars. Whole foods, minimally processed are the antidote to the damages being done by sugar consumption. See: Sugar, The Bitter Truth

Follow General Nutritional Suggestions: When your body is getting the fuel it needs to be keep running strong and healthy, it is better able to deal with stressors and set backs!

Drink Water: Stay Hydrated! PsychCentral and other sources tell us that dehydration is also related to depression, so keep drinking water and remember that “flavored” drinks, sodas, and coffee don’t count as your water intake.

Meditate: Whether you clear your mind of all thoughts, focus on a scripture, visualize yourself by a babbling brook or journal your thoughts – meditation is shown time and again to provide relief from depression and the blues. A local source to teach Mindful Based Stress Reduction is Madeline Ebilini.

Thank you, Kara Shufflebarger for the image that I turned blue! 🙂 

My Confession – and commitment!

Join me… Stretch and get up and move!!!

50 squats done!!! (A magical exercise that can be done anywhere!)

Hip stretches done!!!

How to find time to workout.

Everyday movement DOES count!

6 tips to make time for health.

Even a brisk walk counts!

###-FREE does NOT == HEALTHY!

SUGAR-FREE, FAT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, BANANA-FREE…

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Marketing experts have figured out that the typical American will purchase anything with the word “FREE” on it. And as consumers, most of us have proven them right.

Besides the fact that we are already programmed to pick up any package that says “NATURAL” on it and assume it is and it will be healthy… the marketers have turned other word combinations against us as well!

Sugar-Free

This leads us to believe a sweet utopian experience is on the horizon. Yet, our body is about to be assaulted if we consume such toxic poisons!

It is VERY well known, in many circles, that Aspartame, Saccharine, & Splenda can cause serious side effects. They are chemicals with side effects.

In fact, studies are showing that people who consume Diet Soda’s actually WEIGH MORE than those who drink regular sodas. (do NOT imply that I am condoning soda pop!) Smile 

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In my book it is raw, organic sugar, honey, or fruit to sweeten whatever it is!

Fat-Free

“The problem is that sometimes “fat free” is also, well, taste free. And to make up for that lack of taste, food manufacturers tend to pour other ingredients — especially sugar, flour, thickeners and salt — into the products. That may boost the calorie content.

“Plus, if the foods aren’t that appealing, they may lead to overeating to make up for the lack of satisfaction.”  (WebMD)

INSTEAD: Think GOOD FATS and NOT fat free! Our brains actually NEED good fats to function properly…

Gluten-Free

Manufacturers have figured out that “Gluten-FREE” is the latest buzz word!  Heck, they are even labeling things that NEVER HAD GLUTEN… as gluten free!  Many people are jumping on the gluten free band wagon.  Many people DO have a gluten intolerance and eliminating it can eliminate symptoms and pain. 

Nowhere else in the world is there such a large percentage of people who are gluten intolerant.  Many other places in the world have outlawed the use of it. A study released this past month looks at the question of “Is it gluten or glyphosate?”

My main gripe about the whole gluten-free issue is that so many manufacturers are using the term “gluten-free” as a synonym to “healthy” and people are buying it. Sad smile 

Highly processed food is Highly processed food!  My rule of thumb is whole foods made in the home.  Ideally, foods that come from sources/people I know and use farming practices that match my desires.   We buy local and organic and I make all of our bread.

Banana-Free

Yeah, I just thought it sounded funny and would grab your attention!  Smile  Did it work?

Take it easy, have a GREAT week! Enjoy your life, your family, your food, and take time to INVEST in your health.

 

For more information or to schedule a personal coaching session, contact me!

8 Tips to Keep the Turkey off your Hips!

Thanksgiving is a week away.  Many will spend hours in the car traveling to or between family gatherings, only to arrive at their destination and have mounds of food placed in front of them.

What is one to do? Working diligently to maintain healthy choices, avoid junk foods, and keep moving on a regular basis could be all for not after this one day??? NOT!  RELAX…

Our health and well being is the culmination of what we do on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis.  Its really about the choices we make every day, so each day we make good choices, contributes to better health.  This is 1 day, (or maybe a week depending on how much you actually cook) and not the whole year.

So, with that, and all the Holiday parties to follow in the next month and a half… Here are some tips to keep that turkey off your hips!

  • If you are on vacation, this is the perfect time to practice that routine you would like to institute when you go back.  Take the time to walk or do a few squats between commercials.
  • Eat a healthy snack before you go, so you aren’t ravished and ready to eat a whole cow (or garden for our vegetarian friends) when you arrive.
  • Drink a BIG glass of water 20 minutes before you eat. (or 10 minutes or 5 minutes or right before you eat… just drink it!)
  • TAKE. YOUR. TIME. eating.  Allow your body to register what is in the belly and to tell you when it is full.
  • Remember the difference between “I don’t” (preferred) vs. “I can’t.” (to be avoided at all costs)  The difference between these two phrases can be success or failure!
  • Moderation is key – you can have a sliver of pie, just not the WHOLE pie.  Smile Pick a small piece of the desert that “completes” the meal for you.
  • Don’t forget the veggies.  At least half of your plate should be veggies. (NOT just green bean casserole – fresh veggies, whole veggies, even plain veggies)
  • Opt for whole foods you recognize as the source and just try a taste of things you know are refined, if you must.
  • BONUS: At half-time take everyone outside to play a game of pick-up football, a family 5K, or just wrestle with the young-ins… movement is what it is about!

Tis the season to remember all the things we are thankful for.  (I like to do this on a daily basis, but its nice to have a reminder day for it…)

Here are a few photos of our past Holiday gatherings. Smile

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First 3 photos are of the 5,000 meals campaign at Lamb of God church.  We delivered meals for the church to people out in the Buckingham area who needed meals to help celebrate the holiday.  Then my daughter and I work on a holiday treat for our friends who hosted us for Thanksgiving, the Ballo’s.