2019 is well on it's way, and with every happy new year comes the barrage of New Years Resolution pressure.
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"I never get sick."
Is probably one of the most frequent lies I tell myself as an adult (along with "diet starts tomorrow" and "I'm never drinking again").
By day, I am the office manager of a very busy and very germ-y elementary school, and people big and small tend to drop like flies at various times throughout the year.
Be it Strep Throat, Pinkeye, Flu, Barfnado...something is always going around. I am likely jinxing myself by typing this, but so far this year, and ALL of last year, I've been able to avoid ALL OF IT!
Now, to be honest I've had whispers of malaise here and there, but I activate super defense mode on all fronts, and have so far been successful at keeping the sick at bay*.
When I feel a little rough or a creeping ill coming on, I utilize the following remedies to make sure I don't fall along with my comrades:
Here is the recipe for my Go-To-Never-Get-Sick-But-When-I-Do-I-Make-This-Soup soup:
Cayenne Pepper or Hot Chili Oil
Shitake mushrooms - Fresh or Dried, but you get bonus brothiness if reconstituted from dried
Garlic - All of it
Bonus veggies as craved - Your body knows what it needs:
Soak the Bonito and Kombu in a pot of water heated to low, for about 30 minutes, then strain out the solids. At the same time, rehydrate your mushrooms in a separate bowl or pot (I use a tea kettle to speed the process along with hot water).
Combine the bonito broth with the mushrooms and broth in a large stock pot.
In a frying pan heat up some coconut oil, then saute your celery, onion, and garlic.
Combine everything in the stock pot and simmer on medium low. Take out a portion of the hot water and carefully wisk in about a tablespoon of miso, then add back to the soup, taking care not to boil.
Add your wakame and your bonus veggies and simmer until everything is cooked.
Serve hot, topped with sesame oil, scallions, and cayenne pepper/chili oil to taste.
Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning is Phenomenal in this!
A beautiful month full of family, friends, good food, fun parties, hopefully lots of rest, and frequently: Presents!
I love watching these "What I Got for Christmas" videos on Youtube. It's usually a bunch of very clean looking beauty gurus talking about products and gadgets they've received over the holidays. In case you are as nosy as I am, and were wondering about what I got for Christmas, I'll provide you a quick list:
Dear sweet Saint Nicholas brought me a stomach bug. Realistically, it probably wasn't that jolly old elf to infect my insides, but the many tiny humans I interact with on a daily basis.
Luckily, I was already home with my family when it hit. Which means I had the built in support of family to help take care of my puppy, run to the store for supplies, make me warm beverages, and all together make sure I wasn't dying (even though that's how it felt at times).
It struck me that, as someone who lives on her own, who considers herself to be a strong and independent woman, I am WOEFULLY unprepared for the rare occasions when I do get sick. This experience served as a wakeup call as to what I need to have on hand, just in case I can't make it to the kitchen, let alone the store.
Here are the top things I recommend having in supply, just in case you get sick, and don't have family around for support.
If you happened to spend the night sweating with a fever, and with your body rejecting everything you've consumed in the past 12 hours, you are at risk for dehydration.
Once you're beyond the worst of it, you're going to want to replenish your body, and revive your blood sugar, but probably should take it easy on what you ingest for the next day or so. You also won't feel like cooking, so here are some quick and easy foods to put in your belly.
*Medicine and Supplements
*I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, this is simply a list of things that have helped me when I was ill.*
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Let me know in the comments:
Is there anything you would add to this list?
This is mostly specific to stomach bugs, so if you'd like to see an edition dedicated to the illness of your choice ( Strep throat, head cold, hangover, allergies, PMS, ETC. ) let me know!
Wishing you a lovely and healthy week,