Rise Up, Rise Up, and get back on track!
After throwing myself head first into 2014 with an almighty launch, last week presented somewhat of a knock back. I got sick! (insert dramatic theme tune here)
Now I'm not going to get all 'man fluey' on you, however, I have to say that I haven't felt quite so dreadful in a very long time. Having to cancel my classes and basically spend the week at home was not only frustrating, but actually pretty un-motivating too. I had only just got into the swing of my new fitness regime and was really seeing progress when suddenly I had to sit on the sofa for a week, and do nothing!
As always, I took this as a lesson to learn from. I had the time to ponder and realised I had to be knocked a little, I actually needed this to happen. It occurred to me that everytime I get a wave of motivation, in many areas of life but, especially when it come to fitness, I throw myself into it head first and of course, inevitably run out of steam and it simply fades away. This time however, when it was taken away from me without my choosing, I craved it. I actually tried to find ways to fulfill not only my working needs but active. One evening (with a temperature), I attempted to do a little yoga, so not to 'lose' what I had achieved in the last weeks. This behaviour was very foreign for me, and I'm not going to lie, I found it all very odd, but what it taught me was how much my body had enjoyed these new healthy changes to my world. It yearned for it, even when I was sick, in fact, probably even more so when I was sick.
Previously when I was sick it was a great excuse to sit on the sofa and eat what I wanted, all rules went out the window when I had a sick pass. This time however, I took the all healthy approach, and recovered in no time feeling great. It also made me realise how important these new healthy habits are in my world and has allowed me to appreciate them, enforcing them as habits that will definitely stay.
So if you're feeling under the weather, try these healthy ways to beat the lurgy:
VITAMINS. So we all know we need Vit C when we're sick, however there are better ways to go about this intake other than guzzling orange juice from a carton. EAT your vitamins - they'll hold much more nutrients than the juiced variety. And it's not just in fruits, but veg too!
BLUEBERRIES. Make sure you up the blueberry intake, they are bursting with powerful antioxidants that help boost immunity. Why not add a handful to you breakfast in the form of a shake, with yoghurt & granola or if you need that little treat there are always some yummy blueberry pancakes.
GARLIC. Your housemates may not love you for it, but eat as much garlic as possible. I made sure I had a garlic filled meal at least once a day, as well as taking garlic supplements every morning. Well if it keeps the vampires away it must be able to scare off the bugs too!
GREEN TEA (and black and white.. really any tea, but green is my favorite!) Not only is this great for a sore throat and warming you up when you have the shivers, but it also contains antioxidants known as catechins, which are thought to have flu-fighting properties. So grab the tea bag, pop the kettle on and drink up!
DARK CHOCOLATE. Yep chocolate is a great cure for colds and flues, but only the dark kind I'm afraid. So before you go grabbing a Kitkat, aim for something at least 70% or over. This way it will be full of polyphenols, a great antioxidant to help fight off those bugs, as well as containing zinc as an added bonus. Don't over do it, but a few small squares won't do you any harm. Also sucking on a small square it great for sore throats and if you've lost your voice.
MANUKA HONEY. It really is the answer to almost every ailment in my house - if in doubt, grab the Manuka honey! It boasts antibacterial powers, the potency of this depending on the rating it has (10+ and so on), and was therefore predominantly used for treating wounds. However, it is now a regular household item and can also help with digestion and building immunity. It will also give you a much needed energy boost when you haven't been feeling well. I like to add it to hot water, fresh lemon and ginger for a yummy morning drink, but make sure the water is boiling and has cooled a little so as not to destroy the healthy bacteria. Manuka honey is also the most effect treatment for a sore throat and lost voice. When I was performing regularly and often losing my voice, eating Manuka honey off a spoon became a regular ritual before a gig, and it definitely helped keep those vocal chords in tact.
Get Better Soon!!