Today I have given myself a shake and decided to show up for myself and my own health and vitality, in a new and improved way 🙂
Over the last few days, and quite often of late, I have had a sore throat develop into a bad cold, accompanied by a huge weariness. I was recently diagnosed with iron deficiency and am to take 3 iron tablets a day for the foreseeable future ,and I know I have probably remembered to take the tablet only once a day.
I have rested over the weekend , slept alot and watched the clouds and listened to the rain. I was due to visit my 86 year old godmother in Oban and had to cancel my trip , I wasn’t feeling like travelling and when I contacted her, she said ‘ I don’t want even a whisper of a cold as I am going to visit family in France next week’ ( I want to have her energy when I grow up!)
As I was thinking about breakfast this morning, I realised I have basically lived on toast and marmalade all weekend; plus gallons of hot drink of lemon, honey and ginger – that is the one good thing I have been able to do for myself.
Even though I know that ‘feeding a cold’ does not really mean toast and marmalade, I am aware this is probably a comfort food habit from childhood, and when you are ill, there is often little left over energy for cooking.
Thankfully, when I investigated my fridge and freezer, I found plenty of fresh veg, and also some greek yogurt, some frozen fruit for smoothies and frozen portions of broccoli soup, and some other as yet unidentified soup portions too. I took everything out of the fridge and added in onions, garlic and ginger and saw that I have some apples and an avocado, I also have dates and dried apricots, and almond butter. I have a couple of pink sweet potatoes and 2 leeks which will become soup and plenty of pulses and brown rice. I patted myself on the back virtually that I do not need to do any shopping, and set to work preparing to wage war on my cold and my aching joints.
I heated and ate the broccoli soup , with added Lancashire cheese.
I made a huge berry smoothie from frozen fruits ( and discarded some frozen kiwi fruits slices from 2017!)
I have prepared a kind of salsa , with red onion marinated in lime juice, added peppers, tomatoes , cucumber and parsley.
I have prepared red and yellow peppers ready to roast ,and stuffed with garlic, tomatoes, salt and pepper, drizzled with olive oil.
I just ate some muesli and ginger flavoured greek yogurt , drizzled with some raspberry syrup, gifted from a Polish lodger last year. I remember he said it can be used to mix with gin or vodka, I have found it soothing to drink by the teaspoon for sore throats, concentrated Vit C
So, why was I not able to do all of this for myself on Saturday ?!
I think sometimes, we just need to rest and trust the nourishment will come when we are ready. I am ready today. I have thanked my shopping self from last week, for taking care of my future self today. the ingredients and nutrients were there when I was ready.
Even the rainbow colours , as I gathered and prepared the food , brought joy and I felt my spirits lift and my general weekend grumpiness began to lift. I am still sneezing, however, I can feel that the healing has begun.
Also,something in me is now saying Noooooooo, to the thought of toast, maybe I have finally maxxed out on toast, time alone will tell. For now, I have an apple and almond butter to snack on, while the peppers roast.
And , although it has been quite pleasant to have a rest weekend and listen to the rain, I certainly intend to continue really listening to what my body needs next and give myself a fighting chance at increasing my own energy and wellbeing.