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Nurse Leo

The flu got me, but Leo and David are taking good care of me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nurse Leo even keeps my spot warm when I go fix some tea.

I’ve also experienced cuddling like never before…

David will say “Leo go check on momma!” And he will come and just lay on my legs. So much love y’all.

Like having an electric blanket on!

I’m not sure who actually likes to take off work due to sickness, but this gal hates it. Seeing this cuteness helps…

So if you feel like you don’t want to pick up your arms… Or legs. Or move in general. Go ahead and start resting more and be conscious of your symptoms. Before I went to the doctor this morning I was resting and my temperature hadn’t spiked (many others with the same thing had a high fever), so I really just thought I had a tough cold. I planned on going to work today too, but I still had the “don’t wanna move feeling” I knew I needed to get checked out before going back to work. Think of others… If you’ve felt bad and been around people with the flu, just be safe and go in for a flu test. Better to know, than not! I came home Monday at lunch and so happy I did– I’m hoping it’s contained to the Stokes’ casa (poor David!)!

So what am I doing? I’m listening to the doctor’s orders: resting and drinking lots of fluids! This includes sparkling water, bone broth soups/stews, lemon water, veggies, and tea. And following some tips in this article for extra healing powers (David is also taking precautions to hopefully avoid it.). But goodness he’s been around it a lot!!

Lots of bone broth for us both… Not bad to do year round really.

While I thaw out more broth, my sweet friend sent a paleo care package for me to enjoy. How awesome is that?? Sparkling water helps change up the fluids a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ And paleo cookies and brownies sure do help too!

I’m having 3 cups of Traditional Medicinal respiratory tea a day. It’s awesome– and I love adding a little local raw honey for extra healing power. And love the cute sayings (see that one says ‘Smile’). Helpful when you’re bored in the house for days… And for the record, daytime TV stinks. Even HGTV and Food Network aren’t as good as they used to be.

Hot cocoa really helps too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Couldn’t recommend Eating Evolved more y’all. One of our favorite Christmas gifts for sure!

But that bowl full of goodness is the best… Chicken soup. Broth, chicken or any other meat, and veggies (carrots and celery are my fav). Throw In some sea salt and oregano– or any other herbs— and you’ve got a bowl of healing powers. Eat and repeat. Side note, totally added a little Kerrygold grassfed butter for some extra healthy fats. Yum!!

Supplements that are helping the symptoms and helped keep the flu from (thankfully) progressing too far…
Barlean’s Organic Oils Olive Leaf Complex— I have been taking that during the winter season anyway just doubled now.
Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend— Normally take daily during the winter months, but doubled it while I’m sick.
Umcka Elderberry – Intensive Cold + Flu Berry— Like a natural mucinex/cough syrup/Benadryl– amazing stuff!
-Also making sure I have a little more probiotics than my normal daily intake… In the form of kraut or kombucha.

And keeping lots of veggies around for soups or turning into chips…

I luckily had David help me put on a big pot of beef (subbed in place of bison) and butternut squash stew… You can find the recipe in the awesome book, Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well this post took me all day to do… But my goodness it’s complete now! Y’all remember to sleep, eat well, and stress less.

Stay healthy out there and feel free to leave a comment with any flu recovery tips. I’m off work until Monday so you’ll be hearing more from me in the social world… I’m already going nuts in the house!!

*A special thanks to everyone that supports my blog. I love interacting with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. And in person, no link for that ๐Ÿ˜‰ I appreciate each of you and love to hear from you!

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Fermented: Book Review

Hey guys! If you have time, hop over to see my review of Fermented on the Against All Grain blog!! Click here for the full post– Fermented Book Review. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be a guest over at AAG– I am still just in shock! So cool seeing it on her blog… So blessed to be apart of the AAG team ๐Ÿ˜‰


In other exciting news… We are getting a puppy tomorrow! He is a black lab and his name will be… Paleo! And we will call him Leo ๐Ÿ™‚


Can’t wait to love on that puppy! Little Leo will join our paleo lifestyle tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hey, y’all have a great weekend and be safe… Enjoy this beautiful weather and don’t forget to enjoy tasty fall foods ๐Ÿ™‚