Well, as they say….”hindsight is 20/20″! Looking back over the last several weeks, I know I wasn’t listening to the signs and symptoms that I, yes I, the nutritionist, the healthy one, the one who never gets sick; but did anyway!
I was angry with myself!!! Yes, I know we can’t (not even me) prevent from getting sick, but I had the signs; whistles were blowing, horns were going off and I disregarded them. So, moving on, what I have learned once again; that we have so much power and control in trying to prevent the actual onset of the flu or cold.
We have viruses and so many bugs and critters around us all the time, whether our body is going to be the perfect candidate or not for them to take residence in our body, can be totally up to us most of the time.
How? Viruses, bugs and critters want to live in bodies that are going to support their living, so they want an unhealthy body, right? So back to me and my perfect setup for that. I traveled just before the holidays. I know, what is wrong with traveling and vacation? It is a stressor, it just is. From the plane which is basically a “petri dish”, to not sleeping in my bed, to eating not my usual, activities more than the usual … you add a great potential for the odds of getting sick when it is all over.
The holidays added on to that. We all know the stress of the holidays … food not the usual and/or in abundance, not just once or twice, adding in alcohol, not just once or twice, family; we love ’em, but we know what sometimes goes on can be stressful and then just hearing that people everywhere are starting to get sick and I was like, here it comes and it did.
But the kicker, it came and was on its way out and then … came back with a vengeance! Well, I deserved it! I continued to not listen to what was going on with my body and thought like I was superwoman or something! I really didn’t think I was superwoman, but you would think I was when I continued on with my shenanigans! I went skiing which was great, but in Wisconsin, we all know what the weather is like here and I got cold, deep cold, like chilled to my bones. Not to mention that I was overtired from being out the night before and not necessarily eating or drinking like a nutritionist!
It doesn’t end there….I was in downtown Milwaukee for a Bucks game and had to walk; in the cold, again, to the game, but first, a stop for a quick bite of bad food (again) and that is when I believe I had finally opened the door to my body for whatever wanted to invade it as I put the sign “Open for the Flu” all over it, over and over again!!
I haven’t been that sick for a very long time and I had a very long self-talk with myself as to making myself more important than how I was and ways that I could have toned down the bad choices. I don’t live in a “bubble” nor do I expect anyone else to. I know we all can see in hindsight that we all can make some better choices for our bodies and our health. Maybe it is taking just a little bit more care of ourselves especially during the season of “ick”, I know I will!