The thing my newly-wed husband said he noticed most distinctly about his newly-wed wife wasn’t that she was so darling when I slept or that she takes too long getting ready, it was that it seems like she is always sick. Not what I wanted to hear. Is this true, I thought? Didn’t seem that different to me.
It was true. I would run my body down to the point of utter exhaustion. The combination of stress from college studies, no sleep schedule, athletics, and the worst eating habits climaxed often to a nasty illness.
During my last semester of college we moved to Lawrence where I did student teaching. Like most can testify during student teaching, I over exerted, under nourished, and lost value for my physical body. So my first thought after student teaching was to join Crossfit – isn’t that everybody’s?
I remember the day my husband gifted me Crossfit like yesterday. Besides the fact that I was out of my mind excited because it was the only gym membership I could fathom – the typical YMCA type gyms where you put headphones in, use isolated muscle machines, or run on treadmills for hours in solitude made me think my life after college was destined for ho hum, the most memorable moment was when we went to the gym to sign up I was so sick I couldn’t even speak. No words could come out of my mouth. None. Some serious virus was living and thriving on my vocal cords.
When asked what membership I wanted, I could hardly squeak out “Lifetime.”
Little did I know that this lifetime journey with Crossfit would be more than just gaining muscle strength but an overall health experience.
First and most important gain was my introduction to food. I will post more on my change in food habits later, but for a brief summery to make my point, I’ve illustrated some of tid bits of my journey for you.
How was I going to endure such strenuous workouts without a nourished body? I wasn’t. So, a great thing was offered to me by a pretty rad instructor. Savanna, former KU volleyball player, amazing Crossfitter, and earth / food lover, taught food classes on Saturdays where I learned that my modern food habits (All calories are equal, cholesterol and saturated fats are bad, eat more carbs for energy, etc.. ) were challenged. She introduced me to real nourishing food habits – eating butter and saturated fats, grass-fed meats / butter / milk and fermented vegetables, sprouted grains and more goodies all of which are well digested foods, nourishment to my body, and less quantity with more quality.
Check out her blog here.
Ultimately she opened my eyes to the idea that what’s given to us that is grown on the earth with easy and ancient traditionally practiced preparation may be enough for the human body to be nourished. Do the research because what I’ve experienced testifies real energy, overall health and a better looking body. Can I say that?
This month I celebrated one year at Crossfit. This week my body fell victim to my first cold virus in a year. In the past, how often did I get sick? Monthly. Remember my husband commenting that he distinctly noticed how often I was sick when we first got married?
To get sick once within a year is an astounding victory for my body!
This time around, instead of using over-the-counter meds and giving myself self a nasal decongestant spray addiction, I decided to use natural remedies.
The one thing I hate the most – Sinus Congestion. Can’t sleep because of it. Can’t walk straight because of it. Can’t be nice to anybody because of it. Got. To. Clear. Nose.
My favorite natural remedy for nasal decongestant was my semi-own constructed mucus dissolving elixir.
Reason why it works:
– Chili Peppers
I’ve heard of some using a mixture of squeezed orange juice and chili pepper, often called Cheyenne pepper, to clear their nose. We’ve all experienced the runny nose after a bite of too spicy food. Also, just to confirm real food is great, it’s known as a heart healthy food with the potential to protect against the number one cause of death.
-Apple Cider Vinegar
This easily homemade or store bought liquid is not only a great add to your meals but one of the most powerful items for your kitchen pharmacy. Known to regulate your body’s pH balance, aid digestion, reduces inflammation, kills fungus, and washes toxins from the body.
-Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Ginger, with it’s high levels of vitamin C, magnesium, and other minerals it’s often used to remedy colds. Partnered with turmeric, having a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property, this tea helps ease the sinus cavity.
Mucus Dissolving Elixir Recipe
|Mucus Dissolving Elixir|
- 4 oz. hot water
- tablespoon loose leaf ginger turmeric tea
- tablespoon or two of raw or homemade apple cider vinegar
- tablespoon ground cheyenne pepper
- teaspoon honey
- a squeeze of fresh lemon
- Steep ginger turmeric tea for 10 minutes
- add remaining ingredients
- sip elixir gone before cold
- feel sweet relief