Don’t Let the BIG BAD FLU Ruin Your Winter This Year
I have 12 proven ways to laugh at the flu and have the most fabulously FUN winter you’ve ever had. In fact, you’ll be laughing at any and every viral onslaught that comes your way.
I live in Colorado, and as far as Winter Fun, THIS is the state to live in – in fact, Winter is the new Summer!
My absolute FAVORITE thing to do in the winter is take my kids sledding! It’s such a blast and we come home to warm cider and blankets and laughter. Don’t even get me started on ice skating, skiing and building snowmen, and roasting marshmallows in the fire pit!
My LEAST favorite part of the fall and winter is facing the dreaded cold and flu season. Invariably, one of the girls will come home from school having been exposed to some horrific virus. In fact, several years ago, our school system was actually shut down for days because so many students and staff were deathly ill with the Swine Flu!
No matter if you live in a gloriously sunny state where you wear shorts and play golf all winter, or an absolute dreary place where the sun NEVER peaks out from behind the clouds – we want to prepare you for what’s ahead.
Our goal for you this winter is that you have more fun than you’ve ever had and don’t get sick!
Think it’s impossible? It’s not!
Last winter, I followed the advice I’m giving you today, not even to a tee, and didn’t get sick one time! Neither did my girls. We were 100% healthy and happy and had so much FUN doing all the winter activities Colorado is famous for.
And we didn’t get a flu shot either! They don’t work and they seriously affect the immune system – why would I want to do that to myself or my precious children?
So, I took Wayne’s advice and I am going to share it with you now!
12 Things You Simply MUST Do
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that doing just one thing isn’t going to cut it as far as keeping healthy throughout the winter. I wish there was a Magic Bullet, and if there was, I would certainly tell you!
In the past, we’ve shared our Total Winter Wellness Program – and that will work if you stick with it. But, this year, let’s make our goal to live above just wellness! Let’s make our goal to have the FUNNEST WINTER EVER!
So, here is my personal FUNNEST WINTER EVER Program – 12 things you simply MUST do to not only stay healthy, but to have excess energy and stamina to do what you want to do.
We’ll kiss the cold and flu goodbye – most likely, FOREVER!
The Funnest Winter Ever Program – Print and Save!
#1 – THE most important thing to do, starting today, is DRINK MORE WATER!
Our bodies are composed of 66% water, so our fluid and electrolyte balance is a major factor in keeping our bodies in balance. When our body has the ability to maintain it’s internal environment as it adjusts to challenges and stress, we stay healthy.
Blood flow depends on hydration and in the winter it’s challenging to keep up with it, especially since you aren’t sweating and not feeling thirsty! The cold weather and furnace air is very dehydrating. Water keeps mucus thinned out so there is less for bacteria to collect in – this alone will cut down on illness during the winter!
Here are signs of dehydration to watch out for:
- Muscle cramping
- Dry mouth
- Unclear thinking
- Dark yellow urine
- Significant weight loss during exercise
- Decrease of sweat during exercise
Some things I do to stave off dehydration AND viral attack at the same time. First thing I do when I wake up is drink a big glass of water with some lemon juice in it. It starts my day off in the right direction and gets the gastric juices flowing.
Rather than coffee all morning, I drink hot water or tea. Coffee is ok in moderation, but it is very dehydrating. Also, NEVER drink soda! It’s the worst thing you can put in your body for your kidneys.
And the very last thing I do before I go to bed is drink a glass of water. I even keep water next to my bed. I don’t like getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but I’m thankful when I do! It means I’m hydrated.
#2 – Cook at home!
Winter weather is the perfect time to cook heavy soup and stew with seasonal root vegetables.
If you do choose to eat out, find a good restaurant that carries quality, organic – My family favorite is Chipotle! They have awesome, organic, fresh vegetables and one of my favorite salsas around. Plus, they recently added Tofu to the menu! Gotta love that!
I put this one high on my list because I think it’s made the most difference in my life. I feel better every time I take it and my kids all take it too. It’s the most extraordinary D3 on the market, in my opinion.
Last winter, my oldest daughter started taking it at the beginning of a cold, and it never “took”! She was feeling better within 24 hours and didn’t get sick the rest of the winter. THAT is quite a testimonial for it’s effectiveness. Vitamin C is great, but our ULTRA D3, is the BOMB against sickness.
D3 is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” for a reason. Vitamin D actually KILLS viruses. So if you take it every day, they can’t even find a place to live in the body.
#4 – Increase whole grain intake, such as steel cut oats and quinoa. |
These are very high protein grains, and if you are trying to lose weight, they are the best! I have steel cut oatmeal ready for my girls before school and they are energized and ready for their day.
Personally, I LOVE this stuff. Try it with oatmeal cookies – it’s a healthy choice for an after school snack – YUM!
#5 – Get More Plant Protein and Veggies in Your Diet!
One of my favorite foods in the world are Sweet Potatoes! Try Mashed Sweet Potatoes rather than the “regular” ones for Thanksgiving. They are so yummy, and in my opinion, WAY better. While you’re at it, increase all your sweet and leafy green veggies too. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods available.
The easiest and tastiest ways that I increase my protein and plant intake is by having a Protein Plus Superfood smoothie every single day!
Whether your are sick or not, protein is essential for building and maintain strength. Using our new super fortified Protein Plus Superfood and exercising – Walking, jogging, swimming or sledding, for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week – will keep you at your skinny, summer weight throughout the winter.
The top reasons for using Protein Plus Superfood for your Winter Wellness:
- Anti-tumor activity
- Immuno-modulatory effect
- Benefits your Gut Immune system
- Antioxidant activity
- Blood sugar balancing
- Protective effect on the Kidney and Liver.
- Green tea is linked to lower flu risk, according to BastyrCenter.org. Green tea has a natural antiviral
- effects and is also Immune System enhancer.
- Goji’s polysaccharide enhances immunity, while Maca benefits your energy levels and immune
- The vitamin/mineral mixture especially Vitamin D3, are super great for the immune system!
- Zinc and Selenium also benefit your Winter Wellness by strengthening your immune system.
#6 – Replace your dairy with nut milks and nut butters!
Dairy is toxic pus from Cows and it’s nothing but bad news for your body. It causes a tremendous increase in mucus in the body and that’s the LAST thing you need right now.
Try Almond or Flaxmilk – and if you can’t find those, most groceries carry non-GMO Soy Milk. There are several great alternatives to butter too, like olive or flax oil spreads.
#7 – STOP EATING SUGAR!
Sugar is the enemy of our bodies. It is toxic and needs to be eliminated. Start now so when the worst of flu season hits, you can be ahead of the game in boosting your immune system.
While you’re at it, go ahead and stop going to fast food restaurants and stop buying artificial junk foods.
#8 – Boost Your Immune System with our IMMUNE BOOSTERS!
It’s a great idea to go the extra mile before it’s too late.
We have the perfect alternative to the Flu Shot – It’s called the Winter Wellness Kit, and it has everything you need to boost your immune system to, not only battle colds and flu which its excellent at doing – but it also gives you increased energy and stamina to tackle the FUN stuff that’s waiting for you OUTSIDE!
We’ve bundled the 4 essential “IMMUNE BOOSTING” formulas into a kit with an additional 10% discount to aid in protecting you and your family from colds and flu this season.
The Winter Wellness Kit contains:
- Immune Support – the “Mack Truck” of immune boosting nutrients
- Shark Liver Oil “Super AKG” formula – Shark’s have the strongest immune system of any animal on the planet – they don’t get the flu or cancer. A dramatic booster to the immune system just when it needs it.
- Ultra D3 – the miracle “Sunshine vitamin” that “turns on” the receptors for immune system fighter T-cells. During winter months we do not get sufficient vitamin D from sunshine. High-potency vitamin D3 (5,000iu) plus vitamin K2 and vital co-factors to trigger immune system T-cells into action.
- Respiratory Lung Health – helps to clear phlegm and mucous, dramatically increasing the uptake of oxygen by the lungs. Also fabulous for airborne allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and any type of chest congestion.
#9 – Practice Self-Care!
This is harder to do than you might think. I am a busy single mom with 4 kids. I have a job and I’m in grad school and am working on an internship. I KNOW how hard it is to take of yourself.
Think of things you love to do and make a plan to do them! I go to a movie once a month because I LOVE movies! I have to put it on my calendar but it’s so worth it. I also schedule a massage twice a month, even though it means I have to cut other stuff from my budget.
We laugh at everything! We laugh at ourselves, we laugh at funny YouTube videos, we watch funny movies and TV shows, and tell each other jokes we heard that day so we keep our home full of laughter and lightheartedness.
And after you laugh so hard that you can’t breathe, go to bed! Getting enough sleep is VITAL for your overall health.
I also have several very close friends who are supportive and loving. I make time to develop these relationships. Relationships are so important to well-being. Nurture them and they will nurture YOU!
Take care of yourself because if you get sick or worse, the people you love and who are depending on you will suffer. Take care of them too! Make sure they have a copy of this newsletter.
#10 – Eat Fermented Foods and Pro-Biotic Max
Did you know that about 80% of immunity lies in the intestinal tract? Our immune systems are helped enormously by the presence of an army of trillions of friendly bacteria that line the mucus layer of a healthy intestine.
We commonly think of yogurt when we think of good bacteria, but you don’t have to eat yogurt! You can take Pro-Biotic Max!
Probiotics significantly reduce the incidence and duration of cold symptoms. What else does it do?
- Provides proper development of your immune system
- Provides protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease
- Digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
- Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates.
- Producing vitamins, absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins.
- Keeping bad bacteria under control.
- Preventing allergies. Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately.
- Providing vital support to your immune system.
- Beneficial bacteria have a lifelong, powerful effect on your gut’s immune system and your systemic immune system as well.
Our Pro-Biotic Max formula is a convenient way to rapidly boost friendly bacteria in your intestines. Take 2 capsules on an empty stomach with 8oz of water and nothing else for 30 minutes. Each serving contains 4 different strains, approximately 7.5 billion live organisms, blended with herbs specifically for aiding digesting and elimination of toxins.
If you are stressed at work, figure out how to lower your stress. Do you need a different job? Or do you just need to change your attitude about the job you have.
And, the purpose of this list is to help you find FUN this winter.
What about your work is fun? Can you make your job more fun?
Day 12. Develop a spiritual practice
Studies have shown this can enhance of your health and life. Weather it’s meditation or prayer or worship, developing your inner, spiritual self, can bring a great sense of well-being.
If you don’t have a spiritual practice, think about developing one this winter. Winter is a time of inward reflection. Less sunshine and more darkness, allows for this season to be a very introverted time of the year. Take advantage of that!
Do you have a journal? Journal about your winter FUN so you can look back next year and remember that this was the winter you conquered sickness and had the most FUN you’ve ever had!
I strongly encourage you to do all, or most of this list. Do it for yourself, your family and your friends – and mostly, do it for FUN!