With the constant change in our climate, one day extremely hot, one day chilly, the turning on and off of fans and air-conditioners, the different temperature changes wherever we go (from car, to supermarkets, back to car, back home), these changes can play havoc to our bodies and therefore our immune system causing us to catch colds, throat aches, coughs, even flu or perhaps something more serious.
Well I am in the category of flu I believe. I have an ear and throat infection, sore throat and dry cough, heavy head and slight temperature which has been going on for 3 days now. I don’t usually suffer however I believe that it was due the changes in the weather temperatures and perhaps that my mum had something similar which I happened to catch from her (and a little to over-working I have to admit – the body is a little run down).
With all this in mind, being in the food business as well as nutritionally knowing what is best to eat and drink especially for different ailments, I have fortunately been looking after myself ‘naturally’, without having to resort to the more traditional and western medicines, which I know will only deplete my body down more!
So, what have I been doing?
I wanted to share with some good hints and tips so that if you happen to feel a little (or a lot) under the weather, these guidelines can assist in a speedy recovery.
- Ginger, lemon, maples syrup & turmeric tea: I make a lovely concoction of this mix as, when warm, it is soothing, has Vitamin C from the lemon and is anti-inflammatory because of the ginger and turmeric. All the ingredients are fresh. For 1 mug of tea i use: 1 inch ginger grated, 1 inch turmeric grated, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp maple syrup and a good 500ml of hot water. You can buy fresh turmeric from an Indian grocers.
- When your throat is sore and you really don’t have the appetite for anything much or fancy, you need to enjoy soft foods. Here is a sample of what I have enjoyed over the past couple days:
When your throat is sore and you really don’t have the appetite for anything much or fancy, you need to enjoy soft foods. Here is a sample of what I have enjoyed over the past couple days:
- Breakfast: I have porridge made up with water. 1 cup porridge oats to 3 cups hot water with pinch of Himalayan pink salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, mix and cook until ready. When you serve you can add your choice of plant based milk (I love Coconut milk as it gives the porridge an additional flavour) and 1 tsp of maple syrup for sweetness. I like to keep it simply as when I’m feeling a little low, the simpler the better! However you can add your favourite toppings (berries, nut butters, banana etc. etc.)
- In between: Lots of water to hydrate the body, my special tea as mentioned above in No. 1, other herbal teas (fennel is great, chamomile, mint).
- Lunch: When I was a little girl (and obviously not veggie or vegan), my mum always made ‘chicken’ noodle soup for us when we were a little under the weather. Now we make the same soup, without the chicken of course and use beans for protein and nutrition to keep our strength up. Check out my soup recipe here: https://virtuosofoods.com/2019/08/noodle-vegetable-soup/
- Dinner: I have more soup or another bowl of porridge to keep it light at the end of the day and by enjoying these foods, you spend less time in the kitchen and more time resting, which is very important to recharge and re-energise in order to get well quickly.
- Before bed, I make up a delicious warming turmeric & chocolate drink. In a small pot, add 500ml plant based milk (I used coconut or almond). Add 2 tbsp cocoa powder (no added sugar), 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cinnamon powder and 2 cardamon pods (or pinch of cardamon powder), 2 tsp maple syrup or stevia. Mix together and bring to boil. Serve in a mug with a sprinkling of cocoa powder and enjoy. This is a great way to end the day and help relax the body and mind into a peaceful slumber …..(hopefully)!
3. In regards to trying alternative and natural remedies to assist you on your journey of great health and well-being, I use a number of different remedies primarily from independent suppliers i.e. Doterra: they have great oils that can be digested during times when your immune system (please discuss further with an advisor on which oils will suit you). Aloe Vera Juice to recharge and boost my immune system and energy levels. If your nose is ‘bunged up’, I like to put my diffuser on with some peppermint oil to help open up my airwaves as well as using a saline nasal spray that you can get from a good health store. I also speak with independent health food stores and see what they recommend depending on the symptoms I am experiencing. Getting better is a very personal journey as it will depend on a) what symptoms you have b) what other medicines you may be taking c) other contributing factors specific to you.
So with all this in mind, I hope you can tap into these recommendations, when you need and of course only at a time of need leading you back to a healthy body and mind.