Hi there, and Happy Valentine's Day! I thought I would check in and answer your question about how well the oil of oregano and exercise worked to fend off that cold. I would say it worked quite well up to a point, but that in the face of what seems to have been an especially nasty bug, my system eventually got overwhelmed anyway. My husband has been extremely sick with the flu all this week, so I've been worried that my DD and I would be next. I started taking oil of oregano at least twice a day (about 10 drops directly under the tongue per dose), and whatever little symptoms I was having (sore throat, mostly) would usually subside for a few hours after the treatment. I was doing well until yesterday, when I basically collapsed and couldn't get out of bed all day. The interesting thing is, though, that I feel a lot better today, so it was basically a one-day collapse. Since I usually feel the effects of any cold or flu for at least a week, I consider this to be a huge improvement! It's impossible to know what happened or whether I even got the same bug as my DH, but my gut feeling is that the oil of oregano has been helping me to fight off some kind of illness for over a week now, and that it probably helped to shorten the length of the illness. Being more physically fit is also helping. My lungs feel stronger and I'm better able to recover from any hit to the system. Hope you stay healthy and have a great weekend! LP
There have been a lot of pluses to doing the vegan challenge. I feel lighter--never that heavy, digesting feeling like you have after a meal that is meat-based. Even when I eat something that is full of fat, like guacamole, I feel full but not weighed down. I have plenty of energy, I am doing Zumba once a week and am in the pool three afternoons doing laps and I am not significantly hungrier than I was when I was eating meat and dairy.
Another plus is that you really cannot eat much processed food. When you look at labels of things you think are going to be vegan, you will be amazed to see milk solids or powdered egg whites in them. A lot of fake cheese still contains dairy, which is really odd to me. Veggie burgers frequently contain egg whites, except Boca Burgers, so you really have to look carefully. I feel like being vegan is an exercise in mindfulness really, which I think is a good thing. Having to make conscious choices is a good learning exercise.
That's also the downside though, it is hard to plan ahead and have enough food and meet all of your nutritional needs, and it is particularly hard for me because I am in a country where you cannot find a lot of the things that vegans eat. Nutritional yeast, for instance, which is really good for you, and which is used a lot as a cheese substitute on top of pasta etc. If you have access to a health food store and can buy some basic ingredients, it is pretty easy to do for a month.
I've attached some links to good vegan websites, as well as the link to my Pinterest board for vegan food.
The Post Punk Kitchen http://www.theppk.com/ Oh She Glows http://ohsheglows.com/ Pinterest Board http://www.pinterest.com/lulubieg/vegan-ex periment-month/