Friday Five!

Dear readers, I hope you are having a happier Friday than I. I am still trying to get over this nasty cold. I have to admit, I know exactly why I’m sick. It’s because of the power of the “Jinx.” I had been feeling awfully cocky lately about how it’s been over a year since I’ve been sick (from a cold virus). I explained to my mom, in one of my less-than-humble moments, that drinking green juice every day, and giving up sugar and gluten had made me impervious to sickness. “Seriously,” I said sounding like the worst cliche of a natural-health-loving-obnoxious-hippie, “changing your diet will change your life, and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick again.”

….I’m usually really good about “knocking on wood” when I make statements like that.


I guess I didn’t knock hard enough, because here I am, going on three days of stuffy nose, weak and achy body, pressure headaches, and sore throat. Totally jinxed myself. BLERGH!

But sickness will not defeat the Friday Five! And first on the list are some good resources I’ve collected while reading about how to stop being sick.

1. Sick Resources   (<–get it?  like “sick resources, bro!” lololol. sickness will not defeat my impeccable wit, either)

I really love this post from Gena with some good reminders for natural health lovers and also for those with a history of disordered eating for dealing with a cold virus. Here’s some good advice from the Mayo Clinic on rules for those of us who want desperately to workout even when our bodies are basically shut down. And here are some natural remedies for fighting a cold from Natural Health magazine.

I also got advice from Linguini&Colette on my FB page, recommending hot water with lemon, ginger, and honey. (ps: should I break vegan for the healing powers of honey? haven’t yet).


2. Healthy Food (In)Access

Colorlines is probably my favorite online news source. They have critical, thoughtful writers, and tend to interview critical, thoughtful folks who discuss race primarily, but also how race intersects with sexuality, class, gender, etc. This article is no exception. A friend posted this on my wall and a lot of what Tracie MacMillan says rings true. According to the article,

“McMillan did a yearlong stint working undercover on the nation’s desert farms, mega supermarkets and sit-down fast-food restaurants to explore what keeps Americans from eating well. Her conclusion? By and large, it’s meager pay, long work hours and isolated neighborhoods that the working poor must deal with—and not a lack of interest—which make eating healthfully so difficult.”

Read more here.

3. Healing Stew

Sorry to drag you into my world of sick-lady eats right now, but all I want during the day are smoothies and oatmeal, and all I want at night are hearty veggie soups. Wait a minute….that actually sounds like a normal day, even when I’m not sick! The only difference is that I’m also craving bread for the first time in a while, which is not awesome, but that’s why I was happy to re-read Gena’s post about letting your body eat what it wants when you’re sick. Anyway, I remembered that Angela had a bad cold that lasted for weeks last spring, so I visited some of her old posts and found this:

She calls it “Husband’s Healing Stew” because Eric made it for her. Think I can get Mike to make this for me tonight?

But this looks great even if you’re not sick, right?

4. The Politics of Food Aid

This short article from NPR’s food column discusses the problems with blindly supporting international food aid. Why send US food overseas when aid workers could buy food from local farmers to feed hungry people? But, as the article points out,  there are times that it actually is cheaper to get food from the US.  “The lesson from this is a simple one, the researchers concluded: Don’t set up rigid rules that require food to be bought in any particular place. Buy food wherever it makes most sense.”

5. (raw, vegan, gluten free, sugar free) Thin Mints (!!!!!!!)

The twins at Pure2Raw have been teasing us with pictures of these babies for months, so I was sooo excited that they finally gave us  the recipe! They even made a video for us, too. Thanks, gals! I can’t wait to get healthy so I can make these. : )


6 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. Aravinda Tota says:

    Great Friday Five this week! I hope the cold remedy worked and that you’re back to normal. Did you go honey or no? Lemon and ginger are great, powerful healing foods all their own.

    Also, love the article on food aid (funny I missed that one, I’m such an NPR junkie :P) — I’m STOKED to have recently been introduced to an organization called Trees that Feed, started by a husband and wife team of Jamaicans transplanted to Chicago. They cultivate breadfruit trees and have them re-planted in tropical regions like Jamaica and Haiti where there is need. This way it provides the community with a renewable, locally-sourced, incredibly nutritious and versatile food source! So cool and so excited to get involved with this project!

    • raechel says:

      wow! that sounds like an amazing organization!

      i’m feeling MUCH better. didn’t end up getting the honey, but was lemon/ginger-ing it up, so I think that helped a lot. : )

  2. meaganep says:

    As a non-vegan, I’m pretty firmly in the “honey as healer” camp, but to each her own. All I know is that last winter I was sick for almost the entire season (your first winter working in a public library full time is apparently always a doozy, health wise) and thrice daily green teas with lemon and honey probably did more to keep me going than anything else. Honey really soothes a sore throat, especially when you’ve been coughing for roughly 3 months straight. I hope you get better soon and don’t have to break vegan, but if you do, honey is a good thing to do it for!

    • raechel says:

      I didn’t end up doing the honey, but not because I felt too superior, just because I was too sick to go buy any. : ) But I’m much better now! Hooray!

  3. absolutely ayurveda says:

    hey friend, love the series as usual. i also just wanted to say how much i appreciate your dialogue around “breaking vegan”. it doesn’t happen enough in the community and its absence can lead to disordered thought/feelings about eating non-vegan items. your honesty about sometimes breaking vegan is really refreshing and much needed :)

    • raechel says:

      Oh thank you for saying that! I actually fear that some vegan readers will be turned off with how flippant I am about it. : / But I’m just beyond the point of feeling like I need to be a purist….for better or worse!

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