What strange times we are living in. So many new words in our vocabulary like “social distancing” and “shelter-in-place”. So much fear and panic everywhere you look. STOP. Take a deep breath. And another one… Did you know that fear and panic suppress your immune system, increasing your odds of contracting coronavirus? What can you do besides washing your hands and social distancing? You can fight back with these 4 Health Tips to Fight COVID-19.
From a holistic wellness standpoint, we want to keep our immune system well balanced and healthy. We want it to be able to fight off any pathogen that comes our way, right? And since knowledge is power, let’s look at the numbers for a minute so we have knowledge on our side. Did you know that 95% of all known cases of COVID-19 have been mild forms with few to no symptoms?(1)
A Healthy Immune System is Key
This is in no way meant to minimize the severity and extreme contagiousness of the COVID-19 virus. It is extremely virulent. However, the fact that 95% have had mild to no symptoms is likely due to their stronger immune systems. But most American’s and Westerners, in general, could take a good look at their own immune system and how their lifestyle habits support it or don’t. Likely, many people could stand to re-balance their immune systems. So with that in mind, let’s look at these four health tips to balance your immune system and fight COVID-19.
Are you trying to eat Low-carb, Paleo, Pegan, or Vegan, but still jonesing for a pizza? I’ve got you covered with this Gluten-Free Mediterranean Pegan Pizza. We recently had a delicious brunch at our friends Carol & John’s house. And the star of the meal was this Gluten-Free Mediterranean Pegan Pizza! It was so good I had seconds and would have loved to have eaten the whole pan myself. (Yeah, I know this stock-photo above shows some cheese, I was so busy eating this delicious pizza I forgot to snap a photo of my own.) Thanks, Carol, for sharing your recipe with me…I’m excited to share it with others here!
With a cauliflower crust and Mediterranean flavors of garlic, basil, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives, you can’t go wrong with this Gluten-Free Pegan Pizza. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamins and minerals, containing almost every vitamin and mineral you need on a daily basis. Given that 95% of Americans are now significantly deficient in at least one necessary vitamin or mineral, this is a great way to get more nutrition in your diet.
Cauliflower is also high in fiber which helps with digestion as well as weight loss. And it’s also high in sulforaphane, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation as well as fight cancer. Plus with all the healthy goodness of the Mediterranean veggies, seriously, no one will know it’s gluten-free or dairy-free. It’s SO super-delicious!
Recently I was asked to give a talk to the local chapter of Women Who Sail, on Staying Healthy Aboard. I was thrilled that my wellness talk was so well received! So I’m sharing the main points here since it really applies to everyone, whether on land or at sea. This post is a bit longer than usual, but well worth the read as it’s packed full of great info to help you with staying healthy as you age.
What does “Staying Healthy” mean?
There are two ways you can look at staying healthy. Immediate self-care helps with your day to day health, like dodging colds and flu. And long-term lifestyle choices help you avoid chronic dis-ease as you age well. While they go hand in hand and both are important when it comes to staying healthy, it’s ultimately the long-term lifestyle choices that will make the biggest impact on aging well.
One hundred years ago the number one cause of death was infectious disease.
But luckily, with the advent of better sanitation and antibiotics, infectious disease is much less of a threat to most people these days.
“Today, forty-one million deaths a year are caused by chronic disease (mostly caused by diet), which is 71 percent of all deaths on the planet… That’s more than any war or virus!” — Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.
And chronic inflammation is at the root of all chronic diseases. But the great news is that 85-95% of chronic disease is preventable or reversible with modifications to diet, lifestyle, and environment. So what is chronic disease and how can we prevent it?
A veggie stir-fry with tofu or shrimp is one of our standard go-to meals. And there are so many great variants to a veggie stir fry, each seemingly more delicious than the next, right?! However, this veggie stir fry is one that Kirk made last week. And is honestly one of the best we’ve had in ages. The Asian Marinade & Dressing was the key ingredient.
We usually cook very seat-of-the-pants, not always following recipes. But this veggie stir fry was SO good, I asked Kirk to go back and re-create how he made it, so we could write it down! It’s packed full of vibrant, colorful, healthy veggies so you can boost your immune system while you eat the rainbow!
Or you can also mix and match any veggies you’d like. That’s the beauty of a stir fry. They are quick-and-easy, and you can use up any veggies you happen to have on hand.
And if you’re not a fan of tofu or shrimp, you can substitute chicken breast or firm white fish, which both work well.