Did you ever wander around the kitchen with a blank mind when it comes to dinner time?
Yep, so did I. To add to that, there have been times that I could have happy slept straight through dinner time instead of cooking BUT hungry sons aren’t that forgiving!
Feeling exhausted and in pain, I’ve grabbed the first and easiest thing to cook because I don’t have the energy or patience to think about nutrition. As for thinking about what will boost my immune system and help my symptoms…well it’s all a bit too much.
Things Needed To Change
Here’s how I changed my approach to meal times to ensure my family and I are getting lots of nutrition.
At first, I tried to change everything…yes that worked…NOT! It was totally overwhelming and sent me into a fibro fog frenzy of confusion. So, it was a case of baby steps. Make Small Changes…until they become habit and then move on. Creating positive habits can really power you through the day.
Chunk it all down: plan 1 meal, snack and a drink every few days, until you have enough recipes to last for quite some time and then continue to add to your collection as you go along.
There are several great reasons to plan your weekly meals:
- Ensures you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your meals.
- Takes the confusion out of dinner time.
- Cuts down your shopping bill.
6 Immune boosting foods you don’t want to miss out on.
1. Lemon – this humble little fellow holds so many benefits, he warranted a post of his own. Let’s just say that lemon is great at boosting the immune system and unlike the rest of his family, citrus fruits, once consumed the acidity turns to alkaline – even better!
2. Garlic – a great immune booster, I used to cook it together with onions as a base for a recipe, but heat can reduce its benefits so it’s best to add to a meal just before serving.
3. Broccoli – supercharged with vitamins and minerals A,C and E and packed with many other antioxidants and fibre, broccoli is an awesome addition to your meal plan. I did have a nasty habit of cooking it until it turned to mush, yuk. It only needs to be cooked a little so that it retains as much nutrition as possible. (I do cook and let cool, even if I’m going to use it in a salad as eaten raw, it can have an impact on hypothyroidism)
4. Ginger – now here’s another fella that deserves a post of his own but I had to include him here. So versatile it can be used in so many dishes and even shots (watch out…it’s hotter than chili, be warned). Great at boosting and balancing the immune system.
5. Turmeric – I was used to turmeric in curries and hadn’t really looked further. You can either use the root or a ground powder to add so many benefits to your recipes as well as delicious tea.
6. Green Tea – Green tea is packed with epigallocatechin gallate (I have no idea how you pronounce that) otherwise known as EGCG a powerful antioxidant that enhances the immune system.
There are so many simple additions you can make to your daily meals to improve your immune system, I have decided to write a series of posts rather than one long, never ending post 😊.
Have a wonderful, healthy day xxx