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Winter Cold Blahs

The weather as of late has left me all sorts of stuffed-up – coughing, sleepy, and wanting to bury myself under an electric blanket until spring has officially sprung.

It’s one of those deals where I’m not officially “sick” – no fever, but I have a scratchy cough, a stuffy nose and I’m absolutely lacking a spring to my steps.

Here are a few things that help me not only deal, but feel better when it comes to the ‘winter cold blahs!” I make sure I’m prepared for sick days before I’m sick.

What I do when I’m sick

I check my blood sugars and I check them often. If I notice unexplained blood sugar elevations, I call my General Practitioner ASAP and get checked out to make sure it’s not something worse than a winter cold. Also, keeping an eye on my blood sugars makes me feel safer.

I wash my hands, like a lot and clean counter surfaces daily. Germs are everywhere!

I load up on the hot liquids. 3 of my favorites are hot water with lots of fresh lemon, fresh ginger, a generous dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey. And yes, my Doctor approves of the honey, as long as I check my blood sugars and bolus accordingly. Herbal tea with extra lemon and ginger. Right now my two favorite herbal teas are mint tea and vanilla rooibos tea. No caffeine, no sweetener needed, and both clear my throat and my nose – not to mention they make me feel all sorts of cozy. Low sodium chicken broth with some spicy chili paste thrown in for good measure – it clears my nasal passages ASAP!

Spicy anything and everything! For the record, I love spicy foods, and not just because they help clear out the nasal passages!

I stay away from dairy because of mucus build up. Not easy to do because of my love and deep fascination for all cheeses.

Extra vitamin C in all forms – oranges, seaweed salad, pears, broccoli and vitamin C powders.

I’m a night owl by nature, but when I’m feeling under the weather, I hit the sack early. When we sleep our bodies heal.I’m all for that.

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  • Erica Franklin moderator
    5 months ago

    Great article @kbell. Thank you

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