Sunday, January 20, 2013


Woo, nasty illness season. First that mutant strep throat and now, a really bad case of the flu that lasted 3 weeks. Yesterday (Sat.) was the first day I felt any better; I first got sick between Christmas and New Year's, on Dec. 30; today is Jan. 20! Wow, nasty. Fever, aches, and my sinuses still hurt like crazy.

I took my Vitamin D, my Vitamin B12, and I even got a flu shot back in October. Perhaps that was my undoing! I have heard that the flu was especially virulent this year. I think from now on I'll frantically and fanatically wash my hands (not that I wasn't) and have hand sanitizer in every room in the house! Maybe I can spray it at the kids!

So now everyone is looking at me like, "Oh so much for being a vegan, huh?" Except, I think I would have been worse if I had been eating meat and dairy, esp. the dairy. All I know is that the arthritis has not come back and despite the pain and aches and misery, I could keep down things like rice and plain pasta and some steamed veggies.

Now that I'm starting to feel better, I want to reintroduce 30 minutes of exercise every single day, 6-7 days per week, into my routine. I didn't want to overdo anything today, but after going shopping, I came home and stretched, lifted weights, and did a couple of sun salutations. It was a nice, not too strenuous, workout with just enough weight and effort. Need to increase it every day a little, add in a walk with the dogs.

So...I vow for the new year to be a happy and HEALTHY vegan. Here's to nuts and seeds and fruit and veggies! And occasionally tofu and tempeh.