Okay folks, it has happened: I, Katrina the vegan, have gotten sick. *cue all the meat eaters cheering*
Ya, it happens, I get sick. About once a year. It’s very rare that I get sick and I give full credit to the strength of my immune system to my healthy diet. I eat healthy foods that are so good for my body. Fruits and vegetables have so many vitamins and nutrients in them to keep our bodies strong and healthy. So times like this when I do get sick are very rare but also very sad. I hate being sick. I feel like my body is letting me down after all I’ve done for it. But I know I’m not perfect, and yes, even the healthiest people get sick sometimes. For me, it was kind of unavoidable because my one roommates has pneumonia, another could potentially have mono, and the other three are getting sick as well. Six girls living under one roof and attending University classes multiple times a week… it was bound to happen.
Last year around this time I wrote a post called “Reducing the Risk of Getting Sick“, which tells you tips on how to prevent yourself from getting sick. But obviously if you’re like me and you’re already sick, then this post you’re on now is the one for you.
Anyways, I’m not here to talk about me being sick. I’m here to talk about what I’ve been doing to get better, and what you can do to help nurse yourself back to health!
Like I’ve stated in previous posts, I don’t believe in the medical industry. This is my first time getting sick that I’m not taking any medicine. I believe in letting our bodies do what they’re meant to, and heal naturally. Think about it; we weren’t put on this planet to come up with crazy chemicals and toxins to put into our bodies. Think about what our ancestors did; they healed themselves naturally through plants, foods, and herbal remedies. As Hippocrates said:
#1. Drink lots of water.
I can’t stress how important this is, especially when you’re sick. Even when you’re not sick you should be drinking plenty of water to help flush out your system and give you energy. It’s also great to add some lemon to your water foe extra benefits. Drinking tons of water aids in digestion, gives you clear skin, flushes out toxins, and boosts your immunity.
#2. Eat healthy foods.
Well duh, you shouldn’t eat crap when you’re sick…. or ever actually. I eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and I feel amazing. Many people think vegans are nutrient deficient because they don’t eat meat. But if you ask someone what they think the healthiest foods are, they’re most likely to say fruits/vegetables…..
Anyways, eat tons of these things. Spinach, broccoli, blueberries, bananas, apples, mangoes, oranges, kiwi, carrots, celery, etc. eat them all. They are packed with so many vitamins and nutrients that will help strengthen your immune system and get you back to your normal self.
Today I attempted to make some juice/smoothie thing with a ton of fruits and vegetables. It was kind of chunky and weird but you know what.. Nyquil is gross and people drink that stuff all the time when they’re sick. So I drank it all and felt better afterwards.
Along with eating lots of foods, take your vitamins. Especially if it’s winter time and cold where you are. I take vitamin C and D, as well as Iron and B12, just for an extra precaution in the winter. Vitamin C is super important for boosting immunity so eat lots of broccoli and oranges.
#4. Get lots of rest
Your body is busy trying to fight off whatever sickness is inside of you, so it’s super important that you lie down and rest. Your body needs its strength and energy and it has to work ever harder if your up running around being busy with things. Life will wait for you if you put it on hold. Your classmates can send you your lecture notes. Your boss will understand if you need the day off. Just treat your body like the temple it is and hop under the covers with a warm cup of tea.
#5. Think positive
Your mind is everything – literally. If you have positive thoughts, that will show physically. Your body only goes where your mind goes first, so if you want to get better, think positive thoughts and believe that you will get better. Moping around feeling sorry for yourself never helped anyone or cured a cold; but positive thoughts can. Also, after chugging my green juice/smoothie thing, I felt super awesome and radiant afterwards, and although I’m 100% sure this was all placebo effect, I still felt better and that’s all that matters.
#6. Don’t leave the house unless you have to
Embrace your sickness – you don’t have to face the outside word where there are people and germs.. *shutters*. Like I said, hop into bed, boil some tea and add some lemon and cinnamon, put on a movie, and just rest. Listen to your body and sleep if you’re tired. Eat if you are hungry. Just nurse yourself back to health and treat yourself like your own patient. Besides, if you leave the house, your body is more susceptible to more germs and illnesses out there, so you’re the most safe in the depths of your own bed.
Other than those six things, there’s not really much else you can do. A common cold lasts anywhere between 7-10 days, so all you can really do is drink lots of water and rest until it passes through. Good luck and I hope this helps!