According to a co-worker (the same one who gave me the microwavable rice maker) here are the ways to stay healthy during the winter:
1. Drink lots of water. It is important to stay hydrated
2. Blow your nose.
That is all she’s got. WELL. Being that I’m poor, refuse to pay my $50 co-pay (yes, I said FIFTY DOLLARS) for doctors visits, and choose to let my body take care of itself (boo to medications), I try with all my might not to catch anything.
Last year, for example, I did have the poor fortune of landing some sort of sickness and with zero dollars and no doctor in Hoboken, I decided I would attempt to heal myself. My head was fuzzy like I had a fever and my throat was basically swollen shut. I knew I needed rest, but with the pain every time I swallowed, it was impossible. Then, entered my best invention. The all time feel better cocktail: NyQuil & Airborne. This delight literally calmed my throat down long enough to fall asleep peacefully in order to let my body take care of itself. I would say after a weekend of this routine I was back in action, but vowed that the following year would be different. Illness was NOT an option.
I have put together the ultimate health kit that has kept me well (knock on wood) during this winter season.
The Survival Kit:
- Water.I drink lots and lots of water allll day long.
- Taking my co-workers word, I have plenty of boxes of tissues handy to blow my nose. I usually do when I first get into the office. After being out in the cold all morning, it usually needs it.
- Vitamin C. I take it every morning after my oatmeal. I don’t splurge on such things as orange juice (um it’s like $5 a carton), so opt for the pill version.
- Women’s One-A-Day Vitamins. I only take this at work if I have a large lunch (usually not the case). Typically, I’ll have it after dinner. If I take it after my scrappy pb&j, I get nauseous and curse myself.
And there you have it. 4 steps = no illness.
Just for being so cocky, I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow with strep throat