Hey friends 🙂
How was your weekend? I actually had an entire weekend with no plans and loved it. The only commitment I made was for an arm balance workshop at Dynamic Fitness. I actually surprised myself a little on the mat 😉
Ryan and I went to the farmer’s market for what may have been the last weekend for local harvest veggies…. and for leaves on the trees. Fall is still holding on but I can feel winter in the air.
Our kitchen has been undergoing some mad renovations so this weekend was the first time we could cook at home in almost 2 weeks! I had a lot of cleaning and re-organizing to do but I enjoyed my new stove/oven thoroughly. We made homemade Pad Thai via Ashlee’s recipe and it was 100% boyfriend approved. He said it tasted just like take out only “healthier”.
I also prepped some other goodies for the week and we made our first batch of homemade sauerkraut! I’ve been wanting to get more into fermented foods and I figured this was the easiest place to start. Stay tuned for a Thursday sauerkraut update 😉
Saturday night we brought out the apple cider from the market to make Occasions Magazine‘s drink of the season. I’m not a whiskey drinker but the Whiskey Warm Me Up is the perfect drink for getting cozy on a chilly night. It will definitely be making a reappearance this winter 😉
The best part of the this weekend was that we both won the fight against the common cold!
I knew I hadn’t be looking out for my health as much as usual, especially without a kitchen. Last week was my wake up call to get prepared for cold season. I worked my finest magic and had us back in action by the weekend. Ryan has never recovered from a cold in just a few days. Actually, his last cold turned into pneumonia 😐
Quote of the weekend: “Your witchcraft is working!”.
I love it! I couldn’t wait to share some natural methods to get you through cold & flu season. Your body needs to be in a healthy state to prevent and fight off illness. Drugs are just a band-aid and your body is likely working harder to process the meds than to fight off the cold. Before reaching over the counter, try some of these holistic approaches first.
Witchcraft for the Common Cold
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know I have a love affair with juicing. Drinking fresh raw juice provides your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the most bioavailable form. It can help you recover more quickly and even reduce the severity of a cold. I also highly suggest fresh raw fruits and veggies in the form of salads or smoothies. I truly believe that our health is defined by what we put into our bodies.
2. Avoiding meat & dairy
Yeah, yeah, I know… I follow a plant-based diet so of course I would say this, right? But it’s a fact! Meat and dairy are heavier foods that take longer to digest. If your system is working harder to process these foods, it can’t expend as much energy fighting a virus. No matter what your dietary preference, avoiding these foods will help speed up the healing process.
It’s a good idea to make probiotics part of your daily routine. They help restore the healthy bacteria in your gut and improve digestive health. I am now taking a vegetarian probiotic supplement first thing every morning, about half an hour before eating.
Whole foods probiotics are even better than supplements; think sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi. I also got my hands on some starter cultures to make my own water kefir (nerd alert!) 😀
Notice I did not recommend yogurt (see #2). Many store bought yogurts have a high sugar content. Sugar weakens your immune system and feeds bad bacteria which outweighs the benefit of the probiotics.
I think this one is a given. The more you rest the more your body can focus on healing. Your body does the most detoxification while sleeping and in the early hours of the morning. Aim for a minimum of 8 hours when you’re feeling under the weather and rest as much as you need throughout the day.
This may sound counterintuitive after #4, but a short duration of light-moderate exercise always makes me feel better. Intense exercise will just make you more tired, but a walk on the treadmill can help you “sweat it out”. Not feeling up to anything? Spending some time in a sauna or steam room helps too.
6. Hot lemon water
First thing in the morning (after your probiotic) squeeze the juice of 1/4 lemon into a cup of hot water. Hot lemon water helps flush out toxins and does its best work on an empty stomach.
In addition to your hot lemon water, drink water, water, water and hot herbal teas. No caffeine please; it’s just another toxin your body needs to process.
Refrain from store bought juices! I know you think you need vitamin C stat, and you do, but you can get your C in a more bioavailable form via fresh juice (see #1) and produce. The sugar in these pasteurized juices will hurt your immune system more than the added vitamin C will help.
How could I forget this?! I can still hear my mother’s voice in my head, “there’s a cold going around, make sure you wash your hands!”. Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to help prevent the spread of germs. Wash them after visiting the washroom, using a public computers/phones, sharing stationary at work/school, etc. etc. etc. You get it.
Some people swear by tincture of echinacea. I was skeptical at first but I wasn’t taking it regularly. Now I’m taking 1.5 mL of tincture in water after my probiotic daily. When I feel something coming on, I take it 2-3 times a day as directed by the label. I also had Ryan taking an herb blend designed to help sinus and allergies since he struggles with his sinuses on a good day.
Oil of oregano is also known to help during colds or allergy upsets. Its a strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial supplement. For more foods, herbs & spices that help fight colds, check out this awesome post by Samantha!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
What are your go-to methods to kick a cold fast?
Are you a fan of any of the above?