I am the type of person who rarely gets sick (touch wood) and my immunity has been built up from 14 years of working with children. Nothing builds up your immunity quicker then people coughing in your face, wiping their nose on their hand, then holding your hand and being shut in a room with 26 people with a cold. This is the first time for as long as I can remember that I have had a cold myself. My husband thinks this is partially due to the fact I have reduced my fruit intake and I wouldn't be getting the nutrients my body needs. I argue that the reason I got a cold was because I was absolutely wiped out from 5 nights of the smallest amounts of sleep that I have ever had in my life when the 1 year old had Croup. I decided to do some research and it appears that we were both right…
So basically to keep yourself cold/flu free this season you must
Wash your hands
Short of living alone in a sealed room, it's impossible to avoid the 200 or so viruses that cause colds. These bugs are everywhere from door knobs to other people's hands, to money and shopping trolleys. In fact, you'll find these bugs anywhere that's been contaminated by someone who has a cold. So washing your hands regularly gets rid of these germs before they can cause you any harm. Keeping your hands away from your face – especially your eyes and nose – also helps.
I really need to bring out the old hand wash gel I think. I only wash my hands before eating and after going to the bathroom…
Get plenty of rest
Most of us know that getting good sleep is essential for good health. This is especially the case when it comes to keeping your immune system in good shape. It's your immune system that helps you to fight off common infections, such as colds. A large body of research has shown that poor sleep and insomnia can affect your immune system and contribute to a wide range of health conditions, including the common cold. It's not clear exactly how much sleep you need to keep your immune system in good shape. Also the amount of sleep you need varies from person to person, which is why some people are able to function reasonably well on very little sleep. But making sure you get plenty of rest can help you want to maintain a strong immune system, which will help you fight winter bugs.
I will be sure to print this out and stick it on the end of the 1 year olds cot… I'm sure she will totally understand it and start sleeping, so her mum doesn't get sick...
When it's cold outside you might be tempted to spend the winter months curled up inside, huddled on a couch, reading a good book. But getting off the couch and doing some exercise will help you keep those sniffles at bay. Research has shown that exercise is another way to boost your immune system, one study found that people who exercised were less likely to develop a cold and if they did, then it was less severe.
So on Wednesday night when I played oztag in the rain on a cold winter night, I was actually doing myself some good.. Awesome!
Choose fruit and vegetables over supplements
Maintaining a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, is also believed to help improve your immune system. In fact, it's more likely to do so than topping up on supplements such as vitamin c, zinc or Echinacea. Most of the research into supplements generally suggests that they don't work, and the money you save on supplements you can spend on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Tick for the husband and I thought my old Olive Leaf Extract tablets were doing the job.. obviously not
My vegetable intake had been a little low around the weeks that I got sick, as I had been living off hot chips ( if you do recall from being on holidays). So i'm thinking no sleep, limited fruit and vege and being away on holidays all contributed to this cold.
If you follow my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thebigmum) you would have seen that I posted a photo last night of the dinner my husband cooked. It was seriously so dam good! He is currently dabbling in a bit of a vegetarian/ plant based diet and some of the recipes he has been using, have been the shiz. I am not a big meat eater, so going without meat doesn't worry me, however I'm not a big fan of the blandness some of the vegetarian recipes turn out like. The meal he cooked last night was tasty as hell! He made a vegetarian omelette and filled it with fetta cheese, tomato and nuts (this was not on the recipe) and with the tuscan kaleslaw he swapped out the kale for spinach (to use up what we had in the fridge). The result was fantastic. Big props for the husband. The recipe is linked below.
I also posted a pic of a creamy garlic and lemon prawn risotto I whipped up before I went to play oztag on Wednesday night. I personally am not a big seafood eater. The smell of anything slightly seafood makes me gag and reminds me of cat food… (i blame my parents for making me feed the cat since I was 5). However the 7 year old likes the odd prawn and we never have them at home, so he only ever has them at other peoples houses (so they can spend $27 for a kilo of them…) I decided pretty much in front of the seafood cabinet (as I walked by holding my breath) that I would do a seafood risotto for dinner and when I say seafood, I just mean prawns because they smell the least like cat food…
I followed a simple thermomix recipe (as I only had 50min to get it made and on the table before I had to be out the door at oztag) and it was a huge success. I even inhaled a plate when I got home.
I found another recipe for those without a thermomix and linked it with the one I used.
http://www.thebigmum.com/dinner-recipes/category/creamy-garlic-prawn-risotto I also added more lemon juice then the recipe suggests, as I love that citrus taste.
During the week I needed to make up some nibbles to contribute to a function. I whipped up some
Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese Tartlets. I replaced the small amount of brown sugar with dextrose and they were really tasty. Obviously this is not a huge fructose dish (2 tsp of sugar usually) but its just funny that everyone who has made this before, knows it has sugar in it. When I went to taste one (no one knew I had bought it in) everyone was like "woah you know thats got sugar in it!!". Good old dextrose!! Replacing sugar so all us losers who have quit sugar… can still fit in (i kid, we aren't losers… we are speciiiiiaaal!!)
I also attempted to make some jelly like lollies for the 7 year old and 1 year old to take in their lunch boxes. They were a resounding success. I will def be making these again. I left out the stevia concentrate but added an extra two teaspoons of rice malt syrup. These weren't hugely sweet and if I was to make them again, I might add a little dextrose to the raspberry mix to sweeten it, in that step. The kids loved these and the novelty factor was very high. Unfortunately when you let your 7 year old play on your phone and he wants to make movies of him talking through a video game to a friend and it runs out of memory… he will delete your photo albums, so there is enough memory for him to keep making his movies. I will definitely be making these on sunday, so I will take pictures then!!
Happy Friday Everyone!
Heres to a great weekend!!