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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 October 23, 2018

                          How to Eliminate Work Stress When You’re Stressed to the Max

                          How to Eliminate Work Stress When You’re Stressed to the Max

                          Workplace stress is a modern epidemic. More than one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress. This is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year in lost work hours and medical bills.[1]

                          Clearly, if you’re suffering from work stress – you’re far from alone. But, work stress isn’t inevitable.

                          In this article, I’m going to help you identify the root cause of your stress and suggest the most suitable ways to cope with job stress so you can become a happy and productive worker again.

                          Where Work Stress Comes From

                          Certain factors tend to go hand-in-hand with work-related stress. The causes of stress include:

                          • Too much work – you feel overwhelmed by your work and find yourself saying: “There are not enough hours in the day!”
                          • The job is too easy, not challenging or inspiring – this is where boredom (which is stressful) sets in.
                          • Pressure from co-workers or lack of social support – colleagues are not helpful or only care about their own tasks.
                          • Little praise and lots of criticism – this is where a lousy manager uses constant criticism to ‘try’ to motivate you.
                          • Very demanding or competitive working culture – sales departments often fit this category.
                          • Not having enough control over job-related decisions – this is when people try to micro-manage you.
                          • High expectations on yourself or seeking perfection – while it’s good to do your best, being a perfectionist can be a powerful stress generator.
                          • Low salary – if you work hard but receive slim financial rewards, you may start to feel downhearted, frustrated and stressed.

                          The Negative Effects of Stress on Your Mind and Body

                          Chronic stress is bad news for your mental health and physical health. These are some health symptoms of stress:[2]

                            If stress hormones are triggered in your body for extended periods, they can lead to increased physical aging. This is because stress makes your cells look and act older – and this is reflected in your physical appearance.[3]

                            In addition to the negative effects on your body, stress also has a significant influence on your brain – negatively impacting your daily performance.

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                            I recommend you watch the 4-minute video below to see just how stress can wreak havoc on your brain and your performance:

                            How to Cope with Work Stress (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                            You don’t need to be a victim of work stress. Here’s how to manage stress in the workplace:

                            1. Set aside some time for planning

                            If work has become too much for you, and you’re constantly falling behind… stop! Instead of trying and failing to catch up, you’d be much better off spending some time thinking about your goals and how your prioritize your tasks.

                            Learn how to set clear goals with this step-by-step guide.

                            For instance, if your initial goal is just to get on top of your work (probably for the first time in months), then take 10 minutes to think clearly and deeply about how you can achieve this. Most likely, you’ll be able to come up with tasks that you need to complete to reach your goal. And once your goal and tasks are clear in your mind, you’ll be ready for the second step.

                            2. Align your tasks with your goal

                            Just knowing your goal and associated tasks is not enough. Many people reach this stage but still fall behind with their work and fail to achieve their goals.

                            The secret is to understand which of your tasks should be high priority and which ones can be done when you have spare time.

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                            For example, checking your inbox every 20 minutes may seem to be a productive task for you, but in reality it acts as a constant distraction and productivity killer. Instead, you’d be better off setting aside 30 minutes in the morning to check your emails and 30 minutes in the afternoon to do the same.

                            By doing this, you’ll free up the bulk of your day for tasks that can help you reach your goal. These tasks are likely to be things like: writing a business proposal, creating a PowerPoint presentation, and finishing an important project.

                            These tips on how to prioritize will help you align your tasks with your goals and work 10X more efficiently.

                            3. Remove, change or accept the stressors

                            How to tackle specific work stressors? I recommend the following method that WellCast introduced:[4]

                            Take a piece of paper and divide it into three columns. At the top, write remove in the first column, change in the second and accept in the third.

                              Next, think of the stressors that are getting to you the most. Perhaps it’s your paycheck; it might be way smaller than you’d like or feel that you deserve. Don’t worry, this is your chance to break free from the stress surrounding your low pay.

                              Think for a few moments, which would you prefer:

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                              • To remove yourself from the company
                              • To try to change your salary by asking for a pay rise
                              • To accept that your salary is okay for you

                              You may be surprised at what thoughts come into your mind. Don’t reject them, but allow yourself time to be clear on how you’d like to proceed.

                              If the status quo feels good to you, then write “paycheck” in the accept column. If you decide you want to increase your salary but stay in the same company, write “paycheck” in the change column. And finally, if you decide the time is right to seek a new opportunity at a different organization, then write “paycheck” in the remove column.

                              By being decisive in this way, you’ll immediately feel freer and in control of your destiny. And your stress levels will begin to trend downwards. All that remains is to set yourself a clear goal of what you want to achieve and how you’re going to do this.(Luckily, steps #1 and #2 above will help you out!)

                              Of course, if you have multiple work stressors, then use your remove, change or accept sheet to work through all of them. It will be time VERY well spent.

                              4. Create positive relationships at work

                              One key to improving your ability to manage stress is being able to accept help from others. Not only does it alleviate negative circumstances by simply distracting you and creating a buffer between daily tasks and their negative connection, it will provide a sense of support and relief.

                              Make an effort to create friendships with your colleagues. Go to the after-work happy hour or just ask a colleague out for coffee at lunchtime. Not only will you have someone to confide in, but you will start to associate positive feelings to work.

                              Forming a healthy relationship with your manager or supervisor is also a good way to alleviate stress. Positive, two-way conversations about where you stand in your job, being honest about how you feel, and working together to make a plan of action in terms of improved work conditions and expectations are paramount. This will lead to opening up and receiving the necessary resources you need to support or help you.

                              5. Take time out for yourself

                              Anyone can get overwhelmed when stress occurs at work, and this can spill into other areas of your life. This is why it’s important to clock out mentally from your job from time to time.

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                              Take time off to relax and unwind in order to regain your energy and come back to work invigorated. Make sure you actually do something you enjoy like spending time with your kids or partner, or visit that country you’ve always wanted to explore.

                              If taking time off work isn’t possible in the midst of your stress, take scheduled breaks throughout your day. Sit quietly somewhere or do some stretches to get your blood flowing like in the example below:

                              6. Take mindful action towards your health

                              The irony of stress is that your healthy habits can take a backseat. Maintaining and even improving your health will keep your stress under control. Here are some ways to keep you physically fit:

                              • Eat healthy foods. Make sure your diet is full of foods that provide your body with sufficient nutrients. Eat more fruits and green vegetables, whole foods, omega-3 rich fish, and seeds such as flax, chia and hemp. These types of food ensure your body is working optimally to cope with its stress mechanisms.
                              • Avoid unhealthy foods. This is obvious, but it’s these kinds of food you reach for in times of stress and negativity. High fat foods such as cheese and red meat cause sluggishness and tiredness. Foods high in refined sugars like biscuits, chocolate bars, and bread can be convenient snacks, but they cause you to crash and burn. Same with caffeinated drinks such as coffee and sodas – these are just ‘band aid’ habits that interfere with your ability to sleep.
                              • Exercise regularly. Endorphins are the best for counteracting stress, and what better way to release them than doing physical exercise. Exercise creates a distraction and helps you get your thoughts back together in an orderly way. Start a new exercise regime – whether it’s running, swimming, cycling or walking to work. Getting your blood and endorphins flowing will make you feel happier.
                              • Get enough sleep. Make getting 8 hours sleep a priority. When we’re stressed it can sometimes feel hard to get to sleep but sleep deprivation only exaggerates our current stress. A well-rested mind is able to find solutions to problems more easily and reacts better to daily stressors.

                              Final Thoughts

                              Everyone encounters stress at work. It’s a natural and normal human reaction. The difference between letting the stress overcome you and coping with it is getting a head start by creating a positive environment and lifestyle.

                              Counteracting stress is both an inside and outside job. Focusing on improving your health will create a positive mind able to react better. Forming positive relationships with certain people around you will give you emotional support.

                              Beat stress with the right mindset!

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