I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately…guess it’s that time of year! I always seem to get sick between winter and spring, but at least I’m starting to feel a bit better just in time for some beautiful sunshine. In New England, we get quite a few gray, soggy, dreary days in between winter and spring, and that probably contributes to the general lack of feistiness from the immune system. It seems like it sort of gives up the battle it’s been fighting all winter long against all the nasty little bugs going around and finally just throws in the towel. Hence the head cold. I’ve been attempting to give my immune system a bit of a nudge so that it once more resumes its duties with some natural anti-inflammatories, lots of rest, and some easy yoga. Treating your body well at this point is important, and pissing off the immune system with no rest and junk food won’t do you any good.
It’s hard to treat your body well when you’re feeling crappy, though. I just want to stay in bed and watch movies with food that’s the opposite of healthy. My willpower against gummy candy becomes greatly diminished when my brain is in a fog and I can’t think straight. I withstood the call of the delectable squishy bears this time, though, and managed to stay strong by slurping down some sunny turmeric-honey-ginger tea and delicious veggie-packed smoothies.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, but also has antibacterial and antiviral properties which can help that lazy immune system fight the cold. (Plus turmeric is such a lovely sunny color that always puts a smile on my face!) Ginger is an anti-inflammatory as well, but also has the added benefit of stimulating mucus production so you don’t get those never ending hacking coughs. We all know those aren’t fun! The final ingredient in this healing concoction is raw honey, which is my favorite go-to when I’m not feeling well. As a Vermonter, my usual sweetener is Grade B maple syrup, but raw honey is so soothing and wonderful on the throat when it’s all scratchy and irritated. Note that I’m saying “raw honey” and not “honey”. Just as with the raw cacao vs. cocoa powder, raw honey contains all the amazing benefits of honey (antiviral, antibacterial, immune system strengthener, etc.) that ultra-filtered and processed honey doesn’t contain. If you can, I’d recommend buying the most local, raw honey that you can find. It tastes infinitely better than the processed stuff, too!
I’ll do a post on a couple of delicious new smoothie ideas that I’ve come up with soon, along with some great free online yoga that I’ve been attempting to do on a daily basis (it’s amazing what a difference that makes). #yogaeverydamnday
For now I’ll leave you with the recipe for my concoction. It’s most definitely not just for having when you’re feeling in need of a boost – it’s also great as a preventive measure! Your body would be seriously impressed with you if you drink this on a regular basis.
Turmeric, Ginger, Honey Tea
8 oz. (1 cup) water
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric (or up to 1 tsp. if you don’t mind it tasting a bit stronger)
1-inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (I use the microplane in the above picture – best tool for grating hard cheese and ginger and zesting citrus!)
1 tsp. raw honey
Slice of lemon (optional)
1. Bring water, turmeric, and ginger to a boil in a small pot. Turn down and simmer for 10 min.
2. Strain into your favorite mug and add raw honey and optional lemon. Stir and enjoy!!
Sooo…first century ride of the year happened this past Sunday. Earliest in the season…
Even though the past few days have been a bit gloomy here in the Northeast…