‘Tis The Season…To Be Sick

**Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor or other type of healthcare provider. These are simply at-home remedies that I have located around the inter-webs. They may or may not work for you…**

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Almost two weeks ago I came down with a nasty flu/cold combo and it was brutal. I hadn’t been that sick in years and almost forgot how to be sick! I hate using store-bought medicine unless I ABSO-lutely have to. So I began my search for things I could do at home to ease my cough, fever, headaches etc… and this is what I came up with:

GINGER-LEMON TEA 

Technically this isn’t an actually “tea” but rather lemon juice and ginger root, but it is something that I always had by my side when I was sick. This tea is great for soothing your sore throat (especially if you throw a little honey in) and according to Live Strong the ginger is sweat inducing, which then releases a natural antibiotic that helps strengthen your immune system. Also, it’s pretty tasty 😉

COLD COMPRESS

This may sound easy and maybe a little silly, but putting a cold cloth or compress on your forehead or nape of your neck can help reduce your fever quicker. My fever only lasted one day!

BLOW YOUR NOSE

This may seem pretty obvious, but a lot of people tend to suck back that mucus instead of blowing it into a tissue. Make sure you’re blowing your nose gently and not shooting your germs everywhere (according to WebMD).

STAY WARM…AND REST!

Your body needs time to rest and heal. I understand a lot of people are go, go, go! types but sometimes it’s okay to take a couple of days and give your body the rest it needs. This is especially important for the first couple days you are ill. Your body is trying to fight your sickness off and by keeping yourself warm and rested your immune system can focus on tackling what it needs to.

GARGLE

With salt water of course. This is something that my parents made me do when I was younger and had a sore throat. Trust me, yes it’s disgusting (please don’t drink it!) but it really helps. Mix about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle. Repeat up to 4 times daily.

TAKE A BATH

Or a hot shower. Not only will the hot water help you sweat it out, the steam will help with your congestion so you can breathe easier (even if it’s only temporary).

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For more at-home remedies, check out WebMD’s article “12 Home Remedies for Colds“.

I hope some of these suggestions are helpful and if you have your own at-home remedy, please feel free to share it in the comments!

 

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Gallery: Preparing Homemade Applesauce

I was going to put this gallery under the “recipe” category but that would be pointless as there was only two ingredients: apples and cinnamon!

Here is the applesauce process for your viewing pleasure…

MAKING HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

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Peeling Crock Pot I unfortunately do not have a photograph of the final product because, well, I ate it! It was delicious 😉

Eating Clean for Beginners

I started the Eat Clean Diet in January 2013. Before this time I had no idea what eating clean meant or how to do it. Tosca Reno is the creator of the Eat Clean Diet and it is, simply put, eating foods in their most natural state and not eating anything processed (put down the Oreos!).

If it was made from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t eat it.

The first thing I did when I decided to eat clean was purchase Tosca Reno’s book Eat Clean Diet  Extended Version (which can be purchased from Amazon here).

Eat Clean Book

This book is worth its weight in gold! It explains everything you need to know about starting to eat clean and even supplies some meal plans for beginners in the back.

Making the transition from eating processed and unhealthy foods to eating clean can be difficult, especially if you aren’t the type to eat any veggies or fruit to begin with. I suggest starting small and incorporate one clean meal into your diet a day and gradually keep adding more clean meals until you are comfortable with eating clean. It is important to set small, attainable goals for yourself or else you will just set yourself up for failure.

Feel like taking the dive into eating clean? These are a few tips that helped me when I first started:

1. SHOP the outside of the grocery store. Everything fresh you need is on the outside (fruits, veggies, butcher, etc.) I only step into a food aisle for the odd item, such as coffee and whole grain pasta.

2. READ the labels on everything before you buy it. You may think it’s time consuming, but a lot of products have added salt which isn’t necessary. And if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, put it back.

3. DRINK lots and lots of water! Recommended daily intake for adults is 8 glasses per day. It’s important to stay hydrated and sometimes your brain mistakes thirst for hunger.

4. SNACK if you’re hungry (and you know from number 3 above that you aren’t in fact just thirsty) it’s okay to grab a snack. A list of 100 Calorie Snacks from Eating Well is here, or you can just grab an apple!

5. PLAN ahead. Meal planning and prepping is really important if you want to stay on track. When you prep your meals ahead of time you have no excuses for straying from your plan.

If you have any questions about eating clean please feel free to leave them in the comments section!