Kick those sniffles away

Mistletoe, holly, candy canes and shortbread – 'tis the season. The hustle and bustle of shoppers. The smell of gingerbread and pine, the sound of Christmas carols being sung.

Oh, and a stuffed-up nose with a hacking cough. What is it about the holiday season that makes it a perfect setting for colds and flu?

As I write this, I must pause for sips of tea, as my poor throat cannot bear to be without liquid for more than a moment or the razor blades stuck there start to shift.

My nose alternates between running incessantly and being so plugged that my ears hurt. Breathing deeply is tricky, best attempted only after a bout of coughing or else it causes more of the same.

I bet many of you out there are feeling much as I do, and I doubt that I’m the only one who sounds more like the Christmas frog than Suzie Lou Who when I try to sing a carol.

It’s tough to be in the spirit of the season when all one wants to do is snuggle on the couch with a box of tissues.

So, to remedy the situation, I am kicking things up a notch. No mere chicken noodle soup here; I will offer my high-test options for getting your energy back and giving you some gumption to get out there and be jolly.

Christmas comes but once a year, and we don’t want to miss out on the fun, right? Here is how to soldier on…

Porridge (link: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/porridge-lots-of-ways/#wBfrdwKc4rzvaciO.97 ) – yes, the adage of something that sticks to your ribs is a worthy one. You need some sustenance to fight off an illness and starting the day with something warm helps boost your metabolism (just like working out).

I like a grainy cereal like Red River, but oatmeal works just fine. Add a touch of maple syrup for its nutrients and maybe dried cranberries for extra vitamin C.

My link here is from Jamie Oliver – who better than an English bloke to offer advice on porridge?

Herbal tea

I have a friend who swears that a cup of tea can help solve any problem in life, and when we sit together I do feel that way. But she lives overseas, so when I have a cold, I need extra help.

Many herbs soothe a sore throat and give your system a boost to fight infection. Ginger, mint, and camomile are some of the most common; my link offers a few others too. Add honey for added benefit.


This humble root offers powerful assistance in the fight against a cold. The catch is you need to crush or slice the cloves for best absorption, and if you are cooking garlic it’s best to crush it and then let it sit for 10 minutes before heating it so the enzymes can stay active.

My fave garlic recipe for a sick day is a simple one: pasta with garlic and parsley. 

Hot & Sour Soup

This is my ultimate weapon, beating out chicken noodle every time. It offers bold flavours you can still taste with a cold which in itself is soothing. Warm liquids help us stay hydrated and calm and a bit of extra “hot” will really give your body a kick-start if you can take it.

Ice Cream

Just because. It soothes a sore throat and makes me smile. You can opt for holiday flavours if you like; if you want to splurge, Kelowna has a few artisan shops. I like the options at QB Gelato, which you can browse at the link. 

If you are home sick, I hope these ideas help you feel better. If you’ve skated through so far healthy, them maybe you want to bookmark this page just in case? 

I wish you all a sniffle-free and happy holiday season.


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Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


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