1. Tea with Honey // 2. Cough Drops // 3. Gatorade // 4. Emergen-C // 5. Salt Water // 6. Tissues
Winter is in full effect here on the East Coast and that means it's cold and flu season. I've already welcomed the New Year with one and apparently so have a lot of other people. These are some items I recommend stocking up this cold and flu season. I am not claiming to be a doctor but just wanted to share what helped me get through my cold. Honey is my favorite item to use because it coats your throat and tastes good. Skip the milk and sugar and just put it directly into your tea. I also prefer honey lemon drops over other flavors and sometimes put them directly into my tea. Take medicine. Don't try to fight it solely on your own. There are tons of products out there so find one that addresses all your problems: cough, cold, fever, congestion, etc. Drink lots of fluids. I like to go back and forth between hot and cold. Hot with the and for cold I either drink Gatorade or Emergen-C. I also like to gargle salt water which helps a sore throat. Also, invest in soft tissues that have some lotion in them. You don't want anything rough!
1. Cereal with bananas // 2. Oatmeal // 3. Chicken Noodle Soup // 4. Mac 'n Cheese // 5. Yogurt
With my cold came a sore throat so it was difficult for me to eat certain foods. I also lost my sense of taste and smell. These are the foods that didn't irritate my throat. I either had oatmeal or cereal with banana slices in the morning. With cereal I would let the milk sit for a bit to soften the cereal (sounds gross... I know) which typically I'd hate but it made it much more bearable. For lunch and dinner, I'd rotate between soup and mac 'n cheese. With the mac 'n cheese I recommend making your own recipe, rather than Kraft in a box, with cheese and milk. That way you can control the thickness and more milk is usually better. For a snack and cold sensation on my throat I'd opt for yogurt or ice cream. You could also opt for an ice pop (sugar free is best).