‘Tis the end of February and I thought that people would be free from the cold. Lol NO. I think that even by the end of the month some people were actually starting to get sick! Crazy, right? If I could I’d come to school in an inflatable jumpsuit just to avoid hacking coughs, obnoxious sneezes and sniffs heard miles away.
It will be the final post of this series because March’s sunny skies and early days do seem somewhat hopeful, despite seeing the zombies I pass by every time I go out nowadays. Whelp, that just means we have to keep hanging tight and take it up and notch in order to remain healthy, fit and happy throughout the plague. Because honestly, like I said before, we all hate getting sick and I haven’t met one person who said they were happy because they got the chicken pox. That doesn’t, however, make excuses to be irritable towards others, which leads me to my first tip, so here we go!
1. Don’t be a grump. Some flu bug should not get the best of you. Everyone feels under the weather sometime in their life. Just like the first part of the series, this post includes a special shoutout to my friends at ALOHA who were so kind to provide this inspiring quote about wellness and fitness. This is just a boost of inspiration and happiness if the flu has gotten you in a bit of a blah.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become needlessly complicated. False claims, conflicting messages in the media, and weak regulations in the wellness industry are constant sources of confusion. We are increasingly exposed to stress and environmental toxins that compromise our health. ALOHA works to address these challenges and make an impact/At ALOHA, we believe happiness can be attained through a balance of eating thoughtfully, exercising regularly, embracing mindfulness, maintaining meaningful relationships, and pushing oneself mentally.”
I used to think sickness = weakness. My fear of bad genes were so severe that I refused to take supplements and avoided all food whose name appeared next to the word cancer. And guess what? I still got sick! Stress does no good for the body; in fact, if I’m stressed out and overwork myself, I feel less energized! With enough willpower, you can get through this sickness. Anyways, let’s not get off-topic and make this post overly deep or cliché. The quote speaks all in itself. Just stay positive, listen to your body and remember that sickness isn’t immortal if you put your mind to it.
2. Exercise according to your symptoms. You can check a link here from my blog of an overview of what exercise routines I’d do if suffering certain agonies. Got a cough, runny nose, cramps, or sneeze attack? Don’t hesitate and get moving now! On the other hand if you have a fever, a throbbing headache or the stomach flu? Ya might wanna take it slow and only target certain areas. I believe exercise is all intuitive. If you feel like you can, push yourself, and if not, don’t. Sometimes very little to no exercise is the way to go, especially if you’re vomiting, nauseous, or having trouble breathing. You can only do so much yoga until you crash.
3. Pile on the plate. Sickness is actually a legitimate reason to eat more because your body needs extra calories to repair itself. The bad news is that most of us don’t have the appetite to do so! Not so fast though. Just because something is high in calories doesn’t mean it’ll give your body the energy to fend off the cold. Don’t expect to feel better than Superman while stuffing your face with sugary cookies, cheesy hamburgers and greasy potato chips. Stick to anything high in omega-3s, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and carotenoids. These include plenty of leafy greens, healthy fats, veggies and fruits, legumes, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, natural supplements such as raw honey, and of course, plenty of liquids.
For example, carrots and spinach contain a cray-cray amount of vitamin A and C! Did you know that one medium carrot contains 203% of the RDA of vitamin A??? (JUST ONE CARROT, PEOPLE!)
If you really cannot stomach down more than usual, try cooking your food in a way that sneaks in nutrient and calorie dense condiments. So no ketchup or mayo! Roast your vegetables in coconut oil, drizzle tahini on your quinoa, sprinkle on several tablespoons of chia or flax seeds and use coconut sugar/raw honey instead of Stevia in porridge, for instance. Then there’s my favorite booster of all: a dose of cacao a day keeps the doctor away. I am NOT kidding. Look it up!
4. Stock up on heat. I don’t know if anyone feels the same way: if I’m eating cold leftovers or a juice and salad in the winter, no matter how large my meal was, I still graze around the fridge for a hungry stomach! When it’s cold your body does not initially look for hunger, but instead it needs heat! That may mean saying buh-bye to your favorite Greek yogurt parfaits and smoothie bowls, which are delicious and good for you, but too cold for your body to digest easily. Instead, start your day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, ginger, cinnamon, almonds, etc., and for lunch and dinner have hot and hearty meals easy to chew (soups are great!), making sure you drink hot beverages throughout the day. Here’s a list of my blog’s recipes you should remember if you’re under the weather!
- Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse
- All of my oatmeal recipes (heated up!)
- Detox Rainbow Salad
- Crustless Apple Pie
- Oven-Free Coconut Sweet Potato Mash
- Pumpkin Squash Soup
- Vegan Immunity Brownies
- Baked Veggie Crudite
- High Protein Noatmeal
- Apple Sweet Potato Mash
- Basic Crispy Frittata
- Zucchini Lentil Mountain
- Purple Potato Fries
5. Invest in spices. Not that they’re expensive, but you should utilize them more often. I feel as if people are too caught up in sugar free, calorie free, sodium free condiments like liquid aminos and Walden maple syrups, so they miss out on the micronutrients that have all of the antioxidants that keep our cells healthy! Spices are low in calories, crazy high in antioxidants and all have such strong flavors you only need a few dashes or so! Add some cinnamon and ginger into your hot tea for a metabolism kick and healing properties. You’ll feel awesome!
6. Be productive. More of a lifestyle tip, but it’s so important! Sickness is the best excuse to tidy up everything. It can be from finishing an assignment early to cleaning that messy cabinet in the kitchen. People won’t expect you to be doing crazy labor, anyways, but they’ll be surprised to see what you can accomplish once you’re lifted from the priorities your classmates and coworkers have to deal with. Besides, I’d so rather clean my desk than take that Calculating Identities quiz (no offense, Honors Pre-Calculus.).
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