My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

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This post is sponsored by Albertson’s, my one stop-shop to skip the seasonal cold!

Fall is here and the holidays are on the way. With them come the chill of brisk air and an increase in life demands, which can compromise your immunity and make you more susceptible to the common cold.

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

Adults get about 2-4 colds every year, usually during cold season because the germs spread easier in cold air and we spend more time indoors. The closer corridors make it easier to spread and share nasty germs. Whether you run yourself down or you catch it from a pesky coworker, there is no doubt that the seasonal cold out-right stinks!

I’ll admit, I generally pride myself on being a very healthy person. I don’t think I get 2-4 colds per year, maybe one max. I don’t think it’s by chance or luck either, I have a solid 2-part strategy that looks like this:

Part 1: Keep your immunity boosted with tons of colorful veggies

You know by now I’m a fan of clean and colorful living and that involves eating less processed food, all 5 colors, plant-based juices and smoothies and staying active every-single-day! While this blog is called Eat. Drink & be Skinny, these universal diet truths keep you not just slim, but strong too! Here’s why:

Plants are loaded with vitamins and minerals, these are well documented and well understood. We know that certain nutrient deficiencies can compromise your immunity and put you at risk for several diseases.

Vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables are also loaded with phytochemicals. These are not so well documented or quantified in traditional nutritional science, but I like to call them your silent soldiers as they work as an army behind the scenes to keep you healthy and strong. These phelols, polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenoids all have potent anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

You could drive yourself mad trying to understand them all individually and the exact amount you should consume and in which form or combination. Or, you can keep it simple and just eat a TON of fresh, vibrant, organic veggies! Your mom may have told you “eat the rainbow” and it was for good reason! It’s your #1 defense to stay strong and thrive.  

Immunity Boosting Organic Tomato Soup Recipe:

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

Here’s my favorite tomato soup recipe. It’s so simple to make, packs in four colors and tastes simply delicious! I grabbed all my organic ingredients at Albertsons, my go-to grocery store for just about everything. Albertsons is awesome because it saves me so much time! It’s close by, has great underground parking and is essentially a one stop shop for all things health and wellness so I don’t have to run all over town!

And while you should never skip veggies if you can’t find organic, I do love the wide variety and good pricing I find at Albertsons. Their exclusive O Organics® line makes it possible to get great quality, organic produce and other products at a great price.

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

Here’s all you need to grab:

  • 2 lbs Organic Tomatoes
  • ½ lb Organic Carrots
  • ½ lb Red Onion
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Wash all your veggies with warm water and a veggie brush.
  3. Peel your onion and cut into quarters. Remove the ends of the carrots and cut them into quarters. Peel your garlic cloves. Add all these to a roasting pan and cover with 2 tablespoons of olive oil then season with salt and pepper and put them in the oven.
  4. While your harder veggies are roasting, cut your tomatoes into quarters. After about 10 minutes add the tomatoes to the other veggies, coat with 2 more tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper and roast together for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. When your veggies are all cooked and soft, add them to the blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

Part 2: Nip it in the bud FAST!

OK, even the largest of veggie ninjas does get the occasional cold. It’s a part of being human. But when you start to feel it coming on, pretending it’s not there with the mentality of “I can’t get sick right now” will only make it worse! The minute I feel an ache, sniffle or inkling of a sore throat I go on high alert and into major “kill-cold” mode! This involves three essential components:

  1. Tons and tons of water.
  2. Tons and tons of green juice.
  3. Tons and tons of sleep.

Now tons and tons of sleep can be tricky if you’re not feeling well. I don’t like to rely on cold medicine, but your body heals when you’re sleeping and if you can’t sleep, you can’t heal. This is when I run for nighttime cold medicine, which is loaded with ingredients to ease the symptoms, but most importantly, help you sleep so your body can do its thing!

Albertsons (and Albertsons Companies family of stores including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Carrs/Safeway) carry an exclusive line of medicine called Signature Care.  

My one-two-punch combo to combat the seasonal cold!

I buy mine at Albertsons in the San Diego East Village area. All their products contain the same active ingredients as the name brands and are subject to the same manufacturing standards mandated by the FDA as national brands, but you’ll find them with a more affordable price. They also come with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back promise, how can you beat that?

Proper nutrition and good sleep can help you not just avoid the seasonal cold, but also look better, feel better, naturally have more energy and my goodness, you may even lose some weight! That is definitely winning!

There you have it! That’s my one-two-punch to avoid the seasonal cold! What are your secret tricks to staying healthy?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Albertson’s.

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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