Caring for A Sick Body

Hello all πŸ™‚ I’ve been nursing along a bugger of a cold recently, and i’ve been doing alot of homework, reading and study about ways to care for and prevent common ailments without immediately running to the doctor or buying meds.
So here’s a few things i’ve been doing the past couple days that have helped considerably in my fight against the changing seasons and my weakened immune system!

1. Echinacea Tea by YOGI

This tea is wonderful! I’ve been drinking 1-3 cups a day, and it really is the shot in the arm to your immune system. Echinacea is a plant that has been used for centuries to fight infections. I’ve been adding some raw honey, and a lemon wedge to it as well.

2. Gargling warm salt water

This is good for if you have a sore, scratchy throat or feel a sore throat coming on. Salt is antibacterial, the heat soothes, and a mucousy nasty throat is just a museum of bacteria and infection just waiting for opening day! Gargle the stuff, spit it out and cough up whatever else will come out too! Once a day should suffice. πŸ™‚

3.Β Raw Honey

According to what i’ve read, this stuff is better than over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, and after yesterday, i believe it.
I scooped up some on my way out of Wegmans yesterday, and downed a spoonful as soon as i got into the car.
Honey is also a centuries-old antibacterial and soothing agent, and my throat felt better after that one bit!
It is QUITE sweet tho, for me, so today i’ve just been mixing as much into my tea as can possibly be absorbed (about 2 TBS) and drinking it that way.

4. Breathing Peppermint Oil Steam

I turned on my teakettle with about 2 cups of water and about 4 drops of peppermint essential oil, and let it steam. I lean over it and breathe it in, plugging one nostril and then the other. You can feel the fumes on your throat and it really does make everything loosen up! I’d blow my nose frequently inbetween.

5. Garlic caplets
Marth’s mum gave me about a hundred of these little guys, and it’s just garlic, in pill form (also an infecticide) I pop about three of them a day when i’m sick.

6. Water!!!!!!!!
I know, i know everyone says stay hydrated when you’re sick, but it’s so true!! Drink at least two quarts of water a day (which you should be drinking anyway, but its easier said than done.)
Drink water, until your eyeballs are floating, and then drink some more! it helps flush all the bad stuff out of your body and it needs that hydration to fix stuff up inside.

7. Orange/Citrus Juice and Fruit
Vitamin C it up, my people! Your body needs all the help it can get when it’s fighting infections or your defenses are weakened. I drink about 2 glasses of orange-pineapple juice and/or eat at least half a grapefruit or orange a day when i start feeling a cold coming and when i have it.

8. Restorative Yoga
Working out honestly is the last thing i feel like doing when i’m sick, but i don’t want the week or so to become a complete and total loss. Today i did about an hour of SarahBeth Yoga’s Deep Stretch Restorative Yoga, that’s mostly just lying/stretching into positions, not so much of a physical challenge. It’s kinda like running in place or speedwalking; you’re doing the motion without straining or committing your body to as much work, just to keep it tip-top and on it’s toes. πŸ™‚

9. SLEEP.
Seriously tho. Your body needs to heal and repair itself, and it does that during your sleep cycle. It becomes even more important when you’re sick to allow the body the time it needs of rest. 8 hours or more a night, ESPECIALLY when you’re sick, but every night is best, really.
Something i really struggled with as i’ve grown up is seeing sleep as something lazy; it’s one of those things you just have to do to stay alive, as little as you can stand, because sleeping more than 6-8 hours/ past 9:30 makes you lazy. That’s just not true! Especially when you’re sick, just because your eyes snap open at 7:30 because that’s what you’re used to, doesn’t mean you have to force yourself out of bed then. If you can afford to fall back to sleep until 8:30 or quarter to 9, to round off an even 8-8 1/2 hours of sleep, go for it. it’s that important.

Now if you end up with a seriously struggling throat or no voice, some times some drugstore meds aren’t a bad idea. My immediate go-to is…

10. Hall’s Menthol Cough Drops
They come in a blue package and they taste like antifreeze, but they do wonders for a dry, sore or painful throat/cough! Good for on-the-go to have in your pocket at work, school, the like. πŸ™‚

So, that’s what i’ve been doing this whole week! ^_^ While i feel bad for not blogging, writing or painting as much as i usually would, i have listened to alot of music, and worked about 43 hours, taken care of my house and slept alot!
Speaking of sleep, because i just preached on how important that is, i should be practicing it… πŸ˜‰

Q of the Day – What are your go-to survival techniques for seasonal sickness/allergies?

 

Little Thankfulness Sparks from Today

Each day, no matter how bad, i always have something to be thankful for. A rough Wednesday afternoon? At least i got to be with my adorable preschoolers in the morning. An AWFUL day at Hobby Lobby on Tuesday? At least i got in some good yoga in the morning and ate a pint of ice cream while talking with my manager, Matt, at Wegmans until 10:30 at night afterwords.

Speaking of Wegmans…
I was chilling and just doing my job this afternoon, when one of my other managers, Mike, asked if i was free tomorrow (Tuesday). I told him not really, because i had to be at Hobby Lobby, 1-9ish.
He said morning was exactly what he was looking for, and would i be willing to come in around 7:30-8. Because it’s Mike, and i know he loves me and appreciates my work, I agreed.
We talked for a minute, and he finally cocked his head and asked if i went to school; basically what i did with my life when i wasn’t there. I said i didn’t go to school; I just worked two jobs, and had my own apartment…and a cat. (“haha. ^_^ ” )
He nodded and asked if i was interested in getting full-time.
“Here?” I asked
“Anywhere.” He laughed.
I nodded about six times and said absolutely, I’d love to work full time here.

Something about the grin on his face and the light in his eyeballs made me smile too and i asked what was up. He just said “Good to know…good to know.”
I asked if he had a full-time job for me, and he shook his head and said “No…but i’m gonna push you along. I’m gonna get you full-time here.”

I know he was serious. I have no clue what kind of time-table he’s talking about. But it just kinda made my day; the realization that i have someone at work, who’s watched me, taught me and been there for me, who wants to see me go far there.
It’s exciting, its encouraging and it’s really great to see a company living out the values they claim to have. I love my new job, and i love my friends there so much. Who’d have guessed i’d move to a new state out of nowhere and find my own way, at work…in a grocery store?

I’m stoked. And thrilled to be coming in to work at 7:30 tomorrow morning for one of my favorite managers πŸ™‚ Who wants to see me do well.

Food Tracking 4-11-2016

Hey guys πŸ™‚
I worked a little longer day than i originally planned (11:30-8 instead of 11:30-5.) So i wasn’t able to squeeze in a workout :/ Not to worry tho; I’ll do some yoga before bed so that’ll get me something in at least!

Breakfast –
1/2 grapefruit
1 cup Yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy tea
(believe me, i love food. This was NOT by choice!! I was on a bit of a crunch for time and i actually drank the tea in the car on the way to work.)

Lunch –
Large salad
1 small handful salted, dry roasted peanuts
1 cup Vanilla SuperYogurt ($3.4ish at Wegmans for a tub) and Maple Almond Chia Seed granola (Sold by the pound…also at Wegmans ^_^ They give it to us for free in the breakroom.)

Dinner –
Brown rice and General Tso’s chicken from the Asian Bar at Wegmans ^_^
1 cup Yogi Skin Detox tea

Snacks –
Kashi Coconut Chocolate Layer Granola Bar
2 handfuls dark chocolate chips
3-4 oz white cranberry strawberry juice (mixed with 24 oz of water)
Additional 36 oz of water

My salad was quite interesting today…I tried a couple different things to change it up a bit. Again, i never have dressing on my salad, for the sole purpose that i don’t have any that i like. Wegmans does sell alot of yogurt-based dressings so i think i’ll try some of that someday soon… πŸ™‚

2 cups colorful spring mix lettuce
6 slices cucumber, cut in half
1 cooked, sliced chicken breast with salt and pepper
1 small handful shredded cheese
1/2 small Empire apple, chopped

It was good to have some of my “dessert” juice (I keep forgetting i have it, because its QUITE sweet and isn’t truly the healthiest thing…It’s a cocktail, not 100% juice, even) but it’s good for a quickie sugar fix πŸ™‚ I picked some up at the advice of a customer, because it looked amazing, but i probably won’t be getting it again…

Q of the Day – Today, i had a chance to use up my $5 coupon and hit the Asian bar at work for dinner. What’s your go-to, eat-out food? It doesn’t necessarily have to be healthy. πŸ˜› Mine are Wegmans, (about $10.50 for rice, sauce and meat) Taco Bell (about $3-5 for two tacos) and Asian Star!! (about $7.50 for rice, meat, egg roll and fortune cookie at the end ^_^, between the hours of 11 and 3 Β πŸ™‚ )

 

 

 

Food Tracking 4-8-2016

πŸ™‚ Today was a quieter day and i’m up a little late so that usually results in not-so-great choices. But here it is anyhow πŸ™‚

Breakfast –
flaxseed waffle and a little syrup
4oz pineapple orange juice
1 cup yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy tea ($3.99 for a box of 16 tea bags at Wegmans)

Lunch –
Simple chicken salad (no dressing)
-romaine lettuce mix
-cucumber slices (99 cents at Wegmans)
-small handful of shredded cheese
-small cooked chicken breast

Dinner –
Little Caesar’s bacon-wrapped pizza, 1 quarter
2 pieces cheese bread

Snacks –
1 cup key lime SuperYogurt (89 cents a cup from Wegmans)
Annie’s White Cheddar Bunnies
1 Large handful of red grapes
1 French Vanilla Crumb muffin from Wegmans ($1ish…seriously one of the most amazing things in the world!! i basically inhaled it…)
2 chocolate chip cookies from Marth’s mum πŸ™‚
1 red velvet cupcake. For no other reason except that i wanted it. And my biological clock is funky right now as it’s trying to reset itself this month, so i’m entitled for at least today. No excuses tomorrow tho πŸ˜›

So that’s me! Unfortunately you can definitely see that the later on it gets in the day, and the more tired i get, the worse i start eating. So getting to bed on time is important, and a real struggle recently. It just takes my brain so much time to wind down at the end of the day….

Q of the Day – What is a fitness/healthier lifestyle goal you have? (short-term, specific)

Apologies :(

Hey everybody,
i’m really sorry i haven’t had anything to say these past couple days; yesterday was honestly one of the hardest days i’ve had since moving here. Definitely in the top three, for sure.

I’ve been frantically hunting for a car because i put it off too long and my car was on life support this whole week. I found one i liked, but thru alot of crazy circumstances that mostly resulted from my own ignorance, it would be a while before i could actually have it. So when my car died yesterday, i didn’t have any clue what i was going to do.

All this said, i’m so thankful for the two families i have who i know love me. My big word of this year has been “provision”; where God has made it possible for me to exist, live and even thrive, against all odds!!
It’s gonna be okay πŸ™‚ I’m getting my parents’ old car on Sunday, and Marth’s family and i have coordinated sharing their cars until then, so while it was crazy-stressful getting to this point, it’s all good now.

Marth. Oh my. If i ever thought i loved that man before…i was completely blown away by how wonderful he was to me yesterday at a time when i needed him so badly.
He was so patient and caring, even in the face of my overwhelming emotions and frustration. He never made me feel like a burden or like i was being stupid; he just gave me hugs and talked to me and let me talk…and especially just let me know he loved me. I hope and pray that i never forget why i chose him.

I’m so thankful.

Frushi!! <3

Eep!! πŸ˜€ this just looks adorable!! I sure hope it all works out the way it looks…a trick for me will be getting the mango sliced thin enough, and i’ve also been told that 1 cup of coconut milk is too much, so if you attempt it, take those things to mind… I’ve also never used a sushi mat before but i know Wegmans sells them, and from the looks of it, it doesn’t look like it’ll be too hard! I plan on making two rolls, exactly the way these two are (strawberry/pineapple with mango and strawberry/kiwi and coconut πŸ™‚ )

Food Tracking 4/4/2016

So i’m keeping up this food tracking thing, not just on days that i do good, but hopefully every day, so i can identify places i tend to cave in my diet. πŸ™‚

Breakfast
8oz Tropicana Farmstand Green juice ($2.99 at Wegmans)
(contains one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables in 8 oz, which is why i like it! ^_^)
1 Flaxseed waffle ($1.99 for 6 at Wegmans)
1/2 grapefruit (4/$5 at Wegmans)

I also sneaked in a half-hour upper body workout and a 20 minute yoga sesh. (I’m learning to do backbends!! πŸ˜€ )
Marth came over and we made lunch together too!

Lunch
1 small Round-eye steak ($7ish for 4 at Aldi)
1/2 package Idahoan mashed potatoes with cheddar cheese and ketchup ($1 at Walmart)
1 glass whole milk
5 strawberries and dark chocolate/1 tsp coconut oil sauce.

Snacks
Kashi dark chocolate coconut granola bar ($2.99 for a box of 6 at Wegmans)
1 handful of Annie’s white cheddar bunnies
2 large handfuls of Nestle dark chocolate chips ( i know i know….it was too much and my tummy isn’t really stoked about it now)
1 small Empire apple
1 Sargento sharp cheddar cheese stick
1 cup vanilla SuperYogurt with probiotics and 3 TBS of maple almond granola (granola was free in the breakroom of Wegmans and the yogurt is $3ish for a tub)
1 cup echinacea tea
2+ quarts of water with strawberries in it

Dinner
Spicy Chipotle hummus ($1.99 at Wegmans)
Santitita’s white corn chips ($2.00)
1 glass 2% milk

Sooooo i guess we’ve established that chocolate is a struggle point for me. Steak and instant potatoes are a big deal for Marth and i; we don’t have them very often. I’ve also been trying to alternate a bit with my fruits and vegetables.

Living alone, it’s hard for me to eat them ALL, before they go bad. This week, i have strawberries and grapes for fruits, and salad mix/ cucumbers for vegetables. I started with strawberries on Saturday, and then grapes on Sunday, and back to strawberries today. πŸ™‚
I also am trying to substitute one meal a day with a simple chicken/cucumber/salad mix bowl (no dressing, but i do add cheese or apple pieces occasionally. )
Wegmans also has mixes like apples and pomegranate salad! It’s about $3.50 a bag, so idk if i’ll splurge (i usually spend $1.50-$2.50ish) but who knows!! ^_^

If you can afford to experiment with some foods, go for it! πŸ™‚ And even if its not your favorite or you wouldn’t buy it again, tough it out and finish it up, and try something new next week πŸ™‚

My project for next week as i’m writing my shopping list is fruit sushi/Frushi!! πŸ˜€ I’ll post a link to the video i found for how to make it, so you can check it out! i have absolutely no experience with any kind of sushi, but i love rice and fruit, so i’m hoping it’ll be a good snacky item! ^_^

Q of the Day –
Whats a healthy food item (drink, snack, etc) you want to make or try?

Off to have my tea πŸ™‚ Gnight!