So it seems despite everyone starting the New Year all guns blazing, ready to kick ass in the health kitchen and the gym only to be stopped in your tracks by the dreaded lurgy. Well we are not going to be beaten that easily!
Just taking a little extra care of yourself can make all the difference in your defence against winter bugs. All those late nights, extra wine and Ferrero Roche have left you feeling sluggish and run down , alcohol and sugar suppress your immune system which is when those bugs will find it easier to take you down-think wounded deer (sorry to the vegetarians).
So our plan of attack.
Firstly, clean that diet right back up. You already know this stuff but that’s bin anything processed, sugary, and if you’re really serious bin the starchy carbs too (bread, pasta…..)
Second, start taking a good quality multi vitamin every day. And if you feel like you’re surrounded by people coughing and spluttering up your defences with extra vitamin C and Zinc. I like the dissolvable stuff so I know I’m taking on plenty of water too- helps to flush out toxins.
Now I know I harp on about this all the time but Coconut Oil, or Manuka Honey taken on a daily basis however you like to take it (ahem) really will boost your immune system. They are both anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti flipping nasty bugsial. Trust me I have coconut oil in my coffee every day and despite spending plenty of time near sickly people I rarely (feel like I’m jinxing myself saying this) get ill. And on the occasion that I do it’s rarely for more than a day or two then I’m back. Mr A is currently snivelling round our flat and I have as yet not taken the drastic measure of wearing a face mask in his presence.
Get plenty of sleep. I’m sounding like your mum now but I promise you trying to get a good 6-8 hours a night will give your body its best chance to fend off the nasties. An energised body is an efficient body (I feel a t shirt coming on).
So hopefully you have managed to stay on track so far this year but if being taken down by a ninja like virus has veered you of course, don’t be so hard on yourself. Just get yourself well and get back on track, and remind yourself that all this clean eating and exercise will be helping to ward off any future predators.
PS. For you serious kitchen based bug defending ninjas a Chicken Soup recipe scientifically proven (yes science agrees with the old wives tale!). It is all down to a compound called Carnosine, and the mix of vitamin packed vegetables, the effect of hot liquid on mucus. Also adding a couple of carefully chosen herbs and spices not only enhance the flavour but also the health benefits.
You will need.
2 litres Chicken Stock (preferably homemade)
Chicken, Celery, carrots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, parsley, coriander.
Very simple this.
With a little oil in a pan, simmer vegetables for around 5 mins, add stock and chicken and simmer for another 10 mins or so. Add the seasonings/spices and simmer for another minute or two. Done!