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Flu: Why I came down with it & how you can avoid it

I rarely get the flu. This morning however, Facebook reminded me that 7 years ago I had to miss receiving my Master’s diploma thanks to a flu. A flu so bad that I passed out in my hallway and fell against my bedroom door handle, leaving a gash on my forehead. I went to the doctor to see what they could do, only to fall asleep while waiting. Depleted of all possible energy, I couldn’t eat or drink and all I did was sleep for days. The worst part was my parents also had it so as much as I knew they wouldn’t make it to my graduation, I held out hope for myself until right before I had to leave, then I conceded defeat.

If you know me now, this probably seems completely out of character because I rarely get sick. The reason for that is that I’ve been under Chiropractic care for 9 years now and I take care of my immune system in order to ward off the year’s colds and flu. I know what to do to ensure that I don’t miss anymore important events in life. This was the last time I was really sick. That is, until October 1, 2016. Earlier this month, I


Ward off the flu with these simple tips

came down with an intense cold that lingered for a week, then just as that was finishing up, I got hit with a nasty flu for another week! Two weeks of ugh.

I know what you’re thinking. “Um don’t you tell people how not to get sick?” We do. But we’re also human and we make mistakes. My mistake was allowing my immune system to weaken. How did I do that? I let stress get the better of me. Mental and emotional stress can have a direct effect on the physical body. As soon as I allowed myself to succumb to the stress I was experiencing, my immune system weakened and altered my state from defensive to defenseless. To make matters worse, instead of doing what I could to nip it in the bud, I gave in to my lack of willpower and it lingered for longer than it should have.

So what did I do wrong and how can you avoid getting the flu?

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Nutrition: Get the Edge Kanata

If you want to be an elite hockey player, it takes lots of dedication and hard work, strength and conditioning, dry-land workouts and plyometrics.  All of this is critical; however, without proper nutrition, your dedication to achieving optimal hockey performance can be deterred with poor eating habits.

Since you’re serious about being a top athlete, you’ll find it difficult to achieve your goals without proper cellular nutrition. It is simply that important, so start building a solid foundation for long-term sports fitness and health.

In order for your cells to function optimally, they must be able to absorb the nutrients you


To reach the elite level of performance requires the right fuel.

Carey Price and other hockey players understand how important nutrition is to their performance
consume. Starting in the digestive tract, you need both balanced nutrition and receptive cells to accomplish this. When either or both of these systems are impaired, memory, clear thinking, problem solving and even mood can be affected. This is why cellular nutrition is essential for your good health.

Tying Nutrition to Your Hockey Performance

For hockey, nutrition is a key link between physical preparation and improved game performance. No matter how hard you work on and off the ice, without the right nutrition you’ll never achieve optimal hockey performance.

Learn how to delay fatigue, speed post-game recovery, promote prevention of illness, and assist the rehab process after an injury. Once a player realizes the power of certain food choices and how they can eat for hockey success, they can turn to nutrition as a competitive edge.

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What’s your cold/flu fighting plan?


Do you have a cold flu fighting strategy?  I’m going to admit it! I’m one of those people who always gets a good old cold, often several a winter and ones that like to stick around!

So this cold season I’m taking action!  It’s more than just proactive, I mean business.  I have set about making myself a plan that is focused on being

Put cold and flu season to rest

cold/flu free! There is so much information available on colds and flus, what not to do and what to do.  What’s true?  What’s bogus?  I think it really depends on the individual.  There are so many factors: gender, age, medications, lifestyle, physical activity and public exposure, to name a few.

So here’s my plan!

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My Fall Goals – Scheduling Myself In!


Reaching your goals requires determining what’s important to you and not what’s important to someone else.

WOW! What a great summer! It sure flew by and now it’s time to regroup and get back on a schedule! For as long as I can remember I set my goals in the fall. (It usually coincides with the end of one horse show season and setting goals for next year!)

I’m sure many of you have been busy too, with enjoying every last bit of summer, getting kids organized for school and yourself back to a regular work routine. But what else do you want/need to fit into your week? What are your goals? Time for yourself? Maybe it’s time to shake up your fitness routine, or just some alone time? Do you need to bump up your food and supplements as you head into winter?
Write down your top 5. Just the big idea. You can break it down later.

Here are my fall goals;

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