Sunday, November 28, 2010

I Surrender!

I surrender!  I'm officially sick and I know it is entirely my fault.  You see, I use to have the immune system of a warrior.  I never got sick and I fully blamed this on the fact that my diet and lifestyle were very healthy.  I'm a firm believer that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you in return. 

Well that is a great theory and I still do believe it, but there are some instances where as healthy as you may be, you just have no control over.  When I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis last year, I started a pretty potent treatment that I've been on ever since.  One of the side effects of this treatment is it lowers your body's ability to fight sickness and infection and lowers your immune system.  So basically, any opportunity I give myself for an illness to enter, it will.  Thursday's Turkey Trot = perfect opportunity! So now, I'm reaping the effects with a sore throat, cough, runny nose, slight fever and just feeling plain lousy.  

Even though I may not be able to keep sickness away as easily anymore, I can still do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't stick around too long.  Tons of fluids and rest is my remedy and that is just what I've been doing. 

Thankfully, my appetite usually isn't effected when I get sick.  If anything, it's usually more noticeable.  I made myself a big bowl of warm and comforting oatmeal for breakfast yesterday. 

Whipped Banana Oats with Berries, Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Vanilla Almond Granola 

My mom has already taken down the fall decor and has put up everything Christmas.  There is even Christmas soap in all of the bathrooms.  Oh, it's begun!

The only thing I wanted all day was warm liquids to sooth my throat, so for lunch, I decided to whip of a batch of Butternut Squash and Apple soup using the leftover veggies from Thanksgiving.

 It actually turned out pretty tasty. I definitely like a little texture in my soup and this came out perfect.

Last night, Toly and I actually had the house to ourselves for the first time since we've moved in.  We have not had a night like this in months so we decided to make it a special one.  We opened a bottle of wine and made dinner together, just like old times.

Dinner was excellent!  We made Shrimp Scampi and Garlic Parmesan Tilapia on Roasted Garlic and Basil Linguini with a lemon butter sauce.

Also, roasted tomato and feta Bruschetta. (Toly's favorite)

All together, a wonderful meal eaten with the sounds of Christmas music and the freshly lit tree in the background.

We ended the night with a move and bowls of Chocolate Hazelnut Gelatto.  Couldn't get much better than that! 

Well it got a little better for me when I chugged some Tylenol to knock me out until 8am this morning.  

Today, I have nothing on the agenda expect for more rest.  Hopefully tomorrow, I'll be back to normal. 

Have a wonderful day everyone! 



  1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that you're sick!! I really think that healthy diet and exercise can do WONDERS in terms of keeping you healthy, but sometimes those bugs just can't be avoided!! I hope you feel better soon :)

  2. I'm so sorry you're sick! Ulcerative Colitis does not sound like very much fun - I have horrible digestive issues, and I've actually never seen a doctor for them, but I'm thinking it's time... horrible stomachaches all the time.

    I'm so glad Toly and you got to have a nice evening by yourselves - although, I'm kind of jealous you're spending Christmas at home with your parents this year... I'm going through some mad withdrawals right now. :)

  3. oh gosh, its no fun to be sick :( some nice soup and dinner is the perfect remedy!

  4. Well I'm so glad to hear you're resting and taking in lots of liquids (thats what works for me too!). What a fun date night in you two had last night! The meal looks fabulous. We're getting ready to put up our holiday decor today too. I can't believe its already that time!

  5. Sounds like a fun date night, despite you being under the weather. At least you still have an appetite ... keep drinking those fluids, and get better, girl!! :)

  6. Oh girl get better soon! I'm sorry to hear your sick. :( Rest up and eat lots of comfort foods!

  7. I am sorry you are sick! I am right there with you :(

  8. Hope you feel better soon - being sick is never any good! How did you get Ulcerative Colitis, anyways? I've never even heard of it before?!

  9. i hope you feel better! sometimes my hunger is exacerbated by sickness as well. funny how that works!