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Feed A Cold

Remember that old wives tale, “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Well, I am definitely feeding this cold. Here is a look at today’s eats in a “What I ate Wednesday” format.

Breakfast #1 was a Trader Joe’s gluten-free waffle with peanut butter, honey and sliced banana.

Breakfast #2 after subbing a hot yoga class (highlight of my day!!!) was a Cherry Pomegranate Fage and a grande bold coffee from Starbucks. Unfortunately, the coffee did not sit well with me and left me feeling lightheaded. I blame it on the combo of caffeine + cough medicine.

I am totally obsessed with this hummus that I bought at Whole Foods last week. It was on sale buy one/get one and I picked up plain and artichoke spinach. It actually tastes like artichoke spinach dip and has big pieces of spinach and artichoke in it. I put a hurting the hummus dipping tortilla chips in it while I was making lunch.

It’s been a while since I made a big lunch salad at home but I had all the right things on hand today for a good one. Mixed greens, leftover roasted brussels sprouts, butternut squash and mushrooms, pancetta, apples, walnuts, goat cheese, avocado and dried cranberries with a homemade balsamic honey dijon vinaigrette.

Afternoon snack on the way to work the evening shift at the desk at the new gym was another kombucha and a Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna bar. I have been drinking kombucha every day in hopes that it will help with my cold (and it honestly just makes me feel better) but today two different friends suggested that I do some sort of saline sinus rinse. I’m a little scared but I have a girl’s weekend coming up and really want to feel better for it so I’m considering taking the plunge. Anyone have recommendations or suggestions on what I should do?

I made a last minute (bad) decision to take a hot yoga class after I finished work tonight and it left me feeling pretty ick. I came home and showered and was so ready to veg on the couch. I was really craving comfort food and discovered this in the freezer.

A big bag of homemade meatballs in marinara sauce. I forgot they were even buried in the depths of my freezer but it was exactly what I wanted tonight. I boiled some noodles, defrosted the meatballs and covered it all in cheese. It was perfection on a plate.

And the grand finale…vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate sauce and chocolate peanut butter.

With all that…I am off to bed! I may have a snotty nose but I have a happy belly!

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  • Holly September 20, 2012, 8:05 am

    I use a neti pot. I would recommend a ceramic one. You can get them online or at a pharmacy. I use it when I have congestion. Just make sure you heat the water and you can use non-iodine salt for the rinse. I use distilled water as opposed to the tap, which is also helpful. There have been a few horror stories regarding tap water/bacteria.

    • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) September 20, 2012, 10:50 am

      I second this comment, entirely. Love the neti pot, though it takes a minute to get used to. I have heard a couple stories about tap water, too, so unless I boil it first, I use distilled. It can work wonders! Hope you feel better soon!

      • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:53 pm

        thanks for the tips on distilled water. that sounds scary!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:58 pm

      thanks for the info holly. definitely glad to hear the bit on using distilled water!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 20, 2012, 8:08 am

    A kombucha every day for me no matter what 🙂

  • Vanessa September 20, 2012, 8:13 am

    I regularly use a neti pot to rinse out my sinuses. I have chronic allergies and nasal polyps. But I find it is most effective as a preventive measure than it is as treatment for a cold/flu that’s already been underway for a couple days. If one or both nostrils is completely stuffed up so I can’t inhale or exhale through it, then I don’t rinse at all because the water won’t come back out the other side. I let the cold and nasal inflammation take it’s course. When I can more easily breathe through my nose a week or two later, then I go back to regular neti pot use (a couple times a week depending on how drippy my nose is).

    Hope you feel better soon!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:57 pm

      vanessa – thank you for sharing how you use neti pots. i have had a few friends share that they use it preventatively like you do so i will take that into consideration. i know that ultimately i just need to let this cold run its course.

  • Hayley @ Running Down the Runway September 20, 2012, 8:38 am

    I love that hummus! My other favorites are from Trader Joe’s- the three layer hummus and white bean basil. You should also try the greek yogurt kale and spinach dip from TJ’s, it reminds me a lot of spinach and artichoke dip! Feel better, Jen!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:56 pm

      oh…i love the three layer hummus too. i will look out for the greek yogurt and kale dip. i am going to TJs tomorrow!

  • Jacki September 20, 2012, 8:41 am

    I read your blog every day, but rarely comment, but had to comment on this post…I don’t use a neti pot – heard great things about them…next time I have a cold/allergies, I may break down and try one. I was going to suggest, if your nasal passages are inflammed and stuffy that you try a spray called X-clear – it contains all natural stuff, but the big ingredient is xylitol – it has done wonders for easing congestion for me – though mine is mainly allergy related. Just thought I’d pass that along – myself and several friends swear by the stuff – to the extent that we don’t use any sort of steroid prescription nasal sprays at all anymore. Feel better soon!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:56 pm

      jacki – thanks for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment today. i appreciate the recommendation for x-clear. i have never heard of it so i will look into it. really like that it isn’t a steroid spray.

  • Clara September 20, 2012, 9:08 am

    People seem mixed on the neti pot- I tried one for the first time this summer and really liked it. If you’re doing it for the first time, I recommend using a little less of the nasal solution for the first run through your nose- makes it a little less intense. I think you’ll really like it, Jen! It’s very refreshing and helps make your head not feel like it weighs 3000 pounds- which is how I always feel when I have a cold!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:54 pm

      clara – thanks for sharing your experience with the neti pot. i have also heard mixed reviews but i think i’ll give it a shot.

  • Christy Keele September 20, 2012, 11:11 am

    I highly recommend sinus rinses, but you don’t necessarily need a neti pot. Get one of those NeilMed sinus rinse squeeze bottles and you’re all set. They come with little packets of solution to mix with your distilled water. It makes a world of difference!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:52 pm

      thanks so much for the suggestion christy! that sounds much simpler.

  • Chris K September 20, 2012, 11:14 am

    That’s not feeding a cold! See me in my office.

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:51 pm


      loved seeing you in class yesterday!

  • ashley September 20, 2012, 12:00 pm

    I hate that you’re still not feeling well! I usually get two really bad sinus infections each year and they’re rough to deal with. I feel for you! My go to meds are Nasonex spray and Mucinex DM. And if that doesn’t clear things up within 3-4 days, I head to my ENT. I’ve never used a sinus rinse but I swear by the Nasonex spray. It smells funny but it’s worth it.

    Get some rest and feel better soon!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:51 pm

      i am taking mucinex dm. thanks for the nasonex spray recommendation!

  • Rachel September 20, 2012, 12:40 pm

    It looks like you’re eating a lot of sugar, and maybe not drinking enough water? I know you don’t document your water intake (and who does really?) but especially if you’re drinking Kombucha then you need to drink more h20.

    I would also focus on incorporating ginger and garlic into your meals and perhaps pick up some Naked Green Machine juices!

    • Jen September 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

      oh…definitely don’t document my water intake! drink it all day, every day! 🙂 i love ginger. one of the reasons i love the gingerade kombucha so much but there’s nothing like fresh ginger in food. yum!

  • Lizz September 20, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I also use the NeilMed sinus rinse squeeze bottles and find them really helpful! The neti pots freak me out a little bit and the squeeze bottle is much more manageable. definitely use distilled water! Hope the spaghetti and meatballs helped too 😉 Feel better soon!

  • suze September 20, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’re still not feeling well – get better soon! If you do try out a Neti Pot at some point, I’d be curious to hear about your experience. Really I just had to shout out Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar love – my favorite!! 🙂

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons September 20, 2012, 2:49 pm

    awwww pobresita! Get well soon Jen!!!!! <3

  • Lisa September 20, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Hope you start feeling better soon!
    I definitely recommend a saltine rinse, if it is indeed a sinus thing. It seems to help quite a bit.
    Even getting a nasal spray helps.
    All your food looks perfect for overcoming the icky feelings though!

  • Joanna September 20, 2012, 9:24 pm

    I recommended the netipot in my post when I was sick!! It is pretty cheap and drug free which is awesome! If you have the one nostril at a time breathing thing you should try it!

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