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4 Tips to Preventing and Treating Common Illnesses

4 Tips to Preventing and Treating Common Illnesses
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Regardless of what time of year it is, there’s almost certainly “something going around.” While most common illnesses can be prevented through diligent care, the fact is we often neglect the simple tasks that help stave off infection, and end up paying for it a couple days down the road. While it’s almost guaranteed you’ll end up getting sick once or twice a year, the severity of your illness depends on how well you’ve been taking care of yourself, and how seriously you take your malady when it hits you.

1. Common Cold

As implied by the name, catching a cold isn’t exactly a rare phenomenon. It tends to happen during the transitional times of the year—the times when it’s warm one day and frigid the next (and then warm again later that same week! C’mon, Mother Nature!). After catching a cold, you’ll be plagued by a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, and congestion. You’ll most likely feel a slight headache as well, mostly due to these other symptoms. Of course, the best way to avoid catching a cold is to be diligent about washing your hands and avoiding others who may be ill. However, most people don’t let a mild cold stop them from performing their daily duties, which would explain why the illness spreads so feverishly. Speaking of fevers…

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2. Flu

When you have the flu, you’ll know it. You’ll be struck with a fever, cold sweats, headaches, soreness, and overall exhaustion. “Flu season” usually hits throughout the colder months of the year, but this doesn’t mean it’s entirely avoidable in the summer. Obviously, you can avoid catching this awful disease by getting your yearly flu shot; but, again, many people shrug it off and don’t pay much attention to it—until they get sick. Once you’ve caught it, you absolutely should not go about your daily business, as you’ll run the risk of infecting everyone you come into contact with. Stay in bed, take a decongestant and antihistamines, and get some rest. And don’t let your symptoms go on for too long—call a doctor if the pain becomes unbearable.

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3. Sore Throat or Strep

We all remember getting the cotton swab in the back of our mouths as kids whenever we came to the doctor’s with a sore throat. However, a pain in the throat is only one symptom of strep, in addition to swollen tonsils and Lymph nodes, as well as a fever. With strep, you’ll be put on antibiotics and told to stay home for a day or two. It should be noted that a sore throat does not necessarily point to strep (hence why doctors use the throat culture: to rule it out). If other symptoms, such as dry eyes, muscle aches, and diarrhea occur, it’s most likely a viral infection that must simply be waited out. Use cough drops, and drink plenty of tea with honey and lemon to alleviate the pain while you nurse yourself back to health.

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4. Burning Stomach

If you’ve ever experienced stomach cramps, gas, and overall discomfort in your midsection, you know how debilitating it can be. A burning stomach can occur for a variety of reasons, from eating too quickly or unhealthily to drinking too much citrus. The best course of preventative action against these food-related stomachaches is to change your eating habits. First and foremost, you might be overeating without realizing it. It takes time for your stomach to send the message to your brain that you’re full, so eating quickly can lead to your stomach being overloaded, which, of course, will cause major cramps. Furthermore, eating the wrong types of food can have detrimental effects as well. Anyone who’s opted for the extra spicy sauce at their local Mexican restaurant will tell you how much they regretted their decision an hour or two later. Do yourself a favor, and watch what you eat!

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On a more serious note, chronic burning in the stomach can be the sign of much more serious diseases, such as ulcers or kidney stones. If you’ve experienced burning in your stomach on a regular basis (and haven’t been punishing yourself with sriracha lately), contact a doctor immediately.

Featured photo credit: Sneezing – September 18 / Sollie79 via farm2.staticflickr.com

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Published on July 22, 2021

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

    These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

    Get the recipe here.

    2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

      This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

      To try this recipe, go here.

      3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

        Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

        Check out the recipe here.

        4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

          Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

          5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

            This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

            Find the recipe here.

            6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

              The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

              Get the recipe for this dish here.

              7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                You can find the recipe here.

                8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                  Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                  Find the recipe here.

                  9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                    This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                    Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                    10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                      Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                      The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                      11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                        Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                        Find the recipe here.

                        12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                          This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                            Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                            This easy recipe can be found here.

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                            14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                              Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                              Find out how to make it here.

                              15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                The recipe can be found here.

                                16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                  This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                  Find the recipe here.

                                  17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                    Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                    Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                    18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                      Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                      Find the recipe here.

                                      19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                        Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                        Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                        20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                          Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                          Get the recipe here.

                                          Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                          Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                          Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                          1. Lose the Sugar

                                          Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                          2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                          Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                          3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                          Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                          When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                          Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                          Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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