It’s that time of year again! The season is changing, people are sneezing or coughing, and my clients, friends, and family are saying, “I think I’m getting sick.” Spending time in NYC during the colder months makes it easy for us to catch a cold; germs are EVERYWHERE. However, with my knowledge, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset of a cold, decrease the severity of symptoms, or shorten a cold’s length of time.
There is no doubt that exercise is key, but nutrition is the determining factor on how sick you will be. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants, iron, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, will help your body fight free radicals, be nourished with oxygen and vital nutrients, maintain a strong immune system, and feel energized. Here is a general rule to go by when choosing produce; the more colors – the more antioxidants. Try fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, guava, and mango. Or stock up on veggies such as carrots, bell peppers, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, beets or kale. Try adding tuna, legumes, anchovies, salmon, flax, walnuts, almonds, or soybeans to your diet as well.
Eating foods with high antioxidative properties will make you feel good! Dining at Fresh & Co. is great for your nutrition. At the salad bar, ask for mixed greens or spinach and toss in as many colorful veggies and fruits as you can. Fresh’s to go section offers yogurt blends with fruit and quinoa, edamame and fruit salads, and sandwiches made with a variety of vegetables. From feeling energized to fighting off a cold, choose foods that help your body grow and heal. Luckily, Fresh & Co. makes it easy for us to do so!