Fight Colds With Food

Fight Colds With Food

We all know being proactive is advantageous in most situations and preventing or fighting a cold is no different.  Here are some crazy good foods that will aid you in this battle as noted from Health:

  • Oily fish – salmon, tuna & mackerel, for example, are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which fight inflammation throughout the body

    Grilled Salmon

    Grilled Salmon

  • Oysters – contain zinc
  • Garlic – contains allicin which produced antioxidants
  • Anise seed tea – contains anti-bacterial properties which ease coughs and clear congestion
  • Citrus fruits – Vitamin C is believed to reduce the duration of a cold
  • Fennel tea – a natural expectorant will clear chest and soothe coughs
  • Yogurt/kefir – contains good bugs – probiotics
  • Hot Tea (black/green/white) – possible flu-fighter with catechin found in antioxidants
  • Red bell peppers – Vitamin C
  • Milk – Vitamin D
  • Mushrooms – immune-boosting antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins and fiber
  • Skinless turkey breast – protein builds antibodies and fights infection
  • Leafy greens (the darker, the better) – creates more infection-fighting white blood cells

    Kale Sautéed in Coconut Oil with Garlic

    Kale Sautéed in Coconut Oil with Garlic

  • Blueberries – immunity boosters loaded with antioxidants
  • Dark chocolate – polyphenols & zinc
  • Brazil Nuts – protein, healthy fats, selenium which promotes proper immune function
  • Carrots/sweet potatoes – Vitamin A (beta-carotene) helps maintain strong immune system
  • Sunflower seeds (dry-roasted) – Vitamin E protects cell walls from damage
  • Oats – beta-glucan which is an immunity booster

These would be my additions:

  • Ingest coconut oil and coconut water as they are loaded with too many amazing qualities to list that would aid in preventing/fighting a cold
  • I would also recommend steering clear of processed foods.  They just aren’t good for you ANY TIME!
  • Drink lots and lots of water!
  • Use a saline spray to keep your nasal passages clear.
  • Eat local honey EVERY day – put it on toast or in your beverage~
  • REST!

As always, here is to your best health…naturally~

NC Ranks 32nd in Supporting Local Foods  :(

NC Ranks 32nd in Supporting Local Foods :(

Do you buy ‘local’ carrots from your supermarket?  Want to guess how many miles that the average  ‘local’ carrot travels to get to the supermarket shelves?  (Brace yourself – this is UGLY!)

1800 miles!!!

So much for lessening your carbon footprint by buying ‘locally’….

The truth of the matter is that, most times, you are only buying locally if you are going to local farmer’s markets or local farms.  Sad, but true!  We, as NC citizens, need to join the locavorism movement.  I am sure you are wondering what I am trying to get you into now~  Read on:

The term “locavore,” and the locavorism movement, are both comparatively recent. “Locavore” made its first appearance in 2005 and was designated the 2007 Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary. As a movement, locavorism advocates a preference for local food for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Local food travels much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gases.
  • Local food is fresher, and therefore healthier, spending less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore losing fewer nutrients and incurring less spoilage.
  • Local food encourages diversification of local agriculture, which reduces the reliance on monoculture — single crops grown over a wide area to the detriment of soils.
  • Local food encourages the consumption of organic foods and reduces reliance on artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Local foods create local jobs by supporting family farms and the development of local food processing and distribution systems.
  • Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods.*

Need I say more?

The good news is that this is the time of year when buying locally becomes much easier as Farmer’s Markets and roadside fresh veggie/fruit stands crop up daily!  Better yet, grow your own!!! (see posts in ‘Gardening’ section of my site)  You don’t have to have a farm or acreage to grow your own veggies – trust me!

Come on, North Carolina!!!  Join Crazy Good Creations in supporting our local farmers, lowering our carbon footprint and improving our health by getting more nutrients from the foods we eat.

Buy locally – it is just that simple!!!!

*http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/component/content/article/181-locavore-index-2012

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday?  Come on, join us in this venture!  There are health benefits, as well as environmental benefits when you leave meat out of your diet just one day per week.

“Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.  It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.”*

With fresh veggie season upon us now is the perfect time to give this a go!  Who doesn’t love a veggie platter???  Or how about a big, old pot of pinto beans, Gigi salad and cornbread???  Super simple and oh so good!!!

Pinto Beans

  • 3 C     Dried Pintos
  • 1T      Coconut Oil
  • Pepper/Salt to taste

Add water until about one inch above beans in pot.  Add 1 T coconut oil and pepper to taste.  Bring to a rolling boil for about 10 – 15 minutes.  Lower heat and simmer, adding water as needed for approximately 3 hours.  Gigi’s Tip:  Do not add salt until the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.  This allows the broth to thicken.

Gigi’s Salad

  • Lettuce – Torn into bite sized pieces
  • Kosher Dill Pickles – Diced
  • Onion – Diced
Gigi’s Special Dressing for Salad
  • Mayonnaise
  • Vinegar
  • Kosher Pickle Juice
  • Sugar
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients and then pour over salad and toss!!!

There is just something about the combination of the salad with the pinto beans…

Thank you, Mother, for passing this amazing family tradition down to me.  Hope you don’t mind me sharing the goodness….

Meatless Monday Rocks!!!!