Well I am feeling even better today than I was yesterday so I am now more convinced than ever that my brother's advice to take a few days off for rest was sound and good for me. I cheated and hopped on the scale last night because I was afraid that not exercising would be a problem but I was still 270.5, the same as Monday. Of course that was less than an hour after eating dinner (chicken and rice) so I might even have a little loss that's just not showing yet. I'm trying not to think about it too much though.
I found an interesting article on Yahoo! this morning regarding the common cold and I thought I'd share the cliffnotes version with you. There are four things that it says we should take to boost our immune systems and combat sickness and then there are two things that it says we should avoid.
Good #1: Vitamin D, obtained through sunlight, milk and other dairy products, and often found in tandem with calcium supplements like the ones I'm taking. "Laboratory studies indicate that the nutrient may help immune cells identify and destroy bacteria and viruses that make us sick" (Adit Ginde, M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine). From personal experience, if you have a cold, I would avoid using milk/dairy for your vitamin D because it can increase mucus production and coughing.
Good #2: Green tea, the wonder plant is it not? I don't like green tea, typically, but herbal tea with lemon and cayenne pepper is practically the holy grail of cold remedies in my family so this doesn't really surprise me. According to the article: "One laboratory study suggested that a particular type of polyphenols called catechins may kill influenza viruses" (No reference information provided).
Good #3: Probiotics, "good" bacteria found in yogurt that we're all hearing about in Activia and similar product commercials. Well this is another long-time remedy used by my family though I must admit I'd forgotten about it. Acidophilus is a key ingredient in yogurt and, in liquid form, tastes like it. We used to get it in brown glass bottles with metal caps when I was a kid and it was milky and maybe a little gritty but the raspberry flavored version was quite tasty. I haven't been able to find it around here, and I have asked several places but no one carries it in liquid form anymore. Odd huh?
Good #4: Soluble fiber "abundant in citrus fruits, apples, carrots, beans and oats—helps fight inflammation" (Christina Sherry, Ph.D., University of Michigan). Well I have been eating more fruit lately so that's good yeah?
Bad 1 & 2: "Airborne" and Vitaminwater "Defense". It says that the excess amounts of nutrients found in the former are potentially harmful and the latter falls short of containing enough of them, plus is 125 calories per bottle. Good to know huh?
4 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee with creamer
1 foot long chicken sub (the usual)
1 cup cheesy rice
1 dinner roll
4 Tbsps Salsa
Daily Caloric Intake: 1354
Still on hold but I'm feeling a lot better and should be back on the program tomorrow or Friday!