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get rid of a cold in a day & creamy tomato soup

Hey you. Yeah you. I got a secret. It does not have to be winter or even flu season for you to catch a little something something. Can you believe one night I am perfectly fine, up late as usual, completely exhausted but feeling great nonetheless, and wham, the next morning I'm sniffling and coughing and battling sinus congestion. What kind of craziness is that. I was so shocked to see my immune system had failed me overnight. I can't be to sure of the culprit. Was it the air condition blowing on my chest, accidentally drinking from some sick family member's glass, or even fatigue and stress? All I know is I wanted it gone. NOW. I had no time in my schedule for a cold. So being the research geek that I am, I got to work figuring out how to beat a cold in one day. Here's how you can join the smart and savvy club and whip that immune system into shape no matter where you are using pantry staples. I say this because I was trapped in a hotel with no grocery shop for miles, so I used what was around. Pretty nifty right!

As soon as you wake up and feel that unwanted flow of symptoms, do nothing before brewing a cup of tea. Don't be a punk and use sugar. Sweeten your tea with honey. You can use lemon tea if you have no fresh lemon, but of course fresh is always better. If you don't drink tea at all, do hot water with honey and lemon. You can gargle saltwater if you are hardcore, but who the heck has those kind of balls that early in the morning right?

So here's the deal. Sometimes a cold can linger when you are pushing yourself to the max and abuse caffeine to go even further than you should. Don't feel guilty about resting, because you absolutely need it. Take a sick day, lay on the couch, read a book, take a nap. If you're like me, you'll take plenty of cat naps throughout the day.

Don't think you're the only one who has the age-old boring chore of cleaning up your crap. Colds rely on your immune system to clean up house, so help a sister out by avoiding sugars, dairy and solid foods like the plague. If not, you feed the infection and create more mucus. Yuck. And lucky for us, we lose an appetite anyway, but when you get the unexpected munchies, a killer soup recipe makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Find the recipe for the soup I had at my hotel below (it was insanely, incredibly delicious!). Does anyone have a chicken, tomato, or squash soup recipe they want to share? I'm always on the lookout to spice up the boring.

Bet you didn't think having a cold was an excuse for spa day huh? Well fevers are basically a way for the body to speed up killing the infection. Do your duty and indulge in a fever bath! While running a super hot bubble bath (it will cool down while you're away) brew some ginger tea by adding a few tablespoons of grated ginger root to a tea pot with fresh orange or lemon juice and a bit of real maple syrup or honey to taste. Be sure to strain. Grab the whole pot and your favorite tea cup and drink this warming tea while you soak in the hot bath. Stay for as long as its hot and drink as much as you can, then go from tub to a robe or comfy towel so your body doesn't get the chills. Time for a nap!

Since I didn't have a vitamin shop around, instead of supplements I ate about two oranges for a vitamin c binge, and you can munch on cloves of garlic if you have fresh ones around. Its not as crazy as it sounds, just a bit of a spice kick. You can even juice a whole onion and combine with orange and ginger juice. Thyme, sage and rosemary also kick but. If you have a garden outside, grab a tablespoon of either and make some tea to dry that mucus right up and revel in their antimicrobial magic.

It is so hard to make creamy tomato soup without, um, well, cream. I love me some dairy. But if you want to feel better, go non-dairy for today and save this recipe the next time you feel for soup. Your milk and cream will be happy to see you again.


  • 2 tablespoons organic butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (when not sick, use cream or milk...yum!)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (optional)
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


  1. Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent and the garlic tender, but not browned. Add the salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
  2. Add the tomatoes, along with their liquid and bring the mixture to a slow simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the milk and goat cheese if you wish, and continue cooking until the cheese has melted. Add the basil and stir until wilted.
  4. Using a blender or hand immersion blender, purée the mixture until smooth. Add the water to thin slightly if desired, stir in the pine nuts and keep warm until served.

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  1. This was such an enjoyable post to read! The soup sounds yummy :) x


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