Monday, April 15, 2013

The Health Journey: This cold is still kicking!

Hi Folks...I went into hiding for the last few days to try and heal from this cold.  It has now begun to target my sinuses! If anyone has experienced sinus headaches or pain then you know it is very unpleasant!!!!!

Last night I did some steam breathing treatments with peppermint oil.  I also put a hot rag on my face where the pain was.  I used a decongestant rub and tried to get as much sleep as possible.  The steam helped a lot and allowed me to finally rest.  But the pain is back again this morning, so a similar regime will be followed today.

I haven't had much of an appetite, but home cooked soup goes along way when you're sick. 

I made a smoothie yesterday called the Cold Kicker.  It was packed with vitamins and minerals.

1 pear (skin intact)
2 mangoes (peeled)
2 oranges (peeled)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raisins
Alkaline water to desired consistency

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Caleb liked this one too! 

Cold Kicker smoothie

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which can help boost your immune system. The seeds are also high in protein (9g/serving), iron (15%), fiber (12%), vitamin E and linoleic acid.  According to the Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Powers, pumpkin seeds are good for de-worming our intestines through the action of paralysis (of the worms...not us!)  so they can be removed from the intestinal wall and expelled from the body using a laxative.  If you or your loved ones have worms...please eat pumpkin seeds!! :)  These seeds have a mild nutty flavor and are good for granola, seed milk, added to oatmeal or meat balls (Raw Burrito).   We ran out of hemp seeds yesterday so I made pumpkin seed milk sweetened with raisins for Caleb's chia porridge (Chia is Red Hot). 

Organic raw pumpkin seeds

Goji berries are considered a super fruit and have wonderful  antioxidant properties. They contain immune fortifying properties and are extremely high in beta carotene , vitamin C (30%) , calcium (9%) and iron (15%).  A few years ago in the commercial beverage world Goji berry was all the rage and it's super fruit credentials were widely publicized.  The dried berries look like red raisins and the flavor is like a beefed up raspberry. Very tasty!

Organic Goji berries (dried)

Signing off for more rest!

Peace and blessings!