What I Ate: Getting over a Cold

Is there some sort of Spring sick-wave going around? Everyone I know is getting sick– including myself last week.

I think I jinxed myself because just a couple weeks earlier I was thinking how lucky I was that I hadn’t been sick in a while, even with the suppressed immune system that typically comes with being pregnant. Then, out of the blue last week, I came down with one of those colds that required a full 3 days of rest to feel back to normal. Perhaps it was my body telling me to take it easy? (I definitely needed to!)

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(This is how we spent our Sunday– not bad, if you ask me.)

Now that I’m back to normal, I’m feeling pretty behind in most everything. My fridge isn’t stocked, my house isn’t clean, my recipe to-do list is piling up, and I’ve got just two weeks until I travel for the photo shoot for my next book, which is leaving me a bit frazzled. (Because I hate, hate, hate leaving my son, even if it’s only for a couple of nights.) Of course, there’s only so much I can do in the amount of time I have, so I’m trying to accept that I can’t do everything that I want to do and I’ll just have to be okay with that.

Being pressed for time, I thought I’d share another “What I Ate” post to give you a peek at how I’ve been eating this week. I’ve been relying on take-out for lunch way more often than I’d like to admit, because the set of recipes I’m working on this week aren’t exactly meal-worthy… unless I want to make a full meal of muffins and cookies!

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Morning: Our smoothie routine is a life-saver on busy weekday mornings. Yesterday I made a smoothie of frozen peaches, frozen strawberries, frozen coconut meat, fresh baby spinach, several soft Medjool dates, and about 3 cups of water. This amount makes enough for me and my husband to each have 24 ounces (we use these travel cups) to take to work with us, plus a little extra for our son.

I also keep an array of shelf-stable fruit at my desk at work, so I have healthy snacks on hand. (I have to eat pretty much every two hours these days.) I had two small apples, followed by a frozen Cashew Butter Cookie, which I keep stashed in my work freezer when I need something a little more satiating. I also usually have a comforting cup of decaf green tea at some point during the morning– I like Yogi brand’s decaf the best.

Afternoon: For lunch, I picked up take-out from a local pizza place. I ordered a full-size Greek salad and a side of white bean hummus, served with cucumber slices instead of flatbread. (I love seeing healthy gluten-free options at restaurants!) My son eats the hummus with a spoon, and then I take the leftovers to work with me so I have a snack ready for when my 3pm hunger hits. I’m not kidding when I say I eat every 2 hours! My co-workers probably hear me chewing from my office all day long…

Evening: When I get home from work, it’s time to work on recipes and make dinner for my family. I’m currently perfecting a muffin recipe for the new cookbook, so I made a batch of muffins with three different types of crumble toppings, along with a deep-dish vegan & paleo cookie. (Two things I definitely don’t mind taste-testing!)

For dinner, I whipped up one of our fast favorites– Pizza Stir Fry. It’s ready in about 20 minutes with very little prep work. So delicious!

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? What are your favorite take-out options? 

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Meet Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organs— no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

7 thoughts on “What I Ate: Getting over a Cold

  1. Laura ~ RYG

    Hi Megan! Sorry about your cold. I’m not sure how you feel about Vitamin D, but since I started taking it I haven’t had a cold in 4 years! Is this a coincidence? Or does it just work? I don’t know!! Anyhow, sickness has been so bad where I live that schools have been closing down so the staff can cleanse the school. Crazy. I’m such a fan of people staying home when sick! Please don’t come to work!!!

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      I agree, I HATE it when people go to work sick or take their sick kids to school! (Pretty sure that’s how we got sick in the first place– my son goes to toddler art & music classes several times a week, and it’s a cesspool…) I need to get my vitamin D levels tested again, but I do keep a supplement on hand for whenever I start feeling a little run down.

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  2. Julia

    Hi, Megan! I just came down with an awful cold as well. I hope you feel better soon! I had a question for you: I preordered your first cookbook (REALLY excited for another one!), got that lovely bunch of preorder recipes. I have a craving for your chocolate smoothie, but went to find my recipe bundle and it was GONE! I seriously have no idea where those recipes went. Is there any way you could send me that recipe bundle again? I need that smoothie! 🙂

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  3. Silky Bee

    Hi Megan! I had to laugh so hard when I saw the first picture in your post because that was pretty much how I spent my weekend with my little one.
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! And thank you for reminding me of the smoothie routine. I was pretty good at making a smoothie every morning but recently everything has been so busy (at home and at work) that I just dropped it.
    I’m currently 24 weeks along with # 3 (a girl after 2 boys) and need to get back to my healthy habits. But sometimes it’s just so hard not to be lazy after a stressful day.
    I’m going to try that stir fry and hope that the kids will eat some greens.

    Silky B

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  4. Melissa

    Mmmmmmm…. I can’t wait to try all the new yummy recipes! When will your new cook book be coming out? I LOVE your first one! I often realize at the end of the day that my breakfast, lunch and dinner were all from either your blog or book! Lol
    Love the what I ate posts

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      Thanks! I’m so glad to hear you’re loving the first book. The next one won’t be out until early next year– we’re shooting the photos for the book next week!

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  5. Laura

    I’ve battled a cold for a couple weeks now as well, I’ve added some superfoods to my morning smoothie like maca and made a turmeric latte paste to fight the inflammation. I also take zinc twice a day while the cold symptoms are there. Hope you’re feeling better!

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