I think that 2018 is so far shaping up to be the best one yet. More or less, I sort of back loaded all of my fun activities and events towards the last half of the year.
You already know that I have visited Georgia and Florida already, and I have a spur of the moment trip to Montreal this weekend. I recently went hang gliding, and I am currently doing the Connecticut Wine Trail. Still, the year will only get better. I have a farm dinner coming up this week, I am going skydiving next month in honor of my 29th birthday, I will be heading to Ireland and Portugal in September and Southeast Asia for my own little eating tour in November. Can’t wait. That is a lot of time. At my current job, we are allowed to roll over 80 hours each year, so that always gives a pretty hefty head start.
So, how then do I manage to rack up hours. More or less, it is contingent on me not getting sick. I take excellent care of myself. And not just because I want to use that vacation time and see the world. Health is something that is so important to me. Living in New England, especially in winter, diseases spread like wildfire. Especially this past winter that we had, it was absolutely brutal. I mean brutal. People were coming down with influenza and dropping like flies. And I am someone who never gets the flu shot. I do not believe in the flu shot; but this year, even I got that shot.
So, how then do I stay on top of my health so that I can maximize and get the most out of my vacation days? I will give you my top secret (not so secret tips here):
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Do not laugh! I swear by it. I have been taking apple cider vinegar cocktails and apple cider vinegar in various forms for years, and I swear by it. I attribute it to the reason why I rarely ever get sick, and when I do get sick, why I bounce back within a few days. ACV does some of the following: promotes good gut bacteria, lowers blood pressure, fights cancer, fights colds, cures candida, regulates pH, balances blood sugar, fights allergies and clears sinuses. It is my own miracle cure.
Garlic is another one of those power foods that I swear by. I have been to multiple Garlic festivals, including the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival and the Connecticut Garlic Festival. Garlic helps with some of the following: fighting colds and the flu, serves as an antioxidant, boosts immune system, reduces cholesterol, improves circulation, ear infection remedy, sore throat remedy, and breaks down blood clots, among many other things. I throw garlic into practically everything I cook, and sometimes I even eat it raw. That is actually the best way to do it, is to eat it raw.
- Lemon Water
Anytime of day this is great and so incredibly refreshing. Lemon water helps boost the immune system, regulates blood pressure, fights infections and cleanses the liver. This is also a miracle cure for me.
- Onions. Yes. I don’t care how badly my breath smells. I will eat onions raw any time of day. Onions reduce the spread of cancer, regulate blood sugar levels and boosts the immune system.
- Washing hands regularly. Multiple times a day and extra times at work. This should go without saying. Anytime I touch something or am in close proximity with someone who is sick, the first thing I do in order to cheat illness is to go to the restroom and wash my hands.
- Hand sanitize. Now, I do not over do this, but after washing my hands, I’ll use a bit of this to make sure that it gets the last of any bacteria that might be hanging around.
- Make sure to spray down the house with Lysol and disinfectant. I like to do thorough and deep cleans to make sure that any bacteria that was brought in is removed.
Do you have any suggestions that I forgot to add? Comment below, and it might show up in a future post.