fighting the common cold.

It’s that time of year again…

I’m not actualy sick.  Yet.  But it’s happening.  I can feel it.

My eyes are starting to burn.  My throat feels like pea soup.  A 3-mile run left me beat.

Tonight, I didn’t even cook.

I just threw some Dr. Praegger’s veggie burgers on the pan along with some whole wheat hamburger buns.

Nothing pretty.  Nothing fancy.

Just simple and tasty.

With a little last-minute help from the broiler. 😉

With all these colds and flu’s floating around, I wanted to share some tips on how to stay healthy through the cold and flu season.

Of course, there’s no guarentee that these things will keep you from getting sick (cough, cough…obviously!…cough, cough,) but they sure do help.

Did you know that having just one mild vitamin deficiency can make all the difference in having a great versus a poor immune system?

While many people turn to supplements (or gallons and gallons of orange juice,) there’s no prescription quite like an overall healthy diet filled with plenty of whole grains, dark green veggies, legumes, fish, yellow fruits and veggies, etc.  Getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, and getting a daily dose of exercise are also key in keeping your body healthy and protected.  It won’t prevent you from ever getting sick, but it will provide defense and it will help you get better quicker.

In other words, don’t want until you get sick (or start popping those vitamin C pills!) to fight back.  Feed your body what it needs with real, nutrient dense foods and it will reward you with good health.

When you do get sick, continue eating well.  Take light walks as you’re able.  And forget those vitamin C pills!  Although this is an important vitamin in keeping a healthy immunity, there has been no proven benefit to overdosing on this vitamin; one orange will provide almost your entire day’s intake of vitamin C.

Feed your body well.  It knows how to take care of itself. 😉

QUESTION: How do you “fight back” when you get the cold/flu?  I try to stay well hydrated and well nourished.  I also absolutely crave oranges, tea and veggies when I’m sick.  And, unless I’m really sick, I find that small walks throughout the day make me feel eons better.  😀

until tomorrow

I’ve never followed the conventional rules of wisdom on how to eat when feeling nauseated and sick: consume dry, bland foods.

When I had pneumonia, I could only stomach bagel pizza bites.  When I had a terrible ear infection that sent me straight to bed at my Memere’s house, I could only stomach a slice of her hotdog pizza (noticing a pattern here?)

And now, with an appetite still lacking after a nasty stomach virus, all I want is juice and bagels with heaps of cream cheese.

What can I say?  I like my cheese and bread.  And although the plans were to feast up on vegetables, whole grains, fruits and lean protein the week leading up to the race, plans have changed.

Because.  You know.  Life happens.  And I’m kind of just rolling with it.

Tomorrow at 10:00 sharp, I’ll be running through downtown Rockport with my Dad, my brother and 1000 other runners.

Rockport and Gloucester hold so many wonderful memories for me, that it’s only fitting for me to run my very first half marathon here.  I can not *wait!*   

And all these silly obstacles (rainy weather!  hills!  an unexpected stomach virus!)???

They’re just reminders of all the steps and hurdles that it took to get me to the starting line.  And for that, I am very, very thankful.

Thank you all so much for every single encouraging word!  They mean more than you know.  From week 1 to week 16 of training, your words of encouragement and motivation have carried me through.  And some of them have even become my own mantra to carry me up those hills!

Thank you, thank you, and thank you!  😀

Until tomorrow…

~Sarah

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint,” Isaiah 40:31

seeing the cup half full

Yesterday, I ate lunch at 3.

Last night, I skipped dinner and missed my night time snack.

This morning, I ate the breakfast of champions.

Oh yes, saltines.  And an orange, just to round it all out.

And then, for lunch, I had a dole strawberry fruit bar.

There is this vicious bug circulating around, making itself known to anyone and everyone who comes in contact with it (don’t worry, as far as I know, it’s not catchy via internet!)

This bug wouldn’t “bug” me so much, if I didn’t have a half marathon to run on Sunday!  However, in spirit of always trying to stay positive, I made a list of some reasons why being sick might be a good thing.  Bear with me.

(1) I could have been attacked by that mean Jack Russell Terrier today on my run.  Imagine running the half marathon with a dog bite!

(2) I could have been sick on Sunday and not today, which would basically mean an automatic forfeit!

(3) I could have been on the brink of getting injured and perhaps taking today off from running (and walking) was just what my body needed.

(4) Mentally, I’ll be well rested and itching to run by Sunday.

(5) Maybe , as with many things in life, this is a blessing in disguise.

Sometimes I need to let out some steam.  Sometimes I get downright mad and upset.  Sometimes I have to throw a tantrum and shout “this just isn’t fair!”

But usually—mostly always—I feel my best when I remember to look at the positive side of things.

QUESTION: Does staying positive come natural to you or do you have to work at it?  I most definitely have to WORK at it!