Its the third one in the past 5 days and every bit as gross as you might think. I thought swallowing the Gu before a race was bad, this is just as bad but the garlic burns your tongue. Hayden asked for some since he already had a little cold. He didn't think it was all that bad. Figures. I went to work and ate clementines and my usual banana, oatmeal and Greek yogurt. I couldn't wait to get home and snort some more vinegar. While it didn't completely take the pressure away, it did give me some relief for a few hours. When I went home I made a cup of my new favorite warm drink, Turmeric Milk. I keep coming across recipes and articles about turmeric and all of its amazing health properties. People in India swear by it as an immunity booster. It's also used to fight infections, aid in digestion and it is an anti-inflammatory (again this is just a small sample of its long list of health benefits). For those of you unfamiliar with turmeric it's a root that looks very similar to ginger root. The dried version is in the spice aisle at the grocery store and is the ingredient in curry that gives it that bright yellow color. I use the recipe in the above link but have found the combo that I like best.
I like 2 cups of Almond milk (although I'm sure I'll love it just as much or more made with coconut milk or a combo of the two), a Tbs of honey, a teaspoon each of turmeric and cinnamon (which itself has many health benefits), 2-3 cardamom pods (I happened to have these and frankly don't know what else to do with them~but now I do!), a 1/4 tsp of vanilla and a few whole peppercorns. You gently bring it to a boil in a pot over medium heat.
Then remove from the heat and strain (if you added pods and corns and such) into your mug. It smells as lovely as it tastes.
I highly recommend it, even if your not sick or feeling like you're getting sick. I prefer it to tea but I'm still working on the whole tea thing. I gave a cup to Hayden one afternoon. He didn't love it but he thought it was OK. He drank the whole cup. He's a trooper.
By Wednesday night I felt pretty beat. Not happy but still holding out hope that I was going to meet my friend on Thursday afternoon to go for a run. That so did not happen. When I woke up Thursday morning, my head was in a vice grip, my ears were plugged and my eye was glued shut. Awesome. I'm officially sick and I have pink eye. Needless to say I called in sick to work and got myself over to urgent care to get that eye taken care of. I spent the rest of the day on the couch. I made a "tea" of fresh ginger, lemon and garlic. Its not bad but a little on the strong side. It made four cups so I refrigerated what I didn't use and reheated over the next couple of days as needed. Then I found this little Gem a Pineapple Kale Coconut smoothie. This is my new favorite smoothie.
2 Cups of fresh pineapple, 1 banana, 1 cup coconut milk, 2 Tbs shredded (unsweetened) coconut, and 1 cup of kale (I only had spinach on hand but I'm sure it's just as good both ways). Check out the Young and Raw website for more info on this most fabulous smoothie. I drank all of it, which is two full glasses. I didn't feel like sharing. Friday morning I thought about going to work. For about a minute. My throat was so sore I didn't know how on earth I could talk on the phone for four straight hours so I called in again. It's pretty rare that I call in sick and even more rare that I do it two days in a row but I was determined to get rid of this yuck a.s.a.p.. I drank two more of those awesome smoothies. Saturday was so so. Nelsy made me some more turmeric milk in the morning which was nice. I watched the SU basketball game and napped and finally got rid of my sinus headache around 7:00pm. Today is Sunday and I feel a ton better. I still have a little cough and a little runny nose but WAY improved. So even though I couldn't hold the cold at bay, I'm feeling pretty sure that it has helped to shorten the duration of this yuckiness. Two really bad days isn't so bad. And Now I have some new favorite healthy things to drink!