It’s funny how you can eat healthy, nutritious, nutrient dense foods, get plenty of sleep, and still wind up sick on the couch with loads of herbal tea and a roll of toilet paper because you’ve ran out of Kleenex. To be completely honest, I feel a little stupid walking around with a rudolf nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, all while clutching my kale and turmeric juice as if it will be the solution to all my problems. I strive to be the picture of health. Have you SEEN my facebook and instagram? You can take all the Vitamin C you want, eat all the leafy greens, and take all the probiotics you want, but at the end of the day, if you can’t deal with the levels of stress you’re experiencing, your body will shut down on you.
Which is where I’m at right now.
With a full time work load this week, chemistry final, and moving out of the condo this week, and dealing with more than enough emotional stressors, I literally had no more strings to pull from. I’m almost thinking about driving to Bernaud Callebaut to grab a box of salted caramel dark chocolates and a bottle of Merlot because CLEARLY staying away from sugar and alcohol and drinking kale shakes for breakfast isn’t doing the trick. Okay I vented. I DO think it’s important to provide your body with the good stuff, and warding out the bad. Even if ya don’t wanna… it is always best to support your body with whole foods. Work with your body, not against it. Whether I caught something while working at the hospital or my body is literally under so much stress it decided to stop working, here’s some helpful tips to stay above the water during times of stress.
- Get enough sleep. I normally thrive on 6-7 hours, but this week I’ve enjoyed a few 10 hour nights! Always listen to your body.
- Green tea. It’s warm, it’s tasty, and full of antioxidants. Whether you feel it or not, it will still help support your immune system.
- Positive/realistic thinking. I know those are two different things, but seriously! At the end of the day, I WILL be fine, I WILL make it though it. And things could be a lot worse…
- Eat whole, nutritious, foods. All the veggies. Stay away from any processed sugar and refined foods, as these will only suppress your immune system more. Your bad bacteria will thrive off of this, thus disrupting your balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut flora. Except the noodles in my pho pictured below.. they were rice and they were delicious!
- Supplement! I try and eat fermented foods daily, but it doesn’t hurt to take an oral probiotic as well. I’ve also been downing vitamin C daily, as well as making sure not to skip my B Vitamins.
- Make time for yourself, and do things that make you happy. Take a bath, read a book, and watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S reruns.
- Deep breathing and relaxation exercises. You can find a ton of these on google. It’s important to be mindful of your breathing, before you have a panic attack in the kitty food aisle at Superstore. That didn’t happen, but it very well could have. Also, if you’re not contagious I’d suggest hitting up a Moksha class as well.. they’ll walk you through the steps while focusing on your breath, and you can get a bonus detox session in as well.
- Lastly, just keep pushing through. I ended up writing my chem final and pretty sure I killed it. I made to-do lists for moving this weekend, setting myself up for success so when the day comes I’m not running around in circles. I’m going to draw a nice bubble bath when I get home, watch Amy Silverman’s I Smile Back, and have plans to go to Moksha in the morning.
- Fresh turmeric root (1/4 tsp)
- Fresh ginger (1/4 tsp)
- Powdered greens (I used TriPow blend-spirulina and chlorella)
- Handful of fresh spinach
- handful beetroot greens (I had frozen ones in my freezer from the summer)
- 1 cup carrot juice
Blend and drink! I’ve been drinking this everyday mid-afternoon. I’ve been feeling blah for a few days, but after one more good nights sleep, I can tell I’ll start to feel like myself again. Time to tackle the weekend!