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Fall Colds Be Gone!

Yes, I have unfortunately been afflicted with a semi-yucky fall cold. Fortunately though, it’s not especially severe as I have been doubling up on vitamins since noticing numerous people in my immediate circle becoming plagued with a pretty yucky bug. Due to my high intake of vitamins, healthy goodness and the like, I figured I would be exempt from the sniffles, coughs and fever that have affected everyone else. WRONG!!

Stress management is equally as important as vitamin increases and eating well. November so far has been very busy, mainly due to preparation for my departure to Maryland the week of Thanksgiving. I have neglected getting adequate sleep, exercise (yes exercise is important to prevent colds believe it or not!! It strengthens your immunity–contingent of course on sanitizing work out equipment if you work out at a gym), and obviously this blog. Trying to compress everything into a short amount of time, for me reading scripts, networking, preparing for fashion shows, working my regular day job, etc., puts a toll one’s immune system.

Presently I have a mild cold, thankfully nothing too detrimental; however, I am hoping to be rid of it before I leave for the east coast.

In short, I’m going to provide some hints and tips on how to prevent getting a full blown cold—obviously if I hadn’t been doubling vitamins I would be a lot worse—and how to prevent an escalation of symptoms.

First things first.

If you feel yourself coming down with something or see everyone around you hacking and flying their mucous about, it’s time to become more stringent with your daily vitamin intake.

Vitamin C–Up to 2000 to 3000 mg daily (For immune support–and for an extra boost find a C with bioflavanoids)

Vitamin D3 (Vegetarians make sure you find a vegetarian type–Whole Foods carries several) 2000-3000 iu daily

Echinacea (Find a supplement specially geared towards immune support-450 to 900mg one to 2 capsules daily for a week)

And I do love me some good ‘ol Emergen-C! Find the packets geared towards immune support. I suggest one to two packets daily.

Drink lots of green tea! 3-5 cups daily!

Cut out sugar, and keep caffeine down–the only caffeine you consume should come from the green tea.

Okay, well if it all else fails and now you feel a full blown cold coming on:

Do all of the above

And drink this lovely concoction I have come up with to help alleviate a sore throat:

Hot lemon water with honey and apple cider vinegar!! (I know it sounds dreadful, but I swear it’s somewhat tasty and helpful to that scratchy throat we all hate!)

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 cup hot water (just before water comes to a boil take off the burner, or heat in the microwave for 1 min and 45 seconds)

1 lemon slice

Actually let the lemon slice sit in your hot water w/honey and apple cider vinegar.

Drink one to two cups a day. ( Don’t go crazy on the honey as it does contain sugar–make sure to get organic w/everything if possible)

Also homemade miso soup with seaweed is great at boosting energy and getting on the path to recovery.

What you need for the hot miso: (one serving)

1 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium miso

1/4 block of diced tofu

1/4 cup seaweed

Bring water, tofu and seaweed to a boil. Once boiling add the miso and reduce to medium. Stir to prevent clumping of the miso. When everything has become nicely combined, take off heat and serve. 🙂

The miso can be found definitely at Whole Foods, otherwise you could likely locate it at any Japanese market in your area.

And remember, stress management is key to prevention!

Drink lots of water, and eat well. Reduce fruits and replace with steamed veggies or soup made with veggie stock.


***P.S. In case you didn’t notice, I am not a doctor. I know a lot about prevention and health management; however, if you feel very badly,are  unsure about any of the dosages or have additional concerns seek medical advice****

About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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