While there is no one thing to do – the immune system needs many things to fight - take a look and see what you can add to your diet and daily routine to support the immune system.
Trying new foods and activities can be fun. The foods, spices, herbs and other suggestions are not all that you can do – there’s more, but it’s my goal that this inspires and empowers you to take charge of your health... and maybe even have a good time while doing it!
Should you have any questions, I’m here to help. Just send me a email or join in our community of gut-savvy COVID19 fighters in the It Takes Guts Community page.
I hope this finds you staying well and sane, and gives you hope that there is more that you can do for you and your family. I'll be dancing in my kitchen for you (see the guide for details :)
Here's the link one more time! I know you'll find some excellent foods or ideas to serve your health!
So are you stuck at home and "homeschooling" your kids now? What's your biggest challenge?
With COVID-19 keeping everyone home, parents with kids are asking homeschooling moms like me HOW DO YOU DO THIS?!
Here is what I have to offer to those of you who are new to this.
First: NOTE-> YOU WILL HAVE REALLY BAD DAYS WHERE YOU ARE TERRIBLE AT EMOTIONALLY REGULATING YOURSELF! It's normal, okay? Thankfully, you'll also have really good days that more than make up for it. So when it's bad, trust me, just surrender to it! Cuddle. Play. Make art. Do what it takes to make and keep the peace and try your "to-do" list again tomorrow.
Second, here have been some of my best strategies:
1) I wake up 1.5 hour earlier than everyone else... even if I’m tired. This quiet time is so essential for prayer, self-care and getting organized for the day. Even though I may get less sleep, it actually helps me to be more efficient during the day and thus saves me energy in the long run.
2) We get outside every day... even if it takes an hour to get everyone out the door, that’s an hour less of struggling with quarrels and no matter how much complaining there is, everyone feels better after.
3) Audiobooks and colouring papers. I prep my meals or clean nearby while the kids colour.
4) Absolutely carve out some me-time at least once every three days where you can get away from your “job” as a parent. Plan it and guard it with the tenacity of a bull terrier. Don’t let it go. It feeds/nourishes you and therefore your family.
5) Music. Dance with your kids or by yourself (in the kitchen!), but I find good tunes always help transport me to a better state of mind ❤️
These are the most helpful strategies I’ve learned over the years. Have you found some of your own? Jot them down in the comments below for others to see.
Oh, and just know every one is struggling to stay sane, even your kids. 🤪 If you are losing your grip, they are - or will - too.
Accept your productivity is going to take a hit while they are home, and find the silver linings that actually make this time special. You or your kids are never going to forget COVID19, so what do you want them to remember about their time at home with you?
Staying Strong When Worried
And when life is usually too fast and busy to put proper priority on our health (yes, even the health practitioners struggle with that!) - well, now we are definitely taking notice and taking care.
Taking care of myself and my family's health shifts me out of fear to one of empowerment. It feels good to be doing something that helps!
There are SOOOOO many things you can do to boost your digestive health and immunity. Here are another two easy things to focus on in the meantime.
Pay attention to HOW you eat. Relax before and during eating, and avoid distractions so you can chew really really well!
This maximizes production of acid in your stomach and sets up your whole digestive system to function properly!
It also helps you to break down and absorb proteins, and vitamins A, C, E, B6 plus iron, zinc and magnesium... all essential for immune health.
Focus on eating fresh fruits and veggies, fermented foods, and soups made with veggies, seaweeds and/or meat bones. These provide you with plenty of Vitamin C, A and zinc, some of the primary nutrients for boosting your immune system. There's more to read about them all here.
With love for your gut,
PS. To help out during COVID19 outbreak, I'm opening up my calendar for the next two weeks. If this or any other virus scares you, let me help you strengthen your immune and digestive systems by identifying where your gut is out of balance and what to do about it.
You can set up your FREE 45-minute Gut Insight and Clarity Call by clicking right here.
It Takes Guts Nutrition
Katanne Belisle RHN
Gut Health Specialist
Whitehorse, YT, CAN
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