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15 Recipes To Tackle Winter Flu

15 Recipes To Tackle Winter Flu

No one likes to be sick, everyone hates the flu! Well, unless you’re a pharmaceutical company. One thing that some people seem to forget is that having the flu means that you should probably stay home, away from other people. I know that sounds hard, but here are 15 recipes to help bring your flu a little bit of comfort.

Pineapple Cough Syrup

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    It’s very difficult to find cough syrup for small children. It’s also difficult to find one that actually works. Here is one that you can give to your kids although you may have to take the cayenne pepper out for them. One big thing that I have been hearing this year is that pineapples help with coughs. This recipe is at the top of my files for the unhappy event that we do get the flu.

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken Noodle Soup
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      Chicken noodle soup really is good for the body while having the flu, the warm broth helps to get rid of the build up in your throat…yup that stuff, mucus. On top of that it’s a light food that can be easily digested while giving you the vital nutrients for getting better. That really is food for thought…here is an article by Tara Parker-Pope that gives a little bit of back-up to the credibility of chicken noodle soup. Mmm, Chicken noodle soup!

      Ginger Cinnamon Tea and Hot Lemonade

      Lemon and ginger
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        I put three and four together because they are very vesitile and can be mixed, matched and turned sideways to help you feel better. Some people aren’t big fans of ginger, but put the look away people, ginger is great for fighting the flu. This recipe on WebMD taste better than the ginger and garlic recipe that I’ve grown up with. You even get honey in your tea too! This is one recipe that does have a recommendation of not giving it to children under one. This is annotated through out the page that this recipe is on because of the honey. Lemons are great for sore throats, one substitute for honey if you are going to give this to a small child is sugar in the raw. You could even mix lemon and ginger for a tea…the properties for these two are endless! (You can even make a face mask out of them! I bet that would help with the flu bug!!)

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        Iced Ginger Green Tea

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          Remember the sore throat that you get with it sometimes? Sandra Lee makes an iced ginger green tea. This sounds like a great way to sooth a sore throat! It sounds yummy too. You know what else green tea is yummy in that helps with sore throats? That’s right…green tea ice cream!

          Hot Toddy

          Hot Toddy
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            That’s right folks, you can’t have the flu without a hot toddy! The nice thing about this is that you can make this with no alcohol for youngsters and people who are not into whiskey. Let’s be real folks if you have the flu you probably don’t want to remember it. I’m not saying to go and get drunk, but a buzz might help you feel a little better, for the night anyways. This recipe by Instructables has rosemary in it. I have never had rosemary in a hot toddy, but I’m not opposed to the idea. I’ve always had clove, but new ideas never hurt anyone right?

            Miso Soup

            Miso Soup
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              I love miso soup period. I have to admit that I have never tried it for the flu, but it makes sense. Depending on what recipe you do go with this is definitely something worth looking into for the flu.

              Matzo Ball Soup

              Matzo
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                Please don’t say that this is just another form of chicken noodle soup, because it’s not. Matzo ball soup has the same properties as chicken noodle soup, but it’s just amazing and good for the M word again….no one likes that stuff, but I love Matzo soup, this is one that is going on my list of good flu recipes.

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                Influenza RX Sorbet

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                  I love ice cream, I do not love it when I’m sick though. This is the one time that I like eating sorbet.I had to include this recipe because you and I know it feels good on a sore throat!. If you have been coughing and yacking this is going to help sooth the sore throat!

                  Homemade Tea for the Flu

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                    This is a recipe that I found that is really good for a boost during the flu. No we’re not making a broth, but a homemade tea to help you feel better? Sounds like a winning recipe to me.

                    Soothing Lemon & Ginger Tea

                    Remember when I said that you could combine lemon and ginger to make a great tea for the flu? I went looking for this for whomever would be willing to try it. Here is another tea to help sooth the flu symptoms that keep us down and out for the 7 to 14 days the flu takes to go away.

                    Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

                    Angela Liddon
                      Photo Credit: Angela Liddon

                      Something to give your immune system a boost with a tasty twist? A creative soup with all the antioxidant boosts your immune system may need to help fight the flu! Angela Liddon adapted the recipe from Joy the Baker, well worth the antioxidants!

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                      Moxie’s Cold Cure-All

                      When I first took a look at this recipe I thought it may not be for me, but the phrase “Don’t knock it until you tried it” comes into play here. I say this because it turns out that it is very refreshing. Where there isn’t an actual amount for the cayenne pepper it gives you the ability to be free with it. If you like it spicy add more and sweat it out. If you don’t like it spicy don’t add it. All of these ingredients make for a winning combination when combating the flu.

                      Mint Ice
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                        Mint and Fruit Infused Ice Cubes

                        This is a great and easy way to help you stay hydrated while battling the flu.

                        Chinese Hot Pot

                        Each culture has their own soup that is comforting. Here is one of our favorites that is awesome for warming the soul and mending the body.

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                          A couple other tips to remember while battling the flu-

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                          No one like sharing germs like those, if you have the flu the best thing that you can do is stay home, if you can’t stay home wash your hands often.

                          There is an extreme importance to work and feeding yourself and your family, the biggest key in being able to do that is getting better. Staying better is to stop the flu at your house and not circulate it around your town.

                          Possibly get the flu shot if you’re not terrified of needles, like me.

                          Take care of yourself! Everyone knows the pain of the flu, if you don’t take care of yourself then you aren’t going to get better.

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                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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