In my efforts to get back to school in one piece (and help you too), I realize that EVERYONE has back to school tips. Even TARGET has back to school tips! Mine, however, have nothing to do with notebooks, or lunch boxes, or even homework.
Because, when it comes right down to it, if you don’t feel amazing when life changes, all bets are off. When we (or our kids) are stressed out, the weather starts to change, and the days get shorter the amazing energy we felt all summer starts to wane and the sniffles, the scratchy throat, sinus headaches are knocking on the back door.
DON’T ANSWER IT! Instead, do these three simple things and have a great start to fall and a new school year:
- GET OUTSIDE MORE and ditch the sunscreen. Vitamin D is more effective at preventing the flu than even the flu vaccine (which in my mind isn’t saying a whole lot, but if you get the vaccine that might have some weight with you). The easiest, most effective way to increase your Vitamin D levels is to be exposed to moderate amounts of sunlight every day (10-30 minutes a day is generally recommended).
- Support immune function with essential oils and try reducing the amount of chemicals used in your house/diet/medicine cabinet. For people who are challenged with pollen, changing weather, and pets, try lemon/lavender/peppermint soft gels (or add the oils to a little water and drink). Only certain oils can be ingested, so if you want to know more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend my webinar on Periscope (a new app by Twitter) about these three amazing oils later this month on August 24th at 7:30 pm. Email me NOW if you want to register and receive a FREE gift package for the webinar (its interactive). I’m sending them out on Wednesday August 19th so don’t delay!!
- Make some homemade chicken soup and use BONE IN chicken. Bone broth is extremely healthy and great for immune support! Don’t wait for someone to get sick to make this. It’s comfort food at its best and is great for changing seasons, left overs, as well as an easy light meal. So, my mom was right about this delicious tonic being Jewish Penicillin. :) Chicken soup is SOOOO easy to make! Here is my recipe:
Easy Jewish Momma Chicken Soup: takes about 10 min to set up and then cook on stove for 1 hour (or make in a crockpot!!).
2-3 chicken thighs with bone IN
2-3 chopped carrots and celery stalks
1/2 to 1 medium yellow onion
2-4 cloves of garlic peeled and whole
1 vegan boullion cube (I love the one called Garden Veggie by Edward & Sons)
Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour. My kids LOVE egg noodles in it and matzo balls. My husband loves it with fresh challah (not so healthy but yummy).
I hope this inspires you to start the school year/fall season off right. Let me know if you have any questions or have a favorite tip/recipe to share! :)