Under Attack

Husband came home from work last night to this.

Yep. That’s how we roll in the Thode house.

And the best part was that while I was hiding behind my couch bunker, I heard Husband walk in the door, followed by 10 seconds of silence. Then he says, “So it’s like that,” and cocks his gun. ZERO surprise or hesitation in his voice.  He gets me.

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Speaking of being under attack, how are your sinuses these days?  The pollen count alert is high today in Kansas City, and has rendered those around me indecipherable.  “I’m sorry, I have NO idea what you are saying to me.  Why does your voice sound all….Tom Waits-y??”

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There are conflicting arguments that eating local honey can elevate or eliminate allergies by acting as a vaccine, using the pollens that bees carry from flower to flower that then eventually finds their way into honey.  Some studies say it’s true. Some studies say it’s not. I like to shop locally whenever I can, and I LOVE honey, so if it  helps to get rid of nasty headache or sinus pressure, sign me up.  And if it does ABSOLUTELY nothing for allergies, at least my taste buds are happy!

So when I saw some delicious-looking local honey at the City Market Farmers Market, I had to get some. I started chatting with Bob Harrison from Busy Bee Acres in Odessa, MO and I LOVED him. He was so adorable in his jean overalls and John Deere hat! I could tell he’d been wearing that hat since before Ashton Kutcher made it annoying cool. Bob and his wife Liz have been harvesting honey since the beginning of time, and their honey is raw (unfiltered and unpasteurized) and delicious!

If you are a KC native, you’ve got to visit the Harrison’s at City Market, easily my favorite weekend activity in the city. They are there every Saturday!

Putting the honey debate aside, when you start to feel those “something’s in the air” blues, focus on your diet and exercise plan.  Eat as clean as you can, to help strengthen your immune system and give you the nutrients to feel energetic throughout the day. Get  your heart rate up at least 30 minutes a day – physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, your body has more energy to fight infections and you have more energy to go about your day.  It’s a win win!

{My Cucumber Hummus – Recipe to Come!}

What do you mean “eat clean”?

Simply put, eating clean means eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbs. It also means staying away from the junk that typically makes up the American diet. These foods include man-made sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fat), preservatives, additives, white bread, and any other ingredients that are unnecessary. An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: “if man made it, don’t eat it.”

I know that might sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Start with one meal a day.  Commit to eating one clean meal a day, whether that’s oatmeal (homemade, not from a packet) for breakfast, a veggie packed salad with balsamic vinegar for lunch or sweet potatoes and grilled chicken or tofu for dinner. And if you have any questions – ask away! We’re in this thing together!

Do you have allergies?  What do you do to feel better?

What was the last “belly laugh” thing you did after a long day?

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