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 Post subject: grapefruit and colds... coincidence?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Everyone here is getting this terrible cold! Well, not everyone but just about everyone around me has caught this thing.... starts out with this incredibly bad persistent headache, then sore throat and fever, then cough. Most people I have talked to have had it for a week or more. I felt the headache come on Sunday night and by Monday morning I woke up head throbbing, weak and sore throat. I started juicing and drinking grapefruits every 2-3 hours for no particular reason except that was what I was craving. In between I drank lots of water with acerola cherry extract. By the end of the day all of the symptoms were gone except I was still a little stuffy with a slight headache, I ended the day with vitamineral greens. The next morning I continued the grapefruit juice and by afternoon I was 100% back to feeling normal. I started eating some fruit and some more vitamineral greens and then went on a 5.2 mile hike and felt great! For dinner I had a huge fruit smoothie. Wednesday I switched from juicing to eating the grapefruit plus pineapple and papaya through the day and I had a huge salad for dinner, still feeling great. Thursday I didn't have any grapefruit and I began eating 'regular' meals again (green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, tofu wrap for dinner) and Friday morning I woke up without a voice and progressively felt worse! Now it is Saturday and I am missing my big 12-mile hiking trip because all my symptoms have returned plus a cough :( Waaaaaa! I guess I need to go get some more grapefruits....

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Yeah, i don't know what the deal is. I went for a pretty hard run on wednesday and have had this really bad lung congestion ever since. It sounds terrible but I don't feel sick, just congested. Hope you recover fast! I'll bring you a bunch of get-well vitamin samples from ExpoWest.


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Yeah, i don't know what the deal is. I went for a pretty hard run on wednesday and have had this really bad lung congestion ever since. It sounds terrible but I don't feel sick, just congested. Hope you recover fast! I'll bring you a bunch of get-well vitamin samples from ExpoWest.


Thanks, I hope you feel better and don't have this bug!
Samples, awesome! Maybe I can trade you for another ride up to the mountain for some of that magic spray too! hehe

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Oh no Jessi, I'm so sorry you have to go through this terrible bug
It sucks big time. I'll give Dave a big punch for you
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I'll give Dave a big punch for you
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Haha! Thanks Tash!

Glad to hear you are feeling better though! :)

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Jessifly wrote:
Tasha wrote:
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Haha! Thanks Tash!

Glad to hear you are feeling better though! :)



Thanks Jessi. Just make sure to take it easy and that you're getting enough sleep and rest. Take advantage of it, and don't fight it, like I tried to do ! :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:20 am 
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Today I decided to plug in my food to determine how close I came to RDA...
Mainly to get a starting point to determine how to fulfill these percentages from natural sources as much as possible. I felt that I had ate at least a decent variety so it is interesting to see how far below rda I was on some nutrients :shock: Not a surprise that vit d and b-12 are low though.
(btw, I also had a slice of vegan pizza today but didn't have the nutritional info.. so that added calories but I'm sure nothing significant in my nutrient deficiencies....)

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Man, that is pretty low jfly. Of course, I eat probably 3 times that many calories but I am usually 300+% of nearly every vitamin/mineral.


1400 calories is not much. :shock:

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Man, that is pretty low jfly. Of course, I eat probably 3 times that many calories but I am usually 300+% of nearly every vitamin/mineral.


1400 calories is not much. :shock:


I've been feeling pretty crummy lately with this cold so it is possible I haven't been eating as much as I normally would... I'm not sure how it compares to when I feel good since I've never counted caloric intake before! Also the pizza I ate I'm sure added at least another 500 calories.

Occasionally I'll just plug my daily food info in and see how it goes.

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Nice to see Froggy Bloggy!

Hope you feel better soon. Sorry you are feeling a bit under the weather. Get lots of rest and enjoy many fruits and juices.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:12 am 
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This will be a quick blog update... I just plugged into fitday everything I could remember eating today and was pleased to see that I met almost all nutrients with 95% or higher of RDA all from natural food source. With the exception of course of Vit D and B-12 which were 0% but I supplement those. And zinc and selenium were low again (abt 50%). I thought I had eaten quite a bit more today but found my calorie intake was approximately the same. Still feeling sniffly and stuffy, but much better overall... I actually had my voice back today for the first time in almost a week :)

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I'm sorry to be the one that breaks it to you but you have to up the greens and veggies if you want to keep low cal and still have optimum nutrition. I eat 1000-1800 kcal/day and I'm way over in everything but D and B12 which I fortify with. Zinc can be borderline too some days. Selenium is fixed by eating 1 (yes, one) brazil nut per day.

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I'm sorry to be the one that breaks it to you but you have to up the greens and veggies if you want to keep low cal and still have optimum nutrition. I eat 1000-1800 kcal/day and I'm way over in everything but D and B12 which I fortify with. Zinc can be borderline too some days. Selenium is fixed by eating 1 (yes, one) brazil nut per day.


You are right, I definitely need to eat more veggies... I do usually get more leafy greens in a typical day than these reflect, but some days I eat an assortment of colorful veggies and often I don't. Thanks for reminding me about the brazil nuts! A friend told me about that last year but I couldn't remember what nutrient it was that just one provided.

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Jessifly wrote:
This will be a quick blog update... I just plugged into fitday everything I could remember eating today and was pleased to see that I met almost all nutrients with 95% or higher of RDA all from natural food source. With the exception of course of Vit D and B-12 which were 0% but I supplement those. And zinc and selenium were low again (abt 50%). I thought I had eaten quite a bit more today but found my calorie intake was approximately the same. Still feeling sniffly and stuffy, but much better overall... I actually had my voice back today for the first time in almost a week :)


I'm glad you're feeling better Jessi :D

Good to know that you're keeping a daily food log ! Maybe you can give me pointers.

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I looked up Brazil nuts and it said Brazil Nuts are very high in Copper. so maybe that's the nutrient your friend was talking about.

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