Last September, I wrote a mini-series on immunity that I think is asking to be revisited. This is the time of year when colds and flus begin to rear their ugly heads and threaten to throw us off our groove for an entire week or two! No one has time for that. I categorized these two posts into long and short term immunity boosting practices.
Here, I talk about the long-term strengthening of the immune system.
Here, I talk about incidental response when you feel a cold or flu literally entering your system.
Since writing these posts, the practice I've noticed most helpful whenever I'm personally fighting illness is REST. Beginning to catch a cold can bring me a lot of anxiety (not to mention self-blame ("How could I have let this happen?"), but in reality, worrying about the fact that sickness has occurred will do nothing to aid the body in recovering. So if you're feeling under the weather this weekend, accept the fact that your body is limited, take the steps in these posts that make sense to you, and then drink up and rest. Your body will do it's thing!
[P.S. This yoga video really drove that point home for me when I was recently battling a cold...hence the *ahem* charming photo of me doing sick yoga. You may enjoy it too!]
This is what I've been eating for breakfast most mornings this month...it's full of fiber and nutrients and tastes oh so yummy with a cup of coffee. Try it out for yourself!
1/4 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c water
1 T pumpkin puree
2 T organic raisins
1 t maple syrup
1/2 t cinnamon
1 T ground flax seed
1/2 organic fuji apple, chopped
1/4 c coconut milk
Combine first 7 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Stir in apples and coconut milk. That's it!
Oh Butternut Squash, you unexpected delight
All you require is a sharp chef's knife and some form of heat
Maybe some salt, maple syrup, pepper, or olive oil
Whether I roast you at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Or pan seer you in bacon fat
Whether you stew in some chicken stock with cashews
Or soften alongside spinach and chicken in a pasta dish
Your potassium soothes me
Your fiber gets me going
Your Vitamin A astounds
And your flavor, your flavor!
Smooth, buttery, sweet, nutty...
You've surprised me, you devil, you
Butternut squash forever.