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It’s that time of year again! Everywhere I turn I’m dodging coughing and sneezing.  If there’s one thing that’s a real drag, it’s getting sick.  It feels like such a waste of time lying around waiting to feel better.

Here are some strategies that have worked for me for not getting sick in the first place.  I rarely get sick so I think I can safely say it works.

Wash your hands often.  This is the most basic and most important.  Don’t let the germs get into your body in the first place.

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home. I’ve gotten my whole family into this habit and it’s made a big difference. I recommend using moisturizer often so your hands don’t get dried out. Also I put hand moisturizer on before I go to sleep.
  • If you’re going to be eating food and touching it with your hands, make sure you wash your hands first!  Popcorn, chips, hot dog, hamburger, fries, apple, muffin, etc. It astounds me how often I see this not happening.
  • If you can, carry wet wipes with you (in your purse/bag) so you don’t always have to go off to the washroom to wash your hands.  When my son was a baby I got into the habit of carrying wet wipes with me and they were so handy it stuck.  Now whenever we’re eating out at a restaurant I hand out wet wipes to “wash” our hands before eating and at movies before we have popcorn or treats.  I also have a pack of wet wipes in the glove compartment of the car and in my gym bag.

Don’t touch stuff:

  • Don’t touch your face unless your hands are clean.  Don’t rub your eyes, scratch your ear, put your fingers on your mouth unless you’ve washed you hands.  If you can’t wash your hands use a tissue (carry those mini tissue packs with you) or a shirt sleeve to wipe your eye, etc.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand, not only are you taking in germs by putting your hand on your mouth, you are also putting germs on your hand that you will be spreading around when you touch things. Be considerate of others!
  • Press the elevator button with your elbow.
  • Cover your hand with your sleeve to open the doors or, when available, use the wheelchair accessible automatic door – press it with your elbow or your hip.

Take Vitamin C daily.  Boost your immunity so if your body takes in a germ it can fight it off.  Double up if you’re feeling run down or you’ve been in contact with a sick person.

Drink lots of water.  I aim for 8 glasses a day.  It flushes toxins and germs out of your system plus so much more.

Don’t let yourself get run down:

  • Monitor your sleep.  Aim for at least 8 hours a night.  Make up for lost sleep with a nap if you can.  Before you go to bed, make note of what time you have to get up and turn out the light at least 8 hours before.
  • Don’t skip meals and get really hungry, you’re immunity goes down and you’re more susceptible to catching germs.
  • Eat nutrient rich food to boost your immunity:  vegetables, fruits and low fat proteins (meat, fish, chicken, beans, eggs).

Be in touch with how you feel. I can always tell when I may be getting sick; I feel tired and run down and I usually have a headache. This is my body sending me a signal, if I hear it I can prevent myself from getting sick.  I listen to what my body is telling me and take these steps to thwart the virus from taking hold:

  • If possible, I take a nap.  If I don’t have time, I have a short rest; 10 minutes on the couch or just sitting still and focusing on relaxing.
  • I boost my water intake to 2 litres a day.
  • I double my Vitamin C
  • I eat extra healthy.
  • Strangely my body craves a “Power Muffin” from Whole Foods, this seems to be the tell tale sign for me. This is a super rich muffin packed with lots of nutrients.  It’s practically a meal in itself, I would say it’s 400 – 500 calories.  Not something to eat often.
  • Don’t let yourself get cold for too long. The bodies energy goes into trying to warm us up and our immunity goes down.
  • For me, feeling chilly when I’m not in a chilly place is a sign that I’m coming down with something. I make sure to make an effort to warm up; I bundle up more, drink hot drinks, go to the sauna or have a hot bath until I no longer feel cold.
  • I would say 99% of the time I’m able to prevent myself from getting sick, usually within a day I feel back to normal.

Next week:  How To Get Better Fast When You’re Sick

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Finally, here is my first recipe!

(as some of you have been requesting)

While doing some research for a blog post, I realized I was not getting enough protein. So I decided to try the infamous breakfast protein shake.

It took me a while to find a protein powder that was gluten-free, dairy free, (mostly) organic and that also did not taste like cardboard, as some do.

Then it took some testing to find a combination that tasted good.

Now I love it!

It’s very filling and sets me up for the day. When I don’t have it for breakfast I find I am hungry all day. I find starting the day with protein and then having protein at every meal keeps me satiated. If you find that you are often hungry consider upping your protein intake.

I don’t know of any other way to get this much protein at breakfast – well maybe eggs and turkey bacon, but that feels so heavy and is a lot more cumbersome to prepare.

The smoothie is pretty big and filling so I have half and then I bring the other half to have after the first class I teach in the morning.

Ingredients

1 cup organic vanilla almond milk – 30 calories (Costco)

1/2 organic banana – 50 calories (Whole Foods)

1 tbsp organic hemp oil (for shiny hair)  – 120 calories (Whole Foods)

1 tbsp organic chia seeds gives it nice thick consistency – 50 calories/2 g protein (Costco)

1/3 cup organic frozen berries – 20 calories (Costco)

1 scoop Kaizen Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder – 160 calories/25 g protein (Whole Foods)

Total calories: 430

Total protein: 27 g

I put everything in my Bullet blender except the frozen berries and protein powder, I let it sit for about 15 minutes so the Chia seeds soften.

When I’m ready to have it I add the frozen berries and protein powder and blend for a bit longer than you would think (1 full minute) so it has a really smooth whippy dessert-like consistency.

I find it’s hard to digest the protein so I take a digestive enzyme capsule from Whole Foods with it.

Once in a blue moon if I don’t have time for a meal I will have it as a meal for lunch or dinner.

Let me know if you try it!

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parents & kids having fun together – love this!

love the guy with the baby bjorn!

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Every joy disappoints.
What’s here doesn’t please you, what’s far off you crave.
                                                                               ~Anne Carson

I could so relate to this.

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Sending you a little bit of happy!
(Don’t miss the end)

Hope you can find a little bit of joy in your day.

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I’m sure you’ve heard me talking about Wanderlust, a Yoga and Music Festival that takes place in Whistler every Summer. I’ve been a couple of times and I have to say that I really love it.
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It’s a truly a magical experience!
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Over four days there are so many interesting classes, talks and workshops with world renowned teachers and then in the evening there’s a concert. The whole village comes alive!
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Some of the highlights for me are doing a Yoga class with hundreds of people – the energy is amazing, the silent disco, the Speakeasy talks – always enlightening and just the general buzz.
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At night there’s a Silent Disco; everyone wears headphones so when you walk in the room it’s silent but everyone is dancing. There are three DJ’s each one with a different colour, the headphones have three settings/colours, so you can choose which DJ to listen to. Sometimes the whole room turns to one colour, it’s so cool! And there’s no alcohol, no pick-up scene, it’s just people having fun – I just love it!
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You can attend one or multiple days. I literally go all day from 8am to 1am because I don’t want to miss a thing. You do as much or as little as you want, there are meditation workshops, stretching, all kinds of Yoga, etc. It’s so fun, enlightening and soul nourishing. I highly recommend it!
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Hope to see you there!

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This Valentine’s Day let’s love OURSELVES:

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