Happy weekend everyone!
Earlier this week I came down with a cold. I don’t usually get colds, but when I do I avoid conventional OTC medications that are usually filled with artificial colors and other undesirable ingredients. I turn to food, vitamins, and rest to quickly combat the inconvenient virus.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, and the following info is from personal experience, my own research, and my husband’s recommendations. He works in the vitamin section of Whole Foods. Lucky me!
- Avoid processed foods and sugar. I try to do this on a daily basis, but especially when my immune system is suppressed.
- Eat real foods rich in vitamins C and D, which are great immune boosting properties.
Day 1: I awoke with the beginning telltale signs of a cold. Runny nose, itchy throat, watery eyes. You know the spiel. Once I got to work I began feeling worse. I knew just where to go for lunch, The Big Squeezy! I got lentil soup, a Skinny Greens juice, and an Immune Booster (orange, lemon, ginger, cayenne, oil of oregano).
Green juices are the easiest way to get lots of servings of veggies, especially with cold induced appetite suppression. This is another great one, found at Whole Foods, because there isn’t any added sugar and only contains 4 grams of naturally occurring sugar.
Even though I didn’t feel like cooking, I knew it would be for the best. I whipped up something quick and easy. I threw together lean ground beef with vitamin rich red bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic with a side of another green juice.
- Red Bell Peppers are a great way to get vitamin C without the higher levels of sugar found in citrus fruits.
- Garlic is a powerful immune booster. You can add it to almost any dish. I also cut a clove into tiny pieces and swallowed like a pill.
- Mushrooms are an amazing food! They contain immune boosting antioxidants, potassium, fiber, and B vitamins.
Day 2: This day was the worst of it. I’ve never seen so much mucus in my life! (Gross, I know.) My appetite was really low, but I forced myself to eat oranges, plain Greek yogurt with frozen blueberries and almonds, baked sweet potato fries, and another green juice.
- Opt for oranges over orange juice. Fruit juices usually contain lots of sugar.
- Blueberries are loaded with vitamins C, A, and K. Eating them frozen helps to relieve itchy, scratchy throats.
- Sweet potatoes are another great source of vitamin C.
For dinner I defaulted to the best known cold remedy, Chicken Zoodle Soup. This is my favorite recipe because of how easy it is. No noodles for me; I’m gluten free (more on that to come on a later post). Instead of dried spices, I used fresh basil and oregano from my garden. I made a big enough pot for lunch and dinner the next day.
In addition to good foods, I took lots of supplements.
- Healthy Respiratory Support Mushrooms
- Red Marine Algae Immune Support
- Black Elderberry Syrup
- Vitamin D: chewables and sunshine!
- Magnesium powder at night to help with sleep
I drank plenty of purified water and oolong tea with a little bit of raw honey and a squeeze of lemon.
Day 3: I was ready to go back to work! I wasn’t 100% better, but enough to get back to my usual responsibilities. I finished the leftover Chicken Zoodle Soup and a Greena Colada Smoothie for good measure. Overall, I missed only 1 1/2 days of work!
I hope you found this information helpful, and best of luck the next time the most common human infectious disease decides to invade your body!
Feel free to leave comments on what you have tried and what works for you. 🙂