The Old Gray Mare… She Ain’t What She Used to Be


I partied hard the weekend before my birthday.  I will spare you the details but it involved an extremely entertaining place called Johnny’s Hideaway and some of the best friends a 40+1 girl could ask for.  It was awesome. Another benefit of being a full fledge grown up without small children and with an amazingly supportive husband.  It was lonely at times when I was a young mom (my friends didn’t start having kids until recently)  but where I stand right now… Winning! Ha!

By my actual birthday some three days later I was sick.  My daughter had gotten a bit of a bug and I had caught it. I wasn’t too concerned  as she didn’t seem to bothered by it: a little sore throat and fatigue but she managed just fine.  I would just let mine run its course just like she did.

But that’s the thing about being fit and forty. You forget that you are indeed, well…a bit older.  Our experiences with this crud were quite different.

However, there was no time to nurse or worry about a cold on my birthday.  By midday my city was in a state of Emergency.  My personal experience with the horror was limited (thankfully) but my yoga teacher and good friend Hope describes her first hand account here.  *SN- My college kid who lives smack dab in the middle of the city is suffering from a toothache and going to the dentist isn’t an option right now. Talked him through oil pulling and it has brought him relief.*

I woke up the next day (Day 2) and felt like a truck had run over me and then went in reverse. Congested, and dizzy… I could not believe how sick I truly was!  So I  stayed  hydrated, increased my vitamin C and I stayed in bed.  By late afternoon, my husband pulled out the neti pot and put it on the sink like an invitation (he was over it- poor guy). Although I knew it would bring me relief, I could not see myself cutting off any additional airflow in my nostrils.  I was certain I would drown and die. (No, this is not my first time using a neti pot) My daughter came in and reminded me that she has done this for years and lives through it each and every time… nothing like a kid shaming you to put things in perspective.

Instant relief! I was able to get a decent night’s sleep. When I woke up, I was better but not out of the woods. Time for an additional attack.

Today (Day 3) I thought about why the severity of the cold caught me so off guard. On Monday Jan and I went to R. Thomas, a well known eatery in Atlanta that serves up healthy vegan, vegetarian, and meat dishes in one really cool environment. I had gone there with two friends a few weeks back and had the Big Bang: A one size fits all hot, frothy, drink made of freshly juiced apple, lemon and ginger. Lots of ginger. On the day before my birthday, I ordered another one. I really think it pushed the cold back a bit. I had been feeling a little under the weather but the Big Bang had given me a zing of health. Today I set out to make it myself with the ingredients I had on hand (Snowmaggedon 2014 meant no trip to the store).


Big Bang- Yes Please!

Here’s what I used:

1 pink grapefruit

about a 2 inch section of ginger

1 pear

1 teaspoon of raw honey (the grapefruit had a bit of a kick that I wanted to tone down)

I juiced it all in my juicer and then I transferred it to my Vitamix where I added the honey and put it on for about 5 minutes. Ahhh…. my deep, cleansing breaths were possible once again! I plan on using lemon next time (I think it will take 3-4 lemons); the grapefruit+ ginger combo was a bit too powerful. I may keep the honey… I like the flavor it added.

I roasted chickpeas using this recipe while I was preparing my hot juice. I forgot about them (fuzzy head casualty)  and they got a little burnt but they were still good. Amy, one of the Detox Challengers, thinks they taste like corn nuts… I agree.

I fully intended on adding Tito’s vodka (gluten-free) to the Big Bang but I forgot.  How does one forget vodka you are asking? Get a head cold the size of Texas that’s how.  Now, I like to correct my mistakes so I guess I got to go make it again before I go to bed. Hee hee! Night folks!


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