I am inspired to write this blog after looking at status updates on Facebook one day. Everyone seemed to be posting that they were crazy sick! Including people from my family. Now one thing I think we can all agree on is we love the holiday food. Oh the food! Indulging during the holidays is pretty standard, and the sugar consumption, oh my! It is so hard not to indulge! Every where you turn there is another cookies or candy screaming EAT ME!
I will admit I ate a few pieces of sugar laden candy but this year to keep my sugar intake at a minimal I made my own cookies using nut flours and raw honey as the sweetener. This was a way for me to feel like I was indulging but without the processed sugar. It is important to keep myself healthy with a little one around, especially where I am breast feeding, he certainly doesn’t need all the holiday sugar.
When I started hearing about all the sickness going around I wanted to do something to help boost our immune systems, because even though I limited my sugar intake and ate a pretty balanced diet, those germs are a hard thing to fight sometimes. Here are some things I am giving myself and my husband to keep the sickness away.
We also have juiced, eating lots of greens, eating raw garlic, soups such as bone broths and miso make us feel on top of our game as well.
We are lucky to have an all natural pharmacy in our area called The Herbal Path. They have been a huge resource for me. You can also go to your local health-food store to get supplements. While I am recommending supplements I do recommend that you do your research because not all supplements are created equal. Choosing a food based supplement is your first step, you do not want to ingest any synthetically made supplements. Also when choosing Vitamin C be careful that you are not getting Vitamin C with genetically modified corn.
To me it is no coincidence that a lot of people are posting there ills….sugar = sickness, especially at the levels we consume during the holidays. This year I am happy to say we weren’t one of them. Paul and I both felt under the weather one day but we took some vitamin C and Elderberry tincture and felt great the next day. Our next step is to harvest our herbs to make our own tinctures, so stay tuned!