I’m back from NYC and surprise, surprise….I’m sick. Going into the week, I knew I had a pretty impossible schedule while there (back to back meetings all day + late work/friend dinners + every meal out + very little sleep) and was beginning to feel a bit under the weather, but thought for sure it was just travel tiredness from too much Vegas fun the night before. I really felt it coming on the morning of my second day there, but I had so many meetings that I somehow powered through on adrenaline and it stayed in “maybe a cold coming on” mode until I got on the plane home and it fully took over. My seat mates loved me so much after I kept coughing, sneezing, and snotting the whole way back. My ears also loved the altitude. It was a really lovely flight experience and needless to say, I’ve never been so happy to touch down in San Diego and crawl into my own bed! Here’s a little peek of NYC fun leading up to the plague….
Gato! Self Magazine Oprah! Starting to feel sick… Teen Vogue Dinner at Catch My heaven – ABC Kitchen Lunch inhaled in the car everyday Dinner at Rosemary’s with 3 of my favorite women <3 Breakfast – the usu
That was about 1/4 of the meetings we had in 3 days so we were busy bees, but it was so much fun and totally worth a little exhaustion! Since I’ve been home, I’ve been doing the following in rotation as if my life depends on it and it’s really helping:
RAW GARLIC – I like to juice 1 clove with 1 lemon, and add 1 inch of ginger (juiced) and 1T Manuka honey. Here’s why:
Lemon – Rich in Vitamin C for immune support + alkalizing.
Garlic – Garlic is like the super nice guy in high school that your mom tells you to marry because he’s good for you but you can’t stand because he leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Yes, garlic might make you reek, but long term it is soooooo good for you!! It’s antibacterial + antifungal so it terminates germs and gets you back to feeling good. This guy is a keeper for sure.
Ginger – Settles the tummy and soothes nausea + sore throat. It also tastes bomb in food so if you just cook with it while you’re sick (add to chicken broth, tea, or a smoothie), you’re golden.
Manuka Honey – My fave. Real Manuka honey from New Zealand can be a bit pricey but SO SO worth it. It’s made from bees that feed on the manuka bush flowers. This stuff is anti-bacterial and, in a University of Sydney study, was shown to kill almost all types of bacteria it was inoculated with. It also tastes like mouthgasms.
HOT WATER W/ LEMON – The warmth of the water is soooo soothing for a scratchy throat and the lemon is a great diuretic to help flush toxins (and sickies) out of the body.
EPSOM SALT BATH – Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate and is a godsend when you’re sick. It helps draw toxins from the body and also eases achiness and pains. Also, the warmth from the bath makes you sweat, which is one of the best ways to detoxify. I love baths for “sweating it out” when I can’t make it to a sauna.
HONEY ALMOND OATS – I have a super hard time stomaching veggies or salads when I’m sick. I like mild, warm, soft foods with a gentle, slightly sweet flavor. Oatmeal is my main food source when I’m sick because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside and goes down easily. I make mine with a big (we’re talking ¼ of the jar big – what? you do it it too, don’t lie) scoop of raw almond butter for calories, protein, and healthy fats and a generous drizzle of Manuka honey (see above).
GREEN JUICE + ECHINACEA DROPS –Like I said, I really don’t like salads or veggies when I’m down for the count because they taste bitter and the texture of lettuce is too creepy for me. It’s def weird and I don’t even know myself when I say no to my one true love, veggies, but it happens when I’m sick and I can’t help it. So luckily there’s green juice because it’s really the only greens that get in my bod pod until I’m feeling better. I try to drink 2-3 juices per day so I’m adequately hydrating and getting all the nutrition goods I need more than ev. I add 10 drops of Echinacea because that shit works. It stimulates your immune system to help you fight sickies on your own without having to take a bunch of chemically crap.
OILS – I diffuse rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus when I’m congested. Rosemary is energizing and helps perk me up and feel less blah. Peppermint is also a great pick me up and settles an upset tummy. Eucalyptus is antiviral + antibacterial and helps the respiratory system clear out. I can get a whiff of it and the snot just comes pouring out so I can breathe again. Sexy. And I loooooove adding lavender oil to my Epsom salt bath because it makes me feel so zen and relaxed.
PROBIOTICS – For real, the whole body’s brain is in the gut. The immune system and detoxification organs can’t function properly unless the digestive system is running smooth baby smooth. It’s also super vital that you have healthy gut so you can absorb nutrients properly.
SUPPLEMENTS – I take the following every time I’m sick and I truly believe they are the reason I don’t have to take antibiotics.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – This stuff is derived from the seeds, pulp, and membranes of grapefruit. It is great at fighting infection and has been shown to have wonderful antimicrobial properties.
Vitamin C – This is a great immune system supporter that gets absorbed into the white blood cells and helps you fight invaders.
Quick Defense – This is a godsend! It has everything good when you’re sick – echinacea, black elderberry, and ginger – all of which fire up and nourish your immune system quickly so you can speed up the recovery process. I absolutely love this stuff!
SLEEP – Duh, obvi. Everything, including immunity, gets weakened when you’re not resting enough. This is when the body repairs and regenerates. If you don’t let it, you will stay sick a lot longer and have a harder time bouncing back. Let your body take over and do it’s job of fighting the bug by getting a lot of rest.
Ok, I’m off to rest up! Tell me what your fave natural remedies are when you’re sick!