day 1,845

Colds can be caused by one of hundreds of viruses. In general, adults get 4-6 colds per year. Really, that seems like a lot.

It’s now been 1,845 days since my last cold. That’s a little over 5 years. I know this because I remember the exact day my last cold ended. It was a doozy. Hit me like a ton of bricks!

I’m pretty sure I know why I haven’t had a cold since.

It’s because I try to keep my natural immunity strong.

  • I try to get enough, good quality sleep – I aim for 8 hours per night. It doesn’t always happen, but that’s my goal.
  • I switched from a SAD diet (Standard American Diet, processed foods, junk food, refined carbs, unhealthy fats) to a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and lean proteins. This has not only helped boost my natural immunity, but I no longer have Type 2 diabetes (according to my endocrinologist).
  • I drink lots of water and have cut down on caffeinated beverages
  • I do things to manage my stress, such as: exercise 3 times per week (pretty much religiously), do yoga, and meditative acupuncture and I meditate
  • I spend more time with good friends and more time doing things I enjoy
  • I try to lessen my exposure to toxins by using natural personal care products and cleaning supplies
  • I don’t take over the counter medications – I really believe that you’re only treating the symptom and doing more harm than good relying on medications. Don’t get me wrong – they have their place, but a lot of people I know, at the first sign of a sniffle start downing cold medication like water (actually they probable consume more cold medication than the minimum 8 cups of water daily that I recommend!). I saw on a recent investigative-type tv show that the most common cold remedies have not been proven to be effective. Studies that say they work have been funded by the manufacturers. And these remedies are not inexpensive. A study I read stated that a popular cold medicine is priced at around CAD$0.45 per capsule, which works out to about $0.90 per day. The product stated that you needed four months of treatment. That would cost about $100 and you need to take it for 16 months (say, four winters in a row) to prevent a single cold.
    So the cost of preventing a single cold episode works out to be roughly $400.

I’d rather spend that money on good quality food.

Am I perfect – NO
I’m a work in progress, and I definitely know that the steps I’ve taken to better my health have totally paid off.


herbie gluten-free crackers

This is a recipe I was working on yesterday to go with some of the soups I’ve been experimenting with.

NutriSue - herbie, gluten-free crackers

herbed gluten-free crackers
1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp herbes de provence
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
10 tbsp water (that’s just shy of half a cup)

  • add the herbes de provence to your food processor and whiz until fine.
  • add the sunflower seeds and process until ground.
  • add this mixture to a large bowl with the flour, garlic powder, salt and coconut sugar.
  • in a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and water and add to the dry ingredients.
  • mix together to form a stiff dough.
  • transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper.
  • add another sheet of parchment paper on top and roll out the dough till it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  • keep the dough on the parchment paper and transfer the whole lot to a baking sheet.
  • score your dough, with a butter knife, into 2″ x 2″ squares.
  • bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden.
  • I turned off the oven and left them to harden a bit (check them after about 5 – 10 minutes to ensure they don’t get too dark).
  • take them out of the oven and let them cool before breaking them apart.
    These taste really nice with soup or pink grapefruit marmelade (thanks Sarah!)