Tricks for when you are Sick!

As it turns out, my last post Easy Tips to Stay Healthy was a hit!  So as a follow up, I thought I’d share with you what I do when I’m feeling  sick or run down.

Fire Ciderfirecider

Fire cider is the ultimate cold fighter.  Trust me.  You want to get in on it.  If you are starting to feel run down or feel a cold coming on, take a swig of this stuff every few  hours.  Fire cider is an herbal remedy that has been around for years – these guys just happened to bottle it.  The ingredients are as follows: apple cider vinegar, raw honey, orange, lemon, onions, ginger, garlic, horseradish, turmeric and habanero peppers.  It has antibacterial properties and it aids in fighting and preventing common colds, the flu, sinus infections, sore throat, indigestion, allergies and, as an added bonus, I’ve heard it helps cure a hangover.  To me, when I take a swig, it is equal parts soothing and let’s kick the heck out of this cold.  Be warned this stuff is super spicy!!  I recommend taking a shot vs. sipping.  Some people take a daily maintenance dose but I prefer to pull out the big guns when I feel the slightest hint that I’m getting sick.  I highly recommend.

Wellness Formula wellnessformula

 A defense formula that packed full of antioxidants, herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals that helps boost immunity.  This stuff works miracles if you take it right at the first sign of an imbalance.  Again, some people take this everyday but I prefer to save it for when I really need it.  I take it pretty regularly during times of high stress.  This past November & December, during the holidays and wrapping up my season at Milly & Grace, I really should have been sick and I wasn’t.  I think the combination of the Fire Cider and the Wellness Formula saved me.


If you haven’t heard of this you must be living under a rock!  Mix this packet of powder in water, sip and know that you are getting like 16 times your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.  I personally like the raspberry flavor.

Brookside ChocolatesBrookside

Acia & goji berries are super foods.  They are known to prolong life and help support your immune system.  So why not cover them in the one thing that cures everything – chocolate?!  Dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants.  So basically, eating these are like eating fruit.  I’ve been through 3 bags this week.

Note: The Fire Cider, Wellness Formula and Emergen-C are from Annye’s Wholefoods on Nantucket.  Brookside chocolate is from Stop & Shop.  For those of you not on Nantucket, I’m sure you can find some of these items at your local health food store like Whole Foods.  Here’s to your good health!!

Easy Tips to Stay Healthy!

The older I get, the more I pay attention to my health.  I’ve noticed that I am definitely not as energetic as I used to be and as a result I feel the need to take better care of myself.   I wish I could say that my diet has changed, but I can’t quite give up the occasional pizza,  bacon,  pancakes,  mac & cheese and cocktails etc.  So to compensate,  I’ve incorporated a few easy rituals into my daily routine to keep me healthy.   ALL of my healthy items come from Annye’s Wholefoods on Nantucket! #shoplocal

Water with LemonlemonwaterThe first thing I do right after I wake up is drink a huge glass of lemon water.  Put a slice of lemon in a glass and pour water over it.  Easy.  I try to wait at least 30 minutes after I drink my glass of water before I have breakfast.  Lemons are a powerhouse fruit – they are packed with so many benefits: cleanses your system, aids in digestion, boosts immune system, helps keep your skin clear, freshens breath, curbs your appetite and gives you an energy boost!

Gummy Vitaminsgummys

Um…who could possibly say no to this?  Now I actually take my vitamins!  And now Steve actually takes his vitamins!  I’ve read a few articles that argue gummy vitamins absorb into your system better and faster than pill form.  Whatever – they are a tasty treat!  I take 2 Multi, 2 Vitamin D, and 1 Vitamin C everyday.  If I’m feeling a little depleted I’ll take 2 Vitamin C and 2 Vitamin B12. Sometimes if I’m dragging in the afternoon I’ll take a Vitamin B12.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Raw Honey Teaapplecidervinegar

I usually try to fit this in before lunch.  I put about a tablespoon of RAW apple cider vinegar and RAW honey into a glass.  Next I pour hot water over it, stir it up and enjoy.  It’s a little tangy but I really like the taste.   The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are: help cleanse the body, weight loss, clear skin, rich in potassium, helps balance your pH levels, balances your cholesterol, boosts energy, has anti cancer potential and boosts immunity.  The benefits to raw honey are: boosts immune system, promotes digestive health, helps with allergies, stabilizes blood pressure and calms nerves.  Some people add lemon to this mixture but I prefer to get my lemon intake through lemon water.


Not to sound like a big fat name dropper, but I know the guy, Tom, who invented Motto.  Yep.  I’ve been drinking Motto before it was ever in this pretty bottle and being distributed all over the United States.  Besides being a refreshing and tasty drink, it is a powerhouse packed with so many amazing health benefits.  We all have heard that drinking green tea is so beneficial to our health, right?  Well Motto actually contains matcha tea, which is the highest quality green tea out there.  Drinking 1 Motto is the equivalent to drinking 12 cups of green tea!  Don’t be alarmed, there isn’t as much caffeine as you think.  Drinking 1 Motto is only like drinking 1/3 cup of coffee. Matcha has more antioxidants per gram than any other natural source, it cleanses your body, helps fight infection, increases metabolism, gives you energy, reduces stress, helps you stay focused, and promotes skin and eye health.  Motto is also made with apple cider vinegar, honey and lemon.  I have a motto pretty much every afternoon and it is the perfect pick me up!  I LOVE IT!

I’d love to hear if anyone has any easy tips for staying healthy??!!