I couldn’t escape it this winter. Although I have certain ailments that I’ve dealt with throughout my life (migraines, for example), I pride myself on being one of the lucky ones who skirt the mega colds, flus, and bugs. Aside from a bad bout of bronchitis almost two years, I’ve been sick-free since. My luck has run out though. I mentally cursed when that feeling of achiness started creeping in last night and by morning, it was official: I was under the weather. Arming myself with a hot mug of tea with honey and a throat lozenge, I shuffled my way around the house in fuzzy socks and a sweater willing my body to stop aching. It didn’t listen. Oh, the tea helped. And so did the throat candy. But alas, I sit here with aches in my shoulder blades, lower back, and legs, only temporarily distracted for an hour while I watched Iron Chef America: Battle Deep Freeze (how appropriate for the winter!) on Food Network. At least my flaming cheeks don’t feel like hot plates anymore.
I had plans to show you all another wintry scrapbook layout today, but because of my aches I could not sit still and had to give up a quarter way through. I shuffled around long enough to gather my scrapbook supplies and I sat down long enough to crop my photos and cut out my cardstock. Then I gave up and retreated to my living room couch and proceeded to fidget and sulk in my blanket as I watched television for the rest of the day. Sigh. How pathetic.
So instead of the pretty scrapbook layout, I’m posting about what makes me feel better when I’m not feeling well: ginger ale, tea, toast and jam (when I had bronchitis, I ate 4 slices of toast with jam in one sitting!), and food and drink in a mug. I have taken quite a liking to eating and drinking my breakfasts and snacks out of my giant orange mug and the best part is having something warm and cozy in my hands straight out of the microwave.
My current obsession: vanilla almond cereal with sliced almonds in almond milk. I swear to you I’m not an actual almond in human disguise! If someone told me several years ago I’d be in love with almonds, I would scoff and then laugh. Even though almonds are technically seeds or drupes as opposed to true nuts, I’ll refer to them as nuts for argument sake. In all my life, I have never really liked cow’s milk or eating nuts of any kind. Over the past year though, I’ve fallen in love with almond milk (which I prefer much more than cow’s milk) and I’ve found myself truly enjoying almond baked goods and actual almonds.
After hearing about almond milk from vegetarian and vegan friends, I gave it a shot and loved it. I’ve been taking advantage and integrating more vegan options into my diet (I have an allergy to soy milk so it’s almond milk all the way!) and my mum took advantage of a few sales at the grocery store, so I’ve been able to slurp it up more often now. I feel really lucky not having nut allergies like so many of my friends do, so nuts are something I don’t take for granted anymore.
My feel-good remedy besides tea and toast with jam? Pouring some almond milk into a mug, nuking it for 30 seconds, and making a mountain of vanilla almond cereal (Oatmeal Crisp or Special K will do the trick!) in it with crunchy sliced almonds on top. Even if it doesn’t banish the germies, it’ll make you feel warm and cozy all over.