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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
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                      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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                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                          As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                          1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                          I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                          Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                          Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                          2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                          The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                          It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                          Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                          In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                          You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                          This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                          The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                          Less Physical, More Psychological

                          Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                          This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                          The First Benefit of Meditation

                          The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                          1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                          2. Relaxation of the body

                          Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                          Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                          That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                          When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                          When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                          Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                          Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                          This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                          Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                          Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                          This benefit takes you to the second one.

                          The Second Benefit of Meditation

                          While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                          1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                          2. Observance
                          3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                          4. Patience

                          Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                          You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                          This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                          1. Energy

                          Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                          2. Observance

                          The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                          3. Peacefulness

                          Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                          4. Patience

                          The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                          The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                          Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                          Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                          The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                          • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                          • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                          • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                          • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                          • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                          • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                          These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                          Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                          Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                          Reference

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