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I can’t remember the last time I had a cold, but I know it was before I started eating a whole-foods plant-based diet…Until this week.

I caught a cold.

I shared food with my daughter who didn’t share with me the fact that she had a sore throat.

But you know what?  This cold never even came close to stopping me.  I still completed my usual workouts, ran a bit, and didn’t even stop to take a nap.  To top it off, the bothersome symptoms, aka sniffles and sneezes, only lasted a total of 3 DAYS.  I can live with that.

When I would catch a cold prior to eating this way I would usually have symptoms that interrupted my sleep and daily life for weeks. Colds seemed to linger for me back then and were always accompanied by horrible “keep you awake” kind of coughing at night. I don’t miss that at all.

When I felt the cold coming on I did use my far-infared sauna twice and made sure I ate a lot of produce and no processed food, which I am sure helped.

The main lesson I am taking away from this is that eating a whole-foods plant-based diet supercharges your immune system.  Secondary lesson – do not eat your kiddos leftovers…even if that smoothie they didn’t finish was super delish!


P.S.  My daughter took the picture above on day 2 of the cold…I clearly wasn’t feeling too bad.


Filed under Education, Immune System, Vegan, Vegetarian