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My name is Chantal Souaid Mchantaf and I am a blogger and trainer among many things (you can get to know me better here). This year I embarked on a weekly goal challenge as a means to improve my year one week at a time.
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For this month, we are focusing our health, and for those of you who know me, I have been quarantining myself and my family for the past year and a half. And I mean serious COVID-19 quarantine style.
Recently, and after my family became healthier, and after the COVID-19 outbreak, I felt that I need to remind myself that taking care of my health and my family’s health is needed now more than ever.
So for this week’s challenge, I will share with you my success strategies that helped me keep sickness outside my home for the past one year and a half to keep sickness outside our home.
After sharing my success strategies, we will all download a health plan template that we can fill after deciding what strategies we want to implement this week. I will share the template below.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor a health expert, I am just a person who tried these strategies and they have worked for me and my family. Please consult your health care provider before deciding to practice any of the mentioned strategies.
Our intake strategies, what we took?
- Vitamin C: I personally take vitamin C everyday, I know that there are studies that say that Vitamin C does not boost immunity, yet I follow the studies that say that it does (like Healthline in this post) and for the past 1 year and a half, it has been helping stay healthy and not catchy any cold or flu. If you are like my brother and refuse to take vitamin C, I recommend that you drink several glasses of lemonade or orange juice. Please be ware which dose of Vitamin C you need to take in case you have any health problems and please consult your health care provider for your children’s doses. I personally give my toddlers vitamin to boost their immunity because they should not ever get sick.
- Vitamin D2 and K3: now I know that research on these two have not been fully investigated, Healthline has some articles about that, but my family and I are taking it as it was prescribed by an endocrinologist whom we trust. The choice is yours, make sure you discuss this with your health care provider.
- Zinc: is among the supplements that are said to increase immunity. Read more on what Healthline has to say about zinc . Personally, I take zinc with food and never on an empty stomach or else it will make me nauseous. Anyway, the general recommendation for taking supplements is with food, yet you need to read each supplements prescription or get consultations of your health care provider.
- Honey: we start our day with a teaspoon of honey. There is no need to explain why this is beneficial.
- Royal jelly: Royal jelly is the honey that the queen bee eats to become stronger and healthier, i.e. the queen of bees. This can be sold commercially in pharmacies and through beekeepers. I recommend taking fresh royal jelly if you have access to it. I give my toddlers a very small amount of royal jelly, please check with your health care provider if you can give your children and how much can you give them. Whatever your health care provider says to you, be careful not to give children below 12 months any honey or bee related products.
- Propolis: bees do not only make honey, they also make something called propolis that is known to heal wounds and fight bacteria. To learn more about the benefits of propolis, read what Healthline has to say in this article. So for me and my family, we all take propolis, there are brands specifically for children and ones for adults, but we all take them daily or at least three times a week.
- Bee pollen: is a mixture of flower pollen, enzymes, nectar, honey, wax and bee secretions that are very beneficial for the body. To learn more about the benefits of bee pollen, read what Healthline has to say in this article. We do not eat these daily, because we are already consuming a lot of bee related products, but we try to consume them at least two times a week.
- Ginger tea and lemon: we drink a lot of tea at home, ginger is always in the mix, feel free to create your own tea combination.
- Keep drinking water: so this will be a continuation of Week 5’s challenge that mentions the importance of drinking 2L of water a day. This week, to increase you vitamin C levels, you can add lemon or orange slices to your water.
- Healthy homemade organic meals: I try as much as possible to have us all eat homemade organic meals, I try to put many color in our plates to boost vitamins and stay healthy.
Our Behavioral Strategies, What We Do:
- No shoes allowed at home: when someone visits us, they take off their shoes at the door and we give them brand new hotel slippers. Family members have their own slippers with their names on it. This way, we prevent a little bit of viruses and bacteria from the house, plus we keep our house a bit cleaner ;). Now with the new COVID-19 nothing should be allowed home.
- Disinfect anything anyone touches: we have a daily disinfecting routine where we clean doorknobs, electric lights and plugs, sofas, water handles etc. Depending on your house and where people sit and what they touch, these should be disinfected daily.
- Do not touch our face: for a while now, our faces have become sacred and should not be touches. I only touch my face to wear my contacts and in case I need to wear makeup, which I am not doing a lot lately since I keep washing my face when I wash my hands.
- Gargle with a medical mouthwash or with Apple Cider Vinegar: the mouth is the first stop for things in our throat, so gargling will help kill anything that is trying to get down your throat. Now this strategy might not be effective for COVID-19, yet we do it anyway because the common cold scares us at home.
- Humidifier essential oils: when we have people around, we always have the humidifier on with tee tree oil, eucalyptus, and lemon tree. These fight any bacteria in the air. When we do not have anyone home, we turn it on for an hour a day. There are a zillion other combinations, but I would say that eucalyptus is the best one. Try to get the dry humidifiers that get the smell out without the humidity, this way you can have them on all day.
- Open windows: every morning when we wake up, no matter how cold it is outside, we open our bedroom windows to have fresh air enter our rooms. In the evening when our rooms are closed, we open the living room door a little bit to also have fresh air enter during the evening.
- Put some onion slices to scare the vampires: well, onion slices doesn’t only scares the vampires, it also absorbed virus, or at least that’s what we believe in our family. There are several articles with and several articles without, so, feel free to do whatever you believe. Oh, and some people believe that if you put a slice of onion in your sock, it will help… this i haven’t tried, I promise to try it when I get very desperate!
- Wash your hands every 10 minutes: this is the new bible for everyone anywhere as the World Health Organization recommends it as the number one step to take to prevent COVID-19. Before I got used to washing my hands every 10 minutes, I would set an alarm on my phone that I keep snoozing as a reminder to wash my hands. You can use hand sanitizer or alcohol if you want, yet if you have access to soap and water, why consume the sanitizers. Washing our hands is indeed the best solution to prevent sickness. When our family visits, they directly go wash their hands. I am saying when our family visits since no one other than family visits us :S
- Wear protective masks: okay, I know that a lot of you will revolt now that I am mentioning protective masks especially that the health care providers need them the most now during the COVID-19 pandemic. But in my family where we had a serious health issue, we couldn’t risk transferring anything from one another, so the protective masks helped all of us stay safe including family members. We started this strategy way back before COVID-19 and we cannot stop it now.
- Take a bath and wash our clothes immediately when we come from outside: to keep our house clean, we used to directly go take a shower after coming home and put the clothes that come from outside in the washing machine. This seemed crazy before COVID-19, yet we were happy to do it.
- Disinfect your phone: our phones follow us everywhere and thus they become the biggest nuclear weapon carrying all viruses and germs and bacteria as well as some salt from our fries. I disinfect my phone once a day when I am at home and every hour when I am at work.
- Do not kiss not shake hands: for the past one year and a half, we stopped kissing anyone. I know how hard this is especially when we see someone we love whom we haven’t seen for a while, I have had this experience once when my mom came from abroad, yet we never wanted to risk it. Up until COVID-19 outbreak, I was shaking people for professional of social purposes, then as of February 20, when we had the first case of COVID-19 in Lebanon, I stopped all social touching. I recommend that you do too, and please refrain from kissing during this period!
- Stay at home and don’t welcome anyone: well, as of today, we as a family have officially quarantined ourselves. My husband and I have the flexibility to work from home, so we bought all our house essentials and pharmaceutical essentials and will quarantine ourselves. Unfortunately, we will not welcome anyone, yet with the COVID-19, we are not taking care of ourselves, we are taking care of others around us.
This seems like too much, I know! Please download my below health plan printable for you to create your own health plan for you and your family.
I am sure that you have a lot to add to our strategies, so please share some of the things that you do to stay healthy in the comments below.
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Stay safe and stay at home!
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