We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
Cold and flu season is upon us. When we got our flu shots last week...the pharmacist told me that so many cases of flu are already in our area. That was the reason for starting the flu shots early. Last year I got a severe case of the flu even having the shot. I hope that doesn't happen again.
This article was from the Daily Herald 1999..this recipe for tea to drink when you have a cold:
Combine 1 oz sliced fresh ginger, 1 broken stick of cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 3 cloves, 1 lemon slice, and 1 pint of water.
I don't have a scratchy throat, but I thought that I might try to start building up my immune system by drinking some ginger tea each morning. I was a big fan of the Martha Stewart show. I remember Martha saying that she loved lemons. She started her day by drinking lemon juice. I can remember my Grandma drinking lemon juice too. She also kept this weird root in her refrigerator. She would take a little slice and put it in some warmed up lemon juice. I later found out that it was ginger. I remember her giving me a taste...my face screwed up, as I tasted the pungent mixture. She said, "It's like olives..you have to develop a taste for strong flavors.....your taste buds will change over the years and you might like it later on." Try as I could...during her lifetime, I never developed a taste for ginger....except her wonderful ginger cookies.
I buy ginger tea in tea bags, to use when I don't have fresh ginger. It's pretty good...made by Tetley. Little round packets of pungent flavor. I simply put a bag in my Keurig and put a large mug underneath and fill it up with tea. Sometimes I put a lemon slice in there too. I seldom use sugar in tea....trying hard not to eat too much sugar.
When I told a friend that I had another cough a couple of weeks ago, she said, "You really have to build up your immune system." How do I do that? I've had bronchitis since I was 6 months old. My colds always end up with a deep bronchial cough. I love milk and drink a couple of glasses a day. I know this isn't good for someone who has a cough...so I guess I should give up that cup of ovaltine first thing in the morning.To boost the immune system they say to exercise, sleep well, good diet, vitamins, eating a probiotic like yogurt and drink a lot of water.. I do most of those things. I'm probably a little lacking in fruits and veggies. You are supposed to eat so many of these 5 servings I think...that sometimes I know I don't get enough.
So, this morning, I am off to the store to buy some things for a fruit salad that can be in the fridge when we want some Some navel oranges are on my list too as well as lemons. . I need some greens too and tomatoes. I fixed Swiss steak in the slow cooker during the night so that will be on our table this Sunday.I cooked a couple different kinds of squash yesterday...that will be my vegetable along with Joe's favorite, green beans.
I hope to stay healthy this winter...especially important since Joe is having surgery later on. We finalized holiday plans yesterday with an open house here on, maybe, Dec 1st. Hopefully everyone can come. We'll be 19 if everyone comes.
Well, as soon as I finish my tea, I'll be heading for the store. Tomorrow is another visit with Elizabeth....lunch with a favorite friend and I'm bringing the dessert.