So my knifey throat has progressed to a full-on phlegm fest, and I am in the throes of a very unpleasant head and chest cold. And oh! How I hate being sick. Medicating myself would be unavoidable, I realised.
Most OTC drugs make you drowsy so you can’t take them during the day. I also don’t like overdoing it with drugs, so I decided to rustle myself up a hot toddy, without alcohol (if there’s one thing I hate more than being sick, it’s warm alcohol).
I was a little concerned as I hadn’t yet introduced some of the ingredients (lemon and ginger), but since my health had already taken such a dive, I figured lemon and ginger could only do me good.
You can use the recipe from the image above, or check out my simplified version below. I am also not a fan of adding spice to my hot drinks, and I think my version works just as well!
SCD-legal hot toddy
– Half a lemon
– 2 tsp honey
– a few slices of ginger
– boiling water (herbal teabag optional)
– a tot of alcohol if you like (probably whiskey if you can handle it)
Squeeze the lemon into a glass/mug and add the honey and ginger. If you’re not using alcohol, you can add a herbal teabag.
Pour in about 250ml of boiling water, and stir vigorously to dissolve the honey (otherwise it just sinks to the bottom). Allow to cool a little, but try to drink as hot as possible – you want to sweat the bugs out!
I don’t seem to be having any adverse reactions to the lemon or the ginger. Lemon can in fact be introduced on Phase 3, as long as it’s cooked. However, I feel that using just the juice and adding it to hot water should be fine. As for ginger, it’s SCD legal but there’s no indication of when to introduce it on the phases list. Hence I regard it like honey – introduce it when you feel you’re ready.
Honey, lemon and ginger are all known to have amazing healing qualities, and the combination, steeped in hot water, just feels like it’s giving your immune system a massive health boost. I’m also dosing up on vitamin C, eating loads of veg (as usual) and trying to take it easy this weekend.
I can’t ignore, though, that as a person who seldom gets sick, it is noteworthy that I’ve been ill twice on this diet so far. I have read that people with IBD have compromised immune systems. So I really can’t say at this point whether it’s that, or the diet, or simply a coincidence. I can say, however, that it’s REALLY fucking annoying.