January 6, 2016 Healthy Eats How to Stay Healthy Through Winter A few weeks after we got back from our Thanksgiving trip Rob came down with a cold and seeing as we live together, I soon noticed that I was feeling a little under the weather too. Before I knew it, I had a stuffy nose and sore throat. Last week’s return to Chicago also shocked my body. It had been so warm in Texas and one day after returning, we got a bunch of snow and cold weather that I wasn’t prepared for. Thankfully with the New Year holiday, last week was a lazy one and allowed me plenty of time to relax and recuperate. Now that things are back in full swing, I’m doing my best to stay healthy because I simply don’t have the time for sick days! Life is crazy enough as it is, but adding in a cold, makes things worse, so I wanted to share a few of my top wellness tips for staying healthy in winter! Drink More Water I’ll admit that I’m not the best about drinking lots of water, but I’m working on it. When I’m really hungry, I always drink a big glass of water. I typically realize that I’m not quite as hungry as I thought and keeps me from over-eating. I also try to drink a glass of water between each glass of wine or cocktail when I’m out. Not only will it save you from a massive hangover, but it keeps you hydrated too. Go Easy on Yourself Taking a day off is pretty tough when you work from home, so I rely on Vicks DayQuil SEVERE to keep me feeling as good as possible with a cold. It wards off symptoms and let’s me get things done so I can keep from falling behind on my work and keep my clients happy. That being said, I still don’t push myself too hard when I’m feeling sick because that only makes it worse! Make Soup Or even better? Have someone make it for you! This soup homemade chicken noodle soup is hearty, healthy and really easy to whip up since it doesn’t have too many ingredients (your husband could even make it). Take a Hot Bath I love taking a hot bath or shower just before getting into bed. Not only is it really relaxing, but it keeps me warm and helps me fall asleep faster. Sometimes my muscles ache when I’m sick too, so this always feels good. Get a Goodnight’s Sleep Getting a good night’s rest when you’re sick can be tough — especially if you’re coughing or you have a stuffed nose. Vicks NyQuil SEVERE relieves those symptoms and helps you sleep soundly. And nothing heals you faster than lots of rest! How do you battle colds during the winter? What do you do to prevent them? P.S. Feeling under the weather? Make sure to pop over here where Vicks is sharing some great deals with The Fox & She readers to help you guys stay happy and healthy during the winter months! Get Better Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 cup onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrot, chopped 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/4 tsp garlic powder 8 cups of low sodium chicken broth 2 roasted chicken breasts, shredded 2 handfuls of small curled noodles salt and pepper to taste Directions Heat oil in a dutch oven (this is my favorite one) over medium heat. When hot, add onions, celery, carrot and dried thyme and stir to combine. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic powder and broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add chicken. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add noodles and simmer for 15 more minutes or until noodles are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. * This post was sponsored by Vicks, as always, all opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Fox & She up and running!