I got the aches and pains, sore throat and knew my ripper cold was on its way. Unfortunately, despite the Facebook tagline “Healthy Erin” I had morphed into the unhealthiest version of myself.
I’ll be honest. I don’t get sick often!! Generally I take really good care of myself, eat well and try to be as kind to myself as possible. Recently, not so much. Work stress has crept back, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and have forgotten that little rule that I’d made for myself earlier in the year about saying NO when I knew everything was getting a little crazy.
You live and learn right?
Since the decline into cold-dom, I’ve stepped it up a notch and been doing a few things to take a bit better care of myself.
Here they are in case you’re interested!!
Making Lola Berry’s ginger filled porridge for my breakfast: I found this recipe in her cookbook “The Happy Life”. It’s a really winner. Super easy. The only adjustments I made were to omit the maple syrup, replacing it with rice malt in both the porridge and the candied pecans. Ginger is a supercharged anti-inflammatory agent assisting to boost the immune system, sometimes I also make a warm lemon, ginger and turmeric tonic to sip on.
Taking a drop of lemon oil in 1/2 tsp raw honey for my sore throat and rubbing a drop each of frankincense and lemon oil on the front of my neck, topically. It was gone-o within 2 days.
Drinking lots of water throughout the day, interspersed with herbal tea and occasionally a glass of water with a drop of the onguard blend in it (Orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary leaf).
Rubbing oregano oil on the bottoms of my feet for its antiviral properties.
Diffusing “Easy Air” blend of (Laurel, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, ravensara, cardamom) and lavender to clear my sinuses – especially at night when they were worse. I won’t lie, I also inhaled straight from the bottle or from a drop on my hands during the day on a number of occasions, rubbing the remainder straight into my chest.
I went for a few walks and did some stretching but avoided my usual 5.30am get ups for exercise this week. This one was HARD. I miss exercise when I can’t do it but breathing is generally a necessity during exercise and I would have sounded like a pug!
What are your top taking-care-of-yourself tips when you’re sick. Share below!
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What to do with Mekaila’s random left over veg (haha so much cabbage!)
I found a bit of cabbage in my fridge that Mekaila kindly gave me the other day! So decided this morning to shred it, give it a squeeze, poke it into a mason jar and let it ferment into sauerkraut over the next few days.
A great side note to any dish really! I always add sauerkraut to my fridge surprise dinner bowls of goodness for a good gut bacteria boost! (If you need ideas for those try here, here and here) I had the red cabbage sauerkraut version yesterday morning with my breakfast too.
I, for one, have certainly thrown that line out before in frustration directed towards the expense of purchasing produce labelled organic.
BUT. I’ve been trying really hard to continue the cleansing process of ridding my cabinets of chemically laden STUFF. Including my nonexistent pantry.
Considering the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen is a good way of getting started with organic produce OR to prioritise the fruits and vegetables that you should steer towards buying organically if this is on your importance radar. Specifically, these are the fruits and vegetables that we have to worry about the most and the least in terms of the pesticide load that they bear
The Environmental Working Group share that, in order to avoid the most pesticide laden fruit and veg we would be best to try to buy the dirty dozen, organic where possible.
I definitely try and be mindful of this when purchasing but it’s also important to use common sense! It something is thick skinned or has covered flesh it’s going to be cleaner and greener that something with thin skin that is more exposed to the environment.
Do you purchase organic produce? I’d be interested to hear from you!
Note to self. Here’s a good way to put some pep in your step!
Pop a drop of frankincense, a drop of peppermint and a drop of wild orange on your palm. Rub your hands together, inhale and then rub it on the back of your neck. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil if you have sensitive skin before topical application.
This is great for boosting energy – I’m going to use it when I’m in the midst of an arvo slump – you know the ones I mean?
Have you got any tried and true remedies for combating the 3pm energy decline, that don’t involve caffeine or sugar? I’d love to hear your suggestions below!
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Spaghetti squash is the most ridiculous thing. It blows my mind every time I bake it.
Once cooked, add any kind of (sugar-free!) pasta sauce. Homemade if you’re feeling enthused! It would work well as a delicious side or could be whipped up into a main if served with a source of protein like meatballs, tempeh or even whizzed up pesto.
Here’s how to prepare it:
Cut in half lengthways
Brush with a little oil
Add a little salt and pepper
Roast for about 4o minutes, cut side down until it is tender.
Remove the seeds with a spoon and then scrape the vegetable tendrils out with a fork.
Nothing like an infographic to clear things up! (This says to scoop the seeds first but I think the other way around is easier).