Whole 30: Fighting The Flu While On Whole 30

Well friends, according to the thermometer it looks like I'm getting the flu.  One of my kids came down with it Thursday night (confirmed Type A flu) and then she sneezed, coughed, and drooled on me for the next three days. The Whole 30 is a magical thing but even unicorn magical bone broth has limits as to what it can prevent when you've been drenched in germs for days. She's almost back to 100% so it looks like it's my turn to get sick. 

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Despite the lack of sleep and concern for my child I've stuck to the Whole 30 without fail.  I don't say this to brag.  I say this because I had a stage 5 Oprah level AHA moment.  Going off of Whole 30 will not help me or help my family.  Going off Whole 30 will not help me feel better.  Going off Whole 30 will not help my immune system fight the onslaught of germs.  Soothing stress with wine, chocolate, cheese, or chips wouldn't make anything one single bit better.  I had absolutely no desire for any of those things because they didn't serve me.  It didn't take willpower.  It was just a simple choice.

I loaded up on bone broth, tea, lots of water, elderberry, and good solid meals of protein and vegetables.  I wasn't able to get a lot of sleep but I rested when I could and didn't push myself to workout.  I knew that when/if I did get sick the stronger I was beforehand the better off I would be when the virus caught up with me. 

For now, I have a low grade fever and a slight fuzzy feeling in my brain.  My hope is that being off dairy, sugar, grains, alcohol, etc. will keep me from getting super sick and will speed my recovery.  I'm drinking lots of water and I'm defrosting more Bonafide Provisions bone broth to sip on throughout the day.  I will finish the Whole 30 strong and I will keep up with my fledgling healthy habits.  Sure, some day I will add back in a few things but that won't be this week while I fight this bug.  It won't be any time soon while I rebuild my strength and the strength of my family. 

I'm so thankful I decided to do the Whole 30 this month and encourage you to try it if you haven't done so already.  It won't fix your entire life or even fix your health in just 30 days.  What it will do is give you energy and a new outlook on how to go forward past those 30 days. 

I've learned a lot this month.  Have you?

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