Being Sick Stinks (but Hot Toddies are pretty awesome)

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I haven't been feeling so great lately! Out of the last two months, I'd say I was sick for 6 weeks. 6 weeks! I am not exaggerating.  Between getting VERY impacted wisdom teeth pulled and catching a cold, I have been struggling with my Hashimoto's ( an autoimmune disease of the thyroid ) & my PCOS ( polycystic ovarian syndrome ). The amount of medicine I have been taking lately has been ridiculous. Just to give you an example, I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the last two months. I felt awful almost everyday. I was lucky, however, to have time to go back to Virginia and visit my friends and family. It was a glorious window of health and I had a lot of fun. I can't wait to go back for Christmas either! Until then I need to focus on getting stronger and healthier. I am tired of being tired, and now that I am finally off antibiotics and extra medications, I'm starting to feel a lot better.

One thing that I am always reminded of when I get sick is that the food I eat is a huge factor in how I feel. If I eat too much sugar, dairy, and processed foods, I feel like crap. I'm sure lots of people with food sensitivities, chronic illness, or autoimmune conditions can relate. When your body is sick, and you are taking medication, you become very sensitive to certain things. Right now I am focusing my diet on lots of protein, fruits, and veggies. So you will probably see this reflected in the recipes I share. I want to focus on seasonal, healthy, and satisfying. Don't get me wrong, I love baking, but I will probably reserve treats like that for when I have more than 1 person to share them with!

While I was laid up in bed, I have also been working on some things for the site. I really want to do more illustrations, so I am going to be trying to complete a few every month! I created little characters to represent me , Mike and Bodhi, so look out for cartoons featuring them and other characters from our life!

Along with trying to pick up speed on the blog, I also want to open my Etsy shop up. There will be more detail on it later, but I have already started sewing and things should be available for purchase before the holidays get here!

So things are moving along with Our Happy Ktichen, slowly but surely. I'll be back to posting recipes soon enough, but in the meantime here is a sure fire way to kick a cold in the but. Or at least how to deal with the unhappiness it brings you!

Optionally you can add a packet of Irish Breakfast Tea, Mint Tea, or Ginger!

Optionally you can add a packet of Irish Breakfast Tea, Mint Tea, or Ginger!