Feeling better…the natural way!

Unfortunately, I got a terrible cold last week.  It started Wednesday night…I felt so tired and exhausted at work.  I just assumed it was work stress, but the next morning, I woke up with a sore throat.  That day, I had three shows to produce and by the end of it, let’s just say I was a sneezing sick mess. (Plus…you know it’s bad when all three of your anchors are begging you to call out sick the next day!)

True, there are a lot of cold products out there, but when I can, I try to heal myself the natural way.  I’m a big fan of soup and I recently had a black bean soup sample at Trader Joe’s that was out of this world.  I decided to alter it with some cold-fighting ingredients and it actually turned out very delicious.

Here’s the recipe:

Cold Fighting Black Bean Soup
Serving Size: 4 servings
Meal Prep Time: 25-30 min

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Ingredients: 
– 1 carton of Trader Joe’s Latin Style Black Bean Soup
– 1 can of Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Black Beans
– 1/2 jar of Trader Jose’s Roasted Garlic Salsa
– 1 can of Trader Joe’s Premium Chunk White Chicken in Broth
-1 bag of Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Brown Rice
-1 tbsp. of freshly chopped ginger (or less if you don’t like the taste of ginger)
-1 tsp. of cinnamon powder
-Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Bring Trader Joe’s Latin Style Black Bean soup to a low boil.  Add in Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Black Beans, Trader Jose’s Roasted Garlic Salsa, and freshly chopped ginger.  Heat up Trade Joe’s Frozen Organic Brown Rice and add it to soup, along with Trader Joe’s Premium Chunk White Chicken.  Add cinnamon powder. Let it boil for about 25-30 minutes.  (Optional – serve with 1/2 an avocado on top and extra bread for dipping)

So the big cold-fighting ingredients that are in there are ginger and cinnamon.  Ginger is a natural antiviral which helps fight against illness and bacteria that causes a cold. Cinnamon acts as an antiseptic that can kill the cold virus and soothe sore throats (Source: Home Remedies for Life)

Another natural remedy I found while internet searching is honey and cinnamon. By taking a tbsp. of honey with 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon, it can be preventative, and also helpful if you have a cough.

Of course, natural remedies don’t always do the trick right away, but I’d much rather at least try them then load myself up on regular medications.  And the key to really getting better is giving your body a lot of rest and TLC. (And let’s be honest… most of the time, we don’t give it that!)

What are some of your remedies for fighting a cold?

-Brittany

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Yoga: Great for the body, Great for the soul

One of the first things people ask when I tell them I’m a TV news producer is “Boy, that sounds like you do a lot!  Is it stressful?”  And the short answer is – yes!  It’s a stressful job that requires your full attention because you are juggling so many elements.  Some days coming home from work, I find myself completely drained.

One thing that helps bring balance into my life is yoga (I also love my barre workouts too… but that will be discussed in another upcoming post!).  Yoga is great for the mind, body  and spirit and is considered one of the most enduring forms of exercise in this age of workout fads (WebMD has a great article on this HERE).  Plus, it’s a workout that almost anyone can do.

For me, I don’t like to use yoga as my only workout because I like to do more cardio-based workouts that will help me shed the pounds.  But, what I do enjoy about yoga is the way it makes my body feel and I try to incorporate it in my routine AT LEAST once a week. I’m lucky in the sense that my barre studio now offers yoga, but I have recently gotten into restorative yoga.  That yoga is a lot more relaxed and the last hour is solely focused on moving your blocks/accessories around in different positions that you rest on that can improve your posture.  I feel AMAZING after a workout like this and I totally recommend it to anyone that is looking for an “escape.” (And let’s face it – isn’t everyone?)  It actually feels as good as a massage to me… with the added benefit of working out my core!

Plus, yoga can be pretty inexpensive too.  Groupon offers a lot of great deals in the San Diego area.  If you are interested in trying out a class but don’t want to pay the full price, many studios offer community classes that are donation-based.  Usually, they are taught by instructors-in-training, but you still get an awesome workout.  Most of the time, I see the suggested donations for these places are around $5-$8.

What is your favorite form of yoga practice?   Have any places you recommend in the San Diego area?

-Brittany

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Me getting my beach “warrior two” pose on in Malibu.  How can you NOT enjoy that sunset?

Hello world!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my new website. I made it a New Years Resolution to make a new website… my last one was kind of old and outdated.  New year, new change!

Here I will be making posts about projects I’m working on…the inner workings of being in a newsroom, living in San Diego, and some topics I’m interested in.  One of my own personal goals is to travel more, so you’ll be seeing posts about that too.  I’m pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to start a blog and I figured “why not?” when I made this website.

Thanks for following!  Looking forward to connecting with some of you!

-Brittany

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Me in my “happy place”….producing in the booth at KUSI!