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Does your pet need to go on a diet?

 

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It’s the start of a brand new year. It’s not uncommon for people to make resolutions for themselves when a new year rolls around. It’s a great time for a fresh start and to live the life you want to live.

One very popular resolution people often make it to eat healthier – often to lose weight. I have to admit that I have made that resolution pretty much every year for as long as I can remember. I stopped making resolutions and opted on making better choices for myself and my family.

Have you ever given any thought to making resolutions for your pet? Clearly Fido and Fluffy don’t need to resolve to be more organized or aim for a promotion at work. You pets can benefit from eating healthier, losing weight and getting in more exercise. It’s up to you as their “pet parent” to make that resolution for them and do what you can to follow through.

Obesity is on the rise across the country. Did you know what pet obesity is also a problem? It’s estimated 54% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight or obese and according to Data from Nationwide, pet obesity is on the rise for the sixth straight year.

Obesity is a significant risk factor for many life-threatening diseases that affect dogs and cats but with diligence and effort, your pet can lose weight too.

I know all about obese pets. We have five cats and a dog (plus a Goldfish). Two of our cats are significantly overweight. Two are within a normal weight range and one is very skinny with sagging skin. The one skinny one with the sagging skin (named Velcro – he’s pictured at the top of this post) used to be obese too. His obesity lead to Diabetes. In addition he’s lost almost all of his teeth. He has to eat soft foods (like pates) because he can’t chew. He does try to chew, but its not easy for him.

Velcro (orange) and Padmé  (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Velcro (orange) and Padmé (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Obese pets might make for adorable YouTube videos, but the reality is obesity DOES lead to health issues, and even early death from health issues. If you truly love your pet you don’t want to contribute to their health issues or cause them to die young.

Velcro always had a great appetite. He eventually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. We didn’t see him as obese, per say. We knew he was a big cat, but he ate well and was always very playful, even at his heaviest. We honestly didn’t think his health was at stake.

We noticed that Velcro drank a lot more water than usual, and he was loosing weight. We took him to the vet to have him checked out. The vet told us he had Diabetes and he would need insulin shots twice a day, every day, for the rest of his life. At that time he was 9 years old. He had a long life ahead of him. I had another Diabetic cat when I was younger. She lived to be 22 years old. The last four years of her life she had Diabetes. She was not overweight.

Now we live with the reality of having a cat with Diabetes. His insulin is OVER $300+ per vial (the price keeps going up). The syringes to give him his shots twice a day costs us $36 for 100, so we need to purchase them every month and a half. His vet bills are also astronomical because he requires special blood tests.

Velcro is very skinny with saggy skin. The vet says he’s healthy (as long as we watch what he eats and give him his insulin) and he’s very playful. I just wish we too heed to his obesity and did something about it sooner.

Anakin - he's about 24 pounds. He's not only overweight but he's a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

Anakin – he’s about 24 pounds. He’s not only overweight but he’s a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

I’ve noticed that one of our other obese cats, Anakin, drinks A LOT of water. He hasn’t lost weight, but I fear he’s going to end up with Diabetes too. We already have one cat with Diabetes, another cat with a lot of health issues (non-weight related) and a dog with a fatal liver disease. We cannot afford another sick pet.

Pet obesity can not only lead to Diabetes, it can also cause damage to joints and bones, which can cause pain and discomfort. Obesity can also lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, decreased liver function and a risk of cancer to name a FEW (there are more health issues that can be caused by obesity). Basically, the same health issues that can come from human obesity can also happen to pets.

It’s not too late to do something about it. Start TODAY to help your pet lose weight and get healthy.

Here are some thing you can do right now to help your pet lead a long, happy and health life.

Stop feeding your pet tables scraps and people food (UNLESS your pet is already on a natural food diet). Many foods are toxic to pets (onions, chocolate, garlic, grapes…). Other foods can be dangerous (chips can get lodged in their throat, they can choke on pits).

Makes sure your pet has amble clean, fresh water daily.

Limit treats. If you want to get your pet a treat make sure it’s a treat made for animals and limit it to one or two treats once a day. Too many treats can cause your pet to gain weight.

Don’t over feed your pet. Read the label and find out what the recommend amount of food is for your pets size/weight. Don’t just fill up a bowl of dry food. Weight and measure it so you know you are feeding your pet the correct amount.

Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Take your dog for a hike or a run. Buy a laser light for your cat and have them run around and chase after it. Do what you can do get your pet moving.

Kitty - She's a normal weight for a cat.

Kitty – She’s a normal weight for a cat.

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Bella is also a normal weight for a cat.

Feed your pet quality food. Believe it or not, not all pet food is made the same way. Many pet foods you find at your local grocery store is more additives and fillers than actual food and nutrition. That is why those pet foods are so inexpensive. Look at them as the “fast food” of pet foods. It may look good and taste good, but when you break them down and check out the ingredients you’ll see that there is nothing healthy or nutritious about them.

Petcurean is healthy pet food option. Petcurean offers a variety of dog and cat foods to suit your pet’s preferences and dietary needs.

If you are not sure which pet food would be best for your dog or cat, you can check out Petcurean’s Food Finder.

Petcurean has options that include foods made with totally fresh ingredients, food made with organic ingredients, and food for specific health requirements, including foods for pets who require grain free foods and/or foods with limited ingredients. Our dog can only eat food with limited ingredients. He has a very sensitive stomach and the littlest change can cause him to have and upset stomach (and diarrhea) for days, if not weeks.

Think about it – pet food is similar to human food by that if you feed yourself only cheap, “junk” foods you are not doing your body any good. The same applies with pets. If you feed them “junk” foods (pet food made with man-made ingredients, fillers and additives) it’s not healthy for them, most especially if you want them to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

You can learn more about Petcurean by visiting Petcurean.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website. You can even print out a money saving coupon (found towards the bottom of the Petcurean website).

Petcurean foods can be found at many pet stores across the country.

Does your pet have a weight problem? If so, what are you doing to help him/her lose weight and get healthy?

If you have any tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy please feel free to leave a comment and tell me about them. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Learn portion control with Slimware

 

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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, most people are geared up to tackle their New Year’s resolutions.

Many people resolve to eat healthier, lose weight and exercise more. That had been my resolution for many years, but usually by the second or third week in January I an snacking on chips while sitting on the couch watching television. Sigh…

I no longer make resolutions. I also don’t consider going on diets. Instead I vow to make healthier choices. If I want a cookie I’ll have one or two and not five or six. I drink water all day long. I use seasoning instead of butter to flavor food. Simple, easy things like that.

One thing that I have a hard time with, and I think others do too, is portion control. As Americans we eat HUGE portions. When you go to other countries and see what they put on their plate you feel like you are going to be hungry because it doesn’t seem like enough food.

There is a deli across from where we live that offers “Take Out Tuesday” each week. Each week they offer two different meals, complete with a salad, for a family of four. It’s only $20 which sounds like a great option for dinner. It’s suppose to feed four people, but just looking at the size of the meal you can’t help but think it’s only for 1-2 people at best. Technically the meal is based on proper portion sizes for four people, but most people don’t eat those potion sizes, so it seems like there is not enough food. I have actually seen people walk out with two meals that would technically feed eight people, but they are buying them to feed 4-5 people.

Traditional Cuban dinner of black beans and rice, roast pork, and fried plantains, with a glass of iced tea.

Do you know correction portion sizes? Do you know what ratio of food should be placed on your plate (fruits/veggies, protein, carbohydrates)? Do you know what the correct portion sizes would be?

One way would be to weigh and measure everything you put on your plate. That might be fine for some people, but when you are a busy person who has to rush to get dinner on the table every night, that is easier said than done. I simply do not have time to do that.

What is there was a way to know the correct amount of food you are putting on your plate that was quick and easy? There is! It’s called Slimware.

Slimware is a line of portion control plates designed to be microwave safe, dishwasher safe and break-resistant.

Slimware plates look like casual dinnerware with exquisite designs. However, they are graphically designed with food placement areas, so the untrained eye would not know you’re being mindful of your portions.

Here is an example of a Slimware plate set.

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As you can see they are beautiful plates. They don’t look like anything special that can help you control your portion sizes – do they?

If you notice on the design there are three flowers – small, medium and large. Those are actually the areas where you would place your food. Vegetable would go on the largest flower. Your side dishes (carbs) would go over the medium flower and your entree (protein) would go over the smallest flower.

You might notice the pretty butterfly too. That is actually the “extender area” where your protein can overlap. I often use that area for condiments, like ketchup.

Portions

As you can see it’s very easy to see how much a portion size is simply by looking at the design on your plate.

Here are a few other Slimare plates that are available for purchase. See if you can spot that portion size indicators in the design.

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Could you spot the areas in the designs where your food would go?

Here is a good reason why you need plates like this – even if you are not looking to lose weight or eat healthier.

With Without Slimeware Plates

Without Slimware plates it’s easy to over do it and load up your plate with either too much food or too much of the wrong type of food (for example, too much carbs and not enough vegetables).

I was sent a set of Slimware plates to try out with my family. I chose the Dandelion plate set.

Dandelion

Can you spot the portion spots?

First and foremost I adore this design. I love Dandelions. To this day I blow off the seed whenever I find one of the little while Dandelion “puffs.” It’s fun to do.

These plates are made very well. My kids are not exactly easy on our dishes. They tend to bump things a lot in the sink and in the dish rack. So far, so good. We’ve been using these for a few months and there is not a chip or mark on any of them (thankfully). They also wash very well, both in the dishwasher and by hand. There are no strange stains on them.

I work outside of the home Monday through Friday. There are days I literally have to race into the kitchen to get dinner started – even before taking off my coat and shoes. I literally don’t have time to weigh or measure things. That is why these plates have been especially helpful for me.

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My family honestly never noticed a difference in the portion sizes. They have yet to comment on not having enough to eat. If they feel like they need more they usually grab more veggies (I keep raw veggies to snack on) or some fruit.

Being more aware of my portion sizes has helped me to drop a few pounds. I lost some weight (but now I’ve hit a plateau). I am almost the lightest I’ve been in 17 years – if only I could lose two more pounds. I am hopeful I’ll be able to do so once I can get some exercise in.

Don’t just take my word for it. You can check out television spots that featured Slimeware plates including Good Morning America, Fox News and HSN on their website.

For more information about Slimware visit Slimware.com.

Currently they are having a 50% off sale. The sale ends on January 31, 2017, so if you are interested in the plates now is a great time to purchase them. In all honesty they are not that expensive to begin with. They range in price from $24.95 – $39.95 for a set of four.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

 

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Get a good night’s sleep with snuggL

 

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Do you sleep well at night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night long to get in a comfortable position? Do you crowd your bet with many pillows just to help you position yourself perfectly at night in order to fall asleep? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions… read on to learn more about snuggL (yes, that is how it’s spelled).

When it comes to sleeping, I don’t do very well at it. I suffer from insomnia a lot (I can’t turn my brain off!), and lately I have been dealing with Sciatica which seems to get worse at night.

I sleep with a lot of pillows. I need them in order to get comfortable. I can’t sleep without two pillows under my head and another pillow to “hug.” I will hug one of my stuffed animals if a pillow is not available (I keep “Mr. Bear” on our bed for that reason).

I’m a side sleeper. I always have been. I cannot get comfortable on my stomach and I have a weird reason why I don’t sleep on my back. I’m afraid if someone breaks into our home they can stab me directly in the heart if I’m lying on my back. It’s a weird thing I’ve worried about since I was a child.

I am most comfortable sleeping on my side. Even when I was pregnant it was the best position for me.

Sometimes sleeping on your side can cause back pain – most especially if you are pregnant.

Dr. Carl Cricco and his son Carl III, teamed up to design a practical and effective solution to lifelong back pain. It’s a special pillow called the snuggL

SnuggL pillow

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook page

SnuggL is the first doctor-designed whole body L-shaped pillow that eliminates back pain for side sleepers, particularly moms-to-be who deal with terrible back pain during pregnancy.

With 69% of consumers sleeping on their side, the pillow is composed of proprietary gel fibers that provide the perfect alignment for one’s hips, pelvis and spine, while allowing air circulation to prevent from overheating and adapts to your body’s movements throughout the night.

The pillow is really shaped like an “L.” It’s also a body pillow that is almost as long as I am tall. I’m 5′ 3″ and the pillow is almost as long as me. It’s ideal for people 6′ 5″ and under.

The pillow looks like a regular sized pillow on one side, and a body pillow on the other. It’s like the two pillow are fused into one.

When you sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs it helps to align your hips, pelvis and spine. It also helps to take pressure off your lower back.

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

I never looked at it that way. I have had body pillow in the past but for me it’s a comfort thing. I feel more comfortable on my side and I get comfort from snuggling/hugging something when I sleep at night (husband, pillow, stuffed animal).

I was sent a snuggL to review. I must say, I was surprised at how big it was.

My first impression of the snuggL pillow is that its VERY soft. You just want to hug it. It’s also very “bendy” so you can put it in most positions (whatever you are most comfortable with).

SnuggL does come with a special pillow case so that you can keep your snuggL clean.

The pillow is very comfortable to sleep with. I was a bit worried that it’s huge size was going to be a problem as far as getting comfortable with it, but it wasn’t.

The head part could be a bit firmer, but that is just my personal preference. I do sleep with another pillow under my head to give me the support I find most comfortable.

I liken using snuggL to cuddling with a large, plush teddy bear at night. I know it’ a pillow, but it gives you that same sense of comfort.

SnuggL helps a lot too because we sleep on a sofa bed. If you have ever had to sleep on one for just one night, you know how incredibly uncomfortable they are. Try sleeping on one every night. Sigh…

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

SnuggL help me to get more comfortable at night. I don’t find myself tossing and turning to find the right position. I also don’t have to worry about losing the pillow that I hold on to (with my arms and/or legs). My husband tells me that I don’t move around as much when I am sleeping with snuggL. He says I tend to sleep in just one position (cradling the snuggL between my arms and legs).

Except for days when I suffer from insomnia, I find that I get a more restful sleep at night when using the snuggL.

The only “downside” I have found is that the pillow is very large. We sleep in a full size bed, so we don’t have much room for the two of us, let alone a “life size” pillow. A larger bed would give us a bit more room.

Because we have to put the bed away every morning (so we can use it as a couch), I have to keep putting the snuggL in the closet. It takes up a lot of space. This is only an issue with us because of our sleeping arrangements. If we had a bedroom and a larger bed I would just lie the snuggL pillow down on either the foot of the bed (after we made it) or behind the bed pillows (so it’s not seen).

So far I am very pleased with my experiences with the snuggL pillow.

This would make a great gift for a pregnant woman, for someone who suffers from back pain, or for someone who simply enjoys a comfy night’s sleep.

For more information about snuggL, visit ThesnuggL.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.

What do you think about snuggL? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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One way to beat the Monday “blues”

 

Cartoon illustration of tough monday morning for a sleep walking businessman

Mondays… blah! They are probably the worst day of the work week (at least for those of us that work a regular Monday through Friday work week). Wednesday would be the second worst day of the work week (aka “Hump Day”).

I work Monday through Friday outside of the home. I’m not a fan of Monday mornings because it means that I have an entire work week to go until it’s Friday (TGIF!).

Blue Monday. It’s a real thing.

Did you know that the third Monday of January is officially “the most depressing day of the year?” January 16, 2017 is the third Monday of the new year.

The holidays are over, it’s cold outside, motivation is low and failing New Year’s resolutions lead to depressed feelings. Sigh…

So what can we do to help ourselves get over the Monday Blues? Taking the day off from work is not an option for more people. Ha Ha.

Here is one idea that I honestly wouldn’t have thought about – Flowers.

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Science shows that not only do flowers make us happier, they have an immediate and long-term positive impact on happiness and mood.

A team of Rutgers researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods. 100% of the participants who received flowers responded with immediate happiness, and the majority reported a positive long-term effect on their mood.

Interesting… Who knew that flowers could have such a positive impact on people’s over all sense of well being and mood.

ProFlowers has come up with a lovely floral bouquet to help you beat those dreaded Monday Blues.

Introducing the ProFlowers Blue Monday Smiles and Sunshine bouquet. It’s one way you can bring some sunshine into a friend or loved one’s day and give yourself an emotional boost. The bouquet’s Peruvian lilies signify friendship and devotion, while the multi-colored roses connote a variety of meanings including love (red), joy (yellow), appreciation (pink) and enthusiasm (orange).

ProFlowers was kind enough to send me one of these beautiful bouquets. I have to admit, I do smile whenever I see bright, sunny, cheery flowers.

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The bouquet includes;

  • 6 Assorted roses
  • 10 Assorted Peruvian lilies (multiple blooms per stem)

It also stands approximately 16″ tall.

I love the Lillies. There was a nice variety of pink and yellow ones.

My bouquet had red, white and yellow roses. As you can see from the above photos they were very colorful, most especially the yellow ones. They were exceptionally colorful which is great to look out, especially when it’s snowing and freezing cold outside. The colorful flowers makes me think about Spring and Summer.

The bouquet from ProFlowers arrived in a box. I simply had to remove the flowers and vase, add water and flower “food” to the vase, and then insert the flowers. I trimmed each stem before putting them in the vase (I heard that was a good thing to do). They took a little bit to perk up, only because the day they arrived was exceptionally cold. Once they “warmed up” they looked amazing.

I can see why that study (cited above) found that flowers make people happier. Every time I look at them I smile. They are beautiful.

The ProFlowers Blue Monday Smiles and Sunshine bouquet offers different vase options too. Mine is the “Glass Ginger.” They also have a beautiful “Rustic Heart” one that I love, as well as a red mason jar and a cute ceramic vase that would be great for Valentine’s Day.

For more information about this bouquet or other floral arrangements, visit ProFlowers.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the ProFlowers Blue Monday Smiles and Sunshine bouquet? Would you consider sending one to a friend or loved one? Would you like to have one for yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free bouquet to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway. 

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Cold Weather Woes – Here are 6 tips to avoid a chilly trip to the vet’s office

 

 

Our dog Espn enjoying the snow.

Our dog Espn enjoying the snow.

During these winter months it can be challenging to keep our pets healthy and happy. The cold weather often brings a slew of things to watch out for when it comes to keeping Fido and Fluffy out of trouble. 

Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM offers a few essentials to get your furry friend through these cold months without a trip to the vet’s office.

When using ice melting products like Rock salt and De-icing chemicals, spritz your pet’s feet with water when they come back inside to avoid irritation of their skin and paws. Signs of ingestion include excess drooling, depression and vomiting.

Antifreeze is deadly for pets. Clean up spills/leaks immediately and make sure that it is stored in a sealed container locked in a secured cabinet. If you think your pet has consumed anti-freeze, this is a true life or death emergency! Go to your vet ASAP and call ahead while you are on your way!

Keep your pets protected from the frigid temperatures (if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. Offer a little extra food during the winter months because more calories are burned trying to maintain body heat)

Frost bite risk areas include your pet’s ears, nose, tip of the tail and ears. Frostbitten areas of skin initially turn a reddish color then become gray.  To treat frostbite: give your pet a warm bath and wrap him or her up in warm towels. Don’t rub an area that has frostbite!

Homemade meals for your pet are a healthy and cost effective way to ensure your pet is getting essential nutrients without the risk of indigestion, weight gain due to over eating and the high caloric intake of processed foods. Cuisine made of equal portions of a lean protein (chicken, turkey, beef, veal, duck, fish or eggs), long-acting carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, pasta or oatmeal) and fresh vegetables (broccoli, spinach, green beans, lima beans, peas and carrots) are ideal. Cats require more protein than dogs, so 80 percent lean protein and 20 percent veggies is perfect.

Rat and Mouse baits are usually used more often in cold weather. Place baits in areas inaccessible to your pets. Peanut butter baits smell good and are tasty to pets. Save labels, and if you think bait has been eaten by your pet, get to your vet ASAP. Call ahead while you are on your way! Most pets are treated with Vitamin K therapy and recover.

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About the author: 

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. After graduating she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. For more information visit chagrinfallspetclinic.com.

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‘Tis the season to stock up on cold and flu essentials

*This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.” Please consult the FTC Endorsement and Testimonial Guides for more information. 

 

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I am not a fan of the hot, humid summer months. I enjoy the cool and cold weather much more, most especially Autumn weather.

Winter is finally here. Some people dread the winter months. I get it, it’s cold, dark and dreary. And driving in the snow is NOT fun at all (I’m terrified to drive in the snow). It’s not really a fun season unless you enjoy skiing, skating and other winter sports.

I don’t mind winter. I’m happy wearing sweaters and snuggling up with a fuzzy blanket to keep warm at night. I love hot cocoa and I don’t mind doing indoor recess at work.

What I do dislike about the winter months is the spread of colds, the flu and other ailments. I really dislike getting sick, as do most people.

I work with a kindergarten class as an assistant. I work in an elementary school. Little kids are not the best when it comes to hygiene. I have to remind the kids on a daily basis how to properly wash their hands. Many use cold water, skip the soap and merely wet their hands. That does not help prevent the spread of germs. In addition, I cannot tell you how many times the kids cough and sneeze in my face. Ewww!

Since the start of the school year I have had a cold four times. Thankfully it hasn’t been that bad, but none the less, feeling sick is no fun and it’s something we all want to avoid at all costs.

This time of year I make sure to stock up on essentials my family needs to keep healthy.

Here are some of the things you’ll find in my home and medicine cabinet to help me and my family avoid colds, as well as to care for ourselves when we catch a cold.

Supplements

I know the verdict is still out on how well supplements help prevent you from catching the common cold, but there are a few supplements I keep on hand that I have heard work well to protect you from getting sick (or at least minimizes your risks).

  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng – I have both supplements and herbal tea that contains Ginseng
  • Zinc
  • Multi-Vitamin – Just in case we need more or we’re missing something our bodies need for our immune system.

Vitamin C -I keep a stock of citrus fruits on hand to help boost the Vitamin C in our bodies.

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Honey – Honey is great for a sore throat. It’s also an anti-bacterial. Some honey, like Manuka Honey and Buckwheat honey are high in antioxidants and it really has a lot of immune boosting properties.

Disinfectants – I make extra certain commonly touched things like door knobs, cabinet handles and remote controls are disinfected daily to keep germs and bacteria. I also make sure to clean off my cellphone daily. Your phone is exceptionally dirty and there is no telling what gross things can be found on it.

Fresh Air – I make sure to open my windows, even for a short time, as much as I can. This allows fresh air to come in and hopefully let the “bad” air back out.

Wash hands multiple times per day – I especially wash my hands A LOT because I work with little kids (as mentioned above) who don’t have the best hygiene, so I need to wash my hands after touching thing they touch (supplies, toys, games…).

Sadly, even the most diligent person can still catch the common cold or a cold-like virus. It happens. The best you can do is be prepared by keeping on hand over the counter medicines to help alleviate your symptoms and/or help the cold disappear more quickly.

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I can deal with feeling over all “blah” when it comes to colds, but I can’t stand being stuffy. I think that is the worst part about having a cold.

One product to consider keeping on hand is Advil® Cold & Sinus. It’s the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for Cough, Cold and Flu Combinations for Daytime. In addition to being a powerful nasal decongestant, it also contains the number one best selling pain reliever, Advil.

I’m an Advil fan. I use Advil® products often, especially when it comes to headache and body aches. I also use Advil allergy medication when needed.

When I have a cold I tend to get a lot of sinus headaches, most especially when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes they are so bad I can barely get out of bed. When that happens I reach for Advil® Cold & Sinus because I know it will relieve the sinus headache within about 20-30 minutes (that seems to be able the average time). It also lasts for a long time so I know I can make it through my morning.

Advil® Cold & Sinus doesn’t upset my stomach (some over the counter medications do) and I don’t have any adverse reactions or side effects.

One over the counter medication I have taken in the past made me jittery and unable to sleep (and it was for NIGHT TIME symptom relief!). The daytime version of the same brand’s medication actually made me feel drowsy and “out of it.” That is NOT something I need to deal with during the day when I have to drive to/from work, as well as work.

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Advil® Cold & Sinus does what it’s suppose to. It helps alleviate sinus headaches and body aches associated with a cold. It also helps with nasal congestion. That is why Advil® products are my “go to” products when I am not feeling well.

If you would like to learn more visit the Advil® Respiratory website. You can also check out the brand on Facebook.

In addition to medication to help with your cold I also recommend that you stock up on Tissues. You can never have too many tissues. We have used toilet paper and paper towels in a pinch, but they are not always “nose friendly” and leave your nose dry and sore.

Whenever I see tissues on sale – even if it’s not cold season – I stock up on them. If we don’t need them for colds we’ll need them for allergies. We have a year-round need for tissues.

Another thing you can stock up is good old fashion Chicken Soup. I don’t know if it really does help with colds or not, but it does make you feel a wee bit better when you are “under the weather.”

When it comes to the common cold and flu, what do YOU stock up on? Is there a remedy that you utilize that helps prevent or shorten the duration of a cold or the flu? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Cold and flu

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Advil® Cold & Sinus to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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