As cold and flu season approaches, I’m more motivated than ever to maintain a whole food diet for my family. Ever since we ditched most processed food a few years ago, we rarely get sick. And when one of us does get sick, it’s mild and it doesn’t linger. It doesn’t usually spread through the family, either. I know that if I were to fall back into a diet of takeout and packaged convenience foods, we’d start catching lots of colds again.
I recently attended a cooking demo event that highlighted the importance of eating healthy food during cold and flu season. The event took place at Henrietta’s Table, the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in the Boston area. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Chef Peter Davis, the highly-regarded locavore chef at Henrietta’s Table, shared his philosophy about supporting local farms and food producers. He demonstrated how he makes his delicious heirloom squash soup. Eating local, nutrient-rich produce is a great way to defend against illness.
The event was sponsored by Braun Thermometers, and we learned about their no-touch forehead thermometers. I really could have used one of these when my children were younger and they got sick frequently. The minute-long wait to get a reading on a traditional thermometer was often excruciating.
With this high-tech model, you can get an accurate temperature reading in about a second without even touching your child’s forehead. You can even sneak into your child’s room during the night and grab a reading without a wake-up. Brilliant! Braun also carries an ear thermometer that registers an accurate temperature in seconds.
Braun’s Mobile Tour is traveling around the country to spread the word about their convenient quick-read thermometers and to support wellness at the same time. For each temperature taken at Braun’s Mobile Tour, Braun will donate a dollar to the local children’s hospital.
Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter
Hopefully we won’t need this no-touch thermometer too much during the winter ahead, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Here are some healthy eating and hygiene tips that will help keep colds at bay:
- Eat a varied diet of whole foods.
- Wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
What would you add to this list? Please share your tips in the comments.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary lunch at Henrietta’s Table as well as various items including a Braun No-Touch Thermometer. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.