Monday, November 23, 2009

Aaaachhhoooo: Down for the count?


  
     I can't stop sneezing and as the countdown to Thanksgiving is on, I realize I may have to abandon my original goal of losing 15 lbs. by Turkey Day.  First, I am not even close to dropping 15,  I have only dropped 7.  I would attempt to drive on full-force but now that I'm sneezing and achy, I don't have the energy to workout and I don't want to go to the gym because I'm a germaphobe right now.  If I get sick, we all fall down...the kids get sick, then my husband's down for the count.  That means I'd have to cancel on my friends and I ruin Thanksgiving.  We have plans this weekend to run in a TURKEY TROT, a local 5K with the family and we are going to the Theatre to see Mary Poppins.  We paid enough for tickets so I WILL GO.   Last year during Christmas, the whole family flew in from the East Coast, Northern California, Atlanta and London and everyone contracted a roto-virus which was lurking around my house.  We were all completely miserable.  So, I'll stay out of the gym for now for the sake of my family.  I hear a lot of people say they don't want to get the H1N1 vaccine.  I find this fascinating...as soon as it's available for my oldest kids, we are first in line.  I was so concerned with the kids getting it, I failed to get myself the shot!



     Last night, I had Progresso's low-sodium chicken soup with wild rice...complete with crackers.  That meant, that I combined protein and carbs (God forbid!).  I actually felt guilty about it, but I think my appetite is gone except for the comfort of warm soup.  Check out the research on Chicken Soup  and it's ability to mitigate inflammation, by Dr. Stephen Rennard, M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  The soup, coupled with a snuggly fleece blanket and watching a movie (preferably a holiday one) with my three little kids will get me through.  My sweet husband stayed home today to make sure we're all taken care of.  I love that guy.

     How do you treat your body when you are ill?  How will you protect yourself?