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We'll All Get Better In 2024

Updated: Jan 1

Here we are on the cusp of a new year with all of the anticipation of things to come, and I’m writing to you from my bed, sick with the flu. But, but, I’m the person who teaches people how to stay healthy; how NOT to get sick!  For ten days I made extra-healthy foods for my flu-y husband while quietly marveling at my own very impressive immune system. I could totally fight coughing in the face. Not so fast, Slick! While a strong immune system does help fight off invaders and greatly reduces my likelihood of getting sick, I still inhabit a human body and every now and then, a germ gets past my army of super foods.

So, what does a nutritionist eat whilst sick with the flu (sounds like a set-up for a bad joke)? Here's the lowdown. At the first sign that something felt off, I stopped off at the grocery store on my way home and got all the stuff to make vegetable soup. I wasn’t yet sure I was getting sick, but just in case, I made enough soup to be on the level with any respectable doomsday prepper. Next day, nothing. I felt fine (ha!). But the day after that, Wham-o! Flu-city, baby. Sore teeth, chills, burning chest, some weird feeling like I was wearing a really tight turtleneck sweater. All day long, I sipped my soup. I drank tea and turmeric juice and ate a tiny little orange my now strong and virile husband presented to me in a pretty beveled glass cup (a tender gesture).

The next day I woke up feeling about 15% better. I made oatmeal; the thirty-minute kind, and topped it with cinnamon, blueberries and hemp seeds. I was feeling the need for greens, but the idea of actually eating a salad seemed laborious. What I ended up with felt like a stroke of genius. I threw about a half a bag of arugula in my food processor along with a half of a lemon (squeezed), a few handfuls of pepitas, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a tiny piece of garlic. And just like that, a kind of peppery pesto was born! 

Having eaten and drunk the things I could, I’m in bed resting, writing to you with the hope that you will be inspired enough to try something new. Take a chance on some healthy changes. It doesn’t have to look perfect and you don’t have to already be at an imaginary starting line to do it. Just wake up and make some freakin’ oatmeal. I’ll keep writing my goofy blog and maybe together we can be a little bit healthier by this time next year.

Thank you for reading! Happy New Year!

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